"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

Henry D. Thoreau

 

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Tuesday
Dec122017

It is the Month of December...

It is the month of December, and yet the city is at this very moment in a sweat. License is given to the general merrymaking. Everything resounds with mighty preparations, – as if (Christmas) differed at all from the usual business day! So true it is that the difference is nil, that I regard as correct the remark of the man who said: ‘Once December was a month; now it is a year.’ ”

Seneca the Younger wrote those words about 2000 years ago

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Phosphate Cycles

Most readers will likely have heard of the ‘carbon cycle’ from their school days. However as a refresher, for millions of years through the process of photosynthesis plants and trees have taken in carbon dioxide and given out oxygen instead. Meanwhile animals have taken in oxygen and given out carbon dioxide, such that the atmosphere has been in equilibrium. Then, to upset millions of years of that equilibrium we humans have come along and dug up extra carbon in the form of coal, oil and natural gas, burnt it to extract the energy and released the exhaust as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is this additional carbon dioxide that is causing the global warming because it acts like an insulating blanket around the planet.

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Thursday
Nov302017

November Meeting & Letter re: Made-in-Manitoba Plan

On November 22nd, members of South Eastman Transition met to discuss the Made-in-Manitoba Plan released by the Pallister government in early November. Some of us have taken this seriously and have studied the Plan considerably. Our letter of response to the Minister of Sustainable Development is copied below.

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Tuesday
Nov212017

Manitoba's Carbon Plan: Presentation & Discussion Wed Nov 22

  Photo credit: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

The province's new "Made-in-Manitoba" Plan to address climate change will affect every aspect of your life and the lives of your children. Learn more about the Plan and what it will mean to the economy, agriculture, and the environment. Panelists Eric Rempel, Gary Martens & Chris Randall will provide presentations on these and other aspects of the plan, and will answer your questions about its implications in their own fields of expertise.  Don't miss this important event!

Date: Wednesday November 22 7:00 pm

Location: Fireside Room, Pat Porter Centre (Enter by the main door)

Tuesday
Nov212017

The Made-in-Manitoba Plan and Land Management

The recently released Manitoba Green Plan is dominated by plans for a carbon tax and arguments that the Made-in-Manitoba scheme is better than the Federal system. Nevertheless tucked away in the latter half of the document is a section focused on what our government thinks needs to be done to manage surface waters in southern Manitoba.

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