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The MEIA will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at thye Norwood Hotel, 112, Marion St. Wpg.. We begin with breakfast followed by the Executive reports and election of officers. View the agenda and the Slate of Candidates. After a chance to network with colleagues the AGM will be followed by the following two presentations: &n...Read More
We are pleased to invite you to the MEIA’s annual golf tournament in support of The Dream Factory , a Manitoba based charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. This tournament brings together a mix of environmental business people from a range of companies to network with colleagues, to build business relationships and to have a lot of fun! This event is open to everyone, no matter what your golfing abilities!
We begin with lunch, followed by 18 holes of golf (Texas Scramble) with a power cart, dinner and prize presentation.
Register individually for $195 or register a team of four for $760!
Registration: 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:15 a.m.
Tee off at 12:30 p.m.
Besides registering a team, you can support the Dream Factory by sponsoring the tournament! View sponsorship options here. You might also choose to donate items for the baskets or donate a door prize. Contact the MEIA at 204-783-7090 for details
Consultation Seeks to Make Manitoba a Recycling Leader,Create Green Jobs, Reduce Emissions: Minister Mackintosh
Manitobans are being asked for their input on ways to make the province a leader in recycling and waste reduction, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
"We have made impressive gains through increased recycling options for Manitobans provincewide. As of 2013, the average Manitoban had increased the amount of blue box recycling by 11.7 per cent to more than 75 kilograms per year," said Minister Mackintosh. "In TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan, our government committed to working with Manitobans to become a waste reduction leader and we're seeking input on how we can best succeed."
In support of that commitment, the minister today released a discussion paper, which proposes a goal of cutting the amount of waste going to landfills in half by 2020. That means a reduction to about 400 kilograms a year per person from the current 800 kilograms, which should in turn create an estimated 450 green jobs and cut greenhouse-gas emissions by an amount equal to taking more than 71,000 cars off the road.
"This discussion paper recognizes that industry organizations in Manitoba have made great strides in improving recycling rates", said Ken Friesen, executive director, the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association(CBCRA) and its Recycle Everywhere program. "For example, in response to the 75 per cent beverage container recovery target established by the Manitoba government, CBCRA has increased this recycling rate extraordinarily in a very short period of time."
Minister Mackintosh said Manitobans are being asked to comment on proposed actions to achieve the target such as:
* improving organic waste diversion through composting;
* establishing targets for recycling of various consumer products;
* banning the disposal and burning of reusable and recyclable materials; and
* increasing diversion of construction, renovation and demolition waste.
Other suggested actions focus on improving recycling of commercial and institutional waste, further reducing the distribution of carry-out retail plastic bags and taking action on hard-to-recycle products such as styrofoam containers, the minister added.
"I've seen how much citizens care about our environment and about making this province the most sustainable place to live," said Tom Ethans, executive director, Take Pride Winnipeg. "We look forward to working with the Manitoba government to help make that happen."
The Manitoba government previously set a target of diverting 100,000 tonnes of organic waste a year from landfills, which is equal to 15,000 garbage trucks. Feedback from Manitobans is requested on options such as provincewide municipal pickup, expanding composting operations with financial incentives and a ban on dumping organic waste at landfills by 2020, Minister Mackintosh said.
"We are pleased the Manitoba government is moving ahead with this strategy and we look forward to continuing to work with them on organics diversion and other waste reduction initiatives," said Tracy Hucul, executive director, Green Action Centre. "It's through a combination of strong policies and programs, government leadership and actions at the industry as well as individual level that meaningful change happens. We're excited to see this type of multi-pronged approach to address the various issues of waste outlined in this document."
The consultation paper is online at
The deadline for feedback is March 20, 2015.
This initiative supports TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan, an eight-year plan that supports environmental protection while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy.
August 21 & September 18, 2014
Discussion on: Manitoba’s Revised Recycling Strategy
The MEIA acted on behalf of Green Manitoba and Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship to facilitate a consultation regarding a waste and recycling strategy.
As part of “TomorrowNow - Manitoba’s Green Plan”, the Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship developed a waste and recycling strategy. The strategy outlines new, more aggressive targets for waste diversion with a strong focus on Organic waste diversion and Construction, Renovation, and Demolition waste diversion.
These sessions offered an opportunity for discussion and input to be considered in developing the strategy. A copy of the presentation, along with summaries of the August 21 and September 8th discussions are included here.
Recycling and Waste Reduction: A Discussion Paper was released in December 2014.
