Energy Matters April 2017

Included with this month’s Energy Matters:

Power Smart tip

Use a low-flow showerhead and cut your water use nearly in half.

Celebrate the 2017 Canada Summer Games

The Canada Summer Games is coming to Winnipeg and we want you to celebrate with us.

We are proud to sponsor the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay leading up to the start of this summer’s Games.

The Torch Relay kicks off in Steinbach June 23, covering more than 3,500 kilometres throughout Manitoba. It finishes in Winnipeg on July 26 with a celebration at Manitoba Hydro Place at 360 Portage Ave. The torch will then light the Canada Games cauldron at the July 28 opening ceremonies at the MTS Centre.

Ten to 20 torchbearers in each rural community and 50 torchbearers in Winnipeg will each carry the torch in 150-to-200 metre segments.

“The route of the torch relay was chosen to reflect the diversity of the province and include as many Manitobans as possible to participate in this national event and make it a success,“ Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Kelvin Shepherd said. ”We’re proud to demonstrate our commitment to the communities we serve, and to the spirit of the Canada Summer Games. The torch relay provides an opportunity for us all to get involved.”

Torch relay facts

  • The torch is named after Roly McLenahan. He was an original member of the Canada Games Council and demonstrated a lifelong commitment to youth and their participation in sport.
  • The Roly McLenahan Torch is used for each Canada Games Torch Relay and to ignite the official Games Flame during the opening ceremonies.
  • There are two Roly McLenahan Torches: the original torch and a newer version. Both are metal; the former has a stitched leather handle (worn and somewhat loose) and the latter has a wrapped leather handle (similar to that used on a bat or racquet). Both share a similar flared top with a receptacle for a solid fuel source.
  • The torch will be lit on June 6 at a ceremony at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill.

Torch relays are scheduled for the following communities:

  • Steinbach – Friday, June 23;
  • Kenora, ON – Saturday, June 24;
  • Morden – Thursday, June 29;
  • Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation – Saturday, July 1;
  • Thompson – Thursday, July 6;
  • The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation – Monday, July 10;
  • Dauphin – Tuesday, July 11;
  • Sagkeeng First Nation and Great Falls – Friday, July 14;
  • Gimli – Saturday, July 15;
  • Brandon – Thursday, July 20;
  • Winnipeg – Wednesday, July 26.

The Canada Games are this country’s largest multisport event for young athletes. More than 4,000 athletes and coaches will compete in the games. The two-week event is expected to draw over 20,000 people to Winnipeg.

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Beware of electrical and natural
gas dangers during flooding

Many Manitobans have experienced basement flooding. During the spring thaw and throughout the summer, take precautions to stay safe if water threatens your home. If a flood-related electrical or natural gas emergency occurs in your home, call Manitoba Hydro immediately at 204-480-5900 (Winnipeg) or 1-888-624-9376.

For your safety and to minimize flood damage:

Before flooding

  • Make sure your sewer backwater valve and your sump pump work to prevent a backup.
  • Move electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos, home theatre components and computers from your basement to an upper floor of your home. Raise large electrical appliances like refrigerators off the floor, if possible.
  • To determine if it’s necessary to shut off natural gas service to your home, contact Manitoba Hydro.

After the flood

  • Do not enter flooded basements. Electricity can move through water or wet flooring and cause a severe electrical shock or kill you. Even a small amount of water on the floor can be dangerous. Do not attempt to turn off the main power switch.
  • If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak, leave immediately and call Manitoba Hydro from a safe location.
  • Prior to re-energizing electrical equipment, have a qualified electrician:
    • Clean, dry and test service enclosures and panel boards to ensure insulation integrity.
    • Replace circuit breakers that were submerged in water.
    • Clean, dry and test all affected electrical devices, heating equipment, appliances and wiring. You may need to replace the damaged equipment.
  • If your natural gas appliances have been flooded, arrange for a licensed heating contractor to inspect and determine whether they need to be serviced or replaced.

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Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries MS Walk

Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. Join the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries MS Walk this May to raise funds to support important research into the cause and cure for MS and to provide programs and services for people affected by MS in Manitoba. Register today on the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada website.

MS Walks are:

  • Sunday, May 7 in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie;
  • Sunday, May 28 in Brandon, Dauphin, Morden, Selkirk and The Pas.

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