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The Manitoba government and The Forks have partnered to launch Winnipeg's first, publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging station to support and encourage the use of clean, electric-powered transportation, Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers announced today at The Forks. "Although electric vehicles are still a relatively new concept, we are pleased to support the installation of this charging station at The Forks, providing a handy, central location where owners of electric cars can recharge their batteries," said Minister Struthers. "As electric vehicles gain acceptance and popularity, our province's low-priced electricity will help make this option more affordable and an attractive alternative to fossil-fuelled vehicles." The new electric-vehicle (EV) charging station is installed at a dedicated EV-only parking space located near The Forks Market main entrance by the Pancake House restaurant. "We're thrilled to be the first public EV station in the city. With the number of visitors we welcome and our own target zero initiatives, it makes perfect sense," said Jim August, chief executive officer, The Forks. "We hope to add the success of this EV station to a list of green initiatives that include a geothermal heat-pump system, converting waste fryer oil to biofuel, a site-wide recycling and biocomposting program, and many other initiatives." Minister Struthers noted while the purchase price of an electric vehicle is currently higher than an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle, over time it is expected that fuel savings, reduced maintenance and increased availability of these vehicles will help balance the price difference. The province plans to support additional installations of EV charging stations for public use at other sites such as Assiniboine Park. The level two chargers provide 240 volts and will give a full charge in approximately half the time of a level one charger, which is like a block heater and provides 120 volts. Minister Struthers also announced the launch of a new website at: http://dev2.manweb.internal/csm/drive_electric/tools.html, that provides information on available services for electric vehicles. The website was prepared jointly by the province, the Canadian Auto Association (CAA) Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Public Insurance and Red River College. "The accompanying website will help people understand why this technology is important, provide basic information on the benefits of electric vehicles, and give details on the research and results of testing these vehicles," Minister Struthers said. "This project plays an important role in our provincial clean-energy strategy and electric-vehicle road map that will produce environmental and economic benefits now and in the future." The charging station and website are part of Manitoba's electric-vehicle roadmap which includes an electric bus developed by the Manitoba government, Red River College, Mitsubishi, New Flyer Industries and Manitoba Hydro. For more information, visit www.gov.mb.ca/ia/energy/transportation/index.html.
The province has published a long-awaited and much-needed framework paper on how to support innovation activity in the province.
The Manitoba Innovation Strategy released this week lists six priorities. It is an acknowledgement of the importance of innovation to a healthy economy from the research and startup phase to small business operations to enhancing productivity in established businesses.
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger said it is something that has been in the works for a few years.
"We believe we have a lot of innovative entrepreneurs and lots of innovative researchers in Manitoba," he said. "They will benefit by having support that will bring them together."
He said the idea is to bring resources together to address all the issues at play, "to support people to allow them to have a greater chance for success. In a world where this is going on in many other centres, Manitoba has always been a hub of innovation, but we think we can take it to another level with these new initiatives."
Among other things, Selinger said an office called Research Manitoba will be created that will bring all provincial research money together under one umbrella.
Doug McCartney, the senior executive with the province's science, innovation and business development branch of Jobs and the Economy, said it is a framework document the innovation community can use to work more closely together.
McCartney said government is a facilitator and, "to the extent there is a role for government to play, it is now more transparent what that role will be."
In the past, there has been frustration and confusion about overlap of programs and uncertainty about priorities.
The document brings all of the province's focus on innovation -- from research to commercialization -- under one department, Jobs and the Economy.
Marshall Ring, the executive director of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator, an Exchange District business incubator, said, "We're happy to see a strategy in place, happy to see its profile raised with a dedicated champion and the premier giving it some attention."
While the eight-page document is comprehensive in touching on all the key points, it does not provide much detail on any new programs or funding opportunities.
"We're interested in seeing what the specific activities will be that will support the strategy," Ring said.
Gary Brownstone, CEO of the Eureka Project, a business incubator at the University of Manitoba's Smartpark, said it looks like part of the strategy will be to corral all the organizations working in the field to get them all working in the same ecosystem, which he believes will be a good thing.
In the March budget, the province did announce changes in the small business venture capital tax credit program, sometimes referred to as the angel tax credit.
The eligible amounts of investment have been altered, and the provincial tax credit has gone up to 45 per cent from 30 per cent.
The document also states that the Commercialization Support of Business program will be streamlined, although details of that have not yet been released.
McCartney said one of the main thrusts in the strategy is a realization that innovation works best when there is collaboration and co-operation.
"I've seen many different definitions of innovation," he said. "Recently I saw a schematic drawing of a bunch of gears that work together to move forward. That is what we need to do better in this community."
A look at the Manitoba Innovation Strategy:
Priority one -- Build on Manitoba's research excellence.
Priority two -- Support collaborative models for the commercialization of research.
Priority three -- Create a clear path for innovators and entrepreneurs in Manitoba.
Priority four -- Help our graduates and young entrepreneurs find the 'jobs of tomorrow' right here at home.
Priority five -- Enable our existing businesses to grow and prosper through innovation.
Priority six -- Create an environment that fosters private sector investment for entrepreneurs and innovators in Manitoba.
Source: Winnipeg Free Press
In March, 2013, MEIA facilitated a public stakeholders consultation meeting on behalf of Conservation and Water Stewardship in regards to the amendments to the Contaminated Sites Remediation Act (CSRA) and the Contaminated Sites Remediation Regulation (CSRR). Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship would like to announce that as of April 1, 2014, the new amendments to the CSRA and the CSRR come into effect. For further information on the Act, Regulation, Guidelines and Contact Information, please visit:
While working in the commercial fertilizer industry, self-described "Manitoba farm boy" Wade Barnes saw an incredible amount of waste as farmers frequently applied too much fertilizer to their fields.
