Manitoba Hydro report will be key: consumer advocate

January 11, 2012 Off By administrator

Manitoba Hydro report will be key: consumer advocate
News from St. John’s Telegram:

Andy Wells. — Telegram file photo

With tight timelines to produce the Muskrat Falls review by March 31, an upcoming report by outside expert Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) is the focal point of the process, says the province’s consumer advocate.

“I think I would have preferred more time. The (Public Utilities) board would have preferred more time. However, government has indicated there is not further time because they want to have the matter brought before the House of Assembly where elected people can debate the issue,” Tom Johnson told The Telegram Tuesday.

“The central focus is on the Manitoba Hydro International report, which should be a very thorough report, I would expect.”

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) has told Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy that as part of its review of the proposed hydroelectric project, the public consultations will be restricted to St. John’s, there may be time limits and there will be no technical conference.

MHI’s report is to be completed by the end of January, and the PUB’s report to government by March 31.

Kennedy has also given new guidelines to Johnson.

Kennedy was not available…………… continues on St. John’s Telegram

… Read the full article

., Innovative New Hotel Search Engine, Launched by Venture Founded by Six of the World’s Leading Hotel Companies
News from Financial Post:

Room Key, a new venture owned by six of the world’s leading hotel companies, today announced that it has launched, an innovative new online hotel search engine that will provide the simplicity, transparency and breadth of choice consumers expect from a search engine, while delivering the flexibility, accuracy and assurance consumers expect from the hospitality industry.

Founded by Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH), Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), InterContinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG), Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) and Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), or their respective affiliates, and led by a highly regarded management team, provides travelers a search and book experience tailored for ease of hotel shopping through an uncluttered and trustworthy site. It will give consumers confidence that they have made the right choice by providing accurate hotel information straight from the source. From searching through to booking directly with the hotel, enables consumers to search, book and relax.

This unique offering will quickly evolve to offer independent reviews, and the ability to compare, plan and share with friends and family. Room Key continues on Financial Post

… Read the full article