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Lake Winnipeg Foundation joins Lake Friendly Accord
The Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) is the latest signatory to the pact, which first came together when the provincial government and the South Basin Mayors and Reeves joined forces to examine Manitoba’s water issues. The goal of the accord, and the subsequent Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance, is to improve water quality by reducing nutrients and farmland runoff into Manitoba rivers and lakes.

Manitoba Museum wins honours for Lake Winnipeg exhibit
The Manitoba Museum has been honoured for producing the best new exhibit in Canada this year at the Canadian Museum Excellence Award ceremony this week in Banff, Alta.

"This is one of the most advanced science-based video games ever created," says Young. "We really hope this will help explain the issue and illustrate why it’s important to take action now to save Lake Winnipeg."

Energy East Pipeline Puts Winnipeg Drinking Water At Risk, Barlow says
A Canadian social action organization opposing the Energy East pipeline says the project puts Winnipeg's drinking water supply at risk.
Maude Barlow and the Council of Canadians think a rupture in the pipeline could contaminate Shoal Lake's fresh water.

No one talks tough on sewage
When the mayor and council signed off on the city's biggest infrastructure priorities, they once again left Winnipeg's No. 1 need off the list.

The city spends more infrastructure money on waste water and sewage-treatment upgrades than it does on anything else. Here are some of the major projects on this city's books:

Scathing report on health of Canada’s waters accuses Ottawa of wilful negligence
Canada is taking its vast freshwater resources for granted, wrecking them in the process, says a scathing new report.

Titled Blue Betrayal, it also warns that climate change; industrial farming; melting glaciers; oil, gas and mineral extraction; and dumping of waste — sometimes toxic waste — into our waterways are all growing threats to our diminishing water supplies.

Collingwood student develops device that removes phosphorous from water
Ted Stuart from Pretty River Academy in Collingwood is having a hard time carrying all of the awards he won at the Simcoe County Science and Technology Fair over the weekend.

Stuart's presentation showed how he made a special carbon filter called Bio Char that can clean phosphorous from water.


What are you doing on Earth Day?

This coming Wednesday is celebrated around the globe as Earth Day. Earth Day started in 1970 in response to a massive oil spill that wreaked havoc on the environment in 1969. The event was intended to raise awareness about environmental issues, and to get people engaged. The first event occurred in the United States and boasted 20 million participants from all walks of life and political perspectives. It also led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of several important acts. For more information, visit

What are you going to do this Earth day? Check out the Earth Day events listed below, or come up with your own idea for celebrating our planet!


Earth Day Events

Earth Day Fundraiser for the Manitoba Environmental Youth Network
April 22, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.
2nd floor, 75 Albert St

Check out local and guest bands, and local art. All for a great cause!

Beyond Us and Them: A Collaborative Conversation about Lake Winnipeg
April 22, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.
St. Mary's Road United Church, 613 St Mary's Road

Join the Lake Winnipeg Foundation for a moderated panel discussion about the complex challenges facing our great lake – and the emerging opportunities for shared solutions.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Alexis Kanu, Executive Director of the Lake Winnipeg Foundation
• Dr. Gordon Goldsborough, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba
• Norm Brandson, Former Deputy Minister of the Manitoba Departments of Environment, Conservation & Water Stewardship; current Co-Chair of the Forum For Leadership on Water (FLOW).

Free admission. All lake-lovers welcome.

For more information, visit

Earth Day Clean Up
April 22, 2015
9am – 11:30am at Thunderbird House
2pm – 4:30pm at Millennium Library Park

In 2012, Winnipeggers picked up 1600lbs of litter.
In 2013, we picked up 2000lbs of litter.
In 2014, we picked up 2500lbs of litter!
Help us beat our record yet again!

First 10 teams to sign up will get a surprise local celeb joining their team! Visit the event website to find out about other prize opportunities and to register your team.

Reel Paddling Film Festival
April 22, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.
Osborne Village's Gas Station Theatre

The Reel Paddling Film Festival makes a one-night tour stop in Winnipeg, showing off 2014 festival winners at

This year's selection includes short films about a cross-Canadian canoe trip, an attempt to reel in 1,000-kilogram fish from a kayak, the environmental destruction wrought by dams and the animated Kayak Mario Bros, which is precisely what it sounds like. View the trailer at

Tickets are $16 in advance at, or $18 at the


Upcoming Events

Threatened Infrastructure: Our Changing Water Cycle and Its Consequences
May 7, 2015, 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

Bigger storms, larger floods and more unpredictable weather are taking a toll on expensive infrastructure here and around the world; we are largely unprepared for these changes. Join the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region for an action orientated one-day session aimed at deepening our understating of the changing water cycle, its consequences and what we can do to build resiliency in our communities, at the local level.
In this timely session, Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair for Water Security at the United Nations Institute for Water, Environment and Health at United Nations University and Roger Rempel, a senior Environmental Engineer and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist with Stantec, along with other industry experts, will explore what is happening, why it matters, and what communities must do to protect themselves.

Registration for this event will be $125.00 per person, including continental breakfast, lunch, and full day access to the Workshop.

Save Our Seine Amateur Photo Contest
Deadline for submission: June 7

To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Save Our Seine wants your help to showcase the beauty of the Seine River and its diverse flora and fauna. Look through your photo collection for your best spring photos from previous years, or better yet, go out and capture some new images.

For more information on the categories and rules of the contest, go to the SOS Facebook page or follow this link.



2015 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study
Since 2008, RBC has been  polling Canadians about their attitudes towards water—to see if the serious water issues around the world were having an impact on how we use and think about water, and tracking whether our attitudes are changing. The poll is made available to NGOs and other interested parties. Read the results of the 201 study, and compare to previous years' results.
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