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VIDEO: Four “intrepid cyclists” catch the Power2Feed spirit

As Debra Kerby, president & CEO of Canadian Feed The Children explains, “four intrepid cyclists” from Canada’s electrical industry “caught the Power2Feed spirit” and, through their efforts, were able to present the charity with a cheque of over $37,000 earlier…

VIDEO: “Advancing the [ICT] careers of our Canadian members”

September 16, 2014 - While attending BICSI’s Canadian Conference 2014 in Vancouver earlier this year, EBMag interviewed several delegates to learn more about the importance of this event to information & communications technology (ICT) professionals.

VIDEO: “The top electrical safety people in the world” attend IEEE’s ESW

September 7, 2014 - “The top electrical safety people in the world” attend IEEE’s ESW, explained Hugh Hoagland, chair of the 2015 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop, when Anthony Capkun (EBMag’s editor) recently caught up with him at the Kinectrics…

VIDEO: InfraCanada opens your eyes to IR opportunities

September 5, 2014 - Touted as Canada’s only facility maintenance & infrared imaging conference, InfraCanada is travelling across Canada to open your eyes to a new world of opportunities with infrared cameras.

Industry News

Chung named SaskPower Research Chair in Power Systems Engineering

December 16, 2014 - Tony Chung—a professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering—was named the inaugural SaskPower Research Chair in Power Systems Engineering earlier today.

“North American energy independence and security are within reach” says Canada’s Greg Rickford

December 16, 2014 - “North American energy independence and security are within reach, and we are proud to be a part of the strategic trilateral agenda in support of this attainable goal,” said Greg Rickford, Canada’s minister of Natural Resources, at the meeting of North American Energy Ministers.

Chris Bell finds oldest Klein side-cutting pliers in Canada

December 15, 2014 - Klein Tools set out to find Canada’s oldest pair of Klein side-cutting pliers, and ended up finding them in Winnipeg, Man., with the great-grandson of an employee of The Northern Electric Co.

Wayne Edwards retiring from Electro-Federation Canada

December 12, 2014 - Wayne Edwards, vice-president Sustainability & Electrical Safety with Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), is retiring after about 10 years with the organization (yet his involvement in the industry stretches back over 40 years).


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…


Available in fully integrated CNG at the factory: 2015 Chevrolet Express Cargo

December 17, 2014 - The Chevrolet Express Cargo is available in regular and extended (135-in. and 155-in.) wheelbase lengths, in heavy-duty 2500 Series and 3500 Series models.

Reduce parasitic electrical load with 2015 Ram 1500

December 17, 2014 - The 2015 Ram 1500 capitalizes on its fuel-saving systems, including eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation (fuel-saving technology that reduces parasitic electrical load) and active aerodynamics with grille shutters, and air suspension.

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hole Hawg drills faster than corded predecessor

December 16, 2014 - Milwaukee Tool says its new cordless M18 Fuel Hole Hawg right-angle drill bores faster than the original corded Hole Hawg, delivering 150+, 7/8-in. holes per charge and weighing 30% less than its corded predecessor.


IESO is the sole buyer, so “please don’t behave like one”

November 20, 2014 - While accepting this year’s Probyn Prize, outgoing APPrO chair Sam Mantenuto suggested that, while IESO is the sole buyer of power in Ontario, “please don’t behave like one”.

Answering “Do you have the time?” for 75 years

November 5, 2014 - “Today marks the 75th anniversary of Canada’s longest-running radio program—the National Research Council Time Signal,” announced Ed Holder, Canada’s minister of state (science and technology). “Over the decades, Canadians and Canadian businesses have depended on the long dash as the standard by which to set their…

Bill C-8 and counterfeits: “Something is better than nothing”

October 3, 2014 - Canada has passed Bill C-8 a.k.a. the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (still to get through Senate) but what, in practical terms, does that mean for anyone? EBMag reached out to national (if not international) counterfeit expert Lorne Lipkus of Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP to help us…


“Cold Stress: Working Safely in Cold Weather” from Electrolab

December 10, 2014 - Available now from Electrolab Training Systems is “Cold Stress: Working Safely in Cold Weather”—a new program that aims to help employees understand and recognize the effects of cold stress.

