July 22, 2016 - Juniper Systems says its Windows 10 Mesa 2 rugged tablet comes with complete IP68-rated protection against dust and water.
July 22, 2016 - Dual-Lite’s EV4R series is a recessed, ceiling-mounted, emergency light.
July 20, 2016 - Columbia Lighting has launched a LED version of its Zero Plenum troffer for restricted plenum spaces: the LZPT.
July 20, 2016 - Optronics International, a manufacturer and supplier of LED vehicle lighting, expanded its Opti-Brite LED work lamp line with the introduction of five wide-angle products, which the company claims deliver a beam pattern capable of illuminating 40% more viewing area due to a contoured lens.
July 19, 2016 - Acuity Brands’ Olessence luminaire by Peerless is a new architectural linear suspended lighting solution, balancing OLED and LED technologies, for commercial and professional office spaces.
July 19, 2016 - Eaton has unveiled the redesign of its largest B-Line series mounting bracket sets for electrical, mechanical and telecommunications applications: the BB2-16T and BB2-24T.
July 19, 2016 - Model L452 is a two-channel data logger from AEMC that records DC voltage, DC current, pulses and events. Its two input channels allow the user to connect to various types of sensors to record pressure, temperature, flow, humidity and more. This logger can also be used to record events such as machine run time.
July 18, 2016 - Milwaukee Tool says its new Hardline pocket knives are constructed with a D2 steel blade for “extreme wear resistance”.
July 18, 2016 - The rechargeable battery operated Beacon360 is Lind Equipment’s newest addition to its Beacon Light line of portable LED floodlights.
July 15, 2016 - The new Fluke 438-II power quality and motor analyzer uses algorithms to analyze not only three-phase power quality but also torque, efficiency and speed to determine system performance and detect overloaded conditions—eliminating the need for motor load sensors, according to Fluke.
July 15, 2016 - Ox Tools says its new tape measure features rare earth magnets embedded in the tang to stick to ferrous materials.
July 13, 2016 - Developed in its Building Automation & HVAC Centre in Montreal, Schneider Electric just announced its Wiser Air Wi-Fi smart thermostat—featuring the new Eco IQ self-learning feature—is now available across Canada.
July 19, 2016 - Congratulations to Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. (an Oakville Enterprise Corporation company) for winning MySafeWork and eCompliance’s First Annual David Ellis Award for excellence in workplace safety!
July 18, 2016 - OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in the U.S. has cited Macy’s department store in Aventura, Fla. for exposing employees to risks due to repeated violations related to electric shock hazards and other safety hazards.
July 13, 2016 - Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs, a.k.a. aerial work platforms, AWPs), are useful keeping T&D lines clear. That’s why the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has published safety tips for the use of MEWPs in tree-cutting to ensure operators work safely at height.
July 12, 2016 - Roberto Spada was sentenced in a Windsor, Ont., court last week on 16 charges, including performing unsafe electrical work and advertising to do electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence.
July 12, 2016 - Ecovent has issued a recall for about 600 of its room sensors sold in the United States due to a shock hazard.
July 11, 2016 - Continuing to drive home the message that powerline contacts are “unforgiving and lethal” with 4th annual Powerline Safety Week, Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority deployed a street team to connect directly with frontline workers, answering questions and highlighting safety precautions to take around powerlines on construction sites.
July 11, 2016 - Halls Heat and Cool Inc.—a furnace and air-conditioning contractor operating in the Guelph, Ont. area—was convicted in a Guelph court April 27, 2016, and fined $25,000 on charges relating to doing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence plus failing to take out the proper electrical permit.
July 11, 2016 - Canadian Tire has issued a recall for its MasterCraft work platform (061-1015), citing a possibility of the bolts breaking, causing the platform to collapse.
July 7, 2016 - To ensure electrical safety is being observed on the jobsite, it is imperative for supervisors and managers to regularly get in the field and make comprehensive observations and perform audits.
June 29, 2016 - The new Safety Matters series from Electrolab delivers safety training to your employees in “10 minutes or less”. It’s available in DVD format and includes a customizable PowerPoint presentation, training points and bonus material for a refresher or training talks, and a printable leader’s guide.
June 27, 2016 - UL has issued a warning about an unauthorized UL mark on an incandescent surface-mounted luminaire that has not been evaluated by UL to any standards for safety. It is unknown if this incandescent surface-mounted luminaire complies with any safety requirements.
June 24, 2016 - The U.S. CPSC has advised us of a recall involving certain 3M vented hard hats sold online that were marketed to protect against electric shock but, in fact, do not.
July 12, 2016 - About 600 changes were introduced in the 2015 editions of the National Model Construction Codes, now known as Codes Canada.
July 7, 2016 - Test your CE Code knowledge with the July 2016 instalment of the Code Conundrum!
