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Thermal imaging for the masses with new FLIR One!

January 7, 2014 (UPDATED July 23, 2014) - FLIR Systems has launched what it calls the first personal thermal imaging device specifically targeting the consumer market: the FLIR One. (FLIR One available for pre-order as of July 22, 2014.)

OBIT: John Salmon of John B. Salmon Technical Consulting

(UPDATED) July 21, 2014 - It is truly with great sadness that EBMag reports the passing of John Benjamin Salmon—the result of an accident at his home in Kitchener, Ont.—on Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was in his 56th year.

Evaluating uncomfortable glare of LED streetlighting

July 21, 2014 - As LED technology continues to transform the lighting industry, some fear they could cause troublesome, unsafe glare on our roadways, which is why a team of researchers from China and the Netherlands has developed a way to evaluate the human impact of uncomfortable glare caused by LED streetlighting.

Chantal Guimont now leading Electric Mobility Canada

July 18, 2014 - Catherine Kargas, board chair of Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), today announced the appointment of Chantal Guimont to the position of president and CEO, effective September 1, 2014.

ABB wins $35-million Hydro-Quebec Madawaska order

July 18, 2014 - ABB reports it has won an order worth about $35 million from Hydro-Quebec to upgrade the 350MW Madawaska high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link that connects the grids of New Brunswick and Hydro Quebec.

Help Schneider’s Daniel Peloquin’s walk again

July 17, 2014 - EBMag has learned Daniel Peloquin (photo)—president of Schneider Electric Canada—is again participating as a member of Team Schneider Electric in the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers benefiting The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre September 6-7, 2014 (Toronto).

Haughey joins Medgar Lighting as distribution sales manager

July 16, 2014 - Patrick (Pat) Haughey—formerly general manager of GE Lighting Canada—has joined Medgar Lighting Concepts Inc. in the newly created position of distribution sales manager.

Greenlee appointments: Jeff Smith and Josh Jacobs

July 16, 2014 - Greenlee, a Textron company, has announced two new appointments within its engineering and product management departments, where it named Jeff Smith to director, Engineering and Josh Jacobs, director, Product Management, effective immediately.

Toronto Hydro’s Anthony Haines named 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year

July 16, 2014 - The Energy Council of Canada (ECC) has announced Anthony Haines, president and CEO of Toronto Hydro, as the 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year, an award bestowed upon individuals with  “remarkable accomplishments in the business or government sector and in the community at large”.

E.B. Horsman opening location on Vancouver-Burnaby border

July 15, 2014 - E.B. Horsman & Son—an independently owned and operated electrical wholesaler in British Columbia—announced it is opening a full-line electrical wholesale location on the Vancouver-Burnaby border (3955 - 2nd Avenue).

Connie Chabot to expand Stelpro’s U.S. footprint

July 11, 2014 - Stelpro announced Connie Chabot is now vice-president of sales & marketing for North America, where she will work to expand Stelpro’s footprint in the United States.

VIDEO: Transportation provider on journey to energy excellence

July 10, 2014 - Metrolinx—the primary provider of public transportation throughout Ontario’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area—has discovered that an active, organizational commitment to energy excellence can result in significant financial and environmental benefits.


Class 6 and 7 Peterbilt Model 220 in full production

July 17, 2014 - The first new Peterbilt medium-duty COE (cab over engine) Model 220 rolled off the assembly line at the company’s COE manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico and, with that, the Class 6 and 7 truck is now in full production.


We can’t do it, you can help - Lowe’s cited by OSHA

July 21, 2014 - Home improvement chain Lowe’s (Zanesville, Ohio) has been cited by the States’ OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) for five repeat and one serious safety violation; among the reasons was exposing workers to electrical hazards.

RECALL: Phoenix-brand safety/shock footwear from Giant Tiger

July 17, 2014 - Health Canada advises you of a recall involving Phoenix safety boots (PH104 Stampede) which bear the Omega symbol indicating electrical shock resistance, yet CSA has not certified the product for shock resistance and, as such, the product may present a risk to the wearer.

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”.

Energy & Power

BC Hydro’s largest infrastructure project since the 1980s kicks off

July 21, 2014 - Last week saw the official kick-off of the $1-billion upgrade of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement project which, according to British Columbia’s government, is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by BC Hydro since the 1980s, and will take five years to complete.


EB CAREERS: Legend Power Lead Electrician, Electrical Operations, Toronto

July 11, 2014 - Legend Power Systems Inc. is a Canadian company that developed, manufactures and markets a device that saves electrical energy—the Harmonizer. Founded in 2001 and located in Burnaby, B.C., Legend has deployed a team of energy consultants to lead the commercial strategy in Toronto. The company currently has an opening for a:Lead Electrician, Electrical Operations (Toronto, Ont.)


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 be ostracized, labelled, bullied, and so on. Sadly, as we mature and supposedly grow wiser as a society, those same consequences continue to plague us.