For further details or enquiries, please contact:
Conservation and Water Stewardship Environmental Programs & Strategies Branch
1007 Century Street, Winnipeg MB R3H 0W4
Interlake Power Line Contractors Ltd is a leading force in the power line construction industry with two offices in Manitoba. Our head office is located in Lundar, and we have an office located in Winnipeg. Founded in 2002, we are proud of our accomplishments as a local Aboriginal business. With a workforce of over 150 people and a fleet in excess of 100 peices of equipment, we are the largest power line contracting company in the province.
To support operational growth and its Zero incident culture Interlake Power line is looking for a Project Environmental Specialist to join their HS & E team!
Reporting to the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Director, and working daily with Operations and Project Management - the successful candidate will be reponsible for ensuring that project operational activities, undertaken or proposed by Interlake, are aligned with the project construction environmental management/protection plans, regulations and all other relevant environmental documents and commitments.
For more information on Accountabilities and Requirements please see:
To submit a resume, please send to Jolene Mclaughlin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Bird rates apply to first 75 registrants!
Legislation and RegulationDangerous Goods Handling & Transportation Act update - Don Labossiere – Conservation and Water Stewardship Legal perspective on topics including regulatory approaches to renewable energy and on the Law Reform Commission: Brent Kendall/Ian McIvor - D'Arcy & Deacon LLP Sven Hombach - Fillmore Riley LLP Sheryl Rosenberg - Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman LLP
Following the Legislation and Regulation session, there will be 4 panels sessions (2 concurrent in the morning and 2 in the afternoon) covering:The Resource-full North HOST: Rob Penner, University College of the North Shirley Neault, Hudbay Minerals Bill Henderson - Manitoba Hydro Jayne Sheppard, Tolko - Topic: Environmental Issues and Opportunities at Tolko Manitoba Kraft Papers Oil and Gas in the Wild West HOST: Jeff McConnell, Mayor of the Town of Virden Stephen Carlyle, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Association - Topic: Habitat Banks Keith Lowdon, Petroleum Branch, MB Mineral Resources Industrial Evolution - Adapting to our Changing Climate HOST: Curt Hull, Climate Change Connection Daniel Lepp Friesen, DLF Consulting -Topic: Biomass Economy Network (BEN) Roger Rempel, Stantec Consulting - Topic: Beyond CHC Mitigation-The Urgent Need for Assessing and Managing Climate Change Impacts to the Built Environment Juliane Schaible, Conservation andWater Stewardship - Topic: Building a Climate Reslient Economy Growing Green under the Southern Sun HOST: Curtis McCrae, Keystone Agricultural Producers Wade Barnes, Farmers Edge Precision Consulting Inc. - Topic: Fertilizer Application Software Chris Anderson, Monsanto - Topic: Enhancement of Environmental Sustainability Andrew MacSkimming, Pitblado - Topic: Carbon Offsets in Agriculture
Keynote speaker: Paul Goudreault, Oil and Gas Sector, AMEC Topic: Shale Gas & Oil Development: Understanding the Benefits and Threats
4:30 to 6:30 RECEPTION TO FOLLOW.
OR call the MEIA office at 204-783-7090
A shoulder-high, pumpkin-round, gleaming white, tightly stretched poly bag filled with grain, more than 200 feet long, is a proven great way to store grain that won’t fit in the bins or sheds. Now, a new made-in-Canada zipper system is ensuring moisture stays out of grain stored in poly bags. The Grain Bag Zipper system was developed by Curry Industries Ltd. in 2010. The family-owned Winnipeg-based business, with only four employees, invented Poly-Fastener zipper strips for sealing greenhouse film in 1971. Nearly 40 years later, Walter Curry and his son Mike worked together to develop a similar product for grain bags. The Currys developed the idea for the Grain Bag Zipper system after attending Manitoba Ag Days at Brandon. Among the grain storage products, Mike Curry noted machines for loading and unloading grain in plastic bags. The company already had a steady business in the silage bag market with its Poly-Fastener system, and Curry reasoned that perhaps the grain bag industry could use a similar product. After Ag Days, he accepted an invitation to join a Manitoba trade mission that took him to Decatur, Illinois. There, a silage bag dealer gave him a compliment and a challenge. “He said, ‘I like your seal. It’s the best out there. But, it’s hard to put together; the parts have to match perfectly’,” recalls Curry. “When they were bagging grain, they didn’t have time to go on hands and knees to roll pieces of plastic together to make them fasten. They wanted a simpler approach.” Curry realized the industry needed a tool to join the two Poly-Fastener sides quickly and easily. They developed the product, and in 15 years, they had sold about a million feet of Poly-Fastener to the silage bag industry. What he had not realized was that a simple tool for joining the two sides quickly and easily could boost their sales for a new grain bag market. In early August 2010, they took their newly designed zipper and tool to a farm with grain bags at Portage la Prairie. They worked out the design kinks at Moran Farms. And by the end of August, they were ready to manufacture for fall sales. Today, several shortline equipment dealers on the Prairies are carrying Curry Industries’ Grain Bag Zipper system. A