March 14, 2018 –The PowerLogic PM8000 series meter now features improved cybersecurity, web page waveform data, expanded logging capability and DHCP for IPv6.
March 13, 2018 - The Sentinel corrosion shield from CMP Products is a rigid mechanical protection device that encapsulates the cable gland to provide a high-integrity seal.
March 12, 2018 - Introduced in the U.S. last year, Premset MV switchgear just debuted in Canada and—according to Schneider Electric’s Kareem Nakhla—being rated “inadvertently touchable” is just one of its highlights.
March 1, 2018 - Exactly 100 years after the brand delivered its first trucks to customers in January 1918, Chevrolet officially introduced the next-generation Silverado. However, those attending a special Chevy Truck Centennial Event at the Texas Motor Speedway in December were rewarded with a sneak peek at the 2019 work truck.
February 28, 2018 - WernerCo brand Knaack says its new Cart Armour and compact rolling workbench are designed specifically for commercial construction and residential contractors who need secure yet easily accessible storage solutions.
February 23, 2018 - LED lighting player Arani (Montreal) says its new website is not only an aesthetic upgrade, but accurately reflects product inventory in real time, allowing visitors to build and request custom quotes, free of charge.
March 1, 2018 - Leviton says it is has completely reimagined the load centre to make it more attractive, approachable and easier to work with—all while improving homeowner safety.
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.
March 9, 2018 — Health Canada has issued a recall for certain Amana brand packaged terminal air conditioner/heat pump (PTAC) units manufactured by Goodman Company, L.P.
February 26, 2018 — The new CSA Z462-2018 “Workplace electrical safety” was released to the public in the second week of January. CSA Group’s announcement regarding the 4th edition highlighted a number of revisions, but one of the most powerful and best changes is the requirement to perform and document job safety planning.
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.
March 9, 2018 — The new CSA C83-17 “Standard for Communication and Power Line Hardware” has arrived.
February 26, 2018 — What is a separately derived system and why is it important for Section 10? To fully understand, we need to look at how we define derived as it is used throughout the CE Code, as it has many synonyms and definitions.
February 26, 2018 – Tackle February 2018’s Code Conundrum…if you dare!
February 22, 2018 - Electro-Federation Canada has issued a Call for Participation from its members in a new LVDC (low-voltage DC) Steering Committee/Product Section, launching this Spring.
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.
March 12, 2018 - Progress toward the long-sought dream of fusion power—potentially an inexhaustible and zero-carbon source of energy—may be about to take a dramatic leap forward thanks to a collaboration between MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems.
March 9, 2018 - Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy, and University of Waterloo researchers are developing technology to produce renewable natural gas from manure so it can be added to the existing energy supply system.
March 9, 2018 — Kohler recently announced the expansion of its KD Series industries generators, which now includes models ranging up to 3250kW.
March 8, 2018 - “GE’s Reservoir delivers the new type of energy system that customers are looking for to help manage electricity’s next chapter,” said Russell Stokes of GE Power, speaking of the new energy storage platform.
March 6, 2018 - Automobili Lamborghini, in collaboration with two laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recently marked the first steps of a possible future Lamborghini electric supercar: the Terzo Millennio.
March 6, 2018 — According to a new “Leaderboard Report” from Navigant Research, LG Chem and Samsung SDI are the leading manufacturers of Li-ion batteries.
March 2, 2018 — On January 28, 2018, Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) went live with Innovus Power’s Variable Speed Generator (VSG) Project in Aklavik Northwest Territories.
March 2, 2018 — Ontario is supporting 12 projects that aim to improve the delivery of electricity to customers, reduce costs and create over 100 jobs across the province.
March 1, 2018 - Energy storage experts from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the U.S. recently joined forces with their international counterparts to forge a new organization called the International Coalition for Energy Storage & Innovation (ICESI).
March 1, 2018 — Ville de Lac-Mégantic and Hydro-Québec are partnering to build a microgrid in the municipality’s new downtown.
March 1, 2018 - GE Renewable Energy unveiled its plan to develop the Haliade-X, saying it will feature a 12-MW direct drive generator and produce 45% more energy “than any other offshore turbine available today”.
February 23, 2018 - NRCan announced a “road-mapping process” under the Energy Innovation Program to explore the potential for on- and off-grid applications for small modular reactor (SMR) technology in Canada.
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 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.
March 12, 2018 — B.C. Premier John Horgan recently announced a number of programs to support women working or entering a career in the building trades through improved workplace supports, services and practices.
March 12, 2018 — The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published a new white paper that provides an overview of electrical and electronic equipment surge susceptibility: NEMA VSP 1-2017 “Susceptibility of Electrical and Electronic Components to Surge Damage.”
February 23, 2018 — Schneider Electric Canada has launched its eighth year of “Go Green in the City,” an annual global contest that invites business and engineering students to find solutions for more energy-efficient cities.  
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.
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The 24th edition of the CE Code – which launched on January 2, 2018 – has over 260 updates and revisions. These changes come at a time when industrial and commercial construction is growing, governments and businesses are installing renewable energy systems, contractors are increasingly adopting green building techniques, and the workforce grapples with the effects of aging employees and labour mobility.

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