Green Action Centre seeking an Active and Safe Routes to School Project Coordinator

Green Action Centre seeks a dynamic individual to join our Active and Safe Routes to School Program

They are looking for an independent, energetic, flexible and organized individual to fill a position within our Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) team. Working collaboratively with other Active and Safe Routes to School and Green Action Centre staff, the Coordinator will perform duties to organize for and promote children’s mobility in Manitoba.

Apply by Friday, February 13th.

Find the full job posting here.

gac

Green Action Centre seeking Workplace Commuter Options Coordinator

gacGreen Action Centre is looking for an independent, energetic, flexible and organized individual to fill a position within our Workplace Commuter Options team. Working collaboratively with other Workplace Commuter Options and Green Action Centre staff, the Program Coordinator assists with the delivery of the WCO program, engaging with businesses, employees and community organizations to make active and green transportation options both appealing and within reach.

View full job posting here.

Bishop Grandin Greenway Board Meeting

Community members are welcome to have their say about a local green space landmark. Organizers at Bishop Grandin Greenway will hold the non-profit organization’s next board meeting on Thursday, November 13th at Teen Stop Jeunesse (2nd floor), located at 533 St. Anne’s Road.

The greenway is an accessible network of natural areas and public pathways situated along Bishop Grandin Boulevard, which includes community gardens, naturalized retention ponds and multi-use trails.

The upcoming meeting is open to the public. TO learn more about the organization, www.bishopgrandingreenway.com.

The Lance, Wednesday October, 29, 2014

I Bike I Vote

Friends:

At Bike Winnipeg, we have been working hard to educate the civic candidates on what they could do to make Winnipeg bike-friendly, and to make cycling one of the issues raised in the media and in meetings.

Many candidates are taking positive positions on cycling (see www.ibikeivote.ca ), so there is hope for a more pro-active council after October 22, but in the last weeks of the campaign, we need to keep educating all the candidates what the city has to do to make cycling attractive to more Winnipeggers.

We are doing a flash-survey to ask six multiple-choice questions on cycling issues to Winnipeg cyclists, and to all the candidates for Mayor and Councillor in Winnipeg. Next week, we will compare the responses of cyclists to those of the candidates in their respective areas to further emphasize the importance of cycling issues in the civic election.

So far, 170 cyclists have taken two minutes to answer the six multiple choice questions.  We need LOTS more participation to make the results more interesting, and more credible when we show them to candidates and the media next week, so…

If you’ve already participated, thanks.  If you haven’t received an e-mail invitation from Bike Winnipeg to participate in this survey, that means we don’t have your current e-mail address on our newsletter list. Go here: //feaver.wufoo.com/forms/r181s0v31lfse34/ to sign up and register your opinion in the survey.

 

And… to really help us make a difference…  Please send out a quick note to encourage all your Winnipeg cycling friends and contacts in your networks to do the survey by Wednesday.

 

Thanks

Charles

Charles@bikewinnipeg.ca

Have your say in Bike Winnipeg’s Advocacy Priorities

Take the Bike Winnipeg Priorities Survey

Tell Us Where to Focus Our Efforts

Winnipeg cyclists have gained a lot over the last seven years. We’ve seen new infrastructure, increased education of both cyclists and motorists, and the debut of events like Bike Week Winnipeg that encourage more people to get on their bikes and ride to their destinations. Still, we’ve got a long way to go before we can justifiably say that cycling in Winnipeg is a safe, enjoyable, accessible and convenient transportation choice year-round.

On Monday June 16h, Bike Winnipeg held a public workshop with the aim of gaining insight into where cyclists wanted us to focus our advocacy and education efforts in the coming year. To keep that dialogue going, we’ve put together a 10 minute survey we hope that you will take to help us build upon the outcomes of that workshop.

We’ll use the information you provide to help set our advocacy priorities for the coming year and inform candidates in the upcoming civic election what projects and programs city cyclists would most like to see implemented in the coming years.

Please fill out the survey, and pass it along to friends and acquaintances to hlpe us reach as wide an audience as possible.

