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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.

VIDEO & Photos: Electro-Federation Canada Golf Tournament 2014

August 21, 2014 - It was a great day on the course yesterday as EBMag attended the 14th annual Electro-Federation Canada Golf Tournament. The event also saw Team Canada (members from EFC) and Team USA (members from NAED, the National…

Industry News

GE successfully crowd-sources its latest MCCB rotary handle

September 30, 2014 - GE’s Industrial Solutions business announced five winners of its crowd-sourced, rotary-handle design competition for the company’s new portfolio of moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) to be launched in 2015. Elements from the five winning designs will be incorporated into this accessory.

Yukon kicks off inCharge electricity conservation program

September 29, 2014 - Yukon’s two electric utilities have developed a territory-wide initiative aimed at helping Yukoners save electricity and money.

TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games seeks Structured Cabling Installation Providers

September 29, 2014 - EBMag has learned of a great opportunity (thanks BW!) for structured cabling installation providers with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games taking place throughout southern Ontario next summer.

Canadian Section donating $20K to IAEI campaign

September 29, 2014 - Michael Anderson, president of the IAEI Canadian Section (Int’l Association of Electrical Inspectors) and Daniel Langlois, representative to the IAEI int’l board, presented a cheque to association brass in the amount of $5000 for the IAEI Capital Improvement Campaign.


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…


Angled Knipex pliers and cutters boast 25° comfort angle

September 22, 2014 - Knipex Tools says its latest series of angled pliers and cutters, which include an 8-in. angled long nose pliers, 7-in. angled diagonal cutter, 7 1/2-in. angled combination pliers and 8 3/4-in. cable cutter, meets the needs of hardworking hands and various applications.

Columbia redesigns website, offers mobile app

September 22, 2014 – Columbia Lighting has refreshed its website and also now offers a free mobile app for both Apple and Android devices.

Jonard TK-350 kit contains fiber optic stripper, Kevlar cutter

September 16, 2014 - The “game-changing” TK-350 fiber optic kit from Jonard Industries combines the JIC-375 fiber optic stripper and JIC-186 Kevlar cutter in the H-60 moulded pouch with metal clip.


Businesses must stop hoarding and start spending

September 26, 2014 - Earlier this week, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) conducted its 2014 Economic Forecast Day, where the organization brought in a several economists to talk about the state of affairs—domestically and internationally—in an attempt to help member businesses make informed decisions.

Please help YWCA Toronto place 22 students

July 29, 2014 - I recently learned the YWCA Toronto—in partnership with Centennial College—is running a 34-week Pre-Apprenticeship Electrician Training Program for women to give them a chance at a career in the skilled trades, and the students need your help!

How to pick a (scholarship) winner

July 17, 2014 - Earlier this week, I had the opportunity and pleasure to again be a part of the committee that chooses the lucky recipients of scholarships from the numerous applications sent in to the 2014 Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) Scholarship Program... and I believe we picked worthy candidates.

Damn those kids who taught us not to be ‘rats’

May 30, 2014 - At a very early age, we all learned not “to be rat”... not to go “telling on” someone for some stupid thing they did. We may have learned this from our siblings or our schoolmates, but learn it we did because, if we didn’t, we would…


Five electrical safety violations found at General Glass

September 26, 2014 - General Glass International has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 10 serious safety violations, including five electrical safety hazards found at its fabrication and design centre at 101 Venture Way in Secaucus, N.J. Initiated after a complaint,…

McAfee Electric fined $51,000 after worker suffers burns

September 26, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited McAfee Electric with one willful and one serious safety violation, carrying proposed penalties of $51,000 US.

Electrical workers killed by crane tip-over; OSHA cites employer

September 25, 2014 - An inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has found that the deaths of two workers in a crane tip-over could have been prevented if the employer, Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corp., had set up and operated the crane according to…

Willy Miranda convicted for FOURTH time for illegal electrical work

September 25, 2014 - Willy Miranda, operating as Miranda Electric, has been convicted for a fourth time on charges related to performing electrical work illegally in two homes.

Codes & Standards

ISO publishes international standard 50002 for energy audits

July 23, 2014 - The International Standards Organization (ISO) says a number of companies and organizations have already integrated an energy management system to reduce consumption. Now they can take this exercise a step further with ISO 50002:2014, an international standard on energy audit.

NEMA publishes HV 2-2014 for ceramic suspension insulators

July 21, 2014 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA, in the U.S.) published HV 2-2014 “Suspension and Post-Type Insulators for Electric Power Overhead Lines General Use Information”.

UL distributing IEC and ISO standards in Canada

July 16, 2014 - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has granted Underwriters Laboratories (UL) non-exclusive rights to distribute International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards in Canada.

Energy & Power

EHT completes 108kW St. Etienne solar project

September 26, 2014 - EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies (EHT) says it has completed the installation of the 108kW St. Etienne project under the Ontario Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program. The project includes about 520 Jinko solar panels, Schletter racking and Santerno inverters.

A Lot On The Line where electricity delivery is concerned, says EDA

September 26, 2014 - The Electricity Distributors Association (EDA)—representing electrical utilities that deliver power to homes, businesses, and institutions throughout Ontario—has initiated the There’s a lot on the line communications campaign, aimed that educating consumers on the role local electrical utilities plays in delivering power.

Horizon Utilities to inject $1.3 million to renew Westdale

September 25, 2014 - The Westdale community in Hamilton, Ont., will see a $1.3-million investment as Horizon Utilities aims to modernize its electricity system and infrastructure by replacing and upgrading the 4kV system with a new 13.8kV capacity substation.

Caterpillar introduces XQC1600, XQC1200 diesel rental power modules

September 22, 2014 - Caterpillar has launched the Cat XQC1600 and Cat XQC1200 generator sets, two new diesel rental power modules that claim to combine world-class durability and reliability with fuel economy and power density.


$113,000 awarded to 2014 EFC Foundation scholarship recipients

September 26, 2014 - Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) has just announced the 2014 EFC Foundation Scholarship recipients. Congratulations!

Sensus announces keynote speakers for 2014 Utility Conference

September 22, 2014 - On November 2-5, Sensus, a provider of clean technology solutions, will host its 2014 Utility Conference, bringing together electric, water and gas utility players for training and networking which, it says, will help them improve operational efficiency.

Discover Hydro-Quebec’s 70-year history at the Électrium

September 18, 2014 - As part of the Journées de la culture September 26-28, the Électrium—Hydro-Quebec’s Electricity Interpretation Centre—is offering a temporary display celebrating the 70th anniversary of the utility.

EB CAREERS: Volunteers for Canadian Commission on Building & Fire Codes (2015)

September 18, 2014 - Think you know something about fire protection, energy efficiency in buildings, use and egress? Prove it by volunteering to serve on the Canadian Commission on Building & Fire Codes (CCBFC)—a senior committee responsible for the development of Canada’s National Construction Codes—in the next code development cycle.