Monday, 6 December 2010

Another Historic Building to be Demolished

The City of Winnipeg Property and Development committee has recommended the demolition of the Shanghai Restaurant Building at 228 King Street.
According to Jenny Gerbasi, Councillor Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry who spoke on the value of the building to Winnipeg’s cultural history and economic development, “What we have here is a classic  case of demolition by neglect where the building has been allowed to fall into a state of decline.”

 Read more about the building on Councillor Gerbasi’s blog.

Friday, 26 November 2010


Manitoba News Release


November 26, 2010

New legislation is being proposed that would enhance the City of Winnipeg's ability to preserve and protect historic properties, Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.

"It is important to preserve, protect and develop our heritage," said Lemieux.  "Historic buildings and sites provide us with a sense of identity and teach us about the people and events that make up our shared past."

Currently, the City of Winnipeg only has the authority to designate buildings as historic properties. Through this legislation, that authority would be expanded to also allow sites such as parks and cemeteries to be designated as historic.

The legislation would also require the city to register historic designations of buildings and sites on property titles.  The minister noted the city requested changes to the legislation to ensure that property owners and others with an interest in the property are aware of potential development restrictions of a property with an historic designation.

"We are pleased to work with the city to safeguard buildings and properties that hold special significance from the past to preserve them for future generations," said Lemieux.

The proposed legislation would give the city the same power as all other municipalities, which already have authority to designate sites and are required to register historic designations on property titles.

Monday, 15 November 2010


Comprehensive Metis Policy Will Strengthen Partnership Through Greater

Recognition, Capacity, Accountability: Robinson, Chartrand

One hundred and twenty-five years after the Northwest Resistance and the

death of Louis Riel, Premier Greg Selinger today unveiled a permanent

display of historical documents and photographs that pay tribute to the

central role of the Métis in the political and social history of Manitoba.

Selinger said the ceremony marked an important step toward appropriate

recognition of the contributions of the Métis in the creation of Manitoba.

This recognition is a key principle of a new provincial Métis policy,

announced today by Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson,

intended to address persistent disparities between Métis and non-Métis


"Manitoba, as we know it, would not exist without the fundamental

contributions of the Métis," said Selinger. "Working with Métis people to

close gaps in the historical record will help us move forward in our

commitment to close gaps of opportunity that persist to this day."

Developed jointly by the Government of Manitoba and the Manitoba Metis

Federation in consultation with the Métis people, the Manitoba Métis Policy

Framework consists of four strategic goals:

· enhancing Métis participation in the provincial decision-making


· promoting better understanding of Métis history and culture for all


· applying a distinctions-based approach that respects the unique roles

of Métis people past and present, and

· improving relationships between the province and all organizations

representing Métis interests.

"Given that 2010 is recognized across the homeland as Year of the Métis, it

is very timely that we make this announcement. I am very pleased by the

province's forward-thinking approach in establishing a Métis policy and I

commend Premier Selinger for his leadership throughout this process," said

David Chartrand, president, Manitoba Metis Federation. "This historic

government-to-government relationship will ensure that the Métis of Manitoba

will be a full partner in future socio-economic opportunities and provide

much needed direction for future decision-making. It's a positive first

step that will benefit not only the Métis but all Manitobans as well."

The historical documents and photographs unveiled today include the original

sessional journal of the legislative assembly of Assiniboia and a portrait

of its members. This missing link between the Comité National des Métis and

Convention of Forty, commonly known as Louis Riel's provisional government,

and the legislative assembly of Manitoba, was discovered and interpreted by

a team of researchers in the summer of 2010, the Year of the Métis.

The records show the legislative assembly of Assiniboia was formed during

the Red River Resistance and ratified the Manitoba Act in June of 1870,

allowing Manitoba's entry into Confederation. In making the transition from

martial law to representative democracy in a period of months, and

ultimately negotiating terms acceptable to the Red River settlers it

represented, the assembly is a unique political body in Canadian history.

The display will be permanently located near the member's gallery at the

Manitoba Legislative Building that includes portraits of every member of the

legislative assembly of Manitoba since 1871.

"Today is an important step on the path of truth and reconciliation," said

Robinson. "In the spirit of the commission that bears the name, today's

events remind us all of our responsibility to teach our children the real

history of this land. This recognition is essential as we begin writing a

new chapter under the policy announced today."

Robinson noted the new Métis policy builds on recent progress including a

new $10-million Métis Economic Development Fund designed to stimulate the

economic development activities of the Métis people of Manitoba by providing

better access to equity and capital for Métis-controlled businesses.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Victoria Park Memorial Update Sept 2010

Victoria Park Memorial

It was two years ago that our labour history proposal for rejuvenating the memory of Victoria Park was being prepared for Winnipeg City Hall presentation.

Since then;

The committee of Council responsible for planning and development selected a bid for a hotel complex to be built near the site from Senator Rod Zimmer.  It never got off the ground as Zimmer reportedly said the time was not right for getting the financial commitments needed to build the complex.

There was also some coverage in the press about a proposal to use the old pumping station (to the south of Victoria Park) as a farmers market but there has been no details shared publicly on what could develop.

The Red River Basin Commission also wanted the Harbour masters building also but apparently they could not raise the funds needed for a major office and information centre proposal they put forward. They were talking about a partnership with Senator Zimmer at one point but nothing came of it. The ED of the Commission claimed there was also room for our historical content, but he could never find the time to meet with us to talk about our contribution to their proposal.

Currently, there is a restaurant group that has an option on the Harbour Masters building, but no detail of who is involved and what could develop is being made public.

In the agreement to sell the land that was once Victoria Park to Sky Waterfront Condominiums, there was also a requirement that the new condominium building include some kind of commemoration of the park. This has not been done.

So it seems Victoria Park continues to be shunted into the dark corners of history. While our proposal may have been weak on financing and management, it was the best proposal so far for developing the area around Victoria Park so that all Winnipeggers could benefit.

We continue to monitor what CentreVenture is or is not doing with the land around Victoria Park.