Fall brings change in Elmwood

By: Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood

As published in The Herald

October 16, 2013

We know fall has arrived when the volunteers at Beautify Elmwood Community Committee empty and reclaim the flower boxes along Henderson Highway between Hespeler and Washington Avenue.

Thank you to all the volunteers who arranged and filled the boxes in the spring, cared for them during the summer, and put the boxes back into storage at the end of September. I look forward to their return every year.

The Disraeli Active Transportation Bridge has been open for nearly a month, providing pedestrians and cyclists with a new transportation route, and some beautiful river views. Many of us have already had a chance to check out this new and welcome asset to our community, and I am pleased the province was able to partner with the city to make imaginative use of the old Disraeli Bridge.

At the end of September, the Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation held a very successful General Meeting and Neighbourhood Celebration. It was a packed house, with 80 people attending. Many aspects of its five-year plan for the Elmwood area will require continued support from provincial programs such as Neighbourhoods Alive! and Community Places.

Since 2011 alone, these provincial programs have given financial assistance to numerous community projects including critical building renovations, daycare security systems, community gardens, community club equipment and outdoor classrooms at Lord Selkirk School.

It’s always nice to touch base with our community’s Legions, not just on Remembrance Day or Memorial Day. In mid-September I had the chance to accompany my former colleague Peter Stoffer, Nova Scotia MP and Official Opposition Veterans Affair critic, around Winnipeg, including a meeting with senior members of the executive at Prince Edward Legion No. 81. We discussed veterans’ issues in general and recent changes to veterans’ benefits. In late September, I was honoured to be a part of Elmwood Legion No. 9’s signage dedication at the Legion Gardens at 675 Talbot Ave. I’m sure everyone driving by will notice the impressive new sign in front of the Legion Gardens.

After a busy summer in the Legislature, it has been great to get out in the community more. If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at 204-415-1122, by email at Jim.Maloway@yourmanitoba.ca or stop by my office at 202 Henderson Hwy.