But after a trip to nearby Fargo, N.D., he was wowed by the use of satellite imagery to identify high nitrogen areas for growing sugar beets and wanted to do something similar for his customers.
Back at the fertilizer plant where he worked, he started to build a program. The farmers loved it, but as it reduced the amount of fertilizer the company's best customers were buying, it wasn't good for the fertilizer business.
So "pushed by the farmers" to start his own business, Mr. Barnes co-founded Farmers Edge Precision Consulting Inc. in 2005. The Winnipeg-based company specializes in precision agriculture - including variable rate technology (VRT) that uses satellite imagery to pinpoint when and where to plant and how much to fertilize - to help growers increase crop production and become more sustainable. The company has operations in Canada, the United States, Eastern Europe and South America.
"Once I saw the differences in the areas of the field, the variability, it opened my eyes," Mr. Barnes says. "I realized how uninformed we were because we didn't have any information to make decisions. We were just winging it and these farmers were spending millions of dollars on fertilizer. The technology allows farmers to optimize their fertilizers. The whole business of farming has changed."
Fertilizer is a huge issue for farmers and the environment. Since the use of commercial fertilizer correlates directly to increased yield (generally estimated at between 30 to 50 per cent), farmers want to use enough to ensure a good crop.
But if too much fertilizer is used - particularly nitrogen fertilizer and other crop inputs such as pesticides and herbicides - the runoff can go into the groundwater, polluting water supplies and damaging natural habitat. The increased use of nitrogen fertilizer has also resulted in the formation of atmospheric nitrous oxide (N2O), a potent greenhouse gas contributing to stratospheric ozone depletion and global warming.
But changes in how fertilizer is used - when fields are fertilized and how much is used - can reduce N2O emissions, according to research at the University of California, Berkeley.
"When the harvest is done, the goal should be that very little fertilizer is left in the ground," Mr. Barnes says. "The technology essentially allows farmers to be green but, at the end of the day, to be green with a purpose and make a lot more money by doing it."
Recently, Farmers Edge has begun to focus on water, using satellite imagery and real-time information to determine the right amount of irrigation. With droughts occurring in many parts of the world, water is a valuable commodity.
Hortau Inc. has also developed high-tech solutions to irrigation, but with an approach centred on the plants. The company, based in St. Romuald, Que., with offices in California and Colorado, offers wireless, Web-based irrigation management systems to about 1,000 growers throughout North America. Their solar-powered technology reports back to the farmer how plants are doing in real time, before plant stresses such as drought can negatively affect the crop.
Agriculture accounts for about 70 per cent of water used in the world today. Jocelyn Boudreau, an agricultural engineer who co-founded Hortau in 2002, estimates its technology can save roughly 25 to 30 per cent of that water, as well as the same amount of energy used for pumping the water for irrigation.
"Most farmers tend to overwater to be on the safe side," Mr. Boudreau says. "You can hurt the yield just as much by overwatering as underwatering and the excess water can push the fertilizers down to where the crop can't use them. "
That's a huge advantage for the environment, as well as for the farmers. While the cost to use Hortau's technology can be anywhere from $10 to $100 an acre each year, Mr. Boudreau says it's cost effective with the payback usually covered by the first crop. In some areas where there's restricted water, such as Colorado and Nebraska, or drought-stricken California, Mr. Boudreau says their technology is seen as critical. "Depending on the growth stage of the crop, the season, the weather conditions - it's a tricky assessment. You can't do that just by eyeing it. A precision tool comes in very handy."
Source: The Globe and Mail
By DIANE JERMYN
SKILLS CAMP FOR ENTREPRENEURS SUPPORTS SMALL BUSINESS: MINISTERS
Three Entrepreneurs Receive $8,000 Prizes to Grow Their Companies
Three Manitoba entrepreneurs have secured $8,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to give their startup businesses the tools and expertise needed to reach the next level of success, following a two-day skills camp in Brandon, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn and Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.
"Manitoba's entrepreneurial spirit is driving economic growth and diversification in Brandon and surrounding rural communities," said Minister Kostyshyn. "We are pleased to support this skills camp, as it helps build a strong foundation for rural development."
The three winning businesses, Shut Ur Pie Hole, Prairie Skyline Ventures and Unwind Massage Therapy and Yoga were selected from 21 participants at Innovate Manitoba's LaunchPad Startup Skills Camp in Brandon yesterday. The winners were chosen based on the strength of their pitches as well as the commercial potential of their businesses.
"The Startup Skills Camps are designed to help startup entrepreneurs focus on where they are going and what they need to do to get there ? very practical guidance," said Jan Lederman, president of Innovate Manitoba. "With our partners in Brandon we were able to build on that and offer one-on-one mentoring and a pitch competition to help them test their mettle. It was a great two days and some very exciting companies have emerged."
One-day Startup Skills Camps are held three times a year to provide information and mentorship to Manitoba entrepreneurs. Only the Brandon event is an expanded two-day camp, combining practical advice on starting a business with coaching on how to make effective business pitches and one‑on‑one mentoring sessions.
"There are many made-in-Manitoba success stories that grew from an idea to a thriving business and today's entrepreneurs have the opportunity to learn from their experience," said Minister Oswald. "Events like the skills camp and organizations like Innovate Manitoba help us build capacity and support Manitobans as they invest in a future here in the province."
The two-day camp in Brandon was presented by Innovate Manitoba, the Manitoba government and a number of other partners, with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries as the presenting sponsor. Roy Johnston TDS, RBC Royal Bank, Alternative Landscaping and BDO were prize sponsors.
More information about the resources offered by Innovate Manitoba are available at www.innovatemanitoba.ca.
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