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Join us for the 2nd annual Manitoba Building Expo — September 10th!
BOMA Manitoba
The MEL is a Supporting Association of the Manitoba Building Expo. This event will again serve as the premier showcase for all the latest products and technologies for commercial and institutional buildings, and a terrific learning and networking opportunity for industry professionals. More than 140 exhibitors turned out in 2013, and the show will be bigger and even better in 2014. You don't want to miss it!

Best of all, attending Expo is FREE! There is no cost to attend the trade show and visit with exhibitors or network with your fellow Expo attendees. And for those interested in participating in the various sessions and the keynote luncheon, tickets to the Expo will be available soon.
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Mark the following dates in your calendars
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Details to follow.

April 25th — MEL Business Luncheon at Investors Group Field with Guest Speaker Wade Miller, President and CEO, Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

November 4th — MEL Lighting Show at the Fairmont Hotel, featuring some of the latest trends in the lighting industry today. Keynote speaker and informative educational sessions are planned.

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Province unveils 5-year infrastructure plan
Brandon Sun
The Selinger government put more meat on the bone recently on its five-year plan to use PST revenue to spend $5.5 billion on fixing and improving Manitoba's crumbling infrastructure. Much of what the province will fix has already been announced — improving Highways 75 and the TransCanada, for example. The plan also comes a day before Finance Minister Jennifer Howard tables the government's budget for the coming year.
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Manitoba Hydro awards $1.4 billion contract for Keeyask project
Winnipeg Free Press
A $1.4 billion general civil contract has been awarded to a limited partnership between Bechtel Canada, Barnard Construction of Canada and EllisDon Civil for construction of the proposed 695 megawatt Keeyask generating station. Manitoba Hydro made the announcement recently on behalf of the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership, a venture between Manitoba Hydro and the four Keeyask Cree Nations.
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Poll: Winnipeggers want roads widened
Global News
Many Winnipeggers feel their commute is getting worse and they'd like to see major roads widened, a new Global News-CJOB poll suggests. While most residents polled said they can get to work in less than half an hour, 42 per cent said their commute is a little bit or a lot worse than it was five years ago. Only 19 per cent said their commute was somewhat or a lot better.

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Ontario, Manitoba partner on energy innovation
Government of Ontario
Ontario and Manitoba formally agreed recently to work together to advance energy innovation, support clean, renewable power and promote economic development in both provinces. The agreement will enable Ontario and Manitoba to collaborate on growing the energy sector in a number of key areas, including conservation, efficiency, security and reliability.

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Top 10 reasons to talk Federated Insurance
MEL
From being recommended by over 50 trade associations and buying groups, to being able to leverage your relationship with Manitoba Electrical League for enhanced coverages and preferred pricing, here are 10 reasons to talk Federated Insurance.

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Hydro hikes cost of northern dams
Brandon Sun
Manitoba Hydro has upgraded the cost of the proposed Keeyask generating station to $6.5 billion and added $500 million to the estimated $10.2 billion cost of the Conawapa generating station. The new costs for the two dams were released recently at a special hearing of the Public Utilities Board that's examining whether there are alternatives to building the dams.
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Survey: Hiring outlook good in Manitoba
Winnipeg Free Press
Things are looking up for local job seekers this spring, according to the latest employment survey by Manpower Canada. The employment services firm said 18 per cent of Winnipeg employers surveyed said they plan to hire workers for the second quarter of this year. None of them said they expect to cut workers.
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How to store solar power when sun sets
Hamilton Spectator
A 40-foot trailer loaded with 25 tons of liquid metals may be the solution to the renewable-energy industry's biggest challenge: making sure power is available whenever it's needed. A Boston-area start-up founded by MIT researchers is working to turn this new concept into a commercial product — liquid-metal batteries that will store electricity for less than $500 a kilowatt hour. That's less than a third the cost of some current battery technologies.
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CentrePort expansion speeding up
Winnipeg Sun
The province is speeding up plans to expand CentrePort Canada Way, promising the project "critical in growing the Manitoba economy" will be completed in the next five years. First set to be built within the next 20 years, a move to double the length of the four-lane expressway and add a new Headingley bypass is now in the design stage, said Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.
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Greening China's power brings down cost of renewable energy for all
The Vancouver Sun
It is not quite like the fluttering of a butterfly's wings in Asia causing a hurricane on the West Coast of North America, but the impetus for China to clean up the pollution-choked skylines of cities such as Beijing and Shanghai is making waves in surprising ways on this continent. China has become the world's biggest investor in the global trillion-dollar renewable energy market, which has helped pull down the capital cost of producing renewable electricity.
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