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A sense of shared responsibility — young and old on an equal footing

Employers are responsible for the conduct of employees who must drive in the course of fulfilling their duties. This makes employers responsible for setting policies and ensuring compliance with regulations regarding hand-held electrical devices, such as cellphones and iPods. It also makes employees responsible for complying with them. It appears that all drivers are at risk: experienced drivers are no better at managing the distraction caused by these devices than new drivers. Is this not a perfect case of shared responsibility? Share your ideas and feedback by sending email to the address below.

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek

Introducing Square D™ SurgeLoc for NQ Panelboards

Schneider Electric is pleased to announce the release of the innovative Surgelogic SurgeLoc, a new line of commercial surge protection that provides advanced power and equipment protection for Square D™ NQ panelboards. Engineered with input from contractors and specifiers, the innovative SurgeLoc device from Schneider Electric™ has revolutionized commercial surge protection. Read More



Conductor Ampacities and Their Temperature Rating

By Pierre McDonald
Sizing conductors as per the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) has been a necessary skill requirement for electricians, designers and engineers for as long as I can remember. The rules associated with conductor ampacity have virtually remained unchanged over the years. What has changed is the requirement to apply temperature ratings in a manner that aligns with the rules of the 2012 edition CE Code. Read More


Distracted Driving: Protecting Your People and Your Business

By Scott Williams
Highway safety laws in every Canadian jurisdiction prohibit driving while distracted, which makes drivers liable for any consequences. But occupational health and safety legislation also makes employers liable: distractions while driving in the course of work are considered a workplace safety hazard just like any other hazard employees may encounter. Read More


Private and Public Organizations' Capital Investment Plans for 2014

Public and private organizations and the housing sector intend to invest $404.5 billion in construction and machinery and equipment in 2014, up 1.4% from 2013. Principal drivers include strong increases in the volume of anticipated investment in these sectors: transportation and warehousing, housing, and public administration. Read More


SCE Electrical and SCE Electric Western Canada — a Love Story Between Quebec and Alberta

In February 2002, Steve Côté and Bertrand Lussier began their collaboration by helping to implement a regional division of a well-known electrical company. The beginning was challenging: making themselves known, meeting with different regional collaborators, promoting the business, building their team… Read More


BRAND Substitution

Electrical professionals in Canada — those who buy, specify, install, maintain and integrate electrical equipment — appear to have a high willingness to somewhat consider a change in brand. Read More



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