New Manitoba conservation area honours Roblin outdoorsman

A long-time Roblin, Man., family has donated an expanse of land near Riding Mountain National Park in memory of a loved one as a new conservation area.The Bob Mickelson Conservation Lands are a 169 hectare (418 acre) area made up of grasslands, forests, wetlands and a lake.READ MORE: New conservation area in Manitoba will protect 86 bird species: nature groupHelp us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowThe family of Bob Mickelson and the Nature Conservancy of Canada made a joint announcement Monday, saying the gift allows the lands to…

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Officials unsure how much oil leaked from derailed train near St. Lazare, Man.

Canadian National Railway says it doesn’t yet know how much oil leaked from a derailment in western Manitoba, but it says trains are now running on the line again.The railway said Saturday there was “a partial leak” of crude south of St. Lazare, Man., but it was contained and none had reached the nearby Assiniboine River.When asked on Sunday about how much oil spilled, and how many of the 37 cars that derailed on Saturday leaked, a CN spokesman said it’s “still being assessed.READ MORE: Oil leak from train in Manitoba…

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Oil leak from train in Manitoba underscores need for pipelines, say supporters

A leak from a derailed train carrying oil in western Manitoba has been contained, the railway said Saturday, but some pipeline supporters say the incident highlights the risks involved in moving oil by rail.Canadian National Railway said in a statement that 37 cars carrying crude left the tracks early Saturday morning near St-Lazare, just east of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary.The railway said there was “a partial leak” of crude and it was not known how much oil had spilled.Help us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowREAD MORE: Rail line through…

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Rally against Bill C-69 in Saskatchewan draws Conservative leaders

Conservative leaders from across Canada rallied Saturday against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bill C-69.The premiers of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick joined Conservative leader Andrew Scheer on a panel of speakers at the event held to draw attention to legislation that would overhaul how major energy projects are reviewed.READ MORE: ‘Lack of clarity’ in Bill C-69 leads Senate to send act to committeeHelp us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowRelated

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About 40 derailed train cars leaking crude oil near Manitoba town of St. Lazare

The cleanup is underway after about 40 train cars derailed early Saturday morning in rural Manitoba.CN Rail confirmed 37 cars went off the tracks at about 3:30 a.m. near St. Lazare, Man. which is 303 km west of Winnipeg near the Saskatchewan border.Some of those cars, which were carrying crude oil, are leaking and CN is assessing the damage, said CN spokesperson Jonathan Abecassis.Train derailment in St Lazaro, MB. 40 cars left the tracks. Cars contain oil. pic.twitter.com/FFqkwgBptj— Calidon (@CalidonLeasing) February 16, 2019“Our environmental team is responding to start clean…

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Extreme weather could impact invasive insect species, says Winnipeg forester

Winnipeggers love to complain about the harsh winters, but prolonged periods of extreme conditions might have an unexpected effect on certain pests.City forester Martha Barwinsky told 680 CJOB Monday that researchers are looking into the cold hardiness of invasive insects like the emerald ash borer and elm bark beetle.Extended cold snaps, she said, have the potential to impact over-wintering pest populations, although it won’t be clear how much until things warm up.Help us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowREAD MORE: It’s a record-breaking year for Winnipeg mosquitoes — and…

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Winnipeg going to the mattresses with new recycling program

Here is a chance to get a jump start on your spring cleaning, thanks to the City of Winnipeg.The city announced the launch of a new mattress recycling program Wednesday, in partnership with Winnipeg-based Mother Earth Recycling.For a limited time, Winnipeggers will be able to drop off up to six mattresses and box springs at the Brady 4R Winnipeg Depot for free.Help us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Story continues belowThe program will run until Jan. 31, 2020, or until a total of 8,000 mattresses are collected. It comes with a…

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Oh, deer! Province warning drivers to watch out at collision hot spot near Dauphin

If you’re going to be driving near Dauphin in the near future, Manitoba Infrastructure and Manitoba Public Insurance want you to watch out for some unexpected crossings.The province said Tuesday that almost 20 deer have been hit recently crossing PTH 10, just south of the junction with PTH 5.READ MORE: Wildlife in the city – what to do if you find an ‘abandoned’ animalThe deer have been crossing the road in large numbers near the Dauphin airport, just south of the intersection, as part of a defined path.Although there’s already…

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Assiniboine Park Zoo welcomes adorable new gibbon addition

The Assiniboine Park Zoo has a brand new, adorable arrival.The Zoo announced Monday that Maya and Samson, a pair of white-handed gibbons, had their first baby earlier this month.The parents, who were the first residents of the zoo’s new gibbon habitat in 2017, were matched as part of a species survival plan from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.The baby – zoo staff have yet to determine its sex or give it a name – had been with its parents in an off-exhibit holding area since birth, but the family…

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Local ice artists carving species at risk throughout Riding Mountain Nat’l Park

Four unique ice sculptures are showcasing different species that call Riding Mountain National Park home.Riding Mountain currently has 28 species at risk living within its boundaries. Ice sculptures being carved at Riding Mountain National Park.Courtesy: James CulletonThe five local artists taking part in the new display are Allan Fogg, Jaques Boulet, Chris Pancoe, James Culleton, and Jakobi Heinrichs.Each of them are world-class Manitoba snow carvers who have had their work exhibited across Canada as well as internationally.READ MORE: Extreme cold doesn’t stop Calgary ice carver from celebrating Lunar New YearThe…

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