University Heights

Welcome to the neighbourhood of University Heights! This page provides updates on issues I am working on and information University Heights residents may be interested in. While we don’t have a formal organized neighbourhood association in University Heights, this is an established community where neighbhours know neighbhours and are very involved in community!

Slower Speed Limits in Waverley West

Slower Speed Limits in Waverley West

Much work / study and analysis has been done by City engineers in determining revised speeds on certain streets in the Waverley West ward. Signs will be installed notifying drivers when the speed reduction goes into effect. For additional details on these streets and...

Happy Canada Day – Video

Happy Canada Day – Video

Happy Canada Day! In these extraordinary and changing times, I am so thankful to be living in Canada. To be sure, we have many historic challenges to work through and together we will! We are Canadians! Wishing you and your family and friends an incredible Canada Day!...

Homelessness in South Winnipeg – What to do ?

Homelessness in South Winnipeg – What to do ?

Homelessness is an increasing concern in Winnipeg and for communities across North America.  Media is covering many stories on camps being set up throughout the City, and the increase in use of the overnight shelters.  In South Winnipeg camps are being set up in...

My June 2020 Newsletter

My June 2020 Newsletter

Check out my June newsletter with updates on 2020 parks, pathways, road construction and more! Sign up for future newsletters by registering at Councillor Lukes’ E-Newsletter.

Long Grass Enforcement Process

Long Grass Enforcement Process

This applies to homeowners' FRONT YARDS and BOULEVARDS. For this season, the City will be continuing with the accelerated enforcement process for long grass. Last year (2019), the City piloted a NEW ENFORCEMENT PROCESS for Section 8 of the Neighbourhood Liveability...

2020 Parks Update

2020 Parks Update

We have many parks and open  greenspaces in the Waverley West ward. Each year Councillors meet with the Parks department and review upgrades that need to occur. In the Waverley West ward, the majority of parks are maintained by the City Parks department, but, some are...

2020 Road Construction in Waverley West Ward

2020 Road Construction in Waverley West Ward

This is an extremely handy map showing ALL road / pathway construction occurring throughout Winnipeg in the 2020 construction season. Each year the Public Works department provides Councillors with a Streets Condition and Back Lanes Condition map of their ward....

Replacement of Sod – Bridgwater Lakes & Bridgwater Forest

Replacement of Sod – Bridgwater Lakes & Bridgwater Forest

The sod around the Bridgwater Lakes Fountain, the Bridgwater Lakes park / soccer field and the Bridgwater Forest park/soccer field is being replaced this summer. Construction has started in Bridgwater Lakes and Bridgwater Forest will occur shortly after. Existing sod...

Traffic Calming: Your Street and Neighbourhood

Traffic Calming: Your Street and Neighbourhood

I receive many calls from resident who want to know how to calm the speeding traffic on their residential street and in their neighbourhood. In many cities throughout the world, the speed limit is reduced to 30 km/hr on residential streets to calm traffic. Winnipeg is...

Open Letter to Parents – Bridgwater Speed & Racing

Open Letter to Parents – Bridgwater Speed & Racing

This message is for everyone, but is directed to parents  with a request that you talk to your kids about the deathly dangers of speed. In my graduating year, two classmates died when a powerful car they were passengers in crashed and rolled. The following year, when...

Anticipated Traffic Levels at Bison Drive and Waverley Street

Anticipated Traffic Levels at Bison Drive and Waverley Street

It's incredible to think that an entire new community can be built and there are no plans or studies underway to identify how the main ‘connector street’ and associated ‘intersection’ is to be designed.  Many many other streets (Lee Blvd, Bairdmore Blvd, Hawstead Rd...

Traffic Study – Yellow Advanced Flashing Lights

Traffic Study – Yellow Advanced Flashing Lights

Currently, the City and Province allow 4 seconds for a green light to transition to red. The light is green, it changes yellow and remains yellow for four seconds, and then the red light comes on indication ‘stop’. The yellow transitional time is different in many...

Thatcher Drive Rehabiliation

Thatcher Drive Rehabiliation

UPDATE - May 4th, 2020 Thatcher Drive from Pembina Highway to University Crescent will be receiving a renewal  / rehabilitation this summer. Sections of concrete and curbs will be replaced, followed by a new layer of asphalt. Details can be found in the letter sent to...

My June 2020 Newsletter

My May 2020 Newsletter

I’ve prepared a brief but informative E-newsletter on the impacts COVID-19 is having on our City and in the neighbourhoods of Waverley West. Read May 2020 Newsletter Sign up for future newsletters by registering at Councillor Lukes’ E-Newsletter.

Gradual Opening of City Facilities

Gradual Opening of City Facilities

Starting Monday, May 4th, the City will be gradually opening facilities. I've provided the information Council has received below. Now, I will be frank on a couple of issues that concern me: 1. The pandemic is NOT over. I am very very concerned that people will think...

Spring Clean Up

Spring Clean Up

Over the next 5-6 weeks the City is conducting its annual spring clean-up of streets, pathways, parks, boulevards and more! To find out when  your street will be cleaned, check the Street Cleaning Map  or download the Know Your Zone app. Local neighbourhood groups...

Please Slow Down

Please Slow Down

The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically changing our recreation and transportation activities; transit service has been reduces, many recreation facilities are closed, and as a result, there is much more interaction with pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles on the streets...

Reduced Transit Service & Low Income Pass

Reduced Transit Service & Low Income Pass

Reduced Transit Service COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a 72% reduction in ridership, over this same time in 2019. Winnipeg Transit has reduced transit service by approximately 30%. Transit officials believe this reduction in service of 30% is the right amount...

