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Volume 2 • Issue 41


Does profit always have to be measured in $$$?

Lighting is certainly one of those investments that can be measured in more ways than just cost savings. Lighting that responds to our needs and those of the business or social environment is a way to stand out and differentiate ourselves from the competition. In an urban environment, we no longer talk just about lighting up buildings, we also talk about illuminating architectural details, creating an appealing lighting experience in retail settings, and making our streets safer and more appealing. More in this issue, plus an update on the CE Code's Section 10 — Grounding and bonding. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


CE Code Updates CSA Group Offers Free View-Access to 2015 CE Code
Until December 31, join CSA's Enhanced Level Electrical Community and receive free view-access to current and past editions of the CE Code…
Electrical Assoc of Manitoba Manitoba Joins Alberta in Promoting Professional Electrical Contractor Designation
Beginning in early 2016, the Electrical Association of Manitoba will offer customized training for electrical contractors leading to a PEC designation…
Worker safety Ontario Electricians: Help Improve Electrical Worker Safety by Completing This Survey
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is sponsoring research to better understand influences on electricians' safety behaviour…

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Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Installment 6

By Bill Burr
Canadian Electrical Code The CE 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. In this article: Section 10 — Grounding and bonding... Read More

Best Practices

Three Reasons Lighting Is An Investment

By JP Bedell
Lighting Is An Investment Every project has a budget. Whether it's a company's new office or the latest restaurant to open on New York's lower east side. Budgets are real things and we all have to respect them as part of the design/build industry. At SDA Lighting, we see lighting as an investment in a space, beyond an enhancement. Light is at the centre of how we experience spaces. Here are three reasons to look at lighting as an investment... Read More

Best Practices

10 Cool Construction Gadgets to Make Any Mission Possible

By Katie and Dane Gustafson
Cool Construction Gadget Whether or not you choose to accept them, missions in the contracting field are going to require you to be well equipped with the gear that you need to succeed. While having the latest and greatest high tech gadgets in your arsenal may not seem like a necessity, using such tools can save you time and money while feeling super-agent suave. Here's a list of some of the newest contractor gadgets to outfit you for those impossible missions, ranging from practical to extravagant technology... Read More


How Lighting Retrofits Cut Costs and Energy Usage at 2 Auto Dealerships

Lighting Retrofits Cut Costs Retrofitting lighting fixtures with LEDs has enabled two southwestern Ontario auto dealerships to reduce operational costs by a collective annual $40,000, as well as claim $30,000 in provincial government incentives. Here's what the two dealerships did… Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says Oct 13

What Buildings Electrical Contractors Work On

A majority work on residential buildings, followed by industrial buildings. See what percentages work on commercial and institutional buildings, and others…

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Survey Says From Recent Issues


Lind LED Dock Light

Lind Equipment Releases New Brighter Version of LED Dock Light

Lind Equipment's redesigned, twice-as-bright dock light, now with an L41LED, can light up all the way to the back of a trailer…
Hubbell LED Nightlight

Hubbell LED Nightlight Wiring Devices

The nightlight family of products from Hubbell combines the function of a wiring device with the convenience of a nightlight…

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function: Tactic 3 — Time
    Time is an important part of all construction activities. Project managers are often given notice to proceed at the last minute, yet are expected to stay within the guidelines of the project schedule to meet deliverables and milestone dates. This rush to get things moving can cost you a lot of money in the long run when it comes to buying a project out as the pressure is on to get jobs going...

  • Electrical Contractor Fined $80,000 After Two Workers Suffer Burns
    An overhead and underground utility contractor has pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after two workers suffered burns while working on electrical equipment that had not been properly shut off. The incident occurred at a Toronto condo building in February 2014. Neither worker was aware the equipment was still live when they began working on a switchgear..

  • New Housing Construction Up 0.5% in July
    Spending on new housing construction was $4.2 billion in July, up 0.5% from the same month a year earlier. Nationally, the gain came from higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium building construction, which increased 17.5% to $1.4 billion and also, to a lesser extent, in row house construction, which rose 6.3% to $395 million...

  • Energy Demand Dips 2.9% in July
    Demand for electricity in Canada totalled 40.8 million megawatt hours (MWh) in July, 2.9% lower than July 2014. Reduced demand pushed generation levels down 0.9% from the same month a year earlier to 46.3 million MWh in July, led by nuclear and steam conventional generation. Electricity exports increased 7.5% to 6.1 million MWh in July, with higher deliveries from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec...

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