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May 31, 2016

Depave Brooklands

We've been busy! This spring we have been working on a very exciting, first-of-it's-kind project at Brooklands Elementary School. On May 28th with a team of community volunteers and partner organizations we worked to depave sections of asphalt and install an outdoor classroom and garden beds.
Why depave? Hard surfaces like driveways, parking lots and buildings interrupt the natural water cycle by preventing rain water from soaking into the ground, increasing runoff pollution. They also create heat sinks, warming up our cities. By removing pavement and replacing it with native plants, trees and shrubs, we increase the infiltration rate, recharge our groundwater and cool our cities.
Before (left) and after (right). Check out the action on twitter with the hashtag #depavebrooklands.


Sustainability Day
June 7, 2016 - Assiniboine Park Zoo
Take Pride Winnipeg is partnering with Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Working Group (MESDWG) to bring you “Sustainability Day 2016”. Booths will be set up around the Zoo giving visitors an opportunity to learn about sustainability issues. Come back in the evening for a reception and keynote speaker. 
Family Fishing Weekend
June 11-12, 2016 - Province wide
A Manitoba fishing licence will not be required on June 11 and 12 to encourage families to enjoy a day on the water and get hooked on fishing.
Father's Day Waterbug Derby
June 19, 2016 - Oak Hammock Marsh 
Grab Dad and head down to Oak Hammock Marsh for their Annual Waterbug Derby, grab a special pulled-pork lunch at the cafe, explore the marsh, and participate in a guided canoe tour! More information
Manitoba's Hydrometric Program: Where we've been and where we're headed
June 20, 2016 - Holiday Inn, 1330 Pembina Highway
This presentation will provide an overview of the history of hydrometric monitoring in the Province of Manitoba, the current state of the Hydrometric Program, and the future directions and challenges for hydrometric monitoring in Manitoba. 


Feds need to improve planning, tracking for severe weather events, says audit 
May 31 - CTV News
Commissioner Julie Gelfand's spring report finds that Canada's federal floodplain maps have not been properly updated in 20 years, building codes aren't taking into account a changing climate and decision-makers need better tools for predicting the frequency, duration and intensity of storms.

Eroding Winnipeg riverbanks needs federal help, Coun. Brian Mayes says
May 30 - CBC News
The City of Winnipeg plans to spend $1.7 million this year to stabilize riverbanks along city-owned property. This barely allows the city to keep pace with a $213-million backlog of riverbank-stabilization projects that city engineers have deemed critical or otherwise necessary.

UNESCO recommends Canada's first mixed World Heritage site
May 27 - The Globe and Mail
A massive tract of boreal forest straddling the Ontario and Manitoba borders that is known as the “Land that Gives Life” to the Anishinaabe people is so important to the world, both ecologically and culturally, that it is recommended to become Canada’s first mixed World Heritage site.

Province's water needs action not rhetoric
May 25 - Manitoba Co-operator

Deferral of essential water management infrastructure and management in recent years, combined with serious problems of climate change, is frustrating Manitoba’s economic growth and environmental health. Both objectives resonate with the public.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna talks climate change in Winnipeg
May 25 - CBC News
More than 300 people attended the event which meant an overflow into the hallways where McKenna joined some of them on the floor to answer questions and listen to concerns surrounding environment issues that not only affect Manitobans but people across the country and around the world.


IISD-ELA Has a New Website

The IISD Experimental Lakes Area team is very pleased to present their new website to you. This is the space for all of the latest research, news, findings, photos, educational outreach and more from the world-class freshwater research site. You can interactively access our data, learn about upcoming field trips, read about our staff, download maps of the site, donate, and propose new research projects! It will be continually updated with news items and blog posts throughout the year, so keep coming back to learn more. Visit the new IISD-ELA website here.

Aquatic Invasive Species

Learn what the new aquatic species legislation means to you - visit species are a growing global threat and are recognised as one of the most serious causes of native biodiversity loss. The introduction and spread of invasive species is negatively affecting Canada’s environment, economy and society.  As the prevalence of invasive species continues to rise in Canada and the United States, so to does the threat and future impact to Manitoba. 
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