Spring Cleanup in Progress

Spring Cleanup in Progress

Spring cleanup is in progress for the next 5-6 weeks! City cleanup activities, including removing sand, debris, and litter that accumulated on public property over the winter months, and cleaning our parks are now in progress.  Download the Know your Zone App or check...

Physical Distancing: Education & Enforcement

Physical Distancing: Education & Enforcement

The pandemic is not over, and physical distancing will be in place for many months to come. It is critically important that everyone follows the Provincial Health order to stay two metres (6ft) apart. Education: On April 11th , the City launched the Community Service...

Councillor Lukes’ Videos on COVID-19

Councillor Lukes’ Videos on COVID-19

COVID 19 is making us physically distance ourselves from each other. I hope these videos build on the connection we had before COVID-19 – and help to create new connections! April 27, 2020: Please slow down!  [video width="1280" height="720"...

THANK YOU Front Line Workers!

THANK YOU Front Line Workers!

A huge shout out to ALL the front line workers in this COVID-19 pandemic! Healthcare, Fire, Ambulance, Police, Grocery Clerk’s, Child Care Workers, Transit Operators, etc. -so so SO many people doing all they can to keep us safe! THANK YOU! Our Pembina & Bison...

Message from Councillor Lukes

Message from Councillor Lukes

To the residents of the Waverley West Ward: There is an incredible amount of information coming from all directions – and I want residents to know I am available to attempt to answer any questions you may have. WHAT do you want to know from your City Councillor over...

23 Year Old Identifies $4.3 M Transit Error

23 Year Old Identifies $4.3 M Transit Error

How does a 23-year-old student union President find a $4.3 M ‘miscalculation’ in the City of Winnipeg budget and save the U-Pass program? This is a long blog full of information - for people who aren’t already in information overload (!?!). It’s an incredible...

Direct Impacts on South Winnipeg if Universal Buss Pass is Cut

Direct Impacts on South Winnipeg if Universal Buss Pass is Cut

As a member of Council, who was not part of the months-long daily budget deliberations, I was not able to have any direct input into many decisions made in the proposed four-year budget (2020-2023) It is only AFTER the draft budget is released that I and six other...

WATCH VIDEO: Fire Hall for Waverley West

WATCH VIDEO: Fire Hall for Waverley West

  We are moving forward on a Fire Hall in Waverley West. The City has commissioned a report which identifies priority needs in our rapidly growing Waverley West. I am genuinely pleased to be working with the United Firefighters of Winnipeg and the City to ensure...

New Fire Station in Waverley West – 2023-2024 Construction

New Fire Station in Waverley West – 2023-2024 Construction

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) has developed a strategic direction based on three foundational reports to help ensure current and future service demands are met.  For a summary of the 2020 Strategic Direction, view the 2020 Strategic Direction Detail. Fire...

Older Adults – ‘Making Connections’ in South Winnipeg

Older Adults – ‘Making Connections’ in South Winnipeg

I’m very pleased to be involved with a brand NEW Pembina Active Living 55+ (PAL) initiative called “Making Connections”! While South Winnipeg is a growing community of many young families, we also have a very large and growing population of older adults, many who are...

Two New Schools in Waverley West

Two New Schools in Waverley West

The Provincial Government is constructing two new schools in Waverley West. Pembina Trails School Division recently held an open house presenting plans and catchment areas.  For full details, see Pembina Trails New Schools.  The new South Winnipeg high school Will...

Impact Fees Should Pay for New Fire Hall

Impact Fees Should Pay for New Fire Hall

Photo Credit: Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files   The City has published the most recent financial update on the Impact Fee Reserve Fund, which identified that Waverley West new home-owners have contributed a total of $10,259,521.00 to the Impact Fee Reserve...

Investing in Waverley West Ward

Investing in Waverley West Ward

Thank you to the Sou’wester for providing space to update residents on important community issues. I look forward to seeing shovel’s on the ground for this recreation campus! By: Janice Lukes — Waverley West Councillor Ward Report Posted: 01/22/2020 Winnipeg South MP...

Snow Removal on Pathways in Waverley West

Snow Removal on Pathways in Waverley West

Been out walking on the pathways in Waverley West this winter? Notice that they are now being plowed?  Many residents called me over the years to ‘clear the pathways’! Just over three years ago, I made a motion to investigate the cost and logistics of clearing...

April 12, 2020: Transformation Transit Is Coming to Southwest Winnipeg

April 12, 2020: Transformation Transit Is Coming to Southwest Winnipeg

Photo Credit: CBC I’ve long been a supporter of improving transit in Winnipeg. During the 2014 election, I campaigned on supporting the construction of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway. Today, Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway (SWT) is in testing and training...

High Collision Intersection – Kenaston & McGillivray Blvd

High Collision Intersection – Kenaston & McGillivray Blvd

I think about this data every time I drive through this intersection. Take some time to read, consider and share this information. Drive with caution. Between 2011 & 2015 on average there were 281 collisions a year – or 1.5 crashes ever two days at the...

My December, 2019 Newsletter

My December, 2019 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting details surrounding new developments, funding for Southwest Recreation Campus, crime, a new Fire Hall, the upcoming budget process and more! It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read...

New Commercial Development coming to South Pointe

New Commercial Development coming to South Pointe

Some exciting news for South Pointe – Prairie Pointe and our surrounding neighbourhoods! Many residents are familiar with the large field on the northeast corner of Waverley Street and Kenaston Boulevard. This parcel of land is zoned ‘C3’ which means Commercial...

The ‘Next New Neighbourhood’ in Waverley West

The ‘Next New Neighbourhood’ in Waverley West

I find the development process, whether it be construction of buildings, transforming empty fields into neighbourhoods, or the planning of community amenities a fascinating and complex process. So much development is happening in our community and I like to share as...

