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Shoal Lake 40 bringing case to United Nations after decades under boil-water advisory
A reserve cut off from the mainland and under a boil-water advisory for almost two decades is taking its case to the United Nations.

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, which straddles the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, became isolated a century ago during construction of an aqueduct which carries water to Winnipeg. The reserve has no all-weather road and has been without clean water for 17 years.

Energy East pipeline opposed by Anishinaabe Water Walkers
A group of First Nations activists in Treaty 3 territory in northwestern Ontario are walking 125 kilometres of the proposed Energy East pipeline route to demonstrate their opposition to TransCanada's plan to convert the natural gas pipeline to transport oil.

'We have the small percentage of clean water that's left in this world here in this area' - Chrissy Swain, from Grassy Narrows First Nation

185M litres of raw sewage dumped into Winnipeg rivers since 2004
Since 2004, Winnipeg's antiquated combined sewer system has dumped at least 185 million litres of untreated raw sewage into the city's waterways, and it could cost the city up to $4 billion to fix the problem.

A CBC News analysis of incident reports going back to 2004 revealed that at least 73 million litres of raw sewage has flowed into the Red, Assiniboine and Seine rivers due to system and mechanical failures.

National chiefs echo Manitoba First Nations' stance on flood diversion plan
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has joined the chorus of voices criticizing the federal and provincial governments' planned investment in flood prevention projects in Manitoba, arguing the focus should be on helping displaced First Nation flood victims.

On July 31, the provincial and federal governments announced a commitment of $495 million to flood prevention projects around Lake Manitoba communities like Lake St. Martin, a reserve that has been flooded-out since 2011. About 2,000 evacuees have been living in hotels and apartments since then.

 Ontario passes “swim drink fish” law to protect the Great Lakes
Ontario’s future is closely linked to the health of the Great Lakes. Those waterbodies feed our farms, quench our cities’ thirst, fuel industry, and form the backdrop for our social lives.

So it was pretty exciting when Waterkeeper Mark Mattson stepped into the Ontario legislature on October 7, 2015 to witness the passage of the Great Lakes Protection Act. 

October 19th Is Election Day...let your voice be heard!

This Monday, Canadians have an opportunity and responsibility to vote. There are many tools out there to help you make an informed vote, so take some time to do your research. Here are a couple of tools to help you along the way:
  1. The Lake Winnipeg Foundation submitted a series of questions focused on Lake Winnipeg to each of the four national parties. They have shared the answers to these questions on their website.
  2. A federal candidate's forum on the environment was held on October 13, during which candidates addressed questions about their parties' position on a number of different environmental issues. A full audio recording of the event is available here.

Remember that you can still make a difference after election day. Regardless of which party is elected to power, you can encourage them to take action. Consider endorsing the Living Waters Call for Action for federal leadership on fresh water.

If you are interested in meeting with your MP, but don't know how to get started, consider attending the Freshwater Alliance's webinar on how to meet your MP (Nov 3, noon).


Upcoming Events

Sustainability Month:
To check out a calendar of events visit  There are over 180 events listed.  Here are some highlights.

TODAY October 16th - Just Eat it Film Screening (Fundraiser for Fruit Share) - Tec Voc High School - 7pm-10pm
October 19 and 20 - Backyard Composting - Library - 7pm-8pm
October 22nd - Fall Wine and Cheese for Human Rights - Fools and Horses Coffee - 7:30-10:00pm
October 25th - Made by you makers event -  Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain - 1pm-4pm.

Participate in the #Get Sustainable hashtag challenge to show your support for sustainable Living.

Fall Blue Drinks
October 21, 2015 5-6:30 P.M.
Yellow Dog Tavern

Join Canadian Water Network's Student and Young Professional Committee for a casual evening of socializing and networking with others interested in water. 

CWRA Luncheon: Prairie Provinces Water Board, Water Quality Objectives
October 21, 2015 at 12 noon
Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway

The Prairie Provinces Water Board’s Committee on Water Quality undertook a multi-year project to revise and update the 1992 water quality objectives. This presentation will summarize the process used to revise and update the 1992 water quality objectives including developing consensus between Environment Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the three Prairie Provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

For more information and to register, please view the attached bulletin.

Webinar on Stormwater User Fee (utility) Model
October 28, 2015 1-2 P.M. ET (12-1 P.M CST)
Webinar offered by Green Communities Canada

Cities across Canada are adopting a new approach to pay for necessary stormwater upgrades, including green infrastructure. Stormwater user fees charge properties based on the amount of impervious surface they contain.

Hear from panelists at three Canadian municipalities which have adopted a user-pay system for stormwater.

Tickets are $25. For more information and to register, please visit Rain Community Solutions webinar series

CWRA Saskatchewan Flood Workshop
November 24-25, 2015
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Water Security Agency of Saskatchewan in partnership with the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association is hosting a Flood Workshop. The broad objective of the workshop is to bring practitioners and scientists together to discuss flood management challenges and opportunities, cutting edge research, and relevant decision support tools.

Please register to become a part of this exciting workshop! Registration costs are $110-$200.


Nominate Someone for an Earthie Award Today (Nomination deadline is January 15, 2016)

Do you know an individual or group that has worked hard to protect, preserve or enhance Manitoba’s environment?

Show your appreciation and let all Manitobans know by nominating them for an Anne Lindsey Protecting Our Earth award. Nominees will be promoted on our website, showcased to the media, and celebrated at the 2016 Reel Green event on March 6, where the award recipient(s) will be selected.

Lets celebrate those making a positive difference in our lives and communities.

Visit for all the details.
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