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  • Appeal - Proposed St. Leon Wind Energy Project (Environment Act License No. 2629; Public Registry File No. 4976.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands
    December 2003
    This document is a formal appeal to the Minister of Conservation under the provisions of the Manitoba Environment Act of the Environmental License issued for the St. Leon Wind Energy Project. There are several reasons outlined as the basis for the appeal. These reasons are: deficiencies identified in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), inadequate review period for the EIS, lack of wind energy environmental standards, and improper categorization and therefore assessment of the proposed project under the Classes of Development Regulation of the Environment Act. Federal assessment of this wind energy proposal is identified as being lacking.
  • Interrogatory Round One Review of Manitoba Hydro / NCN Responses & Requests for Further Disclosure - Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission Projects (File #4724.00 & #4725.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands
    December 2003
    This document encompasses a review of the Manitoba Hydro and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation responses to the Manitoba Wildlands Office of the Canadian Nature Federation initial round of interrogatories, as well as requests for further disclosure. The requests for further disclosure are the result of a failure to answer the initial interrogatory, deficiencies in answering an initial interrogatory, or issues raised as a result of a response by the proponents to a particular interrogatory. The document lists 56 interrogatories as being unanswered, 33 interrogatories as being deficient, and includes 76 requests for further disclosure from the proponents.
  • Interrogatory Round Two Written Questions for Project Administration Team (Federal and Provincial Participating Authorities) - Justification, Need For, and Alternatives To (JNFAAT) Review of Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission Projects (File #4724.00 & #4725.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands
    November 2003
    This document is the second of two sets of interrogatories directed to the Project Administration Team (comprised of federal and provincial authorities), compiled by the Manitoba Wildlands Office of the Canadian Nature Federation. The 151 questions pertain to the review of the Justification, Need For, and Alternatives To (JNFAAT) filing by the proponents - Manitoba Hydro and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation - for the Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission projects. The interrogatories are organized according to the provincial or federal department/authority to which the question is directed, and certain questions are repeated due to being for more than one department.
  • Interrogatory Round Two Written Questions for Project Administration Team (Federal and Provincial Participating Authorities) - EIS - Environmental Impact Review of Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission Projects (File #4724.00 & #4725.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands
    November 2003
    This document is one of two sets of interrogatories directed to the Project Administration Team (comprised of federal and provincial authorities), compiled by the Manitoba Wildlands Office of the Canadian Nature Federation. The 547 questions pertain to the review of the Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) filed by the proponents - Manitoba Hydro and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation - for the Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission projects. The interrogatories are organized according to the provincial or federal department/authority to which the question is directed, and certain questions are repeated in sections due to being for more than one department.
  • Comments -St. Leon Wind Energy Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Public Registry File No. 4976.00 - for Manitoba Wildlands
    October 2003
    This document provides comments on the proposed St. Leon Wind Energy Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Concerns are outlined with respect to the proposed project and the process to review the EIS. Issues discussed include: project design, aspects of the project not included in the EIS, information gaps because of proprietary concerns, wind capacity factor, wildlife impacts, and standards for wind energy proposals.
  • Interrogatory Round One Written Questions for Manitoba Hydro - Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission Projects (File #4724.00 & #4725.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands
    October 2003
    This document is the set of interrogatories directed to Manitoba Hydro and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN), the proponents of the proposed Wuskwatim Projects, compiled by the Manitoba Wildlands Office of the Canadian Nature Federation. The majority of the 389 questions pertain to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) filed by the proponents, but some questions pertain to the Manitoba Hydro/NCN filing with respect to the Justification, Need For, and Alternatives To (JNFAAT) the Wuskwatim Projects. EIS interrogatories are organized under four headings: Participation and Policy, Ecosystems and Land Use, Species, and Project Design and Methods.
  • Summary Comparison: Water Strategy Documents - Bryan Hart, Paskanake Project Management
    September 2003
    This analysis compares three Government of Manitoba documents pertinent to the development of Manitoba's Water Strategy: A Government Discussion Paper, A Steering Committee Report to the Minister of Conservation, and the Manitoba Water Strategy. The final Water Strategy does not deviate significantly from the Government Discussion Paper and in certain instances, the Final Strategy incorporates language from the Steering Committee Report. A major exception is in language dealing with hydroelectric development. In the Final Manitoba Water Strategy, all the critical language included in the Steering Committee Report pertaining to hydroelectric development has been eliminated. The concept of the precautionary principle is absent from all documents.
  • Issues and Evaluation of Preliminary Hydrogen Opportunities Report (PHOR) - Timothy Rudnicki
    September 2003
    This analysis examines the Government of Manitoba Energy Development Initiative publication Preliminary Hydrogen Opportunities Report. Five issues are raised, including 'overall understandability of a document intended to inform the public', 'references and support for facts contained in the report' and 'consistency with other stated energy policies'. Recommendations regarding issues raised are provided within the analysis.
  • Memorandum: Manitoba Hydro interim water power licence - Eamon Murphy, Woodward & Company Barristers and Solicitors
    August 2003
    This memorandum is a legal analysis of the June 2003 Manitoba Hydro application to the Director of the Water Branch, Manitoba Conservation for an interim licence to permit the development of water power on the Burntwood River (Wuskwatim Generating Station.) The memorandum makes a case for combining the licensing process under the Water Power Act with the concurrent review of the Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission Projects under Manitoba's Environment Act. As part of the analysis, the author references commitments made by Manitoba Hydro and provisions of Manitoba's Sustainable Development Strategy. The author concludes that the Minister of Conservation and Director of Environmental Approvals have sufficient power to synchronize the two license applications.
  • Memorandum Re: Manitoba Conservation's Consultation Guidelines - Eamon Murphy and Mike Guthrie, Woodward & Company Barristers and Solicitors
    July 2003
    This memorandum reviews the document, "Towards Better Relations With The First Nations: Manitoba Conservation Discussion Paper." The Consultation Principles of the Manitoba Conservation Discussion Paper are analyzed, with particular attention paid to the Glossary of terms used in the document. A Conclusion section summarizes the main recommendations outlined in the memorandum. With reference to current case law, the memorandum suggests several ways to improve and strengthen the Manitoba Conservation Discussion Paper.
  • Review Comments: Manitoba Hydro / Nisichawayasikh Cree Nation Environmental Impact Assessment Submission: Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission Projects - for Manitoba Wildlands
    June 2003
    According to the review of the public policy / regulatory context, there are several relevant public policy elements missing from the EIS as submitted, but required by the Environment Act EIS Guidelines. The EIS guidelines are cited and examples of public policy elements missing from the Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission EIS are listed.

