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VIDEO: “Electricity is uniquely unforgiving” - Part 4 of 4

January 31, 2014 - In October 2013, ESFi-Canada held its second annual Electrical Safety Summit, which lived up to founding champion Peter Marcucci’s vision: “What we can do together will always be more powerful than what any of us can…

VIDEO: “Electricity is uniquely unforgiving” - Part 3 of 4

January 31, 2014 - In October 2013, ESFi-Canada held its second annual Electrical Safety Summit, which lived up to founding champion Peter Marcucci’s vision: “What we can do together will always be more powerful than what any of us can…

VIDEO: “Electricity is uniquely unforgiving” - Part 2 of 4

January 31, 2014 - In October 2013, ESFi-Canada held its second annual Electrical Safety Summit, which lived up to founding champion Peter Marcucci’s vision: “What we can do together will always be more powerful than what any of us can…

Industry News

“It’s about bloody time the industry recognized you” Charles Cipolla

April 17, 2014 - Charles A. Cipolla—chair of Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) and chair of Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro—received Electro-Federation Canada’s (EFC’s) 2014 Industry Recognition Award (IRA). Congratulations!

Electrofed 2014/2015 executive “will provide great leadership this year”

April 18, 2014 - At its annual general meeting this week, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) announced its 2014/2015 executive committee of the board of directors, recognizing six industry executives who will “provide leadership and represent the EFC membership”.

Eddy and Epitron rule the Canadian roost at AD Spring meeting

April 17, 2014 - North American wholesale marketing group Affiliated Distributors (AD) recently held its annual Electrical Division Spring Network Meeting, where two Canadian distributors—Eddy Group and Epitron—received particular attention for their efforts.

Westinghouse and OPG partner to service global nuclear markets

April 17, 2014 - Through its subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP), Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) and Westinghouse Electric Co. (a group company of Toshiba Corp.) have agreed to work together on a range of nuclear projects globally, including refurbishment, maintenance and outage services, decommissioning and remediation of existing nuclear…


EB Launches Distribution & Supply Magazine

Aurora, Ont., March 2009 — Electrical Business is pleased to introduce Distribution & Supply magazine, the long-awaited independent voice of Canada’s electrical channel.


Training is not optionalBy Oliver PostTraining is certainly on the minds of everyone in business these days. Every industry is changing just a bit faster than it used to, and the proliferation of products and technologies that are the result mean that everyone must pay special attention to the products…

Electrical Business Goes DIGITAL

Aurora, Ont., October 2008 — Electrical Business is pleased to announce it now offers a fully functional and interactive Digital Edition of current issues. When readers visit, they can click on the Digital Edition link (top of Left Navigation Menu) to start enjoying the benefits of live links, quick…

Scott T. Hamilton joins the Electrical Business Team

Aurora, Ont., September 2008 — Electrical Business magazine, Canada’s national electrical industry publication, is pleased to introduce its newest team member.Scott Tyler Hamilton has chosen to intern with Electrical Business as a writer before returning to McGill University in September 2009, where he intends to enroll in a Masters of…


Halco Lighting showcases ProLED decorative chandelier lamps

April 17, 2014 - Halco Lighting Technologies has introduced its ProLED decorative chandelier lamps, featuring the look and feel of traditional incandescent torpedo and flame tip lamps.

Organize and protect cable with improved Arlington CED130 device

April 17, 2014 - Arlington Industries says it has improved the CED130 cable entry device with slotted cover to provide an aesthetically pleasing installation, while organizing and protecting low voltage cable against abrasion.

The clear 40W equivalent LED bulb from Philips

April 17, 2014 - Royal Philips says it has given the traditional incandescent light bulb “the biggest shake-up” in over 100 years.


Let’s beat the Swiss at their electric vehicle game

April 2, 2014 - During this year’s Get Connected Day in Quebec, a Guinness Record may be established for the largest gathering of electric vehicles in the world. Organizers invite EV owners from Quebec and elsewhere to a rally April 18 and beat the previous mark registered in 2013 in…

Surprise! LiUNA joins anti-Ontario College of Trades campaign

(UPDATED see “College of Trades makes the Sunshine List!” at bottom) March 28, 2014 - Anyone who has been following the dispute over Ontario’s fledgling College of Trades has come to see it as a faceoff between union and non-union supporters. So imagine my surprise when this news crossed my…

Not a gamer now? Don’t worry... IEEE says you will be!

