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Submission for a Made-in Manitoba Climate and Green Plan

In 2016-2017, the Province of Manitoba requested submissions during a consultation process for the Made-In Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. The Green Action Centre drafted our views on what this plan could look like.

Ordinary citizens creating change for 30 years

Thirty years ago, a group of ordinary citizens came together to rally for environmental change. Their collective energy and leadership resulted in the founding of what is Green Action Centre today.

Green Action Centre on Electricity Rate Hearings

Manitoba’s energy future is at a crossroads: Do we go down the road of building ever more generation to feed a never ending thirst for electricity, or do we recognize the limits of growth and look for ways to reduce demand while maximizing the benefits of the energy we do consume for all Manitobans?

Are you ready for the 1% electricity challenge?
Reduce your electric use 1% each year;
ask Manitoba Hydro to follow your lead;

Recycle

Did you know that 70% of the ‘garbage’ that comes out of our houses and apartments can be recycled or composted?

Widening Kenaston

On January 25, Winnipeg City Council voted to approve a preliminary plan to widen Kenaston Boulevard from 4 lanes to 6 between Ness and Taylor Avenues. Read the Green Action Centre brief on the project.

Cap and trade is a market-based system that could play a small role in helping to reduce greenhouse gases in Manitoba, but only if it is properly implemented. With the wrong policy choices, cap and trade could be an expensive distraction that facilitates increased emissions across the region.

Electricity: how affordable is cheap?

Manitoba Hydro has asked for permission to change electricity rates. Green Action Centre proposes that this is an opportunity to make ground-breaking policy that builds social, environmental and economic sustainability into electricity pricing.

Winnipeg’s Transportation Master Plan

How we get around Winnipeg is a hot topic for most people. Check out what’s happening with development of Winnipeg’s new Transportation Master Plan and hear what Green Action Centre recommends.

Sorting through plastic grocery bags

Green Action Centre estimates that Manitobans carry home more than 200-million disposable plastic bags provided by grocery stores and retail shops every year. How can we make this stop? What’s a person to do?

Waste diversion and industry

Green Action Centre’s discussion paper on the challenges and possible solutions for Winnipeg to achieve higher waste diversion rates for the ICI and C&D sectors in Manitoba (download here).

Greening Manitoba’s Budget

Green Action Centre submitted a list of proposals to the Province to make Manitoba’s economy and budget more environmentally sustainable. Read the 5 key recommendations here.

Toxics in your cosmetics

David Suzuki Foundation has released a report showing the dangers of 12 toxic chemicals commonly found in wide range of cosmetic products in Canada. The “Dirty Dozen” are found not just in make-up, but in everything from shampoo to hand moisturizers.

Provincial Land Use Policy Review

Development plans in Manitoba should undergo a Peak Oil Test to assess how resilient communities can be in the face of anticipated petroleum shortages and skyrocketing prices. Find out more.

Bisphenol A: Joint Environmental Report on New Effluent Regulations

In 2009, Environment Canada proposed new regulations to limit emissions of Bisphenol A (BPA) from industrial effluent. BPA is among dozens of chemicals being reviewed for their toxicity. An Environment Canada assessment found BPA to be especially toxic in aquatic environments. Resource Conservation Manitoba participated in the consultation and helped produce the consolidated ENGO report…

Climate Change and Copenhagen

In December 2009, the leaders of nations from around the world met in Copenhagen, Denmark to discuss climate change and negotiate a follow up treaty to the Kyoto Protocol. Prior to the meeting, Green Action Centre sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking him to take steps to reduce Canada’s contribution to climate change.