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 People of Interest 
 Gaile Whelan Enns, Jordan Poitras
 CKUW news  
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In the summer of 2011, the Manitoba government enacted the Save Lake Winnipeg Act. This act was created to save the state of lake Winnipeg, which has been the center of concern in terms of population. The Hecla / Grindstone area is a series of islands and peninsulas in the south basin of Lake Winnipeg, 175 kilometers north of Winnipeg. SunGro is asking for a license to operate a 531-hectare peat mine inside Hecla Park—the Hay Point Peat Mine—close to the shore of Lake Winnipeg, for the next 45 years. Peat is mainly used in gardening as a soil additive and conditioner. Peatlands are the world’s largest storehouse of soil carbon and provide important ecological services, such as groundwater recharge and pollutant filtration. Although peat has been mined for decades, there is still no way to restore a peat bog. Gaile Whelan Enns from Manitoba Wildlands explains the background to the environmental concerns and the legal concerns to peat mining in Manitoba.

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