Take the Bike Winnipeg Priorities Survey

Public Information Session – PTH 59N / PTH 101

On Wednesday, September 24th, MMM Group Limited will be hosting a Public Information Session on PTH 59N – PTH 101 Interchange Functional Design Study. This session is part of the public consultation process for the functional design of the PTH 59 and PTH 101 Interchange, active transportation crossing of PTH 101 and associated road improvements.

The goal of the informational session is to present the proposed upgrades to the roadways and to the public, and receive feedback.

Please see the attached flyer for details.

PTH 59N and PTH 101 Interchange Public Information Session Sept 24

 

 

 

Mighty Tree of Paranormality – Stories abound about cottonwood

By Adam Wazny, The Winnipeg Free Press, Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Winnipeg has more than 3,300 hectares of green space, made up of parks, gardens, trails, grasslands, forests, ponds and streams. Assiniboine Park, modelled after New York City’s Central Park and home of the multimillion-dollar Journey to Churchill exhibit, gets most of the attention. But there are dozens of lesser-known parks throughout the city. In this summer series, Free Press reporters shine a light on some of these under-the-radar ecological gems.

On the northern boundary of Little Mountain Park, just south of Farmer Avenue in the RM of Rosser, a giant cottonwood tree stands tall.

The tree, which is more than a century old, is a majestic hunk of wood, its trunk as thick as a train. The branches stretch far up to the sky, reaching in every direction and creating a canopy that colours most elm-lined streets inside many of the old Winnipeg neighbourhoods green with envy.

The tree is a landmark, a postcard — and might be haunted.

“It does have a reputation of being a place where paranormal activity exists, that’s true,” offered Tazz Norris, the lead investigator for the Winnipeg Paranormal Group (WPG). “And there are accounts of people seeing orbs and feeling ill at ease when in the presence of the tree. I’m just not sure its history holds up, though.”

The sordid tale of the potentially evil tree reads like this: Back before the park was a park (the area was known as Mount Royal and Little Stony Mountain), the mighty cottonwood was rumoured to have been used as a lynching tree by the Ku Klux Klan.

However, before you ring the Ghostbusters, it should be pointed out there is no historical strength to support this claim. Norris and a handful of local paranormal aficionados say there is no concrete evidence the tree was used for this purpose — even if the bark on some of the branches looks twisted.

Norris said the last time WPG took a look at the tree, in 2010, there was nothing out of the ordinary to report.

That doesn’t mean one doesn’t experience an eerie feeling when in its presence, though. There is something to this encounter — maybe it’s just the urban legend associated with it or the physical size of the tree itself — that leaves one uneasy.

“I’m not saying it’s not haunted,” Norris said. “It could very well be, and the fact there is a lot of limestone in that area is something that we would consider notable.”

The tree stands on a limestone ridge left by the Lake Agassiz glacier, a ridge that was developed as one of Winnipeg’s first limestone quarries in 1896. There are still traces of that work around the site, and the quarry now serves as a pond for park visitors.

Limestone, according to popular paranormal theory, is an excellent recorder of past events. The rock holds the memory and energy of traumatic events, like a geological video camera, and has the ability to press play on that energy at certain moments when conditions are right.

“Places with large amounts of limestone or quartz, with the bedrock near the surface, tend to have some activity around them,” Norris said.

Officially designated a civic green space in 1965, Little Mountain Park is located in the northwest corner of the city, tucked away behind Players golf course at Inkster Avenue and Brookside Boulevard. The ‘maybe-haunted’ tree and quarry are on the north edge of the 160-acre park, next to a large section of thick aspen forest.

Inside that forest, a network of wood-chipped trails is available for hikers and mountain bikers who wish to wind their way through the various small wildlife and forest floor vegetation. There are a handful of fire pits and picnic areas tucked away off some of the trails, as well.

Little Mountain also boasts one of the city’s more popular off-leash dog areas, with a large section of grass set aside for canines on the western edge of the park along Klimpke Road.

adam.wazny@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 2, 2014 A7