Power Up
Feb. 5, 2015

New EAM members
The Electrical Association of Manitoba is pleased to welcome the following new members for 2015:

Guaranteed Electrical Management Ltd.
CVA Systems Inc.
McCain Foods Canada
River East Transcona School Division


2015 ICI Construction and Wage Schedule
Click the link for a full Employment Standards fact sheet.More

Annual EAM Curling Bonspiel
There is room for one more team for the Annual Curling Bonspiel, to be held February 18th at the Heather Curling Club. Great prizes, good fellowship and good networking. One more team will fill the bonspiel at 16 teams.

To register your team, call the EAM office at 204-783-4125.More

EAM Members: Your association needs you
The EAM has concluded its annual planning session and has established a few program initiatives and objectives for the year ahead. These initiatives will serve to promote the professionalism within the electrical industry and be good for our member contractors. To move these forward and to enhance the Electrical Industry as a member, a small investment of your time if possible is needed.More

Exclusive golf opportunity at Pine Ridge for EAM Members only
Check out these exclusive incentives offered to Electrical Association of Manitoba Members:

• Waiving of the dues and waiving of the initiation fee based on categories.
• $100 Food and Beverage credit to all EAM members who join.
• Golf Lesson with PGA of Canada Member Shane Dick — Former PGA Tour Canada Touring Professional, Member of the PGA of Australia, PGA of Canada Professional of the Year, PGA of Canada Teacher of the Year.

Details on the offer to EAM members is available by clicking the link below. You don't want to miss out!More

2015 Ride for Kids
Its official: The 2015 Ride for Kids will be held on February 27th. Following is the link for the complete registration and information package. This event is limited to the first 150 registrants.More

2015 Manitoba Electrical Expo — exhibitor space going fast!
The Manitoba Electrical Expo scheduled for May 20 and 21st in Winnipeg is of to a shockingly great start. Exhibitor applications were made available just before Christmas, and as of today, we are anticipating a sold out show with less than 50 per cent of the exhibit space remaining. Companies from all sectors of the electrical industry are connecting with us from across North America.

To get your exhibitor package today, visit our website.More

Order 2015 CSA Code books from EAM
Code books now available at EAM offices. To get yours, please call 204-783-4125 or fax 204-783-4216.

EAM member pricing is $185.00 per book plus GST, a total of $194.25.

Non-member pricing is $200.00 plus GST, a total of $210.00.

You are helping to support the EAM with your purchase.More

Canada dims the light on the incandescent light bulb
The Globe and Mail
A seminal event occurred at the start of 2015, and hardly anyone noticed: the death of the incandescent light bulb. Well, it is not quite dead, but as of Jan. 1, 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured or imported into Canada, an extension of the ban on 75- and 100-watt bulbs that came into effect a year earlier.More

Hydro weighing options during Bipole blockade
Manitoba Hydro is weighing options as a First Nations blockade continues at one of their construction sites. People from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation have blocked access to a site where work is being done to clear a path for the controversial Bipole III transmission line. The blockade runs between the Pas and Swan River. It is peaceful and non-violent so far. More

Big-box chain Lowe's could replace Targets
Winnipeg Free Press
Lowe's Canada is the most likely candidate to snap up some of Target's Winnipeg locations when the U.S. retail giant withdraws from the Canadian market within the next four to five months, one industry observer said recently. "That's my gut (feeling)," Field Agent Canada general manager Jeff Doucette said.More

The year of Manitoba
For the last decade or so, the oil and gas industries have dominated Canada's economy. Since the oil sands in the west started drawing workers from the farms, fishing boats, forestry camps, towns and cities across Canada, we have heard about little else. Now, that might all change. Since last November, oil prices have fallen by half — the price of crude oil WTI was $80 per barrel in November and closed at just over $45 per barrel recently.More

Manitoba Hydro transmission line move ignites rapid transit debate at council
Metro News
There was renewed debate on the $590 million second phase of the rapid transit project, as city council agreed to fork over an extra $3 million to Manitoba Hydro, which it needs to move a transmission line. Earlier in January, a Hydro official it would've cost the city $20 million to move the high voltage line, but since Hydro has an upgrade project in place for that area, the city is only responsible for the "incremental cost" of upgrading from lattice to tubular towers, which is roughly $6.25 million.More

Protest over Manitoba hydroelectric project continues; Hydro says work continues
Turtle Island News
Manitoba Hydro crews have started cutting another section of the Bipole III transmission line in an effort to avoid a confrontation with First Nation protesters. "It's a 200-kilometre stretch and there's a lot of area for us to work on and we're going to continue to do it," Hydro spokesman Scott Powell said recently of the area south of The Pas.More

Hydro denied rate hike
Winnipeg Sun
Manitobans can breathe easy for a few months when it comes to their hydro bills. The Public Utilities Board denied Manitoba Hydro's request to have an interim rate increase of 3.95 per cent. Hydro had also asked for a second 3.95 per cent increase to start April 1, 2016, but they'll have to wait until May or June for a decision on that. Meanwhile, natural gas rates are going down 5.5 per cent, or about $50 a year. More

Can better design make Winnipeg a happy city?
Metro News
Between dealing with boil water advisories and critical headlines in national media, Winnipeggers aren't exactly a happy bunch right now. But "urban experimentalist" Charles Montgomery hopes to show the city how better planning and design can put a smile on citizens' faces and a few extra years on their lives. More

Power Corporation donates $500,000 to Assiniboine Park
CBC News
Assiniboine Park is $500,000 richer thanks to a donation from Power Corporation of Canada. The donation will be used within the Assiniboine Park Zoo's Journey to Churchill exhibit. "As a corporation, we believe strongly in giving back to the communities we serve by supporting initiatives that generate both economic and social value," Paul Desmarais, Jr., Power Corporation's chairman and co-chief executive officer, said in a news release.More

Saskatchewan First Nations see turbines, battery storage as solution for remote communities
Beacon News
A California-based utility recently put a 100-megawatt peaker plant up for bid. This is the type of plant that can ramp electricity production up quickly to meet demand — almost always using natural gas. This time, however, the winner was a battery storage project. This may seem surprising to us in Canada, but California produces a lot of extra wind and solar power at times when it is not needed, so storing that energy and saving it for peak periods of the day helps avoid the need for new power plants.More

SFU student designs insoles that would generate power to charge Vancouver
The Province
Buzz for his electricity-generating shoe concept has landed a North Delta student a spot at a world-class design competition. Taylor Ward, 22, a joint design and marketing major at Simon Fraser University, is behind "Step," a concept he describes as a "wearable insole that can transfer our kinetic energy into electricity." The energy would then be redistributed into a city's power grid through public transfer stations.More