    The reviewed of the Generation Project EIS submission and the Transmission Project EIS submission reflect the structure of the Manitoba Hydro and Nisichawayasikh Cree Nation submissions. Various aspects of the submissions are reviewed, providing a summary of each topic, identifying deficiencies, and providing recommendations and actions to address the deficiencies. Topics reviewed include: Project Design, Protected Areas and Crown Land Designations, Public Participation / Involvement, Transmission Corridor Siting, Socio-economic Environment, Resource Users, Wildlife, Climate Change, Map Deficiencies, and Deficiencies in relation to the Project EIS Guidelines.

    This review consists of:
    • A covering letter
    • A review of the Public Policy / Regulatory Context for the Wuskwatim Projects as described in the overall EIS submission
    • A review of the Wuskwatim Generation Project EIS submission
    • A review of the Wuskwatim Transmission Project EIS submission
  • Manitoba Mining Sector Protected Areas Consultation, A presentation to the International Symposium on Mining in the Arctic - William A. Napier, Vice President Environment, INCO; Gaile Whelan Enns, Manitoba Director, Wildlands Campaign, Canadian Nature Federation; Ed Huebert, Executive VP Mining Association Manitoba Inc.
    March 2003
    This presentation describes the mining sector protected areas consultation, part of the Manitoba process for the establishment of protected areas. The presentation highlights access and certainty of land tenure as important to the mining industry and recognizes the need to balance mining exploration and project development with other interests. The evolution of the working relationships between the mining industry and environmental non-government organizations are described as well as the technical ranking process for crown lands, based on enduring features analysis. Openness, transparency, and accountability to all parties are noted for ensuring the continuing success of the Manitoba mining sector protected areas consultation.
  • Review & Analysis: A Review of the Wuskwatim Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines - Bryan Hart, Paskanake Project Management
    March 2003
    This document reviews the recommendations made by the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) regarding the EIS Guidelines for the Wuskwatim Generation Station and Transmission projects. The projects are proposed as a joint undertaking between Manitoba Hydro and Nisichawayasikh Cree Nation (NCN), and would be located in northwestern Manitoba within the traditional territory of NCN. This analysis indicates that 13/15 recommendations made by the CEC were essentially ignored or rejected by the Project Administration Team, which was responsible for the finalization of the Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines for these projects.
  • Memorandum: Process to amend The Planning Act - Bryan Hart, Paskanake Project Management
    March 2003
    This memorandum provides an analysis of the process initiated in December 2002 by Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs to amend The Planning Act in Manitoba. It begins with an overview of the Planning Act, and an overview of the discussion paper entitled A Review of Manitoba's Land Use Planning Law. The memorandum also includes a summary of the issues related to the process as a whole, and recommendations regarding both the discussion paper and the public input process.
  • "The Third Party Voice: Key to Decision Making" - Gaile Whelan Enns
    March 2003
    This presentation explains the necessity of a Third Party Voice for decision making in consultations involving at least: government, industry, and environmental concerns. The Third Party Voice is defined as a voice for the public interest in environmental and public policy delivery, that is equal to government and industry sectors and speaks for affected citizens. The key to decision making is in combining intangibles with the tangibles to create a consultation model that delivers on a specific public policy goal, and works to benefit all parties. This presentation reflects the basics of the long standing Manitoba Mining Sector Protected Areas Consultation.
  • Memorandum: Manitoba Water Quality Standards, Objectives, and Guidelines: Final Draft (November 22, 2002) - Bryan Hart, Paskanake Project Management
    March 2003
    This memorandum provides an analysis of the proposed changes to the Manitoba Surface Water Quality Objectives (MSWQO). Under this proposal, the Manitoba Water Quality Standards, Objectives, and Guidelines (MWQSOG) would replace the MSWQO. The analysis includes a chart of the changes to Water Quality Objectives broken out according to materials found in the water supply. Also included is a list of general concerns and comments regarding the MWQSOG document, and a set of recommendations for the MWQSOG document and public process.
 
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