July 7, 2016 - Equipment marking contributes to the safety of electrical installations by identifying switches and breakers so that circuits can be de-energized, allowing for the timely and accurate identification of circuits so that loads are not inadvertently de-energized; and providing workers with the means to de-energize circuits more conveniently, reducing the likelihood that a worker will engage in unsafe work practices.
May 5, 2016 - The Government of Canada says it is taking “tangible steps to protect the environment and improve energy efficiency [...] by undertaking important updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations”.
May 5, 2016 - The latest edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC)—the legal standard with which all electrical work in the province must comply—comes into effect today, May 5, 2016, and includes new requirements.
May 3, 2016 - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is accepting nominations for its 2016 SCC Awards, which recognize the commitment of individuals, organizations and committees who dedicate their time and expertise in support of Canada’s national standardization network. The awards include:
April 8, 2016 - The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) has announced the publication of Outdoor Lighting for Airport Environments (RP-37-15), a publication in the IES Recommended Practice series.
April 1, 2016 - Standards Council of Canada (SCC) invites young electrotechnology professionals to apply to attend the 7th Annual International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Young Professionals Workshop in Frankfurt, Germany from October 10 to 14, 2016.
March 10, 2016 - The 2015 BC Electrical Code Change took effect February 29, 2016. In connection with this, BC Safety Authority has issued and revised several directives and information bulletins.
February 4, 2016 - An updated edition of the only American National Standard for repair of motors and generators—ANSI/EASA AR100-2015: Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus—was recently published for use by the repair industry and its customers. The standard describes industry best practices for the repair, rewinding, and testing of electrical apparatus in order to maintain or enhance the energy efficiency and reliability of both AC and DC motors and generators.
February 1, 2016 - ASTM International’s Fire Committee (E05) says it is developing a standard that will test fire resistance of wooden utility poles. Utility companies and coating and treatment manufacturers will use the standard to test new products that could protect the poles.
January 26, 2016 - The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) have renewed their Cooperation Agreement with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
July 20, 2016 - In the wake of Alberta’s plan to transition to more renewable energy sources, a consortium of private sector energy companies have joined forces to launch the Alberta Storage Alliance (ASA) to advance energy storage technologies. Members include: BYD, Enercon, ENMAX, General Electric, NRStor, Opus One Solutions, RES, Rocky Mountain Power, S&C Electric, Temporal Power and UniEnergy Technologies.
July 20, 2016 - Kineticor Resource Corp. says it 100MW Peace River Power Project is inching closer to reality as it has entered into long-term agreements with oil and gas producers. According to the company, this project will use associated gas—produced as a result of heavy oil production near Peace River, Alta.—to create energy while reducing flaring in the area.  
July 18, 2016 - S&C Electric Company has launched new models of its Vista underground distribution switchgear incorporating 40-kA load-break switches. These new switchgear models, which are available for 15-kV systems, offer utilities a "fully submersible" switching solution for underground distribution networks, “allowing utilities to reduce the duration and frequency of outages in large urban areas”.
July 18, 2016 - This week SaskPower is welcoming 50 students from around the world for the 10th edition of the CCS Summer School in Regina, organized by the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Programme (IEAGHG). Coming from 17 countries, the graduate and post-graduate students are visiting Saskatchewan’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives and discussing the future of the technology.
July 15, 2016 - Russelectric recently announced that it has extended the warranty on all its transfer switches and bypass/isolation switches sold for installation in Canada to 5 years for parts and labour.  
July 15, 2016 - Construction of the Moose Lake Wind Project, developed by Boralex Inc. and Aeolis Wind Power Corp. is slated to kick off on July 18. The project, located 24 km north-west of Tumbler Ridge, B.C. (near Highway 29), will have four turbines with a total capacity of 15MW and will create around 40 jobs during its one-year construction phase.
July 15, 2016 - In partnership with the Ontario government, the Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) has launched a new project to ensure people with disabilities have equal access when it comes to working in the electricity industry.
July 15, 2016 - Canada’s largest commercial rooftop solar array will soon be complete, according to the City of Leduc and ENMAX. The 1.14MW system located at the Leduc Recreation Centre is approximately 25% larger than any other system in the country, ENMAX says. Installation will be complete by the start of the Alberta Summer Games—being held in Leduc next month—and generating power by July 31, 2016.
July 14, 2016 - “There’s a more solid way to capture CO2”, says cleantech company Inventys and—thanks to the Government of Canada and $275,000—it may soon be more accessible to the world.
July 13, 2016 - Increasing firm electricity imports from Quebec would be an imprudent and expensive option for Ontario, finds a new study by Strategic Policy Economics (Strapolec), released today by the Power Workers’ Union (PWU).
July 12, 2016 - Canada can get more than one-third of its electricity from wind energy without compromising grid reliability, says a recent integration study issued by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
July 12, 2016 - ABB has completed the upgrade and refurbishment of the three high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations on the 1500-km power transmission link between Quebec and New England for utilities Hydro-Quebec (Canada) and National Grid (United States).
