Gilroy sees transportation as major challenge
By: Eva Wasney
Posted: 10/5/2018 4:43 PM
Cindy Gilroy hopes to continue working on community services, infrastructure and safety if she’s elected for a second term as Daniel McIntyre’s City councillor.
Gilroy, 44, grew up in the West End and still lives in the neighbourhood with her husband, two daughters and one dog. She was an insurance broker and a school trustee in the Winnipeg School Division prior to running for civic politics in 2010 and getting elected in 2014.
"I’ve lived here my whole life, I’m choosing to raise my family here," she said. "This is a wonderful community and I think that I’ve been able to demonstrate that I’ve been able to make the changes that we’ve needed."
Within the ward, Gilroy points to the redevelopment of the greenspace at Valour Community Centre’s Orioles site as an accomplishment and wants to see further recreation centre upgrades focused on the needs of seniors.
She said that while infrastructure remains a top concern for residents, construction on major roads like Ellice Avenue and Arlington Street is evidence of progress being made in the ward.
"Even though I think that’s top of mind for everybody… people are starting to see the real investment in infrastructure," Gilroy said.
When it comes to safety, she believes Winnipeg’s methamphetamine crisis needs to be tackled through City partnerships with community service providers in Daniel McIntyre; as well as through a task force made up of all three levels of government.
"It isn’t just about policing, I think we have a health care crisis on our hands — we have addiction, we have poverty, we have mental illness, so we need to address it holistically and look at the different causes and what we can accomplish working together," she said.
Gilroy says collaboration has been her strong suit when it comes to making decisions
Daniel McIntyre incumbent city councillor candidate Cindy Gilroy.
Photo by: Eva Wasney
In the last four years, she has served as a member of the executive policy committee, was appointed acting deputy mayor and has sat on a variety of council committees. Gilroy says collaboration has been her strong suit when it comes to making decisions.
"You have to be able to work with people that you might not always agree with, but you have to find some common ground because you need their vote, you need their support at the end of the day."
City-wide, Gilroy says she is focused on helping Winnipeg meet climate change targets, creating more affordable housing, making the city safer for women and improving active and public transportation.
"We’re looking at some major challenges as we grow as a city… and transportation is going to be a key thing," she said. "In the suburbs when need a new transit line out there I have to make sure that we’re not losing it here."
for the youth
for the families
for generations to come
OVER $250,000 TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS
"As part of my 2014 campaign I wanted to
support having a strong and vibrant community,
by having well managed properly maintained
community centres, pools playgrounds and libraries"
Valour Community Centre Orioles Site Redevelopment
Canada Summer Games Beach Volleyball Legacy Project at Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex
24/7 safe place for youth at the MERC Community Centre
Ecole Laura Secord School Playground Improvements,
Mulvey School Playground Improvements,
Greenway School Climbing Wall
Renovation of Rifles Memorial at Vimy RidgePark
Valour Community Centre Clifton Site Outdoor Basketball Courts
Central Park Canada 150
Jacob Penner Park wading pool.
BIG CHANGES at VALOUR CC
Centre now has new garden beds & bike trails
Completed June 2018
Valour Community Centre Orioles site recently celebrated improvements to its facility grounds at 448 Burnell St. when members of the public were invited to a community event in late June.
The City of Winnipeg unveiled the improvements including new benches, new community garden beds, and a bike track with unique elements, during the June 26 event.
Over 100 people attended the community event with children from local schools who were eager to see the grounds. Snacks were provided, and kids were treated to face painting.
The site is one of the oldest community club locations in Winnipeg, opening its doors in the West End in 1948. The building hosts a variety of sport and fitness activities including the long-running Orioles Boxing Club. The facility acts as a hub for community programs supporting nearby students, families, and seniors.
"This investment in Valour Community Centre Orioles site will ensure families can continue to gather and enjoy this community site as they have for many years," said Coun. Mike Pagtakhan, chair of the standing policy committee on protection, community services and parks. "It’s important to update and enhance spaces that are valued by area residents. I encourage families to visit the park this summer and enjoy its new features."
The total cost of improvements at the site is $240,000. Features include a new bike path, light standards along the sidewalk on St. Matthews Avenue, aesthetic image panels, benches, a picnic table, bike rack, waste receptacles, fencing, trees, and freshly planted grass surrounding the new pathway.
