January/ janvier 2020
January 31, 2020
I was happy to attend Mayor Brian Bowman's reception to kick off Black History Month.
How wonderful to celebrate with the community and see so many of my colleagues in attendance!
The 2020 theme for Black History Month is: "Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past."
I encourage all to attend events during the month of February to honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.
For a list of activities happening around Winnipeg for Black History Month, please click on the link:
Group photo of Mayor Bowman, City Councillors and MLA's with community members.
Group photo of Councillor Janice Lukes, Waverley West War, Jamie Moses, MLA for St. Vital, Councillor Mayes and Councillor Sherri Rollins, Fort-Rouge East Fort Garry Ward
Uzoma Asagwara, MLA for Union Station, with City Councillors, Sherri Rollins and Brian Mayes
Audrey Gordon, MLA for Southdale, with Councillor Mayes
Dougald Lamont, MLA for St. Boniface and Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, with Brian
Wab Kinew, MLA for Fort Rouge and Leader of Manitoba's NDP, with Brian
At the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works, demanding improved maintenance of gravel lanes
Map of the area in Sage Creek where I requested a traffic study following the concerns of the Sage Creek Residents' Association
February 4, 2020
At the Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works Committee Meeting this morning, I spoke in favour of a proposal to add an unlighted crosswalk at Prairie Smoke Drive and Wild Iris Walk, near Sage Creek School.
I had requested a traffic study of the area, following concerns raised by Sage Creek parents and the Sage Creek Residents' Association.
I also called for improved maintenance of gravel lanes, if the City is not prepared to change the current gravel policy, as it does not provide for the addition of new gravel on a regular basis.
Thank you to all residents who appeared in delegation.
February 22, 2020
What a great night celebrating Kosovo Independence Day with members of Winnipeg's Albanian and Kosovar communities!
My wife and I were happy to participate in a traditional dance.
February 25, 2020
Thank you to Kelvin High School for hosting the "sort of" annual Reach for the Top game against the City Hall team.
My thanks to the other local elected reps that participated: Sherri-Lynn Rollins, City Councillor for Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry and Mark Wasyliw, MLA for Fort Garry, for being part of the "City Hall" team (I had to bring in Mark).
I am proud to support academic achievement through Reach!
March / Mars 2020
March 6, 2020 - Budget 2020 Highlights
On Sept 11, 2012, I moved a motion to extend Handi-Transit services throughout the City, instead of denying service to citizens that reside more than 500 meters from a bus stop.
2020's budget FINALLY scraps the 500 meter rule!
Thanks to Independent Living Resource Centre and Patrick Stewart for their advocacy and to Mayor Brian Bowman for his support!
2020 City budget allocates $240,000 to build tennis/ pickleball courts in Ron Duhamel Park in the heart of Sage Creek.
A new amenity for this growing area in the St. Vital ward!
Buried within the roads section of Budget 2020, is a big innovation for gravel lanes. $350,000 per year will be re-allocated into “pulvimixing”. This is a kind of roto-tilling, to upgrade ageing gravel lanes.
Proud to add that Budget 2020 provides four more years of City funding ($150k per year) to the University of Winnipeg for Inner City Work/Study. Bringing together suburban and inner-City youth, to work in the community and study Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.
March 7, 2020
I attended the Walk on the Seine River in honour of Save Our Seine River Environment Inc.'s 30th anniversary.
I used the new bike/pedestrian tunnel under Fermor for the first time. The official opening of the tunnel is slated for the Spring.
My thanks to SOS for the river walk!
March 9, 2020
I spoke in delegation at the meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation and Economic Development regarding my motion to bring 30% of Transit Plus (Handi Transit) back in-house.
Thanks to the committee who voted to explore bringing wheelchair calls back under city delivery.
While I am currently debating with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 over the budget, there was good cooperation on this file.
8 years in the making!
