The Vimy Garden is a Go!!I
It’s been a few months since we posted our community garden survey and conducted our door-to-door campaign to see if residents would support the idea of a community garden in Vimy Park, and your response was overwhelming Wosleley! Almost 300 residents from every corner of the neighbourhood participated, with more than 90% indicating they supported the project, and over 70% responding that they were interested in gardening.
And here’s the great news! Thanks to your support, the City Of Winnipeg, Parks and Recreation Dept. has now agreed, in principle, to lease us the northern half of the old bowling green for the Vimy Victory Garden – an allotment garden that will feature 20 4 X 8 beds where residents can grow their own organic produce! The garden will also feature 2 community beds – produce to be donated - and a native plant and berry bush garden.
Now that we’ve secured city permission, the WRA’s community garden sub-committee is busy applying for grants, and assuming we get the money needed, we hope to build the garden over the course of the summer.
Which is where you come in. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help haul soil and build the raised the garden beds, and we’re hoping you’ll respond with the same enthusiasm you brought to our initial survey campaign. So if you can lend a hand, let us know. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll notify you as soon as we set the dates for the garden build, which will include food and beverages as well as a large dose of community spirit and celebration!
So stay tuned for more updates and a Community Garden Town Hall to be held in early May, where we’ll present the garden site plan and mission statement, field your questions and get your input!
Til then, thank you Wolseley! We hope that the Vimy Victory Garden will benefit the entire community.
We look forward to growing with you!
The Community Garden Subcommittee
On Feb. 10th, the Wolseley Residents Assocation organized a community consultation on the proposed Bike Corridor project. There were about 40 people at this meeting, At the meeting we had the boards from the City open house and large paper on the walls for people to write their comments. The feedback from those there was very positive and can be view by clicking here.
What is Hazardous Waste and How Do I Get Rid of It?
Don’t know how to rid yourself of those half empty paint cans? Tossing aerosol cans, left over garden fertilizer and motor oil containers into the garbage or recycling, because you don’t know what else to do with them? If you are, you’re tossing hazardous waste into city landfills where it doesn’t belong! So consider this easy alternative: collect the following items in a separate bin and dispose of your hazardous waste safely by following the suggestions below!
Hazardous waste includes:
How To Dispose Of Your Hazardous Waste
The City offers three 4R Depots where Winnipeggers can drop off hazardous waste at convenient times throughout the week. The closest of the three 4R Depots to Wolseley is 1120 Pacific Ave. It's open weekdays (except Wednesdays) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Depot on Pacific is about a 10-minute drive from Wolseley. The fastest route is north on Wall Street, left on Notre Dame Ave and right on Weston Street. Once on Weston, look for the large "Liquor and Lotteries" building on the right - that's Pacific Ave - and turn right. The street sign is small and easy to miss, but the liquor and lotteries building is not! Continue east on Pacific Ave. The 4R Depot (1120 Pacific) is on the right hand, side marked by a 4R sign (it's very close to the lights on McPhillips).
I drove into the depot, to a stop sign. A gentleman came out, when I told him I had hazardous waste, he asked me to put my paint cans on a table beside the car... and that was it! I thanked him and drove away! The staff deals with each type of hazardous waste appropriately.
The drive out took me past the well-organized and very clean sites for other recyclable material. If consumers bring other recyclables - glass, lumber, scrap metal - they will be directed to the appropriate bin and drop it off themselves.
For more information, visit the The 4R Depot website
Want to keep your recycling out of landfills? You may think you know what’s recyclable, but if you’re like me, you may be wrong. So here’s how to make sure your recycling is actually recycled.
How to prepare your recyclables before putting them into your bin:
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”.
Help to Create a Community Garden Plan for Wolseley