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Candidate Forum Video

Hello everyone,

Thursday October 11, 2018 the Candidates for City Councillor had a forum and we recorded it on video.  Here is a link to that video.

Our apologies for the video being saved vertically.  When it was recorded live via a cell phone it appeared properly.  We have looked at the settings and there are no options to rotate the video.  From you phone or tablet you can rotate that device to watch.

Thank you to Riverview Community Centre for hosting the event and Steven Place for organizing the event.  Thank you to Dean Jones from my team for doing the work behind the camera.  Thank you to the person who suggested, I loved the idea and made it happen.  Thank you to everyone who brought something to donate to Winnipeg Harvest.

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Platform On Infrastructure For The Ward

PRESS RELEASE #wpgpoli
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 11, 2018 10:30 AM

Michael Thompson, candidate for City Councillor for Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry platform on infrastructure for the ward.

I have been going door-to-door for several months since announcing my candidacy for City Council.  I want to make a positive difference for the citizens in the Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry and I have consistently heard concerns about the quality of infrastructure.

I will work hard to implement the following changes:

  • Improve the quality of the sidewalks, roads and back lanes. Large parts of the ward are used by citizens on foot.  It’s important that our sidewalks are usable and safe all year round
  • Expand and link our bike lanes to promote active transportation. There needs to be improvement in our addressing the major arteries with safe bike path options
  • Upgrade the East Fort Garry Outdoor Pool
  • Upgrade and invest in our community centres. Our community centres are the heart of community.  We need to look at options for using solar energy as well as having recycling drop offs and composting centres.
  • Replace Osborne Fire Station #4. The station was built in the late 1950s and has reached its end of life. There are major layout and structure issues that don’t meet today’s needs.  A new building needs to be built to meet today’s equipment standards and the needs of our changing community.  It is one of the busiest stations in the city and will continue to grow in calls.  Fire Station #4 is having an open house this Saturday October 13 from noon to 4 pm.  I encourage the public and media to visit the fire hall to judge the condition for themselves.
  • Work to reduce traffic congestion along Osborne Street and Confusion Corner
  • Add Pedestrian Flashing Lights at River Avenue and Lewis Street
  • Re purpose land at community centre under utilized as dog park areas. One example is re purposing the tennis courts at Fort Rouge Leisure Centre

I have been listening to the community and people expect more from our city and I agree. There is a lot of work to do and I promise to work hard to address these concerns make sure our communities adapt and are the communities we hope to live in years to come.  If elected I will use city resources to support and build our communities for urban revitalization.

For further information please contact candidate
Michael Thompson at 204-272-9555
or Shelley Ireland, Media Relations at 204-272-9555 ext. 3

www.VoteMichaelThompson.ca

Handi-Transit Time for Change

Handi-Transit is critical to many people in our community and as a city it is our duty to provide sustainable, affordable, safe and accessible transportation systems for individuals with disabilities who are unable to use the regular fixed-route transit system.

I have been going door-to-door for several months since announcing my candidacy for City Council because I want to make a positive difference for the citizens in the Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry.  I have consistently heard concerns about service issues with Handi-Transit.

I will work hard to implement the following changes to Handi-Transit:

  • Allow 311 Services to take phone call complaints regarding service quality
  • Remove the policy of automatic “No Show” fines and auto charging for missed rides
  • Improve training requirements for drivers in regards to disability awareness.
  • Grant permanent rider status and change the 3 year reassessment timeline to 7-10 years.
  • Increase the geographical service boundaries to just beyond the city perimeter to enable riders to make common destinations. Example sledge hockey at the Iceplex
  • Expand eligibility criteria to recognize the changes in our aging population and to comply with the Accessibility for Manitobans Act
  • Allow Handi-Transit vehicles to use transit lanes in the same way that Taxi Cabs do
  • Create a mechanism for filing and tracking complaints against drivers which leads to action in order to hold Handi-Transit accountable for poor service

The Manitoba Ombudsman is preparing a report on the service and issues facing Handi-Transit.  I support releasing this report to the community and publicly acknowledging that the system requires major work.  Dependent upon the findings of the report, one of the recommendations may be the consideration of bringing the driver system back in house so that it is employed and serviced by the City of Winnipeg.  I would respect the recommendations outlined in the Manitoba Ombudsman report in order to achieve a Handi-Transit system that is able to provide sustainable, affordable, safe and accessible transportation for individuals with disabilities who are unable to use the regular transit system.

