Building Strong Communities: A Circular Approach demonstrates the type of collaboration that will be necessary as Manitoba seeks to capitalize on opportunities for the future.
Building Strong Communities: A Circular Approach

Circular Economy FAQs

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Take a look at what a circular economy is, what it means for Manitobans and Canadians, and what you can do today to create a cleaner tomorrow.
Burnham Wisdom quote from Hank at SCC for the Winnipeg Metro Region meeting

Working Together on Plan20-50

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This week brought a fantastic meeting on regional planning and Plan20-50 with participants from all over the province, the country, and the world.
Online shopping on tablet next to houseplants
What is sustainable procurement and how does it affect our day-to-day?
Water flowing down stream between trees Manitoba Canada Winnipeg Metropolitan Region

Working for Canada’s water future

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A deep dive into the work that's being done to restore and preserve Canada's waters, and what more needs to happen.
Shoreline in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region Manitoba

The future of Global Waters

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What is Canada's Water Agency and why is creating one necessary?
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Why is shopping local so important, and how does it actually benefit the customer? Here's how!
handing local product from employee to customer

Supporting Local in the Winnipeg Metro Region—Where to Start

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How do you know where to go to support local? If you live in the Winnipeg Metro Region, this post has you covered!
Support local Manitoba

How to support Manitoba businesses in a variety of ways

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Shop local. Support small businesses. Order from your favourite local restaurant tonight. We keep sharing...
Many of us might be needing holiday spirit this year more than we ever have. Manitoba's most festive season is surely going to look quite different, which has people wondering if all of the beloved holiday festivities will be cancelled. While that may be the case for a handful of events, Selkirk's famous Holiday Alley is still...
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister at Driving Competitiveness event on Oct 31, 2019

What a Difference One Year Can Make

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What a difference a year can make. This time last year, we were hard at work preparing for our “Driving Competitiveness” event where we welcomed over 300 of Manitoba’s...
How will a regional approach benefit the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region?

Metro Region needs collaborative growth plan

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By the end of this year, the Metro Region expects to complete a first draft of its new long-term growth plan — Plan 2050 — reflecting input from municipal leaders, provincial and Indigenous governments, businesses, environmental groups, land planning professionals, and individual citizens.
Resilience for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region
"A lot of work on resilience has focused on the capacity to absorb shocks and still maintain function. But, there is also another aspect of resilience that concerns the capacity for renewal, re-organization, and development, which has been less in focus but is essential for the sustainability discourse." - Folke, 2006 Resiliency can be...

Why do we keep talking about “resiliency” in Manitoba?

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“We must plan to bend, so to not break.” — Lisa Strychar, A Report on Resiliency for the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region. What exactly is...

Freshwater Alliance Panel – Q & A

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I was fortunate enough to have taken part in the Agriculture Considerations for the Canada Water Agency workshop on June 25. The objective of this session was to hear from professionals...
Farmer's hands holding wheat in field Manitoba
A look into how important agriculture is to all of Manitoba
River

Seven spots to hit for fishing in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region

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Amidst a time when everything feels restricted, today welcomes a weekend of loosening the reigns. From June 12 – 14th, all Manitoba residents have free access to...
Farmer's hands holding wheat in field Manitoba

Internet—more than just Netflix and emails. Our economy depends on it.

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Rural and Indigenous communities, and local governments, continue in their struggle to access reliable and affordable high-speed Internet for citizens. The conversation is about so much more...
Rocks in front of water Manitoba
Dead fish washing up on the shores of Lake Winnipeg—Why? If you live on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, or if you’ve been active online recently, you may already be aware of the hundreds—if not thousands—of dead carp that have been washing up from our waters.
Fountain at the Winnipeg Legislature Building in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region

10 Fun Things to do in the WMR as restrictions begin lifting

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Check out these 10 fun things to do this summer in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region.
Sun shining over grass.

How to still enjoy your May Long

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May Long weekend marks the start of summer for Manitobans. After six long months of huddling inside, we look forward to this time of year when we can finally pack up the...

Building Resiliency is a Team Sport

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Today, the Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba made an announcement that will go a long way in ensuring communities across Manitoba are safe and resilient in the face of extreme weather...
Remembrance Day

Two Minutes of Silence

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Two minutes of silence, the playing of the Last Post, the recitation of In Flanders Fields, and the wearing of poppies are all part Remembrance Day but have we remembered everyone?
As Manitoba celebrates 150 years strong this year, we invite you to join leaders in government, business, academia and civil society to explore the challenges and opportunities related to climate, technology, effective partnerships, infrastructure investment and economic growth in order to build strong communities and secure our future for the next 150. Leaders are...
With above normal rainfall in September and October, and a vicious Thanksgiving weekend snowstorm that not only dumped a pile of precipitation but crushed trees destroying approximately 10% of Winnipeg’s tree canopy, downed hydro lines also left thousands of Manitobans without power for almost two weeks.