Proposed New Neighbourhood in ‘Waverley West B’

Proposed New Neighbourhood in ‘Waverley West B’

Landmark Planning Design and Qualico Communities invite the community to attend the Tuesday, December 3rd Open House to learn more about upcoming plans for a new community in the area south of Cadboro and north of Lee Blvd. See proposals on how the new neighbourhood...

Crime and You

Crime and You

“we must come together as a community and work in partnership.” I’ve been to many – and have held multiple public information meetings on the crime, meth and violence occurring in our City - and at every one, the speakers say we need to ‘come together and work in...

Your Input on Multi-Year Budget Planning

Your Input on Multi-Year Budget Planning

For the first time ever City Council will be attempting to develop balanced operating and capital budgets for 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Over the past few weeks we have read about many proposed cuts to City services. As I and 6 other Councillors are not members of...

Altea Active – Open for Business!

Altea Active – Open for Business!

Altea Active opened for business this past weekend. It is an incredible, multi multi million dollar investment in our community. Providing 200+ jobs. No government funding. Built in record time. STUNNING facilities. With much more to come for grand opening in January!...

Closures-Amalgamation of Fire Halls in Report Not Being Made Public

Closures-Amalgamation of Fire Halls in Report Not Being Made Public

In September, 2016 the City awarded a $186,000 contract to consulting firm Emergency Services International to produce a ‘Standards of Response Coverage’ report. See: Fire Hall in Waverley West This report is identifying industry best practices in the field of...

Operational Improvements to 311

Operational Improvements to 311

Thank you to CTV for this in depth interview. SEE CTV News I know we can improve on the 311 Call Center interactions with residents seeking service or information. I’ve been working with a variety of the public service staff over the years to make improvements. I’ve...

Your Safety on the South Perimeter Highway

Your Safety on the South Perimeter Highway

A 19 yr old young man died yesterday at the intersection of Brady Rd and the Perimeter Highway (Hwy) - in the same general location where at least three other deaths have occurred in the last 5 years. Tragically, some of you know the utter devastation, loss and...

Thatcher Drive Rehabiliation

UPDATE – Thatcher Drive – 2019 Local Street Renewal Notice

UPDATE - May 4th, 2020 Thatcher Drive from Pembina Highway to University Crescent will be receiving a renewal  / rehabilitation this summer. Sections of concrete and curbs will be replaced, followed by a new layer of asphalt. Details can be found in the letter sent to...

Fires in Waverley West on October 5th

Fires in Waverley West on October 5th

Regarding the two fires in Waverley West this past Saturday, please know:   Chief Lane & I meet regularly-downtown & in Waverley West to discuss fire prevention & response as times. I’ve toured the new station on Portage Ave as it is a training...

POSTPONED – Sod Turning – Mother Language Plaza

POSTPONED – Sod Turning – Mother Language Plaza

Due to the extreme weather conditions the tree planting and sod turning celebration has been postponed until Spring 2020 - BUT - Mark your calendar for February 21, 2021 for International Language Day Celebrations at the University of Manitoba. I will provide further...

South Winnipeg Recreation Campus – Update & Next Steps

South Winnipeg Recreation Campus – Update & Next Steps

A brief update on the South Winnipeg Recreational Campus. Since 2014, I’ve posted updates on my website regarding the long and complicated process - from lifting a clause prohibiting development, to acquiring City land (19 acres), to partnering with the Province on...

Crime Prevention Funding Available – Your Ideas

Crime Prevention Funding Available – Your Ideas

Council just approved funding for a new Crime Prevention initiative! A Community Safety and Crime Prevention Program has been established to support community-level activities that: strengthen local crime prevention and community safety efforts, promote the exchange...

Major MILESTONE: South Winnipeg Recreation Campus

Major MILESTONE: South Winnipeg Recreation Campus

In September Council prioritized four infrastructure projects to move forward on. Council will now seek funding support from the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada by applying to the federal ‘Investing in Canada Infrastructure Funding Program’: Two...

Speed, Traffic Calming & Road Safety: Community Conversation

Speed, Traffic Calming & Road Safety: Community Conversation

DATE: Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 TIME: 7:00 - 9:00pm LOCATION: École South Pointe School, 615 Kirkbridge Dr No RSVP required. Hosted by Councillor Lukes: jlukes@winnipeg.ca Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this very important community conversation on...

The Kidney’s in our Neighbourhoods are Full!

The Kidney’s in our Neighbourhoods are Full!

Look around and you will see that all the storm water retention ponds in our neighbourhoods are full – probably the fullest some of them have ever been! PLEASE take care and keep your distance from the water as it will remain high for some time now that the grounds...

Thatcher Drive Rehabiliation

Thatcher Drive – 2019 Local Street Renewal Notice

Residents should have received the following Letter from the City of Winnipeg in regards to the 2019 Street Renewal Program: To:  RESIDENTS Dear Sir/Madam: 2019 Local Street Renewal Program:  Thatcher Drive - Pembina Hwy to University Crescent We wish to advise you...

Reporting Speed and Traffic Violations

Reporting Speed and Traffic Violations

In order for Winnipeg Police Traffic Enforcement to ‘enforce’ they need to know WHERE problem areas are. You can report ONLINE!  https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/report/default.stm#traffic Incidents involving aggressive driving and/or traffic violations or reoccurring...

Noise in a Growing City

Noise in a Growing City

As Winnipeg grows, so does the noise level. The City of Winnipeg’s most current Motor Vehicle Noise Policy and Guideline is 35 yrs old. Over the past few years, I’ve had multiple discussion with residents on noise coming from the Perimeter Highway and on Kenaston...

Crime Forum in South Winnipeg

Crime Forum in South Winnipeg

DATE: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 TIME:  7:00 pm – 9:30 pm LOCATION: St Norbert Community Center,  3450 Pembina Hwy (Ample parking available) Residents of South Winnipeg / Waverley West!  Please join Councillor Markus Chambers, representatives from the Winnipeg...

