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The Manitoba Hydro head office in downtown Winnipeg. Electricity rates are set to rise, with many consequences for rural Manitoba.

Manitoba Hydro hikes worry RMs

Municipal leaders say proposed 7.9 per cent rate hikes will put a serious crimp in operating budgets

Manitobans can expect fewer services and paying higher user fees for recreational facilities if electricity rates rise. That’s the message Association of Manitoba Municipalities president Chris Goertzen had for the Public Utilities Board earlier this month. Read more: Carbon tax revenue use options pitched at AMM The rate hikes being proposed will make it difficult for

CASA’s BeGrainSafe mobile unit returns to Ag Days this year, just one of many safety-related displays.

Safety first at Ag Days 2018

With farm safety becoming more prominent, Ag Days is stepping up this aspect of the show

Farm safety is a growing concern for everyone, and rightfully so. Consistently, farm accidents create media headlines that no one ever wants to read. Organizers at Manitoba Ag Days 2018 consider attendees and patrons as their community and no one wants to see a member of your community hurt. As such, Manitoba Ag Days organizers


Looming hydro rate increases have municipal leaders worried about the rising costs to operate community infrastructure.

Carbon tax revenue use options pitched at AMM

Rural and small-town government leaders pass resolutions, propose ideas for recycling carbon taxes at 2017 fall convention

Municipal leaders in Manitoba bracing for future hydro rate increases want the province to use carbon tax revenues to offset the higher costs to their energy bills. It’s costing a small fortune now to heat spaces like public arenas and curling clubs, said Al Abraham, deputy mayor of the LGD of Pinawa. Read more: AMM

Premier Brian Pallister says a legal opinion supports his decision for a made-in-Manitoba carbon pricing plan, rather than trying in vain to fight the federal government in court to block it from imposing a carbon tax.

Legal opinion backs Pallister’s approach to carbon pricing

Manitoba’s ‘Green Plan’ to cut emissions will be out soon and the premier says he wants Manitobans’ feedback

Manitoba’s decision to develop its own plan to cut carbon emissions, to be released soon, has been vindicated, says Premier Brian Pallister. “If we just say no, we get Trudeau,” Pallister told reporters Oct. 11 after the provincial government released a report prepared by Bryan Schwartz, a University of Manitoba law professor, that concludes the

Otterburne-area dairy farmer Hans Gorter now has a new 175-kilowatt, solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed on the farm to provide all the farm’s electrical energy needs.

Otterburne dairy is Manitoba’s largest solar-powered farm

The off-grid option has upfront costs but locks in energy costs for the foreseeable future


A southern Manitoba dairy is just days away from flipping the switch on the largest solar-powered farm in Manitoba. Optimist Holsteins Ltd. near Otterburne is in final stages of setting up a newly installed 175-kilowatt, solar photovoltaic (PV) system. When operational it will begin producing enough power to meet all the farm’s electrical needs while


Manitoba Hydro building in downtown Winnipeg.

Manitoba Hydro awarded 3.36 per cent rate increase by PUB

Alternatives to rising cost of electricity need serious thought, says RM official

Municipal leaders say the 3.36 per cent interim rate increase granted Manitoba Hydro this month offers only temporary relief from higher energy costs and longer-term solutions are needed. “It’s certainly better than 7.9 per cent but it’s still an increase everyone is going to have to deal with,” said Randy Henuset, deputy reeve of the

Municipalities unimpressed with Hydro hikes

Manitoba Hydro hopes to increase rates 7.9 per cent annually for the next five years, 
a total 46.3 per cent jump over current rates

Local governments aren’t happy with word Manitoba Hydro is hoping to increase rates by nearly eight per cent a year for the next half-decade. Delegates from the Municipality of Pipestone raised the issue at the recent Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) western membership meeting and found plenty of support for their position. After the western

About 40 economic development officers from rural communities listen to economist John Harper speak on what’s to come in 2017.

Economist cites layoffs as fuel for economic slowdown

John Harper, senior economist with Western Diversification Canada, says there are a lot of job cuts coming to Manitoba

Manitoba may be staring an economic slowdown in the face as a number of major companies prepare to cut their workforces. That was the less-than-bright economic outlook delivered by John Harper, senior economist with Western Diversification Canada to a gathering of rural economic development officers. Speaking June 1 at the Economic Development Association of Manitoba’s


AMM’s Joe Masi says Power Smart helps with things like keeping recreation centres economical and their members want to know it will continue.

AMM looks for clarity on Power Smart

With the province looking to create a separate energy efficiency agency, municipalities look to the 
potential impact on recreational facilities and Power Smart programs

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities wants to make sure the Power Smart program will continue, even if it won’t be part of Manitoba Hydro. The creation of a separate energy efficiency agency was part of Progressive Conservative campaign promises in 2015, drawn from a 2014 recommendation by the Public Utilities Board. In the November 2016

A farmers’ organization affected by the route of Bipole III on their land say they haven’t heard from MLA Blaine Pedersen since his election last spring.

Frustrated farmers declare MLA MIA in ad

The Manitoba Bipole III Landowners Committee bought the ad, 
saying it is frustrated by the government’s total silence

Provincial infrastructure minister Blaine Pedersen has gone missing. At least that’s according to a full-page advertisement running this week on the cover of the Carman-based Valley Leader newspaper. Local landowners affected by Bipole III paid for it, saying they’re frustrated the Progressive Conservative government has been unresponsive since their election last spring. The ad states