Community News South St. Boniface Residents Association – News and Events

June 2, 2018

Notice of Environment Act Proposal – 454 Archibald

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Public Notice – Notice of Environment Act Proposal
Deadline: June 12th, 2018

Comments on Proposal Contact: Eshetu Beshada

Additional background information
it was determined that the operation of the facility had changed and was now considered a scrap processing and auto wrecking facility, which meets the definition of a Class 1 Development under Manitoba Regulation 164/88.”
Referenced from: pg 7 Introduction 1.0, end of second paragraph 


M3 Zoning denied previously in 2008 by the City of Winnipeg for this location

http://clkapps.winnipeg.c/dmis/ViewDoc.asp?DocId=8259&SectionId=&InitUrl= Council Regular Meeting Minutes (item 10 under- Report of the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development dated March 25, 2008)

Feb 25, 2008 Riel Community Committee Regular Meeting Minutes  – public hearings item 76

Audio of meeting

Conditional use Jan 17, 2007 – Board of adjustment – public hearings  item 10

September 10, 2017


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Donations will be listed in the comments section of this post.

Due to the concern within our area our Association is now moving to fundraise for our own independent air testing and more extensive soil testing. Residents are concerned there may be ongoing contamination, and want to know what is in the air that we breathe and the soil beneath our feet. This can be a very expensive undertaking, our association needs as much community support and involvement as possible. All funds that are raised will be directed to the University of Manitoba’s Institute for Natural Resources, for further independent research by scientists.

We hope to raise $40,000, if we exceed this amount it will present opportunities for additional testing.

•Donations online can be made to (charitable receipt is available with this option)

•Donations by cheque can be mailed to (no charitable receipt is available for this option);
South St. Boniface Residents Association
c/o Archwood Community Centre Inc.
P.O. Box 48061, Lakewood Postal Outlet,
35 Lakewood Blvd. Wpg.,MB R2J 4A3

•If you would like to make a small cash donation(no charitable receipt is available for this option);
contact our association if 4,000 people donate as little as $10, we will meet our minimum goal

Our Association also has a private donor willing to match community raised funds, up to a maximum of $5,000

What’s in the air? That’s a question that residents living around the Mission Industrial area are asking themselves daily. With the recent findings from preliminary soil testing that found elevated levels of lead, there are still more questions than answers.

The 2016 ambient air testing carried out by government agencies in the Mission Industrial area showed an elevated amount of Total Suspended Particles airborne. But there was no testing for the PM10 and PM2.5, which are of particular concern to human health. Dr. Shirley Thompson says the province should have placed the air-quality sampling equipment closer to industrial businesses and should have focused on the small airborne particles. The report was also reviewed by expert Brian W. Zelt, Ph.D., P.Eng. Zelt PSI, who concluded that the testing was poorly carried out, and failed to identify the sources.

Our Association has also recently reached out to a group in Houston who are now in the 3rd year of a 5 year study. Don Richner, an air quality expert at the city’s Health Department stated “Background levels are seldom significant when measuring a plant’s emission at the fence line, but you do have to prove it either using simultaneous sample collection upwind and downwind or by monitoring the facility from different wind directions. The first method is best.”

Dr. Shirley Thompson and Dr. Francis Zvomuya have agreed to help our area with Independent Soil, and Air testing.

Dr. Shirley Thompson
Dr. Francis Zvomuya

Charitable donations through the University can be claimed on your income tax

September 3, 2017

Seine River Stabilization Project

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The Seine River Stabilization Project at the Branch 1 Aqueduct will stabilize the east bank of the Seine River, near the corner of Notre Dame Street and Maisonneuve Street, in north St. Boniface. Stabilizing the bank is necessary to keep the Branch 1 Aqueduct safe and ensure a continued supply of water to Winnipeg residents. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018, subject to funding, Council and regulatory approval.

Sols toxiques à Saint-Boniface

Filed under: Community News,Industrial,Infill — Admin @ 4:36 pm
La qualité du sol et de l’air à Saint-Boniface sont au coeur des débats ces derniers jours. À qui la responsabilité d’un sol supposément toxique? Une entreprise de recyclage de métal a été ciblée en particulier. Pourtant,…

Expediting soil tests

Filed under: Community News,Industrial,Infill — Admin @ 4:35 pm
Although it’s the bountiful time of year when backyard gardens offer a harvest of healthy vegetables, some residents of south St. Boniface are frightened to eat produce they planted with their own hands. And who can blame them? Several homeowners told a visiting Free Press reporter they are alarmed…

Issue of pollution

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The New Minister for sustainable development of Manitoba, Rochelle Squires, says that it will focus on the issue of pollution in the area of Saint-Boniface, messier, Archibald and Marion.

Minister – Soil Samples

Filed under: Community News,Industrial,Public Markets Brownfield — Admin @ 4:32 pm

No statement was made by any member agreeing to wait until the full results of the report were revealed – it was not discussed at the meeting. The only statement that we recall hearing was from Dr Thompson saying these were preliminary and that more analysis was to be made – no instructions were given to anybody regarding the use of the info.

Our group sought out Dr. Shirley Thompson’s help on this issue and worked with her to have their own soil testing performed, even assisting with picking the locations they thought would be of concern. The fact our group had performed its own soil testing was not disclosed until the meeting with Deputy Minister Bruce Gray.

Our group has been bringing up resident concerns with the Department of Sustainable development since August of 2015 and many of the residents feel some of their concerns have been dismissed. We are hoping that Minister Rochelle Squires will provide the leadership necessary to correct this course.…/st-b-soil-samples-now-i…

The newly-appointed Minister of Sustainable Development said department staff will “expedite” its assessment of soil samples taken from a south St. Boniface…

Crop of contamination

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Hearing from the Residents that are experiencing the changes in their quality of life. Why are so many that have the power to act, so silent on this issue?…/crop-of-contamination-i…

For 35 years, Madeleine Vrignon and her husband, Gary Tessier, have grown fruits and vegetables in their South St. Boniface home’s small backyard garden: zucchini, beans, tomatoes, beets and radishes are never far out of reach. But after University of Manitoba associate professor Shirley Thompson re…

Residential Infill Strategy

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For those interested the City of Winnipeg Residential Infill Strategy website

Happyland Park

Filed under: Community News,Happyland Park — Admin @ 4:28 pm
The City of Winnipeg is currently exploring upgrading the play structure and would like your input on that…
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