Governance Review at a Snail’s Pace

Governance Review at a Snail’s Pace

I don’t believe the 20 year old  governance model the City operates under is serving the taxpayers well. I am hoping the City will complete the governance review and recommendations by 2020. October 26, 2016: Councillors Wyatt and Eadie brought forward a motion to...

Internal Operations & City Leadership

Internal Operations & City Leadership

I recently asked for a status update on the hiring of Winnipeg’s new Chief Administration Officer (CAO) and would like to share some thoughts with you on this important role. As you may be aware, this past June, the former CAO announced his retirement in February,...

Speed – In Waverley West and In Winnipeg

Speed – In Waverley West and In Winnipeg

Thank you CBC for providing comprehensive coverage on the Waverley West Residential Speed Discussion I held in the community.  Speed and road safety are very important issues not only to the residents of Waverley West, but to all residents of Winnipeg. This is an...

Collisions In City Of Winnipeg

Collisions In City Of Winnipeg

I’ve been working with Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)  and the Winnipeg Police Service on a number of speed and collision related issues. I’ve compiled recent reports and maps for you to look at to see where collisions are occurring in the City of Winnipeg.  The bulk...

When a Candidate Comes Knocking on YOUR Door . . .

When a Candidate Comes Knocking on YOUR Door . . .

  The Provincial election is September 10th and the Federal election is October 21st. There are many candidates knocking on doors looking for your support and there are many many issues to discuss! When a candidate comes knocking on your door, I encourage you to...

Residential Streets Public Speed Discussion – Waverley West

Residential Streets Public Speed Discussion – Waverley West

DATE:  Tuesday, August 27th , 2019 TIME:  6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Water Bend Park – Bridgwater Lakes Fountain To the residents of the Waverley West ward: You are invited to join me at Water Bend Park, beside Bridgwater Lakes Fountain to discuss your concerns about...

Dealing With Vehicle Speed In Our Neighbourhoods

Dealing With Vehicle Speed In Our Neighbourhoods

This is a long, and very frank update and commentary on vehicular speed in the City, what I’m doing as Councillor, what the City is doing on a broader scale, and what YOU can do to help. First, I want to extend my sincere sympathies to the family whose pet was the...

Update On New Housing On Pembina, University Crescent And Snow Street

Update On New Housing On Pembina, University Crescent And Snow Street

I’ve prepared an update that highlights ALL the new apartments being constructed on Pembina Highway and University Crescent. There are over 1200 units, that are one, two and three bedrooms. All of these units have been approved over the past 4 ½ years and all are...

University Crescent Infill gets CMHC financing

University Crescent Infill gets CMHC financing

Thank you to the Sou'Wester for covering this story University Crescent infill gets CMHC financing By: Danielle Da Silva             Posted: 08/9/2019 4:45 PM   With the turn of a dozen gold plated spades, the developers of major infill project in University...

Crime Stats For Waverley West Ward

Crime Stats For Waverley West Ward

This week the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) released the  Winnipeg Police Service 2018 Annual Statistical Report. It is important to understand the big picture of crime in Winnipeg, which the report provided information on. I believe it is also important to understand...

Update: Canadian Goose Population In Waverley West

Update: Canadian Goose Population In Waverley West

https://youtu.be/2KW-w6hp7RI If you are noticing an increase in populations of geese in Waverley West this year – you are correct. According to City Staff who focus on our urban geese: See Data on Waverley West geese and ponds. According to Kristin Tuchscherer,...

Host A Block Party This Year!

Host A Block Party This Year!

I’m providing funding and administrative support to anyone who wants to hold a BLOCK PARTY this year! I think most people will agree that there are advantages to knowing your neighbours. What if you're baking and run short on sugar? Where will you turn to borrow a cup...

Rockin’ Around The Block Builds Community

Rockin’ Around The Block Builds Community

(Photo/article credit: Sou'Wester) Many thanks to Bridgwater neighbourhod correspondent Debbie Ristimaki for her excellent reporting! Rockin’ around the block builds community By: Debbie Ristimaki - Community Correspondent          Posted: 06/24/2019   Waverley...

Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible Pet Ownership

Over the next few months, Animal Services will be focusing on patroling in Waverley West. By-law officers will be frequencing the parks and walkways in the ward ensuring pet owners are complying with the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law. Pet owners must remove their...

Long Grass Enforcement Process

NEW Enforcement Process for HEIGHT of Long Grass and Weeds (2019)

This applies to homeowners' FRONT YARDS and BOULEVARDS. For this season, the City is PILOTING a NEW ENFORCEMENT PROCESS for Section 8 of the Neighbourhood Liveability By–law.  Section 8 of the Neighbourhood Liveability By-law # 1/2008 covers homeowners’...

Waverley West Ward – Crime Update – June 27, 2019

Waverley West Ward – Crime Update – June 27, 2019

(Photo Credit: Tessa Vanderhart) There have been consistent crime levels for the past few weeks in the Waverley West ward pertaining to break & entry, thefts from motor vehicles and mischief. Nicer weather often results in more criminal activities, and combined...

Thatcher And Wedgwood Drive Sewer Construction

Thatcher And Wedgwood Drive Sewer Construction

Upcoming Sewer Main Construction 76 to 99 Thatcher Drive & 1 to 8 Wedgewood Dr The City is about to begin a project to restore the aging sewer at these locations to keep them functioning properly. There are two phases to the work: Phase one is cleaning the sewer,...

Did You Know – Neighbourhood Liveability By-Laws

Did You Know – Neighbourhood Liveability By-Laws

The City has developed a list of Neighbourhgood Liveability and Building By-Laws which help keep neighbourhoods healthy, clean and beautiful. I've designed this postcard to help residents understand some of the more common By-Laws that are actively enforced throughout...

