February 9, 2018 - Ford recently revealed its 2019 Ranger, featuring a new exterior design, chassis and powertrain. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends,” said Ford’s Hau Thai-Tang.
February 9, 2018 — Eaton has announced the launch of the Neo-Ray Covera and Converge architectural suspended product families featuring its new curved WaveStream light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The two pendant families also introduce Eaton’s LuxWire technology, which allows the luminaires to suspend in space without large power cables.
February 9, 2018 — Legrand’s 42-in. Plastic Enclosure (ENP4250) is transparent to radio frequencies to enable placement of wireless devices into traditional structured wiring installations without interference or reduction of signal coverage.
February 9, 2018 — The Hilti cordless band saw SB 4-A22 is designed for cutting metal pipes and installation channels, plastic pipes, threaded rods, 1-2-in. EMT pipes and 1-5/8-in. strut.
February 8, 2018 — Panduit Corp. has announced the North American release of its VeriSafe – Absence of Voltage Tester. VeriSafe is designed to minimize risk to electrical hazards by verifying the absence of voltage before equipment is accessed.
February 8, 2018 — HellermannTyton announces a new lien of extreme-duty adhesive mounts designed to attach cable and wire bundles “even on difficult surfaces.”
February 8, 2018 — Danfoss has released the RX1200 controller for electric de-icing applications.
February 8, 2018 — Arlington’s 14.4 cu. inch fan/fixture pan box mounts to a joist in new construction and is UL/CSA listed with a two-hour fire rating. Designed for 1/2-in. and single or double 5/8-in. drywall — with furring strips or hat channel, the fan bracket installation screws ship captive until ready to use.
February 8, 2018 - The 2018 Nissan NV Cargo Van promises exceptional utility thanks to a long, wide cargo floor, square-top wheelwell housings and nearly vertical sidewalls, creating enough room to fit two 40 x 48-.in pallets, 10-ft piping or 4x8-ft drywall sheets. The sidewalls also accommodate aftermarket storage systems without excessive modification.
February 8, 2018 - Ford says the F-150 debuts for 2018 “even tougher, even smarter, and even more capable than ever”.
February 7, 2018 - Ram’s ProMaster full-size Class 2 van benefits from a front-wheel-drive system; by locating all components beneath the cab, the cargo load floor height and step-in height are kept low.
February 7, 2018 - The 2018 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo is designed to help business owners “navigate their way through the challenges of tight spaces and tight deadlines,” combining a small exterior footprint with a large cargo capacity and versatility.
February 15, 2018 - PGC Services Inc. (Gormley, Ont.) and K-Line Maintenance & Construction Ltd. (Stouffville, Ont.) have been fined a total of $285,000, reports Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, after a 25-year-old employee of PGC suffered a fatal electrical contact incident on Highway 7, just east of Dufferin Street in Vaughan, Ont.
February 8, 2018 - Through its eCommerce-enabled website, Lenco Training & Technical Services is now offering The Electrical Room and The Lockout Box.
February 2, 2018 - A manufacturing facility in China has lost 1000 UL holographic labels, which are genuine and will pass all security detection analysis, but are not authorized by UL to be affixed to any product.
January 31, 2018 - Ledvance is voluntarily recalling Batch 0 RT56HO900 Ultra LED RT56HO900 recessed downlight kits due to risk of electrical shock.
January 24, 2018 — Health Canada and Honda Canada Inc. have issued a recall for Honda Portable Generator, Model EG2800i.
January 12, 2018 — Health Canada has issued a recall for certain Flos Romeo Moon model S2 and Romeo Louis II model S2 pendant lamps.
January 2, 2018 — The Ontario Ministry of Labour says it is enhancing protection for workers by increasing the maximum fines for individuals and businesses that don’t meet workplace health and safety standards.
December 22, 2017 — Health Canada, the U.S. CPSC and Monte Carlo have issued a joint recall for the Monte Carlo Cyclone ceiling fans.  
December 21, 2017 — Health Canada, the U.S. CPSC and Hunter Fan Company have issued a joint recall involving the owner’s manual included with Hunter Contempo ceiling fan model 59180 sold in Canada. Additional affected models have been sold in the United States.
December 14, 2017 - “We are deeply saddened to confirm that an incident involving one of our helicopter aircraft occurred in the Tweed [Ontario] area and has resulted in four fatalities,” reports Hydro One, referring to an incident that happened this morning.
December 13, 2017 — The U.S. CPSC is reporting a recall involving Westinghouse iGen2500 and iPro2500 portable inverter generators by MWE Investments used to power appliances, cell phones or other electric devices.
