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Calling all Electrical Contractors
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Three Critical Liability Mistakes — Are You Making Them?

You don't expect to go out on a $100 job and come back holding a $3 million bill. But even small jobs can lead to major losses and ultimately, leave you footing the bill for it all.

This session focuses on Faulty Work claims and their consequences. As the MEL's recommended insurer, Federated Insurance has the vantage point of seeing the claims from their 600 electrical contractor customers across the country. They know the impact these losses can have on you, your employees, and your business.

Federated Insurance's Loss Prevention Consultant, Richard Frost, will lead a discussion on what they're seeing in the industry and how it relates to your experience. He'll help you identify the issues and learn how to effectively manage liability risks.
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MEL Membership Benefits
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MEL Associate Member, Jim Peplinski Leasing, in addition to vehicle leasing, now offers Equipment Leasing to members.

• Fleet leasing customized for your business.
• We work with your local dealer.
• No wear and tear overages.
• No mileage restrictions.
• Any make. Any model.

Contact: Ian Hodes, Account Executive
(416) 207-3021
ihodes@jimpeplinski.ca

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MEL Ride for Kids
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The MEL Ride for Kids was another great event. Over 80 sledders gathered at Falcon Lake on February 7th for the annual event. Sledders then traveled from Falcon Lake to Pinewood Lodge at Dorothy Lake a round trip of over 100 kilometers. Conditions were excellent with the trails through the Whiteshell very well groomed. A buffet lunch was served, followed by an auction. Donations were made by several organizations, which included mostly snow mobile gear. Over $7000 was raised through the auction for the Childrens Wish Foundation.

Special thanks to John Nunes of Abco Supply and Service Ltd. for his organizational efforts and Jayson Dzikowicz of Texcan for his auctioneering skills.

A great day was had by all. Click the link to see photos of the event.

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Little in federal budget to affect Manitoba
Winnipeg Free Press
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget contained virtually no goodies for Winnipeg or Manitoba except an overhaul to the Emerson border crossing announced a year ago. The 400-plus page document, released recently, was always sold as a stand-pat budget, with little new spending as the Conservatives move to eliminate the deficit in time for the 2015 election.
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Manitoba Hydro posts big profit
Winnipeg Sun
You won't find Manitoba Hydro executives complaining about the cold weather. The Crown corporation revealed recently it posted a third-quarter profit of $72 million, a stunning reversal from a $38 million loss it recorded in the same period last year, and is now forecasting a $130 million profit for the fiscal year ending next month.
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Construction industry needs more workers willing to move
Yarmouth County Vanguard
Canada's construction industry will need to attract more young people and workers willing to move from other provinces, regions and countries, to meet its changing labour force needs, according to a new labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada. The 2014-2023 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecast released by BuildForce Canada shows strong labour demands continue in the west.
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New public buildings reflect spirit of the north
The Globe and Mail
Ask most Canadians to describe the architecture of the North, and images of squat, non-descript buildings built more for function than form likely come to mind. But infrastructure projects in two communities are challenging the traditional approach to commercial property architecture and development across northern communities.

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A rechargeable LED cork that turns empty bottles into lamps
Gizmodo
For many of us it will still be a few months before dinner parties on the back patio are feasible again — but there's no reason you can't start preparing now with a $15 LED cork. Popping off the faux cork top reveals a standard USB connector for charging off AC adapters or your computer, and with a simple twist the bright white LED can be turned on or off.

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Revitalizing the Village
Winnipeg Free Press
Ventura Developments is poised to launch the first of what could be as many as four new infill condominium developments in the Osborne Village-Cresentwood area of the city. "We're big believers that this is the place where people want to live," Tim Comack, vice-president of development for Ventura, said in an interview.

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Architect: Cityplace facelift could include exterior work
Metro News
As the $3 million facelift of Cityplace's retail space continues, plans are coming along to make sure the outside of the building look just as good as the inside, according to the head of the architecture firm behind the work. "We're working with MPI to see what can occur that can connect this building with the sidewalk, the whole concept of the SHED, and open it up," Robert Eastwood said during his 40 minute discussion.
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Unemployment up in Manitoba
Westman Journal
According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Manitoba went up slightly last month — to 5.6 per cent, up from 5.5 per cent in December of last year. Subsequently, the amount of unemployed in the province went up from approximately 37,000 to 37,700 in that same time frame. Despite the rise in unemployment, the employment rate in Manitoba rose from 64.4 per cent to 64.6 per cent.
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With incandescent light bulbs disappearing, here's what you could use next
Toronto Star
By the end of this year, Thomas Edison's classic incandescent light bulb, a fixture in homes and offices for more than a century, will disappear from the shelves. As the bulbs are phased out in favour of more energy efficient ones, consumers will have some choices to make. Some of the options cost a little more — and some a lot more — upfront. But you can save money in the long run by trimming your electricity bill.
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Amphibex machines to start breaking ice on Red River
CBC News
Manitoba's three Amphibex machines have started breaking up ice on the Red River north of Winnipeg, in the provincial government's annual effort to prevent spring ice jams and floods. The massive machines, which are used to break up ice and open channels in rivers before and during the spring thaw, will start at Breezy Point and work south towards the city, according to area officials. Ice-cutting machines have already been slicing chunks on the river.
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SaskPower to roll out world's first carbon capture-embedded power plant
Financial Post
Carbon capture storage may be unproven and expensive, but the technology appears set for its global premiere when SaskPower unveils the world's first power plant — CCS installation in Estevan within the next few months. The $1.35 billion Boundary Dam Carbon Capture Project will see a rebuilt coal-fired plant at Boundary Dam Unit 3 embedded with a unit that sequesters carbon dioxide emissions that can either be stored in a deep well or sold.
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