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Ecological engineering a new way to say use our natural systems to clean up waterways

Back in the good old days we went to work in a plant to make things. Today, we are learning to let plants do the work for us. This was the essential message of a panel of experts about using natural assets to work with and even replace some of our engineered infrastructure to deal with waste and run off from urban environments.

What does all that mean? Simply that natural wetlands, sloughs and urban forests can do much more of the cleanup in our communities than we have allowed them to do over the past century. Continue reading Ecological engineering a new way to say use our natural systems to clean up waterways

The Possibilitarians – let’s just do it!

Manitobans used to be among the most entrepreneurial people in the world, full of bold ideas and get-it-done gumption. Then for years, we seemed to lose this spirit as big government put a hold on our energies and inertia set in. Now Winnipeg’s Metropolitan Region is showing that we still own our let’s-just-do-it nature and how we can get it back.

I have an aboriginal friend who is also an entrepreneur and who has the best advice in the world for his fellow man: If you want to do something, just do it!

That used to be the spirit that motivated Manitobans to move mountains, and we did. Continue reading The Possibilitarians – let’s just do it!