July 11, 2016 - The Province of Ontario’s energy policy seems to work like this: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again... then try again. And again... to the point where you hope no one even cares any more.
July 7, 2016 - Even though we’re based near Toronto, Ont. (which is not, I readily admit, the actual centre of the universe), regular readers of Electrical Business Magazine—and especially regular visitors to EBMag.com and @EBMag—know that we cover as many industry events across the country as possible... and a few outside of our borders, too.
May 26, 2016 - Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) is a not-for-profit volunteer group brought together by co-founders and co-chairs Rebecca Black and Joanna Osawe in 2013 to educate and enable women to become more active in renewable energy development in Ontario. WiRE forges partnerships with a spectrum of renewable energy industry associations, professional women from across the energy sector and academic providers.
May 26, 2016 - Several months ago, I thought I had a great idea for an article but, as it turned out, I didn’t... well, that’s not quite true. I ended up stumbling upon an altogether different revelation. Here’s what happened:
May 25, 2016 - This year’s Hannover Fair (Hannover Messe) industrial tradeshow proved that tradeshows are not at all dead, as over 190,000 visitors from all over the world tried to get a grasp of the latest technologies presented by 5200 exhibitors.
March 3, 2016 - Many contractors begin with a simple mission: find customers, serve them well and survive. What happens all too often, unfortunately, is the companies that managed to survive beyond their first year continue to operate with the same strategy.
February 5, 2016 - Michigan State University researchers will use nearly $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce to test whether recycling and repurposing building materials is an effective solution to what they call ‘economic blight’.
December 17, 2015 - Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing & Design Technologies (CAMDT) says its has become the first facility in Canada to acquire ABB’s YuMi robot, which was shown off recently at a special event at the Brampton, Ont., Campus.
December 11, 2015 - A pair of socks embedded with miniaturized microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and fuelled with urine that is pumped by the wearer’s footsteps has powered a wireless transmitter to send a signal to a PC... yes, you read that right.
December 6, 2015 - Leading up to our January edition, we start posting reminders to update your BlueBook listing before it’s too late. Yet the BlueBook exists online all the time, so what gives?
December 3, 2015 - Smart people don’t buy counterfeit... that’s the takeaway from our discussion yesterday with Lorne Lipkus, a Canadian expert on intellectual property and host of the 20th Annual Fraud & Anti-Counterfeiting Conference.
November 21, 2015 - EBMag was pleased to join Philips Lighting Canada recently at a special event hosted at the Royal Ontario Museum to learn how Philips’ “lighting innovations are taking the industry Beyond Illumination”.
June 30, 2016 - Quality Training Systems, an electric utility consulting services and training management software provider, has announced new enhancements for June 2016 to its Quality Training Database (QTD).
June 23, 2016 - In celebration of National Aboriginal Day earlier this week, Hydro One recognized 10 students selected for the Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Scholarship, granted annually to First Nations, Métis and Inuit post-secondary students.
June 8, 2016 - It was a bronze medal for Georgian College’s Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs as part the 2015-2016 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Program Excellence Awards.
May 25, 2016 - Developed at the request of airport lighting maintenance electricians and others involved in the design and construction of airport lighting systems, Campbell River Airport recently hosted a 4-day Airport Lighting Maintenance Course to provide a formal, standardized training program in the essentials of their trade.
May 16, 2016 - Later this month, May 27, 2016, Magna IV Engineering and the Alberta Electrical League are offering Canadian Electrical Code Update Training free to Fort McMurray Master Electricians and safety codes officers displaced by wildfires.
May 16, 2016 - At today’s Ontario Energy Network luncheon, EBMag learned OEN is offering two scholarships under the 2016 EFC Scholarship program, both valued at $3500.
May 11, 2016 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says it will continue its support of post-secondary students in Durham Region by renewing a decade-long partnership with Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The $5-million investment will go towards capital expenditures, educational programs, equipment, scholarships and bursaries for students at both institutions.
May 11, 2016 - Nova Scotia says it has taken steps to ensure secondary students with an interest in learning more about careers in skilled trades and technology will be able to attend next month’s Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, N.B.
April 27, 2016 - BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, has partnered with InfoComm International to release an online course focusing on category cable and AV: “How to Install and Validate Category Cable for AV”.
April 25, 2016 - “This project is a game changer in our efforts to maintain our facilities, control our costs, and expand the learning opportunities for our students,” said Cheryl Jensen, president of Algonquin College as she and Robert Hardt, CEO of Siemens Canada, unveiled a new co-generation natural gas power plant at the college’s Ottawa campus.
April 12, 2016 - The Sesco branch in Peterborough, Ont. has become the Kohler approved training centre for all contractors seeking to install and commission Kohler generators in Eastern Ontario.
April 11, 2016 - At the B.C. Building Trades 2016 convention today, Minister Shirley Bond announced $750,000 for partnerships with IBEW and SkillPlan (Canadian Building Trades Union, Building Together—Women in the Building Trades) to enhance mentorship for apprentices and women in the skilled trades.

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