RECALL: Rona Globe-brand Chelsea 6/9-light chandeliers

December 4, 2014 - Rona is recalling Globe Chelsea Collection 6-light and 9-light chandeliers with a bronze finish and frosted-glass shades, because the ring that connects the chandelier to its chain may break and the chandelier may fall, which could cause injury.

Western Building Products sentenced for public safety violations

November 29, 2014 - Service NL announced yesterday that Western Building Products was sentenced November 4 in Corner Brook Provincial Court upon pleading guilty to a violation of the Public Safety Act & Electrical Regulations.

Codes & Standards

Industrial Internet Consortium welcomes ABB

December 3, 2014 - ABB says it is joining the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC); founded in March 2014, the group consists of more than 100 companies, organizations and universities working to “drive innovation, develop standards, boost interoperability and ensure security”.

Help UL develop utility meter standard for Canada

November 25, 2014 - UL (Underwriters Laboratories) announced today that “Canadian stakeholders”—with the assistance of UL technical experts—are set to begin working on an electric utility meter standard for Canada.

“Interoperability made simple” - welcome ZigBee 3.0

November 20, 2014 - The ZigBee Alliance—an association of organizations creating open standards for device monitoring and control—says it has unified its wireless standards to a single one: ZigBee 3.0.

CE Code, Part I 2015 available now for pre-order (with gift!)

November 6, 2014 - A critical component of the Canadian electrical safety system, the 23rd edition (2015) of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I contains more than 200 updates and revisions, including major changes to sections on renewable energy, hazardous locations and electric heating.

Energy & Power

OPA employee terminated for violating Employee Code of Conduct

December 19, 2014 - Ontario Power Authority (OPA) started an investigation in May into allegations that an employee violated the Employee Code of Conduct by owning shares in companies that are prohibited under the Code; the unnamed employee has now been terminated with cause.

“Saskatchewan environment” to blame for SaskPower’s smart meter failures?

December 17, 2014 - SaskPower says it has received results of smart meter testing from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which confirm its Sensus meters comply with UL 2735 . “That being said, the way these meters failed in the Saskatchewan environment was unacceptable. It’s clear that the bar must be raised,”…

Cummins QSK19 gas 60Hz genset with MOH certification

December 17, 2014 - Cummins Power Generation has extended its range of gas-fuelled generator set capabilities with a natural gas version that boasts U.S. EPA MOH (mobile off-highway) emissions certification, meaning the 334kWe continuous-rated genset is deployable across a wider variety of applications.

CANDU powerhouse launches Bruce Power Saver and other energy tools

December 16, 2014 - Nuclear powerhouse Bruce Power has launched a conservation product for Ontario businesses that aims to help them better understand and manage their energy use: an online tool called “Bruce Power Saver”.


Educators “are thirsty” for better tools to teach skilled trades

December 10, 2014 - A report released today by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) indicates that, with 91% of educators convinced skilled tradespeople will always be in demand, there is a strong case for connecting students to hands-on activities and accurate employment data.

Smart Reno launches scholarship to help create new skilled contractors

December 3, 2014 - Smart Reno—an online resource that helps “people find and compare qualified and available contractors to complete their renovation project”—has introduced the Smart Reno Scholarship Program to help create the next generation of trusted and skilled contractors.

BuildForce Canada launches improved Careers in Construction

November 27, 2014 - “Students, their parents, and those changing jobs can now easily get really practical information to make a great career choice,” said Rosemary Sparks, executive director of BuildForce Canada, of the launch of a new, improved Careers in Construction website.

EB CAREERS: Torbram Electric seeks Branch Manager (Burnhamthorpe)

November 27, 2014 - Torbram Electric Supply is seeking a driven, organized and enthusiastic:Branch Manager