Lake Winnipeg Regulation -- Manitoba Hydro
On July 5, 2011, the Minister of Conservation at the request of the Minister of Water Stewardship, has asked the Clean Environment Commission to conduct a review regarding the licensing of regulation of Lake Winnipeg under The Water Power Act.
Terms of Reference
The Commission is in the early stages of planning this review. It will be some time before the Commission will be requesting public input. As information becomes available it will be posted on the website. To stay informed of updates you may insert your e-mail address at the bottom of our Home Page or check our Facebook page (link at the bottom of our Home Page). You will be informed as information becomes available.
The materials provided on this website are for information only. Official and complete proceedings are available by contacting the Commission.
The following members will form the Lake Winnipeg Regulation Panel. Terry Sargeant will chair the Panel.
Edwin Yee is a retired environmental consultant with 30 years experience in regulatory management of toxic chemicals, hazardous waste and contaminated sites. Mr. Yee has participated in the development of national and international guidelines and standards for soil quality and petroleum hydrocarbons and provided guidance to the Abandoned Mines Advisory Committee.
Terry Sargeant has been the full-time Chair of the Clean Environment Commission since January 2004. Prior to that, he was the Chief Appeal Commissioner of the Workers Compensation Appeal Commission for three and a half years.
In 1996, following almost twenty years of government service, with the House of Commons and the governments of Manitoba, Yukon and British Columbia, Terry enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1999. Following a year of articling with the Public Interest Law Centre, he was called to the Manitoba Bar in June 2000.
In other activities, he is the President of the Board of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.
Beverly Suek is a Chartered Arbitrator, certified by the ADR Institute of Canada and has conducted over 100 arbitrations in labour relations and consumer issues. Ms Suek has been in private business for over 30 years conducting workplace investigations, organizational reviews and conflict resolution processes. She has worked with government, business, unions, non-profits, First Nations communities and Aboriginal organizations.
Ms. Suek was a Commissioner with the Provincial Civil Service Commission for 13 years. She also has been Chair of Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Chair of Women’s Enterprises Centre of Manitoba, Chair of the Manitoba Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Chair of the Community Committee for the Birthing Centre, President of the SDB Housing Co-operative, President of Kali Shiva AIDs Services and President of Riverview Community Centre.
Neil Harden is a retired Professional Engineer with many years experience in the water resources field. He worked for more than 20 years as a Hydraulic Engineer and Hydrologist with the Manitoba Water Resources Branch, including during the flood of 1997. He also worked for Ducks Unlimited Canada doing wetland conservation across Canada. Neil served over 12 years on the Municipal Board of Manitoba. He has a BSc in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree, both from the University of Manitoba.
Public Sessions will take place at locations around the lake and in Winnipeg, as follows:
Additional days may be added as necessary. Schedule changes will be posted at this website, on the mobile site and announced at appropriate sessions.
Become a Participant
The Clean Environment Commission has been asked by the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship to review the request for a final licence by Manitoba Hydro for Lake Winnipeg regulation. The Commission asked Manitoba Hydro to provide a report to help the Commission and the public understand the history and effects of Lake Winnipeg Regulation over the 38 years it has been in operation. To examine the information in the report, and hear from those that have been affected by Lake Winnipeg regulation, the Clean Environment Commission will be holding hearings. We are encouraging groups and individuals to provide their experiences. Hearings will begin early in 2015. Community hearings will be held in communities or First Nations that have been identified in areas affected by Lake Winnipeg Regulation. A list of the places, times and dates will be available later. Closer to the time when the hearings will happen, information will be published in the local newspapers, will be on the radio in some areas and will always be on our website, our mobile site and linked on Facebook. There is a small amount of funding to help groups organize community participation. Information on how to apply is contained in the Participation Funding Application Package. When the community hearings have been completed, a formal hearing will take place in Winnipeg, where Manitoba Hydro and larger groups will make presentations and will be questioned. Once this is completed, the Commission will report to the minister. The Manitoba Hydro report can be accessed on the Announcement page, the Hearing Directive, the funding application and sign up forms are all available below. All sessions will be recorded and the reports (transcripts) on what was said will be posted on The Hearing page after each hearing day.
The Commission Panel is now calling for Participants and is offering small financial awards to help groups and communities participate in the hearing. Information and application forms can be accessed above. Please NOTE receiving funding does not automatically make a group a Participant. Those interested MUST apply and be approved. Potential Participants are encouraged to review the Hearing Directive and Procedural Manual. DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS NOON JANUARY 30, 2015.
Become a Presenter
The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission is holding a public hearing and invites groups and individuals to share your experiences at public sessions to be held in various communities around Lake Winnipeg.
If you, or your group or organization is interested in making a presentation at one of these hearing sessions, please register at least seven (7) days before the session. All presentations will be limited to 15 minutes unless prior arrangements have been made with the Commission office. To register please complete the presenter registration form available at this website or from the mobile site on your cell phone, and submit to the Commission office or contact us directly.
There are currently no videos posted for this hearing.
This hearing is currently still in progress. Reports will be available once it has been completed.