Debate over new national park reopened

LAKE WINNIPEG, MB-Over twelve years ago, the plan to create a national park including lowlands along the northwest shores of Lake Winnipeg were squashed by then Indigenous leader Ovide Mercredi. Now it is back having been resurrected from the grave but again it is creating a lot of debate and controversy.

The Canadian government included funding for it in this year's budget by indicating financial support for the 4,400-square-kilometre proposed park.

Supporters of the park say that it will protect the wetlands-a very unique ecosystem which also includes forests, beaches, sinkholes, lakefront c...