March 20, 2020
Proud to have voted for a budget that repeals the 500 meter rule so that Transit Plus (Handi Transit) will serve (as of 2021) all points within the boundaries of the City of Winnipeg.
May 22, 2020
I was pleased to join the Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Municipal Relations and MLA for Riel, along with representatives from Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre, to mark the Province's $75,000 contribution towards Norberry’s accessible playground project.
Three levels of government cooperating! Building on the $100,000 federal contribution previously announced by the Honourable Dan Vandal, and the $100,000 I announced through the City's budget.
This one was to mark the Province's grant of $20,000 to match my contribution from my ward funds to repair the exterior of the St. Vital Centennial Arena.
I Look forward to seeing the St. Vital Victorias back in action soon!
June 8th, 2020
Today was a great day in St Vital! New pedestrian and cyclist underpass now open!
Officially opening of the $2.5 M pedestrian / bike tunnel under the Fermor bridge with Matt Allard (an ally in fighting for this project), Mark Cohoe from Bike Winnipeg and Michele Kading from Save Our Seine River Environment Inc.
On June 8th, 2020, I stopped by Greendell with MLA Rochelle Squires to meet with General Manager Darryl Elyk about some more good news. Good city (new rink boards coming) & provincial (summer green team) support for Greendell.
Out with the old, in with the new! St. Vital Arena - home of St. Vital Minor Hockey Association and the St. Vital Junior Victorias is getting an update! I was happy to contribute to this alongside the SVMHA and Don at Dakota Skate Care. We should also give an “assist” to Rochelle Squires who recently announced $20,000 in funding to help repair the St. Vital Arena.
On June 10, 2020, I announced a $1,500 grant to help Heritage Winnipeg with Doors Open Winnipeg, set for Sept 12-13 to celebrate Manitoba 150. Funds were from the budget I receive as Chair of Council’s Property, Planning and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development Committee.
Congrats to Glenwood Community Centre on their grant for $78,668 from the City’s Community Club renovation grants program. Almost doubles the $80,000 allocated in the City budget 2020 for rink board/glass project at Glenwood’s Arena.
On June 11th, 2020, I joined LRSD staff for a few hours to help out with the hamper project.
I was inspired by Jamie Moses, MLA for St. Vital, and his efforts to pack food hampers for Louis Riel School Division families at Dakota Collegiate Institute.
Kudos to LRSD staff on this very well-organized effort!
On June 17, 2020, due to the threat of COVID-19, we held the first virtual Mark Dickof Memorial Awards ceremony for high school students promoting awareness of mental health.
Another year of great cooperation with the Manitoba School Boards Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association's Manitoba Chapter.
Congrats to winners Jessica Giesbrecht of Garden Valley & Avery Shtykalo of J.H. Bruns!
Photo: Avery Shtykalo is pictured with her teacher/school advisor, Pamela Kuorikoski, school trustee, Pamela Kolochuk, MLA for Southdale, Audrey Gordon and St. Vital City Councillor, Brian Mayes
The new community garden at St Vital Arena is a great story of teamwork, thanks to the Winnipeg Food Council, the St. Vital Minor Hockey Association, Lawson Sales (Kubota) and gardening volunteers from St. Vital!
Photo: Brian is pictured with Winnipeg Food Council coordinator, Jeanette Sivilay and volunteers at community garden at St. Vital Arena
july / juillet
august / août
July 22, 2020
Today was a great day in St. Vital. Councillor Markus Chambers and I hosted an honourary street naming ceremony for Bob Holliday, a St. Vital gem.
Thanks to the Honourable Dan Vandal, MP for St. Boniface - St. Vital, the Honourable Rochelle Squires, MLA for Riel, Jamie Moses, MLA for St. Vital and Dougald Lamont, MLA for St. Boniface, and Moe Sabourin of the Winnipeg Police Association, for being present and for supporting this important honour.
It's safe to say that Bob was visibly touched with the honourary naming of Bob Holliday Way and by all the people who showed up, despite the pandemic.
