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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

BC improving home inspector standards to “better protect consumers”

September 19, 2014 - In British Columbia, the minister responsible for housing, Rich Coleman, announced the province aims to improve home inspector licensing requirements by creating a common professional standard for home inspectors.

Altec celebrates 85 years with ribbon-cutting at renovated facility

September 19, 2014 - Altec Inc. highlighted the celebration of 85 years with a commemorative event, which included a formal ribbon cutting at the company’s original facility in North Birmingham, Alabama, following renovations at the plant. Congratulations!

BuildForce Canada recognizes National Tradesmen Day 2014

September 19, 2014 - “Today is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for those who’ve made construction their life’s work, and to welcome a new generation,” said Rosemary Sparks, executive director of BuildForce Canada, in recognition of National Tradesmen Day.


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…


MultiPhy 400Gb/s technology to enable next-gen video streaming, mobile services

September 16, 2014 - MultiPhy, a high-speed communications semiconductor supplier, has introduced 400Gb/s technology to enable next-generation video streaming, cloud computing and mobile services.

Signamax debuts OFTBS-1 optical fiber thermal buffer stripper

September 16, 2014 - Signamax has debuted a tool designed to remove (strip) optical fiber buffers using thermal technology, when there is a requirement for reliable and 100% clean removal of buffer materials from optical fibers, it says.

MuxLab announces USB 2.0 4-port extender kit

September 16, 2014 - MuxLab says its USB 2.0 4-port extender kit enables USB 2.0 connectivity over Cat5e/6 at data rates up to 480Mbps and extends true USB up to 100m (328ft) over standard Cat5 UTP.


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…

“Cathedrals of the modern age” - Luca Zanier’s Power Book

May 20, 2014 - Zurich-based photographer Luca Zanier casts a look “behind the curtains” of the energy industry in Power Book, and the view is absolutely phenomenal.


RECALL: Kidde residential smoke/combo CO alarms Canada & U.S.

September 13, 2014 - In a joint recall with Health Canada and U.S. CPSC, Kidde is recalling Kidde-branded AC/DC powered residential smoke alarms and combination smoke/CO alarms, models KN-COSM-IBACA, i12010S-CO-CA and i12010S-CA.

RECALL: Honda gas-powered 7000W EU7000isN AT generator

September 10, 2014 - Thanks to CPSC for letting us know of a recall involving 2014 Honda gasoline-powered 7000W EU7000isN AT generators; the rear frame support can fail during lifting, posing an impact hazard. Also, the owner’s manual can have missing or duplicated pages, meaning consumers may not be getting…

Klein Journeyman gloves promise increased safety and comfort

September 3, 2014 - Klein Tools has expanded its personal protective equipment (PPE) product line with its Journeyman gloves made specifically for trade professionals who may encounter cuts, scrapes, impact injuries and vibration injuries on a regular basis.

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

Save the date! Come out and help Nova Scotia review its electricity system

September 19, 2014 - The Nova Scotia government has announced its public consultation schedule for its Electricity System Review, where it says residents can help define the long-term future of the province’s electricity future. 

CEA urges stronger cross-border grid connections with DoE

September 18, 2014 - In conjunction with U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Dr. Ernest Moniz’s visit to Ottawa this week, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) says it is offering recommendations on how to further enhance the benefits presented by the integration of Canadian and U.S. electric power systems.

NRCan and DoE enhance energy collaboration

September 18, 2014 - Greg Rickford, Canada’s minister of natural resources, and Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of energy, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) launching an agreement on enhanced energy collaboration between Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).

No “admission of liability” in NS Power Trenton settlement

September 17, 2014 - About 350 plaintiffs living in Trenton, N.S., and nearby areas—represented by Jamie MacGillivray of MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law of New Glasgow—have resolved claims against Nova Scotia Power Inc. relating to the operation of the Trenton Generating Station. There has not been an admission of liability,…


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.

EB CAREERS: Oshawa PUC apprentice power maintenance electrician

September 18, 2014 - Oshawa PUC Networks Inc.—a subsidiary of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corp—is the local distribution company serving more than 50,000 customers in the City of Oshawa, located 45 minutes east of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario. It is currently seeking an:Apprentice Power Maintenance Electrician

CAWIC launches its Women’s Advancement Project

September 16, 2014 - “It is time to stop talking about the challenges in our industry in a fractured way. We need action. Stakeholders must work together to make meaningful changes happen now,” said Tammy Evans, director of the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, as CAWIC launched its Women’s…