Libraries to stay open Sunday, U-Pass saved after mayor’s inner circle makes budget changes

By | March 19, 2020

WINNIPEG — It appears Winnipeg libraries will stay open on Sundays and the U-Pass is being saved.

Following 12 hours of delegations at the mayor’s executive policy committee (EPC) budget meeting Wednesday, EPC tabled several budget changes on Thursday.

Of note, $1.1 million over four years so libraries can open on Sundays between September and May, as well as $1.3 million allocated to partially restoring a 50 per cent cut in leisure guide programming, and $1.6 million for emergency events for “business continuity.“

The funding will come from a cut in the PST.

EPC also passed an amendment to keep the U-pass going at a rate of $200 per semester after students said they will pay more.

There is also a change to explore options to involve a third-party to operate the closed Terry Sawchuk Arena.

City council has the final budget vote tomorrow.

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