Little Mountain Park Conservancy Group
A CALL TO ACTION
OURS-Winnipeg requests YOU to TAKE ACTION NOW to help make green space an issue in the 2018 civic election.
Every voice counts and your voice will help raise the profile of green space issues.
OURS-Winnipeg has identified the following priority green space issues:
The City of Winnipeg needs to develop an urban vision by enacting a Master Plan for Green Space that reflects the intrinsic cultural, economic and ecological value of our natural assets and that includes:
- An Urban River Corridor Plan that includes all rivers and streams
- An Urban Parks and Natural Areas Plan
- A Comprehensive Urban Forest Management Plan
Please spread the message of this "Call to Action" with your friends and neighbours by circulating the attached email.
"If not now, when?"
"If not you, who?"
Let OURS-Winnipeg know what you have decided to do as part of this collective action.
Our next email will outline your inspiring actions.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - All Candidate Mayoralty Forum – October 9 at 7pm co-sponsored by OURS-Winnipeg at 603 Wellington Crescent. Moderated by Mary Agnes Welsh.
The OURS-Winnipeg 2018 Election Webpage provides links and templates to help you take specific action now. You will find a Poster for sharing, a sample letter to send to your candidates, questions to ask candidates, Forum information and more.
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OURS-Winnipeg is sending this Action Report to you from notes taken at the "Greenspace Matters " Action Forum held on June 21, 2018 which was held in response to recommendations from the OURS "Greenspace Matters - Make It An Election Issue " forum of May 17, 2018.
Please read the attached Greenspace Action Report and take some specific action to make Greenspace an issue in the City of Winnipeg 2018 election.
The city election will be held on October 24, 2018.
*Winnipeg needs a Master Plan for Greenspace
*Greenspace provides health benefits
*Greenspace improves liveability
*Greenspace helps mitigate impacts of climate change
OURS-Winnipeg asks that you take some specific action(s) to help make green space an issue during the 2018 City of Winnipeg election.
We all need to know where candidates for Mayor and Council stand!
Candidate list can be found at http://www.winnipeg.ca/clerks/election/election2018/RegisteredCandidates.stm
The attached OURS 2018 Greenspace Action Report presents recommendations that will make a difference in the election.
Recommendations for action are grouped for individuals, partners, and OURS -Winnipeg.
Please let us know what specific action steps you will take.
Let us know if you require assistance from OURS.
Acting together, we can make a difference to the debate during the City of Winnipeg 2018 election.
Acting together, greenspace will be an election issue.
Let us know what you will do by contacting OURS-Winnipeg at www.ours-winnipeg.com
Sincerely looking forward to hearing from you,
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New Opportunities for Engagement with the City of Winnipeg
You’re invited to view community-driven design plans for new Arlington Bridge
We invite you to join us at our public information session to learn more about the project, meet project team members, and see how input was considered by the project team as part of designing a new bridge.
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Centre, 90 Sinclair St.
Format: Drop in with presentation at 6 p.m.
Watch our project videos to learn more about what we heard and how your input was used in the proposed bridge design. Complete a short survey to provide feedback on your experience with the Better Bridge for Arlington project.
For more information, please visit winnipeg.ca/betterarlington
Workshop on the redevelopment of Sister MacNamara Park
You’re invited to attend a public workshop on February 5 to provide feedback on redeveloping the site of a decommissioned wading pool in Sister MacNamara Park.
Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Pinkham School, 765 Pacific Ave.
Format: Brief presentation at 6 p.m., followed by table discussions
Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP. For more information, please visitwinnipeg.ca/
Ongoing Opportunities for Engagement with the City of Winnipeg
Osborne to Downtown Walk Bike Bridge and Connections warming hut
Thank you to those who attended the workshop on January 25, submitted a postcard through a coffee shop box, or completed a survey. We are currently considering the input provided in the first phase of engagement.
Visit the Pontagon warming hut, designed by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture students and placed on the Assiniboine River at the approximate location of the proposed Pedestrian/Cycling Bridge. The structure will provide an opportunity to think about the project and provide feedback for how you see this connection and others in the City bringing people together.
For more information, please visit winnipeg.ca/walkbikeprojects.
