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2021

Jan. 04 2021 Cities 4 Forests

https://cities4forests.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/C4F-inner-forests-271119.pdf


Jan. 18 2021


On Jan 18, 2021, at 5:22 AM, Jean A Paterson <patersonja@gmail.com> wrote:

Winnipeg Free Press January 18

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/coronavirus/what-do-manitoba-home-buyers-want-573611492.html

“Having a yard became more important to 45 per cent of respondents, while having extra room(s) for home offices and being in close proximity to parks and greenspace became more chief concerns for 44 per cent of the sample.”


Jan. 26 2021

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Winnipeg City Council will consider two long term planning documents (OurWinnipeg 2045 and Complete Communities Direction Strategy 2.0) that will enable development on land that is zoned parkland.

The planning documents set out the specific steps for development on Public Major Open Spaces.

These "MAJOR OPEN SPACES" are large parks, golf courses and natural green space located throughout the city.

They are identified for future development.

THIS IS THE WRONG WAY FOR THE CITY TO GO

WINNIPEG LAGS BEHIND OTHER CANADIAN CITIES

(See attached graph)

6% of Winnipeg's total city land area is public park land, below the average of 9% for Canadian cities. (2020 Park People Report)
Golf course lands are zoned park land and make up 1% of total city area. If the city chose to include them they could increase public park total area to 7%
Public Major Open Space (all large parks and golf courses) makes up over 3% of City's 6% public park land. (city data)
Public Major Open Space includes all City-owned municipal golf courses, regional parks and nature parks areas over 40 hectares (approx.100acres). They are Winnipeg’s largest parks located mostly along rivers. They are described as “attractive for development”.

(See attached map)

Examples of public major open spaces are King’s Park, Kildonan GC, Canoe Club, Tuxedo GC, Whittier Park, Assiniboine Forest, Harbour View.

LINKS TO KEY DOCUMENTS

City of Winnipeg Website EPC Agenda Items 7. And 8.

1. OurWinnipeg 2045 Plan

2. Complete Communities Direction Strategy2.0

3. Major Open Space Chapter of Complete Communities (6 pages)

It is a backward policy to reduce green space when we are facing a growing population, climate change impacts and a global pandemic.

GREEN SPACE IS UNDER ATTACK AND NEEDS YOUR HELP

OURS-Winnipeg asks that you read the information links and go to www.ours-winnipeg.com for detailed information.

ACT TO SAVE GREENSPACE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Ask your Mayor and Councillors for an amendment to the Major Open Space Chapter to remove development options.

We will alert you to upcoming public engagement opportunities and the public hearing.

Contact us if you are able to help.



Mar. 22 2021

Ron and I were interviewed by Mike Mauder for the March edition of The Leaf, servingWolseley and West Broadway.
"Nature groups fear development of city parks


4/22/21

Insect Control

https://winnipeg.ca/cao/media/news/nr_2021/nr_20210422.stm#1

April 22, 2021
Insect Control Update #1
City starts mosquito larviciding program

Released: 9:33 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg will begin this year’s insect control season on Monday, April 26 focusing on a targeted, environmentally friendly mosquito larviciding program which is the most effective approach to control mosquitoes. Larviciding targets mosquito larvae in the aquatic stage before they emerge


Good morning,

 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the OurWinnipeg 2045 and Complete Communities 2.0 review processes to date. Please be advised of the May 13th, 9:30am Public Hearing information and supporting Public Engagement summary documents below.

 Kind regards,

OurWinnipeg 2045 and Complete Communities 2.0 Review Teams

 OurWinnipeg@winnipeg.ca and CompleteCommunities@winnipeg. ca

  

The Plan Approval Phase of OurWinnipeg 2045 and Complete Communities 2.0 is now in progress, which includes:
May 13, 2021 (UPCOMING)- Public Hearing to be held by Executive Policy Committee (EPC). The Public Hearing Reports will be shared four days before the Public Hearing. The drafts of OurWinnipeg 2045 and the Complete Communities Direction Strategy 2.0 as they will be presented at the Public Hearing are now available in the Documents section. If you would like to appear as a delegation at the hearing, please contact the City Clerk's Department by 2:30 p.m. on May 12, 2021.
After the Public Hearing- EPC may recommend Second Reading by Council and request any amendments based on what they heard at the Public Hearing.
After Second Reading- Council will share OurWinnipeg 2045 for Provincial approval. The Province may request amendments prior to sending it back to council for Third Reading and adoption.
Third Reading- Council will determine when Third Reading for Complete Communities 2.0 will occur as it doesn’t require Provincial approval.
January 28, 2021 (COMPLETE) - First Reading completed by Council
January 20, 2021(COMPLETE) - First Reading completed by Executive Policy Committee
Also now available: 

Phase 2 Engagement Summaries (NEW) that informed the development of the draft plans are available here:OurWinnipeg 2045 - Phase 2 Engagement Summary
Complete Communities 2.0 - Phase 2 Engagement Summary
 
Phase 3 Engagement Summaries (NEW) that informed policy revisions to the final plans are available here:OurWinnipeg 2045 – Phase 3 Engagement Summary
Complete Communities 2.0 - Phase 3 Engagement Summary
For further information on the review process to date, please visit winnipeg.ca/OurWinnipeg.

 

 


 
Thank you/Merci.
 


Laura Rempel, MCP

Planner
Urban Planning Division

Planning Property And Development Department
Telephone: 204-986-7195

Email: laurarempel@winnipeg.ca
Website: winnipeg.ca

Address: 15-30 Fort Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4X5
 
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Winnipeg 2045 master plan

May 13 2021

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu1Q_yXpbxA





May 18 2021

10:08 AM CDT Tuesday, May. 18, 2021 https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/574412792.html 

Vote postponed on key city development plans
Winnipeggers who’ve lobbied the city to prevent development on green space will have to wait a little longer to see if their advocacy will spark changes.

