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Prairie water woes need collective action, not more words

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Whether you are driving along a rural road or flying across southern Manitoba, it does not take long to appreciate why this province is known

Manitobans expect political leadership on Lake Winnipeg: poll

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A new poll conducted for LWF by Probe Research Inc. reinforces the importance of Lake Winnipeg to all Manitobans. Among the findings: 94% of Manitobans

Manitoba parties and candidates respond to Lake Winnipeg questions

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In the lead-up to the provincial election on April 19, Lake Winnipeg Foundation wanted to learn more about how parties and candidates plan to address the

Protecting environment while building the economy

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Manitobans want to protect natural infrastructure. And the political parties seem to agree. Maybe. A recent Probe Research poll indicates Manitobans place infrastructure investment as

Protecting environment while building the economy

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Manitobans want to protect natural infrastructure.

And the political parties seem to agree. Maybe.

A recent Probe Research poll indicates Manitobans place infrastructure investment as a top priority for the provincial government that forms on Tuesday night — investments that aim to provide us with solutions to challenges that can impede the prosperity or efficiency of our communities.

As well as creating new infrastructure, Manitobans recognize the critical role of healthy forests, wetlands and waterways, which are the natural infrastructures already in place and providing us with clean water, pure air, flood mitigation and carbon storage — all the things that help slows global climate change.

This was evidenced in a 2015 Probe Research poll that showed 88% of Manitobans want the majority of Manitoba’s Boreal ecosystem (which covers 8/10ths of the province) conserved in its natural state.

Attempting to recover Boreal infrastructure once lost is cost-prohibitive and not guaranteed to work. As the Boreal is still largely intact, we have the good fortune and opportunity to comprehensively plan for a balance of conservation and sustainable developments.

CPAWS posed four questions on community-led land use planning, Lake Winnipeg, woodland caribou recovery, and protected areas to all provincial parties to uncover their perspectives and plans. All major parties responded with the exception of the Manitoba Liberal party. Read more

 

Manitobans expect political leadership on Lake Winnipeg: poll

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A new poll conducted for LWF by Probe Research Inc. reinforces the importance of Lake Winnipeg to all Manitobans. Among the findings:

  • 94% of Manitobans agree Lake Winnipeg is worth protecting
  • 91% agree the health of lakes and rivers is very important to the quality of life in Manitoba
  • 80% agree that Lake Winnipeg is one of Manitoba’s most important natural resources

With Manitoba’s election now just one week away, the online survey of 882 Manitobans also revealed that no matter who they plan to vote for, people expect the next provincial government to lead the charge in improving the health of Lake Winnipeg.

More than three quarters (79%) of Manitobans agree that addressing Lake Winnipeg’s problems requires strong political leadership. This number includes 81% of those who intend to vote for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, 92% of those who intend to vote for the New Democratic Party and 72% of those who intend to vote for the Manitoba Liberals.

Three quarters (74%) of Manitobans told Probe they hope the next provincial government will put a high priority on addressing Lake Winnipeg’s problems.

You can read more about the poll results here.

Manitoba parties and candidates respond to Lake Winnipeg questions

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In the lead-up to the provincial election on April 19, Lake Winnipeg Foundation wanted to learn more about how parties and candidates plan to address the challenges facing Lake Winnipeg. They sent five questions to each party’s headquarters. They also reached out to all Manitoba candidates with an accessible email address.

To help you make an informed decision when you cast your ballot next week, LWF wanted to share what they learned. All responses they received are now posted on their website.

Interested in engaging with your local candidates? A streamlined, downloadable/printable version of the five Lake Winnipeg questions can be found here. You are encouraged to reach out to the candidates running in your constituency and let them know that Lake Winnipeg matters to you!

Winnipeg: International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species

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The Manitoba Environmental Industries Association is hosting the 19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species that will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, April 10-14, 2016.

The introduction and spread of invasive species in freshwater and marine environments is a worldwide problem that is increasing in frequency.

There are various pathways by which non-indigenous invertebrate, fish, and plant species are introduced, become established and cause significant damage to coastal and freshwater ecosystems, and to the economies that depend upon them. Next to habitat loss, invasive species are considered the greatest threat to native biodiversity.

This conference series is widely considered the most comprehensive international forum on aquatic invasive species and continues to evolve to address new and emerging issues.

Sessions and presentations include the review of accumulated scientific knowledge; presentation of the latest field research; introduction of new technological developments for prevention, monitoring and control; discussion of policy and legislation; and mechanisms to raise awareness with the general public through education and outreach initiatives.

In recent years the conference has typically involved over 400 participants from over 30 countries, representing academia, industry, government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders involved in the issues. Many are seeking opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration to address AIS issues from a global perspective.

More information and register online.