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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

FLIR receives “favourable verdict” in Raytheon lawsuit

November 24, 2014 - FLIR Systems Inc.—a global player in the design, manufacture and marketing of sensor systems that “enhance perception and awareness”—and its subsidiary, Indigo Systems Corp., say they have received a “favourable verdict” in a lawsuit by Raytheon Corp.

OBIT: Barry MacGowan of Cooper Wiring Devices

November 25, 2014 - Following a courageous battle with cancer, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Barry MacGowan of Cooper Wiring Devices. He was 57.

Medgar Lighting named sales agency for Universal

November 21, 2014 - Medgar Lighting Concepts Inc. has been named a Canadian sales agency for Universal Lighting Technologies Inc. (member of the Panasonic family) in southwestern Ontario, Windsor and the Niagara area.

GE opens “advanced” MCCB manufacturing lab in Connecticut

November 19, 2014 - GE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) in Plainville, Conn., where “sophisticated robotics and automated manufacturing systems” will design and build production lines for the new GuardEon moulded case circuit breaker (MCCB) platform.


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…


Irwin Tools blows out its drilling portfolio

November 26, 2014 - Irwin Tools has expanded its drilling portfolio with products “intended to improve durability, ease of use and speed”, including WeldTec self-feed bits, Speedbor max speed long length bits, and flexible and straight shank installer bits and accessories.

Not just another minivan: the Ram 2015 Cargo Van

November 26, 2014 - Built at the Chrysler Group Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant, the 2015 Ram Cargo Van (CV) features solid sliding doors and rear quarter windows and backlight privacy panels in place of sunscreen glass windows, although buyers have the option of equipping the vehicle with several combinations of…

Stop guessing final wall thickness with Arlington FA101H adjustable box

November 26, 2014 - Arlington’s new FA101H single-gang horizontal 21-ci In/Out box is suitable for countertops, backsplashes... anywhere you need a horizontal outlet.


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…

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.


RECALL: Leatherman Leap multi-purpose tool

November 23, 2014 - In conjunction with the U.S. CPSC, Health Canada is advising you of a recall involving the Leatherman Leap multi-purpose tool due to a laceration hazard.

Conquer the cold, and flames, with NSA outerwear

November 23, 2014 - National Safety Apparel (NSA) says it wants to help you “conquer the cold” with its flame-resistant outerwear line.

ESA says 2013 “a particularly tragic year” for electrical-related fatalities

November 19, 2014 - Despite a 33% drop in electrical fatalities in the last five years, the Electrical Safety Authority says Ontarians continue to be injured and killed in electrical incidents.

Codes & Standards

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.

CSA Z462-15 “Workplace Electrical Safety” available for pre-order

November 6, 2014 - The 2015 edition of CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety has been extensively revised and updated, says CSA, with expanded criteria and guidance material, and has been aligned with changes and revisions in CE Code, Part I (2015 ed.).

Energy & Power

Ontario supporting 17 new energy projects via Smart Grid Fund

November 27, 2014 - Ontario says it is providing almost $24 million to build a smarter electricity grid by supporting 17 new energy projects through its Smart Grid Fund program. This round of funding will support energy technology projects in the areas of:

AESO connects more than 1400 MW to grid in 2014

November 27, 2014 - In 2014, Alberta will have seen a 3.5% increase in electricity demand due to population growth in the cities and energy sector development. Despite the increased pressure on the province’s electricity system as a whole, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) says the system ran reliably…

Toronto Hydro crews to help with New England outages

November 27, 2014 - Toronto Hydro says it is dispatching crews to help out in New England, which was hit Wednesday and Thursday by a heavy snowstorm along the Eastern Seaboard. Safe travels!

Electrodes made of mud? “We’re talking about quite a special lump of clay here”

November 26, 2014 - Materials scientists from Drexel University’s College of Engineering believe that a lump of clay they invented may have taken the lead in the race to find materials of ever-increasing thinness, surface area and conductivity to make better-performing battery electrodes.


EB CAREERS: Torbram Electric seeks Branch Manager (Burnhamthorpe)

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

Hydro Ottawa recognized for powerline program with Algonquin

November 27, 2014 - Congratulations to Hydro Ottawa, which was recognized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for its “proactive and innovative approach” to training the next generation of powerline technicians.

ConocoPhillips supports NAIT’s Power Engineering Tech program

November 23, 2014 - ConocoPhillips Canada (a producer of natural gas) recently announced $1.1 million in support of NAIT’s Power Engineering Technology program—as well as the NAIT Boreal Research Institute (NBRI)—through the creation of the ConocoPhillips Canada-Surmont Boreal Reclamation Project.