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Annual strategic planning meeting update
EAM
The board of directors of the Electrical Association of Manitoba held their annual strategic planning meeting on January 24th. Key priorities and initiatives were established, including development of an accreditation program for contractors, continued development of the mandatory education and training program for electricians along with a series of code seminars and with the usual networking opportunities. Other programs and initiatives are planned.

We need members to be involved on our committees to help the EAM advance its initiatives. Being involved can be rewarding in several ways. If you want to get involved, please contact our executive director Gord Macpherson by calling 204-783-4125, or emailing gordeam@gmail.com.
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Exclusive golf opportunity at Pine Ridge for EAM Members only
EAM
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!

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Line Locator Seminar
EAM
February 2nd, Winnipeg, MB
Holiday Inn Airport — Polo Park
1740 Ellice Ave, Winnipeg

February 3rd, Brandon, MB
Canad Inn Destination Centre
1125 18th Street, Brandon

Locating in today's complex and congested environment has never been more difficult or necessary. This comprehensive program covers the full spectrum of what locate staff needs to know to get the job done safely, accurately and with confidence. Join us for a day and we'll help make you and your crew better locators, explaining and solving many of the dilemmas, mysteries and myths that locators face every day.

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2015 Ride for Kids
EAM
If the lack of snow continues, then the alternate date will be February 27th. Details TBA. Following is the link for the complete registration and information package. This event is limited to the first 150 registrants.
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2015 Manitoba Electrical Expo — exhibitor space going fast!
EAM
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.

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Order 2015 CSA Code books from EAM
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.

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MTS Centre scores $12 million in upgrades
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Winnipeg's MTS Centre is getting a whole lot flashier with $12 million in enhancements, including a new high-definition scoreboard 2.5 times bigger than the current one. The new board will feature four large screens, offering three times the resolution of the screens on the existing one. True North Sports & Entertainment unveiled the planned improvements recently.

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Opposite Convention Centre — True North Square
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Imagine cheering on the Winnipeg Jets while watching a playoff game on big screens downtown. 680 CJOB News has learned the group that owns the Jets could be involved in developing land around the newly expanded Convention Centre.

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Highest electricity rates in North America
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The Liberals claim Ontario's hydro rates are competitive but they remain the highest in North America. I am going to give you a few examples of hydro rates from British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec.

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Hydro seeks big rate hikes to cover costs
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba Hydro says it needs rate increases about double the rate of inflation over the next two years to help ensure its financial integrity. Hydro will appear before the Public Utilities Board in the coming weeks to ask for rate increases of 3.95 per cent in each of the next two years. The hikes are part of its 20-year plan to have ratepayers help pay for the construction of a new mega-dam and transmissions lines.
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Hydro selects preferred line route
The Carillon
Manitoba Hydro has released information on its preferred route for the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project. Public open houses will take place in February and March in communities in Southeastern Manitoba and in Winnipeg to present the preferred route for the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project. Information and feedback gathered during the upcoming months will help to determine the final placement of the route and will contribute to the completion of the environmental impact statement.
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Winnipeggers react to True North downtown plaza proposal
CBC News
Many Winnipeggers are thrilled with the possibility of a new plaza that might be built downtown by True North Sports and Entertainment, but others have reservations. "True North has done a lot for our city already," said Jaisal Parshotai. "They brought back the Jets, they revitalized the MTS Centre. There's a lot more people coming downtown, so I think they should just get the go-ahead."
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Hydro weighing options during Bipole blockade
AM 680 CJOB
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.
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Public input sought on preferred route for MB-MN Transmission Project
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Public Open Houses will take place in February and March in communities in Southeastern Manitoba and in Winnipeg to present the preferred route for the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project. "Based on feedback received from two previous rounds of public engagement and our ongoing environmental assessment, we have determined a preferred route that we are presenting to the public for input," said Shannon Johnson, Manager, Transmission Licensing and Environmental Assessment, Manitoba Hydro.
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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 in an interview after the firm released a business analysis of which big-box chains might be interested in Target's 133 retail locations.
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Scientists: New generation solar panels far cheaper, more efficient
Reuters
A new generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain's Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building's windows may become a "holy grail" for India and African countries, Senthilarasu Sundaram, one of the authors of the study, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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Mariners become first MLB team to install LED lighting
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The already bright future of the Seattle Mariners just got a little brighter with the installation of a brand new, ahead-of-the-curve lighting system at Safeco Field. According to MLB.com, the Mariners will become the first MLB franchise to illuminate their stadium with LED, which they say will reduce glare and shadows on the field and create a better all-around experience for everybody concerned, including home viewers.
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