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Colleen Sklar

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 to grow our economy, provide quality of life benefits for our communities along with a plan to responsibly manage our land and water resources, we...
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 and school board trustees. For those of you who think sitting out on municipal elections is no big deal or assuming they are less important and...
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...
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 all municipalities with a coordinated approach in order to increase services while saving tax-payers dollars. “By 2023, JohnQ endeavours to save between $18.9 million and $26...
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 critical to increasing our competitiveness. Initiatives such as these are not only economic drivers, they also improve quality of life in our communities by supporting...
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...
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 their communities. For many communities, festivals are a chance to highlight what their community has to offer, from entertainment, to arts and crafts, to local...
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 our largest trading partners seems to be shifting a little each day.  Last week the United States announced that it would be imposing of 25% tariff...
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
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 likely impacts that similar events would have if they were to occur in today’s more populous and connected world. Looking back at floods, earthquakes and volcanic...