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October 2008 

Vol. 3 No. 12

OEL and CFIB demand changes to apprenticeship rules

The Ontario Electrical League (OEL) and Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) recently joined with Ontario youth representatives at Queen’s Park to demand “action from the provincial government on job-killing apprenticeship rules”.

ECA GTA, IBEW support current apprentice ratios

The Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association and its labour counterpart, IBEW Local Union 353, announce they strongly endorse the current 3:1 journeyman to apprentice ratio for electricians.

Ideal OktoberTest 2008

To some, the festival of Oktoberfest means authentic German-style food, beer and music, but it’s also the time of year for Ideal’s annual OktoberTest promotion. Now through October 31 (or while supplies last), you can purchase one of four Ideal Power Pack combos and save 25% off their regular price:

IEEE and IEC expand standards co-development agreement

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have agreed to extend their existing cooperation agreement—which describes a procedure for submitting and approving existing IEEE standards to IEC—to include a procedure permitting joint, parallel development of a project in both organizations leading to an IEC/IEEE International Standard.

Mr Electric network awards and trains new franchisees

The Mr. Electric franchise network added 17 independently owned and operated franchise locations for the third quarter—several of which are located in Canada:

Greenlee donates to Wind Turbine Technology Center

Greenlee recently entered into a partnership with Highland Community College (Freeport, Ill.) with a donation of hand tools, test and measurement equipment, storage boxes and work benches worth over $30,000 to the college′s new Wind Turbine Technology Center.

Littelfuse acquiring Startco Engineering

Littelfuse Inc. will be purchasing Startco Engineering Ltd.—a Saskatoon, Sask.-based player in ground-fault protection products and custom-power distribution centres used in industrial manufacturing and mining applications.

Judge finds for P&S/Legrand in GFCI complaint

Pass & Seymour/Legrand announced that a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled a number of Chinese manufacturers of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) have violated P&S′s patent rights.

Canlyte Carol McGlogan and Gilles Leblanc

Michael Gentile, president of Canlyte Inc., recently announced a couple of organizational changes. Carol McGlogan has been appointed vice-president, sales and marketing, while Gilles Leblanc has been appointed vice-president, operations.

Venture Global Metal Halide Center

In an effort to become the world′s leading education hub for metal halide (MH) lighting, the Venture Lighting Institute (VLI) has launched a strategic plan that involves an intensive ongoing educational series with leading industry professionals as guest lecturers.

Advance repositions, recognizes corporate parent Philips

Advance is launching a repositioning campaign that will serve to both acknowledge its long-standing position and history in the ballast industry while reflecting its affiliation to corporate parent, Philips. As part of the initiative, Advance will officially become known as Philips Lighting Electronics North America (N.A.) and will adopt Philips Advance as its product brand on all existing electronic and magnetic fluorescent and HID ballasts.

Cooper Toronto Hasan and Quies

Cooper Industries (Electrical) Inc. announced the appointment of Nasir Hasan to the position of senior sales representative to its Cooper Lighting (Toronto) Factory Sales team. Hasan has eight years of experience in technical sales, primarily in Oman and Dubai, and holds an Engineering degree and MBA from Aligarh University, India.


EB looks at how fiber optics can be considered just a part of the continual evolution of the communication and electrical trades, the rise (and wiring) of Ethernet, and the argument for choosing to specialize in the (potentially) lucrative world of low-voltage residential work, and more!

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