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Melissa Val­gar­d­son’s new home may not look di er­ent to the naked eye, but visit her base­ment and you’ll no­tice some­thing miss­ing: a fur­nace. Val­gar­d­son and her hus­band, both en­gi­neers, built a so­called pas­sive house. The en­ergy-e icient struc­ture uses ex­treme in­su­la­tion to cut down en­ergy use. It’s the irst and most im­por­tant of the three R’s – re­duc­tion. Pas­sive House Canada held sem­i­nars in Cal­gary re­cently to pro­mote the con­cept.


Win­nipeg wants to leave the moniker of its ac­ces­si­ble tran­sit ser­vice in the rearview, invit­ing votes on a “more in­clu­sive name” for Han­di­tran­sit. The cur­rent name and logo were adopted in 1977. The new op­tions are: Win­nipeg Tran­sit Plus, Win­nipeg Tran­sit Con­nect, and Win­nipeg Tran­sit Link.

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