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Approved electrical equipmentAs I indicated last month, several changes will be evident in the 23rd Edition Canadian Electrical Code  which is scheduled for publication in early January 2015. When released, Code Users will have an opportunity to see for themselves these

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SparklelightCanadian Solar’s wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has completed the sale of SparkleLight, a 10 MW AC solar power plant to a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc. 

 

Ontario Construction SecretariatFrom April 8 to 10, Burlington, ON will host the 11th edition of Future Building — a three-day, hands-on construction career expo aimed at students from Grades 7 to 12.

Brampton Hydro“Safe at Work, Safe at Home” is Hydro One Brampton’s safety slogan at for 2014. Launched at the beginning of the year, the safety campaign encourages staff to enhance their safety attitude both at home and at work. 

IDEALAvailable in tan and black, the 8”W x 12”L x 12”H multi-purpose tool case offers a number of features and benefits:

LeGrandLegrand has signed an agreement to acquire Lastar, Inc., including its Quiktron and C2G divisions. Quiktron, based in Albia, IA manufactures copper and fibre optic cable assemblies for the data communications distribution channel. C2G, based in

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NEMRA 2015Arlington Industries Inc. has announced the recipients of their 2014 sales performance awards. These awards were presented to firms representing Arlington at the recent 2015 NEMRA (National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association) meeting

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AweaFour Quebec-based businesses specializing in wind turbine operation and maintenance are delighted upon their return from the trade mission organized by the TechnoCentre éolien and the ACCORD Wind Energy Cluster within the framework of the American Wind

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Wind Energy And the winners of the 4th Quebec Wind Energy Industry Gala are... Presented by EDF Énergies Nouvelles, wind farm developer Boralex Inc. won Enterprise of the Year, while Helmut Herold, CEO North America for Senvion Canada Inc., was named

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StandbyA new report by the International Energy Agency has found that $80 billion is lost annually to inefficient technology, a number that’s set to climb to $120 billion by 2020. And the main culprit? Standby mode. The International Energy Agency (IEA)

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Woman of PowerTo promote women in the electricity workforce, Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) has produced a report for employers that highlights challenges for women, as well as programs and case studies that are working across the country. These

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GreenleaGreenlee has launched a line-up of new bending products that the company says will provide consistent accuracy, and increase productivity and mobility. Dubbed the “Bending Revolution,” the line-up features the 855GX IntelliBender, the Shotgun Shoe

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EFC ScholarshipsThe Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) scholarship program has been supporting students for over 20 years. In 2015, EFC and its members and participants will provide students with $120,000 in funding across 52 scholarships. Students receiving

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Anthony HainesAnthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation, has been named the Energy Council of Canada (ECC)’s 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year. The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was first awarded in 2001 to recognize and pay

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EFC ScholarshipOnly days remain before the May 31 deadline to apply for an EFC scholarship. A record $113,000 in funding is available this year to Canadian post-secondary students interested in pursuing a career in the electrical, electronics, and

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EFC scholarshipA record $113,000 in scholarship funding is available this year to Canadian post-secondary students interested in pursuing a career in the electrical, electronics, and telecommunications industries. To date, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) has

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Hydro OttawaOntario’s Electrical Safety Authority pays tribute today to safety leaders during its annual award presentation celebrating significant accomplishments in preventing electrical fatalities and serious injury, damage or loss.

Electrical Code ChangesIn continuing with the theme to provide insight into the changes that will appear in the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code), I would like to focus on the addition of rules for the IEC Zone method of area classification for environments

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2015 CE Code ChangesThere are so many revisions expected in the 2015 Edition of the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) that several articles have been required to help disseminate the information. My past articles have covered changes within the Definitions, Section 4,

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Approved Electrical EquipmentThere are several major changes coming with the 2015 CE Code, and the changes within the definition of “Approved” and Appendix A are one of the more relevant ones. Pierre McDonald explains. 

 

 

OEL LogoThe Electrical Inspector Recognition Award was established in 2014 by the Ontario Electrical League to recognize a current inspector, or senior inspector, for their outstanding contribution to the industry.

 

 

Heat Stroke PreventionHeat stress is often overlooked when it comes to workplace dangers. It comes on quickly, is hard to spot, and it’s your responsibility as an employer to manage. Here’s 21 things to know about heat stress.

efc awardFebruary 28 is the last day to nominate someone for Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)’s annual Industry Recognition Award. The award recognizes exceptional contributions made by individuals to the Canadian electrical, electronic or telecommunications

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SEI The venture arm of 3M has an equity stake in Smart Energy Instruments, a move that the company says will increase their presence in the energy sector. 

