Season's Greetings 2017
I want to wish all of you a joyous and happy holiday season!
This is the time of year when we reflect on what has happened over the last twelve months, what goals we’ve achieved, and what we will strive for in the New Year.
As a city, we enjoyed an exciting year in 2017!
We welcomed the 50th Anniversary Canada Summer Games – making it the Hottest Summer in Half a Century – and were once again named one of the most intelligent cities in the world. Winnipeg’s first Indigenous Accord brought together our community as groups and individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and government came together in our journey of reconciliation. And as we recognized Canada’s 150th birthday, City of Winnipeg staff and Winnipeggers continued to show leadership, innovation and creativity in business, arts, science, and technology.
Winnipeg continues to be a growing and vibrant city – well on our way to a million people strong – and we continue to take steps that build our city for the future to ensure we are ready for this growth.
As your Mayor, I remain committed to building a stronger Winnipeg, a city that is open and transparent, with better infrastructure, safer communities, and a real long-term economic plan for the future.
The coming year will be a busy one!
In July 2018, I expect cannabis will be legal in Canada. This represents one of the largest social and legal changes our country has experienced in many, many years. A priority for me will be to ensure public safety and policing costs associated with this change are not unilaterally downloaded onto the City of Winnipeg.
Starting March 1, 2018, a new vehicle for hire framework will be in place allowing ridesharing options like Uber and Lyft to operate in Winnipeg. I believe these changes are a tremendous opportunity to move us forward as a city and we want to ensure this transition is as smooth as possible in the New Year.
Many of you have expressed strong support to prohibit smoking on restaurant patios and I expect recommendations to come forward on how to implement this in 2018.
Lots of planning has been undertaken on how to use the former Public Safety Building lands to reconnect our east and west exchanges which I expect recommendations to come forward in the New Year on this once-in-a-city’s-lifetime opportunity.
And, of course, with the largest road renewal budget approved in the City’s history earlier this month, get ready for a lot of road construction again next year!
Christmas and the holidays are times when we express our love and appreciation towards family, friends, and colleagues. I want to ask that you also remember and take a moment for others as well – your neighbours, the elderly, those living alone, or who are homeless.
We have always been a hardworking, common sense community that prides itself on its level of compassion and unselfishness. And we’ve always been a city that welcomes individuals and families from across the world. From my family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!
Thank you, merci, and miigwetch,
Tree lighting ceremony 2017
Season's greetings 2017
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