TREE VIGIL POSTPONED! HELP US DECIDE WHAT ACTIONS NEED TO COME NEXT! :
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Pandemic or not, -Let's keep connected, & continue Keeping Community!
- POSTPONED - DUE TO NEW COVID WAVE & HEALTH COMPLIANCE OBJECTIVES
Online Walking Tree Vigil & Day of Action for Omand's Park
Join your community Saturday, April 10 in remembrance & acknowledgement of our Omand's Park Tree loss . Survey damage, recognize their impact on the park, & plan future steps to protect our urban forest canopy in Wolseley. -Links live day of event-
Art, Poetry, song in ode to Wolseley Trees
Join our event remotely via facebook live
Send an email to Hydro, tell them what impact they've made
Connect, discuss & stay rooted in our Inter Community activities
Join Wolseley 2021 Spring Clean!
- POSTPONED - The Community is invited to a walking Vigil & Day of Action at Omand's Park Bowl We'll discuss the removal of trees by Manitoba Hydro running the length of Omand park.
When: Saturday April 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: Omand's Park Bowl
The meeting is a chance to survey damage, recognize & mourn the loss of trees, acknowledge their impact on the park, & plan future steps to protect our urban forest canopy in Wolseley.
Our vigil will follow COVID19 Restriction Guidelines. Please wear a facemask & stay within your family bubble
In the event of rain, the Vigil will be rescheduled.
See items below for more information from the Winnipeg Free Press or click on the button below
Wolseley residents irate after healthy trees stripped from park - Winnipeg Free Press
By: Malak Abas Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021
The beauty and the refuge of the park has really been lost," - Marianne Cerrelli, WRA president
"As thousands of trees are being chopped down across the city in an attempt to quell Dutch elm disease, around 200 healthy [trees] been stripped from Omand Park.
Now members of the Wolseley Residents' Association are calling out Manitoba Hydro, which hired a private company to remove the trees — mainly healthy Manitoba maples — along the rail line on the western edge of the park at the end of February.
"The residents have no input, have no notice, & we have no say... the maples could have been pruned back, & there should be a plan now for Manitoba Hydro to take responsibility to replant this area." - Marianne Cerilli, chairwoman of the WRA association.
A spokesman for Manitoba Hydro said the trees were chopped down, rather than pruned, in an attempt to curb costs to the crown utility.
"If we prune, we know in a few years we’ll have to come back & repeat it," he said. "This is extremely costly."
Manitoba Hydro made the decision to remove the trees after power outages during the unprecedented storm in October 2019..."
***Wolseley Residents to Host Public vigil in April to mourn the loss of the trees***
Making a case for trees Group hopes putting price on urban forests builds economic argument for preservation - Winnipeg Free Press
By: Sarah Lawrynuik Monday, Mar. 22, 2021
From left: Jean Altemeyer, Roxana Mazur, Erna Buffie and Emma Durand-Wood from Trees Please Winnipeg are concerned that diseased trees being cut down in the city are not being replaced, leaving only stumps behind. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
"What happens when you see trees as assets — & assign a value to them — they suddenly start to take on importance in all levels of planning. So you don’t go ahead with an infill project without considering the trees. You don’t go ahead with a road project without considering how you’re going to incorporate & make it possible for trees to thrive on the roadway," -Trees Please member & Green Committee chair for the Wolseley Residents Association Erna Buffie.
...Emotions are running high as Winnipeggers watch more trees get axed from their neighbourhoods & favourite parks this spring — but emotions don’t fit into municipal policy development very well. -So, a group of Winnipeggers is proposing a more actionable solution: put a price tag on the trees & then invest in them accordingly.... the groupTrees Please Winnipeg, a community tree advocacy organization. The group is asking for those very real financial benefits trees provide to be incorporated into how the City of Winnipeg and Government of Manitoba considers the urban forest. "What happens when you see trees as assets — & assign a value to them — they suddenly start to take on importance in all levels of planning. So you don’t go ahead with an infill project without considering the trees. You don’t go ahead with a road project without considering how you’re going to incorporate & make it possible for trees to thrive on the roadway," said Trees Please member & Green Committee chair for the Wolseley Residents Association Erna Buffie.
... a new direction for Winnipeg, other cities like Saskatoon & Selkirk have begun incorporating these principles into how assets are managed. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has released a guidebook on how to properly integrate the benefits of natural infrastructure into asset management strategies.
