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Volume 3 • Issue 38

Message From The Editor

Big changes may be at your door. Are you ready?

Our contributor Michelle Branigan speaks to us in this issue of a material change on our doorsteps — the legalization of marijuana and the use of medical marijuana at work. She points out that in our industry jobs often pose safety risks, and that the safety of workers and their colleagues is at the heart of this debate. You can also read in this issue common excuses used to ignore safety measures. A new practice is being put in place, so give us your opinion (see the end of Michelle's article). We'll share the results with you in an upcoming issue. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

A sleek linear LED style within your budget
Philips Ledalite FloatPlane LED suspended and wall mount luminaires offer great performance in a sporty, low-profile design. FloatPlane's sleek minimalism (only 1.2"h x 8"w) blends seamlessly into your unique layout, and the distribution options of 70% up, 75% down and 100% down give you further flexibility. FloatPlane's astounding performance offers outputs up to 129 LPW. Now you can have the distinct energy savings of LED, with the affordability of fluorescent luminaries. Read More

Changing Scene

Ideal Supply Ideal Supply Changes Ownership
Ideal Supply Company Limited, a southwestern Ontario wholesale distributor to the electrical, industrial and automotive industries, has been sold to Montreal-based Deschênes Group Inc…
Graybar Canada Graybar Canada Opens Temporary Windsor Branch
Because of severe tornado damage at Graybar Canada's Windsor, Ontario branch (2760 Deziel Drive), the company will be operating from a temporary location until the damage has been fully repaired…
Phoenix Contact and Perle Systems Phoenix Contact Acquires Perle Systems Limited
Canadian network specialist Perle Systems Limited joins Contact GmbH & Co. KG, as a subsidiary of the Phoenix Contact Group. Toronto-based Perle Systems provides products and solutions for industrial networks…
Tools For The Trade

Human Resources

Marijuana in the Workplace — Are You Ready for Changes?

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan As most readers will know, the federal government is expected to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in spring 2017. In June this year, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the creation of a task force that will consult with stakeholders in fields like healthcare, criminal justice, economics, industry, and law enforcement. The findings of this consultation will inform the design of a new system of production, distribution and sales. Employers have less than a year to prepare for these changes. Read More

High Performance Buildings

Where "High Performance" for Buildings Is Headed Part 3: The Future of HPBs

High Performance Buildings As the building community evolves from a focus on prescriptive codes and systems to a focus on more outcome-based approaches — that is, measuring actual building performance as opposed to evaluating just the design — the opportunity to enhance the functional and operational performance of building will continue to grow. There are already provisions within some building mechanisms related to the nexus between occupant experience and a building's functional and operational performance. For example… Read More


The 25 Worst Contractor Safety Excuses

Safety Excuses Safety might not be a joke, but the 25 worst contractor safety excuses definitely are. There is no acceptable excuse to skip out, go cheap or cut corners on safety. These excuses are far too common. How many of them do you hear at your job? Read More


Total Building Permits Rise 0.8% in July

Canadian Building Permits Municipalities issued building permits worth $6.5 billion in July, up 0.8% from the previous month. The advance resulted largely from higher construction intentions for institutional and industrial buildings. Ontario and Alberta led the increase. In the non-residential sector, the value of building permits advanced 5.6% to $2.4 billion. The value of residential building permits declined 2.0% to $4.0 billion, the fourth consecutive monthly decrease. Lower construction intentions were posted in five provinces. Read More

Survey Says

Salary By Gender

How Men's and Women's Salaries Compare

No surprise who makes more. What's interesting is the gap.

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New Products and Solutions

Sylvania Ledvance


SYLVANIA LEDVANCE's new high bay luminaires are lightweight with a traditional design and have a polycarbonate refractor that minimizes the cave effect. Offering up to 67% in energy savings, these luminaires are ideal in place of traditional luminaires, or as new installations, and offered in two wattages/lumen packages for use in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, big-box retail, gymnasiums, and loading docks. Read More
Direct Fit Replacement Lamps

Eiko LED T8 Direct Fit Replacement Lamps

Eiko's LED T8 direct fit replacement lamps directly replace all 2ft, 3ft and 4ft F32T8 (32W, 28W, 25W) lamps and operate on most electronic T8 (instant & programmed), dimming, and battery backup ballasts. They come with a choice of 3500K, 4000K, or 5000K CCT. Read More
Larson Explosion Proof Lighting

Larson Electronics: We've Got Your Back with Explosion-Proof Lighting

Larson Electronics has an array of tank lights that will keep you safe. The line-up includes explosion proof LED lights with magnetic mounts, LED string lights, and portable LED carts and temporary mount LED lights. Larson lights offer operators high visibility and quality construction that can be easily customized. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 17
    In this article: Section 28 — Motors and Generators. The code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides a guide to help users find their way through this critical document.

  • 12 Myths Surrounding Industrial LED Lighting, Part 1
    LEDs have been in widespread use for more than a decade, lighting everything from traffic signals and cell phones to computers and TVs, due to their extremely low energy use, long life span and high-quality light. While not new, LEDs now offer unique and compelling characteristics for industrial applications. The challenge is that outdated evaluation criteria are still in use. So, it's time to delve into those myths and look at the underlying facts. Here in Part 1, the first 6 of 12.

  • Lina Rishmawi — A New Canadian Who Loves Challenges
    At the age of 30, Lina Rishmawi, a professional electrical engineer, is Customer Service Manager — Distribution Channel at Southwire Canada. Before that, she was Internal Technical Sales Engineer involved in software development. You know the expression, "being comfortable in your own skin," and it's striking when you see Lina for the first time. I met her at the ElectricElle Golf Tournament last fall and was taken aback by her openness to everyone around her. I asked Lina why she had studied electrical engineering at university…

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


Training, networking and professional development opportunities for members of Canada's electrical industry.

EFC-Quebec Region Economic Forum
September 21
Montreal, PQ

Energy into Action
September 21
Mississauga, ON

Energy into Action
September 21
Mississauga, ON

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