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Manitoba Hydro fundamentally alters the five largest rivers in the province and six of the 12 largest lakes. It does so according to values and oversight mechanisms from the past. That is bound to change. The question is, how soon? Hydro has had its way with Manitoba's water for 50 years. The extensive, ongoing damage it causes to traditional industries, community well-being and ecosystems has been discussed elsewhere. Now it's time to focus on bringing our utility into the current era. Last week, Premier Greg Selinger accepted the Clean Environment Commission's recommendations to reva

“The report presents a substantial and thoughtful approach to the regulation of one of our most important water bodies, Lake Winnipeg,” Minister Nevakshonoff said.  “Thank you to members of the commission and all those who took part in the public hearings.  I commend your commitment to ensuring Manitoba is a sustainable province today and for future generations.” The report was completed as part of a request for a final license for Lake Winnipeg Regulation and includes the CEC’s review and findings from public hearings that included input from a range of public and important sta

On December 4th and 5th, 2014, the first meeting of what would later become Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro Impacted Communities took place at the Friendship Centre in Thompson, Manitoba. The meeting was attended by 62 people, including representatives from 13 Cree and Anishinaabe First Nations, five NGOS, and 11 researchers. Importantly, the meeting represented the first opportunity for many of these communities to share their experiences as well as to identify ways of grieving these losses and to move forward. This first meeting would also inform a SSHRC Letter of Intent by iden

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