City officials confirm police requested data 4 times since March
By Jacques Marcoux, CBC News, June 7, 2017
Winnipeg Transit has handed over the private travel history of bus riders to law enforcement without requiring a warrant, CBC News has learned.
City officials confirmed that on four occasions since March of 2017, Winnipeg police have requested the data generated through the use of Peggo cards for a specific passenger to assist with an investigation. Read the rest of this entry
After negotiations over hydro development stall, groups block highway to protest
By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, September 2, 2016
Around a dozen people from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and their supporters have erected a blockade on a major highway in northern Manitoba, stopping trucks and equipment bound for a massive hydroelectric development project. Read the rest of this entry
Manitoba First Nation agrees to lift blockade after negotiations with Manitoba Hydro, chief says
CBC News, May 15, 2016
A northern Manitoba First Nation has walked away from road blockades to three Manitoba Hydro work sites after blocking access last week.
“I feel very optimistic, we’re both renewing our commitment to work together,” said Walter Spence, the chief of Fox Lake Cree Nation.
Spence said a new agreement was reached Saturday night between Manitoba Hydro and Fox Lake Cree Nation. Read the rest of this entry
First Nation suspects Manitoba Hydro involved after sacred site damaged
By Jillian Taylor, CBC News, May 12, 2016
A northern Manitoba First Nation has put up a road block to keep Manitoba Hydro workers from three sites.
Fox Lake Cree Nation Chief, Walter Spence, said the decision was made after a ceremonial site was desecrated.
“One of our members happened to be out on the land and came across the site,” said Spence. “The prayer flags that were tied to trees, those trees were cut down…tobacco ties [were] on the ground as well.” Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, Jan 25, 2015
Members of a western Manitoba aboriginal community are peacefully protesting work on the Bipole III hydroelectric line, a project that requires the construction of a transmission line, two new converter stations and two ground electrodes for those stations.
That construction will involve clear-cutting trees near Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, located north of Swan River in central Manitoba. Read the rest of this entry
First Nation chief says protesters won’t leave Jenpeg site until demands are met
By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Oct 23, 2014
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says he’s willing to consider the demands of protesters from a northern First Nation occupying the grounds of a key power-generating station.
Protesters from Cross Lake First Nation want a revenue-sharing agreement with Manitoba Hydro, as well as a public apology, a shoreline cleanup and help with residential hydro bills which hover around $600 a month in the winter. Read the rest of this entry
CBC News, Oct 17, 2014
Protesters have forced employees of Manitoba Hydro out of the Jenpeg generating station in northern Manitoba.
The protesters, from Pimicikamak Cree Nation, delivered an oversized evicted notice on Friday to staff at the station and the employee housing complex, both of which are located on the Nelson River in Pimicikamak territory.
“The building is empty, locked, undamaged and under the Pimicikamak flag,” states a release from the Cree Nation, which is located approximately 525 kilometres by air north of Winnipeg.
CTV Winnipeg, Oct 16, 2014
The Pimicikamak First Nation has served what it is calling an “eviction notice” to Manitoba Hydro workers.
In a statement released Wednesday, the First Nation said some of its members would occupy the grounds and staff housing complex at the Jenpeg generating station until their concerns are addressed by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Manitoba Hydro CEO Scott Thomson.
Pimicikamak First Nation wants greater benefits from northern power generation. They also have concerns about permanent flooding and shoreline damage.
The Jenpeg Generating Station is located 19 kilometres from the Cree community of Cross Lake.
Tommy Monias lives in Cross Lake and is taking part in the occupation. Monias told APTN National News late Sunday that the occupation started Friday and people have been maintaining the camp in shifts, with around 10 people at the site at any given time.
Monias says RCMP are monitoring the situation but the occupiers told them it’s going to be a peaceful protest. Read the rest of this entry