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CPAWS Commends Progress Toward East Side World Heritage Site

CPAWS Commends Progress Toward East Side World Heritage Site

The Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is celebrating Canada’s submission to the United Nations for a World Heritage Site on the east side of Lake Winnipeg – the Heart of the Boreal. The 43,000 km² World Heritage Site proposal is an initiative of five First Nations straddling the Manitoba-Ontario border to advance common interests regarding protected areas in their linked territories.

The application, supported by the respective provincial governments, was submitted to the federal government last year for review. It has now been approved and will be sent to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to consider for the prestigious international World Heritage Site designation.

“Congratulations to the First Nations that have undertaken this tireless effort and a big thanks to the federal and provincial governments for their tremendous support,” said Ron Thiessen, executive director of …

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Big wilderness protected by Bloodvein plan

Big wilderness protected by Bloodvein plan

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is cheering the protection of a huge area of Manitoba’s Boreal Forest announced today.

The vast area on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is home to Bloodvein First Nation. They worked with the province to develop a land use plan that is now officially solidified in legislation.

Congratulations to Bloodvein First Nation for their hard work and determination to safeguard part of the world’s largest intact section of Boreal Forest. We also applaud the Manitoba government, environmental groups, and Manitoba citizens for supporting large-scale wilderness protection in the region,” said an exuberant Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Manitoba chapter of CPAWS.

Through a provincial campaign, CPAWS has educated and inspired tens of thousands of Manitobans to voice their support for protection of the east side of Lake Winnipeg.

This is a great day for Manitoba,” …

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CPAWS Applauds Wilderness Protection Announcement

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The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is cheering the protection of a huge area of Manitoba’s Boreal Forest that was announced by the provincial government today. The ancient and largely undisturbed wilderness, about 20 times the size of Winnipeg, was legally protected from industrial activities such as logging, mining, and hydro developments.

The vast area on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is home to Poplar River First Nation, which led the conservation initiative.

“Congratulations to Poplar River First Nation for their hard work and determination to safeguard part of the world’s largest intact section of Boreal Forest. We also applaud the Manitoba government, environmental groups, and Manitoba citizens for supporting large-scale wilderness protection in the region,” said an exuberant Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Manitoba chapter of CPAWS.

Through …

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INTERNATIONAL GUESTS WELCOMED TO ONE OF THE LAST GREAT FORESTS OF THE WORLD

Proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site east of Lake Winnipeg would be Canada’s first to earn status for both natural and cultural value: Premier Selinger

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada—May 27, 2011

Over a dozen special guests from across Canada and the United States spent the last two days in the boreal forest of Manitoba learning first hand why the area is worthy of UNESCO World Heritage site status and world wide support. Premier Greg Selinger and Pimachiowin Aki Corp. Spokesperson Sophia Rabliauskas co-hosted the tour.

“It’s an honour to welcome new friends to Pimachiowin Aki, which means ‘The Land that Gives Life’ in Ojibwe,” said Rabliauskas. “As Anishinabe people we enjoy a special connection to the lands and waters that have sustained our ancestors forever. We look forward to sharing our culture and teachings with more visitors from around the world as we work to …

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Display Panels from UNESCO bid celebration event at the Manitoba Legislative Building

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Protecting the Bloodvein River

Protecting the Bloodvein River

The Pimachiowin Aki project aims to designate Manitoba’s Bloodvein River and surrounding forests a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Bald eagles soar over Manitoba’s Bloodvein River and a forest of lichen-draped Jack pines and mattress-thick moss. Piloted by grinning guides who shout at one another in Ojibwa, our boats splash through a series of churning rapids en route to an ancient rock painting on a granite cliff.

This river and the forest surrounding it are at the core of a campaign to create a UNESCO World Heritage Site on approximately 4.3 million hectares of boreal forest straddling the Manitoba-Ontario border, about one-third of the way up the eastern side of Lake Winnipeg. The goals of the Pimachiowin Aki …

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David Suzuki: Protecting the boreal wilderness known as Pimachiowin Aki

David Suzuki: Protecting the boreal wilderness known as Pimachiowin Aki

According to a study published several years ago in the journal Science, few places on our planet have been untouched by modern humans. Satellite images taken from thousands of kilometres above the Earth reveal a world that has been irrevocably changed by human land use over the past few decades.

From Arctic tundra to primeval rainforest to arid desert, our natural world has been fragmented by ever-expanding towns and cities, crisscrossed with roads, transmission lines and pipelines, and pockmarked by pump jacks, flare stacks, and other infrastructure used to drill, frack, and strip-mine fossil fuels from the ground.

