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Volume 2 • Issue 43


The need to communicate and stay in touch

Issuing an Amber Alert when a child disappears can inform and mobilize entire populations, dramatically improving the likelihood of safely recovering the abducted child. Paradoxically, it can also reassure us, knowing our own loved ones are more or less nearby and safe. But what we learn from contributor Pierre McDonald's article in this issue is that a new national standard for mass notification and emergency communications systems (CAN/ULC-S576-14) has been in place since September 2014. Good to know, and act on. Also in this issue, sharing profits with our employees may pay off. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor


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Codes & Standards

CAN/ULC-S576-14, Standard for Mass Notification System Equipment and Accessories

By Pierre McDonald
Mass notification systems Recent events in Southern Alberta, which resulted in an Amber Alert being issued for Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Montana, reiterate the need for mass communication. Disasters, terrorist attacks and other major incidents need an effective incident response in order to save lives, mitigate harm and damage, and ensure a base level of continuity of essential societal functions. CAN/ULC-S576-14, Standard for Mass Notification System Equipment and Accessories, was published in September 2014. It covers… Read More

Best Practices

Simple Profit Sharing Plan for Contractors

By Shawn McCadden
Profit Sharing Recently, several of the contractors I work with have asked for help developing profit sharing plans. Because they are looking to take advantage of the benefits of profit sharing, I thought others may want to consider a profit sharing plan as well. Profit sharing plans are used to help encourage and foster employee awareness and participation in creating, protecting and maximizing the profit earned by the business... Read More

Wireless Power

Global Wireless Power Revenue to Reach US$17.9 Billion by 2024

Global Wireless Power Revenue Wireless power is finally achieving substantial growth in adoption. Well over 100 million mobile phones are expected to be integrated with wireless charging functionality in 2015. However, the actual use of wireless power, even in devices that are equipped with it, has been persistently low. Consumer awareness remains a challenge, and current wireless power technology does not provide users with a truly wireless experience. Nonetheless, an increasing reliance on electronics and the constant need to power them will continue to drive the adoption of wireless power. According to a new Navigant Research report, global wireless power revenue is expected to grow from $1.3 billion in 2015 to $17.9 billion in 2024... Read More


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New home construction Nationally, higher spending on apartment and apartment-condominium building construction and, to a lesser degree, row house construction, offset lower investment in single-family and semi-detached dwelling construction. Increases were registered in three provinces, led by Ontario, followed by British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan registered the largest decreases... Read More

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