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The CCEMC is an Alberta based not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to expand climate change knowledge, develop new renewable technologies and explore practical implementation methods. The 2012 Call for Renewable Energy proposals is open to innovators from around the world. This call is intended to encourage and support discovery, development and implementation of renewable energy technologies.
Up to $40M has been made available to fund all projects under this Call for Propo...Read More
MEIA is making a request to you on behalf of ECO Canada (www.eco.ca).
ECO is the major Canadian supplier of Labour Market Information in the environmental industry and certifies environmental professionals (EP).
We ask you to invite 3 – 6 workers with environmental skills, preferably with at least 5 years of environmental experience, to answer the 2014 Survey of Environmental Workers: What do they do?, using the password: ecomeia. If possible, please choose workers performing different environmental activities.
HOW? Forward the link www.eco.ca/2014survey to your workers. They can use the password: ecomeia. You can also request a personalised invitation document from ECO.
WHY? In 2014, the ECO Canada Research Team is conducting a research project to understand what aspects of the current environmental sector framework need to be revised. Input from environmental workers is vital in helping ECO ensure that they are providing an updated representation of the environmental work in Canada for all to use. The results of the survey will be incorporated in a final report that will be publicly available in ECO website.
ECO will offer a small token of appreciation for the respondents, just to say THANK YOU for taking the time to give their valuable opinion.
QUESTIONS? Contact Guillermo Cuevas, ECO Canada Research Manager, at (403)476-8706, or at email@example.com. MEIA views this initiative as important for our industry. Thank you in advance for your support and input.
September 18, 2014 8:30 - 10:30 am
MEIA is acting on behalf of Green Manitoba to facilitate a consultation regarding a waste and recycling strategy. This consultation is back by popular demand for those who could not attend the August 21 presentation.
As part of “TomorrowNow - Manitoba’s Green Plan”, the Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship is developing a waste and recycling strategy for release in the fall of 2014. The strategy will outline new, more aggressive targets for waste diversion with a strong focus on Organic waste diversion and Construction, Renovation, and Demolition waste diversion.
Please join us for a preliminary consultation that would include a brief presentation providing the background and proposed details of the strategy followed by an opportunity for discussion and input from all participants.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Presentation and discussion
Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion St. Wpg., MB
Note: There is no charge to attend this event. Funding provided by Green Manitoba. REGISTER HERE
Enhanced Monitoring Leads to More Findings, Province to Ramp up Containment Efforts, Train Canine Unit
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship is enhancing water sampling and monitoring throughout many areas of Lake Winnipeg for zebra mussels.
Decontamination stations have been set up at Gimli, Winnipeg Beach and Selkirk Park, and portable decontamination units will move between other high-traffic harbours.
As reported on August 11, monitoring in the treated harbours and other areas found a small number of larval zebra mussels (veligers). More than 60 previous samples had not revealed any zebra mussel activity in Lake Winnipeg. Since then, increased sampling has determined that zebra mussels are present in more areas.
On the east side of Lake Winnipeg, approximately six miles from Balsam Bay,
44 veligers and juvenile zebra mussels were confirmed on a piece of floating debris and on rock structures.
Winnipeg Beach sample results found 51 veligers inside the harbour and 193 veligers outside the harbour.
Gimli and Arnes samples show suspected juvenile zebra mussels. Samples taken from these harbours are being analyzed.
Willow Point samples found approximately 24 juvenile zebra mussels.
Hnausa samples found about 12 juvenile zebra mussels.
Department staff have concluded zebra mussels are reproducing outside the treated harbours in the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg and then entering the harbours. While the infestation is in early stages, the province is taking steps by immediately:
* training the department's canine unit to find zebra mussels and other species on watercraft for the next boating season, making Manitoba the first province in Canada to permanently use this approach;
* expanding decontamination unit hours of operation;
* enhancing monitoring and expanding to more lakes; and
* engaging the federal government for more national assistance at the U.S.
border in partnership with the Canadian Border Service Agency.
Manitoba will continue to aggressively pursue other preventative and adaptive measures, such as the use of anti-fouling paint.