...Trees Please Winnipeg submitted proposals to the federal & provincial governments during public consultations ahead of new budgets being released this spring asking for stable funding to be provided for the maintenance of urban forests given all the benefits they provide. There is constant money for roadways & other built infrastructure, but not for trees & natural infrastructure, Buffie explains.
In 2014, TD Bank published aspecial reportdemonstrated the economic benefit of urban forests & assigned dollar figure values to trees in several Canadian cities based on their different climates, geographies & city densities... "It’s about money, but it’s also about a change in the way people think about trees. I think we really need to reorient the way we view trees & start viewing them as something that’s a huge value, both to human & environmental health," ...
"It’s about money, but it’s also about a change in the way people think about trees. I think we really need to reorient the way we view trees & start viewing them as something that’s a huge value, both to human & environmental health," - Erna Buffie WRA, Green Space Committee
Closing the loop on poop - Winnipeg Free Press Op-Ed
WRA Chair Marianne Cerrilli' Winnipeg Free Press Op-ED highlights need for 'new approach' to our community's sewage system... & calls for new WRA Committee Group to brainstorm fresh ideas
Sewage overflow from the storm drain at Clifton Street spilled onto the Assiniboine River on Feb. 22.
[W]e can think outside this box, & close the loop on poop. Nature is cyclical. In nature, waste can be a resource.' - Marianne Cerilli, WRA President
“These arguments are an attempt to incite division and conflict between those of us that would like the city to change its approach to sewage and those who think it’s a simple choice between basement flooding or river pollution.., ...[W]e can think outside this box, & close the loop on poop. Nature is cyclical. In nature, waste can be a resource... In many places, human waste is collected as fuel. It’s used to create energy [& fed] into electrical grids &, —in some cases power pumps, used in #sewagetreatment. The billions needed for #CSO over the next few decades could be diverted into an innovative system to capture sludge & solids from the sewage system in Winnipeg. A citywide #communitygroup is forming to develop a #proposal, to reject the status quo, & ensure we create a #newapproach for our sewage system — a system that will make us better stewards & will protect ...rather than pushing this problem into the future for our kids & grandkids to pay for.
"Over his more than 30 years as a Wolseley resident, Michael Bennett has come to see the Winnipeg neighbourhood's riverbank as a gateway to a winter wonderland. The retired teacher compares the panorama along the frozen Assiniboine River to the beachfront views he once enjoyed while vacationing in Mexico — of opposite, but equal, beauty. "The river is a completely different world in the city. When you get down to the river, you are experiencing the world through a completely different lens, and that lens is so gorgeous and so beautiful," he says earnestly. But getting down there is often slippery, and not always easy. "To suggest that only able-bodied people have the right to see that beautiful gem in our backyards is extremely selfish in my mind," Bennett says."...
...In recent weeks, the group of roughly eight, calling themselves Wolseley Winter Wonderland Committee, held online meetings focused on finding ways to maintain the trails and make them easier for everyone to use. They decided to put forth a more organized effort to shovel and sand the public river access points, mark the ski trails and walking paths, and launched an online fundraiser to cover volunteers' out-of-pocket expenses. Within a couple of days, donors chipped in 25 per cent of the $5,000 goal."...
Come to the Community Garden / Tree Town Hall Monday, Feb 8, 7 pm. (by Zoom)
The WRA’s community garden committee and the Wolseley Tree Initiative will be holding a Town Hall, Feb 8th 2021 at 7:00 PM to inform residents about plans for the new community garden at Vimy Ridge Memorial Park called the Vimy Victory Garden and a new tree planting initiative. We’ll discuss the community garden public consultation process, unveil the garden site plan, and explain how you can apply for an allotment garden or volunteer for the garden build in May. The Wolseley Tree Initiative is looking for your input and ideas on their “Trees for Wolseley” plan. So check out the community garden blog, copy the Zoom link, come to the meeting and make your views known!
Apply For An Allotment Garden at the Vimy Victory Garden!
Applications for allotment gardens for the Vimy Victory Garden in Vimy Ridge Park are now available online! The allotments will be assigned via a lottery, so click on the link below, fill out the application and email or mail it in as indicated. Your name will be entered in a draw for one of 20 allotment beds. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2021. Results will be announced March 30th. (Link to fillable Pdf Application Form here)
For those of you who may not need an allotment but would like to volunteer to help build the garden or plant and tend to our community beds, stay tuned. We’ll be posting about volunteer opportunities in the near future!
