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Bell to “vigorously” prosecute copper thief and co-conspirators

“The lawsuit is another step we are taking to protect our critical infrastructure against recurring theft and vandalism,” said Bell’s Nick Payant. Despite extra alarms, security, and support from local law enforcement, Payant says the company still saw over 170 incidents of vandalism in the last 15 months—largely in New Brunswick, Ontario and northern Quebec—resulting in over $3 million in damages to critical infrastructure and hundreds of hours of service interruption for customers.

ESA says: PLEASE avoid powerline contacts!

Ontario has seen a whopping 310% increase in powerline contacts by the general public since 2019, says the province’s Electrical Safety Authority, citing 19 fatalities and 1393 overhead powerline contacts between 2012 and 2021. While many powerline contacts can be attributed to weather-related events, ESA says almost a third involve accidental contacts from recreational activities, such as tree pruning, high-reach equipment and outdoor home renovations.

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XL Electric “Most Improved” for construction safety

Construction Safety Nova Scotia announced the winners of its 2023 Safety Awards, which were handed out at the association’s annual general meeting. “It’s not often we get to recognize the incredible work that folks in our sector are doing to keep construction workers safe, and we are happy to provide that opportunity,” said MJ MacDonald, CEO. “These companies should be looked upon by others as shining examples of doing safety right.” » Read more

Dedicated attendance for nearly 40 years! Dr. George Anders

At the 47th meeting of the IEC TC20 WG19, Dr. George Anders was acknowledged for his dedicated Working Group attendance of nearly four decades! “It is quite remarkable that George volunteered his time and was able to attend every WG19 meeting in-person for the last 39 years,” said Roberto Gaspari, meeting convenor. “This is truly an incredible achievement!” The scope of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 20 is “Electric cables”. » Read more

New ZEVAI aims to help decarbonize Indigenous communities

Ottawa has opened the call for proposals for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative—a pilot that will fund Indigenous-led awareness and education projects “that help increase knowledge and confidence” in electric and low-emission vehicles, and clean fuels. Successful applicants from Indigenous-led or -owned organizations could each receive contributions of up to 75% of the total eligible project costs, with a maximum funding contribution of up to $150,000 per year for a project. » Read more


EASA Convention & Solutions Expo

June 24-27, National Harbor, Md. » More info