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City Watch Meeting
June 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
We invite you to a meeting to discuss and provide a platform for organizing on upcoming important issues for the City of Winnipeg.
- Core service review
- Transit Master Plan
- Winnipeg Poverty Strategy
- Low Income Bus Pass
Date: Monday, June 3
Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Venue: Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (432 Ellice Ave)
RSVP at: email@example.com
Core service review
In this year’s budget, Mayor Brian Bowman announced that Budget 2020 would begin a process of implementing a new process of multi-year budgeting.
In preparation for this process, the City will be conducting a review including:
- An analysis of the city’s core service responsibilities under The City of Winnipeg Charter and any other relevant legislation;
- A plan to introduce an evaluation framework to review current and future city grants;
- A review of the city’s current fees and charges; and
- A review of the city’s unfunded capital projects.
This will make a major shift in how the city develops its budgeting process. The question of what constitutes a core service for the city will be highly contested. Groups like right to housing and Make Poverty History Manitoba have said issues such as poverty reduction and housing should be part of making the city liveable for everyone.
Meanwhile the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce has tried to restrict definitions of what the city should undertake. Loren Remillard’s recent op-ed in the Winnipeg Free Press suggests that the City must get out of subsidizing child care centres calling such support “scope creep”.
What kind of city do we want, and how should we organize to build that city? How can we organize to ensure community voices are heard as part of this process?
Transit Master Plan
Last month, Winnipeg Transit completed phase one of the master transportation Master plan. Some community groups raised concerns that inner city communities were not sufficiently consulted, with only one of the pop-up event and no formal consultations held downtown. Social Planning Council of Winnipeg and CCPA-Manitoba representatives met with the city and consultants to raise these concerns and to work to ensure that a more inclusive consultation process is followed in phase two, expected to begin in September.
Winnipeg Poverty Strategy
Make Poverty History Manitoba recorded a success in pushing the City to commit to develop a poverty reduction strategy. Representatives from Make Poverty History will provide an update on this progress.