Petition - Save Your Vimy Arena Recreational & Green Space


The background to this petition is as follows:

1. The residents of St. James and other areas of Manitoba are concerned with the intention expressed by the the Provincial Government to use the Vimy Arena site as a Manitoba Housing project.

2. The Vimy Arena site is in the middle of a residential area near many schools, churches, community clubs and senior homes and neither the Provincial Government nor the City of Winnipeg considered better suited locations in rural, semi-rural or industrial locations such as: the St. Boniface industrial park, the 20,000 acres at Centre Port or existing properties such as the Shriner’s Hospital or the old Children’s Hospital on Wellington Crescent.

3. The Provincial Government is exempt from any zoning requirements that would have existed if the land was owned by the City of Winnipeg. This exemption bypasses community input and due diligence and ignores better uses for the land which would be consistent with a residential area.

4. There are no standards that one would expect for a treatment centre. The Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living has stated that the department of Health had no role to play in the land acquisition for this Manitoba Housing project for use as a drug addiction facility.

5. The Manitoba Housing project initiated by the Provincial Government changes the fundamental nature of the community. Including park and recreation uses, concerns of the residents of St. James and others regarding public safety, property values, and their way of life are not being properly addressed.

6. The concerns of the residents of St. James are being ignored while obvious other locations in wealthier other neighbourhoods, such as Tuxedo and River Heights, have not been considered for this Manitoba Housing project even though there are hundreds of acres of land available for development at Kapyong Barracks or parks like Heubach Park that share the same zoning as the Vimy Arena site.

7. The Manitoba Housing project and the operation of a drug treatment centre fall outside the statutory mandate of the Manitoba Housing Renewal Corporation.

8. The Provincial Government does not have a coordinated plan for addictions treatment in Manitoba, as it currently underfunds treatment centres which are running far under capacity and potential.

9. The community has been misled regarding the true intention of Manitoba Housing, as land is being transferred for a 50 bed facility even though the project is clearly outside of Manitoba Housing’s responsibility.


We petition the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba as follows:

1. To urge the Provincial Government to take the necessary steps to ensure that the Vimy Arena site is not used for an addiction treatment facility.

2. To urge the Provincial Government to take the necessary steps to ensure the preservation of public land along Sturgeon Creek for the purposes of park land and recreational activities for public use (including being an important component of the Sturgeon Creek Greenway Trail and the Sturgeon Creek ecosystem) under the current designation of PR2 for the 255 Hamilton Avenue location at the Vimy Arena site, and to maintain the land to continue to be designated for Parks and Recreation Active Neighbourhood/Community.

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  • signed 2018-05-30 12:34:35 -0500
    The principle behind my endorsement , is the fact City Council OR the Province OR the Federal governments DO NOT provide adequate notice for decisions made which will effect public interest.

    It IS necessary to hold a public referendum for ANY decisions that will cost the taxpayer money.

    Examples would be Prime Minister Trudeau decision to pay new immigrants $ 34,000 per year without QUALIFICATION or public consultation, while veterans and pensioners live on subsistence while having contributed during their whole life.

    Municipal decisions to build or convert a police station without public involvement COST the tax payers and created opportunity for corruption.

    There MUST be adequate involvement for public input when funds are drawn from money.

    Taxpayers are out of patience with government officials spending WITHOUT consultation and putting ALL government coffers into debt.
  • signed 2018-05-16 12:07:39 -0500
  • signed 2018-05-16 04:59:18 -0500
  • signed 2018-05-14 09:35:25 -0500
  • signed 2018-05-12 16:10:06 -0500
    this should be out in the country away from young kids.or will you wait till something happens and then say we didn’t know that would happen
  • signed 2018-05-09 17:14:06 -0500
    Murray Dawson
  • signed 2018-05-04 14:01:54 -0500
    I am fully against Vimy Arena being converted into a drug treatment centre as this property is adjacent to the Active Transportation network. We have families and young children going through there on a regular basis. There is also a tennis court in behind the Curling Club that adults and children use during the summer. During the winter, children from the local schools and daycare centres use the creek right behind Vimy for tobogganing. Vimy is not on a main bus route. The 83 doesn’t run all day, which means people would have to get off at Portage or Ness and walk through the neighborhood to get to the centre, putting residents and their belongings at risk.

    There are also several bus drivers that live in the area that still suffer anxiety from the killing of a bus driver from another Foundation “resident”.

    “Brian Kyle Thomas, 22, was arrested Tuesday following the stabbing death of Winnipeg Transit operator Irvine Fraser, 58. He has also been charged with possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose and failure to comply with a probation order.”

    “Callahan hopes Fraser’s death leads to changes to make the job safer for drivers.

    That starts with examining where some of the routes end, he said. Maybe they all need to wind up downtown, in a more central location where there is better security and an on-street inspector, Callahan said, to allow an extra person to be there to help wake a sleeper."

    In our area, the 83, 22 Crestview, 22 Westwood, 22 St. Charles have end loops that are in isolated areas. (Ashern Loop, Westwood Loop, St. Charles Loop, Lumsden Loop). The 24 ends up at Unicity which is fine during the day, but it’s still isolated late night. So if someone falls asleep and misses their “stop”, these drivers could run the risk of being alone and having to deal with these passengers.

    Many of these new “residents” will not be coming in from the regular community, but rather from the jails. We already have to deal with inmates from the Headingley Jail getting dropped off at Unicity Mall to find their way back into society, especially considering that right behind the Walmart is an Elementary School, Middle School and High School. We’re already being exposed to enough risk given this current situation, we do not need the added risk and anxiety that could be incurred with a drug treatment centre being added to the neighborhood.
  • signed 2018-04-30 20:02:58 -0500
  • signed 2018-04-24 08:56:50 -0500
  • signed 2018-04-22 16:12:58 -0500
  • signed 2018-04-19 21:10:30 -0500
  • signed via 2018-04-19 09:50:14 -0500
  • signed 2018-04-18 17:50:44 -0500
    We do not want this centre in our area. We do not want drug dealers hanging around our area. This centre will lower the value of our homes which we have worked so hard for.
  • signed 2018-04-18 17:43:41 -0500
    Having this facility in the Vimy Arena will encourage drug dealers to the site to re-addict addicts & lower the value of our homes.
  • signed 2018-04-18 15:05:34 -0500
    The close proximity to the Misericordia Hospital, help to make the old Shriner’s Children’s Hospital a better choice.
  • signed via 2018-04-18 13:15:43 -0500
  • signed 2018-04-17 11:50:01 -0500
    We need facilities for our kids and seniors. Imagine tennis and basketball courts, skate park, a place for street hockey, sledding in the winter and so much more all beside beautiful setting of the creek with the bike/walking trail that all can access easily.
  • signed 2018-04-17 11:28:47 -0500
  • signed 2018-04-17 10:36:46 -0500
    The Vimy Arena site should remain a public park with access. Why is the Province ignoring the old Shriner’s Children’s Hospital location?
  • signed 2018-04-16 15:53:31 -0500
    Another one of the many short-sighted blunders this city and province have made over the years! This facility is needed, but not at the expense of recreational land and facilities! Put it elsewhere!
  • signed 2018-04-16 14:37:36 -0500
    I would like to be updated on the Vimy Arena space
  • signed via 2018-03-23 07:22:20 -0500
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  • signed via 2018-03-19 19:00:54 -0500
  • Steven Fletcher posted about Vimy Arena Green Space - Petition on Steven Fletcher's Facebook page 2018-03-19 18:57:24 -0500
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