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Winnipeg woman continues to boil her water in 'Shoalidarity'
A Winnipeg woman is continuing her own self-imposed boil water order for 18 days to raise awareness about the 18 year boil water advisory imposed on Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in Ontario.
"So I just kind of found this outrageous that we're freaking out about a two-day advisory, when they've been under it for 18 years so I decided to take action and raise awareness about it," McLeod said.

New hope for clean water at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
Winnipeg is helping to fund a winter road to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the Ontario community that provides the city with drinking water.
It's part of the response to protests held this year by the First Nation about its own lack of access to safe drinking water.

Floating cattails to lake's rescue
Something as simple as a portable marsh could help save Lake Winnipeg. The idea is being studied at FortWhyte Alive and has shown it can draw potentially harmful algae-causing nutrients from lake water.

2014 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award Winners Announced
The recipients of the 2014 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards were announced today by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh. This year's award winners demonstrate that private- and public-sector organizations are actively promoting sustainability in Manitoba.

Minnesota signs onto accord to protect Lake Winnipeg
Minnesota will become the first U.S. state to sign an accord to protect Lake Winnipeg.
"Minnesota has formally joined the growing list of signatories to the accord and the increasing effort to protect water quality across the Lake Winnipeg basin," Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said.

Brooklyn Greenway Will Fight Stormwater Surges as Nature Does
After years of planning, Brooklyn is set to receive a lengthy stretch of new greenway for its residents’ enjoyment. As the project’s plans make clear, however, the added green space will also serve to protect the borough from rising water levels related to storms and other effects of climate change.

Challenging landscape
Best known for saving the Experimental Lake Area, the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development was also among the first think-tanks with a global reach to paint the economy green.
We sat down with Henry David Venema, IISD's chief scientist and vice-president for business development, to talk about environmental challenges facing Manitoba.

Drinkable Water

Last month, Winnipeggers got a taste of what thousands of communities across Canada go through every year: a boil water advisory.

For two days, Winnipeg residents had to boil water for drinking and food preperation. Bottled water flew off the shelves at grocery stores, restaurants and businesses were affected, people waited in long line-ups at coffee shops, only to find out that their favourite morning drink was off the menu, because it couldn't be heated at a high enough temperature to kill off bacteria.

It was inconvenient...for two days. Imagine what it would be like to be under a boil-water advisory for months, or even years. Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has been under an advisory for over 15 years. And the irony of it is that their water quality has been negatively impacted because of the infrastructure that is in place to transport water from Shoal Lake to the City of Winnipeg. Check out the stories in the Water News section of this bulletin

Mark your Calendar for Reel Geen 2015

Inspiring People, Celebrating Nature

Short films will offer awe-inspiring views of the land, water and life we treasure, and the work we all do to protect it. Come to catch up with friends new and old over good food and drink.

To top it off, CBC's Trevor Dineen will host a lively auction with fantastic eco-themed prizes. See you there!

Purchase tickets now: online or by phone 1-800-838-3006


Upcoming Events

Winnipeg for Water 6k Walk
Sunday February 15, 2015, 1:00 P.M.

Winnipeg for Water is a non-profit organization started by Bronwyn Fenn, a Winnipeg student, who believes that everyone deserves access to clean drinking water.

On February 15, 2015 join Bronwyn and fellow Winnipeggers on the Winnipeg for Water 6 km walk and help raise money for rainwater harvesting tanks. Proceeds from the walk will be donated to the Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) to fund a rainwater harvesting project at a school in the Karatu District of Tanzania.

For more information and to register, visit

Connecting Water Resources 2015 – From Knowledge to Action (CWR 2015)
March 10-12, 2015

CWR 2015 brings together the private sector; public sector; and the world of academia to a forum where leading water thinkers and doers collaborate on how to impact water management. We will address the real needs and questions affecting decision-making in water management.

For more information and to register, visit


Job Opportunities

University of Manitoba: Sustainability Outreach
13 month full time position expected to end March 31, 2016

Key Responsibilities
• Assist the Director and the Office of Sustainability (OOS) team in delivering outreach activities.
• Stakeholder engagement, meeting facilitation, student orientation, community development.
• Event planning and coordination.
• Responding to community requests for information.
• Document findings through report writing.
• Conduct policy research, provide recommendations to OOS Director.
• Provide support to other OOS projects, including but not limited to sustainability performance management and developing technical advice for partners.
• Research, analysis and report writing.

Posting Closing Date: 4:30 P.M. February 13, 2015

For more information and to apply, visit University of Manitoba posting


Office Space for Lease
Manitoba Eco-Network is seeking a suitable sub-tenant for office space located in the EcoCentre on the 3rd floor of Mountain Equipment Co-op, 303 Portage Avenue.

For more information, visit To view the premises, please contact Christie Fischer: (204) 947-6511 or
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