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Portrait of Former Mayor Sam Katz Revealed at City Hall

Portrait of Former Mayor Sam Katz Revealed at City Hall

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Winnipeg Goldeyes owner and former Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz holds his son, Aidan, at Shaw Park in this September 2016 file photo. (DAVE BAXTER / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Former Mayor Sam Katz returned to City Hall on Wednesday.

Katz was the guest of honour for a portrait revealed to recognize his contributions to municipal government from 2004-2014.

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Former Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz Sued by Credit Union for Restaurant Loan

Former Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz Sued by Credit Union for Restaurant Loan

By The Canadian Press

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Mayor Sam Katz addresses a crowd in Central Park on Friday, June 20, 2014. (HOWARD WONG / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Former Winnipeg mayor Sam Katz is being sued by a Manitoba financial outlet over the alleged non-payment of a loan for a restaurant he once opened.

Assiniboine Credit Union filed a statement of claim on April 1st regarding money borrowed for Hu’s Asian Bistro.

Katz, who is the president, director and shareholder of the business, is accused of being in arrears on what’s left of the 350-thousand-dollar loan he took out in 2009.

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Mayor Katz Remembers Faron Hall

Faron Hall
Faron Hall

Winnipeg’s “homeless hero” Faron Hall has been identified as the second body pulled from the Red River on Sunday.

Hall was located near Kildonan Park that evening, just hours after police pulled the body of a 15-year-old girl from near the Alexander Docks.

Hall made headlines in 2009 when he rescued a teen from the Red River. He jumped in and made the brave rescue, later being awarded the mayor’s medal of valour. Months later, he attempted to rescue two teens who had been drinking and fell into the river. He managed to pull one to safety, but the other drowned.

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Sam Katz Not Seeking Re-Election as Winnipeg Mayor

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Mayor Sam Katz addresses a crowd in Central Park on Friday, June 20, 2014. (HOWARD WONG / FOR CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz will not seek re-election in this fall’s municipal election.

Katz made the announcement (PDF) Friday afternoon while at a concert in Central Park.

“The decision in my mind was made quite a while ago — several months ago. After 10 years, you do sacrifice family time and my family is important to me,” Katz said. “I know my loving wife would have said to me, ‘Darling, if that’s what you want, I will support you.’ But I know in her heart, she was hoping that I would not run and spend more time with the family, which is something that I very much want to do.”

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Katz Suing U of W, The Uniter and Student Over Article

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Mayor Sam Katz (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg’s mayor is suing the University of Winnipeg, The Uniter newspaper and a student journalist over an op-ed piece published last December.

Sam Katz says the article, titled “The Local Political Blunder,” is defamatory and implies he’s involved in criminal activity. The piece was penned by volunteer writer Josh Benoit and published in the paper’s December 4 issue, which references Katz’s dealings with commercial realty company Shindico, the controversial fire hall land swap deal, and former city CAO Phil Sheegl.

The article also appears to attribute a false quote from Katz to Sheegl regarding Shindico.

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Katz Wishes Winnipeg-Born Broncos Coach Good Luck in Super Bowl

Katz Wishes Winnipeg-Born Broncos Coach Good Luck in Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVIII will be played this Sunday. (WIKIPEDIA IMAGE)
Super Bowl XLVIII will be played this Sunday. (WIKIPEDIA IMAGE)

While many might not know it, the biggest event in professional football this weekend has a Winnipeg connection.

Winnipeg-born Jason George is an assistant coach to the Denver Broncos who will play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl this weekend. On Friday, Mayor Sam Katz publicly wished George luck.

“The Super Bowl is the highest level of professional football in the US – it is a rare honour to be able to extend best wishes to one of our own taking part,” wrote Katz. “It gives me great pride to know that Mr. George’s passion for the sport and coaching career began in Winnipeg, and that he still maintains close ties to the community.”

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City Hall Reflects on Historic First Council Meeting

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Members of the Manitoba Living History Society join Mayor Sam Katz (centre) to commemorate the first city council meeting held 140 years ago at City Hall, Friday, January 17, 2014. (OFFICE OF THE MAYOR)

Winnipeg’s City Hall travelled back in time Friday to commemorate the first city council meeting 140 years ago.

Members of the Manitoba Living History Society were on hand to join Mayor Sam Katz in telling the story of how the city operated back then.

“This anniversary gives us the chance to learn about our past and pay tribute to the first members of council who set forth some of the procedures that still remain in place today, such as three readings of by-laws,” Katz said. “It’s fascinating to see how much has changed and how much has remained the same.”

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Katz to Talk Public-Private Partnerships in Toronto

By Tyler Sutherland

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Mayor Sam Katz (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Mayor Sam Katz is off to Toronto, where on Friday he will participate in the 21st annual National Conference on Public-Private Partnerships (P3s).

Katz will join other municipal leaders in a session to explore the role that P3s play in meeting critical infrastructure challenges.

“The Chief Peguis Trail Extension and the recently completed Disraeli Bridges Project were both completed on time and on budget, and have given us a proven model for future P3 projects in the city,” Katz said.

Winnipeg’s mayor will be joined on the panel by Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, Regina Mayor Michael Fougere, and the former Mayor of Edmonton, Stephen Mandel.

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Katz to Be Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Katz to Be Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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Winnipeg Goldeyes owner Sam Katz (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg Goldeyes owner Sam Katz will be inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.

Katz, who is also Winnipeg’s mayor, purchased the expansion franchise in 1994 while it was part of the Northern League.

“This is an incredible honour for me and the entire Goldeyes organization,” Katz said in a statement. “We have received tremendous support from the baseball community across the province during the past two decades and it is a privilege to be recognized in this way.”

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Swandel, Nordman Join Katz’s EPC

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Mayor Sam Katz (CHRISD.CA GILE)

Mayor Sam Katz announced new members of his executive policy committee on Monday.

St. Norbert Councillor Justin Swandel and St. Charles Councillor Grant Nordman join the mayor’s powerful inner circle.

Last month, Councillors Scott Fielding and Dan Vandal stepped down from EPC.

“This new team is focused on the priorities of Winnipeggers — fixing our streets and providing quality recreation and community facilities for families to enjoy,” Katz said. “In addition, EPC has a renewed focus on economic development.”

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