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GROUP DISCUSSION: MANITOBA GREEN PLAN - Sept 12

Wednesday, September 12, 6:30pm: a meeting to formulate a response to the Manitoba Green Plan.
 
The Manitoba Government has begun a process of public consultation, seeking input on a "strong, leading edge law to replace The Sustainable Development Act to help build green prosperity in Manitoba."
For more information go to Tomorrownowgreenplan. The website indicates government will consider feedback until the end of October.
A small, enthusiastic, group of SETI members met August 29 for a first look at the plan. Different people will prepare a response to each of the priorities. These will be discussed and fine tuned at this meeting. Everyone is encouraged to join this meeting and participate. A significant aspect of our future is at stake here.
Each of us could provide individual feedback to TomorrowNow. There would be value in that. However through dialogue about the proposed plan we can come to a more thoughtful conclusion. So join us. Together we can make a much bigger difference than each alone.
Below are links to some recent documents that speak to "Green Development" both in the Mantioba and Canidian context.

Manitoba

The Sustainable Development Act (current) -  Gov’t MB, 1997

Discussion paper inviting response to a Green Economy Action Plan - Gov’t MB, July 2012

The Manitoba Bioproducts Strategy

Greater Strides: Taking Action on Active Transportation - Government appointed Active Transportation Advisory Group, June 2011

Manitoba Water Strategy released in 2003

Canada

Federally we seem to have no plan, other than actions on the part of the federal government that imply the only necessary plan is to hasten and facilitate the export of Alberta bitumen/oil. In Halifax the premiers discussed, but did not agree on a strategic energy action plan, and the federal government was conspicuous by its absence. Tides Canada, a well funded and well heeled NGO, is calling for action.

News Release after survey - Tides Canada, July 2012

What the Premiers agreed in Halifax - Council of the Federation, July 2012

Tide Canada's response to the Premiers' statement - Tides Canada, July 2012

Survey Results - Tides Canada, July 2012

Towards a Clean Energy Accord - Tides Canada, June 2012

A New Energy Vision for Canada: A Call for Endorsation - Tides Canada, Early 2011

Now or Never: Canada Must Act Urgently to Seize its Place in the NEW ENERGY WORLD ORDER - The Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources        , July 2012

Response to the Senate Statement - Honourable Joe Oliver, July 2012