THE WRA’s COMMUNITY GARDEN SUBCOMMITTEE LAUNCHES GO FUNDME CAMPAIGN!
The WRA’s community garden committee is working hard to get the funds needed to build the Vimy Victory Garden, and has launched a Go Fund Me campaign. For more information go the to full blog post, or click the button below to donate.
Canada Emergency Relief Benefits:CERB: Available to employees, contract workers & self employed. Here’s a good step by step article on CERB
MANITOBA HYDRO: Deferral of Utility payments is available without penalty - https://www.hydro.mb.ca/covid19/ You must contact them: Hydro has stopped all disconnections related to overdue accounts until further notice. If you are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can defer or arrange a flexible payment plan & Hydro will suspend late-payment charges for up to six months. If you’re unable to pay your bill by your due date, contact Hydro! They can can help you by making changes on your account.
Step 2. Attend Your Appointment – Bring your Manitoba Health Card to your local food bank, and bags or boxes to carry your food hamper. – Read what you will receive below.
Step 3. Following your appointment – Call or Email the Food Assistance Line in Step 1 to book your next appointment.
Food Hampers – what you will receive:
As supplies last, we will provide 1 pre-packaged Food Hamper per registered address every 4 weeks with food support for a 10-14 day period. Hamper will be roughly the size of 3 plastic grocery bags.
Local Grocery Delivery and Pick-UP
FOODFARE: Delivery is available from the stores on Portage and the one on Maryland. If you would like to place an order for delivery, please email/call any location directly. Email is the quickest way.
When emailing, please be sure to add: Your phone number Delivery address Preferred Method of Payment List of items you would like
Delivery fee is $6.00 for seniors, $10.00 for others. Same day delivery is available Monday-Friday if we have orders before 12:00 noon. Depending on availability, we may deliver orders received after 12:00 PM on same day. We may deliver on weekends depending on availability. Pickup orders are also available as well. This service is $5. Contact information for each location:
Maryland Foodfare (115 Maryland St.) 204-772-1251 or 204-772-1250 firstname.lastname@example.org
Portage Foodfare (905 Portage Ave.) 204-987-8849 email@example.com Their flyer is available online. You need to be as specific as possible when sending in your order. If you do not get an item, it is because we do not have it in stock. If they have any questions about your order, they will call you. You can pay by e-transfer or other methods.
DeLuca: offering curbside pick up, & delivery orders. -Send your order (be specific) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone number. They will contact you with a time to pick up at the back door & arrange for payment by credit card/ visa debit/ email money transfer over the phone.
For Seniors Broadway Seniors Resource Council:204.772.3533 funded through the WRHA. They realize many seniors do not have internet, so phone numbers are important. Some of the ways they can help include: 1) Daily friendly phone calls 2) Resource finding and referrals 3) Grocery errands and other options 4) In-home activities to stay active and engaged 5) Up to date information on COVID-19.
If you know of seniors in our neighbourhood on your street who you're concerned do not have supports they need please call this number.
Local and City wide Pharmacy Services and Delivery Note: Please check with local stores to confirm details.
The Rexall on Portage Ave and Sherbrook delivers and your prescriptions can be transferred there with a phone call 204-783-0151. Beginning on March 18th until September 3rd, Rexall is also encouraging their members to set aside the first hour of operation daily to allow those in need and seniors to exclusively shop in their stores.
London Drugs, Costco, Walmart, Prairie Trails and Tache Pharmacies also offer delivery.
Asking For Help: Whether you’re a senior or just in a tough spot, if you need help, contact Help Next Door by emailing email@example.com Help Next Door Services:
Pickup/Delivery (critical groceries, essential pharmacy needs, critical postal services)
General Tasks (outdoor / yard work, dog walking, handyperson services outside the home)
Technology Help (help with Skype / FaceTime / Video sharing, general technology issues)
Social Support (visit on phone / video, checking on vulnerable loved ones)
Logistical Help (transportation to critical appointments)
Donation Requests (monetary, food, clothing)
The Vimy Garden is a Go!! Looking for Volunteers
The City Of Winnipeg, Parks and Recreation Dept. has now agreed, in principle, to lease us the northern half of the old bowling green in Vimy Ridge Park for the Vimy Victory Garden. We need volunteers to make this happen!!