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In Brief… – for May. 21, 2009

E-waste dumps:Manitobans can now recycle their old computer equipment, VCRs, stereos, microwaves and phones at new, e-waste depots with extended hours of operation throughout the province, the province says. Beginning May 15, Manitobans have access to 30 e-waste collection depots for residential disposal. Five of the 10 year-round sites are rural. More information is available at www.greenmanitoba.ca or by calling 1-866-460-3118.

Manitobans have dropped off more than one million kilograms of electronic waste at temporary collection depots since 2007.

Homecoming winner:

Neepawa has won the Celebrate Manitoba Day contest after receiving more than 14,000 votes. The western Manitoba community will host the province’s official 140th birthday celebrations May 12, 2010. The other five finalists, La Broquerie, La Salle, Morden and Thompson receive a Manitoba Homecoming grant to host their own events. The contest received 23 entries, which organizers said is a testament to the strong community spirit within the province. For more information visit, www.manitobahomecoming2010.com.

Cheerios busted: General Mills made unauthorized claims about the heart-related benefits of Cheerios on cereal boxes and a website, U. S. regulators say. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration said it considered language about cholesterol-lowering benefits on boxes of Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal to be unapproved drug claims.

Companies are not allowed to claim a specific degree of risk reduction, the FDA said. The Cheerios box, however, said consumers could “lower your cholesterol 4 per cent in six weeks.”

Environmental showdown:

Seventeen rural teams are among the 27 schools in the Manitoba Envirothon at the International Peace Garden from May 21 to 23, 2009. Students’ environmental knowledge is tested through written and field assignments, and oral presentations. Participants are tested on five environmental issues: soil/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and this year’s current issue, biodiversity in a changing world. The Manitoba team goes to the Canon Envirothon international championship at the University of Carolina in August.

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