Industry SurveyPlease take this 5-minute industry survey and you’ll have 1 in 4 chances to win a Best Buy gift card! (Valued at $150 each).  2015 Online Purchasing Trends – Electrical Products

 

 

Wind TurbineA delegation of five businesses mostly from the Gaspésie region have returned from an economic mission to Texas with nearly 30 requests for service and partnership opportunities involving North American players in the wind turbine operation and

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Website ToolsThese days, your website is a direct representation of your electrical business. It's also likely the first thing most of your potential customers will see, so you really want that first impression to be a good one. Think about how you feel when

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Hydro Remote DisconnectAs of March 31, local distribution companies (LDCs) in Ontario have removed from service 5,109 Sensus iConATM Generation 3.2 remote disconnect meters, reports the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).

 

 


 Salex Expands to Southwestern Ontario                                                                   

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Salex continues to support the Southwestern Ontario market with representation of key market leaders in lighting and controls, including its partnership with Axis Lighting, Beghelli Canada and OSRAM.

Axis Lighting is an innovative, forward-thinking manufacturer delivering high-performance LED luminaires for general, ambient and task lighting in office, commercial and institutional spaces. One of their leading-edge developments includes Stencil. Stencil brings together lighting segments and connectors called Hubs, the building blocks for creating forms and patterns of all sizes. 

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The Jaibot executes its tasks based on building information modeling (BIM) data. The robot is a completely cordless and easy-to-use system that doesn’t require expert skills. It locates itself accurately indoors, drills the holes dust-controlled and finally marks them according to the trade. 

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EIN AEA virtual 400Mark your calendars for Nov. 24-25 and get ready for a virtual trade show and amazing technical presentations. AEA, the exhibitors and presenters are so excited to present this event to the entire province of Alberta.

Attendees will have easy access to virtual booths with an opportunity to have their questions answered by qualified people, and win some prizes throughout the days at both the trade show Virtual Floor and by attending the seminars.

 

Go HERE to register and for the full event details

 

 


 



Lighting ControlsBy Jeremy Day

Building a control system for a modern lighting installation can seem like an impossibly complex task. To simplify it, a systematic approach to understanding the needs of the design, facility, and user can be employed. In this white paper, we aim to define the questions one must answer to construct an appropriate control system.

First, and perhaps counterintuitively, one must start with the control narrative. A lighting programming and control narrative is a document that is essential to coordinate the design/construction process with a fully realized final architectural product. 

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Terry BeckerBy Terry Becker

Changes in the CSA Z462 Workplace electrical safety standard are slowing down. Good news! The 2021 edition will see significant reorganization of content in Clause 4.1, changes to existing annexes, some new annexes and a significant change to the arc flash PPE category method of determining “additional protective measures” for a work task’s arc flash risk assessment are included in the 2021 edition.

CSA Z462 2021 edition will not be 100% technically harmonized with the 2021 edition of NFPA 70E...


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Shat-R-Shield Ironclad VR ProShat-R-Shield's Correctional Cell Fixture is designed to withstand extreme abuse by using materials that are virtually indestructible. Built with 1/2" thick 304 Stainless Steel and a cast .400" thick diffused lens, this light fixture is built to withstand hard/repetitive impacts and its tight design offers no point of entry.

The Ironclad® Vandal-Resistant (VR Pro) fixture uses an LED high efficiency light engine with a cool light that simulates daylight. The incorporated count light LED module can be turned on and off. Tested to Canadian and US standards by Underwriters' Laboratories, this fixture carries a cULus rating.

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Kenzie GillanBy Sarah Pickard

Mackenzie Gillan, a bright young lady from Baysville, Ontario, tells us about how she learned to love the electrical trade in high school, and how that path has carried her forward to unexpected places and new heights—literally. Gillan is set to begin a Powerline Technician Apprenticeship with Hydro One, and as she explains below, she had some interesting experiences during two college co-op placements.

While her career has just begun, Gillian is already active in the broader industry as an advocate for women, working as an ambassador for KickAss Careers, Women of Powerline Technicians, and Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE).

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Rutul Bhavsar 1 400By Blake Marchand

Rutul Bhavsar is a final year Electrical Engineering student at Mohawk College. He recently co-authored a whitepaper on Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation discussing the technologies utilized in the state-of-the-art zero-carbon/carbon-neutral facility. Rutul was the lead author on the project, supported by Dr. Mariano Arriaga, General Manager of Mohawk’s Energy and Power Innovation Centre (EPIC) and Dr. Tony Cupido Research Chair,

Sustainability at Mohawk College. Rutul’s interests lie in the more progressive areas of the industry, automation, control, and energy efficient technologies. It is no doubt a positive sign for the industry to have talented individuals such as Rutul who are passionate about contributing to a more sustainable future. 

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