The fate of the East Side of Lake Winnipeg has been a hot political issue in Winnipeg for several years. Lately, the Progressive Conservatives have been raising this as an issue again, attacking the NDP for its position on the issue. This week, Stef McLachlan and Troy Stozek talk about one of the last remaining tracts of boreal forest in the world. The guests include Susan Casey-Leftowitz from the Natural Resources Defense Council in the US, Ron Thiessen from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Suzanne McCrae from the Boreal Forest Network.
Susan Casey-Leftowitz from the Natural Resources Defense Council in the US:
NRDC is an environmental advocacy group in the US with over 1.2 million members and activists who really care about the last remaining wilderness areas in the world, one of these areas being the East side of lake Winnipeg.
Natural Defense Council Website: http://www.nrdc.org/
Ron Thiessen from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS):
CPAWS was founded in 1963 focusing on wilderness conservation with chapters in all provinces except for PEI and Nunavut. Work with government, communities, industry and the public to find solutions for protecting the great Canadian wetlands and waters. The sole purpose of CPAWS in Manitoba is boreal forest conservation specifically promoting the goal of preserving at least half of the boreal forest region from development.
CPAWS website: http://www.cpaws.org/
Suzanne McCrae from the Boreal Forest Network:
Founded in mid-nineties as a campaigning environmental and social justice based network in Winnipeg. The Boreal Forest Network has a mandate to support indigenous community led campaigns whenever possible, and have done so numerous times but specifically in helping First Nations Communities plan, manage, and control resource extraction on their traditional territories.
Boreal Forest Network website: http://borealforestnetwork.com/
Listen to the podcast to hear what Suzanne, Ron, and Susan have to say about the East Side UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s potential benefits to Aboriginal communities, North Americans, and the world as a whole as well as the controversy surrounding the implementation of this site.
Also included: Dean Talks to Pam and Clint Cavers of Harborside Farms: http://www.harborsidefarms.com/