Joyanne Pursaga, Winnipeg Free Press

Joyanne Pursaga

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Recent articles by Joyanne:

Library service hampered by staff vacancies

A persistent staff shortage has forced some city libraries to cut hours and delay programming over the past year, just as the pandemic sparked additional disruptions. Eighty-two library positions, or 28 per cent, were vacant as of April 25, the City of Winnipeg confirms. → Read More

Delay sought for city governance review recommendations

Winnipeg city council doesn’t appear set to act on recommendations from an extensive governance review until next year, including some meant to prevent perceived voting blocks.On Friday, the governance committee unanimously voted to delay its decision on the proposed changes until as late as February. → Read More

St. Boniface bike route under consideration

The City of Winnipeg wants the public’s help to select a new active transportation route between St. Boniface and downtown. The path would create a link for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between the Esplanade Riel footbridge/ Provencher Bridge and the multi-use path on Archibald Street south of Nairn Avenue. → Read More

City eyes push to diversify stat holidays

The City of Winnipeg may soon explore how to ensure statutory holidays better reflect the diverse cultural and religious practices of all residents.Council’s executive policy committee will debate Wednesday a call to seek community feedback on how legislated holidays could “better align with the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. → Read More

City scolded for rejecting FOI request with no explanation

A judge has ruled the City of Winnipeg failed to justify its decision to deny a freedom of information request by a former Tory MP about the sale of the Vimy arena. In a written decision, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Chris Martin concluded the city did not properly explain its reasons for refusing to release the records. → Read More

Lukes pushes to cap civic staff remote workdays

A call to limit the number of days City of Winnipeg staff can work from home and scrutinize the impact remote work has on civic services is up for debate at city hall. While approximately 1,800 of 10,400 staff have worked from home at least part-time during COVID-19, the city revealed details of a new formal flexible workplace plan to employees and elected officials this week. → Read More

City pilot launches accessible vehicles for hire app

Winnipeggers who rely on wheelchairs can now try a new way to book vehicles for hire, which advocates hope will shrink wait times for rides. The city launched Winnipeg Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (or Winnipeg WAV) on Wednesday. → Read More

Province scraps ‘caveats’ to Winnipeg mega projects

Fears that provincial conditions would delay upgrades to the north end sewage treatment plant and the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan have been alleviated.In late April, Mayor Brian Bowman said the mega projects were delayed because the Manitoba government had placed conditions on its funding. → Read More

Crusader for Indigenous children honoured with key to the city

After fighting for decades to ensure Indigenous children can get the care they need, Cindy Blackstock has been given a key to the City of Winnipeg. Considered the city’s highest honour, Mayor Brian Bowman presented the symbolic key during a ceremony at city hall on Tuesday. → Read More

City takes first peek at heritage designation for Roxy Lanes building

A call to preserve the 93-year-old Roxy Lanes building through a heritage designation could thwart a plan to build affordable homes for seniors, according to its new owner. The Manitoba Métis Federation said such a change by the City of Winnipeg would make a planned housing complex at the site too expensive to pursue. → Read More

Province promises millions to patch potholes

The province will provide a new $15-million road repair fund this year, primarily to help restore routes riddled with potholes. Premier Heather Stefanson announced the one-time grant on Monday, which includes $8.9 million earmarked for Winnipeg. → Read More

Tiny housing units to address homelessness, but need money

Organizers hope the dream of Astum Api Niikinaahk will finally become a reality this summer. Construction is about three-quarters complete on the 22 small housing units at 171 Henry Ave., which are spread between three main structures tucked behind Thunderbird House on Main Street. → Read More

Fire paramedic service scouts geothermal option for new station

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is seeking a green alternative to heat and cool a new station. The service wants to apply for third-party funding to add a geothermal heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to the project that will consolidate the St. Boniface industrial and Windsor Park fire paramedic stations. → Read More

Wet weather sparks ‘extensive’ mosquito control program

Winnipeggers already exhausted from a lengthy pandemic and an extended winter don’t have to worry about a sudden influx of mosquitoes — just yet.David Wade, city superintendent of insect control, said the extremely wet weather in April has created a lot of standing water, which will spark an “extensive” larviciding program. → Read More

Plant dumps massive volume of partially treated sewage into Red

Winnipeg’s ongoing wastewater treatment woes led to the discharge of 1.6 billion litres of partially treated sewage into the Red River in one incident last month. → Read More

Winnipeg, province clash over sewage plant project deadlines

The provincial government is bluntly ordering the City of Winnipeg to complete its sewage upgrades, with no further deadline extensions. However, the city says it’s the province that delayed funding on one project, while contract issues delayed the other. → Read More

Time to speed up, cut decades off combined sewer rehab work: Mayes

Two recent major sewage spills into local rivers highlight an urgent need to reduce that type of pollution — hopefully decades sooner than Winnipeg expects the work could take — according to the head of council’s water and waste committee. → Read More

Ouellette vows to make city safer if elected mayor

Robert-Falcon Ouellette will try a second time to become Winnipeg’s mayor, and if successful, he vows to tackle addictions and safety concerns. Before serving as a Liberal member of Parliament from 2015 to 2019, Ouellette ran for mayor in 2014. A largely unknown candidate at the time, he managed to finish in third, behind Brian Bowman and runner-up Judy Wasylycia-Leis, in a field of nine… → Read More

More challengers step forward for mayor’s chair

Banking on his council experience to help him stand out in a potentially crowded race, Coun. Scott Gillingham has registered to run for mayor this fall. → Read More

Concrete work drives water treatment plant repair bill

A multimillion-dollar concrete repair tab is the main culprit behind the major cost hike to fix Winnipeg’s drinking water treatment plant. The $300-million Deacon facility began operation in December 2009. By 2012, it suffered from a leaky roof and some equipment had failed and/or exploded, a city legal statement claims. → Read More