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Volume 2 • Issue 49


Opening up to new lighting in your environment

This is the time of year when we meet colleagues at festive events and exchange our best ideas and successes of the year. Among these ideas are several good reasons for investing in new lighting for commercial buildings: to create special environments, reduce operating costs, improve traffic, and more. Read about it in this issue. Also, we continue our path through the Canadian Electrical Code with contributor Bill Burr. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


Stolen Transformers Surrey, BC RCMP Search for Stolen Electrical Transformers Worth $200K
Thieves managed to steal two electric transformers weighing a combined 14,600 pounds from a Surrey, BC business, according to a statement from Surrey RCMP asking for public help in solving the crime…
Ontario Electrical Code 2015 Ontario Electrical Safety Code Now Available; Comes into Effect May, 2016
The code comes into effect as regulation on May 5, 2016. Members of the electrical industry are encouraged to begin familiarizing themselves with the new Code…
Robertson Electric New Robertson Electric Branch Serves Ontario's Durham Region East to Cobourg-Port Perry
The new, 15,000 square ft. branch is located at 727 Wilson Road, South Oshawa, ON L1H 6E9; (905) 443-2504…

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 8

By Bill Burr
Wiring Circuits 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 14: Protection and control. Read More


Three Reasons Lighting Is an Investment

By JP Bedell
Lighting as Investment Every project has a budget. Whether it's a company's new office or the latest restaurant to open on the lower east side. Budgets are real things and we all have to respect them as part of the design/build industry. Of course we think of lighting a little bit differently at SDA. 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

Peers & Profiles

Fusion Electrique: Passion, Professionalism and a Sense of Community

Fusion Electrique Located in Sainte-Julie, PQ, Fusion Electrique was founded in 2004 by electrical contractor Dominik Lapierre, who wanted to assemble a team of co-workers who share his values, such as honesty, continuous improvement, hard work, and a desire to excel. The company specializes in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects, offering its services in the regions of the South Shore, Montérégie and Montreal Island... Read More


CDN Demand for Electricity Drops 3.7% in September; U.S. Exports Grow YOY

Electricity Demand Canada's demand for electricity declined 3.7% from September 2014 to 38.5 million megawatt hours (MWh) in September. Lower demand contributed to the 2.3% decrease in total generation, as power plants produced 43.7 million MWh for the month. Exports of electricity to the United States rose 7.5% to 5.8 million MWh on a year-over-year basis, as a result of greater shipments from both British Columbia and Quebec. However, lower exports from Ontario tempered the growth... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says Dec 8

Electrical Equipment Buyers' Online Activities

Most search catalogues; few seek technical or engineering support…

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Survey Says From Recent Issues


Standard Edge-Lit

Standard Edge-Lit LED Panels Generation 3

This new range of edge-lit LED flat panels for office and commercial lighting provides an optimal alternative to traditional fluorescent luminaires. This series provides a new option for lighting designers and building management companies seeking aesthetic pleasure and energy savings...
Philips Xitanium

New 100W Philips Advance Xitanium Outdoor LED Driver with SimpleSet Technology

The new outdoor LED driver with SimpleSet technology provides design flexibility. The driver's wide operating window and SimpleSet feature makes it easy for OEMs to offer a variety of luminaires for outdoor applications...
Liteline MicroPot

Liteline Corporation Launches LED MicroPot

Liteline's MicroPot mini downlight illuminates space uniformly. These recessed lights are a choice for highlighting collections, cabinets, corridors and hallways. Emits a warm white light, and can even be used in damp locations…

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Implementation of Arc Flash Mitigating Solutions at Industrial Manufacturing Facilities: Part 1
    Over the course of the past several years, industrial manufacturing facilities across the globe have learned to recognize the importance of identifying and understanding, measuring and mitigating the impact of arc flash hazards in their facilities. Although reported injuries are infrequent, the very high costs associated with these injuries make them one of the most important categories of injuries in the industrial workplace. The following case study involves a multi-site business operating 13 plants in Canada and the U.S., and includes six lessons learned...

  • 3 Simple Steps to Covering an Employee's Non-Productive Time
    If your business pays an hourly employee for non-productive time, you'd better know how to build it into your labour charges so your customers are paying for it, not your profits. The theory for how to do it is actually very simple. Non-productive time is the hours you must pay an employee for, when he or she is not producing income for the business. Basically it's what is typically referred to as non-billable time. Here is a brief list of common examples…

  • EFC Officially Launches the Young Professionals Network
    Electro-Federation Canada's November 4 Future Forum marked the first meeting of EFC's new Young Professionals Network (YPN). Some 60 people took part in the event. Jason Prevost, YPN's national president, outlined the network's objectives. It is designed for anyone aged 40 and under working in any capacity in the industry, and will serve as a forum to gather, grow and contribute. Through YPN activities, young members of Canada's electrical industry will have an opportunity to create links, learn best practices, and further their careers...

  • September Investment in New Housing Construction Rises 4.8% YOY
    Spending on new housing construction rose 4.8% year over year to $4.8 billion in September, following a 2.9% gain in August. The increase at the national level reflected higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium building and row house construction, as spending on single-family and semi-detached dwellings continued to decline. The increased spending occurred in five provinces...



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

EHRC Awards of Excellence Luncheon
Toronto, ON
December 9

EFC Cocktail de Noël - Montréal 2015
December 10
Montreal, PQ

OEN Networking Luncheon: Bruce Campbell, IESO
January 11
Toronto, ON

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