Little Mountain Park Conservancy       Group Inc.

For The Love of Our Park
 

For the Protection of Little Mountain Park

 

 


2018

July 23 2018 Winnipeg Free Press

New industrial park to open at CentrePort
Martin Cash
3:00 AM |  
5 minute read
Less than three months since the opening of the last fully serviced industrial park, another one is coming on the market in CentrePort.

Winnipeg-based Whiteland Developers has started marketing an 80-acre industrial park called BrookPort Business Park, which is located on the west of Brookside Boulevard, north of Inkster Boulevard and just south of the planned Chief Peguis Trail extension. Construction will start on sewer, water and roadways in August.

The development of the city’s newest industrial park comes on the heels of Crystal Properties’ successful Brookside Industrial Park Phase III, which fronts the south side of CentrePort Canada Way that is already about 70 per cent sold after only nine weeks on the market.

Satpal Sidhu, president of Whiteland, said there has been strong early demand for the new project, which will feature the possibility of smaller lot sizes — a minimum of 11/2 acres — with the possibility of assembling contiguous lots as large as 23 acres.


Winnipeg Free Press Aug. 02 2018

A woman who found more than a dozen dead birds near a Maples-area pond isn't buying the city's explanation that they died from people feeding them "mouldy bread."

Albina Hurley said she and her seven-year-old daughter were walking Sunday at the corner of Keewatin Street and Adsum Drive when they discovered about eight dead birds scattered around the pond. She placed a 311 call to report it Monday.

They returned to find even more. By Tuesday afternoon, she counted 13 dead birds — mostly ducks and some geese — and could see what looked like remains of more.

"I just thought something's not right here. I don't know if they were poisoned or if something is wrong with the water," said Hurley.

She said she spoke Wednesday morning with a worker from the city's water and waste department who told her there were five or six dead birds per day at that pond at some points last year, but tests showed their deaths were from things they ingested.

By Tuesday afternoon, Hurley counted 13 dead birds and could see what looked like remains of more. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
"He (the city worker) said they'd go pick up the birds but that it's most likely not the water. It's from people feeding them stuff like mouldy bread," Hurley said, noting the worker brushed off her question about the birds being poisoned.

"I said to the guy, 'Is that how they die when they eat mouldy bread?' Some of them were already decaying and had maggots on them, some of them looked like they just died and we saw a few birds that just didn't look well."

She said she saw a bird on Tuesday that appeared to be a pigeon that was having trouble breathing as it sat on the grass.

"I went up to him and touched him on the back but he didn't move but was breathing really heavy. We came back a few minutes later and he had fallen over, and he was gone (dead)," she said.

"We saw a goose sitting beside another one (goose) because he passed away. That was just so heartbreaking. That must have been his mate and he wouldn't leave him."

The dead birds had been removed on Wednesday morning.

What appears to be construction garbage litters the shores of the pond. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
Ken Allen, a spokesman from the City of Winnipeg, said signs are posted at this pond and others to discourage feeding of waterfowl.

"There have been issues of bird mortality around this pond and other retention ponds in the past and in some cases these may be related to feeding of the waterfowl and the types of food which are being left for waterfowl. The City reports large die-offs of birds at ponds to Manitoba Sustainable Development. The Province would be able to provide more information on how they investigate disease related to bird die-offs," he said in an emailed statement.

A spokesman for Manitoba Sustainable Development said there was not yet enough information for a comment.

"The province is aware of the situation and is investigating," the spokesman stated in an email.

Hurley said she also discovered a Canada goose with a broken leg at the Keewatin-Adsum pond so she contacted Choo Rosenbloom, who operates the website www.lovecanadageese.com that she created with her late husband, Earl, to advocate for and protect Canada geese.

The two women caught the injured goose on Tuesday afternoon — it is now with Wildlife Haven where it is being treated — and together counted all the dead birds they could see.

"I just thought something's not right here. I don't know if they were poisoned or if something is wrong with the water," said Hurley. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press)
"I'm very concerned because that's too many deaths in one pond," said Rosenbloom, who regularly visits ponds around the city to check on the geese. "Where I live, we have a pond about five times the size of that one and I've never seen 13 or 18 dead birds in one go. I walk the ponds a lot and it's quite common to see one or two dead birds but you get to 13, you have to wonder what's going on."

Rosenbloom said another concern is the numerous household waste items, such as milk cartons, food wrappers, plastics and construction waste such as bricks and wood planks, littering parts of the Keewatin-Adsum pond shoreline.

"Water and waste is blaming people feeding mouldy bread and junk on the deaths of these birds. Mouldy bread isn't going to kill them this fast," said Rosenbloom. "The pond is filthy, so it's pointing the finger at the city. The city hasn't been cleaning up. It's always easy to blame the people. That's the trashiest pond I've seen in the city."

Rosenbloom said she wants the province to test the water and perform a necropsy on one or more of the birds to find out what killed them.

