SOS Celebrating its 25th Anniversary

Throughout 2015, Save Our Seine will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary. A series of educational and recreational events and activities are being planned. Events will highlight the natural, cultural, and historical features found along the length of the Seine River greenway from the city limits/floodway to the mouth of the river where it enters the Red. Each event is being championed by a volunteer or group of volunteers. Let us know if you would like to get involved in planning or hosting an event in your area. More volunteers are always welcome.

Be sure to check here and the SOS Facebook page for future events as they are announced.

Current & Future Events

SOS Spring Photo Contest

Save Our Seine Photo Contest Official Rules

Past Events

Riel Mill Site Tour

Giving Tuesday – December 2, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 is Giving Tuesday in Canada.

To support Save Our Seine on Giving Tuesday, click the following link:

Save Our Seine Giving Tuesday page

It is easy to give a gift donation to honour someone special at Christmas. You can even send the honoree an e-card to announce your gift. You can choose to remain anonymous to Save Our Seine (if you choose). You will receive our thanks when we are notified of the donation. A tax receipt will be generated and sent automatically and promptly when the donation is made.

Give Through the United Way

There are many ways to donate to Save Our Seine. If you donate to the United Way through your employer, talk to your payroll administrator to have a portion sent to SOS.

Canada Helps

Click the button below to donate now through Canada Helps! You can set up a recurring donation, or a one time gift in memory of a loved one who enjoyed the SeineRiver.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Donations in Lieu of Gifts or Flowers

Do you know someone who has a particular love of nature or the Seine River? You may want to honour your friend, colleague, or family member by setting up a special campaign that will make it easy for people to make donations in lieu of gifts or flowers. Use the button below to set up a your campaign for a birthday, anniversary, retirement, Christmas, or celebration of life. Then distribute the link to your network of connections.

Fundraise Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

 

Next Meeting

The Save Our Seine board meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except July). meetings are held at 1095 St. Anne’s Road (Centre scolaire Léo Rémillard). Members of the public are invited to attend.

Update on Riel Community Committee Public Hearing on June 26, 2014

Thank you to everyone for their concern and to those who wrote letters to their Councillors and attended the Public Hearing. This did make a difference.

The Riel Community Committee approved the Precinct K development plan on June 26, 2014 with a few amendments. The minutes of the meeting are available on the City Clerk’s website at http://winnipeg.ca/clkdmis/DocSearch.asp?CommitteeType=RC&DocumentType=M

To accommodate the Seine River areas a motion was passed to recommend a secondary  plan that would extend along the Seine River from Ward Avenue to the floodway and overlay the Precinct K plan. This motion will go forward to City Council for approval, likely  Wednesday July 16.

We hope this secondary plan is approved and will be able to protect the Seine River area. As this plan will not be fleshed out until Council approves it and then directs city staff to move on it, is not clear yet what it will look like. It will provide an opportunity for SOS to work directly with the City and hopefully a serious long term plan for a conservation area and a connecting pathway from Bishop Grandin and Bois des Esprit to the floodway.

Time will tell what this plan is able to achieve. Progress will have to be monitored as previous plans have gone unheeded.

Thank you for your interest and please continue to support the preservation and enhancement of greenspace and natural areas along the Seine River.

Nestboxes

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Thanks to two Bois-des-esprits “forest guardians” for building and installing two new wood duck nest boxes along the Seine River. These volunteers also removed three old plastic nest boxes that had deteriorated in the sun. The new nest boxes have a hinged side to make it easy to clean out the old nest in the late fall and add a fresh 5-inch layer of wood shavings.

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How Much Green Space Is Enough?

Everyone agrees that green spaces enrich our lives. We all want to live and work close to a park or green space. Unfortunately, we don’t always agree on the definition of green space or how it should be used. Seniors may enjoy a patch of lawn with a flower garden, tree, and bench where they can sit in the sun or shade. Parents want sports fields and playgrounds for their kids. Cyclists and walkers prefer greenways that allow them to move safely around their neighbourhoods and the city. Apartment-dwellers may want a garden plot to grow their own vegetables. Dog owners crave places to exercise their dogs. Home buyers often want to live beside green spaces that will extend the look and feel of their own yards. Nature-lovers crave wild spaces – a forest, prairie, or wetland where they can experience serenity and the sights and sounds of wildlife without leaving the city.

Can these different needs be met to everyone’s satisfaction inside Winnipeg? We will see as the planning for Precinct K progresses. Precinct K lies south of Island Lakes and Royalwood. It is bounded by Lagimodiere (east), the Perimeter (south), and the Seine River (west). Planning for the development of this 547-acre parcel of land is in full swing. One issue that could be decided as early as April 7th relates to the amount and type of green space Precinct K will retain and where it will be located.

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Winnipeg requires at least 10% of the land proposed for development to be conveyed to the city for public purposes other than streets. Will the minimum amount of land dedication be enough to meet the diverse green space needs of the community without sacrificing the naturally and culturally significant lands along the Seine River? Or, should the amount be larger? Consider for a moment that the Bois-des-esprits Forest in Royalwood is 78 acres in size. Preserving this hidden gem required significantly more land than the minimum 10% land dedication. Will the plan for Precinct K call for the preservation of high-quality forest along the river plus enough upland for a public trail that links to the Bois-des-esprits? Will the plan enhance the Seine River Greenway as linear park of regional significance for the SE quadrant of the city? Time will tell.

The public forum on April 2 that was mentioned in the article in The Lance has been postponed. If you would like to be notified of the new date and details once they have been confirmed, please contact saveourseine@gmail.com.

Winter 2014 Newsletter

Greetings and happy new year! We welcome you to check out our most recent newsletters at Newsletters.

We included our regular edition “Meanderings” as well as a short special edition to outline some of the major announcements, including an introduction to our new Executive Director, and a funding announcement from the City of Winnipeg.

Please check them out and share! Remember to like us on facebook and follow our webpage!

 

 

Stockings Overflow at Save Our Seine

Local news outlets mostly snoozed through it, but tucked away in the 2014 budget passed just before Christmas was a giant gift for Save Our Seine; $30,000 of funding for a full time staff member for 2014. This is a monumental step over twenty years in the making. Since the late 1980’s (and since incorporation in 1990) SOS volunteers have been cleaning up the river to improve habitat and enjoyment of the river for all creatures; two legged, four legged, many legged, winged and beyond! SOS has also dramatically improved the tax revenue on property adjacent to the Seine, all along without any consistent funding source from the City of Winnipeg.

This also marks the achievement of a campaign pledge by Brian Mayes, city Councillor for St. Vital ward, of installing a consistent funding source for an executive director at SOS. In a year plagued by political scandal (in our own city and in others) it is nice to reflect on a politician coming through on their promises, and no small promise it was. Thanks also go to Councillor Dan Vandal who helped support the budget item with Councillor Mayes.

On behalf of SOS and all those who enjoy the Seine, thank you Councillors Mayes and Vandal! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and we look forward to a new year working together!