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No Annual household income ( finalists may need to provide proof): Send application to: Brush- up Winnipeg Program 502- 177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5 Fax: ( 204) 956- 7628 T HE RCMP review of Winnipeg’s fire- paramedic station replacement program has proceeded to the point where the Mounties have sought access to city lawyers and legal documents. On Wednesday, city council voted unanimously to waive solicitor- client privilege to allow the RCMP to review legal documents and interview city legal staff about the construction of four new fire- paramedic stations, a project that was the subject of a scathing external audit in 2013. Council made the move in response to a request from the RCMP, who were asked by the province last summer to review external audits of the fireparamedic station replacement program, the construction of Winnipeg’s new police headquarters and recent city real- estate transactions. The Mounties launched a criminal investigation into the police- HQ project in December, when investigators raided the Winnipeg offices of contractor Caspian Construction for three days. No formal criminal investigations are underway for either the fire- paramedic station replacement program or the city’s real- estate transactions, RCMP said. The request made of city hall, however, revealed RCMP investigators are systematically moving through the three subject areas examined by the city audits. “ They are proceeding in a sequence that I believe they had decided quite some time ago. They are now at the point where they wanted to ask some questions about this one,” acting City of Winnipeg chief operating officer Michael Jack said Wednesday, referring to the fire- paramedic station file. Jack said council had to waive solicitor- client privilege to grant RCMP investigators unfettered access to city legal staff and legal documents pertaining to the fire- paramedic station replacement program. The Mounties already had access to legal documents and interviews with city lawyers about the police headquarters and real- estate transactions, thanks to a previous council decision to forward audits about those two files to Manitoba Justice. “ The motion today was just to clarify and make absolutely clear that privilege was being extended to all three, explicitly, by council,” Jack said. If council did not waive solicitorclient privilege, city lawyers would not be able to co- operate with the RCMP, he explained. “ That’s not something anybody wanted,” he said. “ We want to do everything we can to assist the RCMP to proceed with and conclude their investigation.” The RCMP have interviewed city staff on a number of occasions since the fall of 2014. Jack said he couldn’t quantify how many staffers have been interviewed and did not specify which city departments have been the focus of the RCMP’s attention. He said he’s not aware of the RCMP executing any warrants at city offices. Mayor Brian Bowman said he has not been briefed by the Mounties about the scope or status of their criminal investigation into the police- HQ project or their reviews of city real- estate transactions and the fire- paramedic station replacement program. “ We’re waiting, like Winnipeggers, for the results of their work,” Bowman said. Manitoba Justice asked the RCMP in August to look into the trio of audits as well as a whistleblower’s allegations of inflated and doctored police- HQ invoices, a payment to a member of council and Winnipeg Police Service disinterest in investigating these claims. bartley. kives@ freepress. mb. ca Police to review legal documents in fire- paramedic case City council waives solicitor- client privilege By Bartley Kives BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES RCMP investigators searched the Caspian Construction offices on McGillivray Boulevard last December. B_ 02_ Apr- 30- 15_ FP_ 01. indd B2 4/ 29/ 15 6: 29: 22 PM

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