The 11th Annual Heritage Winnipeg Spring Luncheon

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who came to our 11th Annual Spring Fundraising Luncheon! This year's event was held in the Provencher Ballroom at the Fort Garry Hotel. The Honourable Dr. Lloyd Axworthy gave a fascinating presentation on the importance of built heritage both globally and locally. 

We would also like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the Honourable Janice Filmon, for opening the luncheon with a speech in honour of Manitoba Day.

And a special thank-you to all of the staff at the Fort Garry Hotel for their excellent hospitality.

Funds raised from this year's luncheon will be used to support the valuable work of Heritage Winnipeg. 


The Provencher Ballroom

The Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba the Honourable Janice Filmon

Dr. Jerry Grey, chair of the Friends of Fort Garry

The Honourable Dr. Lloyd Axworthy

Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell

The spread put out by The Fort Garry Hotel








 











 



Celebrating Manitoba Day at the MANITOBA MUSEUM

CELEBRATING MANITOBA DAY AT THE MANITOBA MUSEUM - Saturday, May 6, 2017

Over 8,300 people enjoyed a free day at the Manitoba Museum in celebration of Manitoba's 137th birthday!  Heritage Winnipeg, along with many other non-profit organizatons had a special exhibit showcasing our wonderful heritage and culture.

MP for St. Norbert Jon Reyes shows off his bison socks with Executive Director of the Manitoba Museum, Claudette LeClerc.

Also on display: cake! Participants were invited to vote for their favourite Manitoba themed dessert in the "caketoba" cake contest. Can you tell that we have a bit of a sweet tooth?








The 2017 Red River Heritage Fair welcomed students from across the city who came together to share stories from Canada's 150th and beyond on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the  This year, Heritage Winnipeg awarded students from Dufferin Christian and Elmwood High the Heritage Winnipeg award for their informative presentations on the history of the Selkirk Settlers and Winnipeg's eclectic collection of murals.

You can check out more photos from this fabulous event by visiting the Canstar Community Page

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the Red River Heritage Fair, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Museum and all of the students who made this year's fair such a huge success.

Doors open 2017: Open Call for Volunteers



Voice Your Support! Federal Incentives for the Rehabilitation of Canada's Historic Places

Update from the National Trust of Canada -
Thanks to your efforts and the letters written by many heritage supporters, MPs voted in the House of Commons today, March 23, 2017 to send Bill C-323 to theStanding Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development – an important step in making tax incentives a reality!
 
Take a moment to savour this historic milestone in the 40 year campaign to achieve tax incentives for historic places in Canada.
We urge you to thank your MP for voting YES. Find out here how your MP voted.

Where are we in the process?

Second Reading Vote to Send to Committee
Passed, Thursday, March 23

Committee Stage
The Committee has up to 60 sitting days to consider it, make any amendments, and bring it back to Parliament.

Report Stage Reading (Back to House of Commons)
There will be debate (two one-hour sessions) and voting on proposed amendments the following week. The process could take up to 30 days.

Third Reading
More debate (two one-hour sessions) and a vote – if passed, the Bill goes to Senate for debate and passing, Royal Assent, and becomes law.

Considering there are only between 33 and 44 sitting days left in the Parliamentary Calendar before the summer break, we are unsure if how far the Bill will proceed this spring.What’s next?  We still have work to do!  Your continued support will be needed to ensure that members of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development are aware that Canadian communities need the measures proposed in Bill C-323.
 

Update March 17 – House of Commons to vote on Bill C-323 on Thursday, March 23. Vote will either kill Bill or send it to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development for further discussion. It’s not too late to contact your local MP!

Update March 2 – Second hour of House of Commons debate on Heritage Tax Bill C-323 may be set for Thursday, March 9. Vote to kill bill or to send committee – March 22.

Update Feb. 13 – First hour of debate on Heritage Tax Bill C-323 took place in House of Commons

On December 1, 2016, a Private Members Bill to create tax credits for historic places was tabled in the House of Commons. Bill C-323 – An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property) – is based on a great US success story with a 40- year track record. This Bill presents an historic opportunity to tell elected officials from every political party that Canada’s historic places matter, and that federal actions can help save and renew them.
 
