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2019 Ash Program Update

2019 ASH PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

In January of 2018 the City of Morden adopted a 10-year Ash Strategy to address the Emerald Ash Borer, threatening 37% of public ash trees and thousands of private trees. In year one, the Parks and Urban Forestry department monitored for the insect through visual surveys, branch sampling and green prism traps. Monitoring efforts were in conjunction with provincial and federal initiatives to track the insect movements throughout the province. In addition to monitoring, the city removed over 150 poor conditioned and/or structurally defective ash trees, ground the stumps with plans to re-plant those locations with non-ash species in the spring of 2019. To date, EAB has not been detected in the City.

“As part of the Ash Strategy, we aim to reduce the ash tree population to 15% over a 10-year period. Each year re-planting with a diversity of trees to better protect the community from future insect and disease problems. It’s an informed decision, to be proactive, based on lessons learned from other communities devastated by the insect.” Shawn Dias, Parks and Urban Forestry Manager.

Plans for 2019 and year 2 of the strategy include removing 150 ash trees located on boulevards, parks and green space.  Tree Removal Notices were distributed to residents to inform them of the activities and a 2019 Ash Removal Map shows the locations for removals throughout the City. Monitoring and detection efforts will continue with branch samples taken from removed trees, visual surveys, and green prism traps during the active adult flight season.

To find out more details and review the full City of Morden Ash Strategy document please visit: http://www.mordenmb.com/emerald-ash-borer/ In 2018 CTV News Winnipeg covered the strategy and the archived video can be viewed at: https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1363224.

The map below illustrates the distribution of ash tree removals for 2019.  

Contact: Shawn Dias – Parks and Urban Forestry
Telephone: (204) 362-3999
Email: sdias@mordemb.com


Morenet Service Update

Please see the January 2nd Morenet Service update in PDF or plain text below.

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We are pleased to provide the following update regarding the status of Morenet.

Coverage Progress
We are excited to announce that we will expand coverage around Grant Street in early January 2019. Morenet’s high-speed internet service will be available to customers in this area shortly, please watch the web site and Twitter where we will announce when we have updated the coverage map.

As you might have heard in the recent local news, we have had issues with the supply of the towers required for the service. Resolving this issue has taken some time, but we are pleased to say that in January will we resume plans to implement the towers. The Grant Street area is the first of our revised tower plan, so we are adapting to the challenges as we continue to move forward to providing affordable high-speed internet to our community.

Support & Frequently Asked Questions
We are adding more content to frequently asked questions, please check it out on Morenet’s Support page. Gamers should check out our FAQ about gaming. Every customer should know how to power cycle their Morenet radio, a quick reference is there; a power cycle is the most frequent solution to service issues. We are also making improvements to our customer support, please watch out for that.

Network Performance
Morenet’s Contractors have been working steadily adding new customers to the network. This is great news, we are grateful for the community’s support and trust as we continue building this innovative service. And, this is great news because with every new customer we have information to inform and refine our coverage plans.

We are still building which means that we have not reached our standard target for all customers yet. As we complete more of the network coverage, we will reach that target, so we thank you for your patience as we continue expanding the service.

The core network is performing above our original expectations. The available technology is ahead of what we expected, making our wireless backbone the fastest available on the market today. We now have several paths of redundancy at all points in our network so that even in the worst winter storms customers still have reliable internet access.

We have made several important advances in our backhaul to improve speed of access to important web-based services; for instance, we are one of the first Manitoba internet services with direct connection to Facebook, and we are close to reaching the same direct connections with Google and Netflix.

Thank You!
…for your support & patience as we continue to pioneer one of the first high-quality, affordable internet services in Canada.

CITY OF MORDEN, STATEMENT REGARDING MORENET:

Good morning,

“In the summer of 2018 a technical challenge to the delivery of Morenet’s core network was discovered which significantly held up progress. The City of Morden was sold towers with the assurance that they were engineered, and CSA approved for necessary loads. This was discovered to not be the case and reported to the incoming council.

Our towers are subject to significant wind loads in addition to equipment weight. Subsequently, it was deemed imprudent to have employees climb towers, or to install towers without assurances of their safety and fitness for use.

Consultations with professional engineers resulted in the determination that the towers could be used safely if reduced in height from 112 to 80 feet. After receiving this report our contractor was asked to provide information on the viability of the network given the new constraints.

Last week it was determined that the network would succeed but would require an additional tower to provide appropriate coverage. Work on Morenet has once again resumed and the contractor is tasked with delivering full network coverage in 2019. We expect work to progress at a pace consistent to that of early 2018, prior to discovery of this challenge.