Provincial Pesticide Legislation – Dandelions & More!

Provincial Pesticide Legislation – Dandelions & More!

The City’s had to change their weed control program in 2015 due to new Provincial legislation (Non-Essential Pesticide Use Regulation under the Environment Act) which restricts traditional pesticide use on lawns. This means that the City CAN NO LONGER use certain...

Thatcher Drive Rehabiliation

Thatcher Dr – Street Renewal/Rehabilitation

Thatcher Dr from University Cr to Pembina Hwy will be receiving a renewal  / rehabilitation this summer. Sections of concrete and curbs will be replaced, followed by a new layer of asphalt. Details can be found in the letter sent to residents. ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? If...

2019 Water Main Cleaning Program

2019 Water Main Cleaning Program

This year’s water main cleaning program, where crews flush water mains, will begin on Wednesday, May 15th. This is done to preserve the quality of water as it passes from our drinking water treatment plant to customer’s taps.  Crews use a uni-directional flushing...

2020 Road Construction in Waverley West Ward

2019 Road Construction in Waverley West Ward

Each year the Public Works department provides Councillors with a Streets Condition map. See Street Condition’s PDF. Waverley Heights has many streets that are in ‘Fair’ to ‘Poor’ condition along with White Ridge and University Heights with many streets in fair...

My December, 2019 Newsletter

My May, 2019 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the Waverley West Ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read May, 2019 Newsletter...

Sod Replacement On Three Soccer Fields

Sod Replacement On Three Soccer Fields

The handing off of maintenance responsibilities of a new development from the  developer to the City can sometimes be challenging, confusing and frustrating!  Often residents are not aware that in a new development, the developer is tied by contract to deliver a...

2019 Spring Clean Up and Reporting Damage from Snow Removal

2019 Spring Clean Up and Reporting Damage from Snow Removal

The City has started its annual spring clean up! Streets are being washed and swept, boulevards are being brushed to remove sand, and parks and greenspaces are being cleaned!  See Spring Clean Up on the City of Winnipeg website for a complete overview on the Spring...

May 11th – City Hall Open House for Waverley West

May 11th – City Hall Open House for Waverley West

This is an invitation exclusively for residents who live in the Waverley West ward! Bring your family and join neighbours, friends and Councillor Janice Lukes for a tour of City Hall! Learn what City services are available to you, and how to ‘get action’ on important...

Traffic Calming Options For Residential Streets

Traffic Calming Options For Residential Streets

(Original Date Posted: June 2018) We receive many calls on how to slow speeding vehicles down on residential streets. This blog will provide you with an insight to the issue and options. City Streets The City’s street system is set up as follows: Residential streets...

My December, 2019 Newsletter

My April, 2019 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the Waverley West Ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read April, 2019 Newsletter...

Eight Community Garden Plots Available By Margaret Grant Pool

Eight Community Garden Plots Available By Margaret Grant Pool

Eight garden plots are available this year to rent!  Of the 20 plots, 12 have been booked by returning gardeners and eight will be available to be rented starting at 9:00 am on April 8 by calling 204-832-5865 ($48.30). Plots measure approx. 21 ½ ft x 26 ft = 559 ft2....

University Heights – My Comments On Bus Routes – Please Share Yours

University Heights – My Comments On Bus Routes – Please Share Yours

RESIDENTS OF UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS TODAY Transit starts a series of 'public engagements' regarding the PROPOSED bus route changes to connect to the new Southwest Transitway opening in 2020. These public engagements will take place in a converted BUS - find the 'Ideas in...

Multifaith Council, Police Board To Talk Safety

Multifaith Council, Police Board To Talk Safety

(Photo Credit: Sou/wester) (Christine Baronins, member of the Manitoba Multifaith Council, and Shauna Curtin, secretary for the Winnipeg Police Board) This is going to be a very informative event, there is ample space at this beautiful church. Please feel welcome to...

Sump Pumps, Wet Yards & Manitoba Native Plants

Sump Pumps, Wet Yards & Manitoba Native Plants

Our yards will be well soaked this year with all the snow we’ve had over winter!! Once the spring rains start, your sump pump will be working around the clock removing water from around your home’s foundation and basement. Often during these times, the sump pump is...

Symbolic Budget Vote For Councillor Equality

Symbolic Budget Vote For Councillor Equality

City Council passed the 2019 Operating and Capital Budget on March 20th. Two thirds of Council did not support the budget. I did not vote to support the budget but instead cast a symbolic vote against the budget to raise awareness on the critical need for ‘Councillor...

BUS ROUTES ARE CHANGING In Southwest Winnipeg

BUS ROUTES ARE CHANGING In Southwest Winnipeg

SEE DETAILED MAP of the routes, noting they are PROPOSED – your feedback is important! SEE Story Boards of Route Changes (including very detailed overview of southern routes) Bus Routes are Changing Winnipeg Transit will be changing existing bus routes  in southwest...

Councillor Wants To Form Working Group To Increase Community Gym Use

Councillor Wants To Form Working Group To Increase Community Gym Use

(Photo credit: Eva Wasney, Canstar)  Pleased to be moving forward in the formation of a working group with Pembina Trails School Division and the City of Winnipeg to enable more affordable and frequent weekend access of school gymnasiums. I made a presentation to the...

Statement On 2019 City Of Winnipeg Budget Process

Statement On 2019 City Of Winnipeg Budget Process

Today Councillor Klein and I called a press conference with media to express our concerns with the City of Winnipeg’s 2019 Budget Process. You can read my statement below – and read Councillor Klein’s statement.  I must say, it is virtually impossible to ensure an...

