Building Strong Communities: A Circular Approach
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

Sustainable Procurement—What You Need to Know

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What is sustainable procurement and how does it affect our day-to-day?
Water flowing down stream between trees Manitoba Canada Winnipeg Metropolitan Region
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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How supporting local actually benefits YOU

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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
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...

Holiday Alley—an event you can count on

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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...
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister at Driving Competitiveness event on Oct 31, 2019
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 leaders to the release of For the Benefit of All—a report authored by Dr. Robert Murray that set the course for creating a coordinated economically...
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

Overcoming vulnerabilities to become more resilient

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"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,...
Solar panels. Manitoba resilient Winnipeg Metropolitan Region.
Resiliency vs sustainability for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region.

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

Agriculture—how important is it really for Manitoba?

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A look into how important agriculture is to all of Manitoba
River
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 all provincial parks as well as fishing without a license. So, it seems only logical to send some recommendations your way on where to cast...
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

Concern over dead carp on our shores

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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...
Fountain at the Winnipeg Legislature Building in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region
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...

Future Focus 2050 – Getting Ready for What’s Next…

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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...
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?

A Leadership Leap of Faith

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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.
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 and a changing climate.  According the news release made by the Province of Manitoba, “The provincial government will provide more than $400 million...
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...
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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...

The Rising Red: Our History May Repeating

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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...
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 of single use items seems to grow. Each day Canadians are using 15 billion plastic bags and close to 57 million straws. About one third...

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...

NASCO Conference: Taking Note of the Manitoba Advantage

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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...

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 to have accumulated an array of brilliant, talented and accomplished professionals that have chosen to make Manitoba home.  Home grown or...

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...

When the Well is Dry…

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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...
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 week, during National Trucking Week, we tip our hats to the 400,000 Canadian men and women who keep the goods moving across Canada directly and...

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...

Why Growing Manitoba’s Economy Requires a Regional Approach

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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...
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 my favourite festivals and has become a tradition for our family to attend together and for this I am very grateful. Mitch's contributions to the...

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...

$40 Million In Store for New Brunswick High Speed Internet

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Pictured above: Minister Jordan in St. Martins, New Brunswick following a $40M Internet infrastructure investment announcement on July 25, 2019.
collaborative leadership initiative
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 ensure that we will have the resources to build an economy that can adapt to the complexities of the global market. With...
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...

Canadian Federal Budget Fallout Affects Internet Access

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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...
The economy of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region is driven by the agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing sectors and if we are to grow and compete in these key sectors we must make significant investments in high-speed communications infrastructure. Lower densities and distances inherent in rural areas has resulted in a lack of service and prevented the expansion of...

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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.

Working Together on Plan20-50

This week brought a fantastic meeting on regional planning and Plan20-50 with participants from all over the province, the country, and the world.

Working Together on Plan20-50

This week brought a fantastic meeting on regional planning and Plan20-50 with participants from all over the province, the country, and the world.