Council decided it was appropriate to wait to communicate this information until we were certain of the extent of the problem, and what the outcome(s) potentially were.

We appreciate the frustration in waiting for the network to be delivered, and council will strive for completion as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and believe the outcome will be worth the wait.

– Mayor Brandon Burley”​

Morden & Winkler to host 2019 National Women’s Under-19 Championship!

MORDEN AND WINKLER TO HOST 2019 NATIONAL WOMEN’S UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIP
Manitoba welcomes up-and-coming women’s talent for first time

CALGARY, Alta. – The very best young women’s players from around the country will converge on Morden and Winkler, Man., next November to compete for gold at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, marking the first time Manitoba will host the tournament.

“Hockey Canada is very excited to bring this event to Morden and Winkler next fall,” said Scott Smith, president and COO of Hockey Canada. “Historically, fans have had the opportunity to watch as Canada’s future superstars compete for their provinces before competing wearing the Maple Leaf at world championships and the Olympics.”

Morden is no stranger to successfully hosting national hockey events, having hosted the 2017 Esso Cup, Canada’s National Female Midget Championship, while Winkler will host a Hockey Canada tournament for the first time.

“We welcome the chance to work with Winkler on hosting the National Women’s Under-18 Championship,” said Morden Mayor Brandon Burley. “Although both communities are capable of hosting large-scale events on their own, we are stronger together. We are excited to have the opportunity to build on the success of the Esso Cup.”

“Winkler has a history of hosting very successful events including Hockey Day in Canada, the Manitoba Games, the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the Viterra men’s provincial curling championship,” said Winkler Mayor Martin Harder. “Our community has always rallied around these events thanks to the strength of our volunteers. We look forward to hosting this and future events with our neighbours to the west.”

“It’s exciting to welcome Hockey Canada back to the region,” said Clare Agnew, co-chair of the host organizing committee. “There was such positive energy in the community during the Esso Cup, it makes planning this one even more exciting. The confidence of Hockey Canada and our understanding of its expectations makes for a great partnership.”

Historically, the event has netted more than $1.5 million in economic impact for the host region, and as with all Hockey Canada events, net proceeds will remain locally to support the growth of the game.

“Hockey Manitoba is extremely confident that Morden and Winker will present an exceptional atmosphere in order to guarantee a positive, successful and memorable event,” said Bill Whitehead, president of Hockey Manitoba. “Both communities have a deep history in the promotion and operation of events and are excited about the opportunity to stage the 2019 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.”

The National Women’s Under-18 Championship is held every year (excluding years where the Canada Winter Games take place), and features teams representing provinces and regions across the country. Ontario teams have won each of the 12 gold medals, while the host Manitobans will be looking to add a first national title to their two silver and three bronze medals.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Winter Rec Update: Trails, Rinks and Snowshoes!

Winter Rec Update: Trails, Rinks and Snowshoes!

It’s time to get out the skates, skis and snowshoes! City of Morden Parks & Urban Forestry Department and Morden Fire Department are busy getting ready for rinks and trails! Shawn Dias, Manager of Parks & Urban Forestry gave the following update on outdoor rinks, “We have started Lions Park, Access Event Centre and Elks Park flooding and we’re planning to complete all 3 by the end of next week. We also cleared snow in the Morden Park Bowl and will head there next to flood once the other three are ready to go.”

Dias and staff have also developed a new ski trail route starting at Lake Minnewasta parking lot and going through the golf course. There are a few bare spots, but trails could be used over the weekend. Get the trail map here. Bring your own skis, or rent from Country Cycle for $20/day!

Morden Fire Department has been busy getting the rink ready at Wardrop and 8th St. Fire Chief, Andy Thiessen reported that they anticipate having it ready for Christmas break, weather permitting. The department will also be maintaining a rink on the Lake off Colert Beach. Last year Morden Fire Department supported the maintenance of Morden Lake Skating Trail along with Cole Hildebrand and staff from Capital Landscaping. They are hoping to do this again, but conditions do not look good. Conditions will continue to be monitored to see if this will be a possibility this year.

The City has started a free snowshoe rental program with funding from Southern Health- Healthy Living Together Grant. Snowshoes can be rented from Morden Drugstore during their store hours. It is also possible to reserve online at www.mordenmb.com/snowshoes. A friendly reminder to stay of ski trails if you are walking or snowshoeing.

City of Morden Rec Programmer has put together a list of activities to pursue over the winter. Find the list here, and enjoy all the opportunities to keep active and social over the colder months. The Winter/Spring Program Guide will be be available for download at www.mordenmb.com/programs on December 7. Paper copies of the guide will be available at the Access Event Centre, Civic Centre, Morden Library and Thornview Grocery.