Cllr. Lukes Requesting Trustees To Reduce Weekend Gymnasium Rental Rates

Cllr. Lukes Requesting Trustees To Reduce Weekend Gymnasium Rental Rates

I look forward to presenting at the Pembina Trails Budget meeting this evening and speaking to points in the Presentation I prepared. I’d like to thank the many residents who’ve reached out to me looking for recreation space.  As noted in the press release – we are...

Upcoming Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Upcoming Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Plowing of residential streets will begin Sunday evening to improve the condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Sunday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Residents are urged to confirm their snow...

Waverley West Crime Prevention Workshops

Waverley West Crime Prevention Workshops

DOWNLOAD CRIME PREVENTION POSTER HERE Members of the Winnipeg Police Service will present and answer any questions you may have. South Winnipeg has one of the lowest crime volumes in the City of Winnipeg, and by taking a personal responsibility, we can work to ensure...

Do You Need Indoor Space For Recreation Activities?

Do You Need Indoor Space For Recreation Activities?

(Photo Credit: MLA Jon Reyes) Keeping kids busy,  kids of any age – is a critical part of overall crime prevention. South Winnipeg has the greatest recreation deficit (no recreation facilities) in the entire City and while there is very good progress occurring on the...

Waverley West Ward Priorities

Waverley West Ward Priorities

This is a high level list Waverley West ward concerns, issues & resident priorities resulting from four years of community engagement, discussions, and recent election conversations. There may be more, and if so, let’s discuss.  There are many initiatives one can...

2019 Budget – City & Waverley West Priorities Presentation

2019 Budget – City & Waverley West Priorities Presentation

On January 9th, 2019 I held a budget presentation with approximately 20 community residents / leaders. Councillor Gillingham (Chair of Finance) and Councillor Markus Chambers (Acting Deputy Mayor) also attended. We discussed Waverley West ward priorities that had...

2018 Fire Incidents In Waverley West

2018 Fire Incidents In Waverley West

I’m in constant discussion with Chief Lane on the development of a Fire Hall in the Waverley West ward. I provided a Fire Hall in Waverley West UPDATE this past May, and hope to see some movement reflected in the upcoming 2019 budget. Currently there is no line item...

City Of Winnipeg ’Community Safety Strategic Action Plan’

City Of Winnipeg ’Community Safety Strategic Action Plan’

Crime and crime prevention is weighing heavily on citizens. Regularly I receive calls from residents concerned about crime in their neighbourhood. I heard many concerns when I was door knocking during the recent election. For the Waverley West ward,  I’ve set up a...

What Kind Of Crimes Are Occurring In Waverley West?

What Kind Of Crimes Are Occurring In Waverley West?

I have confirmed with our West District Inspector that these two websites are kept current and updated. Primarily the crime we are experiencing in South Winnipeg are: Stolen vehicles Break-ins of houses and garages But know that there are other crimes occurring, just...

YOUR Role In Reporting Crime

YOUR Role In Reporting Crime

(Photo source: CTV News Winnipeg) YOU can assist in keeping crime rates low by REPORTING any SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY  or CRIME. If you don’t report – the Winnipeg Police may assume everything is just fine – when it isn’t. The Winnipeg Police Service have now expanded and...

Update On South Winnipeg Recreation Campus

Update On South Winnipeg Recreation Campus

This is a very active file and I will provide you with a brief update.  Many significant steps have occurred to prepare the land, secure servicing, funding and planning of the complex. BUT there are also many many ‘moving parts’ that still have to be confirmed. If you...

My December, 2019 Newsletter

My January, 2019 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the Waverley West Ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read January, 2019...

Update: Snow/Ice Removal on Sidewalks and Pathways

Update: Snow/Ice Removal on Sidewalks and Pathways

UPDATE: This has been a long drawn out process, here is the latest update (Dec 2019) As per my motion in March 2016 (Item #24) to improve snow and ice removal on sidewalks and pathways  - a report was finally produced almost two years later - in May 2018 (Item # 7)...

Community Crime Prevention Activities

Community Crime Prevention Activities

Crime Prevention Workshops Attend one of two Crime Prevention Workshops I’m holding. I’ve held them in the past and they are a wealth of information. We will also be discussing Neighbourhood Watch and other crime preventative measures. February 13th, 7:00 pm: South...

Upcoming Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Plowing of residential streets will begin Wednesday morning to improve the condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Wednesday, January 9 at 7 a.m. Residents are urged to confirm their...

2019 Plans For Our Parks

2019 Plans For Our Parks

I recently met with the Parks department for our annual review of the parks, playground and greenspaces in the Waverley West ward, and to set plan for upcoming park improvements. IF there are improvements to parks that you don’t see listed here but would like to...

Boundaries Of The Waverley West Ward

Boundaries Of The Waverley West Ward

Winnipeg is growing at a rapid pace, and every 10 years or so, the City conducts a review of the ward boundaries to ensure fair and equitable representation for residents. Boundaries changed for many wards, some wards were combined and some were split. There are still...

Rooming House Sale Making Waves

Rooming House Sale Making Waves

(Photo Credit: Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press) Thanks to Carol Sanders and the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this important issue on our community Revenue potential of former rooming house removed from listing Winnipeg Free Press      By: Carol Sanders     ...

Upcoming Feedermain Work – Waverley West & Waverley Heights

Upcoming Feedermain Work – Waverley West & Waverley Heights

Water and Waste staff will be working on two feeder mains overnight on Friday, October 26.  This work has the potential to cause discoloured water for customers in the south Winnipeg area (St.Vital, Fort Garry, Linden Woods, Waverley West, Waverley Heights, and near...

