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Feedback from the public town hall organized by NGOs to talk about Manitoba’s Climate and Green Discussion Paper On November 28, 2017, a public town hall meeting to talk about Manitoba’s Climate and Green Discussion Paper was hosted by Green Action Centre, Wilderness Committee, Climate Change Connection, Manitoba Eco-Network, Manitoba Wildlands, Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition, and Prairie Climate Centre. After brief presentations, attendees broke out into roundtable discussions based on the four pillars the Manitoba government is looking at: Climate, Water, Nature, and Jobs. We recorded notes as conversations ensued at each table, in order to submit feedback to government on this discussion paper. To further engage the public in a “...
22 hours 28 min ago
Manitoba’s Climate and Green Discussion Paper needs more nature   As the provincial government rolls out legislation and discusses their climate and green initiatives, we need to ensure that nature protection is at the heart of environmental actions.  Manitoba released their Climate and Green Discussion Paper at the end of October this year, a lengthy 60-page document touching on an incredible 109 different policy ideas, proposals and commitments. While it has some good points in it, it misses some needed policy. Read on to see some of the highs and lows and what you need to do now to direct the government’s policy.   The government's deadline for feedback is Dec. 22, so we’ve put together this letter writing tool ...
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The government has proposed to make Manitoba the “cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province.”  What does that really mean? How do we protect our environment, use carbon tax revenue and move to a low carbon future? Join leading local experts to talk about the government’s plan. Where: The University of Winnipeg Convocation HallSecond Floor of Wesley Hall515 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MBWhen: Meet and Greet from 6-7 PMPresentations and Town Hall 7-9 PM Co-Hosts:Wilderness CommitteeManitoba Eco-NetworkClimate Change ConnectionPrairie Climate CentreManitoba Energy Justice CoalitionGreen Action CentreManitoba Wildlands For more information contact (204) 942-9292 or email us at contactmb@wildernesscommittee.org...
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Welcome to the Wilderness Committee's Manitoba Field Office. The Wilderness Committee is Canada's people-powered, citizen-funded wilderness protection group. We are hard at work on the ground in Manitoba. We’ve helped gain protection for over 50 major wilderness areas in Canada, including millions of hectares of critical wildlife habitats, and some of the world’s last large tracts of old-growth temperate rainforest and boreal forest. Through public education, grassroots mobilization, and strategic research, we are working on protecting the wild spaces and species in the province to ensure a healthy future for all Manitobans. We encourage you to join us in our work.  To sign up for email action alerts and campaign updates from the Manitoba office, please complete the full form below: Charitable Registration # 11929-3009-RR0001

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Stretching from the east side of Manitoba’s Lake Winnipeg far into the province of Ontario is one of the greatest natural areas left on earth. The Heart of the Boreal is a vast wilderness filled with jack pine-covered granite ridges, black spruce and tamarack lowlands, and more lakes than you can imagine.

Manitobans are fortunate to still have vast expanses of intact, representative ecosystems within our province. These wild lands provide ecosystem services – byproducts of healthy and natural wild areas – to maintain our own health through clean air and clean water.

The vast expanse of Hudson Bay splits the center of Canada’s north country, allowing access to the Arctic Ocean. Here the remote shoreline – inaccessible from southern roads – is barren and wild, with sparse and stunted trees dotting the tundra. A hardy menagerie of animals make this habitat their home: arctic fox and muskox, polar bears and caribou, beluga whales and ring seals, Ross’ gulls and short-eared owls.

Manitoba’s provincial parks are home to remote sparkling lakes, clear rivers, sandy beaches and wild boreal forests. You can hike through natural grasslands in Spruce Woods, relax on the sand at Grand Beach, cross-country ski at Duck Mountain, spot rare orchids in Nopiming, or paddle down world-famous canoeing rivers in Atikaki.

In October 2014, TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. filed a formal application with the National Energy Board (NEB) to build the Energy East pipeline – a 4,600-kilometre pipeline from Alberta to Quebec and New Brunswick intended to transport diluted bitumen from the tar sands.

Canadians are increasingly aware of the severe environmental issues associated with peat. For centuries peat was used as a source of fuel, and in modern times it is commonly used as a growing medium in amateur gardening. Unfortunately, peat mining is an incredibly destructive and unnecessary industry.

The north is often symbolized by caribou. School children even know of the massive herds made up of thousands of barren ground caribou migrating across the open tundra. The caribou is one of those iconic species, featured prominently on Canada’s 25-cent coin.

The Wilderness Committee has worked on boreal forest research and protection for decades. We were inspired to take action because the boreal forest makes up over half of Canada, is threatened on multiple levels by numerous industrial activities such as the tar sands, and has many wildlife and plants that are declining.

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