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2015

 

Dear LWF supporter,

Thank you for your support over the past year. As our network grows, so too does our ability to speak out for the health of Lake Winnipeg. We look forward to accomplishing even more together in the new year!

Classic Lake Winnipeg folk songs get a musical makeover

Love, Lake Winnipeg: A tribute to the songs of Sol Sigurdson

We’re excited to announce a creative new fundraiser for LWF!

Love, Lake Winnipeg: A tribute to the songs of Sol Sigurdson is a collaborative project featuring select tracks from Riverton singer-songwriter Sol Sigurdson’s 1970 cult classic, The Lake Winnipeg Fisherman, reimagined by contemporary Manitoba musicians DJ Co-op, Mise en Scene, Scott Nolan and John K. Samson, and Jess Reimer.

Produced by John K. Samson, former frontman of acclaimed Winnipeg band The Weakerthans, this limited-edition four-song EP will be released on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at an exclusive benefit concert in Winnipeg at the West End Cultural Centre (WECC). As an expression of our thanks – and in celebration of LWF’s 10-year anniversary – all audience members in attendance will receive free copies!

Concert tickets are on sale now, available through the West End Cultural Centre’s box office and LWF.

Last-minute holiday gift ideas

Still looking for the perfect gift? Our fundraising efforts include product sales!

From limited-edition vintage fine art prints to gorgeous sterling-silver necklaces to tickets to our upcoming benefit concert, we’ve got something for everyone on your list. Or, consider making a donation to LWF in honour of someone special – you’ll be making a healthy Lake Winnipeg possible and you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for donations of $20 or more.

Contact us today to arrange for purchase and pick up of gifts that make a difference.

Giving Tuesday 2015: an update

Thank you to everyone who joined the global giving movement on Dec. 1!

Because of the enthusiasm of LWF members and supporters who helped spread the word about Giving Tuesday 2015 and/or donated to our campaign via our special online donation page or through other channels, we came within $200 of our $2,000 goal! We truly appreciate your generosity.

Season’s greetings

LWF’s office will close for the holidays on Dec. 24 at noon. We will reopen on Jan. 4, 2016.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year,

The LWF team

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“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – American philosopher and psychologist William James

Dear LWF supporter,

For generations, Lake Winnipeg has given us so much. On Dec. 1, let’s give something back.

Occurring on the first Tuesday after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday – immediately after the sales frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Giving Tuesday is a day to celebrate and support charities.

We’ve set ourselves an ambitious 2015 goal: raise $2,000 in 24 hours.

We’ve also created a special online donation page that makes giving even easier. (It’s already live, should you prefer to join those who have already begun the celebration.)

Looking to leverage the impact of your gift? On Dec. 1, online donations made through CanadaHelps.org or GivingTuesday.ca using Interac Online will be matched* up to $25 per donation!

Starting today and for the rest of the week, we’ll be using our website, along with our FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts, to celebrate  some of the people who are helping make a healthy Lake Winnipeg possible by giving to LWF: People like Pam and Rob, who made a donation to LWF in lieu of guest favours at their wedding; Ella, whose connection to Lake Winnipeg spans nine decades; and Gabby and Eddie, two elementary students whose efforts have inspired their entire school to take action.

These passionate supporters share a commitment to being part of the solution. We hope their stories will inspire you to get involved, too.

Thank you for your continued interest in the health of Lake Winnipeg,

The LWF team

* Matching dollars will be granted on a first come first served basis, starting at 8 a.m. CT and continuing up to a maximum total of $10,000 in matching dollars.

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Make a difference on Dec. 1 – take part in Giving Tuesday and help protect our lake!

Occurring on the first Tuesday after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday – immediately after the sales frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – Giving Tuesday is a day to celebrate and support charities.

We’ve set ourselves an ambitious goal: raise $2,000 in 24 hours. We’ve also created a special online donation page that makes giving even easier.

In the week leading up to Dec. 1, we’ll be using our website, along with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, to celebrate people who are helping make a...

Update: Thank you so much to everyone who took part in Giving Tuesday 2015 and helped raised $1,583! We are humbled and inspired by your generosity. Together, we will continue speaking out for the health of our lake!

Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday – a global day to give back – and this year, we’ve set ourselves an ambitious goal: raise $2,000 in 24 hours.

We’re spending this week celebrating people who are helping make a healthy Lake Winnipeg possible by giving to LWF, adding a new story each day. We hope their passion for our great lake will inspire you to get involved, too.

Our online donation...

On Oct. 19, the Manitoba government released the Clean Environment Commission’s report on Lake Winnipeg regulation.

The CEC and its role

The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) is an arms-length provincial agency established to provide advice and recommendations to the minister of conservation and water stewardship, and to develop and maintain public participation in environmental matters. Its recommendations are not binding; the minister reviews them and chooses whether to adopt them.

The scope of the recent report

The CEC was asked to conduct a review and gather public input on...

This zebra-mussel-encrusted rock was found on Sept. 26, 2015 near Balsam Harbour (Photo: Greg Armstrong).

Oct. 26, 2015, Winnipeg – Zebra mussels continue to spread in Lake Winnipeg. Adult mussels and their microscopic larvae (known as veligers) have been detected throughout the south basin of the lake and in the Red River. More recently, the invasive species has also been discovered in the north basin of Lake Winnipeg and in Cedar Lake, just west of Lake Winnipeg.

Today, Manitoba’s Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff announced that the province plans to double its...


Fresh water matters to us, and we know it matters to our members and supporters.

In the lead-up to Canada’s election, we wanted to learn more about how federal parties and candidates plan to address the challenges facing Lake Winnipeg.

We sent four questions – focused on solutions for Lake Winnipeg – to all Manitoba candidates representing the four federal parties running a full slate. We also contacted each party’s national headquarters.

Question 1

Canada currently has an $88 billion water infrastructure deficit (Our Living Waters Call to Action for the Next Government of Canada...

This August, Manitobans were confronted with a graphic reminder of the challenges facing Lake Winnipeg when algae washed up on Hillside Beach.

Excessive phosphorus flowing into the lake from many different sources throughout its vast watershed is contributing to the increasing size and frequency of harmful algae blooms such as this one – but Lake Winnipeg is not the only water body in need of help.

Across the country, mounting pressures on rivers, lakes and streams are closing beaches, compromising drinking water supplies, impacting fisheries and undermining the health of aquatic ecosystems...

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