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All eyes on the Wet’suwet’en: Indigenous community calls for UN intervention

In All Posts, Environment, Indigenous by Emelia FournierLeave a Comment

Over 100 people joined hands circling around a drum circle on a brutally cold Thursday afternoon at Winnipeg’s blocked-off Portage and Main intersection.  The round dance was held in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people and was hosted by Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO!). Some demonstrators held signs reading “Water is Life”, “No access without consent” and “All eyes on Wet’suwet’en”.   This may sound like a familiar scene – exactly one year prior, a Wet’suwet’en solidarity rally and round dance was held at …

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#CanadaCommit: Canadian Law Students & Professors Call for Climate Action

In All Posts, Environment, Politics by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

Climate science is abundantly clear: we have a very small window of time left to radically reduce our emissions. The United Nations Environment Programme reported last week that limiting warming to 1.5°C will require global emissions to drop by 7.6% each year between 2020 and 2030. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims that at our current rate of warming, 1.5°C of global warming will likely occur sometime between 2030 and 2052. Canada’s emissions targets don’t match this level of …

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Voices of Winnipeg: The Biggest Human Rights Issues of 2019

In All Posts, Environment, Gender, Indigenous, Poverty, Refugees & Citizenship, Uncategorized by Mia Ryder-MarksLeave a Comment

We heartily believe that Winnipeg is the human rights capital of Canada. Entering into the new year, we wanted to see what Winnipeggers think are the biggest human rights issues of 2019. I headed downtown and chatted with several people – here’s what they had to say!   Indigenous Rights Many people responded to my question with a persistent Canadian human rights issue: Indigenous rights. Winnipeggers demonstrated their commitment to taking action on Indigenous rights earlier this year when hundreds …

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Dereliction of Duty: The Province of Manitoba’s Response to the Climate Crisis

In All Posts, Environment, Politics by Callum Goulet-Kilgour

As world leaders and experts gather in Poland today for the start of COP24 (the bi-annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change), Canadians should examine the progress of our federal and provincial efforts to combat climate change. In Canada, the past few years have seen a steady decline from the restored hope after Justin Trudeau declared that “Canada is back” at the Paris Climate Talks and the world came together to sign  the Paris Agreement in 2015 to a recent …

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10 Things You Can Do to Stop Pipelines from Anywhere in Canada!

In All Posts, Environment, Politics by Christie McLeod

On May 29, 2018, the Federal government announced they would be purchasing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline system for $4.5 billion, which includes both the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia and the expansion project to twin the pipeline. The government’s co-marketing arrangement with Kinder Morgan to find a third-party buyer ends today, leaving Canada as the new owner unless it can find a new buyer without Kinder Morgan’s help. Meanwhile, in the Prairies, Enbridge is moving ahead with …

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Blue-Green Algae Warnings Across North America, Can Lake Winnipeg Be Spared Dire Consequences?

In All Posts, Environment by Christie McLeod

By: Vicki Burns This article originally appeared on Vicki’s website, SaveLakeWinnipeg.org, and can be viewed here. Blue-green algae(cyanobacteria) is a growing threat in many areas around North America and this summer it seems to be getting an early start, likely due to hot temperatures. I receive news of blue-green algae every day via a Google Alert and recently these headlines popped up: “Toxic blue-green algae blooms’ long-term health effects need study, hospital CEO says” from Florida, where there is growing recognition …

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Kinder Morgan Pipeline: Trudeau Abandons Word in Devastating Pipeline Approval

In All Posts, Environment by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

Yesterday, the Federal government approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Trudeau states that this decision was based on science and evidence, and that it will provide billions of dollars in government revenue. As 350.org states, however, “By making this decision, they have chosen the interests of the fossil fuel industry over Indigenous peoples, communities across Canada, youth, students, and climate science.”  Here’s a few devastating impacts: $1.2 billion dollars potential cost to clean up an Kinder Morgan Pipeline spill Possible – and perhaps probable …

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Building Community: A Walking School Bus Story

In All Posts, Environment by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

As part of the team here at Green Action Centre in the Active and Safe Routes to School Program, I am often asked if I have any experience with my own three children in getting them to walk to school every day. My answer is that yes, I walk my own kids to school on a daily basis,  and since 2007 my wife and I have run a Walking School Bus for many of the children in our neighbourhood. I …