Council’s executive policy committee was scheduled to consider possible amendments and vote on two over-arching planning documents Tuesday: OurWinnipeg 2045 and Complete Communities 2.0. Instead, council’s most powerful committee opted to lay over its votes on the draft plans for another month.

The decision comes after dozens of Winnipeggers weighed in on the documents during a public hearing last Thursday, with many urging the city to keep green space intact and ban any redevelopment on major public parks and open spaces, such as forests, parks and golf courses.

EPC is now expected to vote on the documents, and any possible amendments, on June 16. Both documents would also require full council approval.


Subject: Article in local newspaper SouWester by Council member Chambers

 

Greenspace key to healthy, vibrant Winnipeg

 

By: Markus Chambers — St. Norbert-Seine River City Councillor Ward Report

Posted: 2:21 PM CDT Wednesday, May. 19, 2021

 

Over the next couple of weeks, council will be debating the proposed OurWinnipeg bylaw 2045.

 

OurWinnipeg is the City’s development document, which sets a vision for the next 25 years. An important component of these documents is land use, including greenspace and major open spaces, and the City’s plans for land as our population grows steadily toward one million people.

 

Why is greenspace and the consideration of biodiversity so important to our city? Biodiversity is the rich variety of life on earth. There is variety in genes, variety in species and variety in ecosystems. Much like a spider’s web, everything is interconnected.

 

Winnipeg’s local ecosystem requires a healthy balance of living things to thrive and build resiliency. As an example, plants require plenty of sunlight and rain as well as healthy soil full of nutrients. Bees and other insects feed on the plants, helping pollinate and make seeds. Local wildlife such as deer, rabbits, and grasshoppers eat the plants as well and return nutrients to the soil making it a healthy place for plants to grow and thrive.

Increasing habitat loss through over exploitation and poorly planned development is driven by our rapid population growth and unsustainable consumption habits. This contributes to the primary cause of biodiversity loss, which is occurring at a rate 10,000 times faster than in the previous millions of years. We must be mindful of the impacts of development and how we can develop sustainably, while meeting the needs associated with the growth of our city.

Recognizing the need that development must happen, green space is one commodity that cannot be produced. Once green space is gone, the effect on climate change is almost immediately measurable. Green space allows for pollution absorption and temperature cooling. Green space assists in improving air quality while moving us toward the City’s positive climate action goals.

Winnipeg dedicates only six per cent of its land to urban green space, which by definition includes land that is partly or completely covered by grass, trees, shrubs or other vegetation and includes parks, community gardens and cemeteries. In comparison, the following cities have dedicated percentages towards green space: London, U.K. (33 per cent); Rome (34 per cent); Madrid (35 per cent); and Stockholm (40 per cent). Additional comparison of Canadian cities Toronto and Montreal with 13 per cent and 14.8 per cent green space, respectively.

OurWinnipeg 2045 must be both responsible and visionary. Development is inevitable, but with the growth of our population, we must also maintain existing and increase green space that enhances esthetics, while supporting our mental health and well-being. If the last year has taught us one thing, it’s the value of the great outdoors.

Markus Chambers

St. Norbert - Seine River City Council War


Winnipeg Sun May 20 2021


5/21/21

OURS-Winnipeg Wolseley Leaf

This was in the Wolseley Leaf this month.

The newspaper is only in print form.

 

Pam


5/23/21

The Nature of Health

The Nature of Health
https://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/manitoba/events/nature-and-health.html?utm_campaign=SM_MB_0521&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=organic 

By Nature Conservancy


May 27, 2021   12:30 p.m. CDT

 

Online Register Now https://act.natureconservancy.ca/page/81101/data/1?_ga=2.12678903.1393510207.1621727646-1801766800.1614974822 

 

Canadians have turned to nature in significant numbers to help them cope with the impacts of COVID-19. A recent Ipsos poll conducted for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) reveals that 94 per cent of people credit time spent in nature with helping them to relieve the stress and anxiety of the pandemic.

From backyard birds and urban foxes to increased use of trails and parks, anecdotally, Canadians report a greater awareness of nature in their lives since the pandemic began. The survey was one of the first to try to measure that impact and reinforce the inextricable connection between nature and health. Clean air, clean water and healthy foods all come from nature. At a time when health is a top priority for Canadians, nine in 10 surveyed say we need to invest more to restore and care for the natural areas that sustain us all. By taking care of nature, we take care of ourselves and each other.

Join NCC and our panel of speakers to learn more about the importance of connecting to nature.


6/3/21

Urban Forest Winnipeg Free Press


6/16/21

Hope Garden Donations

Thank you so much for the wonderful donations to our Hope Garden flower box by Leo's parents. Please help out by donating flowers, pulling weeds or just watering the plants. Every little bit helps!


6/16/21

Greenspace

Today EPC voted unanimously on motions for amendments to both OurWinnipeg 2045 and Complete Communities 2.0 to include a Master Greenspace Plan that considers municipal golf courses as major nature preserves and greenspaces, a Biodiversity Plan and a Corridor Plan and the prohibition of development on city owned land that is designated as Major Open Space, zoned PR, under parks jurisdiction, or used as parks

This amendment is to support greenspace and the underlying need for conservation, recreation and to keep pace with population growth.

Also this motion is in recognition of International Standards of the Durban Commitments and the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.

Greenspace and natural areas are really important.
Much thanks goes to Councillor Sherri Rollins for taking the lead and working with OURS and Save Our Seine, EPC and all Councillors, OURS members and supporters, PPD, all those who presented at the Public Hearing and wrote letters and signed the petition and spread the word.