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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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Throne speech shows Manitoba staying the course
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and his party have ambitious plans for the province to show it's business as usual in the government despite inner-NDP turmoil heading to a leadership race in March. The throne speech was unveiled recently amid the usual pomp and circumstance, signalling the start of the fourth session of the 40th Manitoba legislature, set to run until early December.
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Poll: Public opinion of energy-from-waste high in Canada
CleanTech Canada
Energy-from-waste solutions are held in high regard across the country, according to a new poll, with only solar and wind energy generation leaving better impressions on Canadians. Commissioned by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), the poll found 69 per cent of respondents viewed energy-from-waste favourably, trailing only solar and wind, at 90 per cent and 75 per cent, respectively.
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Electricity, meat prices help push inflation rate to 2.4 per cent
Global News
The country's annual inflation rate climbed higher than economists' expectations last month, accelerating to 2.4 per cent, Statistics Canada said recently. The October increase follows a 2.0 per cent rise in September. The federal agency says the consumer price index climbed as prices rose in all of the categories it tracks in the 12 months leading up to October, with both food and shelter costs adding 2.8 per cent to lead the way.

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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.

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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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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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'Most important building in Manitoba' becoming a safety concern
CTV News
Pigeon poop, leaking ceilings and damp, insect-infested trees are slowly degrading what is considered "the most important building" in Manitoba. The provincial legislature — a "priceless monument that Manitobans would be unlikely to reproduce" — is starting to show its age, says a tender put out by the government and obtained by The Canadian Press. The tender calls for a consultant to assess the state of the legislature, prioritize the necessary renovations and provide a cost estimate.
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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 — part of a plan to show Manitobans that the money is being used for infrastructure work.
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Welcome to Canada's first concentrated solar thermal plant
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Projects to deliver solar power to the far north
The StarPhoenix
A pair of new solar power projects in Saskatchewan's far north will see if alternative energy source can reduce massive power bills in a pair of First Nations communities. First Nations Power Authority (FNPA), along with the Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation and Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation, announced they have secured $150,000 in new funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program to install two 50kw solar power systems at the two schools in those communities.
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Data center interest in renewable energy on the rise
Digital Journal
Renewable energy is among the top emerging technologies being considered by data centre owners to help address power and cooling costs, according to a Mortenson survey of corporate data center executives, data centre developers and operators, and information technology providers at the 2014 Data Center World conference. Eighty-four per cent of respondents feel there is a need to consider renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, to manage future needs, according to the survey.
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