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).

 

 



 

EIN ABB logo 400ABB is an international company with a large global presence, but did you know that a significant percentage of the products sold in Canada are also designed and manufactured locally?

ABB’s Installation Products division, formerly known as Thomas & Betts, operates seven manufacturing facilities in Canada, six of them in Quebec and one in Alberta.

Many of their most well-known brands, including IBERVILLE®️️, Marrette®️️, Microlectric®️️, and Star Teck®️️, are products that started in Canada and are still manufactured locally to meet Canadian standards.

 

 


 

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

 


 



 

 Siemens Built In Isolation Products 400By Alyssa Kerslake

Life safety today is top of mind for nearly everyone. There is a certain level of trust that fire alarm systems continue to work within a fire incident. With system survivability being a key concern to regulators, building managers, and the public, Siemens has developed systems that are designed to meet and exceed regulations that protect people, property, and assets. 

One of the most significant concerns, particularly in a large multi-story building, is implementing a secure and fully functional fire alarm system. Today, it is not uncommon to have power and data for hundreds of fire alarm devices connected over a single pair of wires. The concern is, if a fault occurs somewhere between the devices, the zone and location of the device may no longer be known, or the operation of that circuit reduced or possibly impaired. These scenarios could allow an undetected catastrophic event to develop within the space due to inoperable life safety devices. 

 

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David Gordon

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

The CSA Z462 Workplace electrical safety Standard published its 2021 Edition in January.  A mandatory requirement for an employer is developing, implementing, and auditing an Electrical Safety Program.  If you have an Electrical Safety Program, is it up to date in its policies, practices and procedural requirements, is it performing as expected?  Workers do not necessarily do what you expect, they do what you inspect!  Management of change is required.

I have been involved in supporting industry with respect to shock and arc flash hazards in the workplace and in understanding what needs to be done to ensure worker safety, that effective defendable due diligence is established, and evidence of compliance is available related to occupational health & safety regulations both Provincial, Territorially or Federally.  I am in Ontario this week completing a detailed Electrical Safety Audit at multiple enterprise facilities.


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Milwaukee M12 Cable Stripper

Connect plug-in lamps, holiday lighting, and small appliances to the top “Controlled” outlet, while the bottom “Powered” outlet remains always on. The DW15R features tamper resistant receptacles with built-in shutters to prevent the insertion of unintended foreign objects. As well, the integrated button with vanishing feedback LED provides manual push-button on/off control and clear indiciation at any time.

Simplify control of the residence - schedule lamps and connected loads to turn on/off at specific times or based on sunrise/sunset, easily group smart devices into rooms, and create scenes to activate multiple loads at once. Utilize the auto-shutoff feature as a countdown timer in closets, hallways and bathrooms.

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Éric DeschênesBy Line Goyette

As the head of ABB Canada's electrification business unit, Éric Deschênes is no newcomer to the electrical industry. He has a long track record and a passion for finding practical solutions to optimize technology adoption. Deschênes took on his current role with ABB January of 2020, he joined ABB in 2017 as Executive VP of the Electrification business after 15 years with Schneider Electric.

We met with him recently to discuss his new role at the helm of ABB Canada and his plans moving forward. He began by pointing out that the recent change to ABB Canada's structure, as elsewhere in the world, was made to make customer relations more straightforward. 

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