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In Brief… – for Feb. 11, 2010

New president: Gerald Grandmont of Leo’s Sales and Service Ltd., in Winnipeg, Manitoba was installed as president of the Canada West Equipment Dealers Association at the Canada West Annual Meeting Jan. 29.

Leo’s Sales and Service Ltd., represents a complete line of Case IH lawn, garden, and farm equipment to the agricultural and consumer market. Canada West represents approximately 400 agricultural, industrial and outdoor power equipment dealerships in Western Canada and is affiliated with the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA). New critic: Emerson MLA Cliff Graydon is the new Manitoba Progressive Conservative agriculture critic, replacing Lakeside’s Ralph Eichler, who inherits Infrastructure and Transportation and Government Services in a shadow cabinet shuffle announced by leader Hugh McFayden Feb. 4.

Tuxedo MLA Heather Stefanson became finance critic, replacing Brandon’s Rick Borotsik, who is now responsible for Manitoba Hydro, Energy and Mines, and Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade. The Manitoba legislature resumes sitting March 23.

Bring business cards:

Food Matters Manitoba is hoping to play matchmaker between farmers and food service providers with a Farm to Cafeteria Forum held in conjunction with the Growing Local Conference at the University of Winnipeg Feb. 20. “We are inviting farmers, food service co-ordinators, chefs, processers, grocers, retailers, and not-for-profits to network and talk about how to get more food from Manitoba farms into institutions,” the organization says in a release. Farmers choosing to attend the event are advised to bring business cards. Enhanced 911: Emergency 911 calls from cellphones in Manitoba can now be traced to their approximate location, MTS Allstream has announced. The company has introduced this across its cellular network in Manitoba.

The location information provided to the PSAP is based on the longitude and latitude co-ordinates of where the wireless handset is located when a call is placed.

Most MTS cellular handsets already in use and all new handsets offered by MTS have the GPS or other technologies required to take advantage of the service.

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