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Ontario’s electricity planning “broken down over past decade”

Apparently, the Ontario Government had a process in the Electricity Act and regulations for drafting and approving a long-term technical plan for Ontario’s electricity system... but they didn’t bother following it. Ouch! >> Read full article

HOT JOB... Rouge Valley Health seeks Journeyman

Serving the communities of Scarborough, Pickering, Seaton, Ajax and Whitby, Rouge Valley Health System comprises several healthcare sites, and a great opportunity exists for Journeyman Electrician (A15-CUPE-1002) at the Ajax/Pickering campus. >> Read full article

St. John’s Sentinel Alert secures $525K in financing

Sentinel Alert (St. John’s, N.L.)—a provider of sensor-based safety software that aims to reduce worker accidents—says it has closed $525,000 in seed round financing. >> Read full article

Who was the real winner at Bridgestone Arena’s NHL All-Star Game?

While John Scott of the Montreal Canadiens was voted MVP following the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, Tenn., perhaps the true winner is Bridgestone Arena itself, which is enjoying a new energy-efficient LED digital lighting system. >> Read full article

 Featured News 
Lowe’s to acquire Rona for $3.2-billion

Lowe’s to acquire Rona for $3.2-billion

Lowe’s Companies Inc. and Rona Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Lowe’s is expected to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common and preferred shares of Rona in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. According to Lowe’s, this deal would make Lowe’s Canada and Rona stores the leading home improvement retailer in Canada. >> Learn More…


Kollmorgen’s 32kW servo drive broadens fieldbus options

Kollmorgen says its 32kW drive in the AKD platform is one of the “most power dense” on the market, consuming only 576 cm2 of panel space. >> Read full article

Amerlux’s Stellina brings “arched realm” of design to light

With the Stellina Linear LED, Amerlux says it “takes your light source out of the traditional straight-line format and into an arched realm of new design possibilities”. >> Read full article

 Featured Product 
RECALL: OxGear safety boot from TSC stores

RECALL: OxGear safety boot from TSC stores

Health Canada reports TSC stores are recalling safety boots made by Jiayi Shoes & Plastic Co. Ltd that are not certified and may pose a safety risk. The recall involves tan leather 8-in. OxGear safety work boots, sizes 8-13, with model number 66000. >> Learn more...

 Event Calendar 

ECANB course on CSA Z463

Date & Location: Feb. 11 • Fredericton, N.B.
Info: The Electrical Contractors Association of New Brunswick (ECANB) is now a registered and approved provider of CSA courses, and registration is open for its first offering—a one-day course on CSA Z463 “Maintenance of Electrical Systems”. Cost is $495 per person. >> More Info

EIAA Electrical Inspectors of Alberta technical conference

Date & Location: Feb. 12-13 • Edmonton, Alta.
Info: Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta (EIAA) is hosting its annual technical conference at the Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre in Edmonton. Confirmed speakers include: Ark Tsisserev, presenting on CE Code Section 24 (healthcare facilities); and Rene Leduc, presenting on CE Code Section 10 (grounding and bonding). >> More Info

OEN Networking Luncheon: Greg Lyle

Date & Location: Feb. 16 • Toronto, Ont.
Info: The Ontario Energy Network’s Networking Luncheon for February features Greg Lyle, the founder and managing director for Innovative Research Group Inc., a national public opinion research and strategy firm with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. He and his colleagues have worked with clients such as the Ontario Energy Board, the Association of Major Power Consumers, the Canadian Electricity Association, the Canadian Nuclear Association, the Electricity Distributors Association, the Electricity Safety Authority and many of Ontario’s generators and electricity distributors. >> More Info

AEL’s “Millennials: Changing the way we work” breakfast

Date & Location: Feb. 17 • Calgary, Alta.
Info: The Alberta Electrical League is presenting a special breakfast event called “Millennials: Changing the way we work” at the Wyndham Garden hotel. Registration takes place at 7 a.m., followed by “How to Market to #Millennials” with Darrell Keezer, founder of Candybox Marketing. Keezer will be followed by a presentation on the “Talent Gap” and understanding the Millenial mindset at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. an electrical industry panel will discuss changes in the industry as well as plans for the future. >> More Info

BCEA’s Strategic Steps to Successful Sales: Stage 1

Date & Location: Feb. 23 - Mar. 15 • Burnaby, B.C.
Info: The British Columbia Electrical Association (BCEA) is hosting a weekly course on strategic steps to successful sales from February 23 to March 15, 2016. Instructor Lydia Miller, B.Sc., CHSP, DMATP, BCPIDP, will be leading the workshop. The course aims to help with individuals’ different degrees of sales experience, honing their skills to become more effective and successful at selling. Classes run every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. >> More Info