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Arlington

Arlington Industries Inc. announced the recipients of its 2013 sales awards at the recent 2014 NEMRA (National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association) meeting held February 5-9 in Atlanta, GA. The awards were presented to firms

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Arlington Sconce BoxArlington says its new sconce box is low profile and fast and easy to install. 

Arzon SolarAccording to Arzon Solar, its new CPV platform, the“Universal Module” (uModule) performs with 30% efficiency, offering more power per surface area than any other PV module on the market. This makes it the highest efficiency and highest power

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Skills CanadaBe a part of the Skills Canada National Competition — the only national event of its kind in Canada, where over 500 of the best skilled trades and technology students from across Canada compete for gold in over 40 unique skilled trade competitions

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Uptime InstituteWhat are the symptoms of a poorly managed data centre facility?
How do you know if your facility is skating at the edge of thin ice, at risk of a sudden operating failure or catastrophic downtime? In Uptime Institute’s February 13 webinar,

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Mashal CarrisimiMashell Carissimi, owner and CEO of JMC Electrical Contractor in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, was recently named a 2015 winner of Enterprising Women’s Enterprising Women of the Year Award.  

 

Axel SchlumbergerSouthwire has named Axel Schlumberger President of Southwire Canada. In this role, he will manage sales, marketing and support operations, all of which are based at Southwire Canada’s headquarters in Mississauga, ON. Schlumberger most recently

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AXIS

Axis Sales and Marketing has acquired the electrical division of S&D Marketing Limited, merging the business and its assets into Axis’s existing sales structure. S&D Marketing Limited, established in 2002, represented many of the industry's top

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Banff SolarIn what may be the first municipal action of its kind in Canada, the town council for Banff, AB has approved an incentive program that would help eco-conscious residents install solar panels on private homes and businesses. As reported in The Crag

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Flow BatteryCapturing the energy from the wind and the sun is becoming easier, but storing it for a rainy day is another story. This is a problem, as critics of renewables often point out. Wind energy tends to be most abundant at night, when it’s needed least.

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Green HousesBC Environment Minister Mary Polak has introduced legislation for managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the province’s burgeoning liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. Bill 2, Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act) establishes a

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Fine for unlicensed workBrian Cook, owner and operator of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, is the most recent recipient of a BC Lieutenant Governor Safety Award. Cook received the award in December 2013 for “significant contributions to electrical safety by working

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BC Hydro

The John Hart Generating Station is getting a $1 billion upgrade, one that will see improved power output, safety and reliability. It’ll also be the biggest BC Hydro project since the 1980s. 

BC Hydro Debuts Canada's First Fast Charger NetworkBC Hydrohas announced an initial roll out of 13 DC Fast Chargers, which will be supplied by several electrical power equipment manufacturers, including Eaton. BC Hydro has also selected Greenlots’s SKY network management solution to manage the

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BC HydroBC Hydro has announced that it is making available yearly target energy volume information to help developers with project planning under its Standing Offer Program (SOP). As part of the “Clean Energy Strategy” included in BC Hydro’s 2013

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SwitchgearNewly installed switchgear equipment in BC Hydro’s Mica Generating Station, located on BC Hydro's Columbia River system north of Revelstoke, will help the plant improve safety and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to provide reliable

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BC HydroA new transmission line and substation are powered and delivering electricity to Vancouver, BC hydro announced last week. The $201 million Vancouver City Central Transmission project is the largest electrical investment in 30 years, BC Hydro said.

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CEAThe Canadian Electricity Association has given out awards for social, environmental and economic excellence in electricity. BC Hydro and Power Authority, Hydro Ottawa, and Ontario Power Generation Inc. walked away winners from the Canadian

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BCEABritish Columbia Electrical Association's Education & Lighting Expo is set for October 16 this year.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

BC has restored a previously cancelled program providing point-of-sale rebates on the purchase of battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The program had contributed to the province having more charging stations than outlets

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Schneider Clark MicrogridBC Premier Christy Clark says Schneider’s MicroGrid Lab is a vote of confidence in the economy and the province’s future as a clean energy provider. 

Beghelli CanadaScott Laing has accepted the position of National Sales Manager, Canada for Beghelli Canada Inc. Laing has 15 years of proven results in leading a team to exceed their budgets and objectives. He brings strong negotiation skills and effective sales

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 ground circutSince ground fault circuit protection was adopted in Canada over 40 years ago, the number of people dying annually from electrocution has been steadily reduced from over 800 to less than 200, and much electrical equipment and other infrastructure

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bicsiSince 1984, BICSI’s TDMM has been the definitive reference manual for ITS, telecommunications and information communications technology infrastructure design.

Bill C8Canada's new anti-counterfeiting legislation, Bill C-8, Combating Counterfeit Products Act, was passed by the House of Commons earlier this month and has already received second reading in the Senate. The bill had received all-party support in its

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Ventes FuturaLes Ventes Futura, founded in 1987, is now representing BJ Take Inc.’s complete product line of LED & fluorescent light fixtures in Quebec, adding to its core product lines Juno Lighting and Tech Lighting. Les Ventes Futura is based in Boisbriand, PQ.

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Boundary Dam PlantBoundary Dam Plant Sask Power released preliminary performance numbers for the operation of Unit #3 at Boundary Dam Power Station, the world’s first coal-fired commercial power plant equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

 

 

Specs350Breakdown of Specifications by Type

Skilled Labour As Ontario struggles to solve a labour shortage that will require an estimated 40,000 skilled workers over the next decade, stigma blocks a potential workforce that could play a large part in rectifying the problem. The historical and misguided

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Brian Cook

A licensed electrical contractor and registered Electrical Field Safety Representative, Brian Cook is founder and president of PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services, a Vancouver-based company that conducts electrical safety assessments for the

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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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