Sky’s The Limit For U Of M Housing

Sky’s The Limit For U Of M Housing

Thank you to Ryan Thorpe and the Winnipeg Free Press for always providing such good coverage to the illegal rooming house issue. Much appreciated by all. Sky's the limit for U of M housing Construction begins for 16-storey complex within walking distance of Fort Garry...

Acclaimed in Waverley West

Acclaimed in Waverley West

Photo credit: Wayne Glowacki - Winnipeg Free Press Thank you to all the residents of the new Waverley West ward for their support over the past four years. We worked hard, reached some great accomplishments, and have exciting developments on the horizon! A very warm...

Leading-Edge Fitness Facility Coming To Bridgwater

Leading-Edge Fitness Facility Coming To Bridgwater

Without a doubt this is one of the most exciting projects I’ve been working on this year! its been almost impossible to keep the details ‘under wraps’ because this is such an exciting project! But now, I can share details about the new Altea Fitness Facility! I know...

Transit Transformation In Southwest Winnipeg

Transit Transformation In Southwest Winnipeg

I’d like to thank the Sou’Wester for printing this article in their August 20th edition Transit transformation in southwest Winnipeg By: Janice Lukes - South Winnipeg-St. Norbert City Councillor Ward Report                      Posted: 08/20/2018 3:00 PM   By...

Update: Recreation Campus In South Winnipeg

Update: Recreation Campus In South Winnipeg

The site of the new recreation campus is currently a big open field. No roads, no water, no sewer, no lights, no drainage – just a big field of prairie grasses!  While it is a rare gift to be able to plan a new recreation campus on an open field with few space...

St Norbert Bypass On South Perimeter – Information Sessions

St Norbert Bypass On South Perimeter – Information Sessions

This is the latest News Release from the Government of Manitoba's website. I encourage you to attend one of these open houses for a chance to provide your input.  I will be at the St Norbert Community Centre (2340 Pembina Hwy) info session the entire time on Thursday,...

Clarifying Who Mows City Boulevards

Clarifying Who Mows City Boulevards

(Original post date June 8, 2018) In new developments, homeowners can find it confusing to understand who is responsible for mowing the grass on boulevards. Grass should NOT BE HIGHER than 6 inches. A boulevard is the public space between the homeowners house and the...

Street Parking Update – University Heights

Street Parking Update – University Heights

SEE Flyer delivered to residents June 28th   I have confirmed with the Winnipeg Parking Authority (July 27th, 2018) that the Winnipeg Parking Authority will be removing the time restricted parking at the end of University Crescent between Pasadena and Grierson....

Planning For The Future – University Heights (Agassiz And Montcalm)

Planning For The Future – University Heights (Agassiz And Montcalm)

I’d like to thank residents for coming forward and expressing their desire to develop a long term plan for the community of University Heights. As a result of these discussions, and taking into consideration the significant changes starting to occur in the...

U of M’s Vibrant Vision For Southwood Unveiled

U of M’s Vibrant Vision For Southwood Unveiled

The University of Manitoba is having more discussions about the development of the Southwood lands. Recently they announced a Board of Directors to oversee development.  The Winnipeg Free Press is covering a luncheon where the University is discussing a vibrant vision...

Applications For New Apartment Complex Approved

Applications For New Apartment Complex Approved

I want to thank all the residents who came out and spoke at the public hearing. Through these discussions and concerns about long term plans for University Heights,  I’ve made a motion requesting the Public Service to undertake a planning study to investigate the...

My June, 2018 Newsletter

My June, 2018 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read June,...

Fire Hall In Waverley West

Fire Hall In Waverley West

Fire Hall in Waverley West – Standards of Response Coverage Report In September, 2016 the City awarded a $186,000 contract to consulting firm Emergency Services International to produce a ‘Standards of Response Coverage’ report (SORC). Emergency Services International...

YOUR INPUT on the Development Application Notification Process

YOUR INPUT on the Development Application Notification Process

The City is looking at ways to improve public NOTIFICATION of land development so processes are as open and transparent as possible. Often, small yellow signs are posted indicating there is a development application. Sometimes depending on the side of lot or...

June 13th OPEN HOUSE – YOUR Recreation and Park Priorities

June 13th OPEN HOUSE – YOUR Recreation and Park Priorities

In Southwest Winnipeg, we know there is a recreation deficit and lack of maintenance for our parks and greenspaces due to rapid growth, and a lack of proper planning for new developments. The City of Winnipeg needs to hear from you! I ENCOURAGE you to attend the June...

St Norbert Bypass On South Perimeter – Information Sessions

UPDATE – Safety Improvements on South Perimeter Highway

(Photo credit: Joe Bryksa - Winnipeg Free Press) See Display Boards presented at the Open Houses Proposed Closures / Changes to the South Perimeter Highway If you have questions or concerns, please contact: Brett Wareham, Director of Regional Operations Eastern...

South Winnipeg St Norbert Ward Is Splitting In Two

South Winnipeg St Norbert Ward Is Splitting In Two

Thank you to the Sou’wester for covering this very significant change in South Winnipeg. It’s been a challenging four years handling the population growth and trying to respond to and represent citizens in the South Winnipeg –St. Norbert ward. It will be bitter sweet...

Councillor’s May 2018 Update On Illegal Rooming House File

Councillor’s May 2018 Update On Illegal Rooming House File

On May 15th,  I attended the Ft. Richmond University Heights Neighbhourhood Association’s third Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Association formed with a vision of being a vibrant, safe and diverse neighbourhood where people take pride in their property, and work...

City of Winnipeg Studying Regulatory Licensing Requirements

City of Winnipeg Studying Regulatory Licensing Requirements

MAY 2018 UPDATE - REPORT NOW RELEASED: May 7, 2018 the Review of Rental Rooms in Single Family Dwellings was released to the public following a year’s worth of study by the Public Service. This is a very detailed report that reviews the challenges and opportunities of...

