WINNIPEG — The president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro is retiring this fall.
Kelvin Shepherd will step down from the Crown corporation’s top position on November 16 after serving three years with the company.
Crampton’s Market is being forced to relocate from its south Winnipeg location beginning next season.
The local market at the southwest corner of Waverley Street and Bishop Grandin Boulevard has leased the land from Manitoba Hydro since 1997, but the Crown corporation has changed its policies and is no longer able to lease the space.
WINNIPEG — Nine of the 10 members on the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board resigned Wednesday over what they say were failed attempts to meet with Premier Brian Pallister and his government.
“For over a year we have attempted to meet with the premier to resolve a number of critical issues related to the finances and governance of Manitoba Hydro, including matters related to Hydro’s efforts to further develop its relationship with Indigenous peoples,” a statement from the board said.
UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. — Power has been restored to all affected customers.
WINNIPEG — Thousands of residents woke up in the dark Wednesday morning after a wide-spread power outage in the eastern part of the city.
Manitoba Hydro tweeted shortly after 6 a.m. that the outage in the Transcona and St. Boniface area was being investigated. They said a pole fire on Dugald Road was to blame and service was slowly being restored.
By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press
NEEPAWA, Man. — Public hearings are currently underway and their outcome will determine how much Manitobans will be held responsible for past government action. Right now, the province’s Public Utilities Board is hearing arguments for and against an increase in Manitoba Hydro rates, which Patti Ramage, Manitoba Hydro’s legal council, called “exceptional.”
The proposed increase calls for rates to rise 7.9 percent per year until 2023/2024, the increases would then fall to what Hydro calls “sustainable” levels. The cumulative effect of those increases will see rates rise close to 60 percent above current levels.
“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.
Manitoba Hydro is renewing its warning to customers about the potential to be scammed by fraudsters pretending to work for the public utility.
Hydro says despite the drop in fraud complaints this month, there isn’t any indication that fraud is decreasing.
WINNIPEG — Manitoba Hydro is consolidating most of its staff from the south end of the city to its downtown headquarters.
The public utility is relocating approximately 500 to 600 employees from the office building at 820 Taylor Avenue to 360 Portage Avenue by next June.