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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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2014 MEL dates to remember
MEL
February 7, 2014 — Ride for Kids

February 19, 2014 — MEL Bonspiel

June 5, 2014 — Spring Golf, St. Boniface

September 5, 2014 — Fall Golf, Pineridge

September 23-24, 2014 — Lighting Showcase

Visit the events calender on the MEL website for further updates and other events.

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Highway 6 set for biggest upgrade in more than 40 years
Thompson Citizen
Manitoba NDP Premier Greg Selinger and Thompson NDP MLA and Manitoba Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Steve Ashton recently announced a $187 million five-year Highway 6 full upgrade in a plan that includes complete asphalt paving to new wider national highway standards, bridge replacements, intersection improvements, curve realignments, and design work for new passing lanes.
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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.
 


Solar cells made thin, efficient and flexible
Science Daily
Converting sunshine into electricity is not difficult, but doing so efficiently and on a large scale is one of the reasons why people still rely on the electric grid and not a national solar cell network. But a team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Central Florida in Orlando may be one step closer to tapping into the full potential of solar cells.
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Canada facing engineer shortage
St. Albert Leader
Engineer a future with abundant career prospects. With our increasingly complex technical, social and environmental challenges, Canada is facing a critical shortage of engineers, particularly those who go beyond the undergraduate designation. "Canada lacks the highly trained talent to drive innovation and sustain competitiveness," says Dr. Steven Dew, associate dean of the faculty of engineering at the University of Alberta.
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Alberta biogas company hopes to turn manure into money
Courier-Islander
A company in southern Alberta hopes to turn manure and other farm waste into money, with government help. Lethbridge Biogas says its $30 million plant, which produces electricity, is the largest project of its type in Canada. Stefan Michalski, a company spokesman, says it can make enough electricity to power 2,800 homes, and has the capacity to expand.

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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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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.

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Alberta and Manitoba led the pack for labour productivity
Journal of Commerce
Manitoba and Alberta led the country in labour productivity in 2012 with all other provinces and territories experiencing declines. Statistics Canada reported recently that business productivity in Canada edged up by 0.2 per cent in 2012, compared to an increase of 1.1 per cent in 2011. Manitoba had the strongest labour productivity growth in 2012 with a 2.1 per cent gain in 2012, compared to 0.5 per cent gain in 2011.
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Sage Creek residents raise concerns
CTV News
Manitoba Hydro hosted an open house in Sage Creek recently to address residents' concerns over a proposed expansion in the area. An existing row of hydro towers runs through Sage Creek. Manitoba Hydro wants to add two more rows directly to the east of the existing towers. "They're strengthening the power outlet by 5 times, from what's there right now. We were never made aware of the fact that that was in the plans," says resident Martin Funk.
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New building certification could seriously challenge LEED
Building.ca
New upgrades to a building certification program may very well lure developers and building owners who are thinking of obtaining a green certification for their projects away from LEED. ECD Energy and Environment Canada announced the release of significant upgrades to the Green Globes for New Construction Canada program since its introduction in 2004.
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Saskatchewan sets new record for electricity use
The StarPhoenix
Behind a set of wrought iron, electrically controlled gates on the southeast side of Regina, there's a nondescript concrete building. From the outside, it's bland — a beige bunker-like building at which you might not look twice. Should you find yourself inside it, however, past the security checkpoint and electronic locks and on the other side of a door marked "Grid Control," you'd realize it's anything but bland.
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5 LEED tips for existing buildings
By Becky Bicks
Over the past several years, the world has seen a shift toward green thinking. One change that has come with this new sense of environmental friendliness is the creation of structures that use fewer resources and dispel fewer emissions than previously constructed buildings. If you have an existing building that you'd like to see earn a LEED score, then check out this list of five important tips to help make your building more energy efficient and better for the Earth.
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