Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Friday, December 19, 2008

December 18, 2008


Winnipeg, MB – Mutually committed to improving public transit infrastructure in Winnipeg, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of John Baird, Canada’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, together with Steve Ashton, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs for Manitoba, and Acting Deputy Mayor Gord Steeves on behalf of Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz today announced that a state-of-the-art audio/video surveillance system is being installed in City buses.

The new surveillance system has already been installed on 130 buses to assist Winnipeg Transit in providing a safer environment for their customers and employees. It is anticipated that the City’s entire fleet of 535 buses will have the cameras installed by the end of 2009.

“The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the safety of Canadians,” said Minister Toews. “The investment in on-board surveillance cameras will better protect both Winnipeg transit users and city bus drivers, as well as deter potential criminal activity.”

“Public transit supports the province’s vision for a clean and green economy by providing Manitobans with alternative transportation choices,” said Minister Ashton. “The presence of cameras should help to ensure safe, quality transportation on Winnipeg’s busy transit system.”

Audio/Video surveillance on buses is part of the City of Winnipeg’s ongoing “Transit Improvement Program”.
"Winnipeggers need to have confidence in a safe and reliable transit system. With increased ridership, we must continue to improve our existing transit system to capture that increase and provide positive transportation alternatives to our citizens," said Acting Deputy Mayor Gord Steeves. "By providing our transit network with this effective tool, we can provide a safer environment for both our citizens and employees."

The audio/video surveillance system is expected to increase safety on buses by acting as a deterrent to anyone with criminal intentions. It will also aid in the investigation of incidents that may have taken place. Each bus will be equipped with up to five cameras and a digital recording device to continuously monitor on-board activities from a variety of angles. The system also has the capability to continuously record audio. Signage will be posted inside the buses to advise occupants their activities are under audio and video surveillance.
The funding of $2.9 million for the installation of the audio/video surveillance system is made possible through a federal-provincial partnership.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

December 16, 2008


The Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg will work together to accelerate the widening of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway to meet the timelines of a proposed new Winnipeg Ikea site, Premier Gary Doer and Mayor Sam Katz said today.

The premier said the province will advance its share of capital funding to the city of up to $8 million for the projects. The widening of Kenaston Boulevard and Sterling Lyon Parkway is already included in the city’s Plan Winnipeg, but would be accelerated to accommodate Ikea’s development plans, pending a public rezoning process and open house that will take place this spring.

“Advancing already scheduled infrastructure will help this project move forward,” said Doer.

“The city has worked diligently to create an ‘open for business’ environment that attracts growth and positive developments like Ikea,” said Katz. “By accelerating existing infrastructure plans, we are encouraging smart responsible development and I am thrilled to see this major retail project transform from talk to action.

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December 16, 2008

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New Online Registry Gives Physicians New Resources to Find Right Specialists for Patients: Oswald

Manitoba has launched a first-in-Canada online tool that helps physicians quickly find the right medical specialists for their patients, saving time both for doctors and Manitobans receiving care, Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.

“This new resource puts up-to-date information at doctors’ fingertips, giving referring physicians new tools to connect patients with the right specialist more quickly than before,” Oswald said. “As part of our strategy to decrease wait times, this is an innovative solution that will create new efficiencies and help us deliver better care.”

Doctors will be able to quickly search the new Catalogue of Specialized Services (CSS) by areas of clinical expertise to create a short list of doctors providing specialized services such as orthopedics, psychiatric services or internal medicine. The tool will help physicians ensure they are connecting their patients with the most appropriate specialist to best meet their patient’s needs and reduce misdirected referrals. The catalogue will list all specialists in the province.

“Winnipeg is home to many of the province’s specialized medical doctors and we want to make ourselves easy to find when we’re needed,” said Dr. Jamie Boyd, medical director of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s family medicine program. “This new tool will help show the way and improve the patient’s journey.”

The new $80,000 tool was developed in partnership with the medical community to improve efficiency and co-ordination among health-care providers. It lists the doctor’s location and the medical services provided and is designed to direct patient referrals to the right clinician the first time.

“This should save time for the family doctor, the specialists and the patients, since all of the important information is pulled together in one accessible tool,” said Dr. Robyn Olson, president of the Manitoba Medical Association. “Physicians can be confident that they’re making the right referral to the right specialist.”

Every doctor and referring clinician in the province will be given a unique user name and password to access the catalogue. Doctors who provide specialized services will be able to log in and update their areas of expertise to ensure the catalogue remains an up-to-date online resource for referring physicians, especially for new Manitoba doctors and those in rural and remote parts of the province.

“This is a great tool for family physicians and their patients,” said Dr. Fran Berard, president of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians. “Finding the right specialist can be a challenge, especially for doctors who practise in rural Manitoba. This will really make the referral process much more efficient and will improve quality of care for all Manitobans.”

The development of this important resource has been made possible, in part, through a contribution from Health Canada.

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Child Find Manitoba, in partnership with the Province of Manitoba has launched the second phase of the Stop Sex with Kids public awareness campaign. Visit to take action against child sexual exploitation.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

December 2, 2008


Manitobans are invited to attend the Sunrise Memorial scheduled at the Legislative Building Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 a.m. to commemorate Canada’s Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan, minister responsible for the status of women, said today.

“Violence against women affects us all,” said Allan. “Each victim is someone’s daughter, mother, sister or wife; someone’s friend; someone’s loved one. Violence against women happens across our country and across our province regardless of age, race, cultural or economic background. We must not forget the women honoured here once lived, worked and walked among us. It is up to us to work together and prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.”

The Sunrise Memorial commemorates the 14 young women killed in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989, as well as all women who have died in acts of violence. The program will include drumming by the North End Women’s Centre Buffalo Gals, participation by the Manitoba Chapter of the Girl Guides of Canada and guest speaker Dr. Marilou McPhedran.

Following the program, refreshments will be provided in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy which will be donated to the Immigrant Women’s Counselling Service.

More information is available at 204-945-6281 in Winnipeg.

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