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Call to Action – Key Budget Motions Headed to EPC

Update on Key Budget Motions

Last week three key budget motions were put before the city’s Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works Committee that if passed, would enable the city to greatly accelerate the development of Winnipeg’s pedestrian and cycling networks. Two of those motions passed, meaning that they have been passed on to the Executive Policy Committee for council consideration with a recommendation in support of these motions. Those motions call for:

  • Criteria be added to the local and regional street renewal reserve to include active transportation projects as part of road renewals in order to provide a new funding source, where appropriate.
  • That the Winnipeg Public Service be directed to include the following in its update of the Transportation Master Plan:
    • A plan to achieve 50% mode shift by 2030, as approved in the Winnipeg Climate Action Plan, including a reference to the following concepts:
      • A comparison between the climate impact of transportation (considering the changes to mode splits and likely changes from gasoline to electric propulsion for motorized vehicles), relative to community and corporate greenhouse gas emissions, taking into account induced demand;
      • Consideration of the “inverted mobility triangle” and similar concepts as mentioned in other transportation master plans.

The third motion, which called on the city to consider a request to allocate 10% of the road renewals budget to new active transportation improvements in the 2022 budget process resulted in a tie vote, and will be passed on to the Executive Policy Committee for council consideration without any recommendation regarding support from the Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works Committee.

Support from members of the public, wither through contacts with Councillors, or through submissions and presentations to the Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works Committee helped move these motions forward.

Thanks to all those who took up our call to action. You made a difference. We need your support again!

Call to Action on Key Budget Motions

Councillors Allard and Gilroy need our support to get these AT-friendly budget motions passed at the Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 meeting of Executive Policy Committee.

Please help get these motions passed by:

  • Contacting your City Councillor to let them know that you support adoption of these motions;
    • Ask your Councillor to appear before the committee in favour of these motions, or to at least send a letter to the committee in support of these motions.
    • Ask your Councillor to appear before the committee in favour of these motions, or to at least send a letter to the committee in support of these motions.
  • Contacting Mayor Bowman to let him know that you support adoption of these motions;
  • Submitting a letter of support for the motions to the Executive Policy Committee, meeting on Wednesday, October 20th at 9:30 am;
    • You must submit your letter of support by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 19th for it to be included in the proceedings of the committee.
    • Letters can be sent to CityClerks@winnipeg.ca
    • Reference Report – Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works – October 12, 2021, item #’s 7, 8, and 9
    • Feel free to borrow from our text, or to write in your own words. The more you can personalize things, the better.
      • Be positive and constructive.
    • Please note that all submissions / presentations become part of the public record and are published in the Committee Minutes.
  • Register to speak before the committee with respect to these motions. You must register by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, October 19th.
    • Requests to speak before the committee should be sent to CityClerks@winnipeg.ca;
    • Reference Report – Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works – October 12, 2021, item #’s 7, 8, and 9;
    • Delegations are permitted to appear before the Committee via zoom, or in person. As there are capacity limits in place for the building, anyone wishing to attend in person must notify the Clerk by 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the meeting. All individuals entering City-operated facilities, including City Hall, are required to wear a non-medical face mask.
    • Screen sharing is permitted only if you have submitted a copy of your presentation prior to 4:30 the day before the meeting. This option will be disabled if the documents have not been provided within that time frame.
    • If you have a written submission, it must be emailed to the Clerk no later than 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.
    • Please note that all submissions / presentations become part of the public record and are published in the Committee Minutes.
  • All delegations must maintain order and decorum and are not permitted to display signs or placards, to applaud participants in debate or to engage in conversation or any other behaviour which may disrupt the meeting.

More Information

You can view the full agenda for Wednesday’s EPC meeting here.

For more information on the motions, and why they could make such a big difference, see our previous post on the motions here.