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Now is your chance to speak up for Manitoba's environment


Dear Friend,

Just as we are ramping up our work on Lake Winnipeg and water in this province the Manitoba government is proposing cuts to our environmental law and we need you to speak up!


Come out and attend our rally tomorrow – Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 12:30pm at the Manitoba Legislature....

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Environmental organizations release joint statement calling for federal and provincial action as required under the Species Act

 

WINNIPEG - On the five year anniversary of the federal Recovery Strategy for boreal caribou, the Wilderness Committee has joined a host of organizations to condemn the provincial and territorial...

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WINNIPEG - With today’s announcement that the proposed Energy East pipeline fiasco is finally finished, First Nations communities, concerned citizens and environmental activists are relieved and resolved to end the construction of any new fossil fuel infrastructure.

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Manitoba Field Office

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:

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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.

Make Your Voice Heard

Protect Canada's Bees - Ban Neonics

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Did you know that bees and pollinators are in rapid decline? A deadly class of pesticides called neonicotinoids ("neonics") has been linked to a frightening number of bee deaths all over the world. The European Union, Ontario and Quebec have already banned neonicotinoids, but across Canada, they're still widely used.

Pollinators like bees are essential to both our environment and our agricultural systems. They provide critical services that allow food crops and other plants to thrive, and they contribute billions of dollars to our economy.

And it's not just pollinators at risk – a comprehensive four-year scientific study on neonics has now conclusively shown that these pesticides are a serious risk to bees, butterflies, birds and earthworms. Scientific research has also raised concerns about possible effects on human health.

Sadly, the Canadian Honey Council reports that Canada has lost 35 per cent of its honey bee colonies each year for the past three years. In 2012, unusually large numbers of honey bee deaths were reported in several provinces, and a huge die-off in Ontario led to the loss of 37 million bees.

Our report, “Canada's Bees on the Brink”, explains the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystems and our everyday lives, and takes a deeper look at recent bee deaths linked to neonicotinoids.

Please read the report and share it with your friends, family and neighbours. The more people know about pollinators and the threats they’re facing, the better equipped we’ll be to protect them! Click here to download the full report.

The Wilderness Committee has taken action to ensure that Canada’s pollinators get the real protection they deserve. In September 2013, we joined Ecojustice and four other environmental groups to file an official objection to Health Canada’s recent decision to re-approve one type of neonicotinoid pesticide. Then in March 2014, we called on federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose to stop stalling on critical research and take meaningful steps to protect bees from these harmful pesticides.

Now we need you to take action, too. 

Stand up for the bees by signing the petition!! 

To download a PDF version of the petition to print out and collect signatures in your community, click here.

You can also take action by writing to Health Minister Rona Ambrose, letting her know how strongly you feel that neonicotinoids should be BANNED across Canada. Write a letter today! 

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