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September 23, 2013

New landfill gas collection system now online at Winnipeg's Brady Road Resource Management Facility

New equipment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, better protect environment: Mackintosh, Katz

Released: 12:02 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - A new gas collection system that will significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases at the City of Winnipeg's Brady Road Resource Management Facility is now operational, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh and Mayor Sam Katz announced today.

âœWe contributed more than $2.5 million for the construction of this new collection and treatment system that will lower the amount of greenhouse gas released into the environment,â said Mackintosh. âœNow that this system is up and running, it will help further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Manitoba.â

The new system will capture and treat landfill gases, which are produced when organic waste decomposes. The gases are mostly made up of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. In terms of its global warming potential, methane gas is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Under The Climate Change Emissions Reduction Act, the City of Winnipeg was required to develop a landfill gas collection system at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility.

âœThe City is pleased to partner with the Province of Manitoba to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions coming from the Brady Road Resource Management Facility,â said Mayor Sam Katz. âœWith the City's contribution of $4.5 million, we join more than 64 facilities across Canada in recovering landfill gas and helping to reduce our nation's total greenhouse gas emissions. Our goal is to not only recover the gas from the landfill but to be able to use it in the future for building heat or electrical generation.â

Between 2000 and 2011, Manitoba's population grew by 9.6 per cent, the economy grew by 78 per cent and greenhouse-gas emissions were reduced by seven per cent, the biggest reduction in western Canada.

âœWe've taken strong action to lower greenhouse gas emissions in Manitoba, and this new system will help us make further reductions,â said Mackintosh. âœStarting this fall, the International Institute for Sustainable Development will be leading a public consultation process to support the development of a new plan to further reduce greenhouse gases.â

The minister noted the new system supports the implementation of TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan, an eight-year plan guiding provincial investments and initiatives to build a green economy while protecting the environment.

More information on TomorrowNow is available at:
www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan/

Medal for Outstanding Achievement Awarded to Tim Hague Sr. and Tim Hague Jr.

Winners of The Amazing Race Canada honoured by Mayor Katz

Released: 01:41 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, at a ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Sam Katz presented the father-son team of Tim Hague Sr. and Tim Hague Jr. with the City of Winnipeg Outstanding Achievement Award.

The award recognized the pair's recent win on the popular CTV reality television show, The Amazing Race Canada. Mayor Katz congratulated the team, known to their fans as âœTim Timeâ, on their first-place finish and thanked them for representing Winnipeg on the national program.

âœTim and Tim faced adversity throughout the competition and met all of their challenges with a tremendous amount of spirit and determination,â said Mayor Sam Katz. âœWe couldn't have asked for a better team to represent the city, and I am sure all Winnipeggers join me in congratulating them on this great achievement.â

Surrounded by family and friends, Tim Sr. accepted the award on behalf of the team. His son and teammate, Tim Jr., was unable to attend today's event.

In addition to the medals, Mayor Katz presented Tim Sr. with a City of Winnipeg flag, a nod to the flag challenge in the final episode, which ultimately clinched the win for the Winnipeggers.

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Last update: 23.09.2013

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