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Question of the Week 4
Last summer, your answers to our Questions of the Week gave us guidance on where to focus on improving engagement and we want to hear from you again.
Question 4: Have you participated in public engagement organized by the City of Winnipeg?
If this question looks familiar, it’s because we asked the same question last year. We are interested in comparing results.
Question of the Week 3 Results
We received 28 questions and comments to the third summer question of the week: Do you have any questions about getting involved? Thank you for taking the time to respond.
Questions ranged from project specific to consideration of input. Questions were grouped into four themes. Some questions below have been shortened to reduce the length of this newsletter and several comments did not require a response.
|Quote: Questions and Comments||Response|
What is the proper procedure for contacting someone at the City with an idea, suggestion, question, etc.?
Also, if a deadline is missed to submit responses to a survey, is there any other recourse to be heard?
|If you have an idea, suggestion, or question, please contact 311 to find out more. They will provide you with a unique reference number for that request if service is required. If want to provide input after a survey has closed, most project webpages include contact information to contact the project team directly, such as with the Route 90 Improvements project.|
|I want to be able to address standing committees as a citizen.||If you are interested in appearing as a delegation at a Standing Policy Committee, please see the schedule of committees and register with City Clerk’s. For more information, please visit theappear as a delegation webpage.|
|I live in the North West. If a project came that I was interested in, how would I get involved?||All projects with public engagement are listed on the public engagement webpage. There is a map on the page to direct you to projects in different areas. If you are interested in a particular project, follow the link to find out more about how to get involved.|
|Has the City ever supported a citizen advisory council? Might it do so again?||There are a number of citizen advisory positions, including boards and commissions. Currently, the City isaccepting applications for boards and commissions until October 19, 2018.|
|I would love to get involved with the OLAMP and the active transit initiatives, I guess in a citizen engagement perspective.||The Off Leash Areas Master Plan is available here: winnipeg.ca/offleashareas
Active Transportation initiatives are available here:winnipeg.ca/walkbikeprojects
|Consideration of public input|
|What is the use of getting involved when City Hall ignores the wishes of the locals?||Balancing input from a number of perspectives is one of the challenges of decision making. Winnipeggers often have a range of views on any given topic or issue and gathering input and facilitating discussions between those with different views can produce better outcomes.|
|Does Council even listen to the input of its citizenry?||Balancing input and perspectives is part of the decision making process. Providing decision makers with input from public engagement is part of the information that goes into the decision making process.|
|Why bother if the City doesn't change its plans to serve mature communities better?||We are working on consistency to ensure reporting on feedback and how feedback was considered is part of the public engagement process. Showing how input influenced a project or decision is important to improving trust and we want to continue to improve in this area.|
|Is anybody actually paying attention? Most of the time, I feel like I am wasting my time by trying to get involved in something.||We are paying attention and are working on consistency with reporting to ensure feedback and how feedback was considered is included. Showing how input influenced a project or decision is important to improving trust and we want to continue to improve in this area.|
|Public Engagement Techniques and Promotion|
|Will there be an online option to view conferences and have your say in a comments section?
Can there be options to respond to reports in comments or social media?
|We have live streamed several public events on Facebook where you can comment. You can access past videos on the City’s Facebook page. If you have comments on a report or event, please contact the project team using the contact information on the project webpage.|
|I feel that the city has really improved the awareness of public engagement, but I often still find out too late when meetings are being held or information is being publicized. Why is there no (or little) media advertising of upcoming information sessions or opportunities to engage?||We strive to promote in-person public engagement opportunities two weeks in advance of the event and provide online opportunities to provide comment in addition whenever possible. A mixture of promotion including social media, newspaper advertising, and posters are used to reach as many as possible. We also notify the media about public engagement opportunities through news releases.|
|A webinar after the fact would be helpful. I work rotating shifts so I find it hard to attend things in person. A recording over slides would be nice to see. Something like that with plans. You can hear citizen concerns and explanations from planners/counsellors/etc.||Recognizing the different ways members of the public want to engage and scheduling limitations, incorporating webinar-style engagement is something we would like to try in the near future. In the past, we have live streamed in-person events and have posted those after the fact. Online surveys and engagement is another option for those who cannot attend events in person.|
|I want to know what percentage of people are getting involved. In the week 2 results you said "most of you" which should be read as "most respondents". So 105 people responded to the second summer question. How many people was the question sent to? If decisions are being based on the people who respond, is that fair?||We have over 5,400 newsletter recipients and the last newsletter was opened by 2,169 recipients.
