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A tour of the Emterra material recovery facility (MRF) will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. If you missed the last tour, don’t miss out on this one! Cost is $10 for non-members. Free to Student Chapter members. Please email email@example.com to register.... Read More
A draft scientific criteria document for Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Life – Carbamazepine is available for public review and comment until April 17, 2015. The scientific criteria document includes English and French summaries.
Carbamazepine is a drug commonly prescribed as an antiepileptic, but is also used for the treatment of pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia and as a psychotropic, in the treatment of schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. The main route of entry of carbamazepine into the aquatic environment is via municipal sewage treatment effluent.
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Gwen Waedt Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment 360 - 123 Main Street Winnipeg, MB R3C 1A3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CCME has published Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health – Beryllium. The guideline and its scientific criteria document can be found at CEQG Online and the guideline can be searched by using the Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines Summary Table.
Please click on the following link for details: CEQG
Article by Martin Cash, Winnipeg Free Press, February 14, 2015
An initiative to kick-start what could be a multibillion-dollar potash mine development in western Manitoba has begun.
The province, through a Crown corporation called Manitoba Potash Corp., recently sent a detailed information package to a number of targeted companies to gauge their interest in developing 28,024 hectares "of undeveloped, mineable high-grade potash deposits" north of Russell adjacent to the border with Saskatchewan.Vital crop fertilizer
Potassium from potash is one of the most important crop fertilizers that increases crop yields and there is no known substitute.
Ninety-five per cent of potash production goes into the ag sector to be used as a plant nutrient.
Potash is processed from potassium-bearing ores such as sylvanite (a mixture of sylvite and common salt). Potassium chloride (KCl) is the type of potash mined in Saskatchewan.
Canada is the world's largest producer of potash, with Saskatchewan producing 90 per cent of Canada's total output.
Approximately 50 per cent of the world's supplies of potash are produced in Saskatchewan.
China, India and Brazil are leading importers of potash with little domestic production.
While there are some who believe the potash reserves in Manitoba are large enough to warrant production of a large-scale mine -- which would mean the infusion of about $5 billion in capital investment into the province -- industry experts are not very optimistic there will be any takers.
Officials from the province's mineral resources branch were reluctant to say too much.
"We've just begun rolling out our marketing process, and we're waiting for interested companies to complete their preliminary due diligence and respond by March 13, 2015," a provincial official said. "At this early stage, any comment on the potential outcome of the process and possible financial benefits would be pure speculation and therefore inappropriate."
It's an effort to revive a number of false starts by various junior mining companies -- as well as major mining concerns -- that have been poking around the eastern edges of the Saskatchewan potash basin just across the Manitoba border for decades.
(About 10 years ago, one potash-exploration company working a property in Manitoba distributed a promotional photo of its drill rigs with mountains of salt tailings in the background. While the drilling was in Manitoba, the actual potash production was in Saskatchewan.)
Since it takes about seven years to build a large potash mine, current market conditions may not be the best way to gauge potential interest in the Manitoba property.
Having said that, industry experts are decidedly pessimistic this call for expressions of interest will inspire much enthusiasm.
"Interest from current players in a project like that is probably pretty remote," said Joel Jackson, a research analyst with BMO Capital Market specializing in fertilizer companies. "The potash industry is quite oversupplied right now and there is massive amounts of new capacity coming on stream in Western Canada and the world, for that matter."
The three major producers active in Saskatchewan -- Saskatoon-based Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Plymouth, Minn.-based the Mosaic Company and Calgary-based Agrium Inc. -- are all about to increase production.
Officials from Potash Corp. and Mosaic declined to comment on their relative interest in a Manitoba greenfield project.
Richard Downey, a spokesman for Agrium Inc. said, "Agrium is focused on ramping up its major one-million-tonne expansion project at our existing potash mine at Vanscoy Saskatchewan. We also have additional reserves at another location in Saskatchewan, which could be developed as a greenfield in the future some time. As a result I do not believe Agrium is interested in looking at additional sites."
In addition to those three, the Australian miner, BHP Billiton Ltd. and the German company K + S AG have major potash mines under construction in Saskatchewan with billions of dollars already spent and several more committed to those Saskatchewan projects.
Spencer Churchill, an analyst with Paradigm Capital in Toronto, agreed with Jackson. "The likelihood is pretty small," he said of a Manitoba greenfield.
"Potash Corp. has four million tonnes of capacity it can bring on in the next two to three years... Agrium just finished spending billions of dollars increasing capacity 50 per cent from two million to three million tonnes."
As well, even though prices have come back after two major declines in the last few years, both analysts agree production increases are outstripping increases in global demand.
Jackson said, "Global demand has not breached 60 million tonnes in the last decade, but supply is about to go up by 20 million tonnes to 80 million tonnes."
If the possibility of the majors wading into a Manitoba project are not great, the alternative of having a junior exploration company develop the property for a few years and hand it off to a major does not seem much brighter.
A Bay Street hedge-fund investor partial to the commodity business has soured on potash juniors, noting a couple of the ones that are active in Saskatchewan -- Western Potash Corp. and Karnalyte Resources Inc. -- are both trading near 52-week lows.
Although producers may not be beating down the doors to get at the Manitoba property, global markets can change, and potash mines take a long time to get up and running.
So there might be some interest as a future consideration.
