The Manitoba government will begin public consultations this year in an attempt to create a new “leading edge” environmental law to replace the Sustainable Development Act.

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The Manitoba government will begin public consultations this year in an attempt to create a new "leading edge" environmental law to replace the Sustainable Development Act.

Premier Greg Selinger announced the new initiative, called Tomorrow Now – Manitoba’s Green Plan, at a press conference at The Forks. He also released a glossy 54-page report that sets out an eight-year action plan "for mobilizing Manitobans to work together to protect the environment while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy."

In the document, the province vows to create 15 new provincial parks, ecological reserves and wildlife management areas over the next eight years, as well as improve the Power Smart energy saving program and boost hydroelectric generation by 43 per cent over the next 15 years.

On first glance, the document appears to be a restating of the government’s recent green initiatives and goals. Included are mentions of the electric transit bus being developed by Winnipeg’s New Flyer Industries, as well as work being done with livestock farmers to better control manure. There are also plans to encourage greater use of geothermal energy.

The document even includes a section devoted to "personal choices" Manitobans can make to leave less of an imprint on the planet, such as carpooling, turning off lights when leaving a room and using baking soda, lemon and vinegar as an alternative to employing commercial cleansers.

Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch
Legislature reporter

Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.