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No Crude Oil Shipments Through Churchill, Manitoba!

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We need you to raise your voice against a terrible plan to ship crude oil through northern Manitoba communities to the Port of Churchill, and then by tanker through Hudson Bay. It’s a terrible idea that would put this fragile ecological area at risk!

Most people only know Churchill as the place to see polar bears and beluga whales; in fact, it’s the best place in the world to see them. Omnitrax, the company that owns the port and railway, plans to put those polar bears and belugas in jeopardy by shipping crude oil through this region.

We’ve already documented many aspects of this plan that simply won’t work. You can read about the area’s lack of oil spill containment equipment on our blog post here, and even see a government video of cleanup equipment failing in icy northern waters. You can read about how dangerous this rail line is in this blog post, which chronicles four separate derailments and accidents that occurred on this rail line while I was travelling to and from Churchill in the fall of 2013.

For some of the remote communities along the rail line, this single railway is their only access to the outside world – and to each other. How can oil spill response equipment be transported into these communities, when the only rail line has an accident on it? How do you evacuate people when there is no road into these communities? How do we safeguard the population, the wildlife, and the lands and waters that provide for them, when the only access – the rail line – is blocked by a train derailment?

Finally, Hudson Bay itself has no crude oil being shipped through it right now. We do not need to put Hudson Bay at risk. Nunavut, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec will all share the risk if crude oil is transported through Hudson Bay. This plan does not need to happen!

Please use this letter-writing tool to contact federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, and voice your opinion today! Share this information with your family, friends and neighbours – the more people who speak up, the better.

We must ban crude oil shipments through Hudson Bay to protect marine ecosystems, to protect the fragile northern ecology, and to protect the Bushline and Bayline communities – and the territories they rely on to thrive.

Click here to write to the Minister of Transport today.                      

 


Photo: The rail line heading into the Port of Churchill, Manitoba (Eric Reder).

Stop mining in Manitoba's Provincial Parks

Manitoba is one of the few jurisdictions in the world to allow mining activity in provincial parks. Our province has 14 parks and one park reserve that are under threat from the destructive mining industry. The parks play host to a staggering 792 mining claims, 22 mineral exploration projects and 4 mineral exploration licenses. Some of these are in the province’s most well-known parks, including Whiteshell, Nopiming, Paint Lake and Grass River. We know these parks need to be protected so they can provide ecosystem services such as water and air filtration, biological diversity and climate regulation. Parks also provide us with places to relax, learn and enjoy the magnificent wilderness Manitoba offers. Mining definitely does not support healthy ecosystems, provide recreational value nor does it fit into the vision of our provincial park system.

Help Stop the Manitoba "Peat Rush"

Manitoba is suffering from a “peat rush” right now, with companies currently trying to get approval to strip mine thousands of hectares of boreal lowlands to harvest peat moss. Peatlands, however, are an important part of a healthy Manitoba environment.

Peatlands, which are all wetlands, are natural filters that provide and store clean, clear fresh water. Peat lowlands also provide important habitat for unique plant species like the carnivorous pitcher plant (right), as well as moose. But the most significant benefit of peatlands is that they store vast amounts of carbon, which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Mining peat will reduce or eliminate all of these ecological benefits.

Please write to the Minister for Conservation and Water Stewardship, and let him know your opinion on this important public land issue.

Write your letter today!

Youth asking YOU to help Manitoba's reindeer

 “Did you know that caribou are key indicators of the health of a forest? However, the species is endangered. Their population is decreasing due to habitat loss. To help them, send a letter to government asking for habitat protection. Pass this letter-writing tool on to everyone you know to help spread the word!”

This is the message that was crafted at the 2012 Greenspace Youth Conference. The environmental groups from 10 high schools learned that caribou and reindeer are actually the same species. They also learned about the need to protect the home forest of the Owl-Flinstone caribou in southeast Manitoba.

More than 10,000 Manitobans have already contacted the government, asking that woodland caribou be protected. Recently, both the federal and provincial governments stated that the caribou need more undisturbed habitat, and more of their home forest protected. Now we need to ensure that government gets our message—that we want caribou forests protected.

Please click here to write your letter now!

 


Photo: Wayne Lynch

Speak up for the greatest forest on earth!

One of the most effective ways to bring change is to write a letter to your elected representatives. Although it takes a little more time, a simple typed or handwritten letter is considered to represent 500 like-minded citizens. Writing a short letter is one of the easiest ways to exercise your voice and participate in active citizenry which is crucial to ensuring your vision for the future is heard.

Write a Letter to Save The Boreal

In our newspaper Canada's Threatened Bird Nursery: The Boreal Forest we outline a bold plan to save not just the Boreal's three billion song birds, which are in dramatic decline, but also one of the most important carbon sinks in the hemisphere.

Now we need your help to make this vision a reality. Please take a few minutes to write a letter to the Prime Minister and to your Premier telling them how you feel about protecting 50% of the Boreal starting with the area mapped on Page 2 of the paper as the "Bird Nursery Conservation Area".

Voice your opinion on the new Red Deer Lake WMA

One of the most effective ways to bring change is to write a letter to your elected representatives. Although it takes a little more time, a simple typed or handwritten letter is considered to represent 500 like-minded citizens. Writing a short letter is one of the easiest ways to exercise your voice and participate in active citizenry which is crucial to ensuring your vision for the future is heard.