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Highlights: MEL Networking Lunch at Investors Group Field
MEL
About 90 MEL members and guests attended a spring networking luncheon at the Pinnacle Club Investors Group Field April 25th. The speaker was Wade Miller, CEO of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Wade spoke of the many changes undertaken during the off-season and it was a great opportunity to see some of the outstanding facilities. Following the luncheon members had an opportunity to go to field level for a field view of the facility.


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Manitoba's Electrical Showcase
MEL
Dates were announced recently for the 2015 edition of Manitoba's premiere Electrical Showcase, sponsored by the Manitoba Electrical League. The 2015 edition of the show will be held May 20-21 at the Red River Exhibition Park. Details will be released in the coming weeks.
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Manitoba adopts higher energy efficient standards
ChrisD.ca
Manitoba is among the first provinces to adopt new energy efficient standards for new, large buildings. The province announced recently that Manitoba will adopt the National Energy Code for Buildings 2011. The adoption of new standards means changes to building insulation, lighting, heating, ventilation and HVAC systems, water heating and electrical systems.
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Manitobans to pay more for natural gas, again
CBC News
Another jump in natural gas prices is coming to Manitobans, who will soon be paying about $88 more each year. The Public Utilities Board (PUB) has approved an application by Centra Gas Manitoba to increase the current rate by 4.6 per cent. The new rate, which will be reviewed again in August, will amount to $38 a year on average. But that comes just three months after the PUB approved a rate increase of $50 (6.4 per cent) in February.
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Concrete that looks grey but acts green
The Globe and Mail
A staple of industrial construction world-wide, concrete block is long-lasting, inexpensive and easy to install. But its key ingredient is cement, a grey powder whose own production process makes it a major emitter of carbon dioxide gases that contribute significantly to global warming. A Halifax start-up is among those looking to reduce concrete's carbon footprint.

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Let's shine a light on LED myths
Calgary Sun
It's time to set the record straight. As the government transitions out incandescent light bulbs, there are many misconceptions that need to be addressed about energy-efficient options available — in particular, LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), the newest kid on the block. Here are some of the most common misconceptions.

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U.S. to Canada wind storage transmission line plans submitted
Wind Power Monthly
Minnesota Power has submitted its plans to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for approval and also applied for a presidential permit from the U.S. Department of Energy. The 500kV Great Northern Transmission Line would cross the Minnesota-Manitoba border carrying power from wind into Canada for storage through pumped hydro.

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President of heavy construction association talks up Churchill
Thompson Citizen
Investment in Churchill would be a benefit not only to the province's north, but to all of Manitoba and to Canada as a whole, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) president Chris Lorenc told Thompson city council when he appeared before them recently to recap the Expo North industrial training conference held in Thompson in February.
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City council passes financial plan
Portage Daily Graphic
During the recent City of Portage la Prairie council meeting, councillors passed the 2014 financial plan and the marketing and economic development and the Saskatchewan Avenue reserve funds. The 2014 financial plan will see this year's capital projects reaching $39,659,846, or $8.9 million more than what was spent in 2013.
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Hydro dam deal gets makeover
Brandon Sun
Manitoba Hydro and a northern Cree community have again gone back to the drawing board to rewrite the agreement that would finalize the band's 33 per cent ownership of the Wuskwatim generating station. It's called Supplement 2 of the project development agreement and it will be discussed at a special meeting for Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation members living in the city.
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Green roof industry grew 10 per cent in 2013
Building.ca
In its Annual Green Roof Industry Survey, the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) industry association reports that it has seen a 10 per cent growth rate for green roofs in 2013. "We are pleased to see the continued expansion of the green roof market," said GRHC founder and president Steven W. Peck, GRP.
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Tenants take to Centrepoint
Winnipeg Free Press
A second major office tenant has been found for downtown Winnipeg's high-profile 311 Portage at Centrepoint development. The local office of Regina-based retail-software-development firm iQmetrix has leased 10,000 square feet of space on the second floor of Centrepoint's five-storey office/restaurant complex, which is under construction on the northwest corner of Portage Avenue and Donald Street.
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St. James Street is still the worst
Winnipeg Sun
Manitobans arguing over which of the province's pothole-ridden roads is the worst now have a definitive answer: St. James Street. St. James is the "road of dishonour," CAA president Mike Mager declared recently, as the organization announced the "winners" of its month-long Worst Roads online poll. St. James Street received 883 of the approximate 5,000 votes cast. The street's deteriorating condition and potholes were named as key areas of concern.
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