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Brandon Researcher Using ‘Good Bugs’ to Reduce Reliance on Pesticides

Brandon Researcher Using ‘Good Bugs’ to Reduce Reliance on Pesticides

Dr. Poonam Singh
Assiniboine Community College agriculture instructor Dr. Poonam Singh, right, discusses how good bugs can fight bad bugs with, from left, Assiniboine student Gopin Patel, Shelmerdine employee Stephanie Walker and Assiniboine research intern Tiffany Nykolyshyn. (HANDOUT)

A $25,000 grant to an instructor and researcher at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon is using so-called “good bugs” to weed out other pests that may injure and sometimes kill plants.

Dr. Poonam Singh is the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grant from the NSERC Engage program.

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Plastic Makers Say Goal is No Plastic in Landfills by 2030

Plastic Makers Say Goal is No Plastic in Landfills by 2030

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Plastic Bottle Recycle
A volunteer collects a plastic bottle during trash collection at the Kolovrechtis wetland near Halkida, Evia island, Greece, Feb.3, 2018. Dozens of Canadian environment groups say if Canada wants to be a leader in getting the rest of the world to kick its plastics habit, it has to start by setting the bar for recycling plastics far higher at home. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)

OTTAWA – Dozens of environmental groups say if Canada wants to be a leader in getting the rest of the world to kick its plastics habit, it has to start by setting the bar for recycling plastics far higher at home.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants this week’s G7 leaders summit in Quebec to include the signing of an anti-plastics charter, setting international targets to cut down on the use of plastics and finding ways to include more recycled materials in the plastics we do use.

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Transcona Home to City’s First Solar-Powered Trash Container

Transcona Home to City’s First Solar-Powered Trash Container

Big Belly Solar Trash Bin
The Big Belly solar-powered recycling and trash container is a new addition to Transcona. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The first solar-powered trash container is now up and running in Winnipeg.

Called the “Big Belly,” it’s the first of its kind in the province and replaces one of the regular duo waste and recycling containers at 117 Regent Avenue.

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Transit Union Pitches Plan to Finance Electric Winnipeg Bus Fleet

Transit Union Pitches Plan to Finance Electric Winnipeg Bus Fleet

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A battery-electric, heavy-duty Xcelsior bus being tested by Manitoba Hydro employees in May 2014. (BERNICE PONTANILLA PHOTO / FILE)

The union representing Winnipeg Transit employees has a plan to finance additional electric buses in the city’s fleet.

The proposed financing partnership would rely on a pay as you save (PAYS) model, with the province providing the city with an interest-free loan to cover the difference in capital costs of electric buses.

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Powering Up Portage la Prairie: New Tesla Charging Station on the Way

Powering Up Portage la Prairie: New Tesla Charging Station on the Way

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A new Tesla charging station will go online in Portage la Prairie this summer. (HANDOUT)

Construction on a new six-stall Tesla Supercharger Station will soon begin in Portage la Prairie.

Winnipeg-based real estate development company Shindico has partnered with the automobile maker to bring the charging station to a parcel of land they own at Portage’s Westfield Crossing shopping centre.

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Plug Pulled on Manitoba Hydro’s ‘Power Smart’ Program: CUPE

Plug Pulled on Manitoba Hydro’s ‘Power Smart’ Program: CUPE

Manitoba Hydro Power SmartWith the announcement Wednesday of the province’s new energy-efficiency program, the wheels are in motion to wind down Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart initiative.

“Power Smart is already an excellent program that has deep roots in the community as well as direct access to Hydro information to help Manitobans find energy savings, its hard to believe this new Crown will be able to offer anything new that Power Smart isn’t already doing,” said Chris Mravinec, president of CUPE Local 998, which represent Manitoba Hydro employees.

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