Impassioned, restless, tall, angular and full of energy. Michael McKernan has spent his life mixing scientific rigour, robust field work and an enduring belief that we can do better. He’s retired now but for decades he ran consulting firms that specialized in environmental management projects. He was in the rooms where decisions were made in Manitoba, decisions that we all live with today, for better and worse. McKernan can often be scathing about how slowly things change and especially how easily politicians bow to powerful forces.

This episode of Dispatches is another in a series of full interviews, posted as part of the Lake Winnipeg project. That’s a collaborative effort to figure out how we hurt the lake through neglect, ignorance and greed. The idea is to look at ways we can make amends and maybe even restore the health of the lake.

McKernan’s interview is long but worth the time. He’s forthright and brings fascinating history and insight to this project. He’s not afraid of the answers to tough questions. Once you’ve heard what he has to say let me know what stands out for you.

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Don’t miss the other episodes that are a part of this journalistic co-creation. Find engaging conversations with Vicki Burns, Bill Barlow, Hank Venema and others. All are available on Dispatches.  Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

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  1. Sue Stobie Maltman

    Excellent information Mike.

    I am sharing this with my friends and family. You always put your focus on action via those same initiatives. You inspired many of us people at York U when we were there in many different fields of study back in the 70s. My Naturalist Chem Eng (oxymoron?) Dad Charlie Stobie, Plant Mgr of C-I-L Paint on Keele St, certainly was totally on board with your vision despite his job as a chemist. He certainly enjoyed his conversation with you when I invited him to dinner with you back when you were our Don in Stong College.

    Hope you are enjoying your retirement. I imagine you are still an activist. Bless you for your dedication to preserving Manitoba wetlands.

    All the best.
    Suzanne Stobie Maltman