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With the Winnipeg METRO Region growing, leaders from all levels of government, business and industry, as well as NGOs, will have to find ways to work together if we are to meet the needs of a growing population. Whether it is building new community infrastructure like roads and bridges or schools, hospitals and recreation facilities - investments...

A Better Way

A Better Way We are at a unique place in time as we work to establish the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region model of collaborative development. Leaders from government, business and industry recognize that if we are...

Your vote 2018: How to make it count…

October 24, 2018 is municipal election day in Manitoba. Across our province, residents will be able to have their say on who will lead their community into the future by choosing their mayor, reeve, councillors...
The sky last week in Winnipeg was surprisingly eerie and a bit reminiscent of some of the sci-fi doomsday thrillers of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  It has been a long hot summer across the entire Northern Hemisphere beginning with a rapid melt of a near record snowfall in the Rocky Mountains, which caused serious flooding in parts of British...

Featured Article: Economiser oui, s’amalgamer non

Great to be involved with our Francophone community in the Winnipeg Metro Region! This article speaks to the development of JohnQ Public - a arms-length regional development corporation that focuses on service delivery to...

Connecting to Opportunity – Local Leaders come together to plan for the future

Finding ways to work together, increase connectivity to communities while maximizing the use of tax dollars is on the agenda for many local governments across the globe. Improving access to high speed Internet is...
With summer in full swing in Manitoba, it’s a great opportunity to check out the wide variety of local fruits and vegetables available. According to Peak of the Market, Manitoba produces over 120 varieties of vegetables including asparagus, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins and squash, as well as a variety of fruits like strawberries, blueberries, saskatoons and...

Festivals add life to our community and to our economy.

With another June long behind us, we have now officially entered Manitoba’s festival season. Across our province and the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, cities and towns are preparing to host festivals and events that showcase...

Sometime Facts Don’t Matter…

Sometime Facts Don’t Matter You can’t seem to turn on the television these days without hearing about the trade troubles between Canada and the United States. The steady ground we once held with one of...
Avoiding Solo Cities: The benefits of tackling problems as a unified metro region, is an excellent article from the Chicago Forum on Global Cities where a panel of experts talked about the ability of metropolitan area municipal collaborations to solve problems more effectively and efficiently and make us more resilient. The areas where collaborations should be explored are in: ...
Legislative Building Winnipeg, Manitoba 1950 Flood

What can we learn from disasters of the past…

A new report Aftershocks: Remodeling the Past for a Resilient Future released by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) takes a good look at various disasters from the past and explores the...

Feeling Lucky?

With summer just around the corner lawnmowers and garden tools are getting dusted off and yardwork is on my to-do list. As I’m looking over my brown, patchy lawn, I wonder how it will...
Active Transportation
Active transportation is most often regarded as a way to do our part in reducing our GHG emissions. But what is often left out of the dialogue is that active transportation options - getting out of our cars - can also contribute to our individual and community well-being. Research studies across Canada indicate that physical activity among children and youth...

Getting a handle on a shifting workforce

  Workforce development drives economic development, and the make-up of the workforce is changing with more workers choosing self-employment as free lancers and solopreneurs. Business leaders and governments better figure out how to respond effectively. Solopreneurs...

Q and A with Susan Thompson

We caught up with Susan Thompson, former Mayor of Winnipeg and a founding partner of the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region (now the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region). Back in 1998, Thompson recognized the power of collaboration and the importance of creating...
April Showers - Creative Resolutions
Across Manitoba spring seeding has begun, but unlike other years, where we have to keep an eye on the potential of spring flooding, this year the province is in the midst of an unprecedented and record-breaking dry spell.  This April was the fourth driest April on record since 1872 (when we began keeping records) and the driest in 30...
Source: Winnipeg Construction Association

Sports:  The Power To Unite Pride and Progress

Some call sports the universal language with the power to unite people from different backgrounds, beliefs or political affiliations, and in the divided world we sometimes find ourselves in, this universal language may be...

Canada’s statement of support on the United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous...

Today, Canada joins other countries in supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In doing so, Canada reaffirms its commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples at...
This spring, I was privileged to participate in a historic gathering of Indigenous and Municipal leaders. Chiefs, Mayors, and Reeves from southern and central Manitoba met to build new relationships and to begin to resolve issues that have been barriers to collaborative action for over a hundred years. The leaders who took part in this gathering agree that reconciliation...
United Nations Headquarters, General Assembly Hall New York, New York April 25, 2017 As Delivered Distinguished guests and colleagues, I'm honoured to be here on the traditional territory of the Lenape people and all the indigenous people who have walked these lands. And I'm especially interested in speaking with the delegates to the Indigenous Forum who, unfortunately, are still in the gallery upstairs and...
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