General News

The GEAC annual market which is usually held in late August has been cancelled.
Thanks to all vendors who participated over the years and to the great support from the community.

RONA in Gimli accepts paint cans and used light bulbs for recycling. They also accept alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries and power tool batteries.
The recycle box for light bulbs and batteries is just inside the front door to the right of the cash.
Thanks to RONA for doing their part for the environment!

In a joint initiative with Cornerstone Enterprises, a blue recycling container has been set up on the sidewalk, east of the post office. We greatly appreciate the co-operation of the RM for the location and the donation of a chain from Home Hardware.
Please place any unwanted paper in this bin. No garbage please!
Recycling your unwanted papers is a win-win-win situation. The environment wins; the taxpayers of Gimli win (with less going into the landfill) and Cornerstone Enterprises wins (with money received from a paper recycling company). This helps to operate Cornerstone which employs 45 people, the majority of whom are individuals with disabilities.

Super A on Centre Street and Home Hardware on highway 9 participate in the Lake Friendly program. Anyone purchasing a Lake Friendly product from either store will be entitled to a free canvas tote bag courtesy of GEAC.

We now have a facebook page. The web address is: facebook.com/gimlienvironmentaladvisorycommittee

Facebook suggests other pages to “LIKE” on the side of our facebook page. Please note that this does not reflect affiliation with nor support for these groups by GEAC.

The average North American meal travels 2400 km from farmer’s field to diner’s dish. According to a new study, imported food items create 100 times more greenhouse gas emissions than the local ones.
Be sure to visit our local farmers’ markets in Gimli and Arnes and to watch for local farmgate providers – such as eggs, chickens, honey, saskatoons, etc.

Used, uncontaminated oil, oil containers and oil filters are accepted at two municipal locations: the Arnes Landfill (on Lake Forest Road, 9 km west of Highway 8. Winter Hours of Operation Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00. Closed Tuesday and Thursday. OR the Public Works shop at 178 Anson Street, Gimli Business Park. The hours of acceptance at the Public Works Shop are Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:00. Both location are now accepting antifreeze. Public Works will not accept any oil containers larger than 20l.

Most lawns only need two to three cm of water each week. If your grass springs back after you step on it, it doesn’t need water. It’s much better to “water a little a lot” rather than “water a lot a little”. A good soaking (2-3 cm (1″)) once a week is usually enough for lawns and gardens. Place an small empty tin can where you are watering and move to another location when the can is 1″ full.

Many products that companies market as “green” by using terms such as “biodegradable”, “eco-friendly” and “non-toxic” on their labels are “greenwashing”. They market their products as “green” when they are not properly certified. A 2009 report by TerraChoice, a non-profit environmental group, found that 98% of products labeled “green” were really “greenwashed”.
In order to distinguish “green” products from “greenwashed”, watch for certification marks which have been approved and supported by the federal government and credible environmental organizations.
These are: ENERGY STAR; CANADA ORGANIC; FSC MIX PAPER C0200067; MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL and ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE EcologoM
Be sure to shop at local stores which display Lake Friendly signs.

The Invasive Species Council of Manitoba has prepared a pamphlet identifying Manitoba garden invaders – what not to plant and listing alternatives which are not invasive and pose no threat to the environment. To obtain further information on invasive species or to sign up for a free quarterly newsletter, contact the ISCM at (204) 232-6021 or info@invasivespeciesmanitoba.com