"Community centres are the core of our communities," said Coun. Cindy Gilroy, (Daniel McIntyre). "The Valour Community Centre Orioles site has a 70-year history in the West End and continues to serve families in the area, which is why I am so pleased to see the redevelopment of the facility grounds. By working together with the City, community groups, and local residents, we were able to provide the community a new place to meet and spend time.
"The grounds were a result of a consultation with community and their desire to see new improved grounds. We built new raised garden beds as urban agriculture was seen as a priority also with the new bike/scooter track which was built as a result of the already established Orioles Bike program and the new bike greenway that is being developed along Banning. The event was about bringing the community together for a new improved community space and making sure that we have public spaces that people of all ages could use and enjoy," added Gilroy, who as a child attended dances and played ringette at the centre.
PLEASE SLOW DOWN LAWN SIGNS
This initiative came forward from a resident within our community. They approached me about a similar campaign that takes place in other cities. As Chairperson of the Winnipeg Committee for Safety
I was able to share the success of these methods to the committee. The Committee decided
to launch the pilot project for the Please Slow Down Lawn Sign Campaign. As a mother, safety and speeding are of concern to me and to the community.
"It has been a huge success
with signs all around our community"
Planning for the next generation
By: Cindy Gilroy - Daniel McIntyre City Councillor Ward Report
Access to public transit is important to Winnipeg and is key to building a healthy vibrant city.
The introduction of a carbon tax in Manitoba is a great opportunity to fight climate change and invest in green and active transportation.
Across the country, support for public transit is seen as an important part of any carbon-reduction plan. Unfortunately, last year the provincial government ended the 50/50 transit funding arrangement with municipalities and froze funding at 2016 levels. This left a $10-million dollar gap in our city’s transit budget forcing a fare increase.
With your help and in my role as a member of the executive policy committee, I was able to persuade Mayor Bowman and other committee members to not cut transit route services. I was also able to get the City to look at introducing a "low income bus pass" program to improve access.
Investments in public transit and active transportation infrastructure would benefit our city in many ways. It would help us reduce our carbon footprint and promote healthier and active lifestyles. A report looking into the results of introducing four electric buses into Winnipeg Transit in 2014 recommends electrifying the entire diesel bus fleet. Transitioning to electric buses would cut emissions and create jobs right here in Winnipeg.
Last fall our community came together to create a plan for the Banning/Ruby Street Greenway Project. Work will continue this summer on this pedestrian and bike-friendly path to encourage traffic to slow down and improve safety for children and families that use the corridor.
Daniel McIntyre was one of the first neighbourhoods in our city to have a cycling corridor and together we were able to get barricades back up for Sunday cyclists in Wolseley so they can enjoy their bike ride without worries of automobile traffic.
A healthy environment is essential to a healthy community. We all want to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and fight climate change. Let’s invest in public transit and active transportation to help plan for our next generation.
Daniel McIntyre city council ward report
Cindy Gilroy is the city councillor for Daniel McIntyre.
# FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
#low income bus pass
#RUBY BANNING GREENWAY
#FIRST GREENWAY IN WINNIPEG
#Councillor Gilroy said
NO to transit route cuts
I am proud to have hosted safety forums in Wolseley, The West End and Spence communities. Residents joined the conversation about neighbourhood safety. A very important issue.
I continue to have a positive relationship with our local police.
Some actions to review from those forums.
A representative from the Winnipeg Police Service’s community relations department talked about the small changes we can make to the areas around our homes and community spaces to make them safer like improved lighting and better visibility. For more information and tips on residential security, visit the WPS’s Crime Prevention website here: winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/residential_security.stm
Insp. Mike Boyd from the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) shared a lot of helpful information on the proactive policing being used by the WPS which collects and analyzes data from communities across the city, and then targets police resources accordingly. This approach, referred to as "smart policing" is evidence-based and intelligence-led, which means that it is important that if you are a victim of crime that you report it.
Expanded online reporting is now available for many types of offences including garage break and enters, theft from a vehicle, lost property, and damage to property or to a vehicle.
You can also call the WPS’s non-emergency line to report any suspicious activity at: 204-986-6222
It takes courage and strength to be a leader. It's my honour to present students attending
High Schools in the Daniel McIntyre Ward a graduation bursary each year. They are the leaders of tomorrow.
