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MEL Curling Bonspiel
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MEL Curling Bonspiel is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th. There is still room for more teams. Come out and have a fun day with other MEL members. Contact the MEL office to register your team.
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Apprenticeship Manitoba
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Here you will find the information to get started as an apprentice, register for technical training, implement an apprenticeship program in your workplace, challenge the exam for your Certificate of Qualification and much more. For the latest news and events, please see their website.
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Manitoba Hydro bills spike
Global News
Winnipeggers are feeling a chill when they get their Manitoba Hydro bills, thanks to our record-breaking winter. Some home-owners are paying close to $700 a month for electricity and natural gas. "A big old house like this, a three-storey house, it sucks the heat pretty good, but what are you going to expect? It's cold," said one Wolseley home-owner.
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Overcoming Canada's skilled tradesperson shortage
The Gazette
When it comes to the question of whether Canada is developing enough skilled tradespeople, the perspectives are more diverse than one might imagine. In conversations across the country, I hear a variety of explanations for why there are not enough. Employers aren't doing their part by hiring apprentices. Labour agreements are prohibitive. It's hard to free up time away from the job site for technical training. In reality, these reasons are among many others that help explain the short supply of tradespeople.
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Business is booming in the once-sketchy West Broadway area
Winnipeg Free Press
The once-sketchy West Broadway-Sherbrook Street area of Winnipeg now has a waiting list of retailers chomping at the bit to set up shop there, according to one area official. The only problem is they can't find an empty store-front to move into. "We have a real lack of street-level commercial retail space," said Leah McCormick, executive director of the West Broadway Business Improvement Zone. "We have some office space available, but no street-level retail."
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LEED green building requirements set to change
Clean Tech Canada
The next generation of the LEED green-building rating system, LEED v4, is now available in Canada. The Canada Green Building Council — which in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, delivers and administers LEED in Canada — is actively participating in the LEED International Roundtable and leading development of Alternative Compliance Paths.
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How LED street lights will change cinema
Gizmodo
The decision by the city of Los Angeles last year to replace its high-pressure sodium streetlights — known for their distinctive yellow hue — with new, blue-tinted LEDs might have a profound effect on at least one local industry. All of those LEDs, with their new urban color scheme, will dramatically change how the city appears on camera, thus giving Los Angeles a brand new look in the age of digital film-making.

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SmartChange bulb is serial inventor's latest gadget
Waterloo Region Record
Serial inventor Shailendra Suman knows that a commercially successful invention is about much more than the idea. And in the nine years since the Charlotte, N.C. resident quit his day job in business development, he's known both the frustration of a commercial flop and the glory of a runaway success. He also has high hopes for his fourth product — an LED light bulb, called the SmartCharge, that operates via light switch even when the power goes out.

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Sugar-powered batteries could overtake chemical batteries
Canoe
New research into sugar solutions at Virginia Tech University has given rise to speculation that sugar-powered batteries could be set to replace today's chemically-powered batteries in as little as three years. The research conducted at Virginia Tech has resulted in a break-through in harnessing the energy that is stored in natural sugars, with the research team claiming that their sugar-based battery can store up to 10 times more energy than its chemical equivalent can.

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Manitoba invests in major road upgrades
Daily Commercial News
The Manitoba government is making the largest-ever single-year investment to build and upgrade over 1,000 kilometres of provincial highways with the addition of 50 new projects to the 2014 construction season, representing more than $100 million worth of work. Greg Selinger reported that tenders for this year will exceed the record levels of infrastructure investments made in Manitoba during the short-term economic stimulus programs with the federal government over the past few years.
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Bill Gates backs renewable battery start-up
Financial Post
Bill Gates did not become the world's richest man by making foolish investments. Gates and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, Tao Invest, Kleiner Perkins and Foundation Capital among others, are betting that the Aquion battery, invented by Jay Whitacre of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, has a high-tech future. The Aquion battery costs the same as a lead-acid battery, but lasts twice as long.
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Businesses near Manitoba pipeline blast struggle with losses
CBC News
Slowly, natural gas has been flowing back into southeast Manitoba communities affected by a weekend pipeline explosion, but some businesses say the damage has already been done from lack of gas for days. About 4,000 natural gas customers lost their gas supply after a section of pipeline exploded near Otterburne, 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg. Officials with TransCanada Pipelines are investigating the rupture and say they still don't know what caused it.
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