The need to supply food, fibre, fuels, shelter, and freshwater to more than six billion people is driving the wholesale conversion of forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other ecosystems. Researchers have discovered that farmland and pasture now rival natural forest cover in extent, covering 40 per …

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Fast Facts: Bi Pole III: Winnipeg Free Press and the Conservative campaign of misinformation

The Winnipeg Free Press editorial “Best use of Hydro’s millions” (July 4) obfuscates several straightforward matters on Bipole III. The editorial states that Manitoba Conservatives claim that Bipole III’s west route “wastes” $3.2 billion (actually $3.62 billion is the latest claim by Hugh McFadyen on June 28). The editorial says the Conservatives “appear to reach their number . . . by throwing in every conceivable expense, including the kitchen sink.”

What the Free Press does not make clear is that the Conservatives don’t arrive at their costs by some innocent procedure of including various questionable expenses.

First, they cite the overall cost of the west route as being $4.4 billion, asserting that this is based on a Manitoba Hydro estimate, without disclosing the exact source so it is impossible to verify this number. Second, they cite the east route’s cost as being $800 million and subtract this from $4.4 billion. They …

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Latest Letters/Editorials

To build or not to build?

Bipole III major hydro corridor and northern dams
September 2012

The public debate has largely centered on the question of where do we erect a Bipole III major hydro transmission line – on the east or west side of the province? Now we are asking the most important questions, the ones we should have discussed first. To build or not to build? Is it good for Manitoba to construct Bipole III and the northern dams that would feed it?

Economically, it may have seemed more lucrative in the early part of this century. According to Winnipeg Free Press columnist Dan Lett, the forecast now for future Manitoba hydro export sales is highly uncertain. Customers in our most profitable export region to the south are losing their craving for our electricity as they are increasingly generating their own.

With all certainty, hundreds of kilometers of BiPole III transmission lines, no matter what route, will have …

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Ross response to Blaikie info on Bipole III is unacceptable

In recent weeks, the Brandon Sun has published a number of pieces calling for Manitoba Hydro and the Manitoba government to build the proposed Bipole III transmission line on the east side of Lake Winnipeg rather than the west side.

A letter to the editor on July 8, 2011, from Garland Laliberte and Karen Friesen (“Weighing The Costs Of Bipole III”) argued that the cost of the east side route would be $1 billion less than the west-side route. A letter of rebuttal to Laliberte and Friesen, which argued that their estimate of the difference in costs was inaccurate and exaggerated, apparently fell through the cracks.

This was followed on July 9 by an article written by Sun columnist Deveryn Ross titled, “Deveryn’s Decision — UNESCO Has Never Heard Of Bipole Projects.” The gist of Ross’ column is that he didn’t understand the long, complicated process required to obtain a UNESCO World …

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Weighing the Costs of Bipole III

Dear Editor;

Garland Laliberte and Karen Friesen’s letter of July 8, 2011 (Weighing the costs of Bipole III) is presumably intended to clarify the difference in the cost of running the Bipole III transmission line down the west side of Lake Winnipeg as opposed to the east side. If that was indeed their intention, their efforts have gone seriously awry.

The numbers of interest to citizens of Manitoba have been explained in detail most recently by John Ryan in a piece published by CCPA – Manitoba titled, “Bipole III: Winnipeg Free Press and the Conservative Campaign of Misinformation.” In brief, the relevant numbers are:

Cost of west side transmission line = $1,260,000 million

Cost of east side transmission line = $805,000 million

Difference in costs of construction = $455,000 million

Additional cost of line losses on west side = $232,000 million

Total difference in cost of west side transmission line = $687,000 million

Laliberte …

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East Side Protection Welcomed

Re: Manitoba protects over 800,000 hectares boreal forest, land for UNESCO bid (June 16)

An ancient and largely undisturbed wilderness, about 20 times the size of Winnipeg, is now legally protected from industrial activities such as logging, mining, and hydro developments.

Congratulations to Poplar River First Nation for their hard work and determination to safeguard part of the world’s largest intact section of Boreal Forest. I also applaud the Manitoba government, environmental groups, and Manitoba citizens for supporting large-scale wilderness protection in the region. This is a great day in Manitoba history.

The Boreal is the world’s largest source of fresh water and the northern lungs of the planet. As only about 1/5th of the world’s original forests remain intact, protecting the region on the east side of Lake Winnipeg has positive environmental implications across the globe.

Ron Thiessen

Executive Director

Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society – Manitoba chapter

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