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Manitoba's Electrical Showcase
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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.
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Spring Golf Event — June 5th at the St. Boniface Golf Club
MEL
MEL members have overwhelmingly responded to the June 5th Spring Golf Event scheduled at the St. Boniface Golf Club. A few spots remain — don't be disappointed, get your registration in today. There are also hole sponsorships available to display your company name in front of your customers and peers. Contact the MEL office today at 204-783-4125.
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May is Electrical Safety Month
Electrical Safety Program Solutions
Challenge yourself to achieve an electrical safety goal before the end of the month. Here is a bulletpoint list of ideas that you can use to further promote electrical safety awareness at your workplace;

• Host a safety meeting focused on arc flash and shock hazard awareness.
• Post new electrical safety awareness signage in a conspicuous place.
• Conduct an internal audit on your electrical safety program.
• Review and update your electrical safe work procedures/SOPs.
• Provide arc flash and shock training for your workers (Electrical and Non-Electrical)
• Create Standard Operating Procedures for energized electrical work.
• Review and update your arc flash and shock PPE.
• Request the JHSC to focus on electrical safety during this month's meeting.
• Nominate a Qualified Electrical Worker to join your employer's JHSC.
• Have the JHSC monthly workplace inspection focus on electrical code compliance.
• Attend an electrical safety conference or event.
• Provide workers with take away resources for electrical safety at home.

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$6 billion in building permits taken out by Canadian contractors
Daily Commercial News
Contractors took out $6 billion worth of building permits in March, down three per cent from February, reports Statistics Canada. The March decline followed an 11.3 per cent decrease the previous month. Lower construction intentions in the non-residential sector in six provinces, led by Ontario, more than offset a gain in the residential sector.
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Construction permits see uptick in March
Winnipeg Free Press
Construction activity in the province should pick up a little over the next few months, according to building-permit data released recently. Statistics Canada said local contractors took out $143.3 million worth of permits in March, which was a 1.7 per cent increase from February’s total of $141 million. Because contractors usually must obtain a building permit before construction work can begin, an increase in permit numbers usually means a pending increase in construction activity.
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$20 million soccer complex for north Winnipeg scores big with Desiree Scott
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Winnipeg's own futbol "Destroyer" said a new $20 million indoor soccer complex in Garden City will help build the skills necessary for more young people to follow in her dribbling footsteps. Desiree Scott, who grew up in West Kildonan and plays on the national women's soccer, took time out of her busy schedule to attend the announcement of the 200,000-square-foot facility.

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Planned mall to be enclosed
Winnipeg Free Press
Shoppers won't have to brave the elements while shopping at a new $200 million fashion outlet mall that's planned for southwest Winnipeg. Developers raised the curtain recently on their plans for developing the 437.3-hectare parcel of land that makes up the second half of the IKEA-led Seasons of Tuxedo development.

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$50 million invested in new Winnipeg data centre
CBC News
Manitoba's information tech sector is getting a $50 million upgrade in the form of a new data centre. Theresa Oswald, Jobs and Economy Minister for the province, announced recently that the data centre will have $50 million invested into it and be built in Winnipeg by MTS Allstream and EPIC Information Solutions, which was purchased by MTS last year.

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People performance: Building's next goal?
By Michael J. Berens
Back in the 1990s, management gurus talked a lot about high-performance teams. Today, the talk is all about high-performance buildings. What if high-performing buildings also needed to meet requirements of high-performing individuals? The day may not be far off when clients will demand both. Long before LEED and the quest to improve building performance and sustainability, organizational specialists documented the impact that the work environment has on worker productivity and well-being.
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Keeyask Generation Station gets OK
Winnipeg Sun
Manitoba will be getting more Hydro power. The Keeyask Generation Project gained environmental approval recently. The Clean Environment Commission had been concerned about wildlife and the water basin, but in the end recommended a Class 3 licence. It concluded the project will emit in 100 years the same amount of greenhouse gases as a natural-gas-fired plant would emit in 177 days.
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Utilities face growing risk of cyber-attack
The Globe and Mail
North America's electricity grid is facing increasing risk of cyber-attacks from criminals, terrorists and foreign states, and utilities have to devote growing resources to defend the system, a regulators' conference was told recently. The technological modernization of the grid — from smart meters to less-centralized generation — is creating new opportunities for cyber-threats to enter the system, and new risk for the utilities.
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Ice wall creeps toward cottages on shore of Lake Manitoba
CBC News
A wall of ice is making people nervous in the Rural Municipality of St. Laurent where it is piling on shore and threatening cottages. The ice on Lake Manitoba started breaking up on the weekend and moving towards the shore, driven by winds. Tom Johnson, a councillor with the RM of St. Laurent, said people are worried because in some places the ice chunks are more than a meter thick and built up in a wall as high as six meters, particularly at Pioneer Beach.
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