Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

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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).

 

 



 

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion

 


 

Surgelogic RecallProduct: Surgelogic™ NQ SurgeLoc™ Surge Protection Device.

Issue: The Surgeloc Surge Protection Device can experience an arc event, which can result in a fire hazard.

What to do: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled surge protection devices and contact Schneider Electric for instructions on receiving a free equivalent replacement surge protector.

 

 

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Terry BeckerBy Terry Becker, P.Eng., CESCP, IEEE Senior Member

The electric shock hazard has been neglected.  Journeyman Electricians have accepted been shocked as part of the job, a “right” of passage, a badge of honour. 

This has not been acceptable and Journeyman Electricians may not be aware of the long term sequela health effects of receiving multiple low voltage electrical shocks and how it may have impacted them.  With respect to treatment there is only a single formal recognized treatment centre in Canada, the St Johns Rehab Centre. Electrical Injury Program.

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EIN Code Quiz 2Take this opportunity to test your knowledge of the Canadian Electrical Code - Part 1. Here are two questions on essential electrical systems: health care. 

You'll find the answers in EIN articles written by our code experts — mainly Bill Burr and Terry Becker — and of course in your own best practices. Answers will be posted on our website in a few days and published in our next issue. Good luck and share your results with our Facebook group: Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussions.

 

 

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Extech Non-Contact High Voltage DetectorFLIR Systems has announced the availability of the Extech DV690 its first non-contact high voltage detector with a detection range of up to 69,000 volts (69 kV). The industrial-grade DV690 provides early warning alerts of energized electrical components for utility lineworkers, telecommunications installers, first responders, search and rescue teams, and tree removal services.

The DV690 features five flexible mounting options: handheld, around the neck, clipped to a belt, strapped to an arm, or attached to a universal spline hot stick. The three handsfree possibilities allow the most optimal operation to efficiently and carefully complete a job. Using a hot stick creates a safer distance to target, extending operator reach.

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Jo Istanbul Four Seasons ABy Owen Hurst

Recently, Electrical Industry Canada has developed a relationship with Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a non-for-profit group developing resources and networking potential for women and all working or planning to work within the renewable energy sector. Aside from being the WiRE President & CEO, Joanna Osawe is the Global Business Development Manager of Major Projects for DMC Power Inc.

EIN sat down with Osawe to learn more about WiRE and the substantial benefits it provides. Joanna is very personable and open regarding her career and her ambition, as well as the opportunities she is developing for women nationally and globally. 

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Stephanie SmithBy Blake Marchand

“It was quite surprising,” said Stephanie Smith of being named EHRC’s Leader of the Year. “Leadership in 2020 has certainly been a challenge for everybody in the world let alone the nuclear industry or the electricity industry.”

An engineer by trade, Smith spent the majority of her career with Ontario Power Generation (OPG). She was the first woman to be certified by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station where she served as Plant Manager and was recently named the first President and CEO of CANDU Owners Group. Smith is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion.

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