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.

Who's signing

Karl Houston
Ray Plett
James Burkett
Ian Meers
Jim Lasko
Shannon Green
Art Penning
Urbano Teixeira
john jansen
Steve Meyer
Pamela Johnson
Donald R W Johnson
dmitry charnyy
Kevin Fox
Douglas Firth
Jared Dauphinee
Mark Brown
Jon Publow
barry stillwell
Murray Dawson
Marguerite Monchamp
Sandra Penner
David Bogomolny
Ingrid Nickel
Serge Laforge
Elsa Hart
Ralph Cook
Cook Penny
Fred Kelbert
Ilse Dornbusch
50 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Karl Houston
    signed 2018-11-12 14:17:42 -0600
  • Ray Plett
    signed 2018-11-02 16:23:39 -0500
    The arena has bee removed from recreational service without consult with the the community and is now being changed to a commercialized facility in a playground environment without due oversight.

    This needs to be returned to the community for rightful recreational facilities.
  • James Burkett
    signed 2018-10-25 09:34:52 -0500
  • Ian Meers
    signed 2018-09-17 20:17:41 -0500

  • Jim Lasko
    signed 2018-08-22 18:45:22 -0500
  • Shannon Green
    signed via 2018-08-19 17:29:03 -0500
  • Art Penning
    signed 2018-08-18 22:53:32 -0500
    There are much better locations for this drug treatment center. Property values will suffer throughout the community.
  • Urbano Teixeira
    signed 2018-08-15 23:10:31 -0500
  • john jansen
    signed 2018-08-15 14:48:24 -0500
  • Steve Meyer
    signed 2018-08-15 10:14:18 -0500
    This is a high density residential area with many children, families and schools of all levels, it is not the proper place to put a drug rehab clinic. The arena should be updated for family use or given to Equal Opportunities West to use.

    What about the old Shriners Childrens Hospital on Wellington Cresent? It is already zoned and could be ready to use much sooner the the Vimy Arena project. Have the people of influence ($$$$) already told there friends (politicians) not in my neighborhood!!! Well if it’s not good for Wellington Cresent then why is it good for St.James? Aren’t we all the same regardless of our financial status?

    Is the City of Winnipeg going to give me a credit on my property taxes for the projected drop in our property values if this goes thru?

    What will happen to the curling club? Is there an issue with the rehab clinic being close to the club with a bar in it? The club is used by many of us and is well know across the city for it’s people and team spirit, would be a shame to lose that heritage.

    I am all for a rehab clinic just not smack dab in the middle of a family neighborhood, lets get smart about this.
  • Pamela Johnson
    signed 2018-08-14 19:28:55 -0500
  • Donald R W Johnson
    signed 2018-08-14 19:25:59 -0500
  • dmitry charnyy
    signed 2018-08-13 21:01:30 -0500
  • Kevin Fox
    signed 2018-08-09 14:03:37 -0500
    This building is of tremendous value to the Crestview ( St. James) residents for all families. The city may have surplused the building to cut costs years ago but every family in the area has used this facility at one time or another and it still can be used for our children and Seniors to excell in a variety of indoor activities during our long winters . Besides my (our) taxes should be allocated to a facility within our district, not a Seven Oaks facility in a district 30 klm’s on the north side of Winnipeg, it’s just NOT a community facility for the Crestview ( St. James) residents, who ever said Seven Oaks is an option , well I have an option for him/her !

    Just say “No” to to politicians trying to make money for themselves,

    as that is happening here ! That’s why it’s being done in closed door meetings .

    Let’s hear from the families and residents of Crestview, St. James !
  • Douglas Firth
    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.
  • Jared Dauphinee
    signed 2018-05-16 12:07:39 -0500
  • Mark Brown
    signed 2018-05-16 04:59:18 -0500
  • Jon Publow
    signed 2018-05-14 09:35:25 -0500
  • barry stillwell
    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
  • Murray Dawson
    signed 2018-05-09 17:14:06 -0500
    Murray Dawson
  • Marguerite Monchamp
    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.
  • Sandra Penner
    signed 2018-04-30 20:02:58 -0500
  • David Bogomolny
    signed 2018-04-24 08:56:50 -0500
  • Ingrid Nickel
    signed 2018-04-22 16:12:58 -0500
  • Serge Laforge
    signed 2018-04-19 21:10:30 -0500
  • Elsa Hart
    signed via 2018-04-19 09:50:14 -0500
  • Ralph Cook
    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.
  • Cook Penny
    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.
  • Fred Kelbert
    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.
  • Ilse Dornbusch
    signed via 2018-04-18 13:15:43 -0500