December 11, 2017 — UL has identified an unauthorized UL Mark on FSL LED lamps.
February 16, 2018 — UL has launched a new safety certification program for dry type high-voltage transformer insulation systems. These insulation systems are used within the transformer for transmission and distribution of electricity across the power grid.
February 13, 2018 — Tackle January 2018’s Code Conundrum... if you dare!
February 13, 2018 – With the steady increase of electric vehicles on our roads, the 2018 CE Code (publishing this month) includes new Rules that recognize EV energy management systems (EVEMS), which address evolving EV technology and issues associated with future loading on electrical infrastructure.
January 22, 2018 — The number of changes coming to the 2018 CE Code are fairly substantial, and while a number of them involve tweaked wording and/or definitions, there are also a fair number of what I would call “significant” changes.
January 22, 2018 — Tackle the code conundrum if you dare!
January 18, 2018 — The fourth edition of CSA Z462 "Workplace Electrical Safety" is now available.
January 3, 2018 - The CSA Z463 Technical Committee is pleased to announce draft of the 2018 standard “Maintenance of electrical systems” (no longer a guideline) has been uploaded to the CSA Public Review website and made available for everyone to view and submit comments.
December 1, 2017 — The 2018 edition of the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) will be available on January 2, 2018. The CE Code is updated every three years to reflect the latest advances in technology and other major developments. The Canadian-based safety standard aims to better protect electrical workers and help make electrical installations and equipment safer. The 2018 edition contiains over 260 revisions and updates, including changes to sections on housing, renewable energy, grounding and bonding and tamper resistant receptacles. Pre-order here.
October 6, 2017 — Rules in Section 16 (New 16-300 series added) of the upcoming CE Code 2018 have been amended to include requirements for Class 2 power and datacom circuits. Although the new requirements do not reference “Power-over-Ethernet” (PoE) terminology, an Appendix B Note is added to explain the “Class 2 power and data communication circuit” is based on the concept known as PoE, introduced by the IEEE 802.3 series of standards.
October 6, 2017 — Tackle the code conundrum if you dare!
September 15, 2017 — Tackle the code conundrum if you dare!
September 15, 2017 — In addition to a number of changes in 2012, CE Code Section 62 “Fixed electric heating systems” underwent a fairly substantial rewrite in 2015. So what’s changed?
February 21, 2018 - SNC-Lavalin is collaborating with Highview Power to deploy liquid air energy storage (LAES) solutions for utility-scale applications in Canada and the States.
February 8, 2018 - Nova Scotia Power has launched a pilot project to learn more about how battery storage can help it deliver “cleaner, affordable and more reliable energy to Nova Scotians”.
February 6, 2018 — Caterpillar Inc. has added the Cat XQ125 mobile diesel generator set to the company’s line of Tier 4 Final rental power solutions.
January 31, 2018 - ABB says it recently achieved a major milestone with the successful testing of the Maritime Link: a 500-MW HVDC (high-voltage direct current) connection enabling Emera Inc. to exchange electricity between The Rock and Nova Scotia for the first time in history.
January 25, 2018 - Hydro-Quebec announced Massachusetts utilities have selected the generator’s proposal to supply 9.45-TWh of hydropower.
January 18, 2018 - Nexans announced it has completed delivery of two 200-kV mass impregnated (MI) HVDC submarine cables as part of the Maritime Link Project conducted by NSP Maritime Link Inc., an indirect subsidiary of Emera Inc.
January 18, 2018 — The Government of Canada has launched a $200 million expression of interest for the Emerging Renewable Power Program to expand renewable energy sources available to provinces.
January 12, 2018 — Nexans has acquired a controlling interest in BE CableCon, a Denmark-based manufacturer and supplier of cable kits for wind turbine companies.
December 21, 2017 — On behalf of Minister Bain, Minister Hussen recently announced a $9.5 million investment in two Toronto companies, Morgan Solar Inc. and NRStor Inc., to develop new solar power and energy grid technologies.
December 18, 2017 — Guelph City Council has voted in favour of a merger between Guelph Hydro Electric Systems and Alectra Inc.
December 18, 2017 — Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has announced the commissioning of the Rougemont-2 (44.5 MW) wind farm located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France.
Kohler is rolling out three new portable generators capable of running on gasoline, propane and natural gas.
January 29, 2018 - While Ottawa continues to fumble and stumble, bringing us ever closer to the brink of falling off the world stage altogether, a coalition of Canadian manufacturers is trying to do what it can to keep that from happening.
