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Metis Want Courts to Overturn Manitoba Decision on Cancelled Payment

Metis Want Courts to Overturn Manitoba Decision on Cancelled Payment

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

David Chartrand
David Chartrand, president of the Manitoba Metis Federation, takes part in a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, March 8, 2013. The Manitoba Metis Federation says it is planning legal action over a proposed $67-million deal with Manitoba Hydro that was quashed by the provincial government last week. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Metis Federation plans to ask the courts to overturn a provincial government decision and uphold a tentative agreement that would see it get $67 million for supporting new energy projects.

The federation said it’s assembling a legal team that will file for a judicial review of Premier Brian Pallister’s move last week to quash a deal that had been negotiated between the federation and Crown-owned Manitoba Hydro.

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Manitoba Appoints New Hydro Board After Mass Resignation at Crown Corporation

Manitoba Appoints New Hydro Board After Mass Resignation at Crown Corporation

By The Canadian Press

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A hydro tower is seen in Toronto on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Manitoba has appointed five new people to the Manitoba Hydro board after all but one board member at the Crown corporation quit en masse earlier this week. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabres)

WINNIPEG – Manitoba has appointed five new people to the Manitoba Hydro board after all but one member quit en masse earlier this week.

Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen says three women and two men will join backbencher Cliff Graydon on the Crown corporation’s board.

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New Details Emerge About Proposed Payment to Manitoba Metis Federation

New Details Emerge About Proposed Payment to Manitoba Metis Federation

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Sanford Riley
Sanford Riley, board chair at Manitoba Hydro, speaks to reporters after a speech to business leaders in Winnipeg on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. A day after all but one of Manitoba Hydro’s board of directors resigned, now-former board chairman Riley defended an agreement with the Manitoba Metis Federation at the heart of the dispute between the board and the Manitoba government. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG – The former board chairman of Manitoba Hydro criticized Premier Brian Pallister on Thursday and defended a planned $67-million payment to the Manitoba Metis Federation.

“What we need is a strong board, and we need a premier who’s prepared to take leadership in addressing some very significant issues that Hydro faces,” Sanford Riley told The Canadian Press.

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Manitoba Hydro Board Resigns Over Inability to Meet with Pallister Government

Manitoba Hydro Board Resigns Over Inability to Meet with Pallister Government

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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

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.

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Thousands of Manitoba Hydro Customers Left in the Dark

Thousands of Manitoba Hydro Customers Left in the Dark

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Thousands of Winnipeg residents are being affected by a wide-spread power outage in the Transcona and St. Boniface areas of the city. (MANITOBA HYDRO / TWITTER)

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.

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Manitoba Hydro’s Rate Increase Exceptional, But Unacceptable

Manitoba Hydro’s Rate Increase Exceptional, But Unacceptable

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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A hydro tower is seen in Toronto on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabres)

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.

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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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Manitoba Hydro Relocating Taylor Avenue Staff to Downtown HQ

Manitoba Hydro Relocating Taylor Avenue Staff to Downtown HQ

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Manitoba Hydro Building (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

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.

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Building on the Move Cutting Power in Brandon Area

Building on the Move Cutting Power in Brandon Area

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A planned power outage on Tuesday, June 27 will affect customers near the Trans-Canada Highway in the Brandon area.

A large building being moved to Saskatchewan will need power lines temporarily shut off to ensure a safe passage. The move will begin at Riverbend Colony southeast of Carberry.

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