According to its own record-keeping Yes! Winnipeg is on track to hit its target of helping to create 4,200 new jobs in the city.
After about 45 months, the tally is at 2,665 direct jobs, and Bill Morrissey, the leader of Yes! Winnipeg said the organization is optimistic it'll reach its goal.
There may not be any new megaprojects on the books, but that was never really much of a realistic prospect when it raised $4 million from the public and private sectors in 2010 to create the organization.
By diligently grinding out cold calls, arranging strategic meetings at industry conferences and spearheading what's become a well-oiled collaborative effort, the arm of Economic Development Winnipeg has raised the city's profile.
The goal was to make it easier for local companies to decide on Winnipeg when planning to expand and to get the city into the conversation with external companies who are looking for a place to grow.
And it seems to be working.
"We do feel it is the right thing to be doing," said Morrissey. "Just on its own, Winnipeg by itself -- a city of less than 800,000 in a big world -- does not naturally percolate to the top of the consideration pile for the executives of most companies."
Of the close to 60 successful projects it's been involved in, many are like the $2-million expansion Melet Plastics currently has underway.
Bill Fenton, Melet's general manager, said the company decided it needed about 15,000 square feet of additional capacity either at its St. Boniface plant or its recently acquired Fargo, N.D., facility.
"We were wrestling over whether we should expand in Winnipeg or Fargo," Fenton said. "Fargo has a very aggressive economic development arm. But we reached out to Bill and his group, and they jumped through hoops and made connections for us."
Melet has been operating in the city for a long time, but Fenton said a Hydro transformer on its Winnipeg property was going to be a problem if it expanded here. He said Yes! Winnipeg got the right Manitoba Hydro people involved to make it work as efficiently as possible.
Just about all of the largest companies Yes! Winnipeg has played a role in expanding could have gone elsewhere.
In the last couple of years, including Melet, Yes! Winnipeg has played some role in expansions at Cargill, Price Industries, New Flyer, Winpak and Buhler. All those companies have other operations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world and could easily have decided to invest elsewhere.
Morrissey is likely the most thoroughly briefed -- and enthusiastic -- promoter of what he says is Winnipeg's "very compelling value proposition," which includes more than the cheapest hydro rates in North America, a quick drive to work and a stable and reliable workforce.
Even Morrissey knows it's not the brightest blip on anyone's radar.
A recent deal that could eventually produce 45 new jobs in the city involves a group of investors -- only one of whom is based in Winnipeg -- with operations across Western Canada.
Called Santorini Dairy Inc., it is taking over the former Whiteshell Dairy on Dufferin Street in the North End, a brand-new dairy facility whose original owners went bankrupt before it could be fully commissioned.
Paul Kostas, the Winnipeg partner of Santorini, said it was too early to discuss the plans for the facility.
"But I will say that Yes! Winnipeg went way above and beyond to help me out in every respect," he said.
Morrissey said Yes! Winnipeg has got more focused in its targeting of potential prospects. He and his staff now regularly attend a host of industry conferences with meetings pre-arranged.
A blitz of meetings in New York in May already yielded two return trips to Winnipeg by New York companies now interested in Winnipeg.
By: Martin Cash
Source: Winnipeg Free Press
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The final submission date for Expressions of Interest (EOI) is September 27th, 2012, 4:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time. Expressions of Interest are to be sent directly to www.ccemc.ca
MEIA is making a request to you on behalf of ECO Canada (www.eco.ca).
ECO is the major Canadian supplier of Labour Market Information in the environmental industry and certifies environmental professionals (EP).
We ask you to invite 3 – 6 workers with environmental skills, preferably with at least 5 years of environmental experience, to answer the 2014 Survey of Environmental Workers: What do they do?, using the password: ecomeia. If possible, please choose workers performing different environmental activities.
HOW? Forward the link www.eco.ca/2014survey to your workers. They can use the password: ecomeia. You can also request a personalised invitation document from ECO.
WHY? In 2014, the ECO Canada Research Team is conducting a research project to understand what aspects of the current environmental sector framework need to be revised. Input from environmental workers is vital in helping ECO ensure that they are providing an updated representation of the environmental work in Canada for all to use. The results of the survey will be incorporated in a final report that will be publicly available in ECO website.
ECO will offer a small token of appreciation for the respondents, just to say THANK YOU for taking the time to give their valuable opinion.
QUESTIONS? Contact Guillermo Cuevas, ECO Canada Research Manager, at (403)476-8706, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. MEIA views this initiative as important for our industry. Thank you in advance for your support and input.
September 18, 2014 8:30 - 10:30 am
MEIA is acting on behalf of Green Manitoba to facilitate a consultation regarding a waste and recycling strategy. This consultation is back by popular demand for those who could not attend the August 21 presentation.
As part of “TomorrowNow - Manitoba’s Green Plan”, the Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship is developing a waste and recycling strategy for release in the fall of 2014. The strategy will outline new, more aggressive targets for waste diversion with a strong focus on Organic waste diversion and Construction, Renovation, and Demolition waste diversion.
Please join us for a preliminary consultation that would include a brief presentation providing the background and proposed details of the strategy followed by an opportunity for discussion and input from all participants.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Presentation and discussion
Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion St. Wpg., MB
Note: There is no charge to attend this event. Funding provided by Green Manitoba. REGISTER HERE
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