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What do Winnipeg's Mayoral candidates have to say about the environment?

**Video** of Tuesday night's forum on the Environment

Ouellette wants bottle levy to pay for environmental plan
Havixbeck wants to upgrade sewage plant, cut phosphorous contamination

Mayoral forum focused on environmental issues draws large crowd

Shoal Lake hot topic at mayoral forum

Other News

Climate Change Connection  - **NEW** website
Climate Change Connection, a program of the Manitoba Eco-Network, has launched their new website. Check it out to learn more about climate change, and about what is happening in your community.

Drinking water contaminated by excreted drugs a growing concern
If we’re taking it, we’re also drinking it: painkillers, blood thinners, hormones, chemotherapy agents, even cocaine and amphetamines.

Whatever goes into us, also comes out of us, through our own biological effluent, every time we flush the toilet. The excreted drugs pass right through most sewage treatment processes and end up in rivers and lakes, and then in our drinking water.

Bottle vs. tap: 7 things to know about drinking water
Recent reports of drugs in our drinking water might have some people heading for the bottled water aisle of their nearest grocery store, but in most parts of Canada, choosing bottled water over tap is a matter of taste or convenience, not health.

Agriculture’s role in nutrient loss
Checking the news feeds across my conservation agriculture news, I see a common thread. Increased nutrient loads at Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay, the ever-present “dead zone” of the Gulf of Mexico and calls for more action on the state of Lake Winnipeg. The human contributions are relatively constant, albeit constantly increasing, so when things go south, the blame gets placed on agriculture.

Calling all area land owners!
The Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association (AWSA) in partnership with Environment Canada – Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund (LWBSF), Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and the Water Security Agency (WSA) are looking to work with landowners and communities in order to restore 100 acres of drained wetlands / slough areas in the Assiniboine River Watershed.


October is Sustainability Month!

Sustainability Month is helping to create a culture of sustainability in our province. It is a month-long series of events, including celebrating our successes, sharing best practices, and building capacity for a more sustainable Manitoba.

Check out the Sustainability Month Website to find out how you can participate.


Mayoral Candidates and Sustainability

Leading into sustainability month, Manitoba Eco-Network partnered with Green Action Centre, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and the Green Action Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg to organize a mayoral candidates' forum on the environment. Read more about it in the news section of this bulletin.

Sustainability and David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour

The David Suzuki Foundation has launched the Blue Dot tour, a movement to recognize our human right to live in a healthy environment. October will be filled with lots of events connected to the Blue Dot Tour, including: Our Food Systems Virtual Classroom w/ David Suzuki in Eckhart Grammaté Hall, an Evening with David Suzuki at the Burton Cummings Theatre, community leadership training, and lots of volunteer opportunities.

For more information contact local coordinator Elizabeth Shearer at


Upcoming Events

Grass Routes
October 6-11, 2014
University of Winnipeg

The annual sustainability festival is a week-long celebration of ideas, skills, and creativity for a sustainable future. Through workshops, exhibits, and various lecture/dialogue events, the festival seeks to engage discussion about what sustainability means, what a sustainable world might look like, and how we might get there. 

Visit the website to see how you can participate.

CWRA Luncheon
Fractured Perspectives: The Wicked Problem of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Implications for Water, Places, and People

October 15, 2014, 12 NOON
Holiday Inn South (1330 Pembina Highway)

Hydraulic fracturing (HF) is a process increasingly used to extract unconventional oil and gas  from shale deposits. While industry sees HF as a ‘game changer’, communities have expressed concerns about this technology and its social and ecological impacts, especially involving water resources.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ian Mauro, Member of the Expert Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing in Nova Scotia, and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at University of Winnipeg

Registration is $25. Register before noon on Friday October 10th at

Stormwater Management Video launch
October 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m.
2nd floor - 614 rue Des Meurons Street, CDEM Boardroom

Please join us in the official launch of a short Stormwater video. This short piece was designed as a complements to the Water on the Land - Sustainable Stormwater Management Guide produced by Rivers West.

Copies of the video and the Water on the Land guide will be available.

Low Impact Development (LID) Technical Training - Design of Infiltration Practices 
Nov 3, 2014
Mississauga, ON

This interactive, instructor led, full-day training session aims to provide guidance, resources and ‘real-life Ontario’ examples of the design of LID Infiltration Practices for cold climates.

Intended for practitioners with a moderate understanding of LID and stormwater design, the session outlines the general process from desktop analysis, through design and construction.

Registration is $195, hotel discount rates are available.


Job Opportunities

Duck's Unlimited Canada
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), the leader in wetland conservation, is looking for a Database Coordinator to join our Supporter Services team.

In this position, you will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy and integrity of DUC’s supporter database, maintaining proficient knowledge of system processes requirements, recommending and implementing changes to facilitate a smooth workflow and providing excellent customer service.

Application deadline is October 10th. For this and other DUC career opportunities, visit:

Green Action Centre
Green Action Centre is an environmental, non-profit organization based in Winnipeg and serving Manitoba. We promote greener living through environmental education and encourage practical  green solutions for homeowners, workplaces, schools, and communities.

We are seeking an independent, energetic and organized individual with a background in communications and marketing, to fill the position of project coordinator for our Living Green, Living Well project.

Application deadline is October 10th. For more information see job posting or visit the Green Action Centre website.

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