Is Downtown Winnipeg Safe?

It’s a question that comes up repeatedly in Winnipeg, and I suspect many other cities: Is downtown safe? If it’s NOT safe, then what can we do to make it safe? If it IS safe, then how do we change the perception that it’s not? A casual forum was organized this afternoon to discuss a…

A theory about the Hydro land deal

News broke this past week that Manitoba Hydro disputed the independently appraised value of the land that the City of Winnipeg needs to purchase from Hydro for the new Rapid Transit corridor (or rather, the completion of the existing corridor). The appraisal pegged the value at $4.6 million. Hydro says it’s worth $34 million. They…

Corydon/Osborne: What good is a plan?

A new development at Winnipeg’s iconic Confusion Corner was announced this past week through the media. In fact, construction is already underway, with piles being driven into the ground as you read this. “We’re pleased that Osborne Place will meet and exceed the goals outlined by the City of Winnipeg’s Corydon-Osborne Area Plan” said the…

CarProof is not fool proof

My wife and I bought a used car last fall. Not an old junker either — it was a single owner Mitsubishi Outlander with 60,000 km. Aside from a bit of lag on acceleration due to the CVT transmission, it’s a pretty nice vehicle to drive. Being a few years old, the full service warranty…

The good and bad of names and logos

I am not a marketing or graphics design professional, but I think I have a pretty good eye for a catchy moniker and an attractive logo. There is more to a brand than a name and a logo, but these are the first two things that you see and, done well, can embed a positive…

The re-emergence of Manitoba Forward

A year ago, mysterious full-page ads appeared in the local newspaper. The ads, from a group calling themselves Manitoba Forward, criticized the provincial government’s ambitious development plans for Manitoba Hydro. As I documented in an earlier blog post, there was very little information on the internet about this group called “Manitoba Forward”, forcing one to…

A bigger beach for Bird’s Hill Park

Canada Day, July 1 2014, was a cold and miserable day. A terrible beach day. The five park employees playing cards on the deck of the life guard cabin outnumbered the three 20-somethings drinking beer in a tent-like shelter at the far end of the lake. I was there cooling down after a jog around…