If comparing Handi-Transit systems across Canada, Winnipeg’s Handi-Transit would rate last or next to last.  People deserve dignity and a system that helps them stay connected to their community through their employment, education, health appointments and special occasions with family such as Thanksgiving meals or weddings.

For further information please contact candidate Michael Thompson at 204-272-9555 or Shelley Ireland, Media Relations at 204-272-9555 ext 3.

Vimy Ridge – Family Roots

Recently the City of Winnipeg undertook the task of restoring the war memorial at Vimy Ridge Park. I applaud the Mayor, all of the city councillors, and the city for doing this. It is important to remember the sacrifices that our armed forces have made in the past and what they symbolize to us in present day. It is crucial that future generations understand the sacrifices that these brave individuals made and why.

The war memorial represents a snapshot of my family history. It reminds me of my grandfather, Michael, who served in the First Canadian Army Division during WWII in the unit known as the Little Black Devils. He served as part of the mechanic corps, who were in charge of collecting the dead. Although I was fairly young when Grandfather passed away, I have wonderful memories of his love of instruments, and of music filling the house with laughter and joy. He was a dedicated family man and mechanic in White Rose. Only 59 when he left us, my grandfather, like all of our beloved fallen veterans, remains alive in our hearts and hopes for the future.

My grandmother, Germaine, was also quite active in the wartime effort. She was part of many organizations including the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAFS). She organized many of the international reunions as well as being involved in the association dedicated to remembering the role that women played in the first and second world wars. Gerry had training in photography and eventually took her skills to the field after the war. She was a brave and progressive woman being active in the Red River Co-op board of directors during a time when it was not common to find women on such boards.

When I am elected city councillor I promise to support efforts to honour and recognize the sacrifices that our citizens have made to protect our country. Lest we forget.

Neighbourhood Safety

Having lived in Winnipeg the majority of my life, I understand and appreciate the need for safe neighbourhoods in all parts of our city. Personal safety and property crime are areas that I plan to address to work towards a safe community for everyone.

I support more local foot patrols, cadet programs, and community involvement in working towards long term solutions. Through the use of technology, we can now report crime online to the police department. Our closest police station for reporting crime is on Grant Avenue.

You are not alone in your concerns for our safety. Vote Micheal Thompson  in October to make a positive difference within our ward.

Folklorama Youth Week

I visited the India and First Nations Pavilions, both held at the RBC Convention Centre, as well as the Korean Pavilion at the Masonic Temple, during the second week of Folklorama. Both of these great community buildings, one downtown and one at confusion corner, are inside the ward of Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry. I was delighted to see the number of youth present at all three pavilions.

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Michael with Buffy, organizer for the First Nations Pavilion

At each and every Folklorama pavilion I attended, I must say that the energy from the performers, audience and volunteers was simply inspiring. It was interesting to see the ways that different cultures live, express themselves, and adapt to the changes in their communities and countries. I was extremely impressed with all of the shows. You could see the enthusiasm and pride in all of the performers’ eyes. Folklorama, with its many tireless volunteers, organizers and performers, is one of the great festivals that makes me proud to call Winnipeg home. To everyone involved with the pavilions, as they say in Korea, Gamsahamnida (Thank you).

Winnipeg Municipal Golf Courses

Golf courses are a great way to get back to nature, to exercise, and to have fun. Walking on green space such as a golf course, I also appreciate the value of access to fresh air and quality outdoor recreation in our city.

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Michael Thompson at the City of Winnipeg Municipal Men’s golf tournament.

Here in Manitoba we are very fortunate to be the home of some phenomenal golf courses. After playing courses in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick, I would say that we have extremely reasonable and inclusive golf courses for every type of golfer and price range. As an Ironman curler, as you would expect, I am no fair weather golfer. If you dress for the weather and pace yourself you can do anything!

One of my favorite golf courses in the area is Windsor golf course. Windsor carries many memories for me as it is where I first played golf with my high school friends. Since then I have been a frequent attendee at the course whether suiting up to play at six in the morning or bringing my nephews to golf lessons. Over the years changes have been made to the course to add more contours. Like many golf courses in the city, in the winter Windsor becomes a place to cross country ski. In my opinion this course is one of the best golf courses in the city.

