- Brief: First Nation Protected Areas MOU - Vata Projects
This brief was prepared to assist First Nation communities embarking upon lands planning research projects. It outlines the history and significance of the Manitoba First Nation Protected Areas Memorandum of Understanding as a mechanism to ensure meaningful involvement of affected First Nation communities in the identification, establishment and management of protected areas in Manitoba.
- Brief: Protected Areas - Manitoba Legislation and Policy - Vata Projects
This brief was prepared to assist First Nation communities embarking upon lands planning research projects. It provides the definition of a Manitoba protected area and describes policies that guide protected areas establishment in Manitoba. Legal instruments (various pieces of Manitoba legislation) to provide formal protection are outlined.
- Brief: East Side Planning Initiative (ESPI) / Wabanong Nakaygum Okimawin (WNO) - Vata Projects
This brief was prepared to assist First Nation communities embarking upon lands planning research projects. It generally outlines the origins and evolution of the broad area planning process for lands east of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba.
- Brief: Protected Areas and First Nation Resource Stewardship Accord / World Heritage Site (WHS) Nomination - Vata Projects
This brief was prepared to assist First Nation communities involved in the Accord and others who are embarking upon lands planning research projects. It provides basic information about the 2002 Accord signed by First Nations in Manitoba and Ontario that is resulting in the nomination of traditional lands of several Manitoba First Nations as well as provincial parklands in Manitoba and Ontario for consideration as a World Heritage Site.
- Correspondence: Manitoba Environment Act Licence - Wuskwatim Generating Station - Appeal to Cabinet - Gaile Whelan Enns/Vata Projects
November 27, 2006
This letter is in response to the Manitoba Justice deadline for submissions by the appellants regarding Cabinet Appeal of the environmental licence for the Wuskwatim Generating Station. The licence was issued by Manitoba's Minister of Conservation in June 2006. Manitoba Wildlands' appeal of the licence, along with another appeal, were referred to Cabinet by Manitoba Justice. The correspondence outlines the concerns about lack of resources for parties to participate in the appeal process and reiterates selected issues raised in the initial appeal letter of August 2, 2006.
- Submission: CEC Hearings for Pembina Valley Water Cooperative (PVWC) Supplemental Groundwater Supply Project, November 7th and 9th, 2006 - for Manitoba Wildlands, Gaile Whelan Enns/Vata Projects
November 13, 2006
This submission followed close of Clean Environment Commission hearings for the proposed PVWC Supplemental Groundwater Supply project, and was made in support of Manitoba Eco-Network's presentation and submission. Manitoba Wildlands' submission focused on: protected areas in the project region and the ecological values of the aquifer complex; the need for a conservation approach and watershed management plan; issues regarding the review process; fulfillment of public policy and legislation; and comments from a PVWC customer perspective.
- Legal Review: Draft WabanongNakaygum Okimawin Protocol - Moses Okimaw
This legal review of a draft version of the WabanongNakaygum Okimawin (WNO) Protocol was undertaken to provide an independent analysis of the most recent available draft of the WNO Protocol between the government of Manitoba, and East Side First Nations. The review indicates the original purpose of the agreement changed; this draft proposes a planning process, whereas the original purpose was to protect the interests of First Nation peoples by documenting common understandings and principles that would be the basis through which the First Nations would participate in WNO.
- Critique of Manitoba Government Green and Growing Policy and NDP Caucus Green Plan Policy - Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
In the absence of an update to Manitoba's Action Plan for a Network of Protected Areas, other policy statements from the provincial government on protected areas were reviewed with intent to provide commentary and a critique. 'Green and Growing' is a January 2006 webpage containing a description of past actions and future commitments on a range of environmental issues, including protected areas. It appears as part of the Government of Manitoba website. The NDP Caucus Green Plan Policy is a document of the NDP Caucus website containing a section on protected areas. Statements regarding past action are evaluated for their validity and completeness and commentary regarding status of commitments is also provided.
- Comments: Review of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the OlyWest Hog Slaughtering / Processing Plant (Public registry File #5155.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
October 10, 2006
This document contains Manitoba Wildlands' comments on the hog slaughtering/processing plant proposed by OlyWest. Manitoba Wildlands raises concerns regarding: the EIS review process, access to information, traffic and infrastructure, benefits vs. costs, sludge and solid waste disposal, implications of future expansion plans, water usage and wastewater, and climate change considerations.
- Comments: Town of Minnedosa's Proposed Water Supply Upgrade Project (Public Registry File #5205.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
September 8, 2006
This document articulates Manitoba Wildlands' comments on and concerns about the proposal by the Town of Minnedosa to augment the town's water supply in order to accommodate the Husky Ethanol plant. Manitoba Wildlands called for the Minister to hold public hearings on the project to bring information forward that would enable a determination as to whether there will be enough water in the Little Saskatchewan River system and Lake Minnedosa to protect the environment and supply water to other users, upstream and downstream of the proposed project.
- Appeal - Environmental Licence No. 2699 for the Construction, Operation and Maintenance of the Wuskwatim Generating Station Project (Public Registry File # 4724.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
August 2, 2006
Manitoba Wildlands appealed the June 21, 2006 issuance of an environmental licence for the Wuskwatim Generating Station Project. This document contains Manitoba Wildlands' description of the grounds for appeal of the licence. Concerns and issues raised include 1) Provincial duties under the Environment Act, due diligence in the public interest; 2) Environment Protection Plan(s) for the construction, operations and maintenance phases of the Wuskwatim Generating Station project & CEC Recommendation 7.1B; 3) Clean Environment Commission (CEC) Recommendations excluded from the Wuskwatim Generating Station environment licence; 4) Species, especially woodland caribou; 5) Climate Change; 6) Public accountability and transparency; 7) Access to information, studies, including archeological studies, that were never made publicly available; 8) EIS Guidelines & public policy, licencing; 9) Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation's (NCN's) Project Development Agreement referendum; 10) Aboriginal rights and consultations; and 11) Quality of life.
