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Project Management Fundamentals
MEL
Red River College and the Manitoba Electrical League are pleased to offer training in Project Management Fundamentals. Learn to deliver projects on time and on budget in a variety of environments by studying a range of relevant subjects, including project planning, communication management, risk, quality control and team building.
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Member participation is important
MEL
During the course of the year, the MEL is involved in coordinating several events for the benefit of members. These range from networking events to educational programs and seminars. We want to do more to help members with education and training needs for employees.

We need member participation on the following committees:
• Education and Training
• Contractor Committee
• Membership Committee
• Sports and Special Events
• Gala Dinner and AGM

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MEL to launch major Lighting Trade Show
MEL
The Manitoba Electrical league will be sponsoring a major trade show, "Lighting Showcase" scheduled for September 23 and 24, 2014 at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg. Peter Bernatsky, MEL President, and Greg MacDonald, chair of the planning committee, both said this is a very timely event, given the many changes occurring in the lighting industry. The show is expected to attract industry professionals from neighbouring provinces.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
 
Nesco Canada

NESCO is a Canadian Corporation that manufactures and distributes electrical conduits and fittings to Electrical Wholesalers across Canada. Our manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facility in Brampton, Ontario is close to major transportation routes eastbound, westbound, and all points within Ontario.
 


Cyber-crime takes bytes out of your business
Bob Poklitar
"More than 74 million credit cards numbers stolen from TJ Maxx computers." Not only was this 2007 story one of the earliest massive cases of cyber liability, it helped build awareness for one of the great threats of the information age: thieves who touch nothing but a keyboard and mouse, and who take nothing but bytes of data. As a business owner, you may feel that you are immune to cyber-crime, that only large multi-national businesses are at risk; the unfortunate reality is, virtually all businesses are susceptible to a cyber liability loss.
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Think nobody wants to buy your business? Think again!
Philip Wiebe
The landscape of potential buyers is changing. More and more big time investors are looking to buy into small and medium-sized businesses, maybe even yours. How can you take advantage? If you're like many business owners looking to position their company for transition, you may not think outside buyers are looking for a business like yours. If you've chosen to focus your transition planning solely around management buy-outs because you sense a lack of interest among potential third-party buyers, you'll be pleased to learn you may have other options.
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Selinger: Infrastructure work paid with tax hike creates 1,000s of jobs
CTV News
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger defended his government's tax increase in a donation request to NDP members recently, and said the hike has already led to work for thousands of people. Selinger called the decision to raise the provincial sales tax to eight per cent from seven a difficult but necessary move. The extra cash is helping the province match federal funding for infrastructure projects such as highway work.
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New tests help make solar panel moisture barriers better
Renewable Energy World
Moisture — in the form of humidity, water spills, or rainfall — spells early demise for cell phones, light-emitting diode (LED) displays, TVs, and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels worldwide. Standing between that nefarious moisture and the device at hand is a transparent film barrier that must work flawlessly year after year, even decade after decade.
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Manitoba puts $45 million into Highway 9 improvements
CBC News
A $45 million injection into Highway 9 will make the popular route from Winnipeg to Winnipeg Beach much safer and smoother, the Manitoba government announced recently. The work will include reconstruction, resurfacing and better road drainage along the highway through Manitoba's Interlake, said Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.
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Japanese company proposes turning the moon into a solar power plant
The Province
A Japanese construction company is proposing to solve the energy problems facing Japan, and ultimately the entire planet, by turning the Moon into a solar power plant. Shimizu Corp, which is based in Tokyo, wants to lay a belt of solar panels 250 miles wide around the equator of the Moon and relay the resulting constant supply of energy to "receiving stations" on Earth by laser or microwave transmission.

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Province consults Manitobans on Power Smart programs
Brandon Sun
Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers, the lead minister for Manitoba Hydro, wants you to help Manitoba Hydro improve its Power Smart energy conservation program. "As Manitoba's population and economy continue to grow, we need a responsible and balanced approach to meet our growing demand for power," Struthers said recently.

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On target in Winnipeg
Journal of Commerce
A new $23 million structure will be the new home of the Target retail chain in Winnipeg, MB. Stantec Architecture designed the structure, with Bird Construction Company as the general contractor on the project. The electrical contractor is McCaine Electric and the structural steel contractor is Abesco.

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P3s put a jolt in electricity infrastructure
Daily Commercial News
From the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project in B.C. to Alberta transmission line projects, public-private partnerships (P3s) are delivering electricity infrastructure to push more power into the grid. But according to the message conveyed at the recent 21st Annual National Conference of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships in Toronto, P3s have the potential to break new ground as distribution utilities contemplate producing their own power on a large scale.
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Turbine project on time
Blackburn News
The South Kent Wind project is still on schedule to meet its March 2014 launch date. Pattern Energy VP of Business Development Colin Edwards says so far, there hasn't been any major issue holding up construction. "This project has actually had better weather than the last one we built in Canada which was in southern Manitoba where there was a flood," says Edwards.
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How to make a job site sing
National Post
"A general contractor is an orchestra conductor — the single person responsible for every note from beginning to end, but not the one playing any of them." This is how our Reno/Flip course instructor, Jeff Reed, explains it. He says it involves both fashion and facilities, which makes me excited, curious and nervous, as I'll be my own general contractor for my upcoming basement suite renovation. I'm relying on Mr. Reed for a confidence makeover.
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NWO prime for Manitoba power
The Chronical Journal
In just the past few years, the North American marketplace for energy consumption and development has changed dramatically. Manitoba Hydro needs new markets for its electric power to help finance its current and future operations, and northern Ontario would benefit from low-cost power to develop its mining resources. There is potential for mutual benefit if these two provinces worked to meet each other's needs.
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Check the Net before you go
Winnipeg Free Press
They're called traffic information units and they're powered by the sun. In layperson's terms, they're web cameras, and if proven worthy under a provincial pilot project, will tell you highway conditions from the comfort of your home before you venture out. The province is testing five of them on two highways as a way to send out snow-clearing equipment to sections most in need of snow removal.
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What to make of those annual forecasts
By Michael J. Berens
With 2014 only a month away, last year's business plans are heading for the shredder. 'Tis the season once again for sharpening pencils, creating fresh spreadsheets and bringing the team together for a visioning and planning session. And just in time, here comes the annual parade of predictions, forecasts and trends for the coming year to give you a bit of help. Should you factor them into your plans or dismiss them as just so much seasonal industry buzz? Here are a few rules-of-thumb to help you get the most from this year's forthcoming crop.
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