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This article was published 19/3/2008 (3413 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Okay, how do you get a gym full of tots all fired up about nutrient management regulation so the photo op doesn't go all to hell while CTV is rolling? Ask Water Minister Christine Melnick, not a politician or a portfolio normally associated with inspiring Hallmark moments.The province finally signed off on some new water pollution regs Tuesday (see crabby post below) and did a little press announcement at Lakewood School. Reporters were rolling their eyes at the deja-vous of it all, and the cute kids were getting a little antsy when Melnick (known for her elementary teacher-style sweaters) made the trip to St. Charles a tiny bit worthwhile.The kids got a chance to ask a couple questions before reporters did. They asked how many fish were dying from pollution in Lake Winnipeg and how much algae is too much. Melnick fielded the questions like a pro - short, simple, colourful answers that were really answers. Then she fired off a few questions to the kids - how many have fish tanks? How many have cottages? How many have been swimming in Lake Winnipeg? How many have heard the loons around the lake? Hands were shooting up all over the gym and even I was reminded why we give a crap about Lake Winnipeg.