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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.


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


 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


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


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,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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;



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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“Re-envisioning Electrical Switchboards”: For light commercial applications, the status quo is no longer enough


Whether you’re a contractor or consultant, compact footprint and shorter lead times are a priority. At Eaton, we understand these challenges. That’s why we have re-envisioned our traditional electrical switchboard to assess how it could better serve light commercial applications. The result? The Pow-R-Line CS. 

Join Eaton’s webinar on June 30th, 2020 and learn the secret to shorter lead times alongside the additional benefits of:

 -  Versatile Configuration - Cost Effectiveness - Plus a Complimentary 3D Product Demonstration!

Sign up and join our host Annu Yadav - Distributor Programs Manager and our presenter Aditya Ramesh - Product Manger of Panelboards & Switchboards. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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WestburneMany contractors prefer to deal with the people that they know, in their local branch. When doing a job out of town, it’s often inconvenient or simply impossible to return to your home branch to pick up material orders for the next day, within standard business hours.

Westburne’s new locker solution extends the branch’s pick up times to 24 hours, 7 days a week.




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EmployeesBy Terry Becker

All electrical incidents are preventable! Keep employees safe with an up-to-date electrical safety program and complimentary training.

“Employees don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect!” This is a great quote when it comes down to occupational health and safety. The need for ensuring that an audit is a key component of your overall occupational health and safety management system and your company’s electrical safety program is essential.

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Brady Pull-Handle Butterfly Valve LockoutThe Pull-handle Butterfly Valve Lockout. Its simple, fold-over design effectively lockspull handles in any desired position. And, it holds up to four padlocks for added safety. No matter what industry you’re in, this versatile, one-piece lockout device bolsters your safety lockout solution. And that’s a welcome addition to any lockout program. With this device you’ll also get:

  • A great fit – exclusive, anti-pivot lockout device that fits a variety of pull handle butterfly valve sizes




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Shannon TymoskoBy Blake Marchand

Shannon Tymosko is a first-year apprentice with IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 105, something she undertook after 10 years working her way up the ranks of a payday loan company.

“One of the things I love, working in the trades, is you can see your progress and you can see at the end of the day the work that you have done.


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