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National Apprenticeship Survey informs government decisions

StatsCan is conducting its National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS) from September 2015 to February 2016, and the folks behind Canada’s Red Seal—the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA)—says “We need the support of stakeholders [employers, labour, training providers and others] to encourage participation in this important survey.” >> Read full article

Powerline Plus fined $80k after workers suffer burns

Powerline Plus Ltd.—an overhead and underground utility contractor—has pleaded guilty and been fined $80,000 after two workers suffered burns while working on electrical equipment that had not been properly shut off. >> Read full article

Let sleeping bears—and peregrine falcons—lie... says BC Hydro

You don’t mess with a bear, even when it’s in a deep sleep... and even if it means halting a project for several months until the bear wakes up. >> Read full article

Schneider lands VIATEC award

Schneider Electric has received a Freddy award for Innovative Excellence at this year’s VIATEC Technology Awards Show in Victoria, B.C. The award, presented to Schneider Electric’s Victoria team, recognizes the PowerLogic PM8000 series digital power quality meters. >> Read full article

 Featured News 
GALLERY: Franklin Empire GTA Customer Appreciation Day

GALLERY: Franklin Empire GTA Customer Appreciation Day

Franklin Empire hosted its 3rd annual Customer Appreciation Day & Tradeshow at its Greater Toronto Area location on Carlingview Drive. Top suppliers were on scene as well as Caplansky’s Deli’s food truck and we learned the location is imminently going to break ground on a warehouse expansion. >> Learn More…


Legrand adds AU7050 keypad to On-Q system

Giving integrators a key control component to the On-Q digital audio system, Legrand has introduced its “digital audio high performance amplified keypad” (AU7050), an in-wall keypad that delivers power at 60W to a zone within the digital audio system. >> Read full article

Leviton integrates BitWise and Omni automation platforms

Leviton recently announced the free integration of Omni security & automation control systems into BitWise BC1, BC2 and BC4 audio/visual control systems. This allows BitWise customers to create custom interfaces for their OmniTouch 7 touchscreens, utilizing new graphical elements such as icons and backgrounds for free. >> Read full article

WAC Lighting’s Aether downlight

Designed to fit shallow plenums above ceilings in residential and light commercial settings, the new Aether downlight from WAC Lighting is engineered with a low-profile 3.5-in. LED housing. This housing is ideal for installation in small ceiling spaces inside buildings with complex HVAC ducts and heating/water pipes that are located between the floors, WAC says. >> Read full article

 Event Calendar 

Niagara Falls InfraCanada 2015

Date & Location: Sept. 18 • Niagara Falls, Ont.
Info: The Infrared Training Center (ITC) and FLIR are hosting InfraCanada one-day conferences again this year. The Niagara Falls conference is the first one and is a way to “interact, learn and network with those people who have already been successful in applying the infrared camera and analysis techniques into challenging applications”. Registration is free. >> More Info

BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition

Date & Location: Sept. 20-24 • Las Vegas, Nev.
Info: The 2015 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition takes place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. Presentation topics for this event include DAS, designing wireless networks, LAN, optical fiber cabling, 4K video technologies, and more. New technologies will also be out in Exhibit Hall along with numerous opportunities for peer networking. >> More Info

Leviton S&A Open House at Aartech Canada

Date & Location: Sept. 24 • Oshawa, Ont.
Info: Aartech Canada invites you to a Leviton Security & Automation Open House at Aartech’s Oshawa, Ont. location on 712 Wilson Road South, Unit 11. Food and drinks will be provided, and Leviton staff will be on-hand to answer questions and demonstrate the company’s security and automation line. Leviton S&A products provide automation, lighting controls, security, AV and boardroom controls for residential and commercial applications. This event would be of interest to security and AV installers, as well as the electrical trade. >> More Info

ECABC AGM and Hall of Fame Inductee Gala 2015

Date & Location: Sept. 24-27 • Kelowna, B.C.
Info: The Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia (ECABC) is hosting its 2015 Annual General Meeting and Hall of Fame Inductee Gala at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre. The weekend includes a Welcome Reception, Friday Breakfast, Lunch and tradeshow at The Kelowna Yacht Club, the AGM itself, guest speakers and a Gala Dinner—with entertainment and a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Saturday boasts optional events, such as the spa day, golfing and a sunset wine-tasting tour and dinner. >> More Info

UAVs 101 Webinar: Applications and Implications in Canada

Date & Location: Sept. 24 • Online
Info: Join Eric Edwards of Xiphos Technologies for an online discussion on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones. Presented by Wings Magazine and Helicopters Magazine, this webinar explores the impact UAVs will have on the Canadian commercial framework and the value they will bring to a wide variety of industries. >> More Info