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BridgeportIn an ongoing war of words, Bridgeport Fittings claims a reexamination-based decision on only one of Arlington Industries’ patents – the ’831 patent – is a game-changer in pending litigation with Arlington over infringement of Arlington patents.

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BritechIt was 1996 when Britech waded into the electric floor warming and snow melting industry. They had just became the exclusive Canadian representative for one of the first electric floor warming systems in Canada. The floor warming industry was still in

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 BrittonThe head office is located in Montreal, through which the company has been providing the Quebec marketplace with a complete range of electrical contracting services and related products since 1948. The company has recently opened an Ottawa office to

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Brockway EnterprisesThe east coast’s Brockway Enterprises has built a reputation on honesty, integrity and sincerity, three characteristics often lost as businesses navigate tough markets, recessions, and growing pains. But Brockway, an Independent electrical

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Bittner brings over 20 years of leadership in the electrical industry to NSi Industries, based in Huntersville, NC. Bittner most recently led the sales organization at Hubbell Lighting as VP, Sales.

Safety CodeThe Alberta Safety Codes Council has added a building code round table discussion to its 2014 conference agenda, taking place in Banff, AB from June 3 to 6. The council’s annual conference allows industry partners, government, municipalities,

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Building PermitsThe month of May saw a 13.8% increase from April in the value of building permits issued, reports StatsCan, primarily led by commercial building permits in Ontario and Manitoba, as well as multi-family dwellings in British Columbia. 

Economy - Building PermitsContractors took out $6.8 billion worth of building permits in November, down 6.7% from October. This decline follows an 8.0% gain the previous month. Despite this monthly decrease, the total value of permits continued to show a slight upward trend on

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Canadian Building PermitsThe total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 27.3% to $6.7 billion in August, following three months of double-digit increases. The August decline resulted mainly from lower construction intentions for non-residential

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Canadian Municipal Building PermitsCanadian municipalities issued building permits worth $9.2 billion dollars in July, up 11.8% from June and the fourth consecutive monthly advance. The increase in July was mainly attributable to higher construction intentions for multi-family

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Economy ChartCanadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.6 billion in November, down 13.8% from October, following two consecutive monthly increases. Widespread declines in both the non-residential and residential sectors in several provinces were

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Building PermitsThe total value of building permits was $7.5 billion in October, edging up 0.7% from September. The increase came mainly from higher construction intentions in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

 

 

 Skilled TradesSchool boards and parents should not overlook the opportunities that await today’s students in the skilled trades.  According to apprentices currently working towards their Certificates of Qualification, there is more to the skilled trades than

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MarrettesThomas & Betts is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Marrette wire connector with by giving away $35,000 in prizes. From now until September 30, if you purchase a specially-marked Marrette 833M Flip-pak containers, you can enter online for a

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CSA EnterprisesC.S.A. Enterprises Ltd., with offices in Halifax, NS, St. John’s, NF, Moncton, NB, and Fredericton, NB, is now Priority Wire & Cable, Inc.’s sales representative for Atlantic Canada. C.S.A. Enterprises Ltd. has been serving Atlantic Canada since

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CABAContinental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) has announced plans to update its 2010 report, Intelligent and Integrated Buildings Technologies: Market Size in North America 2010. The 2014 edition is scheduled for release by July.

Satellite TVTotal revenue of the cable and satellite television industry rose 3.5% from a year earlier to $14.2 billion in 2013, despite a decrease in the number of subscribers for a second straight year (down 1.3% to 10.8 million).

 

 

GE CalgaryCalgary is going with GE LED lighting for the first phase of a possible city-wide streetlight retrofit. The City of Calgary’s Department of Transportation is going with GE Lighting’s LED technology to replace and upgrade existing street light

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Lamp Lighting AwardsIf you are a lighting designer, architect, urban planner, interior designer, engineer, landscaper or student, Spanish company Lamp Lighting encourages you to enter its international contest. All entries must be received by 31 January 2015.

 

 

CSA CommunitiesThe Subcommittee for the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, Section 16 - Class 1 and Class 2 circuits has a vacancy that candidates may apply to fill.

 

 

House of LearningIt has been four years in the making, but good things come to those who wait as the Brown Family House of Learning officially obtained LEED Gold Certification from the Canada Green Building Council on January 30, 2015.



World SkillsSkills Canada and SkillsUSA have just been awarded hosting rights to the 2016 WorldSkills General Assembly. The event will take place in Niagara Falls. 

Canada Green BuildingThe Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has reached a major milestone in the evolution of green building in Canada with the 5000th registered project for LEED certification in Canada. This comes on the heels of a strong third quarter of 2014 that

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BC Clean TechnologyThe federal government has announced investments of $27.3 million for 10 clean technology projects in BC. Funding comes from the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan investment in Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech

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LEED CanadaThe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) assigns Canada the highest ranking in a list of top 10 countries for LEED outside of the United States.
Rankings are based on cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of space certified to LEED in each nation as

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Energy Star AwardsCanada's ENERGY STAR Market Transformation Awards recognize participating companies and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient product, technology or service available on the market in Canada.

 

ABBEnergy and automation leaders are coming together this week in Calgary to attend ABB Energy and Automation Forum Canada 2014, where they will share their challenges, insights and vision on developing sustainable infrastructure in Canada. Here’s a

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Rooftop SolarCanada’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic plant is now supplying enough electricity to power 60 homes for a year, offsetting 420 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or the equivalent of planting over 25,000 trees. The project features 2,244 solar

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Electrical Safety Training ConferenceDon’t miss your chance to preview the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, and hear from industry professionals who have helped shaped Canada’s electrical safety system.  The Canadian Electrical Safety Conference stops in three cities;

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CSA

In advance of the release of the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code Part I and the Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety standard in 2015, CSA Group is hosting the Canadian Electrical Safety Conference Series in Calgary, Toronto and Halifax. This tri-annual

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Electrician Forum Brought to you by Schneider Electric

As industry experts you know the products you use everyday better than anyone and should have input on what information you receive about products and what could improve them.

Therefore, we want your insight on the biggest challenges or issues you face when installing loadcentres, breakers (CAFI, GFI's…) and other surge protection devices. We ask that you do not provide product specific details but rather your general issues and concerns or any questions that have come to mind while working with these product types. Provide us with your valued expert insight into the issues you have faced so manufacturers can better inform you about the installation and use of these products. Lets generate some discussion that will help guide the Industry.

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Cloud

There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company’s network, it’s provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. 

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Jean-Marc Myette

By Line Goyette

Meeting people in our industry often comes with surprises. This was the case with Jean-Marc Myette, Business Development Manager of ABB’s Electrification Products Division and chair of the Board of Electro-Federation Canada’s Quebec section. Not only does he know the electrical industry down to the most minute product and technological innovations, he is also a professional car racer on sabbatical, and someone very involved in his business community and personal life.

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