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VoteOpen

$9,615 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 162 people in 1 month
Created August 14, 2018
VoteOpen
on behalf of Coalition for Portage & Main
In 1979, Portage & Main was closed to pedestrians. For 40 years, Winnipeggers have had to navigate unfriendly and unsafe underground tunnels whenever we want to cross our beloved intersection. 

Today, Portage & Main needs millions of dollars in repairs with ugly, crumbling barriers and stairs.  If we have to fix it anyway, why wouldn't we want to make it welcoming, safe and accessible? Let's take this opportunity to fix a 1970s era planning mistake and give our most important downtown intersection an economic shot in the arm at the same time.

Winnipeg City Council has given Winnipeggers the opportunity to decide. The city will be holding a plebiscite at the same time as the civic election on October 24, 2018. We have the chance to positively influence what the centre of our city looks like for decades to come. We won’t get another chance like this. It’s our turn to tell the city that we want a connected city, a walkable city, an accessible city and a beautiful city with beautiful streetscapes.  

This campaign is to raise money to pay for a public information campaign (culminating with the civic election in October 2018) to argue in favour of reopening Portage & Main to pedestrians. We will direct funds towards a website, digital marketing, traditional advertising, rallies and other activities in support of the Yes side. We will comply with the City of Winnipeg's election financing rules. Consultants on this campaign will be donating their time because we believe strongly that this is the right move for our city. 

The intersection is now especially unfriendly and unfair to people with mobility issues as they have to use a hodgepodge of elevators and ramps to cross the street. It also creates unsafe areas at night where people are afraid to venture underground. 

Opening the intersection is the chance to give Portage &  Main the beautiful and welcoming streetscape it deserves. Winnipeggers are rediscovering their downtown in the thousands. The Winnipeg Jets' whiteout parties proved that, and you can see it every day of the week in the Exchange and Downtown as pedestrians and cyclists are growing in number every year, all year long.

Please support our campaign financially through this GoFundMe page.

Visit our website to learn more or volunteer to help:  https://voteopenwpg.ca/
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Hi Vote Open donors,

Here's a quick fundraising update. Our GoFundMe is a hair away from reaching $9,000. Additionally, we have been taking donations in person at our storefront and have received an additional $7,500 in private donations outside of the GoFundMe. That means we have surpassed $16,000 and we expect that number to keep growing. Please encourage friends to donate today.

Also, we want to give a shout out to Harvard Developments which has donated our storefront rent-free at 201 Portage. Also, Storefront Manitoba has graciously stepped up to help us coordinate the staffing and use of that space. Light Visions is printing our lawn signs at cost; Contemporary Printing is printing our brochures at a deep discount; and Floodway Printco is printing our t-shirts at cost. All of that corporate support has saved us about $10,000!

We are very grateful to all of the individuals and companies who have stepped up to help us get the word out.

Key facts:
- Voting No doesn't save the city money. We have to spend millions to repair the barricades.
- Half the traffic will experience no delay. Some traffic will have to wait the equivalent of one extra light cycle. That's like missing one green light on your way home.
- Portage and Main is the heart of our city. Voting Yes means we can honour that by making it a great place instead of a barren sidewalk hidden behind crumbling concrete.

We have some great videos in the works. You'll see them on social media soon and we hope you'll share them and our other posts with your friends and family.

Thanks again from Team Open!
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Hi there,
We wanted to share some amazing editorial coverage that the VoteOpen campaign recently received. The Winnipeg Free Press devoted six pages to Portage and Main on Saturday including this article saying urban planners across the country are unanimous in their support for reopening the intersection. Have a look at it here: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/civicelection2018/at-the-crossroads-out-of-step-492702461.html

Here's one telling quotation from the story: "[I]f Winnipeg misses this opportunity, it will only hurt Winnipeg’s future and, frankly, other cities that are in competition with Winnipeg for talent and investment will capitalize on that mistake. "

And here's another piece about one of our spokespeople, Brent Bellamy, and why this issue is so important to him personally: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/civicelection2018/an-open-and-shut-case-492732301.html

Additionally, Maclean's Magazine just wrote about the Portage and Main debate. Have a look at the story: https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/what-will-winnipeg-do-with-canadas-most-famous-intersection/

Please share these articles with your friends and family. We are finding that many Winnipeggers are operating without all the facts. The more we share those facts, the more we people realize that reopening the intersection is good for the city.

Have a great day!
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Thank you all for your support of the Vote Open Winnipeg campaign. We really appreciate it.

On Tuesday, September 11 we are opening our campaign storefront at noon in the former TD branch under 201 Portage Ave. (in the concourse at Portage and Main). Stop by to say hi, record a video and pick up a lawn sign.

Please also visit our website for more information and to subscribe to updates. www.voteopenwpg.ca
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Raised by 162 people in 1 month
Created August 14, 2018
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