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VoteOpen

$13,137 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 243 people in 3 months
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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Dear Vote Open Supporters,
A final note here before we shut down the GoFundMe.

We didn't get the result we wanted on Wednesday, but we did manage to engage the city in a debate about why walkable cities are more desirable. They tend to encourage more active living and are healthier for people and for economies.

And while a majority of Winnipeggers didn't agree with us, we know this issue isn't going away. Neither are we. We expect the issue to come back into the public in the future because of the extensive repairs that are needed there. Together, we will all have another chance to influence the design of Portage and Main.

Stay strong and please keep advocating for this with your councilor between election cycles. If they don't hear from us, they don't know it's important. We know they hear from the 'no' side often.

In the meantime, the entire Vote Open team thanks you deeply for your support of our campaign. We poured a lot of energy and effort into a very short election cycle, but we couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Best wishes,
Team Open.
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Good morning Vote Open Supporters!

Today is Election Day, so please help us get out the vote. Talk to your friends and family members to encourage them to Vote Open. If you can offer rides to the polling stations to people in your circle, we would greatly appreciate it too.

Our volunteers will be watching the election results tonight at Bailey's, 185 Lombard Ave. If you want to come down and join us, you would be very welcome.

A final note on fundraising:
As of today, the Coalition for Portage & Main has raised approximately $60,000. In addition to our GoFundMe campaign, we also received private donations from individuals and corporations. We will be posting more details on our website about our fundraising and expenses once we have final totals.

Funds were directed towards advertising, lawn signs, events, video production, direct mail, printing and other items to promote pedestrian access to Portage and Main.

The Coalition is very grateful for the outpouring of financial and volunteer support that it received during the campaign. Hundreds of Winnipeggers answered our call for donations and to help deliver flyers, lawn signs, staff our storefront and work at our events.

WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH!!

Also, in case you missed it, here's the song Fred Penner wrote for us: https://www.facebook.com/voteopenwpg/videos/1893651934024059/
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Hi Vote Open supporters,
Here's more information about OpenFest, a free concert we're hosting on Saturday, October 20.

Show some love, Winnipeg. Come down to OpenFest on Saturday, October 20th and support the opening of Portage & Main to people. This volunteer-run event is made possible thanks to musicians, artists and speakers donating their time. Expect an impressive lineup of local bands like Royal Canoe, Mahogany Frog, JP Hoe, Sweet Alibi, and more + your favourite local DJs, an open mic, craft beer, local food & drink, dancing, art, and poetry. Admission is FREE. If you'd like, you are welcome to make a donation to the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation (Any funds raised during the event will be donated).

We'd love to see you out there! If you'd like to find out how you can help, please visit the OpenFest page here: https://voteopenwpg.ca/openfest/

Let's finish this campaign with a large helping of positivity!
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Dear Vote Open supporters,
It's less than two weeks to election day, so it's crunch time at the Vote Open campaign.

Before I tell you what's going on, I want to let you know how the fundraising is going. In a word: it's been amazing.

We have raised nearly $12,000 on GoFundMe. We have also raised more than $4,000 in cash and credit card donations at our storefront location under 201 Portage Ave. In addition to that, we have raised $27,000 from private corporate donors including several of the property owners at Portage and Main. All in, we have raised more than $43,000!!! We aim to spend as much of that as we can to ensure Winnipeg voters are informed about the the many benefits to reopening the intersection to pedestrians.

Additionally, we have had hundreds of people volunteer to help get the word out. People are volunteering at our storefront. They are delivering flyers and lawn signs, commenting on social media, talking to friends and family.

So thank you to everyone who has contributed their time, energy and money to this campaign. We all know it is for the good of the city.

What's happening:
We will continue to press local media to tell our stories. You can see our lawn signs sprouting up everywhere across the city. Radio and television ads are running. We have an excellent series of videos running on social media, which have reached nearly 100,000 people. We will be promoting them to more and more people in the days ahead too.

Also, here's some exciting news: we're hosting a free concert at Portage and Main on Saturday October 20. We'd love to see you come out. Look to our website for details: www.voteopenwpg.ca. We need all the help we can get to win this vote.

Please talk to your friends and family members about Portage and Main. Let's build a city we love!
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$13,137 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 243 people in 3 months
Created August 14, 2018
VoteOpen
on behalf of Coalition for Portage & Main
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