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Spring Golf Event — June 5th at the St. Boniface Golf Club
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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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November 4th — Manitoba LED, Lighting & Control Exposition 2014
MEL
The Manitoba Electrical League is hosting the first ever LED Lighting and Control Exposition on November 4, 2014 in Winnipeg at the Fairmont Hotel. This event is part of the newly expanded program of the League to provide members a greater opportunity to promote their products, services and the latest in new trends in the lighting industry.

This show will appeal to architects, engineers, interior designers, building owners and managers and contractors.

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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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Canada's new energy era
Ottawa Citizen
Canada has a long history of competitiveness in manufacturing — economic growth underpinned by a mix of cheap electricity and a productive labour force. Today, this narrative is being turned upside down as a new story of Canadian growth emerges. In the decades to come, it will be our manufacturing and processing skills which determine the value of our energy resources and our role in global energy markets.
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Agreement will bring in funding for Manitoba infrastructure
Westman Journal
The Province of Manitoba and Government of Canada recently announced an agreement for the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund that plans to provide stable funding for public infrastructure across Manitoba. The federal Gas Tax Fund provides municipalities with the flexibility to choose and plan infrastructure projects based on their specific priorities. The renewed agreements will govern the flow of federal funds to each province and territory over the next 10 years, from 2014-2015 until 2023-2024.
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Electricity industry calls for action on copper theft
CBC News
The Canadian Electricity Association is urging the federal government to establish tighter regulations surrounding metal transactions as the theft of copper continues. The price of copper has increased by about 200 per cent over the past decade, tempting thieves to steal it from existing electrical systems despite the danger, said Geoff Smith, the organization's director of government relations.
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Waterloo chemist develops 'holy grail' LED light bulb
CBC News
A lab at the University of Waterloo says it has developed the perfect replacement for the soon-to-be defunct incandescent bulb. Canada's supply of incandescent bulbs has been gradually disappearing off store shelves for the past year. The federal government banned 100 and 75 watt bulbs in January and by the end of 2014, the same will happen with 60 and 40 watt bulbs.

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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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$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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The secret to getting kids engaged with renewable energy
Troy Media
The main room of Edmonton's city hall is full of nervous energy as over 30 keen and green high school students eye up the competition, each team with their own two-foot tall wind turbine nearby. They were participating in the KidWind Challenge and it's a fun way to get students excited and involved with renewable energy.
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Manitoba highway workers to be better protected
ChrisD.ca
New rules to better protect construction workers along Manitoba's highways took effect recently. Amendments to the Highway Traffic Act include stiffer fines for speeding through a construction zone, regardless of the presence of workers. The new legislation will also clarify requirements to mark and sign construction zones, and eliminate the use of signs requiring lower speeds only when passing workers.
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Province unveils new series of Manitoba builder bonds
Westman Journal
The Public Utilities Board recently approved a 2.75 per cent rate increase to Manitoba Hydro customers effective at the beginning of the month. A higher rate request by Hydro was denied, according to the Board, because it has not finished its review of the electric power and natural gas utility's proposed development plans. In its decision, the Board approved a two per cent increase to approximate the annual rate of inflation.
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Solar-powered roads could be the way of the future
The Weather Network
Solar road ways could be the answer to many modern-day problems, according to its inventors. Electrical engineer Scott Brusaw and his wife Julie are developing the technology, which can hold up to 250,000 pounds are are capable of providing power to electric cars. The panels will be able to cover roads, driveways, sidewalks, playgrounds and parking lots, among other places.
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More construction jobs than workers in Manitoba
680 CJOB
About 1,900 Manitoba high school students recently kicking the tires on a career in construction. The vice president of the Winnipeg Construction Association, Ron Hambley, tells 680 CJOB that Manitoba needs more skilled workers. "We still foresee a shortage of probably 8,000 to 10,000 people in the next five years. So we really need to ramp it up."
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Pilot project aims to put better face on core storefronts
Winnipeg Free Press
The city and province plan to spend $285,000 to spruce up downtown business facades and temporarily fill empty storefronts — in advance of an even larger package of downtown-development incentives. Recently, downtown development agency CentreVenture announced a one-year, $65,000 pilot project aimed at allowing businesses to fill vacant downtown storefronts on a short-term basis.
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The power line Deadly Dozen
Blackburn News
Now that we're into better weather, electricity experts say there are more opportunities to run into live power lines. Working or playing around power lines is dangerous and potentially deadly, and the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario is promoting that message with a game. The Deadly Dozen refers to the top twelve hazards when it comes to electrical power.
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