Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

TradesRepresentatives of Canada's trade contract communities came together in Ottawa on April 8 to discuss the urgent need for federal and provincial governments to adopt prompt payment legislation. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) Prompt Payment Summit allowed members to highlight progress that has been made at the provincial level and to discuss next steps for seeing these initiatives through. The summit also focused on strategies to engage other concerned stakeholders who operate regionally and at the federal level.

TSP Canada TowersTSP Canada Towers Inc., a manufacturer of wind towers in Thorold, ON, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after a worker was crushed by components being moved along a line. A failure to lock the equipment control boxes is being cited as the cause of the accident.

 

Utilities MergerFour of Ontario’s largest local electricity distribution companies are working together to form a new utility that would serve almost a million customers in York Region, Simcoe County, Peel Region, Hamilton and St. Catharines.

 

 

Nathalie PilonAt the Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) AGM on April 15th, Nathalie Pilon, Thomas & Betts Ltd. was announced as the EFC 2015/2016 Chair. At the event, Tim Horsman, E.B. Horsman & Son was thanked for his contributions and leadership as the 2014/2015 Chair. 

 

Kerrwil Publications Limited announced the official launch of Electrical Industry’s Gold Book online sourcing tool for buyers, specifiers and installers of electrical equipment in Canada.

 

 

Standards Council Canada

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and ULC Standards are pleased to announce the development of a Joint National Standard for balloon-type ball backwater valves.  The development of this joint Canada-U.S. standard is the first of its kind in the plumbing and heating sector.  

 

Okanagan Wind Farms

BC Hydro is adding new clean wind power to the provincial electricity grid, including two new wind farms in the Okanagan – the first ever for the region. Three agreements were recently announced for new developments near West Kelowna, Summerland and Taylor that will provide enough electricity to power 14,000 homes a year.

 

Amsterdam Airport

Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport, Royal Philips and contractor Cofely Nederland NV have signed an agreement for new lighting in terminal buildings under which Schipol pays for the light it uses and Philips remains the owner of all fixtures and installations. Philips and Cofely will be jointly responsible for the performance and durability of the system and ultimately its re-use and recycling at end of life.

 

Saskpower

SaskPower has made significant investments - $1.279 billion - into the province’s electrical grid in 2014, as aging infrastructure, increasing demand and changing environmental regulations continue to challenge the Crown corporation.

 

 

Building Energy Management

Schneider Electric StruxureWare has received top scores for strategy and execution in providing actionable insights to facility managers to achieve reduced energy consumption and stronger return on investment.

 

 

 

Electricians Provide Assistance in TD Centre's 50th Anniversary Illumination Project

Contractors Guild, Ainsworth, Symtech, Plan and ACML donated their services to temporarily reconfigure the buildings' automated lighting systems, while a crew of staff and volunteers worked to open and close blinds on over 6,000 windows across the TD Centre's five towers to create the message "Less is more or" in 100-foot-tall lights.

A media statement called it the largest public art project of its kind undertaken anywhere in the world.

Read more: Electricians Provide Assistance...

 

CSA

 

By William (Bill) Burr

In this article: Section 56 — Optical fibre cables. Section 56 is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of optical fibre cables in conjunction with all other electrical systems. Rule 56-002 provides a special terminology definition for an Optical Fibre Cable — a cable consisting of one or more optical fibres that transmits modulated light for the purpose of control, signalling or communications.

Rule 56-102 outlines that there are three types of optical fibre cables.



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Wind technicians have been working to keep Canada’s turbines turning for a long time now.

TransAlta’s Cowley Ridge Wind Farm was one of the first commercial facilities in the country with the original technicians back in 1993 describing their experiences of being “up so high” and that “there was nothing like it.”

Sitting on 25 meter tall lattice work towers, these machines were less than a third of the height of most tubular wind turbine towers today. However, many of the same skills learned on these first sites are still relevant today even though the technology has certainly progressed.

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 Gordon MacDonald is a cheerful, driven individual who loves to be challenged, a trait that suits him well as a lighting specialist overseeing retrofit projects for Rexel in New Brunswick and P.E.I. He also has had a unique introduction to the field he now works in. 

Gordon was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick and has lived there for most of his life. He has an incredibly busy home life that extends to his children, stepchildren and grandchildren. Beyond family life he enjoys “playing guitar and piano, going target shooting, cooking BBQ, trying new foods and learning new things.”

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The hospital partnered with GE Healthcare Partners to conceive, design and build the new 4,500 square-foot command centre, a cornerstone of which will be GE’s Wall of Analytics that processes real-time data from multiple source systems across the hospital.

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