Hurley said she is worried about what caused the deaths of the birds from safety and humanitarian standpoints.

"My daughter cried over the dead ones," Hurley said. "She wanted us to pick them up but I said we just couldn't. We don't know what happened to them."

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca


04/22/2018

The City is kicking off Winnipeg’s Recreation and Parks Strategies by inviting you to provide your input through an online survey. To take the survey, visit winnipeg.ca/RecAndParks


I thought you might want this screenshot, link to the CBC news item and link to the meeting video so that you could share with your people  Let them see their fearless leader in action and maybe help encourage others to come forward and speak up.  Or you can just put it in your scrap book 


http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/ 1269891651597


CBC Winnipeg News July 03, 2018
Your daily round-up of the news of the day each weeknight
www.cbc.ca
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Z22HlWHdud8

PCSP - 2018 07 03
Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks - 2018 07 03
www.youtube.com
 


 
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead
 

From: lajlcj@mymts.net <lajlcj@mymts.net>
Sent: July 2, 2018 9:28 AM
To: Rosalyn Jones-Smith
Subject: Fw: Final draft 
 
 
From: lajlcj@mymts.net
Sent: Monday, July 2, 2018 9:13 AM
To: Carolyn Crisp ; Darlene Korzinski ; Irene hinam ; Lloyd Johnson ; lori.johnson@gov.mb.ca
Cc: Karen Zoppa ; Kathryn Kawka ; Kim Bradshaw ; Mike Nickerson ; Tanis Jury ; Walter Choma
Subject: Final draft
 
City of Winnipeg presentation:

Hello, my name is Lloyd Johnson and I represent the Little Mountain Park Pet Owners Association and the Little Mountain Conservancy Group . I am here to talk to the council about the value of single-use off leash dog parks.

Little Mountain Park is located outside the City boundaries within the R.M. of Rosser. It is the site of the original City of Winnipeg foundation quarry’s that were opened before the City was incorporated. Little Mountain Park was the original location to the village of Mount Royal Manitoba where 200 people called the area home. Little Mountain is also home to many at risk plants, a Leopard Frog population, a variety of animals and our environment plays host to a large a varied group of birds like owls, hawks and the occasional bald eagle. Our native hazelnut tree seeds have found a home in the Arbour seed catalogue farm located in the States. As an interesting side note, we are also part of Haunted Manitoba!

The pet owners of Little Mountain have been stewards of the park for years, working hand in hand with the City’s park personnel. We have enjoyed a positive relationship in matters of park maintenance, garbage clean-up and the introduction of recycling bins. We have introduced two new bat houses and worked on a bird house project with a special needs group to enhance the beauty of the environment.

The trails of Little Mountain Park have long provided a release from the tensions of the day for both people and their dogs. The health and wellness provided by a simple walk are immeasurable. There is a strong sense of community created by just walking and talking to other park users. The trails of Little Mountain also allow a “dog to be a dog’.  Running, playing, chasing and being with other dogs is all part of the psychological make-up that goes into having a well behaved dog. We had a petition a while ago to make the entire Little Mountain Park a legally off leash park instead of just having one small area that is bordered the busy Klimpke Road and Farmer Road. The single use park concept being presented represents an open space to walk, enjoy the natural environment at every time of the year.

There are several examples of group use activity that have not worked out well. The placement of a football field in the middle of the ‘off leash area’ would be one and the large fairs that have been using the park have done major damage to the environment. The vandalism of the washroom facility is a constant sore spot with both the dog owners and the parks personnel. Partying, bon fires and the breaking of bottles have made the quarry areas dangerous to everybody. The setting off of fireworks and tall grass prairie do not mix well!

Our location is unique to the city. As mentioned before, we fall outside the City limits and as such are considered an “orphan park”.  We do not have any official political representation on City Council, however Brian Mayes has kindly taken us under his wing and has been a great supporter of our park and our efforts to make it a better place.

In conclusion, each and every park has different concerns and circumstances. All have something to offer both in physical and mental health. But it is the love for our pets that bind us together. And that is worth fighting for!

Thank you for the opportunity to speak.
 
 
 
Attachments area
 
Preview YouTube video PCSP - 2018 07 03 


I thought you might want this screenshot, link to the CBC news item and link to the meeting video so that you could share with your people  Let them see their fearless leader in action and maybe help encourage others to come forward and speak up.  Or you can just put it in your scrap book 


http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/ 1269891651597


CBC Winnipeg News July 03, 2018
Your daily round-up of the news of the day each weeknight
www.cbc.ca
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Z22HlWHdud8

PCSP - 2018 07 03
Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks - 2018 07 03
www.youtube.com
 


 
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead
 

From: lajlcj@mymts.net <lajlcj@mymts.net>
Sent: July 2, 2018 9:28 AM
To: Rosalyn Jones-Smith
Subject: Fw: Final draft 
 
 
From: lajlcj@mymts.net
Sent: Monday, July 2, 2018 9:13 AM
To: Carolyn Crisp ; Darlene Korzinski ; Irene hinam ; Lloyd Johnson ; lori.johnson@gov.mb.ca
Cc: Karen Zoppa ; Kathryn Kawka ; Kim Bradshaw ; Mike Nickerson ; Tanis Jury ; Walter Choma
Subject: Final draft
 
City of Winnipeg presentation:

Hello, my name is Lloyd Johnson and I represent the Little Mountain Park Pet Owners Association and the Little Mountain Conservancy Group . I am here to talk to the council about the value of single-use off leash dog parks.

