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Steve Lambert, who covers the legislature for the Canadian Press, sent in the following, in response to the previous blog. It's a clip from his wire story that ran Dec. 11, 2003. That's more than five years ago.WINNIPEG (CP)    Manitobans will be encouraged to cut back on the amount of water they use under a conservation plan being developed by the provincial government, Premier Gary Doer said Thursday.    Legislation should be ready by the spring, he told the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in his annual state-of-the province address.    "It might mean not watering your lawn as much or not putting as many chemicals on your lawn," Doer said.    "We cannot squander this wonderful, precious asset that we have."                                           Five years ago, that was the Water Protection Act Doer was talking about more than five years ago. The act passed, but five years later there are still no regulations that actually put any of the legislation into practice five years later.Thanks, Steve. I'll check on it in 2013.

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About Mary Agnes Welch

Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first covering city hall and then the Manitoba legislature before moving to her current post as public policy reporter. Before Winnipeg, she worked at the Windsor Star and the Odessa American, a small daily newspaper in West Texas. There, in addition to covering more than 20 counties, she took high school football scores from coaches all over West Texas by phone every Friday night.

Mary Agnes is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism school. She has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category.

She was a Southam journalism fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College in 2012-13, where she studied indigenous issues, urban planning and political science. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and has served on several boards.

She once misspelled "Shih Tzu" in the paper and received 37 emails from angry dog-owners.

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