This article was published on May 29, 2021 in the Winnipeg Free Press by Sarah Laurenuik The lights are on, but Manitoba Hydro isn't answering the door to offer clarity on greener power plans Flying above the coast of Hudson Bay west of Churchill, in the furthest northern reaches of Manito

In Memory of Jack Lovell (June 11, 1958 ~ February 22, 2019) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John (Jack) Lovell. Along with being a loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle, Jack was also a PhD Candidate at the University of Manitoba, working with Stef McLachlan and Wa Ni Ska Tan. Jack was very active with Wa Ni Ska Tan from the very beginning and many Alliance m

Wa Ni Ska Tan is an intervenor in the National Energy Board's (NEB) hearings regarding Manitoba Hydro's application to proceed with the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP). The project requires the construction and operation of a 500 kV alternating current international power line (IPL) extending from Manitoba Hydro’s Dorsey Converter Station (located near Rosser, north-west of Wi

Another proposal deadline has come and gone. We're very excited about the new projects and research that was approved by the Research Committee on January 23rd. See below for a summary of the research and community projects we are supporting. Another outcome of the last research meeting was the formation of the Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment (RCEA) and Augmented Flow Program (AFP) working

By Will Braun Originally published on December 30th, 2017 in the Winnipeg Free Press The Keeyask dam is springing leaks, and the possibility of further cost overruns and delays, as recently reported, is just the start. The dam, now estimated to cost between $8.7 billion and $10.5 billion, was officially approved in 2014, based largely on Manitoba Hydro’s projection that demand for energ

The Ongoing Impacts of Northern Hydro Development By Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (originally published on MEJC's website on August 28th, 2017) Manitoba celebrates the “clean energy” that comes from Manitoba Hydro’s damn systems in the province’s North. But to call this energy “clean” is a misnomer. MEJC members recently participated in a tour of northern communities affe

If we could sum up the 2017 Spring Gathering in a phrase it would be, "Less talk, more action!" Breakout sessions during the Gathering identified priorities around five major themes: health, youth, fisheries, legal action, and activism and outreach. Each group identified action items to improve environment and community health, increase youth engagement, support the recovery and management of fis

The Research and Steering Committees got together in mid-October to review proposals that were submitted for our fall intake date, September 18th, 2017. We received three project proposals of which two were approved. The third was sent back for more information and revisions. Here are the two community projects that were approved. The next intake date is January 15th, 2018. Grand Rapids Doc

Manitoba isn't the only province dealing with overzealous hydroelectric developers. At the moment the Peace River Valley in British Columbia is the site for the controversial Site C dam. The proposed mega-project is expected to flood over 100 km of river valley, decimating some of the most fertile land in northern BC, along with hunting, fishing, and trapping grounds, old growth boreal forests, a

From June 7th to the 10th, 2017 community members, researchers, and NGOs met in Norway House Cree Nation for our annual Spring Gathering. Over the course of four days over eighty people from 15 Metis and First Nations communities came together to discuss and address the impacts of hydropower. Youth and elders were well represented and it was a privilege to hear everyone's stories and work together