- Appeal - Environmental Licence No. 2700 for the Construction, Operation and Maintenance of the Wuskwatim Transmission Line Project (Public Registry File # 4725.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
July 21, 2006
Manitoba Wildlands appealed the June 21, 2006 issuance of an environmental licence for the Wuskwatim Transmission Line Project. This document contains Manitoba Wildlands' description of the grounds for appeal of the licence. Concerns and issues raised include 1) Need for Three Transmission Line Segments; 2) Location of License; 3) 'Quality of Life'; 4) Provincial Duties Under the Environment Act; Due Diligence in the Public Interest; 5) Woodland Caribou; 6) Aboriginal Issues/Compensation; 7) Trapline Issues
EIS Guidelines & Public Policy; 8) Manitoba Hydro Technical Reports; 9) Concerns Re: Specific Clauses of Licence No. 2700; 10) Public Accountability and Transparency
- Comments: Public Review of Scoping Document - OlyWest Environment Act Proposal - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
May 23, 2006
This document contains Manitoba Wildlands' comments on the February 28, 2006 scoping document for OlyWest's hog slaughtering / processing plant proposal under the Manitoba Environment Act. A variety of concerns with respect to clarity and best practices for the process to review OlyWest's Environmental Impact Statement are raised as part of the comments. Comments regarding access to information are also featured.
- Comments: Classes of Development Regulation 164/88 Under the Environment Act (Public Registry File # 5182.00) - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
May 15, 2006
The Government of Manitoba initiated a process to amend the Classes of Development Regulation (164/88) under the Environment Act in early 2006. This document contains Manitoba Wildlands' comments on the proposed amendments. Issues raised include developments omitted from proposed amendments, other amendments needed, the classification of wind projects, the relationship between project magnitude/cost and the level of scrutiny required, and the need for a comprehensive review of the Environment Act.
- Comments: Red River Valley Water Supply Project - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects
April 17, 2006
Manitoba Wildlands joined several other Canadian and Manitoban groups in commenting on the State of North Dakota's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for its proposed project to meet its future water needs. This document reiterates and supports arguments made by other groups, including many of the comments made by the Manitoba Department of Water Stewardship and the Government of Canada. Specific concerns regarding the unacceptable risks associated with inter-basin transfers of water, deficiencies, faulty assumptions and exaggerations contained within the DEIS are detailed in the document.
- Protected Areas Analysis/Audit - Conservation & Environment Policies/Commitments, Manitoba Government 1999-2006 - Protected Areas - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects
This chart completes the Protected Areas section of the January 2006 Manitoba Conservation & Environment Policies/Commitments 1999-2005 chart. It provides an analysis and evaluation as to the status of each protected areas statement, policy, or commitment from 1999 to 2006.
- New and Updated 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 February/March 2006 two existing fact sheets have been updated, and one new fact sheet - Issue #11 - Lake Winnipeg Implementation Committee - has been added.
- Comments: Norway House/Island Lake Winter Road Proposal - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
In this document, Manitoba Wildlands provides comments on the proposed relocation of the Norway House to Island Lake winter road. The comments do not constitute an objection to the project; Manitoba Wildlands acknowledges that winter roads are an essential supply link for northern communities. Comments are provided in the spirit of promoting the highest environmental standards and ensuring due diligence given that the government is both proponent and assessor for the project.
- Comments: Pembina Valley Water Cooperative Proposal - for Manitoba Wildlands, Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
This document is Manitoba Wildlands' comments on and objection to the proposal by the Pembina Valley Water Cooperative (PVWC) to divert 50L/s of water from the Sandilands area to Morris and eventually into the PVWC water distribution network. Manitoba Wildlands' concerns focus on the fact that this project would transfer water from one sub basin to another, setting a precedent in Manitoba. Major deficiencies in the material filed by the proponent are also noted.
- Starting the Dialogue: Watershed Planning in Winnipeg and the Surrounding Area, public forum May 2005 - Vata Projects/Gaile Whelan Enns
This document is the proceedings of a public forum held May 31, 2005 regarding watershed planning in Winnipeg and the surrounding area. The forum was sponsored by Winnipeg's Civic Environment Committee, the Manitoba Eco-Network and Manitoba Wildlands. Presenters at the forum included Patrick Watson, Seine/Rat River Conservation District, Serge LaRochelle, Save Our Seine, Cheryl Heming, City of Winnipeg, Lorimer Thompson, Manitoba Water Stewardship, Stewart Grubb, Emmons & Olivier Resources.
- Manitoba Conservation & Environment Policies/Commitments 1999-2005 - Vata Projects
This set of charts created provides contents regarding conservation and environmental policies and/or commitments from Manitoba Throne Speeches and Budget Speeches since the present NDP Government took office in fall 1999. There is a chart for each calendar year, and quotes regarding conservation/environmental policies are divided into six categories - Protected Areas/National Parks, Energy/Hydro, Climate Change, Land and Watershed Planning, Water, and Conservation/Environment.