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Where’s The Wetlands?

staff / Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is concerned the provincial government did not specifically reference wetlands, or the protection of wetlands, as a part of the solution to Manitoba s flooding and water quality problems in the recent throne speech.

We are disappointed, as will be our 19,000-plus volunteers and supporters, says Bob Grant, manager of provincial operations for DUC in a release. Given all the environmental issues that wetlands address, it is somewhat disturbing that a commitment to protecting wetlands was not a key component of the throne speech.

DUC s has studied the economic consequences of wetland loss, including flooding, which results in lost agricultural productivity and commerce, infrastructure damage and compensation payments.

Flood damages will only increase if the government doesn t ramp up its wetland protection efforts soon, DU says.

What s your chocolate personality?

zurich/reuters / Nestle is launching a new brand of luxury chocolates selected to match individual preferences.

The wor ld s biggest food group has said recent economic woes haven t hurt demand for premium chocolate much, calling it an affordable treat in difficult times.

Consumers will first order a box of five tasting chocolates with hints of milk, caramel, nut, fruit, flowers and vanilla to determine their preferences which they rate online following a set of instructions. The company will use the results to select from a set of 12 different chocolates that are sent directly to the consumer. Customers will be able to share their favoured chocolate personality on Facebook.

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