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Volume 2 • Issue 30


Better preparing us for the choices ahead

Are you a supporter of DC? Professor Gregory Reed is, and more and more people around him are too. We all know that we have to go through an important modernization of our electrical infrastructure and that we will have to take into account that energy efficiency is now part of our social consensus. We remind you also in this issue that water and electricity don't mix. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Hammond Power Solutions Hammond Power Solutions Wins Excellence in Business Award
The Guelph Chamber of Commerce has chosen Hammond Power Solutions as the winner of the Excellence in Business (50+ employees) Award…
LEED Green Building Canada Ranks as Top Country for LEED Green Building 2nd Year in a Row
Canada cements its status as a world leader in the international green building and environmental sustainability movement…
SaskPower Aging Infrastructure Reported by SaskPower as Being Source of Increased Outages in Regina
More power outages in Regina as of late are due to aging equipment according to SaskPower…

Codes and Standards

Now Available: CAN/ULC Standard on Electric Utility Workplace Electrical Safety

By Pierre McDonald
CAN/ULC Standard ULC's Standards Committee on Electric Utility Workplace Electrical Safety has approved CAN/ULC-S801, Standard on Electric Utility Workplace Electrical Safety for Generation, Transmission, and Distribution. With so much at stake when maintaining electrical systems, the power line industry now has a revised standard to help ensure proper work habits, procedures and safety equipment will get people home after a day's work. The standard applies to the construction, operation, maintenance and replacement of electric utility systems used to generate, transform, transmit, distribute or deliver electrical power or... Read More

DC Technology

9 Reasons Why DC May Replace AC

By Gregory Reed
DC May Replace AC Direct Current (DC) electric power is an emerging disruptive technological area that has the potential to stimulate economic growth, inspire innovation, increase research and development opportunities, create jobs, and simultaneously advance environmental sustainability. The technology and applications offer the promise of enhanced energy efficiency, improved power quality and reliability, and inherent alignment with renewable and clean energy development. So much so that DC power is beginning to evolve towards replacing AC as a worldwide standard for electricity delivery infrastructure, in many applications. These nine reasons help explain why... Read More


What You Can Do to Prevent Electrocution and ESD

Prevent Electrocution and ESD Hiring a licensed electrician could have saved 13-year-old Sarah Grace Tellifero from electric shock drowning, reports suggest. On a Sunday afternoon in 2014, Sarah was enjoying the last days of summer with three friends, swimming near a boathouse on a local lake. But when Sarah grabbed a boarding ladder on a pontoon boat to climb out of the water, she was electrocuted... Read More


Lake Fatality Highlights Need for Electrical Safety Around Water

Electrical Safety Around Water A recent incident involving a dockside electrocution underscores the dangers when water and electricity mix. In this instance, electrical current entered the water from boats or docks. Wet environments are particularly dangerous when it comes to electricity. It's vital to ensure electrical connections on or near the water are properly installed with appropriate safety equipment… Read More


New Housing Construction Up in May Year over Year

New Housing Construction Up in May Spending on new housing construction totalled $3.9 billion in May, up 2.0% from the same month a year earlier. The increase came mostly from higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium building construction, up 12.8% to $1.3 billion. Higher spending on row house construction, up 8.6% to $412 million, also contributed to the advance. Conversely, investment in single-family dwellings fell 4.7%; semi-detached dwelling construction, 4.9%... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says July 28

Median Salaries By Province

In a sampling of median salaries from seven provinces, the widest gap is almost $30,000. See how your province ranks.

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Product Focus

Eaton High-Performing Ambient LED Luminaire

Metalux Cruze LED Luminaire Eaton's new Metalux Cruze LED Luminaire provides a high-performing, energy-efficient and affordable ambient solution to commercial offices, schools, hospitals and retail projects. Featuring a contemporary styling and Eaton's advanced LED technology, the luminaire provides energy savings of over 50% when compared to traditional fluorescent troffer products typically found in these applications... Read More



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