In each public engagement report and summary, participation numbers are provided. We use a variety of engagement approaches for each project to reach the most participants possible. In some cases, we use statistically relevant research to use scientific results to be considered as part of decision making. When statistically relevant results are not collected, results represent a general sense of priorities and input for consideration.
|There are community newsletters like Transcona Views, The Herald and others. Put agenda and dates location in them. Some people still do not have email.||Using a variety of approaches towards promoting opportunities to engage is important, and local newsletters is a great way to inform those who may not get their information online.|
|My question would be to understand the interplay of participating in public engagement activities in general vs. communication with my City Councillor - and how both might be improved.||Engagement results are posted publicly online and appended to reports for Council consideration, when applicable. Breaking out results in terms of ward is not something we have undertaken yet, but that information could be provided for City-wide initiatives where postal code information is collected.|
|How do you decide which City of Winnipeg projects have public engagement? It's great to see the City interested in engaging with us Winnipeggers but is there such a thing as over-engaged?||The City has a number of projects happening at any given time and we want to be aware of participant exhaustion. The Office of Public Engagement in the Customer Services and Communications Department is developing a policy for public engagement for Council approval to better define when we should be engaging the public.|
|Can the city create a development hearing notification system where residents can be made aware electronically of developments proposed in their area?||The City is currently working on the development application notification review, including investigating email notification as part of notifying the public about development applications hearings.|
|Initiatives and general questions|
|How are environmental concerns being incorporated into local building projects?
When will the data on air quality / ambient air temperature and trees that the city is collecting be put on an easily understood website for use by community and city planners:https://data.winnipeg.ca/
I would like more information on how to use this data.
|The Climate Action Plan is currently in the last phases of development and will be put forward for Council consideration. The plan will develop a vision and targets, including building-related targets.
The links you provided are from the Open Data portal. The Open Data Portal hasvideos and direction on the basics about interacting with the data site.
|I want a High Level comprehensive overview - which allows me to drill down on specific issues.
For example, how much tax do I pay ? how do I pay that tax? and how does that tax budget reconcile to city spending?
Open source data can help make this happen.
The Assessment and Taxation Self Service Menu may be of interest to you. There is a “My Properties” account log in option.You may also be interested in the City’s Open Data Portalor the Open Budget tool.
|How do I ask a question about city upkeep and things going on?||If you are interested in upkeep in a particular area, please contact 311 to find out more. They will provide you with aunique reference number for the request if service is required.|
|Why too many pan-handlers on every corner even on red light?||You may be interested in an initiative announced on August 3, 2018 - Mayor and Community Organizations Partner to Address and Reduce Unsafe Panhandling|
|I do! If I have a public improvement question (There's a park near our house that could use a safety improvement) how do I address that or get it answered? Even to run a capital or general improvement campaign for new sandbox toys or whatever.||If you have a question about a particular park, please contact 311. Another option is to contact the ward Councillor if you have a suggestion for improvements.|
|What happened to the walking bridge between the U of M and St. Vital?||A crossing between the University of Manitoba and St. Vital over the Red River is included in the City’s Transportation Master Plan and in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies. The University of Manitoba / River Park South Connection was recommended to be considered as a new crossing to better accommodate pedestrian and cyclist mobility throughout Winnipeg.|
Ongoing Opportunities for Engagement
Citizens encouraged to get involved on Boards and Commissions
The City of Winnipeg is accepting applications for positions on various Boards and Commissions until October 19, 2018.
If you are interested, please visit the following link for more information and to apply online or access application forms at City of Winnipeg – 2019 Citizen Appointments to Boards & Commissions.
Adjustable bike lane curbs pilot complete.
Starting the week of August 21, 2017, the City of Winnipeg ran a nine-month technical trial of adjustable bike lane curbs on existing bike lanes. The pilot is now complete.
A public engagement report is now available under the documents tab. Thank you to the 347 people who provided feedback through an online survey available on this project page between August 21, 2017 and June 1, 2018. In both pilot locations (Sherbrook Street and Bannatyne Avenue), respondents using all modes of transportation (driving, cycling, and walking) expressed increased comfort when passing through areas with adjustable curbs.
