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MEL Members: Mark the following dates in your calendars
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April 25th — MEL Business Networking Luncheon at Investors Group Field with Guest Speaker Wade Miller, President and CEO, Winnipeg Blue Bombers. MEL members will be eligible for Blue Bombers merchandise draws.

November 4th — Manitoba LED, Lighting & Control Exposition 2014 — New info!
Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg
This is an Architectural and Commercial lighting trade show, with seminars featuring LED lighting. The Manitoba Electrical League is pleased to host Manitoba's largest architectural and commercial lighting trade show. With access to the industry's leading experts, this show provides a blend of educational seminars with innovative products ranging from high-end design to cutting-edge technology. Watch for more details.
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Asset Management & Reliability
Partners in Training
Winnipeg
May 28, 2014

Come and learn the practical implementation of maintenance solutions, as well as takeaways that conform to an overall corporate strategy. Solution-based, educational presentations will focus on key knowledge areas, including:

• Change management
• Integrated maintenance strategies
• Analytics
• Risk

Plus: MEL members get a special registration discount!

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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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Manitoba's tax revenue soaring, even before the PST hike
Winnipeg Sun
The Selinger government is projecting to take in an embarrassment of riches over the next four years, even without a hike in the PST. Fresh figures from Manitoba's 2014 budget papers show the province's annual revenues would soar $1.75 billion over the next four years without the tax increase. That's a lot of dough.
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Commercial contractor thaws pipes using only warm water
Winnipeg Free Press
A small boutique commercial contractor claims he was able to do what city hall said is not possible — thaw a frozen water line buried underneath a city street using only warm water. Jaret Horbatiuk said he jerry-rigged a thawing device using $600 worth of parts bought at a local big box store and restored water service to a Wolseley neighbourhood home recently.
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Convention Centre expansion
Journal of Commerce
Construction is underway on the expansion of the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Stuart Olson Dominion Construction is the general contractor for the 304,000 square-foot, three-storey addition. Number Ten Architectural Group did the design and LMN Architects is a consultant.

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LED lighting technology taking over
Net Newsledger
Let there be light. LED lamps and LED technology offers excellent lighting and greater affordability. The choices to replace older lights is expanding. It is estimated that at least twenty per cent of your business, or home electricity bill is the lighting. Older choices, including what were once thought "energy saving" florescent lights are now seen as energy hogs by the evolving technology of new and more efficient lighting.

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Manitoba-U.S. power deal will hike rates
Sun News Network
The newly inked deal by Manitoba Hydro to sell power to the U.S. will result in higher rates, say the Tories. Tory Leader Brian Pallister touted the deal as the NDP sending "power aid to U.S. markets." He added, "they are pushing Manitoba Hydro to do something unprecedented with the recent announcement that Manitoba would build a line on foreign soil," he said.

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Construction kicks off on highway extension
Daily Commercial News
The Manitoba government has started construction on a project to extend a section of the Trans-Canada Highway to an existing roadway, which will improve access to an inland port. "As CentrePort serves as a multi-mode site for trade and transportation, it is critical that adjoining and surrounding infrastructure not only keeps up to support current demand, but anticipates the steady growth in traffic this corner of Winnipeg and Manitoba will see," said Chris Lorenc, president of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association in a press release.
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Hydro found lacking in its attention to cyber-security
Winnipeg Free Press
Is Manitoba Hydro prone to a cyber-attack? Could the lights go off because of a hacker, terrorist, disgruntled employee or hostile government? Or could simple equipment failure or bad weather cause havoc? That's what the province's auditor general set out to find in an examination of the Crown corporation's fail-safes in its industrial control systems.
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Rural infrastructure to get cash infusion
Manitoba Co-operator
Municipal officials are welcoming the provincial government's commitment to invest in infrastructure over the next five years. "On the municipal side, we were pleased with the announcements that came. It's nowhere near enough to cover the $11 billion deficit that we have in infrastructure, but this is a pretty good start," said Doug Dobrowolski, president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.
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Renewable energy change-over easier with incentives
The Western Producer
Most of us likely agree that using renewable energy is a good idea, at least in principle. However, many people don't want to sacrifice too much to make that happen. Others don't like the aesthetics of a renewable energy installation or they don't have a place to incorporate such a system. So how does an average person use renewable energy?
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CAA campaign to find Manitoba's 'Worst Roads'
ChrisD.ca
CAA Manitoba has launched its third annual Worst Roads campaign to find the worst stretches of infrastructure in the province. Nominations opened recently, and while potholes come to mind first for most drivers, CAA says their campaign goes far beyond that. "This year's campaign aims to shift the conversation in our province," said Mike Mager, president and CEO of CAA Manitoba.
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