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Volume 2 • Issue 34


Good intentions do not always lead where we want to go

Our contributor Pierre McDonald raises a very important point in this issue's article on the CE Code. He recalls that different committees working to update safety requirements always have in mind the idea that their work will be used by all industry stakeholders and wish to harmonize adoption of these standards across the country. Elsewhere, it comes up often in our pages that common sense is not always enough. It is important to keep ourselves informed. In this issue, we offer two new training tools in formats suitable to whatever the rhythm of your life: video and podcasting.

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Codes & Standards

Establishing When the CE Code Becomes Mandatory

By Pierre McDonald
When the CE Code Becomes Mandatory In June 2015, the Canadian Advisory Council on Electrical Safety (CACES) met at its annual meeting. This council is an influential body regarding electrical safety, and comprises regulatory members representing every province and territory, as well as representatives of certification bodies, Inspection bodies and standard development organizations. One of the summary discussions on the agenda was when the regulatory authorities anticipate the newly published Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) might become a mandatory requirement within each of their jurisdictions... Read More

Sneak Preview

An EIN Exclusive: Video on Schneider Electric's New WiserAir Smart Thermostat

Schneider Smart Thermostat Schneider Electric's WiserAir smart thermostat will be launched this fall. Here is a video presentation of this new device's main features… Read More


Run 5 Essential Lighting Tests in 30 Seconds with Fluorescent Light Tester

Lighting test If you're the building maintenance technician for a commercial, retail, or institutional facility with fluorescent lighting, you probably have hundreds or thousands of fluorescent tubes that have to be kept working. And even though those tubes last for tens of thousands of hours, they do fail, some prematurely. So if it's your job to make sure that all those tubes are doing their job, you have quite a bit of ground to cover. Fluke decided to develop a tool that takes the trial and error — and a significant amount of time — out of maintaining fluorescent lighting... Read More

Online Training

Siemens Canada Power Product Podcast: Integrated Power Systems (IPS) Switchboards

Online Training Siemens Canada introduces the next presentation in its series of online Power Product Podcasts: Integrated Power Systems (IPS) Switchboards. These short presentations have been developed by Siemens' team of Canadian low voltage product experts, and introduce or act as a refresher to the features and benefits of Siemens power distribution products... Read More


June New Housing Price Index Rises 0.3% Nationally

June housing stats The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.3% in June, largely as a result of gains in Ontario. This was the third consecutive monthly price increase for the Canada-level index. The combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa (+0.6%) was the top contributor, recording the largest monthly price advance among the census metropolitan areas (CMAs) covered by the survey. Builders reported market conditions, higher material and labour costs, as well as higher land development costs as the reasons for the increase... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Hourly Rate By Job

Electrical foremen earn more than 2X the hourly rate of apprentices. See how 5 other types of electricians fare...

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

EFC Economic Forecast Forum
September 24
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November 6
Winnipeg, MB

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