Tec Voc High School Bursary
Daniel McIntyre High School Bursary
Gordon Bell High School Bursary
Rewarding High School Students for a job well done
Action Oriented Leader in the Community
"I am the Chairperson for the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation, in 2016 I initiated a pilot project to curb illegal dumping in our community with the installation of mobile high resolution cameras. This 2 year trial decreased the 'hot spot' areas and proved successful."
"I also take action by teaching Community Pride, I work together with a small team of youth cleaning garbage and debris from parks.
In August 2018 I personally cleaned Jacob Penner Park, Maryland Street Tot Lot and Aubrey Green in Wolseley."
"I am a leader who works hard not only for the community but in the community."
City Councillor for the Daniel McIntyre Ward
WORK STARTS ON UPGRADE TO MEMORIAL IN VIMY RIDGE PARK
By: Kevin Rollason
Posted: 07/3/2018 3:56 PM| Last Modified: 07/3/2018 9:49 PM
Wielding golden shovels instead of firearms, members of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles turned the sod on the refurbishment of a memorial to the infantry regiment.
The $330,000 project involves the memorial being placed on an elevated granite platform. Landscaping and pavement stones will be added to the monument.
"The Royal Winnipeg Rifles have a proud history and a lasting legacy," Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said at the ceremony on Tuesday.
"It is an honour to recognize and commemorate our past, present and future through the expansion of the (memorial) in Vimy Ridge Memorial Park... I look forward to the unveiling ceremony later this year."
Ray Crabbe, president of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Foundation, said "this memorial will commemorate 135 years of service in Canada by the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and will serve as a legacy to those members of the regiment and Canada's military who gave so much for their country."
The Rifles, nicknamed the Little Black Devils by the Métis during the Northwest Rebellion, were founded in 1883. They have served in the First World War, the Second World War, the Boer War, and conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan.
The memorial project, paid for through partners and a fundraising project by the Rifles Foundation, is expected to be completed in time for a commemoration service on Nov. 10. It includes fencing, lighting, and a hard surface area for public ceremonies.
"The foundation is extremely grateful to all those individuals, corporations and organizations who purchased a Legacy Stone and made a contribution," Crabbe said.
Crabbe complimented city staff and councillors, noting that all 15 donated to the project. Area Coun. Cindy Gilroy contributed $30,000 from the Daniel McIntyre land development reserve fund, Coun. Ross Eadie contributed $15,000 from the Mynarski fund, and the other 13 contributed $5,000 apiece from their reserve funds.
"That's a tremendous feather in the cap of city councillors," he said.
The city contributed $50,000 from its 2018 capital budget, Veterans Affairs Canada gave $50,000, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Foundation gave $86,000, and the Winnipeg Foundation put in $20,000.
The West End Library has a new moniker that many in the area
will recognize. The Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex is now
home to the Harvey Smith Library — named for former
Winnipeg city councillor and NDP MLA Harvey Smith,
who died in March 2017.
Prior to entering civic politics in 1980, Smith worked as a
teacher and librarian at Technical Vocational High School in
the Weston neighbourhood. He was also the driving force behind the relocation of the West End Library from Ellice Avenue to its current home on Sargent Avenue.
"As soon as I got elected, I started the process of connecting with his friends…to figure out what was the best way to remember him," Daniel McIntyre councillor Cindy Gilroy said during the renaming event on July 31. "We thought it was really fitting for someone who loved books and loved the community, to remember him in this way."
The motion to rename the West End Library was introduced to city council in June 2017 and was supported by former Canadian Union of Public Employees leader and longtime friend of Smith’s, Paul Moist.
"Having a library named in his honour, I don’t think there’s more you could have done to please Harvey — it’s a tremendous honour to an interesting character," Moist said.
During the event, a portrait of Smith created by students at Art City was unveiled — it will permanently hang in the library.
2018 PHOTO BY EVA WASNEY
Paul Moist (from left), Fort Rouge East Fort Garry Coun. Jenny Gerbasi, Daniel McIntyre Coun. Cindy Gilroy and Point Douglas Coun. Mike Pagtakhan unveil a painting of former city councillor Harvey Smith at the newly namedHarvey Smith Library.