Take a free transit ride on New Years Eve

From http://www.winnipeg.ca

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Transit is pleased to once again partner with Manitoba Public Insurance to offer free Transit service on New Year’s Eve to help everyone get home safely.

“The Free Ride program allows Winnipeggers to celebrate safely on New Year’s Eve,” said Councillor Janice Lukes, Acting Deputy Mayor of the City of Winnipeg. “Winnipeg Transit, with support from Manitoba Public Insurance, offers a free and easy option to get home at the end of the evening, while helping to keep the roads safe by preventing alcohol-related tragedies.”

The Free Ride program applies to all Regular and Handi-Transit service starting at 7:00 p.m. until end of service. The last buses leave downtown at approximately 1:35 a.m. For complete bus route and schedule information, visitwinnipegtransit.com or call 311.

“We encourage people to plan ahead and make the right decision and not to drive while impaired” said Ward Keith, Vice President, Business Development and Communications and Chief Product Officer, Manitoba Public Insurance. “There are many options to get home safely this New Year’s Eve and access to free Transit services in Winnipeg makes it easier to make the right choice not to drink and drive.”

Manitoba Public Insurance has sponsored the Free Ride New Year’s Eve service since 2011. As a road safety leader in the province, Manitoba Public Insurance is committed to reducing alcohol-related collisions, deaths and injuries.

“All too often we encounter impaired drivers who tell us they had no choice but to drive. We know that is not true,” said Winnipeg Police Staff Sergeant Rob Riffel. “This program provides another safe alternative to this dangerous decision to drive impaired.”

Last year, more than 15,000 revelers made Winnipeg Transit part of their plan to get home safely on New Year’s Eve

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Snow Clearing & Trash Pickup

The city will be plowing Zone C tonight – Monday December 21, between 7PM and 7AM. Please find an alternate parking spot for your vehicle otherwise you will be ticketed and towed (only between the restricted times). In the event your car has been towed, contact 311.

The residential parking ban will end 7AM Tuesday December 22, 2015.

Trash and recycling pickup for Thursday December 24 is scheduled for its regular pickup; however, Friday pickup will be delayed by one day due to Christmas Day. Please place your trash and recycling bins out shortly before 7AM on Saturday December 26, for pickup.

Trash and recycling pickup for Thursday December 31 is scheduled for its regular pickup; however, pick up for Friday January 1, 2016 will be delayed by one day  to Saturday January 2. Please place your trash and recycling bins out shortly before 7AM on Saturday January 2, for pickup.

If the city has not removed your trash by 7PM that evening, contact 311.

2015 Federal Election

On Monday October 19, Canadians will be heading back to the polls for the 42nd Federal Election. Voting will take place from 8:30AM-8:30PM, and your voting station location is listed on your voting card.

We are located in the Winnipeg North riding and the candidates are:

Kevin Lamoreux – Liberal
Levy Abad – NDP
Harpreet Turka – PC
John Redekopp – Green Party

There was an incredible turn out during advance polling – it was up 64% from the 2011 election. Due to the long lines experienced at the advance polls, please expect delays. This election has been an interesting one and people are looking for a change… do not let long lines prevent you from voting. Please note that if there are still lines at 8:30PM when polls close and you’re in line, polling clerks must still allow you to vote – it is the law.

“I haven’t received a voters card. Am I still eligible to vote?” If you did not receive a voters card, please visit the Elections Canada website to see if you are registered to vote. You can also add yourself to the voters list at the poll the day of the election.

Where is my polling station located?” Your polling station is located on your voters card. If you have not received a voters card, please visit the Elections Canada Website for instructions.

“Do I need photo ID to vote?” No. You can use photo ID, with your address listed, as ID to vote; however, you can use two other pieces of ID and that list is on the Elections Canada website.

“Who is eligible to vote?” You must be 18 and over, a Canadian citizen, and prove your identity and address to be eligible to vote.

“Must my employer give me time off to vote?” By law, everyone who is eligible to vote must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote on election day. If your hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, your employer must give you time off. For example, if you live in a riding where voting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and you usually work from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., your hours of work will not allow three consecutive hours for voting. To give you three consecutive hours to vote, your employer could allow you to arrive late (at 12:30 p.m.), let you leave early (at 6:30 p.m.), or give you three hours off at some point during the work day.  Your employer has the right to decide when the time off will be given. (From Elections Canada website)

Do we vote for Prime Minister on our ballot?” No. In Canada we vote for a representative of a political party in our electoral riding. The party with the most elected seats in the House of Commons will become the representing party in Canada, their leader will become Prime Minister.