My June, 2018 Newsletter

My April, 2018 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read April,...

AGM: Fort Richmond University Heights Neighbourhood Association

AGM: Fort Richmond University Heights Neighbourhood Association

Please join myself, area residents and guests for the 3rd Ft Richmond University Heights Neighbourhood Association Annual General Meeting! DATE: Tuesday, May 15th TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm LOCATION: Richmond Kings Community Centre, 666 Silverstone Ave. Refreshments will be...

Local Community Bike Repair Kiosk Now OPEN!

Local Community Bike Repair Kiosk Now OPEN!

The brand new public access community bike repair kiosk is now open!! I’m very pleased to have provided City of Winnipeg funding support to the U of M Cycle Bike Kiosk ! This brand new bike repair kiosk is located on the grounds of the University of Manitoba behind...

Improving Transit in South Winnipeg

Improving Transit in South Winnipeg

By spring of 2020,  the Southwest Transitway is projected to be completed and in operation!  For the next year and a half, Transit’s route planners will be reviewing CHANGES to existing transit routes in South Winnipeg. Shorter routes will ‘feed into’ the corridor,...

Student Housing Complex Approved

Student Housing Complex Approved

A few years of work to make this student housing project a reality at 2525 Pembina Hwy across from University of Manitoba! Very pleased to be working with the team at Campus Suites to bring this complex to life!   The is a high level artistic image of what will...

Expanding Efforts to Combat Rooming Houses in South Winnipeg

Expanding Efforts to Combat Rooming Houses in South Winnipeg

For the past 3.5 years I’ve worked with community members and focused much of my time on understanding and combatting illegal rooming houses in the communities of Ft Richmond and University Heights. These two communities ‘sandwich’ the University of Manitoba. One...

My June, 2018 Newsletter

My March, 2018 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read March,...

Preparing for a New Recreation Campus

Preparing for a New Recreation Campus

The site of the new recreation campus is currently a big open field. No roads, no water, no sewer, no lights, no drainage – just a big field of prairie grasses!  While it is a rare gift to be able to plan a new recreation campus on an open field with few space...

New Report – Tracking Illegal Rooming Houses & Enforcement

New Report – Tracking Illegal Rooming Houses & Enforcement

The community and I have worked with multiple departments in the City to reduce the number of issues related to the existence of illegal rooming houses. Residents and I believe we are seeing positive changes, but we need data to support this belief and the initiatives...

A Fix to Rooming-House Problem Near U of M

A Fix to Rooming-House Problem Near U of M

Here is an overview of another potential development on Pembina Highway. I encourage you to read this comprehensive overview. Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this important project:   A fix to rooming-house problem near U of M Winnipeg Free...

2018 Road Construction in South Winnipeg- St Norbert Ward

2018 Road Construction in South Winnipeg- St Norbert Ward

Evaluating Winnipeg’s Streets for Repair Work Our City streets are evaluated by the Winnipeg Public Works Department using a street rating system as follows: New, Good, Fair and Poor: Typically, anything rated as Poor is automatically scheduled as a rehabilitation or...

Expropriation of Land Moving Forward for Recreation Campus

Expropriation of Land Moving Forward for Recreation Campus

It is important to understand, the City is able to secure additional land to expand the site. Qualico is an excellent 'city building partner' and extensive negotiations are occurring on a regular basis to ensure this site will be built to meet the communities growing...

Dividing South Winnipeg-St. Norbert into 2 New Wards

Dividing South Winnipeg-St. Norbert into 2 New Wards

The South Winnipeg–St. Norbert ward is essentially being divided into two wards due to tremendous population growth. Many of you know I’ve been struggling to keep up with e-mails and phone call responses to all constituents since being elected in 2014. Dividing the...

My June, 2018 Newsletter

My December, 2017 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read December,...

UPDATE – Bishop Grandin Walk-Bike Bridge over Pembina Highway

UPDATE – Bishop Grandin Walk-Bike Bridge over Pembina Highway

CITY OF WINNIPEG - NOVEMBER, 2017 UPDATE:  The next phase of the project is detailed design. While the project is currently not funded, we anticipate it will be aligned with the rehabilitation of Pembina Highway Overpass of Bishop Grandin. which is currently planned...

New Bike Repair Hub at University of Manitoba

New Bike Repair Hub at University of Manitoba

I was very pleased to provide support recently for this new initiative at the University of Manitoba.  This project, which has been a few years in the making, will be of great benefit to students, faculty and the surrounding community. My thanks to the Sou'Wester for...

Gardening Opportunities in King’s Park

Gardening Opportunities in King’s Park

Do you like gardening and have a few hours to spare?  Pembina Active Living (55+) is currently seeking volunteers to assist with maintaining the waterfall and beautiful Hosta gardens at King's Park. Pembina Active Living (55+) is a non-profit, seniors serving...

News Coverage: Rental Housing Near University of Manitoba

News Coverage: Rental Housing Near University of Manitoba

Thank you to our local media for covering a challenging and complex issue which we are experiencing in the Fort Richmond and University Heights areas, as well as other neighbouroods in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward.  I encourage you to  review this informative...

Stadium Event Zone Parking Permit Program

Stadium Event Zone Parking Permit Program

In order to ensure the best experience for not only fans attending events at Investors Group Field, but also the residents in the community, a comprehensive Event Day Transportation and Parking Plan has been developed by the Winnipeg Football Club, the University of...

Gardening Opportunities in King’s Park

King’s Park Upgrades – June 17 Community Meeting

King’s Park is a regional park in South Winnipeg.  As a regional park, it serves a greater area than a neighbourhood park. Like many other regional parks (St. Vital Park and Crescent Drive Park), funding is becoming available for upgrades. Last winter, the City...

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Waverley West Ward
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