In addition to the regular golf leagues offered at golf courses in the area there is also an annual municipal tournament for men and women. I look forward to this tournament every year for a variety of reasons. The tournament allows me to connect with not only my friends who are golfers but to meet new and like –minded individuals. The City of Winnipeg golf course also has a software app that allows you to make reservations. Though this is a well designed and useful app I would like to see changes so you can make a payment for your reservation over the app as well.

If elected Councillor for Fort Rouge/East Fort Garry, I would protect our active municipal golf courses; Windsor, Kildonan Park, Crescent Drive and Harbour View. I believe these courses are important to the communities and we should continue to maintain and improve their quality for generations to come. One day I hope to walk down the 10th fairway with my son at Windsor and say, “nice drive son”.

We are All Family At Folklorama

Folklorama is a spirited celebration of communities sharing their unique cultures. The festival is a wonderful asset to our city. I was fortunate to take part in the Brazilian, Mexican, Italian, and First Nations pavilions.

At the pavilion I had the honour of meeting the Shawnee Handel adult ambassador for the First Nations Pavilion, as well as elder Winston Wuttunee. Winston shared his experiences at Pembina Trails school, as an official Elder in Residence; he is making a positive difference in the lives of aboriginal youth throughout the area.

The RBC Convention Centre, home to three pavilions, has become an impressive asset to our downtown. The central location is convenient as it allows for the use of green transportation such as walking or biking, as well as relatively easy public commuting options.

Folklorama, as well as the many individual festivals Winnipeg, help tourism not only within the city, but by extension, throughout Manitoba as well. All of the shows that I attended started with a warm welcome to the guests attending from outside of Winnipeg. It was great to see people coming together and making the trip to Winnipeg to enjoy a pavilion or two.

Overall, each of the pavilion’s shows, food and cultural displays were amazing. The festival is an accessible and affordable way for the family to learn about culture and it provides an opportunity for positive conversation. We should be proud of the cultural appreciation and community spirit that we foster here in the city. I encourage everyone not only to take part in the Folklorama celebration, but to remember that it represents respect and acceptance of different cultures. To quote a particularly memorable speaker at the Italian pavilion, “We are all family”.

Water Parks and Splash Pads

The area of Fort Rouge/East Fort Garry has some great community water features.

Wading pool West Broadway

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Ice Cream BDI

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As a family, we’ve visited many amazing splash pads, waterslides and outdoor pools.  Our summer is so short, so please take advantage of this incredible +30 weather by hitting up one in your neighbourhood.  It’s a chance to cool off and meet others in the community.

Splash pads and wading pools are free of charge for everyone to enjoy, except those enclosed within the following outdoor pools:

Fort Rouge / East Fort Garry

Fort Rouge Spray Pad: 295 River Ave. Mon–Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm May 26–Sept 3 Features: unsupervised spray pad

River Osborne:466 Gertrude Ave. Mon–Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm July 2–Aug 24 Features: liner pool

Earl Grey CC: 360 Cockburn St. N Mon–Sun 11:00 am–5:30 pm July 2–Aug 24 Features: playground/slide

McKittrick Park: 790 Rathgar Ave. Mon–Sun 10:30 am–6:00 pm July 2–Aug 31 Features: playground/slide

Riverview CC:90 Ashland Ave. Mon–Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm July 3–Aug 24 Features: playground/slide/spray features S

Fort Garry Lion’s: 969 Dowker Ave. Mon–Wed 11:00 am–5:30 pm July 2–Aug 22 Features: playground

Fort Garry Lion’s Outdoor Pool: 969 Dowker Ave. Mon–Sun 1:00–7:00 pm June 29–Aug 31

Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre: 430 Langside St. Mon–Sun 11:00 am–5:30 pm July 2–Aug 24 Features: spray features

McFadyen Park: 416 Assiniboine Ave. Thur–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm July 5–Aug 24
Features: playground

See City of Winnipeg aquatic fun guide for more information.

We made it to 7 of 8 water features, and understand how important these places are for our neighbourhoods and kids. We noticed that some were better then others; the potential to do more is there.

What is a summer day without ice cream?  BDI ice cream is fantastic after a day in the water.

Please help elect me to city council so that I can help our communities with these and other important family activities. Vote for Michael Thompson on October 24 to make a positive difference in everyones’ lives.