June 1, 2017 - After a few years of missing Lightfair due to scheduling conflicts, I was finally able to attend the 2017 edition and, boy, the exhibitors were putting their best feet forward. I haven’t seen so many large, colourful and distinctive booths since... well, maybe never.
November 16, 2017 - You can’t blame business owners for feeling like they’re being bombarded by government.
September 30, 2017 - The largest industry conference for the IEEE Petroleum & Chemical Industry Committee (IEEE-PCIC) has wrapped up in Calgary and, despite the recent weather-related disasters in the States, the event still attracted some 1435 delegates and 378 guests.
August 18, 2017 - You’ve seen the full-page ads in Electrical Business Magazine and the wallpapers here at EBMag.com. You’ve had most of the spring, and all of summer, but now is the time to hunker down and take 10 to 15 minutes to fill in your nomination for the 2017 Canadian Electrical Awards, which recognize noteworthy Canadian electrical installations and electrical safety champions.
August 17, 2017 - CSA Group’s annual Committee Week is a great venue for networking with CE Code-Part I Technical Committee (TC) members. That they have an excellent understanding of electrical practices is a given, but they also bring their own regional perspectives to the discussions that, eventually, lead to a new CE Code.
March 21, 2017* - “All of our members can supply every electrical need that is required by Habitat for Humanity,” notes Techspan’s Frank Dunnigan, as we chatted about Canada’s electrical industry having the “Power to Build” ... that’s the new campaign Electro-Federation Canada is rolling out with Habitat for Humanity Canada.
June 21, 2017 - In a few paragraphs, my column will, in fact, line up with the title I’ve written above. Bear with me.
June 16, 2017 - “A job is not just a job; a job is a way to give back,” explained Cherith Sinasac, as I chatted with her and Jarrod Stewart to learn more about the Young Professional Network’s 2017 GIVE initiative.
May 29, 2017 - Over the last few issues, we’ve teased the coming of an expanded awards program, which we’re officially re-launching as the Canadian Electrical Awards, starting May 1, 2017.
April 7, 2017 - These days, you would be hard-pressed to find a marketing “guru” who didn’t demand you establish a presence on social media. Some will suggest you find a few social outlets to which you will actually commit (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), while others will recommend you have to be everywhere!
March 20, 2017 - Everyone in the Province of Ontario knows electricity costs have gone through the roof. Electricity customers of all sizes have been complaining bitterly about costs and their impact on their livelihood and way of life. Significant numbers of people who have been worried about paying their electricity bill are now angry.
February 15, 2018 - Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) and its members continue to demonstrate their support of university and college students while introducing them to the Canadian electrical industry. This year, $156,250 will be awarded to deserving pupils across 62 scholarships through the 2018 EFC Scholarship Program.
February 7, 2018 — Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, released Ontario’s new Apprenticeship Strategy today.
November 9, 2017 - Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd.—an electrical, plumbing and heating products distributor headquartered in Edmonton—contributed $37,500 to the “Bright Horizons-Building for Skills” fundraising campaign for the new trades complex on Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus.
November 1, 2017 - Alberta’s Safety Codes Council announced Pauline Banack from Beaver County (near Edmonton) is its 10,000th Master Electrician. Congratulations!
October 13, 2017 - Research into sustainable energy and smart grid security at Concordia University has received major boost from Hydro-Quebec, which is donating $3.9 million toward research and attracting students to engineering, business, arts and science.
September 19, 2017 - The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) says it is proud to announce its goal of harmonizing training for two-thirds of Red Seal apprentices by 2017 was met.
August 30, 2017 - British Columbia electricians now have access to a training program in advanced lighting controls via EJTC Enterprises (E2 Inc.), the BC Institute of Technology and Okanagan College.
June 21, 2017* - While at MCEE 2017, I met François Côté, president of Drumco Énergie Inc., who was showing off the new Kohler KD industrial generator series, which ranges from 800 kVA to 4200 kVA, and is intended for applications ranging from emergency and prime in healthcare and data centre to water treatment and mining.
June 22, 2017 - In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, Hydro One announced 14 students selected for the Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Scholarship, which is granted annually to First Nations, Métis and Inuit post-secondary students.
June 19, 2017 - BC Safety Authority’s “Great Start Live” is a free orientation course for individuals in the electrical industry who are either new to the industry or just looking for a refresher.
May 24, 2017 - Lighting professionals can now focus their expertise on specific market segments—including retail, industrial, office and educational—through NAILD’s redesigned Lighting Specialist (LS II) program.
May 15, 2017 - Hot on the heels of the 2017 Skills Ontario competition, several thousand students are expected to descend on Ottawa for Future Building 2017, a free event being held May 16-18 at the EY Centre.
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