About Bill C-323
 
Bill C-323 includes the creation of:
 
  • A 20% tax credit on eligible costs of rehabilitation work done to designated historic places (commercial & owner-occupied residential); and
  • An accelerated Capital Cost Allowance (25%/50%/25%) for eligible capitalized costs incurred under the same conditions of the tax credit (commercial only)
 
These two tax measures would transform the economic fundamentals for renewing historic places. In the process would create more skilled jobs and generate less carbon and new construction.

 
What can you do?
 
You’ll find information about Bill C-323 and background materials to help you take action below.
 
1. Write to your MP, or ask for a meeting, or both! Point to historic places in your riding that need this kind of financial measure – especially those at risk!
 
Here is a link to find your MP by postal code: https://goo.gl/Yt9R9q
 
2. Write a letter to the Minister of the Environment, who is responsible for built heritage in Canada.  A real letter is much more effective than an e-mail!

The Honourable Catherine McKenna MP
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
200 Sacre-Coeur Boulevard
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

http://ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca

If you would like to learn more about the proposed measure please do not hesitate to contact us at our Heritage Winnipeg offices:

Office: 204-942-2663
Email: http://info@heritagewinnipeg.com

Full text of Bill C-323:

https://goo.gl/nkQQMy

National Trust for Canada Webpage:
https://goo.gl/nuyX06








 




 
 
 
 
 
 

The 32nd Annual Heritage Preservation Awards

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who attended our 32nd Annual Heritage Preservation Awards, which were held in Celebration Hall at the Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) at 389 Main Street.  Heritage Winnipeg was proud to celebrate National Heritage Day, Louis Riel Day and Canada's 150th anniversary on Monday, February 20, 2017 as part of our event.

A special thank you to the caters, WOW Hospitality Concepts for helping to make our event a success!
For information about booking events at the Millennium Centre check out their website at WOW Hospitality Concepts Inc.

This year, we honoured two outstanding companies that have contributed to the economic, cultural, and social fabric of the City of Winnipeg.

The Conservation Commercial Award was given to the owners Trotzdem Inc., and the general contractors Oakhaven Properties, for their sensitive and innovative rehabilitation of the Dawson building, located at 171 McDermot Avenue.  This Award recognizes the special efforts in specific projects which protect, conserve and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value. Heritage Winnipeg applauds them for their attention to detail, and for taking every impediment as a design challenge. 


Main Floor of the Dawson building at 171 McDermot - FORTH is a great place for delicious coffee and food.  You can check out their website at FORTH.

Forth Art Gallery on the lower level

Roasting machine on the main floor in Forth Cafe

Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell with
Norman Nikkel, owner of 171 McDermot Avenue.


General Contractor, Paul Nikkel accepting the award on
behalf of Oakhaven Properties.


The Distinguished Service Award
was presented to Leon A Brown Ltd, for the family's dedication and commitment to the heritage community in the City of Winnipeg for 90 years. This award recognizes the special contribution of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg's built heritage. Their contributions, through heritage building ownership, have contributed immensely to the architectural, cultural and economic development of Winnipeg's downtown and the historic Exchange District. 

Check out the company's website at Leon A. Brown Ltd. for a list of the many heritage buildings owned by the company.
 
Bobby Brown and Heritage Winnipeg Director Cindy Tugwell
Family member Bob Brown accepting the Distinguished Service Award

Heritage Winnipeg would also like to gratefully acknowledge and thank The Manitoba Living History Society for helping celebrate Canada 150 in their 1867 costumes.
The Manitoba Living History Society.






