- Comments - Consultation Document Respecting Water Quality Management Zones for Nutrients under the Water Protection Act - for Manitoba Wildlands
Manitoba Wildlands director Gaile Whelan Enns provided comments on Manitoba Stewardship's consultation document respecting Water Quality Management Zones (WQMZ) for Nutrients under the Water Protection Act. The WQMZ consultation document proposes four different Zones that would be applied to lands in southern Manitoba that provide varying restrictions on the application of nitrogen and phosphorus. Manitoba Wildlands' comments concerned legislative compliance, and the lack of ecological basis for the categorization of lands into the four water quality management zones for nutrients. Comments also included raising the issue of the inadequacy of buffer setback distances from water, the unacceptability of special exceptions for irrigated potatoes, and issues related to maps and data. The Regulation of Water Quality Management Zones for Nutrients is the first of several intended regulations under the new Water Protection Act.
- Citizens in Water Initiatives
Manitoba Wildlands' director Gaile Whelan Enns was a presenter at the Water for Life Conference, hosted by the Southern Chiefs Organization in Winnipeg during October 2005. Her presentation touches on water-related issues that environmental non-government organizations are involved in, and proposes some general principles and potential areas where collaboration regarding water issues between Aboriginal communities and civil society groups and individuals could be effective and beneficial.
- Lands Management Plans - Presentation for Little Grand Rapids First Nation & Pauingassi First Nation - Jared Whelan & Vata Projects
This presentation was developed for Little Grand Rapids First Nation (LGRFN) & Pauingassi First Nation (PFN) to present to the World Heritage Site Assembly. The presentation includes information about the two communities, the rationale for lands management planning, protected areas nomination, World Heritage Site planning and background on activities to date in preparation for planning processes. Details and history about the vision, values and proposed lands planning for the two communities are also included.
- Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan - Poplar River First Nation
Completed in summer 2005, Poplar River First Nation (PRFN) released their lands management plan Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan in January 2006. The plan is a comprehensive document that outlines PRFN's vision for permanent protection of their traditional lands. The Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan describes the community's relationship with the land - past, present and future; presents community Elders' traditional knowledge and oral history; provides information resulting from scientific studies related to archeology, biology, botany, and other fields, and depicts PRFN relationships and use of their lands through detailed mapping.
- Asatiwisipe Aki Lands Management Plan - Presentation - Jared Whelan & Vata Projects
This presentation was developed for and with Poplar River First Nation to present the content of the Final Draft of their Lands Management Plan to community members and the World Heritage Site Assembly. The presentation includes history and background about Poplar River First Nation and the evolution of the Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan and protected lands vision. The presentation also outlines the six chapters of the Plan and includes maps and figures.
- Water Fact Sheets - Vata Projects
The Water Fact Sheets are found on ManitobaWildlands.org's Water pages at http://manitobawildlands.org/water_trans.htm#factsheets. The fact sheets profile specific water issues, agencies, agreements, legislation and policies that affect the province of Manitoba and its citizens. Each Water Fact Sheet contains a summary of the current status of the issue, and major elements, useful links, and contacts for more in-depth information. As of December 2005, nine fact sheets have been posted, with plans to launch several more.
- "Will Manitoba Protect Lands and Waters?"
This article, written by Gaile Whelan Enns published in the January 2005 edition of the Cottager Magazine, and discusses issues surrounding the establishment of protected areas in Manitoba. In particular, the article asks the question 'Will Manitoba protect lands and waters?' and attempts to identify possible areas that should be prioritized for protected status.
- Closing Statement - Manitoba Clean Environment Commission (CEC) Hearings Floodway Expansion Project
This document is the closing statement of Gaile Whelan Enns to the Clean Environment Commission (CEC) hearings for the Red River Floodway Expansion project proposed by the Manitoba Floodway Authority. Included in the document are recommendations for consideration by the CEC in its advice to the Minister of Conservation regarding licensing of the proposed project. Recommendations address issues related to environmental effects (climate change, protected areas, etc.), scope of the assessment, the existing floodway, fulfillment of EIS Guidelines, and the public review process itself.
- An Evaluation of the Manitoba Government East Side Land Use Planning Initiative - Determining Whether Management of the Initiative Promoted Consensus Building and Public Participation
This report outlines a set of guiding principles for consensus building and for public participation, based on a review of relevant literature. These two sets of guiding principles are then used to evaluate the efforts of the East Side Planning Initiative (ESPI) to achieve consensus building and meaningful public participation. The results of these comparisons show that the East Side Planning Initiative has clearly failed to date to be a valid consensus-building process or a meaningful public participation process for the broader public. The report concludes with a series of recommendations regarding how some defects in the ESPI public involvement process may be ameliorated and how public involvement should be undertaken in future land-use planning processes in Manitoba, including any continuation of the ESPI.
- Analysis of Recommendations - Clean Environment Commission (CEC) September 2004 Report on Public Hearings - Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission Projects - for Manitoba Wildlands
This document is an excel spreadsheet comparing the recommendations made by the Clean Environment Commission (CEC) in its September 2004 report following the Wuskwatim Generation and Transmission projects public hearings to technical issues and environmental concerns raised by Manitoba Wildlands throughout the review and then the hearings process. The analysis shows that content in Manitoba Wildlands technical review work products and hearings presentations can be related to the majority of the recommendations by the CEC.
- Comments - The Clean Energy Transfer: Preliminary Assessment of the Potential for a Clean Energy Transfer Between Manitoba and Ontario
This document is a review and commentary on the report The Clean Energy Transfer: Preliminary Assessment of the Potential for a Clean Energy Transfer Between Manitoba and Ontario (the 'CETI report'). The main comment is that the recommendation to proceed with the necessary steps to move the project forward on the basis of the information in the CETI report is flawed because little effort has been made to substantiate statements in the report, making it impossible to make decisions about next steps with confidence. Specific comments regarding various aspects of the CETI report are also included.
- The Hydro Province: Manitoba's Hydroelectric Complex
This document outlines the generation and transmission capacity and infrastructure for hydroelectricity in Manitoba. Exports, revenue, profits, debt, and potential expansion of the hydroelectric complex are also discussed. Several maps to illustrate the text are included as Appendices.
- Hydropower Transmission in Manitoba: Current Status and Future Planning - for Manitoba Wildlands
This document focuses on the transmission of hydroelectric power in Manitoba and provides a detailed overview of the current status and future plans for expansion of transmission capacity and infrastructure. Special attention is paid to the factors considered in siting transmission lines and the rationale for future transmission options. The document reveals the potential for multiple new north-south and also east-west transmission lines and indicates possible inconsistencies between Manitoba Hydro planning and processes to establish protected areas such as the proposed Lowlands National Park and the World Heritage Site nomination.