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EAM's Annual General Meeting: An overview
EAM
The Annual General Meeting of the Electrical Association of Manitoba was held on November 19th. A new format was presented this year, with a business meeting and keynote speak. Forty EAM members took in this event. An overview of the past year was presented by Peter Bernatsky, President. He outlined some of the challenges and initiatives the Association will be dealing with in 2015. Revamped bylaws were presented and an overall financial status of the organization was presented. The report of the nominating committee was given and approved.

The guest speaker was Russ Hanson, Director of Business Development and Sales for CentrePort Canada. Russ provided an informative outline of the role of CentrePort and spoke of the growth and expansion that will take place over the next few years. There will be a lot of construction, and this will mean opportunities for for EAM members.

In addition, a special presentation was made to two outstanding students from the third level electrical program at Red River College. The students, Jennifer Cooper and Patrick Manus, were recipients of William Atkinson Award Scholarships valued at $1000 each.
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2015 Executive Committee and Board of Directors
EAM
The following is the 2015 Executive Committee and Board of Directors that were elected at the Electrical Association of Manitoba Annual Meeting, November 19th at the Best Western Airport Hotel.
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Pre-order 2015 CSA Code books from EAM
EAM
The 2015 CSA Code book will be coming out in early January. There are more changes to the code this time than in the 2012 version. Pre-order your book(s) now through the Electrical Association of Manitoba. To place your order, call 204-783-4125 or fax 204-783-4216.

EAM member pricing is $185.00 per book plus GST, a total of $194.25.

Non-member pricing is $200.00 plus GST, a total of $210.00.

You are helping to support the EAM with your purchase.

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EAM is excited to announce the Manitoba Electrical Expo
EAM
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, www.EAManitoba.ca. The new event pages will be up soon.

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Good news for Manitoba economy
Brandon Sun
One of the country's leading economic forecasters — the Conference Board of Canada — remains bullish about Manitoba's prospects for next year. "Manitoba's near-term economic outlook is a good-news story," the Ottawa-based think-tank said in its latest Provincial Outlook report released recently. "Manitoba will quickly become a top performer next year, fuelled by a boom in the construction industry as the government allocates more money for public infrastructure and as business investment gets a lift from a new electricity-transmission project."
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Protesters end occupation of Manitoba hydro dam after agreeing to negotiations
The Globe and Mail
A six-week occupation of a northern Manitoba hydro dam is over after First Nation protesters reached a deal for negotiations. Protesters from Cross Lake First Nation have agreed to leave the site of the Jenpeg generating station after agreeing to talks that will address some key concerns including revenue-sharing, a shoreline cleanup and help with residential hydro bills that hover around $600 a month in the winter.
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Projection spotlights illuminate neighbourhoods ahead of the holidays
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Manitoba erects road signs even when work isn't being done
Carlyle Observer
The Manitoba government has a policy that allows signs touting its economic agenda to be erected at construction sites long before work begins and to be left up over the winter lull, The Canadian Press has learned. The signs, which spell out Steady Growth, Good Jobs in large letters and mention the type of work in smaller print, have sprouted up across the province after last year's increase in the provincial sales tax.

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City touts plan for frozen pipes
Winnipeg Free Press
Water and waste staff are vowing to avoid a repeat of last winter's frozen pipe debacle, regardless of how cold it gets. Unlike last winter, when the city was caught flat-footed by unusual cold, the city will monitor frost depth this winter. If frost begins to penetrate toward the level of water pipes, owners of properties deemed at risk of frozen lines will be told to begin running taps well ahead of time, said Tim Shanks, the water and waste department's water-distribution manager.

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Manitoba Hydro to begin expropriating hold-out land owners for Bipole III
CBC News
Manitoba Hydro says it has nailed down 90 per cent of the route for the planned Bipole III transmission line. The Crown corporation said recently it has reached agreements to build the $4.6 billion line with more than 250 private land owners. "We are making good progress in moving forward to build this line, which is critical to providing an affordable, reliable electricity supply to Manitobans," said Bryan Luce, Manitoba Hydro's vice-president in a news release.
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Energy-friendly but toxic: Compact fluorescent light bulbs pose a recycling dilemma
Yahoo!
I confess that as kids, my friends and I loved to come across fluorescent light tubes that someone had thrown in the trash. We'd take them into the alley and toss them in the air. We enjoyed the lovely pop they made as they exploded on the ground, blissfully unaware of the toxic mercury and God knows what other poisons we were releasing. We know better now, of course. We as a society no longer blithely dump fluorescent lights in the garbage, where they end up in landfill.
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Manitoba home built almost exclusively with recycled materials
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A one-of-a-kind home built by Winnipeggers Kriz Plantz and Nicole Bennett is like something out of the dreams of residents living in Winnipeg's Wolseley neighbourhood. Dubbed the "Manitoba earth ship," the solar-powered home is made almost exclusively from recycled materials. Plantz and Bennett were inspired to create their dream home after watching movies like Garbage Warriors about a life spent living off the grid.
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Study: Canada's clean energy sector growing quickly as investment jumps
Times Colonist
Canadian investments in clean energy totalled $6.5 billion last year, a 45 per cent increase from 2012, according to a new study released recently. More than half the Canadian investment — $3.6 billion — went into wind power, with another $2.5 billion invested in the solar sector, says Clean Energy Canada, an advocacy and research organization. The investment spike moved Canada up to seventh place among the Group of 20 industrialized nations, from 12th spot a year earlier.
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City unveils shiny new battery buses
Winnipeg Sun
Winnipeg Transit launched four New Flyer Xcelsior battery-electric buses on to city streets at the James Richardson Armstrong Airport recently. The cost-saving, environmentally-clean machines will go on a four-year test run and if they prove capable, will likely be used on Bus Rapid Transit routes. "We are announcing the first electric bus and rapid charging system right here at the airport," said Kevin Chief, the Minister Responsible for the City of Winnipeg.
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