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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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Business owners and senior managers putting 'success' into succession planning
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Hear Mike Cuma! Mike A. Cuma is an executive-level human resources and labour relations professional, with over 30 years of experience. His expertise includes all aspects of human resources leadership, with particular emphasis on labour and employee relations. Today, Mike serves as Pinnacle's Vice President of Human Resources and Labour Relations. In this breakfast seminar, we will provide a direct and practical overview of the often ignored but critical matter of succession planning.
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Food, electricity, gas costs drive up Canada's consumer price index
Toronto Star
Statistics Canada says the consumer price index for January rose 1.5 per cent compared with a year ago, driven higher by shelter, transportation and food costs. The gain compared with an uptick of 1.2 per cent in December. The Bank of Canada's core index, which excludes some of the most volatile items, was up 1.4 per cent after climbing 1.3 per cent in December.
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Winnipeg buying waterproof covers to fix malfunctioning traffic lights
Winnipeg Sun
Shortly after dozens of traffic lights malfunctioned due to moisture, city officials have announced plans to install waterproof gel covers on them to prevent it from happening again. Officials said the city has been experiencing an "unusual increase" in flashing traffic signals for the past several of years, specifically during heavy rain, snowstorms, and fast-rising temperatures during winter. The problem is excessive moisture around electrical components inside the signal poles are shorting out the lights.
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Young workers are integral to meeting the looming labour challenges ahead
Journal of Commerce
With about 235,000 workers in the construction industry on the way out over the next decade, the government, as well as the industry are looking to young people to fill an anticipated skilled labour shortage. But the challenge, said the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of the Status of Women, Kellie Leitch, is educating young people on the opportunities of working in the skilled trades.

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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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MEL Ride for Kids
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Over 80 sledders gathered at Falcon Lake on February 7th. 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.

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Hydro, Minnesota's Great River Energy agree to work on power deal
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba Hydro and Minnesota's Great River Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding to look at the province's energy utility selling up to 600 megawatts of electricity starting in about 2020. The deal means the two utilities will continue to talk about Hydro supplying some of Great River Energy's long-term electricity needs from two proposed new hydroelectric stations on the Nelson River.
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Solar energy process technology developments to watch
By Don Rosato
System considerations such as reliability, overall energy production rate and competitiveness in the Levelized Cost of Energy, or LCOE, are dominating solar energy maturation as subsidized manufacturing is replaced by true grid parity. While the biggest photovoltaic producers of today push to optimize manufacturing and output, their fortunes could change sharply if a new kid on the block with a technology that dramatically cuts PV production costs and ramps up cell performance proves to be scalable. Globally, the solar industry is experiencing a period of heavy consolidation and international trade wars.
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Meet Manitoba's new flood forecaster
CBC News
Manitoba has a new flood forecaster, just as the province gets ready to issue the first spring flood outlook.​ Fisaha Unduche, introduced to the media recently, is a flood modelling and mitigation engineer who studied at the University of Manitoba and has spent the past five years in the province's Water Stewardship Department.
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Vertical retail in land pinch
Winnipeg Free Press
It will be back to the future for some retailers if the soaring cost and limited availability of land in some of Winnipeg's most popular retail hubs force developers to start building upwards instead of outwards. The concept of multi-level, or vertical, retail development has been around for decades in larger, higher-cost Canadian cities like Vancouver and Toronto, according to Michael Stronger, a retail-leasing specialist with Shindico Realty.
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The boring old light bulb is getting a lot smarter
Calgary Herald
The light bulb is arguably one of the most important inventions in modern history, yet its evolution to becoming "smart" has generally been focused on energy savings and longevity, not control and functionality. This is why the onset of Internet-connected bulbs will play their own role in the new era of home automation.
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