August 24, 2020
A great event unveiling the statue of Dr. Jose Rizal in Waterford Green.
Great to see so many community members and Terry Duguid, MP for Winnipeg South, City Councillor of Point Douglas, Vivian Armstrong Santos, City Councillor for Old Kilodonan, Devi Sharma, Malaya Marcelino, MLA for Notre Dame and the great champion of Dr. Rizal, former Point Douglas City Councillor, Mike Pagtakhan.
When Mike Pagtakhan (fellow Dakota Collegiate alumnus) left Council, I cited a verse from Filipino Independence hero Dr. Jose Rizal. I was delighted to see that same verse on the base of the statue of Rizal unveiled today, a project dear to Mike.
I played tennis on the new courts, with one of my sons. All five facilities (cricket, basketball, soccer field, tennis & running track) were in use at same time.
September / septembre
September 23, 2020
I was pleased to support the City's "Green Building Guy" Gurmeet Ghera by delivering the keynote address at the City's online Building Energy Disclosure Project forum.
Building Energy Disclosure Project Forum
Photos: Brian Mayes and Gurmeet Ghera, Green Buildings Specialist, during the Zoom forum.
September 23, 2020
Tree planting today in St Vital!
Was joined by Mayor Bowman, Councillor John Orlikow, River Heights - Fort Garry, and a remarkable crew from Save our Seine.
Save our Seine helped create the beautiful Niakwa Rain Garden.
Thank you to my colleague, Councillor Markus Chambers who agreed to join me in funding these courts.
The new courts replace the 4 old courts that were lost when the sports field was installed.
A huge thank you to Louis Riel School Division on another great collaboration. An extra thank you to the great Dean Favoni, Robbie Mager & Jill Mathez for their vision at Dakota - full facility five!
october / octobre
October 2, 2020
Mayor Bowman and I participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hazelwood Park to celebrate the upgrades in the playground equipment and the park. The total project cost was $129,000, funded from the 2019 Parks and Recreation Enhancement Program and 2020 Golf Lands Repurposing Review and Recreation Amenities.
This park is a cherished community space and I am very pleased to see improvements made that will benefit the neighbourhood and Dr. D.W. Penner School. My own mom taught kindergarten at Penner during the 1980s, and I am very proud to support this school and its students all these years later.
October 6, 2020
Organic/ compost pilot project kicks off in St Vital!
Thanks to the City's Water & Waste staff for inviting me to see the 7 am start to the organic/compost pilot project pick-up in the St Vital ward, on Sherwood.
October 11, 2020
I attended the dedication of the new Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre's fully accessible play structure. It was built with Federal, Provincial, City and community funding.
Ribbon-cutting was with Norberry-Glenlee's President Sean Federowich, Jamie Moses, MLA for St. Vital, the Hon. Dan Vandal, Minister of Minister of Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament for St. Boniface - St. Vital and the Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister of Municipal Relations and MLA for Riel.
Sadly, City money was not reserved for “zany maze” signage.
The last time I ran a full (26.2 mile) marathon was in 2003, before either of my sons were born.
I decided to show the boys I could still run a marathon. I finished the virtual Manitoba Marathon
on Sunday, in 3 hour and 52 mins. Slowest of my marathons, but the best Thanksgiving!
Much better vertical for Principal Dubeau, than for Sig and I.
Chris and I testing out the new hoops
Basketball project #6 with great partners, the Louis Riel School Division!
October 21, 2020
Covid-19 has been devastating for small businesses. As a result, Old St. Vital Business Improvement Zone will provide all of its members with an equal share of a $100,000.00 recovery grant.
I was pleased to attend the presentation of these grants to two local businesses, Top Hat Florist, the oldest community partner and Juneberry, a new business that opened during the pandemic.
November / novembre
The accessible dock project on the Seine is coming along nicely.
Good City/Provincial cooperation
with more Councillors’ funding coming soon.