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We had another bonfire in front of the clubhouse again.
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A woman who found more than a dozen dead birds near a Maples-area pond isn't buying the city's explanation that they died from people feeding them "mouldy bread."
Albina Hurley said she and her seven-year-old daughter were walking Sunday at the corner of Keewatin Street and Adsum Drive when they discovered about eight dead birds scattered around the pond. She placed a 311 call to report it Monday.
They returned to find even more. By Tuesday afternoon, she counted 13 dead birds — mostly ducks and some geese — and could see what looked like remains of more.
"I just thought something's not right here. I don't know if they were poisoned or if something is wrong with the water," said Hurley.
She said she spoke Wednesday morning with a worker from the city's water and waste department who told her there were five or six dead birds per day at that pond at some points last year, but tests showed their deaths were from things they ingested.
"He (the city worker) said they'd go pick up the birds but that it's most likely not the water. It's from people feeding them stuff like mouldy bread," Hurley said, noting the worker brushed off her question about the birds being poisoned.
"I said to the guy, 'Is that how they die when they eat mouldy bread?' Some of them were already decaying and had maggots on them, some of them looked like they just died and we saw a few birds that just didn't look well."
She said she saw a bird on Tuesday that appeared to be a pigeon that was having trouble breathing as it sat on the grass.
"I went up to him and touched him on the back but he didn't move but was breathing really heavy. We came back a few minutes later and he had fallen over, and he was gone (dead)," she said.
"We saw a goose sitting beside another one (goose) because he passed away. That was just so heartbreaking. That must have been his mate and he wouldn't leave him."
The dead birds had been removed on Wednesday morning.
Ken Allen, a spokesman from the City of Winnipeg, said signs are posted at this pond and others to discourage feeding of waterfowl.
"There have been issues of bird mortality around this pond and other retention ponds in the past and in some cases these may be related to feeding of the waterfowl and the types of food which are being left for waterfowl. The City reports large die-offs of birds at ponds to Manitoba Sustainable Development. The Province would be able to provide more information on how they investigate disease related to bird die-offs," he said in an emailed statement.
A spokesman for Manitoba Sustainable Development said there was not yet enough information for a comment.
"The province is aware of the situation and is investigating," the spokesman stated in an email.
Hurley said she also discovered a Canada goose with a broken leg at the Keewatin-Adsum pond so she contacted Choo Rosenbloom, who operates the website www.lovecanadageese.com that she created with her late husband, Earl, to advocate for and protect Canada geese.
The two women caught the injured goose on Tuesday afternoon — it is now with Wildlife Haven where it is being treated — and together counted all the dead birds they could see.
"I'm very concerned because that's too many deaths in one pond," said Rosenbloom, who regularly visits ponds around the city to check on the geese. "Where I live, we have a pond about five times the size of that one and I've never seen 13 or 18 dead birds in one go. I walk the ponds a lot and it's quite common to see one or two dead birds but you get to 13, you have to wonder what's going on."
Rosenbloom said another concern is the numerous household waste items, such as milk cartons, food wrappers, plastics and construction waste such as bricks and wood planks, littering parts of the Keewatin-Adsum pond shoreline.
"Water and waste is blaming people feeding mouldy bread and junk on the deaths of these birds. Mouldy bread isn't going to kill them this fast," said Rosenbloom. "The pond is filthy, so it's pointing the finger at the city. The city hasn't been cleaning up. It's always easy to blame the people. That's the trashiest pond I've seen in the city."
Rosenbloom said she wants the province to test the water and perform a necropsy on one or more of the birds to find out what killed them.
Hurley said she is worried about what caused the deaths of the birds from safety and humanitarian standpoints.
"My daughter cried over the dead ones," Hurley said. "She wanted us to pick them up but I said we just couldn't. We don't know what happened to them."
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Some of the left overs from the Sportplex. Looks like there was quite a large dumping of garbage from the Frisbee Tournament last night in the west parking lot. Please be careful with the increased traffic on Farmer Rd.
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Looks like there will be no access to the Klimpke Road parking lot all week. Klimpke is closed for the World Masters Ultimate Club Championship.
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Looks like the City is going to remove some of the trees along the Main trail.
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In the centre parking lot on Farmers rd. looks like somebody had their windows smashed. Be careful parking there.
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