the Winnipeg Free Press and event producer AVentPro. With so many pressing issues to discuss, expanding the forum online to social channels, like Twitter (@wpgREALTORS) is something we now include in order to enable all interested constituents to participate in some capacity. Tis new and advanced plat- form for including as many important ques- tions as possible, has come a long way since the very first forum held over 26 years ago. Te inaugural WinnipegREALTORS® may-

Winnipeg Metropolitan Region outlook 2018 T

Peter Squire, WinnipegREALTORS®

he WinnipegREALTORS® are proud to have hosted another mayoral forum for this year’s October 24th

election with

oral forum was held at the Burton Cummings Teatre in 1992 where among 17 candidates running for mayor, Susan Tompson emerged the victor. Our former mayor was a founding partner of what was then called the Partner- ship for the Manitoba Capital Region - now known as the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region. Everyone knows Tompson has always been a strong advocate for regional cooperation and aligned partnerships to build a more produc- tive and efficient metro region, but in a highly competitive global economy what is our value proposition and how do we get beyond our municipal differences to work together to attract new industry and employment oppor-

RECIPE Apple potato pancakes

Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup apples, unpeeled & finely chopped 1 cup potatoes, peeled & grated 1/2 cup apple sauce 1/2 cup all purpose flour 2 egg whites 1 tsp salt

Directions: In a medium bowl; combine

apples, potatoes, apple sauce, flour, egg whites and salt. In a nonstick frying pan; heat

over medium heat unti l hot. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of batter into skillet. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until

lightly browned. Place pancakes on nonstick cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 475 degress F (240 degrees C) oven for 10 to 15 min- utes or until crisp. Serve with additional apple sauce or apple slices if desired. Servings: 6 Courtesy of Peak of the Market

tunities in Winnipeg and the outlying rural municipalities? In writing a column in our weekly Real

Estate News this August as a lead into the municipal elections this fall, it was interest- ing to note and not surprising, that mayor of Steinbach Chris Goertzen, who is not running again this year, stressed how important part- nerships have been to him with neighbouring municipalities in building a growing city in his 12 years as mayor. He is the current president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.

WinnipegREALTORS®, as are most major

local REALTOR® associations across the coun- try, is well aware how important cities such as Steinbach and rural municipalities in general are to their success as a market region since they encompass a census metropolitan area. A good example beyond Winnipeg is the To- ronto Real Estate Board (TREB). TREB is very much representative of the Greater Toronto Area or what is more commonly referred to as the GTA. In information they provide publicly on their website GTA REALTORS® are refer- enced. When you look at their suburbs map it

becomes obvious the City of Toronto in land mass is far less in its geographical footprint than the entire GTA region. To this end, WinnipegREALTORS® is try-

ing to do more, like other real estate boards across the country, to reflect that it does not only represent the City of Winnipeg but covers the more expansive Winnipeg Metropolitan Region as a whole. As it stated in a working paper on Manitoba’s capital region back in 2002, “our real estate industry’s interests are inextricably linked to the success or failure of the capital region”. It went on to say, “We are very cognizant of the need for the mu- nicipalities to work together so we can grow the region”. One important change to bring to your at-

tention - our new corporate website which was just launched last month and can be found at It does not replace our website which is going through a major redesign and will remain the go-to site to search for all of our MLS® listings throughout WinnipegREAL- TORS® market region. On a final point, real estate is an all year

round activity so while fall may not be as busy as the spring there is still lots of opportunity to find a property that meets your needs. And of course, a friendly reminder to get out and vote on October 24th


We must all hold ourselves accountable for tomorrow. For us, that means creating innovative solutions

to the challenges the future will bring. Can we design a place where our communities can thrive?

What if we can?

Buildings / Energy, Resources & Industry / Environment / Geomatics / Infrastructure / Transportation 6 Regional Times Autumn 2018

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