dealer network is starting to develop in the northern United States. In the 2010 field research, Mike Curry learned some things. “One of the first problems identified by early users was trying to keep the coils straight,” says Curry. “Now, you anchor the channel with butterfly bolts, tighten up both ends, put your material over it, set up the zipper tool at one end and clamp in the insert. Once it’s clamped, it takes less than a minute to slide the zipper closed.” The inventors came up with a sturdy, simple kit for the product. The kit is meant to be reusable for up to 10 years. “We found that when 20 feet of poly film is stretched out in a field, you have a lot of factors to keep it from moving around,” he notes. Today, their kit has five pegs, two anchors, the new zipper tool, a hand roller, a slicer (to cut the bag as it is sealed), a push-pull device and a 20-foot universal piece of Poly-Fastener that accommodates both silage bags and heavier grain bags. The zipper tool can be used with either heavy or light poly. Pins fasten the poly bag end to the ground so it is stabilized for a few minutes. Similarly, anchors are there to tie down the poly channel, so that the coils inside can be stretched out straight and flat. James Valley Colony, at Elie, Manitoba, was one of the first Manitoba farms to bring in a grain bag system as a harvest aid to supplement their conventional steel storage bins and sheds. Six years later, for the 2012 harvest, they put a big portion of their feed grain crop into grain bags. “We use them mostly for barley, wheat, corn and oats,” says Joshua Wurtz, an assistant in the grain division. James Valley Colony worked out an approach to seal the bags and protect them from spring flooding. The bags would sit on dirt pads, side by side, perhaps a foot above the field level and with a drain between each pad. If the field floods in spring and the bags still have grain, they will stay above the water line. For years, they sealed the grain bag ends with pairs of wood 2x4 studs, about 12 feet long. They would sandwich the plastic between the studs, screw the studs together, roll them two or three times and put in more screws so there was no risk of moisture getting through. The system worked pretty well most of time. Sometimes, they would partially unload a bag, close it up, and come back later to finish. “The problem with closing it up after it has been opened is moisture can get in past the 2x4s,” says Wurtz. “If it’s not sealed properly, you can get rain running up the side of the bag and toward the seal, and working its way through the 2x4s.” For the 2012 harvest, James Valley Colony purchased Curry Industries’ Grain Bag Zipper system for each end of each grain bag, and a few spare zippers. Two men now are able to close a bag end in three or four minutes. By January 2013, they had emptied a dozen bags. “There’s pretty much no moisture inside. We maybe lost one or two shovels per bag, so that’s not too bad,” notes Wurtz, who estimates a $39 zipper can be used for several years. The zipper can be cut off with a knife then separated for use on another bag. If they need to open a small part to monitor grain quality in the fall, they can and then reclose it easily. “It’s very quick, a must-have for serious baggers,” says Wurtz. “We really like the water- and air-tight seal the zipper provides.”
By: John Dietz
Source: Ag Annex http://www.agannex.com/energy/big-zippers-seal-out-grain-bag-troubles
The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit 2014: Delivering Meaningful Impact on October 29-30, 2014 at the Hilton Toronto. As a contact of mine, you are able to attend the event at a reduced rate of $995! – use Rebate Code PRM21 when registering to receive your exclusive rate.
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The speakers will share unique perspectives on how to develop powerful CSR strategies and impactful initiatives that align with your corporate goals. Useful and innovate takeaways will provide you with answers to how you can get your C-suite on board and personally engaged with CSR. You’ll hear from top experts including:Willa E. Black, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco Canada Valerie Chort, Partner and National Leader, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Services, Enterprise Risk, Deloitte LLP Paul Forgues, Senior Network Manager, Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility, The Conference Board of Canada Jonathan A. Fowler, Vice-President, Aboriginal Affairs and Sustainability, De Beers Canada Inc. Gérald Gauthier, Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs, The Railway Association of Canada Nadine Gudz, Director, Sustainable Strategy, Interface David Hoffman, General Manager, Toronto-Dominion Centre, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited Rob Kerr, Vice-President, GlobeScan Incorporated Paul Klein, President, Impakt Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Senior Director, Sustainability and Citizenship, The Co-operators Group Ltd. Lauren More, Vice-President, Communications, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited Lynn E. Patterson, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Royal Bank of Canada Sarah Saso, Executive Director, Green Shield Canada Foundation Steve J. Tipman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Volunteer Canada
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|04/22||-||MEIA Annual General Meeting|
|05/20||-||Environmental Field Investigations|
|05/21||-||MEIA Annual Golf Tournament|
|06/10||-||Corporate Social Responsibility Workshop|