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MEL members respond to Z462 Arc Flash training online
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Several MEL members are now taking advantage of the Z462 Arc Flash training available from the MEL online education training site. This MEL program initiative has been well received. The MEL program ESTS was developed by Terry Becker, one of Canada's leading electrical safety engineers.

This is an outstanding cost-effective program and is fully recognized. Visit the link and MEL training.
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MEL members: Mark the following dates in your calendars
MEL
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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Contractor on prestigious list
Winnipeg Free Press
A Winnipeg design-build contractor whose revenue has grown 60 to 70 per cent in the last seven years is the only Manitoba company named to Canada's Best Managed Companies list for 2013. FWS Group of Companies was among 47 firms named to this year's list, considered one of the country's premier business awards programs.
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Manitoba draws international interest for the way it breaks the ice
The Province
Long before many Manitobans dared to hope that spring would end their brutally cold winter, 28 hearty people donned floatation suits and made their way onto the Red River north of Winnipeg. The crew is on the front lines of the province's annual battle against spring flooding. The weapons? A bizarre-looking half-back-hoe, half-barge called an Amphibex machine and a made-in-Manitoba remote control Bobcat saw.
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6 Canadian companies shaping the future of clean energy
The Globe and Mail
These companies are creating green energy from wind, water, sun and even — ahem — waste. Here are six companies shaping the future of clean energy in Canada.

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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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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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New stadium getting upgrades before Winnipeg 2015 Grey Cup
Global News
Mark Cohon says he's looking forward to showcasing the modern CFL in one of the league's proudest homes. The CFL commissioner officially announced recently that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will host the 103rd Grey Cup game in 2015. Cohon said the event will highlight the growth of the league and show off the 33,500-seat Investors Group Field, which opened last year.
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Couple's solar-powered home aims to challenge Manitoba Hydro
Winnipeg Free Press
It wasn't a tough choice for Will and Bev Eert. Pay Manitoba Hydro more than $60,000 to extend electrical service to their new home in the Assiniboine River Valley, or pay about $30,000 to go solar. Two years later, the retired couple is about eight months away from moving into the timber-framed house southwest of Portage la Prairie they designed and built mostly by themselves.
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Coulter bridge reopened
Brandon Sun
The Coulter bridge has reopened. The bridge connecting Coulter and Waskada on Highway 251 quietly opened to vehicular traffic recently, according to a provincial spokesman. The bridge was destroyed by flooding in 2011, forcing some travellers to drive an extra 40 minutes to get over the Souris River.
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Private contractor ordered by city to stop thawing frozen pipes
CBC News
A private contractor who has thawed frozen pipes in hundreds of Winnipeg homes and businesses says the city is forcing him to stop. Donald Connors, co-owner of Shields Plumbing and Heating, and his crew have restored water service for almost 300 properties using electric thawing machines.
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SaskPower may be worth $2.6 billion
The StarPhoenix
SaskPower would be worth between $2.35 billion and $2.62 billion if the Crown corporation was privatized and turned into a publicly traded company, a Winnipeg-based think-tank estimates. The right-leaning Frontier Centre for Public Policy concedes a sale is not imminent, but says it had certified financial analyst Ian Madsen study its value to get Saskatchewanians talking about keeping it in government hands.
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