March 27, 2014 - According to IEEE members, 85% of our lives will have an integrated concept of ‘gaming’ in the next six years. While video games are seen mainly for their entertainment value (Gears of War is among my favourite franchises), industries like healthcare, business and education will be…

“A responsible future requires a balance of energies” - Switch movie

February 28, 2014 - What does the future of energy really hold? Join Dr. Scott Tinker as he explores the world’s leading energy sites—from coal to solar, oil to biofuels and more—and chats with government, industry and academia in an effort to cut through the confusion and discover the path…


Linamar fined 100K after arc flash burns worker

April 17, 2014 - Diversified global manufacturing company Linamar Corp. dba Vehcom Manufacturing pleaded guilty and received a fine of $100,000 after a worker was burned via an exposed power terminal.

Safety Code 6 report fails Canadians, says C4ST

The nearly 18-minute-long video is a of press conference held April 1, 2014 by Frank Clegg, C4ST’s CEO, responding to RSC’s Safety Code 6 Review.April 4, 2014 - Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST) says it is disappointed with the 164-page results of a Royal Society of Canada (RSC) review (download…

Schneider launches IIPCIC brand-centric counterfeiting online course

April 2, 2014 - Schneider Electric and the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC)—an Interpol initiative in cooperation with UL—launched what they say is the first course developed by a brand owner as part of the college’s private sector anti-counterfeiting curriculum.

Codes & Standards

CAN/ULC-S531-14 “Standard on Smoke Alarms” 3rd Ed. is released

February 25, 2014 - ULC Standards announced the release of the 3rd edition of CAN/ULC-S531-14 “Standard on Smoke Alarms”, saying it is of interest to anyone who manufactures, distributes, uses, regulates or inspects smoke alarms.

Public review for new standard on cybersecurity for nuclear plants and small reactors

February 17, 2014 - The public review period is open for a new standard (designated N290.7) addressing cyber security for nuclear power plants and small reactor facilities.

IEEE group looks at standardizing Spectrum Occupancy Sensing

February 10, 2014 - IEEE has formed the IEEE 802.22 Spectrum Occupancy Sensing (SOS) Study Group to explore standardizing SOS technology for optimizing usage of radio frequency (RF) spectrum for wireless broadband services.

Energy & Power

Sony and Hydro-Quebec establishing energy storage joint venture

April 17, 2014 - Hydro-Quebec and Sony Corp. are establishing a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. They plan to establish the unnamed new company in June 2014.

Thunder Bay Generating Station burns its last lump of coal

April 17, 2014 - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) reports it has burned the last piece of coal at its Thunder Bay Generating Station, which will now prepare to run on advanced biomass. The plant was the last that OPG operated using coal fuel.

70 years since the creation of Quebec Hydro-Electric Commission

April 17, 2014 - On April 14, 1944, the Quebec government passed the act creating the Quebec Hydro-Electric Commission a.k.a. Hydro-Quebec. Happy anniversary!


Not everyone celebrating College of Trades first anniversary

April 9, 2014 - Ontario’s College of Trades is celebrating its one-year anniversary, but not everyone is showing up for cake. “After one year, we’re not seeing any benefits from the Ontario College of Trades,” said Cindy McCarthy, president of the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association. “The 600% increase…

NAIT expanding essential programs to meet industry demand

April 3, 2014 - As a result of provincial funding announced in Budget 2014, seven high-demand programs at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will be expanded between now and 2017 to accommodate additional students; among them, Electrical Engineering Technology and Instrumentation Engineering Technology.

EB CAREERS: Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority seeks inspectors - April 2014

March 28, 2014 - According to its website, Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is anticipating a new group of:12 to 15 inspectorsto be hired in April of 2014. It has not yet determined the exact locations in the province where the openings will be located.