Musician, Joshua Ranville performed three songs on his guitar special
for this event, THANK YOU!  Check out his information at -
Joshua Ranville



Greg Agnew, Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, gave a presentation in celebration of Canada 150

The Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) - Interior shots





Front foyer

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Frontlines: Exhibit A - Investigating the Public Safety Building & Lands

Thank you to everyone who came out to listen to the presentations and panel discussion regarding this important initiative.  Special thanks to Storefront Manitoba and CentreVenture Development Corporation for faciliating this event.
This was session 1 of 3  of the Storefront Manitoba Frontlines series.  Heritage Winnipeg participated in the panel discussion to investigate future options for the Public Safety Building and Market Lands. For further details visit:

Storefront Manitoba

CentreVenture Development Corporation




Celebrating our heritage on February 20th



Crocus Building renamed the McKim Building

Heritage Winnipeg is very pleased to announce the Crocus building, located at 211 Bannatyne Avenue, in the Exchange District, a national historic site, (formerly named the J.H. Ashdown Hardware Store) is now officially called The McKim Building, named for McKim Communications Group - www.mckimcg.ca.  For years many Winnipeggers have been waiting patiently for this historic building to be renamed.  A brand new sign is now shining high above the sidewalk on the Main Street facade. Congratulations!


McKim Communications Group Media Release - dated January 11, 2017:
McKimBldgRenaming

Links to media coverage:
CBC News
Winnipeg Sun

City of Winnipeg historical report
 

2017 Annual Preservation Awards - Celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary

Nomination forms for Heritage Winnipeg's 32nd Annual Preservation Awards are now available for to submit. Instructions and eligibility criteria can be found on the forms below:

Conservation Nomination Form 2017


Distinguished Service Nomination Form 2017

Youth Nomination Form 2017

Please note: The PDF forms can be filled in directly but need to be downloaded and saved to the computer first.

 

2017 Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Awards

Since 1985, Heritage Winnipeg has sponsored an annual awards program that seeks to recognize those people dedicated to the protection, restoration and conservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. Awards are also given to owners of heritage structures who seek to sensitively restore their buildings so that they become a productive element of the economical, cultural and social fabric of the community.

Awards are presented in three basic categories:

  1. Distinguished Service Award

    This award recognizes the special contribution of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg's built heritage.

  2. Heritage Conservation Award

    This award recognizes the special efforts and excellence in specific projects to protect, conserve and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value. Heritage Conservation Awards may be given specifically for commercial, institutional or residential projects that involve the sensitive and adaptive re-use of these structures and provide for their long-term protection.

    Heritage Conservation Awards may be given to the owners of commercial, institutional or residential structures with historical and/or architectural value and who provide long-term protection and conservation of key architectural elements for these structure and their sensitive adaptive use. Special recognition may also be given to consultants and contractors of the project selected for an award.

    In the case of a successful residential project, a special award will be given in the honour of C.W. Chivers, a well-known Winnipeg architect who designed buildings such as All Saint's Church, Balmoral Hall and the Assiniboine Park Pavilion.

  3. Youth Category

    This award recognizes the special contribution of non-professionals under the age of 30.

    Nominations may be made in more than one category. If possible, please enclose photographs or email digitized photos.

Questions relative to the requirements for a nomination and/or completed submissions may be directed to Ms. Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, by phone 204.942-2663, fax 204.942-2094 or e-mail at cindy@heritagewinnipeg.com. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

All nominators will be notified and wiinners will receive a framed certificate recognizing their effort at a ceremony to be held on National Heritage Day/Louis Riel Day on Monday, February 20, 2017.  Location to be announced.



Thank you to the Heritage Community for your support!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Heritage on the Crescent fall fundraiser at 755 Wellington Crescent on December 8, 2016. A special thank you to the homeowners for allowing our organization to showcase their beautiful heritage home. Your support is vital to the restoration, rehabilatation and preservation of Winnipeg's built history. 

We would also to like to thank the following for their generous donations:

WOW Hospitality Concepts
True North Sports + Entertainment
Fenton's Wine Merchants
Bailey's Restaurant & Lounge
The Haberdashery in the Exchange
A special thank you to everyone at Manitoba Underground Opera for their outstanding performances at our event!

 


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