Adjustable bike lane curbs pilot
The City installed adjustable bike lane curbs in two locations to test installation methods, monitor maintenance, and assess the comfort level of users. For more information, to fill out a survey or to view a map of the changes online, please visitwinnipeg.ca/walkbikeprojects and select an adjustable bike lane curbs project. The survey will be open for the duration of the pilot project.
Pembina Highway speed limit review
Thank you to those who attended the information session on November 30, 2017 and completed an online survey. There were approximately 35 community members in attendance at the event and approximately 600 surveys were completed in total (online and in-person). The survey was open from November 16, 2017 to December 7, 2017.
The public engagement summary is now available online. The public engagement summary was submitted as an administrative report for Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (SPC-IRPW) consideration. SPC-IRPW approved the Public Service’s recommendation; the City will now apply to the Provincial Highway Traffic Board to change the speed limit.
For more information, please visit winnipeg.ca/Pembinaspeedlimit
This newsletter is sent out every other Thursday. We strive to promote events at least two weeks ahead through other means such as newspaper ads, social media, and direct mail.
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The final round of public engagement is planned for November 2017, which includes another series of land owner and stakeholder meetings, as well as final public information session which will include a viewing of a video simulation of the proposed route. The purpose of this round of engagement is to present the final recommended design and seek comments from the public and stakeholders.
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Red River Community Centre, 293 Murray Ave.
The intent of the public engagement process for the Preliminary Design Study is to provide information and collect local feedback to:
- Inform the community and stakeholders of the intended plans and share any changes to the design;
- Help plan pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and amenities;
- Help identify connections to community destinations;
- Ensure the project complements adjacent development;
- Address the requirements of the Environmental License; and,
- Meet with affected landowners and identify property requirements.
From 2014 to 2016, four public engagement events were held to collect feedback for the Chief Peguis Trail Extension West Functional Design Study. A public information session held on June 29, 2016 at Red River Community Centre had 244 people in attendance. An online survey closed on July 12, 2016 with 84 responses. Comments received through this public engagement process indicated a repeated desire for an uninterrupted flow of traffic and fewer traffic lights; this feedback was considered in the latest phase of the design. Read more about what was said during previous public engagement activities under the related links tab.
Following the 2016 engagement events, a series of landowner and stakeholder meetings were facilitated from February 2017 to June 2017, including a public information session which was held on June 6, 2017 at the Red River Community Centre, where 244 individuals signed-in and 113 comment forms were collected. An online survey received 112 responses. A summary of these engagement events and the feedback received from the public, stakeholder and landowners is available online here.
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Dear Mr. Farthing:
Little Mountain Park is in danger and we need your help.
We are the Little Mountain Park Conservancy Group Inc., an association dedicated to the preservation and continued well being of Little Mountain Park. The Park occupies approximately 160 acres of naturalized tall grass prairie and wooded trails, located on the site of the village of Mount Royal (also known as Little Stony Mountain), Winnipeg’s first quarry. It is home to unique and endangered species of flora, as well as a robust population of raptors, migratory song birds, deer and other mammals. The Park’s stunning mix of naturalized prairie, wooded trails, abundant fruit stands and quarry pond make it a unique and treasured destination for dog lovers, bird watchers, hikers and nature buffs.
The Park’s unique ecoystem is threatened by recurring plans to annex all or part of it for the extension of the Chief Peguis Trail. It is also threatened by encroaching industrial development.
We have successfully joined forces with advocate Judith Stearns and the Winnipeg Humane Society to end the annual and brutal cull of Richardson Ground Squirrels in the Park by the City of Winnipeg, a move that is slowly seeing the resurgence of the Park's animal ecosystem. We wish to do more.
Our goal is to secure a long term commitment to the preservation of the Park as well as provisions for its appropriate maintenance. We are seeking the support of other groups dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of fragile ecosystems. We hope to devise a sound future for Little Mountain Park with your help. In particular, we are looking for allies to help us establish the Park as a vital naturalization area and unique eco-system. We hope to organize a Bio Blitz in order to inventory the Park's many species, and are seeking expert advice to do so, advice that perhaps your organization can provide. We are also seeking public support for our Park's ecosystem from lobby groups and intervenors in public policy discussion.
We welcome you to join our efforts. We look forward to meeting with you soon.
Karen Zoppa, Secretary
on behalf of the Little Mountain Park Conservancy Group Inc..
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