January 15, 2018 — The government is investing $450,000 in NB Power’s eCharge Network, which will increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in New Brunswick from 10 to 19.
January 12, 2018 — Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr has announced a $120 million investment to expand the network of electric vehicle charging and alternative refuelling stations across Canada.
January 12, 2018 - ABB and Formula E are teaming up “to champion e-mobility for a sustainable future”, with ABB bringing its name and technology to the series, which will be now known as the “ABB FIA Formula E Championship”.
January 10, 2018 —The 40W LED Area Lamp from MaxLite can replace 175 W metal halide bulbs in outdoor luminaires.
January 3, 2018 — WAC Landscape Lighting’s new LED Path Lights include The Ledge and Balance styles, available in 2700K or 3000K colour temperatures.
January 3, 2018 — Rittal Systems Ltd. has launched commercial application D & E type enclosures.
January 3, 2018 — Greenlee Textron Inc.’s C3 Auto Whip clad cable cutting machine is an automated solution for notching and cutting AC (BX), MC cables and FMC.
January 3, 2018 — Burndy has added four standard width tongue variations to their aluminum compression lug portfolio.
December 22, 2017 — Hubbell Lighting recently announced that Kim Lighting has commercially introduced the new Ouro site/area family of luminaires. Kim Lighting says Ouro is the first contemporary modern round site/area luminaire to offer up to 37,000 delivered lumens at 137 lumens per watt.
December 13, 2017 — Fulham Co. Inc. has released universal voltage versions of its DirectAC direct-drive LED units. The DirectAC LED Engines were released earlier this year in a 120V; it is now available in a new unit that can support power ratings from 120 - 277V.
December 5, 2017 - Two articulated electric buses sporting ABB’s 20-second flash-charging technology, TOSA, went into service today on Line 23 in Geneva, Switzerland.
November 30, 2017 — ATCO and FLO have announced the deployment of three fast-charging stations in Alberta’s major cities — the first corridor of its kind in the province — in partnership with Canadian Tire Corporation and Natural Resources Canada.
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.
December 11, 2017 — MSA has announced the new V-Shock line of personal fall limiters (PFL) for fall protection. The V-Shock Mini PFL is designed with overmold housing to withstand abusive jobsite environments.
November 17, 2017 —Bondfield Construction Company Ltd., J.M.R. Electric Ltd. and Toromont Industries Ltd. have been fined a total of $460,000 after a worker was injured during the construction of the South West Detention Centre (SWDC) in Windsor, Ont.
November 15, 2017 - With the launch of Compass—a new online health & safety tool by Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board—Ontarians can, for the first time, find and compare health & safety statistics for businesses across the province.
October 31, 2017 — On Oct. 10, 2017 Jose Julio DeNobrega was convicted in a Burlington, Ont. court and ordered to pay a $45,000 fine plus a $5,625 victim fine surcharge for conducting unsafe electrical work without an electrical contractor’s license at 14 locations in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville.
October 26, 2017 — Toronto Hydro has received the Canada’s Safest Employers Gold Safety Award in the Utilities and Electrical Category and the 2017 Canadian Electrical Association (CEA) President’s Award of Excellence in Employee Safety.
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?
August 17, 2017 - Will you get stumped by T-slot (5-20R) receptacles? Tackle this month’s Code Conundrum... if you dare!
August 17, 2017 - The new CE Code (24th ed.) is almost here, and Section 64 contains several important changes (already approved by the CE Code-Part I Committee), two of which I will discuss here.
August 2, 2017 - To facilitate the practice of installing service conduits within building walls to improve a home’s exterior appearance, BC Hydro harmonized its requirements for concrete encasement of utility supply service raceways (120/240V up to 600A) installed within building walls, along with the BC Electrical Code requirement for consumer’s service raceways for residential supply services.
July 19, 2017 - CSA Z463 “Maintenance of electrical systems” has been adopted across Canada—even globally—since being first published in November 2013.
June 28, 2017 - What do circuit loading and demand factors mean, and how are they different? A circuit load is a component or portion of the circuit that consumes power. A demand factor is a time-dependent fractional quantity that will always be less than, or equal to, one. Huh?
June 26, 2017 - Tackle June’s Code Conundrum... if you dare!
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.
December 15, 2017 — Capital Power, EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. and Enel Green Power North America Inc. have been chosen in the opening round of the Renewable Electricity Program. The program will result in about $1 billion of private-sector investment in green power generation in Alberta, says the Government of Alberta.
December 14, 2017 — The government of New Brunswick has installed solar panels on the roof of Fredericton High School. The 100 kW pilot project is the largest solar installation in the province, the government says.
December 13, 2017 — Mitsubishi Electric’s 750kVA Summit Series UPS product was recently certified by Energy Star to meet 99% efficiency in the double conversion operating mode.
December 12, 2017 - Wind energy developers beware! A recently published study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers finds wind resources may decrease in many regions of the Northern Hemisphere in the next century, and could sharply increase in some regions down south.
December 11, 2017 — ABB will provide key components for power distribution for the Eglinton Crosstown project, a new light rail transit line (LRT) in Toronto, to ensure the reliable operation with almost zero emissions.  
December 8, 2017 — ABB has launched TruONE, a new automatic transfer switch (ATS) with connectivity and monitoring functions for critical power applications.
December 8, 2017 — Silfab Solar and Morgan Solar Inc. have partnered to develop and produce a low-cost PV module designed for large commercial and utility-scale projects.  
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.
March 17, 2017 - We were asked to trial the Brother P-touch PT-E550W industrial hand-held labelling tool at a local jobsite. As a former teacher, I have always believed we must start putting technology into the hands of our future electricians... this tool does just that.
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.
May 3, 2017 - Seventy-two members of Alberta’s trades community, including four electrical apprentices, have been honoured for their “outstanding achievements” in the workplace and in the classroom at the 2017 Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Awards.
May 1, 2017 - You don’t have to be constantly troubleshooting the same motor and drive problem, according to Fluke, who released its new Motor and Drive Troubleshooting Course recently to help “maintenance professionals can gain the practical diagnostic skills needed to better understand motor/drive system health and significantly improve equipment reliability”.
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