On September 1st, the City of Winnipeg will take over setting all speed limits within the City. In preparation for the changeover, the Public Works department has recommended the continuance of all existing speed limits. On June 25th, the Public Works Committee of Council considered this recommendation. Submissions proposing reduced speed limits were made by a number of groups, including Winnipeg Trails, Bike Winnipeg and Safe Speeds WPG. The Committee chose to accept the recommendation of continuing all existing speed limits, 4 to 1.
Come out on Tuesday July 9th and Make your Voice Heard if you want lower speed limits in Winnipeg:
The next step in the process is the Executive Policy Committee (EPC) meeting on Tuesday July 9th at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall. Among the members of that Committee is our councillor, Cindy Gilroy. Come out to the EPC meeting on July 9th and make your voice heard.
After that, the proposal goes to City Council on July 18, at 9:30 a.m.
Safe Speeds Winnipeg .. Sign the On-line Petition:
Check out Safe Speeds WPG , is a volunteer, grassroots organization that is urging the City to set default speed limits at 30 km/hr for residential roads and 40 km/hr for collector roads, together with a dedication of the $2.5 million in the Road Safety Budget (2019), along with any additional available funding, to support infrastructure for these new default speeds. The Safe Speeds website includes an online petition for Winnipeg residents. It also encourages us to contact our councillor (with a downloadable letter) to support this change.
On June 10th , The Tree Town Hall in Wolseley brought together members of Winnipeg’s Urban Forestry Department (UFD) and Trees Winnipeg to deliver some good news, as well as a warning, to a large audience of Wolseley residents: the fight to preserve our urban forest isn’t over yet.
While UFD has caught up on the backlog of boulevard tree re-plantings in our neighbourhood, and promises to stump and replace those taken down this summer within two years, Winnipeg is now facing serious threats to its ash trees. Two pests, cottony ash psylid and the emerald ash borer, may well result in the loss of almost half-a-million ash
Wolseley is fortunate. Only a small portion of our urban forest, 17%, is made up of ash trees, while 50% is composed of Elms. As a result the primary focus here will continue to be on the fight against Dutch Elm Disease. For more information on Wolseley’s forest, Winnipeg’s urban forest as a whole and the current threats to ash trees see the power point presentations below.
So what does it all mean?
In response to the continuing problem of Dutch Elm Disease and the looming crisis with our ash trees, UFD’s aim is to diversify Winnipeg’s urban forest as quickly as possible, to ensure, that in future, no one pest can wipe out a huge swath of our forest.
That plan is already underway, with a wide variety of trees now being planted on boulevards, parks and public land across the city. As a result, our neighbourhood and others across Winnipeg will feature a very different tree canopy in the future – one that is as bio-diverse as our human community. For more information on the tree varieties UFD is now planting on city land click here.
What You Can Do:
The Wolseley to West Alexander Corridor project and the Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike project are exploring options to encourage walking and cycling for people of all ages and abilities through
Opportunities for public engagement / input into the design are occurring on the following dates:
The times, they are a changing!!!
For 13 years, 898 Westminster Avenue-near the corner of Ruby and Westminster Streets, was known as The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Café. It was run by Bill Fugler and frequented by many locals. It was a popular meeting place where people could chat over coffee and a snack, work on their computer, read, or even buy a book or board game. Fugler decided to close the shop in August of 2018 to spend more time with family and to pursue other interests.
Last fall, Wolseley residents Erin Keating, husband Peter, and another couple, Laura and Jamie Hilland got together and decided they would like to open a locally owned and operated restaurant in that location. As with any new venture, there were growing pains – making a business plan, and the more difficult task of getting a permit to open and operate the restaurant. There was an immense amount of support for this new venture, but also some opposition.
After six months of discussion with the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba, and with neighbours both pro and con, progress was made. There was give and take. In the end, the restaurant was granted a liquor licence, but without the ability to serve alcohol on the patio, as was the original plan. The four owners all have previous experience in the restaurant business in Winnipeg.
Extensive renovations are currently being made and the group hopes to open in mid-August of 2019. It will operate as The Ruby West Restaurant (so named for its location at the corner of Ruby Street and Westminster Avenue) “A Little Gem in Wolseley”.