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EAM is excited to announce the Manitoba Electrical Expo
The Electrical Association of Manitoba is excited and pleased to announce the completely new bi-annual industry trade show, Manitoba Electrical Expo.

The NEW Electrical Expo, formerly known as the Electrical Showcase, is now planned for May 20-21, 2015 in the Red River Exhibition Place pavilion, Winnipeg. This newly redesigned expo is now planned for every second year, rather than the former tri-annual event. The revised dates will keep the electrical industry more up to date with current trends and products, as well as offer more information sessions and demonstrations to keep the hands on technicians up to date with current codes and technical issues.

The show will feature a whole new face for the annual industry event with a focus on; New ideas, New Opportunities, New Resources and New Connections.

To help make all this happen, the EAM has even hired a new show manager to make sure this updated event is something special for the entire industry. Watch for more details on the Manitoba Electrical Expo on our site, The new event pages will be up soon.
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 In the Media

Is Canada ready for a national energy strategy?
Alberta Oil Magazine
Energy makes up 25 per cent of the Canadian economy, but strangely there is no strategy or framework at the national level to foster and manage its development. Around 2007, many different organizations from across the country recognized the risks associated with the lack of such a national strategy and took it upon themselves to tackle the problem and draft their own frameworks.
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Expo North will return to Thompson for a second year
Thompson Citizen
Construction workers get ready, Expo North is coming back to Thompson. Sarah Piercy, manager of marketing and communications for the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association, says the conference offers education and construction safety training for Northern Manitoba. Piercy says it's a great opportunity for northerners to take advantage of without having to drive down south for training.
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Concrete industry is prepping for new version of LEED
Journal of Commerce
The construction industry is bracing for the next wave of LEED standards, scheduled to go into effect in 2016. On the mind of cement and concrete associations in Canada is the introduction of environmental product declarations, or the so-called "nutrition labels" for materials.

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Hockey Night in Peguis returns with opening of new arena
CBC News
It took seven years and $17 million to bring hockey back to the Peguis First Nation, which lost its rink to fire seven years ago. The community of 10,000 people now has a facility that seats 2,200 and has an NHL-sized rink. "It has meant the world to the community," said Chief Glenn Hudson. Hudson, an industrial engineer, worked to make sure the building is sustainable.

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Downtown tower project to be revamped
Winnipeg Free Press
A proposed downtown development — the 53-storey Sky City Centre condominium/retail/office tower — will look different than what was envisioned, but how much different won't be revealed until next year. A senior official for Toronto's Fortress Real Developments, which is developing the tower along with Windsor-based Mady Development, said changes are being made to the design.

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Will rapid transit spur development?
Winnipeg Sun
A Toronto planning expert believes Winnipeg can complete all corridors of the city's bus rapid transit, possibly even by Mayor Brian Bowman's targeted date of 2030. "That's the campaign he ran and it does require political leadership," Antonio Gomez-Palacio said recently. "It requires a tremendous amount of tenacity and I'm excited to see that businesses downtown and others are in full support of that. So, I am absolutely positive that if everybody rallies behind making it happen, it can happen."
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Dozens of streetlights burned out downtown
Brandon Sun
Brandon's new Rosser Ward councillor says he counted 49 burned out street lights while touring the downtown ward recently — including six lights in a row on one dark stretch of Lorne Avenue. "(This) could be one of the reasons our residents don't feel safe going out at night," wrote Kris Desjarlais in a post on Facebook that he also tweeted. He says his count was done in about 90 minutes from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, and doesn't include lights one private properties, nor back lanes, alleys or city walking paths.
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MTS Centre a game-changer
Winnipeg Sun
It was a triumphant moment for the city: A major arena opening, right on Portage Avenue, that would pave the way for the return of an NHL team and was seen as a vestige of hope for Winnipeg's derelict downtown. The opening of MTS Centre in November 2004 — a $133.5 million project which came in on time and on budget — came after decades of debate over where the arena would go, how it would be built and protests from groups over the demolition of the historic Eaton's store on Portage Avenue.
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Great Northern Transmission Line route altered
Prairie Business Magazine
A Duluth, MN, power company is amending the route for a proposed transmission line in northwest Minnesota. The Great Northern Transmission Line, proposed by Minnesota Power, would bring hydroelectric power from Canada through northern Minnesota to a substation just east of Grand Rapids, MN. The proposed route would cross the Canadian border northwest of Roseau, MN. Minnesota Power announced in late October, however, that it is amending the line's route to cross the Canadian border 4.3 miles east of its original proposal.
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Project seeks to harness — and harvest — the force of Fundy
The Globe and Mail
Five years ago, the Irish company OpenHydro installed a 10-ton, multi-million dollar tidal turbine on the floor of the Minas Passage — a narrow body of water dominated by the magnificent basalt cliffs of Cape Split that connects the Minas Basin to the Bay of Fundy. This was a historic first in North America and a test to see if the renowned Fundy tides, known for being the highest in the world, could be harnessed to produce electricity.
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Dutch test SolaRoad solar panels on bike path
CBC News
A project dubbed "SolaRoad" got underway recently in the Netherlands, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam. The path is built of massive, Lego-like modules of solar panels embedded in concrete, each with heavy-duty glass on top protecting them from wear. An additional rough translucent plastic coating ensures bikers don't slip.
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