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Past articles by Aldo:

All hands on deck for city crews cleaning up tree debris

Trimming damaged trees is Winnipeg city hall’s focus, while the tidying of boulevards and public parks likely won’t begin for another three weeks — the next phase in a storm clean-up effort expected to last a year.About 10 per cent of publicly-owned trees suffered damage in the Oct. → Read More

City councillors seek opposition to Quebec law banning religious symbols

Two city councillors want city hall to stand up in opposition to Quebec’s controversial Bill 2... → Read More

Polo Park-area residential development plan put on hold again

PROPOSALS for highrise residential development along St. James Street in the Polo Park area have been put on hold for a second time, to give developers and landowners more time to resolve differences with the Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA).But the position of the authority, which owns and operates Richardson International Airport, appears to indicate there’s no room to compromise. → Read More

EPC puts Polo Park-area residential development on hold again

Proposals for high-rise residential development along St. James Street in the Polo Park area have been put on hold for a second time, to give the developers and land owners more time to resolve differences with the Winnipeg Airports Authority. But the position of the airports authority, which owns and operates Richardson International Airport, appears to indicate there’s no room to compromise. → Read More

Storm cleanup to take months, cost tens of millions, mayor says

The cleanup from last week’s snowstorm could last until spring — or beyond — and the cost will be in the tens of millions, Winnipeg's mayor said Tuesday. “We are all going to have to be extremely patient as the recovery amplifies and the ongoing efforts are underway,” Mayor Brian Bowman told reporters. → Read More

Province stays out of city phosphorus fight

The province has turned down Coun. Kevin Klein’s request for it to consider alternate interim methods to reduce phosphorus emissions at Winnipeg's north end sewage treatment plant. → Read More

City councillor calls for free transit on federal election day

Less than two weeks before the federal election, one councillor wants Winnipeg city hall to offer free transit to encourage people to get out and vote. Coun. Kevin Klein has asked Mayor Brian Bowman to declare Oct. → Read More

Klein seeks to call in province on city phosphorus issue

Not content with the compromise motion he helped craft at the committee level last week that imposed strict timelines for the reduction of phosphorus emissions at the north end sewage treatment plant, Coun. Kevin Klein says he wants the province to review the City of Winnipeg’s actions. → Read More

City mulls $15/h minimum wage

Some of the lowest-paid City of Winnipeg employees could be in for a pay increase.City council’s executive policy committee voted 6-1 Tuesday to direct the administration to determine the cost of setting a minimum-wage rate of $15 per hour for civic employees. → Read More

City to help residents coexist with coyotes

The spread of suburban development into naturalized areas has prompted Winnipeg’s animal servi... → Read More

Transit workers approve contract by 52 per cent

Winnipeg Transit union members have ratified a new collective agreement by the narrowest of margins.Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 said Friday the contract was approved by 51.97 per cent of members who cast a ballot. → Read More

Address your missing address or get hit with a big number, city warns

The number of homeowners who've been fined this year for failing to display their house number in th... → Read More

Councillors' compromise won't stem phosphorus flow to Lake Winnipeg

Councillors on a civic committee hammered out an agreement Thursday morning setting deadlines to test interim solutions to reduce phosphorus emissions from the North End sewage treatment plant. The effort by councillors on the environment committee to find a compromise succeeded where a similar attempt was rejected in a 9-7 vote at last week’s council meeting. → Read More

Police board needs to refocus on community concerns: criminologist

The Winnipeg Police Board needs to redefine its role if it’s to be considered a legitimate oversight body for the Winnipeg Police Service, a Manitoba criminology professor told city hall Wednesday. Bronwyn Dobchuk-Land, an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Winnipeg, said the board is ignoring legitimate community concerns over WPS strategies and has allowed itself to… → Read More

St. James arena to be renamed for Ab McDonald

The St. James Civic Centre arena is to be renamed after local hockey legend Ab McDonald.Winnipeg city councillors on the protection, community services and parks committee Wednesday unanimously agreed to the request, brought forth by the three councillors on the Assiniboia community committee and the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. → Read More

Transit corridor well on track, under budget

The southwest transit corridor will be finished eight weeks ahead of schedule, with another $40-million reduction in cost.Councillors on the public works committee were told Tuesday the revised cost is now expected to be $420 million. → Read More

'Positive direction' for low-income transit pass plan

The proposal for a low-income transit pass has cleared a key hurdle and seems all but assured of becoming a reality in the spring.Winnipeg city councillors on the public works committee Tuesday approved eligibility criteria for the low-income pass and endorsed the introduction of phased discounts over a three-year period, which is expected to cost taxpayers $3 million annually. → Read More

Committee backs study of shared street concept for Exchange District

Coun. Vivian Santos is proposing an experimental street concept for areas of the Exchange District a... → Read More

Councillors exchange heated words over embattled city department

Two rookie councillors got involved in a shouting match Monday, over lingering questions in the city building inspectors scandal.Couns. Kevin Klein and Sherri Rollins exchanged heated words and calls for apologies, after Klein attempted to use the remaining minutes of a day-long property and development committee meeting to explore a lack of management supervision. → Read More

City manager of work-avoiding inspectors retires ahead of hot-seat hearing

The City of Winnipeg manager responsible for the troubled building inspections division has retired ... → Read More