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  • Winnipeg Tribune


Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - On the same day, the City of Winnipeg sounded the alarms of the depleted rainy day fund. The Public Service and WInnipeg Police asked for another $6 million for the construction of a new North End Police Station.

The original 2018 budget estimate was $23.4 million, which increased in 2020 to $25.7 million. So now the cost has risen again.

During the council meeting, Councillor Kevin Klein (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood) was firing questions to the Public Service and Police, questioning the need for a new building.

Through the vigorous questioning of Klein, the public service said the additional cost was only $3.5 million, but they wanted $6 million. The remaining $2.5 million is to pay for internal administration fees, which Klein stated were unnecessary given how bad the city finances are today. "This is the typical shell game with taxpayer money that has been happening for far too long," said Klein.

Klein said the district stations no longer are necessary because they are closed to the public. There are no detectives or other resources in the district stations. Chief Danny Smyth said the district station is home to nearly 150 people. Councillor Klein asked if that was to cover all the patrol shifts 24-hours a day and 7-days a week, Smyth confirmed that explanation.

The committee members, Councillor Janice Lukes and Cindy Gilroy disagreed with Klein and voted to give the Winnipeg Police the additional $6 million. The request will now go to the Mayor's Executive Policy Committee and then Council in July.

The construction of a new North End Winnipeg Police station has not started to date.


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