Manitobans and visitors are reminded to use the proper four-step cleaning and containment protocol when leaving the lake. Boats should either be cleaned with high temperature and high-pressure water, or remain out of water for at least five days in the heat or 18 days in cooler temperatures, or left in freezing temperatures for three days before launching again.
In order to contain the spread of mussels, the province is also developing new first-in-Canada laws similar to those in Minnesota. This includes laws about transporting water, introducing requirements to drain water before leaving a water body, requiring watercraft to be transported with the drain plug removed and for all water from boat and bait containers to be drained. Enforcement powers and fines are also under review.
Future updates on monitoring in Lake Winnipeg will be available at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation.
To report a possible zebra mussel finding, call 1-87-STOPAIS-0
(1-877-867-2470) (toll-free) or visit: www.mantioba.ca/STOPAIS.
Building on our commitment made in TomorrowNow – Manitoba’s Green Plan, the Province is soliciting input from the public on possible amendments to The Environment Act and potential new protocols for environmental assessments. All Manitobans are invited and encouraged to provide input.
The purpose of undertaking the review is to ensure the Act continues to provide an effective framework for environmental protection and enforcement, and reflects the values and technologies of today’s society. Additionally, the review will provide an opportunity to enhance existing tools such as the public registry system, identify new tools such as cumulative effects assessments, and identify new areas for assessment such as climate change and other resource developments currently not covered by the Act.
To review proposed changes and offer comments and suggestions, please read the Environment Act Consultation: The road to enhancing environmental protection in Manitoba".
The public will have until September 30, 2014 to comment.
For more information on TomorrowNow, visit: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan/
Royalties Could Earn Manitoba $2 Billion
By: Martin Cash and Bartley Kives
The Selinger government is about to invite the world's potash producers to sink their machines into a western Manitoba mine that could generate $2 billion worth of royalties for the province over the course of 40 years.
After decades of poking around the Russell-McAuley potash deposit, a mineral formation located below Manitoba's western edge, the province is serious about attracting interest in developing a mine.
The Potash Corporation of Manitoba is preparing to issue letters to major mining-industry players -- including Canadian potash companies Agrium, Mosaic and Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan -- to gather expressions of interest in developing a $3-billion to $4-billion Russell-McAuley mine.
Slightly more than one billion tonnes of potash are estimated to lie 800 metres to one kilometre below ground in the 2,247-square-kilometre Russell-McAuley deposit, which the province claims is comparable in quality and mining conditions to similar deposits across the Saskatchewan border, where Agrium, Mosaic and Potash Corp. operate mines.
The Manitoba deposit covers large stretches of the RMs of Russell and Ellice, between the Assiniboine River and the Saskatchewan border. The province has been promoting its development for decades, but was stymied by the fact the rights were divided among a number of different owners.
Manitoba Potash Corp., a Crown corporation, acquired all the rights over the past year, making the entire potash deposit available for development. It has created the opportunity for a single company to crunch the numbers, figure out the technical issues related to the construction of a Russell-McAuley mine and ultimately determine whether it's feasible.
"For the first time since potash exploration started in Manitoba in 1959, the entire resource is now under the control of one entity," said Chris Beaumont-Smith, acting manager of the province's minerals policy, who led the potash-mine marketing effort. "We have no interest in being a potash miner. We are just looking to create the opportunity."
The scope of the potential project is huge. Over a 40-year lifespan, the mine could yield two million tonnes of potash per year, sustain close to 600 jobs and create a $60-million annual payroll -- in addition to generating $2 billion worth of mining royalty revenues for the province over the life of the mine.
The catch is, even if a mine is feasible to build -- something by no means certain -- it would take seven years to develop. The undertaking also faces a serious short-term obstacle in that potash prices are at a six-year low.
Given the 55-year history of Manitoba potash exploration, mining proponents are cautious about the prospects of the expression-of-interest letter resulting in an actual mine.
Exploration companies have come and gone in the area in recent decades, all testing the waters, said Ed Huebert, executive director of the Mining Association of Manitoba.
"But anything the province can do to promote mineral development in Manitoba is a good thing," he said.
"I'll believe it when I see it," added Robert Muir, the RM of Russell's outgoing reeve. "It would be wonderful if it happened. We've been looking at it for years and it still hasn't come about."