Little Mountain Park is located outside the City boundaries within the R.M. of Rosser. It is the site of the original City of Winnipeg foundation quarry’s that were opened before the City was incorporated. Little Mountain Park was the original location to the village of Mount Royal Manitoba where 200 people called the area home. Little Mountain is also home to many at risk plants, a Leopard Frog population, a variety of animals and our environment plays host to a large a varied group of birds like owls, hawks and the occasional bald eagle. Our native hazelnut tree seeds have found a home in the Arbour seed catalogue farm located in the States. As an interesting side note, we are also part of Haunted Manitoba!

The pet owners of Little Mountain have been stewards of the park for years, working hand in hand with the City’s park personnel. We have enjoyed a positive relationship in matters of park maintenance, garbage clean-up and the introduction of recycling bins. We have introduced two new bat houses and worked on a bird house project with a special needs group to enhance the beauty of the environment.

The trails of Little Mountain Park have long provided a release from the tensions of the day for both people and their dogs. The health and wellness provided by a simple walk are immeasurable. There is a strong sense of community created by just walking and talking to other park users. The trails of Little Mountain also allow a “dog to be a dog’.  Running, playing, chasing and being with other dogs is all part of the psychological make-up that goes into having a well behaved dog. We had a petition a while ago to make the entire Little Mountain Park a legally off leash park instead of just having one small area that is bordered the busy Klimpke Road and Farmer Road. The single use park concept being presented represents an open space to walk, enjoy the natural environment at every time of the year.

There are several examples of group use activity that have not worked out well. The placement of a football field in the middle of the ‘off leash area’ would be one and the large fairs that have been using the park have done major damage to the environment. The vandalism of the washroom facility is a constant sore spot with both the dog owners and the parks personnel. Partying, bon fires and the breaking of bottles have made the quarry areas dangerous to everybody. The setting off of fireworks and tall grass prairie do not mix well!

Our location is unique to the city. As mentioned before, we fall outside the City limits and as such are considered an “orphan park”.  We do not have any official political representation on City Council, however Brian Mayes has kindly taken us under his wing and has been a great supporter of our park and our efforts to make it a better place.

In conclusion, each and every park has different concerns and circumstances. All have something to offer both in physical and mental health. But it is the love for our pets that bind us together. And that is worth fighting for!

Thank you for the opportunity to speak.
 
 
 
Attachments area
 
Preview YouTube video PCSP - 2018 07 03 


09/22/18

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.

 

Key Messages:

*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,

 

Pam Lucenkiw

Ron Mazur

Co-chairs, OURS-Winnipeg

 

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OUR's Sept. 25 2018
 
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.

 

See OURS-Winnipeg Facebook and Twitter for current issues, events and solutions.

 

Pam Lucenkiw

Ron Mazur

Co-Chairs

OURS-Winnipeg


12/16/18

OLAMP
 
Good afternoon,

Thank you for providing feedback on the City of Winnipeg’s Off Leash Dog Areas Master Plan (OLAMP). In the final round of engagement, 267 people completed an online survey to provide input on the draft plan. An update on how input affected the final plan is now available on the project page.<http://winnipeg.ca/PPD/PublicEngagement/OffLeashAreas/default.stm>
The OLAMP will act as a reference guide for the public to provide clear policy and processes that illustrate how Winnipeg's Off-leash Areas (OLAs) are sited and established, while also providing various City departments with guidance for the planning, design, management, and evaluation of current and future OLAs.
An administrative report<http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/dmis/ViewDoc.asp?DocId=17184&SectionId=&InitUrl=> outlining the results of the public engagement process and the Off-Leash Dog Areas Master Plan (OLAMP) is now available.  The report will be presented to Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services, and Parks on July 3, 2018. The recommendations in the report will be subject to Council approval. Should you want to register as a delegation<http://winnipeg.ca/clerks/council/delegation.stm>, please contact City Clerk’s<http://winnipeg.ca/shared/mailforms/city/contact.asp?Recipient=CityClerks>.
To learn more about the Off Leash Dog Areas Master Plan, please visit winnipeg.ca/offleashareas<http://winnipeg.ca/PPD/PublicEngagement/OffLeashAreas/default.stm#tab-engage>.