Accountability Counts

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Last week Premier Pallister announced the progress the Province of Manitoba has made with a common sense approach to purchasing.  Since adopting a shared purchasing approach that includes a bulk buying arrangement, the...
collaborative leadership initiative

1st in the Nation as Manitoba Leads Canada into the Future

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The Collaborative Leadership Initiative is redefining the goal of economic development as enabling Manitoba to compete at the global level. By bringing Mayors, Reeves, and Chiefs of the First Nations together, we...
If you have been down to The Forks or walked along any riverbank lately you will notice that the Red River is rising. Manitoba has seen unprecedented rainfall throughout September and early October. In Winnipeg alone we had 18 days of rain with a combined rainfall total of 150.8 millimetres this is more than three times the typical...

Plastic Straws Are Only One Part of the Problem

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Single use plastics are items that are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. Whether we are talking packaging, straws, cutlery or take- out containers each year the number...

Made In Manitoba Part II

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As we know, Manitoba has so many great women leaders. Our initial post - Made in Manitoba: Resources of our People was very popular, but we couldn't list all the hard working...
This September 2019, I attended the NASCO Conference (North American Strategy for Competitiveness) in Columbus Ohio. NASCO is a tri-national network of the North American governments, business, and educational institutions that support and enhance collaboration along trade routes and networks.  My interest in attending the conference was two-fold. First, as we develop our own METRO Region approach...

Made In Manitoba

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Made In Manitoba: Manitoba is truly at the crossroads of Canada.  In addition to our productive capacity, our abundant resources, and our geographic location in the center of Canada, we are fortunate...

What the Election Says About Us

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Election Season round two!  With the end of the Provincial Election and the start of the Federal Election Manitobans have been inundated with messaging which has ultimately led to...
Water is employment - an estimated three out of four jobs in the global workforce are dependent on water. Globally 1.5 billion people are employed in water and natural resources dependent industries. In the WMR alone in the agri-business sector has 18,000 jobs related to this industry alone and 3100 businesses.   Here in...

Manitoba’s Transportation Sector

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In the Winnipeg METRO Region (WMR), the transportation sector including trucking is one of the strongest economic drivers. The transportation sector employs 42,000 people in the METRO Region alone.  This...

The USMCA approval could be a big win for WMR and Manitoba

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Have you seen the USMCA Video by the Missouri Farm Bureau yet? (It's embedded below.) With harvest in full swing many Canadian farmers have may not have much time...
If we are going to align economic development efforts and grow Manitoba's economy, we need to adopt a regional approach — one that includes bold leadership, the co-ordinated delivery of services, strategic land-use planning, and a revamp of permitting and other processes to drive investment in Manitoba. This collaboration and streamlining of processes can...

Man of the People: Remembering Mitch Podolak

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Sad news on the passing of Mitch Podolak - co-founder of the Winnipeg Folk Fest and the West End Cultural Centre. The Winnipeg Folk Fest is one of...

5 Key Strategies for Coordinating Successful Collaboration

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Creating successful partnerships has been a struggle since the beginning of time. Whether we are talking about personal or professional partnerships, challenges are plenty. There are, however, successful strategies to follow ensuring...
Last week Premier Pallister announced the progress the Province of Manitoba has made with a common sense approach to purchasing.  Since adopting a shared purchasing approach that includes a bulk buying arrangement, the province has realized savings of close to $13 million. This is important work and should be applauded.   This new purchasing calls on...

Winnipeg Metro Region: High Speed, Reliable Internet is Within Our Grasp

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Through JohnQ, the Winnipeg METRO Region’s municipal participation corporation, we have been working hard to ensure our growing region has the high-speed Internet infrastructure it needs to build better lives for residents, to ensure we are...
Fountain at the Winnipeg Legislature Building in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region

Strong Municipalities; Stronger Manitoba

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IF we are going to align regional economic development efforts and grow our economy in Manitoba, we need to adopt a localized approach - one that includes bold leadership, the coordinated delivery...
By Dylan Robertson, Winnipeg Free Press dylan.robertson@freepress.mb.ca The Liberals have pegged the cost of giving all households access to high-speed Internet from $5 billion to $6 billion, by way of grants to help launch low-orbit satellite connections. But Barlow estimates Canada needs closer to $9 billion...

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Building Strong Communities: A Circular Approach

Building Strong Communities: A Circular Approach demonstrates the type of collaboration that will be necessary as Manitoba seeks to capitalize on opportunities for the future.

Building Strong Communities: A Circular Approach

Building Strong Communities: A Circular Approach demonstrates the type of collaboration that will be necessary as Manitoba seeks to capitalize on opportunities for the future.

Circular Economy FAQs

Take a look at what a circular economy is, what it means for Manitobans and Canadians, and what you can do today to create a cleaner tomorrow.

Circular Economy FAQs

Take a look at what a circular economy is, what it means for Manitobans and Canadians, and what you can do today to create a cleaner tomorrow.