Over the past several years, mining companies such as Agrium and BHP Billiton have spent tens of millions on exploratory drilling on properties overlying the deposit.
On one parcel of land now incorporated into the Manitoba Potash Corporation's holding, the Crown corporation was in a partnership with BHP Billiton, which completed an internal scoping study of a potash mine. When BHP Billiton decided to divest, Manitoba Potash acquired that stake for a nominal fee.
Agrium held an exploration lease on another former parcel for several years. It was negotiating with the province on a production lease, but chose not to pursue a mine. That land then reverted back to the Crown.
As recently as 2013, a provincial mineral-resources report, citing a BHP Billiton assessment, described a two-million-tonne-per-year mine as "technically feasible" while facing "significant technical and economic challenges."
Source: Winnipeg Free Press July 23, 2014
The Manitoba government will purchase 60 new automated weather stations and place them across the province, adding to an existing network to provide additional accurate and detailed weather information, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced today.
"Significant weather events can affect thousands of people provincewide so we are investing in new equipment to ensure Manitobans have the most up-to-date weather information possible," said Minister Ashton. "These weather stations will improve our ability to forecast floods and droughts, fight forest fires and ensure Manitoba's farmers can access the detailed weather information they need."
The new weather stations, which will begin to be installed this fall, will include all-season precipitation gauges to collect snow and rainfall precipitation to improve flood forecasting related to spring thaws and rainfall-driven events. They will transmit hourly data on air temperature, humidity, rainfall and soil temperature.
The minister noted 20 stations will be placed in areas at risk for forest fires to support Manitoba's firefighting prevention programs. The other 40 stations will be located in agricultural areas to enhance Manitoba's agro-meteorology program, which provides weather-related information and other tools to producers at no charge, which is then used for their crop and land-management decisions. The new weather stations will also improve the Manitoba government's ability to report on crop and soil conditions, assess risks from crop diseases and insects, and support decision-making for the crop-residue burning program.
"Everyone likes to talk about the weather, but these new automated stations will provide critical information for farmers as it guides their decisions that can sometimes mean the difference between profit and loss," said Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn. "More weather stations will result in more accurate, timely information and better resources for producers."
The expansion of the weather station network was a recommendation from the
2011 Flood Review Task Force. Minister Ashton noted meteorological data from all weather stations across the province will be used to help officials assess and forecast weather events such as heavy rainfall that may lead to flooding.
In addition to Environment Canada weather stations, Manitoba currently operates 50 permanent weather stations and 20 seasonal weather stations.
All of the new weather stations will meet international measurement standards to ensure accuracy.
Nominations Open For 2014 Excellence in Sustainability Awards: Minister Mackintosh
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Excellence in Sustainability Awards, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
"There is no shortage of great ideas from the creative, environmentally conscious people of this province and we're always looking to celebrate successful ideas that support the goal of reducing our impact on the environment," said Minister Mackintosh. "We encourage communities and individuals to submit their programs or projects for recognition."
Any individual, business, organization or community group in Manitoba is eligible to apply or be nominated for one award in the following categories:action on climate change, air quality and energy efficiency; sustainability in water and natural area stewardship; sustainability in pollution prevention and product stewardship; education for sustainability; innovation and research for sustainability; champion for sustainability; sustainable community; and outstanding achievement in sustainability.
The awards are open to all Manitoba residents, any organization or business operating in or initiatives taking place in the province.
For more information about the awards program and how to apply, call 204-945-4391 in Winnipeg or 1‑800-282-8069 (toll-free), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at: www.manitoba.ca/conservation/susresmb/mrtsd/mesa/.
The deadline for nominations and applications is noon, Friday, Sept. 26.
The Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development established the awards program in 2008 to showcase individual and collective efforts that incorporate the positive impact of decisions and actions on the environment, the economy, and human health and well-being.
The Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development is an advisory board that provides advice and support to the Manitoba government about responsible resource management and land use, and environmental, social and economic development.
TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan highlights sustainability issues and Manitoba's efforts in this area. For more information on TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan, visit: www.manitoba.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan/..
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