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January 18, 2017
Coming Together in 2017

The Manitoba Eco-Network is looking into hosting a workshop retreat for member organizations (at a discount price) and other members of the environmental community in order to build capacity and strengthen connections. 

Please fill out this feedback form so that we can best plan a workshop that is useful to you. Thank you!


Wicked Problems + Creative Solutions: A Systems Approach to Reconciling Water Quality and Agricultural Productivity 
Apply by January 27 - SYP from across Canada are invited to apply

Expert workshop for students, young professionals. This workshop takes participants beyond the pages of the textbook and on a whirlwind tour through the complex world of agro ecosystems, where competing needs for food security and ecosystem integrity must be reconciled. More information and to apply. 
CWRA Luncheon: Probable Maximum Floods and Dam Safety in the 21st Century
February 1 - Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg

For many of the largest and most important hydroelectric dams, the Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) and the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) events are criteria considered in design and safety analyses. Recent studies indicate that both the PMP and PMF are sensitive to climate change and establishing future projections for these extreme events poses a challenge for both researchers and practitioners. To ensure your attendance at this event, register by noon, Friday, January 27th, HERE.
The Great Waters Challenge
February 2 - Deadline to apply

An online, interactive experience for young Canadians under 30, helping to showcase the deep connection that lies between our water and our identity as Canadians—from indigenous traditional knowledge to recent scientific discoveries—in lead up to celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. Join this adventure and become a reporter on water in your community. Sign up now!
Water is Life Bell Tower With Friends of Shoal Lake 40
February 3 - The North End Bell Tower, Winnipeg

Join the Bell Tower Family as we connect with Friends of Shoal Lake 40 and see what they are working on and how we can help!

Speakers and details TBA! Follow for more information.
Free Webinar for Students and Young Professionals
February 7 - Online

Have you ever wondered how long it takes a drop of rain to reach a river? In this #CWNSYP webinar, learn how naturally-occurring heavy and light types of water (isotopes) help water scientists track water as it flushes through shallow soils, streams and deeper groundwater aquifers. Learn how scientists discover how “old” water is, and why understanding how long it takes a raindrop to reach a river matters for the quality and supply of our water resources. Register. 
Losing Tides: A Watershed Awareness Dance Show
February 8 - MTYP, Winnipeg

Produced by two Winnipeg Grade 12 students, this charity dance show aims to raise awareness about watersheds across Canada, and will feature dance styles including jazz, tap, aerial, hip hop, contemporary and more. All proceeds raised will donated to several non-profit organizations. Complimentary beverages and dainties provided. More information and purchase tickets. 


Mineral exploration OK'd on Lake Winnipegosis island after preserve status expires
December 22 - CBC
A local conservation group doesn't like what it's seeing after the Pallister government approved mining exploration of an island that remained protected from development until last week. "We are concerned that our new government is setting a disturbing precedent for the pursuit of developments that pose high risks to the health of Manitoba's fisheries and Lake Winnipeg, as well as relations with First Nations who haven't been sufficiently consulted," said Ron Thiessen, president of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's (CPAWS) Manitoba chapter. 

Another delay for sewage treatment plant
January 12 - Winnipeg Sun
Upgrades to the city’s South End Sewage treatment plant have been delayed by another two years. The $335.6-million project is now expected to wrap in September 2021, delayed from its latest target of July 2019. The city blames the new timelines on delayed design work and an analysis that found the original schedule was too aggressive. That means some construction expected to begin in February is now months away, said Geoffrey Patton, manager of engineering services for the city’s water and waste department. Patton stressed some work on the project, which originally faced a Dec. 31, 2012 deadline, remains underway.

Researchers to study if oil-eating 'bugs' could clean up Arctic oil spills
Janaury 16 - CBC
A group of University of Manitoba researchers have received a multimillion-dollar grant to study how best to clean up in the event of an oil spill in the Arctic. The province and the federal government chipped in a total of $4 million in funding for GENICE Monday, a project that will use gene-analyzing tools to study how polar marine environments might be impacted by and recover from oil spills at the microbial level.


Water Song: Indigenous Women and Water

Canadian for Indigenous Environmental Resources reached out to several Indigenous women and men across Canada to contribute their stories, perspectives and views on the relationship between women and water and the important historical and contemporary role of women in water governance. These contributions were greatly appreciated and shaped the issues and opportunities we discussed an article featured in The Solutions Journal, in anticipation of the UN International Year of Water and Women.

Aboriginal Environmental Services Network

Looking for information on training, technology, and resources related to supporting Indigenous involvement in the Environmental Services sector? Look no further than the recently launched Aboriginal Environmental Services Network (AESN) website!
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