Ballot Question


Ballot Question

On July 19, 2018, Winnipeg City Council directed the City Clerk to place the following question on the ballot of the 2018 Municipal Election:

“Do you support the opening of Portage and Main to pedestrian crossings? YES/NO”

The question will appear at the bottom of your ballot below the races for Mayor, Councillor and School Trustee.

Latest Portage and Main News

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Mayoral candidates snipe over Portage & Main

October 14, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...to accuse Mayor Brian Bowman of withholding information to influence voters. While the leak was tiny and under control, the conversation about Portage and Main reached yet another head this weekend, as private landowners at the intersection revealed the dilapidated waterproofing membrane running above the...

Portage and Main barriers may be ripped out regardless of referendum

October 12, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article. A growing body of engineering information from private landowners at Portage and Main suggests the barriers will have to be removed to allow for the replacement of a membrane that prevents moisture from leaking into the concourse that...

Taking aim at apathy

October 12, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...really exciting" can get more people to vote in a municipal election, but Koop doubts the contentious plebiscite question on whether to reopen Portage and Main to pedestrians will drive more Winnipeggers to the polls. "Some people really want it to open but they fall into the groups that are more likely to...

Exchange District businesses rally in support of opening Portage and Main

October 12, 2018

Global News - ...District BIZ, along with more than a dozen area businesses, will post signs and do outreach about why they believe bringing down the barriers at Portage and Main is good for the city. READ MORE: Barriers a barrier to developing Portage and Main, property owners say “Most people just haven’t been given a...

Mayoral debate features a few jabs, no knockout blows

October 11, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ... “I beg to differ,” Woodstock fired back. During a yes or no period in the debate, seven of the eight candidates said they were against opening Portage and Main. Only Bowman threw his support behind opening the controversial intersection, whose fate will be decided on a plebiscite attached to the ballot on...

Answers in mayoral debate range from Portage and Main to Panama Canal

October 11, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...focused on crime, transportation, and how to keep young people from leaving Winnipeg. Brian Bowman is the only mayoral candidate who wants to see Portage and Main reopened, Jenny Motkaluk threw away her only chance to ask the incumbent a direct question, and questions were raised -- but not answered -- about...

St. Boniface councillor proposes free bus fare for kids under 12

October 11, 2018

Global News - ...cab fare, you’ve got a new fare that wasn’t there,” he said. “Every time somebody chooses to take the bus, that’s one less car stuck at Portage and Main waiting to get across. I think any policy we can support to get people out of their cars and into the bus, there’s going to be less road...

Hard to get fired up over slow burn civic election campaign

October 11, 2018

Global News - ...calls the campaign so far sleepy. “It’s a bit of a yawner.” She says that’s due to the lack of a real hot button issue like opening Portage and Main. She says it was smart of Mayor Brian Bowman to defuse the issue by deferring to a yes or no plebiscite on the ballot. READ MORE: Winnipeg votes...

CBC’s Ismaila Alfa tracks how long it takes to cross Portage and Main — underground — in a wheelchair

October 10, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...for people with disabilities and active transportation who favour opening Portage and Main to pedestrians invited members of the public to try their hands at getting across the intersection in a wheelchair. The event was organized by Winnipeg Trails Association. "We're asking people to time it to see...

Council candidates tout different priorities for St. Vital ward

October 10, 2018

CTV - ...two candidates vying to be city councillor in St. Vital are both against the opening of Portage and Main to pedestrians, but beyond that have a very different vision of what they’d bring to the job. Incumbent Brian Mayes was first elected to represent St. Vital in a bi-election in November of 2011. He told...

WATCH: CBC’s Ismaila Alfa tracks how long it takes to cross Portage and Main — underground — in a wheelchair.

October 10, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ... WATCH: CBC's Ismaila Alfa tracks how long it takes to cross Portage and Main — underground — in a wheelchair. Spoiler alert: Including getting lost for about a minute, it took 14 minutes, 30 seconds, and current circuitous street route took only 7:40. Spoiler alert: Including getting lost for about a...

The sham debate driving the civic election

October 10, 2018

The Manitoban (UofM) - ...you will have had extensive exposure to what has become the main, and to some the only, relevant issue of the mayoral election: the re-opening of Portage and Main. This is itself a tragedy. While a city with great potential, Winnipeg has a long way to go in fostering a society that works for everyone,...

Group to let Winnipeggers try crossing Portage and Main in a wheelchair

October 10, 2018

Global News - ...hope an event will help Winnipeggers get a glimpse of what it’s like to navigate under Portage and Main in someone else’s wheels. The Winnipeg Trails Association’s Anders Swanson and the Independent Living Resource Centre’s Allen Mankewich will set out a wheelchair Wednesday morning at 10 a.m....

Letters and comments, Oct. 10

October 10, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...the city election upon us, the window of opportunity is here for the strongest leader to take immediate action. While opening the intersection of Portage and Main will be good for our city, it is not a priority! Money designated for such projects needs to be rerouted to helping our most vulnerable population,...

Growth in Old Kildonan a natural progress

October 9, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...and growth has been implemented." He listed some things that residents have identified as priorities and said he is not for opening the Portage and Main intersection. "From the people that I’ve talked to when I went door-knocking, definitely road repairs, crime is creeping into the neighbourhood a...

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