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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

Kudos to AD Spirit of Independence Award Canadian winners!

October 16, 2014 - Earlier this month, EBMag was pleased to attend Affiliated Distributors’ (AD) 2014 Electrical Supply Division North American Meeting in Chicago, which was the largest to date, welcoming over 1000 attendees—including 173 first-timers—from over 390 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Tyco Fire partners with Troy Life & Fire Safety

October 16, 2014 - Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd. has signed a new distributor agreement with Tyco Fire Protection Products (division of Tyco) to distribute Simplex fire alarm products in designated markets and territories in Canada.

Shermco Industries celebrates 40-year anniversary

(UPDATED October 20, 2014, with Photos) October 16, 2014 - Shermco Industries—a provider of acceptance testing, commissioning, maintenance, repair and remanufacturing of electrical equipment and power distribution systems—announced it is celebrating 40 years in business. Congratulations!


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…


Go from handle to drill with Klein switch drive system

October 20, 2014 - Klein Tools has introduced the switch drive handle system to alternate any accessory with a power groove between a power drill and hand tool, minimizing the number of tools and saving space, says the company.

Arlington releases 3.25-in. adjustable in/out outlet box

October 20, 2014 - Arlington Industries says its single-gang in/out outlet box (FA101LP) adjusts for wall depths up to 1-1/2 in., ideal for use when the final wall thickness is unknown.

Platinum Tools releases 500 MCM cable cutter

October 20, 2014 - The Platinum Tools 500 MCM cable cutter (p/n 10569) claims to work well in tight spaces, cutting larger cables with one-hand operation and ergonomic, non-slip comfort grip handles.


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.

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.


Carbon monoxide alarms now mandatory in Ontario homes

October 15, 2014 - Ontario says it is taking another step to keep families and homes in the province safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes.

Ontario hands Richard Hazel first-ever jail sentence for illegal electrical work

October 7, 2014 - Last Thursday, Richard Hazel was sentenced in a Hamilton, Ont., court to 30 days in jail and fined $6250 on charges related to performing electrical work illegally and violating several Ontario College of Trades’ requirements. This is the first time a jail sentence has been handed…

Congratulations 2014 Ontario Electrical Safety Award winners!

October 1, 2014 - EBMag was there, last night, when the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) bestowed the 2014 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards to several deserving organizations. Congratulations to Hydro Ottawa, PowerStream, Utilities Kingston & City of Kingston, and Chief Public Safety Officer’s Special Recognition for Electrical Safety, Ontario Fire Marshal…

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,…

Codes & Standards

BICSI publishes 4th Ed. Electronic Safety and Security Design

July 24, 2014 - BICSI—an association supporting the information and communications technology (ICT) industry—has released the 4th edition of its Electronic Safety and Security Design Reference Manual (ESSDRM).

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”.

Energy & Power

Siemens/Mortenson selected for Manitoba Hydro HVDC order

October 20, 2014 - As part of a consortium with Mortenson Construction, Siemens Canada says it has been selected to design, supply and install the HVDC (high-voltage direct current) equipment and buildings required for the Bipole III HVDC Project’s two converter stations for Manitoba Hydro.

Fronius USA unveils FE inverter line

October 20, 2014 - The Fronius FE series claims to significantly simplify system design and installation while delivering maximum energy harvest from complex arrays.

B.C.’s Dent Island Tidal Power project receives $1.5M investment

October 20, 2014 - British Columbia MP John Weston announced last Friday a $1.5-million investment under the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund, which he says will support Water Wall Turbine’s Dent Island Tidal Power Generation development and demonstration project.

BC Hydro’s $7.9-billion Site C gets environmental approval

October 16, 2014 - After years of planning and more than 7000 information requests from various stakeholders, BC Hydro says its proposal to build a third dam on the Peace River reached a major milestone with federal and provincial environmental approval for the $7.9-billion Site C Clean Energy Project.


EB CAREERS: Marnoch hiring 3 electricians

October 20, 2014 - Marnoch Facilities Maintenance—a commercial multi-trade contractor in business for more 20 years—currently has an opening for a full-time: Electrician (3 positions: East Toronto, Greater Toronto Area, and Cambridge)

EB CAREERS: Marnoch seeks electrical apprentice

October 20, 2014 - Marnoch Facilities Maintenance—a commercial multi-trade contractor in business for more 20 years—currently has an opening for an: Electrical Apprentice (full-time) for the Greater Toronto Area

Tune in to the Canadian Energy Literacy Network

October 17, 2014 - Let’s Talk Energy—a pan-Canadian initiative of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corp. (CSTMC)—announced a new “community of practice” for energy educators: the Canadian Energy Literacy Network (CELN).

EB CAREERS: Electro-Federation Canada seeks Product Sections Manager

October 17, 2014 - Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a national, not-for-profit industry association that, with its three Councils, represents over 300 member companies that manufacture, distribute and service electrical and electronics products in Canada. The organizations is currently seeking a:Manager of Product Sections