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Volume 2 • Issue 29


The mixture of generations is here, and for the better

"Managing multigenerational workforces is an art in itself. Young workers want to make a quick impact, the middle generation needs to believe in the mission, and older employees don't like ambivalence. Your move." I borrow this quote from Michelle Branigan's current contribution, and I apply it also to articles on safety that we present to you this week. Learning from one generation to the next is better that learning from mistakes when it comes to safety. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Cooper Recall Cooper Lighting Recalls Fluorescent Shoplights, Striplights and Wraparound Lights
This voluntary recall involves certain fluorescent light fixtures sold under the Metalux and Utilitech brands. The affected products are UL certified with certification file number E75170…
Home & Building Automation Standards CEA and LONMARK Introduce Two New Home & Building Automation Standards
CEA and LonMark International recently announced two new standards available for home and building automation.
ALTTEXT Anixter International Acquires the Power Solutions Segment of HD Supply
Anixter International Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Power Solutions segment of HD Supply…

Human Resources

Multiple Generations in the Workforce

By Michelle Branigan
Multiple Generations in the Workforce "Managing multigenerational workforces is an art in itself. Young workers want to make a quick impact, the middle generation needs to believe in the mission, and older employees don't like ambivalence. Your move." Generations are generally defined by their shared experiences as they grow up, which in turn helps shape their attitudes and traits. This month we look at some of the characteristics commonly attributed to each generation in the workforce, and what that may mean for employers and their human resources strategies. Read More


Nova Scotia Firm Fined $35,000, 150 Hours Community Service in Electrician's Death

By Scott Williams
Halifax R.D. Longard Services Ltd., an electrical firm no longer in operation, has been found guilty of two charges that contributed to the May 2013 electrocution of journeyman electrician Chris Boyle. At the time, Boyle was tying down an electrical feeder cable for a new electrical service in a Halifax retail strip mall. It's not known why Boyle, who left behind a wife and two young children, worked on the system while it was energized. In her ruling, the judge found that… Read More


Case Study: Temporary Power for Large Scale Residential Construction

Temporary Power Ever wonder how large construction projects with sales offices and show suites get power when there is only a generator or temporary power established on the construction site? The BC Safety Authority pays close attention to these types of installations, since fire alarms, sprinklers, and other building code safety systems are not up and running during the construction phase of the project. Recently, a safety officer conducted an assessment of a large multi-family residential site under construction and found several significant hazards... Read More

Peers & Profiles

River Electric: Successfully Mixing Water and Electricity

River Electric Electrical contractors love trucks but we fully admit it we love boats at Kerrwil, so when we saw an electrical contractor with his own branded boat we needed to know more about River Electric. Running a classic GREW 245 Hull… Read More


Value of Building Permits Slipped in May

Building Permits Slipped in May Following two months of double-digit gains in March and April, the total value of building permits issued in May fell 14.5% to $6.7 billion. Declines were recorded in five provinces, led by Ontario, which had posted a notable increase the previous month. The residential, industrial, institutional and commercial sectors were all affected... Read More

Survey Says

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A sampling of electrical contractors' salaries in seven of Canada's largest cities.

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Product Focus

GFCI Self Testing Technology from Hubbell

GFCI Self Testing Hubbell has expanded its Autoguard patented self-testing technology, which automatically monitors the ability to provide ground fault protection. As of September 29, 2015, CSA will require self-test monitoring capabilities in all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles. These receptacles can be used in residential, commercial offices, hospital, education and manufacturing facilities to name a few... Read More



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