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In the leadup to Canada’s election, we sent three questions to Manitoba candidates to better understand their commitments to Lake Winnipeg.

Here's what we learned.


Surprisingly, only nine* candidates responded to our request. You can review their commitments below, by clicking on the candidates' names. 

Conservative Party of Canada

James Bezan, Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman

Green Party of Canada

Greg Boettcher, Winnipeg South

Janine Gibson, Provencher

Doug Hemmerling, Winnipeg South Centre

Ralph McLean, Churchill-Keewatinook Aski

Laurent Poliquin, Saint Boniface-Saint Vital

Liberal Party of Canada...

Despite decades of government commitments, Lake Winnipeg’s health continues to decline. 

In the leadup to Canada’s election on Sept. 20, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective are reminding federal candidates that promises are not enough. It’s time for immediate action that generates measurable results. 

WHAT WE’RE DOING: 

Together, LWF and LWIC have released a plan for federal action: Five Things the Federal Government Must Do for Lake Winnipeg. This road map identifies specific, concrete actions achievable in less than five years to achieve real impact for...

A group photo of all the people and children who participated in the Victoria Beach Walk for Water event in 2017, with the children holding a banner that says we love Lake Winnipeg.

As individuals and as a group, citizens have great power to influence change. Decision-makers take note when people speak up for water; individually and collectively, our voices matter. Using our voices is an effective tool to influence policy, encourage action and hold governments accountable.

Now is an important time for freshwater advocacy. LWF has been engaging with all levels of crown government to push for evidence-based solutions to reduce phosphorus loading across the watershed.

Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been up to – and how you can help us speak up for Lake Winnipeg.

At the...

Canada is a country defined by water – and improving the health of Lake Winnipeg is a well-established national priority, acknowledged through the policy priorities, mandate letters and throne speeches of successive federal governments.

But how do we move beyond good intentions and begin achieving meaningful results?

Together, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective have released a position paper which identifies five things the federal government must do for Lake Winnipeg right now.

They are:

1. Recognize phosphorus as the cause of blue-green algal blooms on...

We need your help.

Today, the North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) Project Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from both the city and the province tasked with implementing an interim phosphorus reduction plan to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg, released an updated plan.

LWF, along with our partners at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (LWIC), released a joint statement in response.

In 2019, both governments committed to accelerate phosphorus reduction at the NEWPCC. We’re concerned that the...

A woman wearing a ribbon dress looks over a frozen Lake Winnipeg at an orange sunset.

Are you a full-time student looking for summer work before returning to school in the fall? The Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (LWIC) is hiring!

The Social Media and Communications Coordinator will be responsible for supporting LWIC's public outreach and education, member communications, and event coordination. For more information about LWIC, please visit lwic.org.

This job is made possible by support from the Government of Canada funded this job through the CanadaSummer Jobs program. You must be aged between 15 and 30 and be legally entitled to work in Canada. International students...

Cancellation notice:

This event has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Join us for a town hall discussion at Kildonan United Church. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: 187 Kilbride Avenue

Topics: North End Sewage Treatment Plant, the state of Lake Winnipeg and the impact on First Nations and surrounding communities.

Presenters:

  • Terry Duguid – MP, South Winnipeg
  • Alexis Kanu – Executive dierctor, Lake Winnipeg Foundation
  • Daniel Gladu Kanu – Director, Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective

 

A photo of the North End Water Pollution Control Centre sign

A plan outlining next steps for both interim phosphorus reduction and full upgrades at Winnipeg’s North End sewage treatment plant was released today.

The plan was developed by a project steering committee for the North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC), which includes representatives from both the city and the province.

The NEWPCC is the largest of Winnipeg’s three wastewater treatment facilities and the single largest point source of phosphorus to Lake Winnipeg. Excess amounts of phosphorus in freshwater ecosystems drive the growth of potentially toxic algae. Currently, the NEWPCC...

Update: We reached out via email to Canada’s four main federal parties, asking them if they agree to these three commitments. (Note, we did not share the additional context provided here but we did share the links.)

  • The Conservative Party of Canada did not send us a response.
  • The Green Party of Canada sent us this response.
  • The Liberal Party of Canada sent us this response.
  • The New Democratic Party of Canada sent us this response.

Water connects us all. It is essential to life on our shared planet. It flows across our shared landscape – and its health is our shared responsibility.

Canada’s...

We’re looking for a passionate individual to join our team – and so are our partners at the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective!

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is accepting candidates for a Program Manager, as part of our Agricultural Water Stewardship program. This person will be responsible for:

  • Leading the development and implementation of a water-quality monitoring program for agricultural beneficial management practices (BMPs), in collaboration with landowners, conservation partners and LWF science advisors
  • Effectively managing program resources in response to existing and emerging...

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