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Volume 3 • Issue 16


Numbers to help us to destress?

After three months of little change, employment increased in Canada by 41,000 (+0.2%) in March, lowering the unemployment rate by 0.2 percentage points to 7.1%. More good news: municipalities issued building permits worth $7.4 billion in February, up 15.5% from January. This growth followed a 9.5% decline the previous month and was largely the result of higher construction intentions for commercial buildings in Alberta, single-family dwellings in Ontario, and institutional structures in Quebec. If you still feel stressed out, our contributor Michelle Branigan offers ways to de-stress. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Energy Efficiency Regulations Proposed Amendments to Energy Efficiency Regulations Affect Electrical Products
Three proposed amendments to regulations under the federal Energy Efficiency Act, expected to be published in Spring 2016, 2017 and 2018, will affect a wide range of residential, commercial and industrial electrical products…
Bob Shapiro Electro-Federation Canada Names Bob Shapiro 2016 Industry Recognition Award Recipient
Electro-Federation Canada presented its 2016 Industry Recognition Award to Bob Shapiro, President of Franklin Empire, during EFC's Annual General Meeting on April 13...
BC Hydro Site C BC Hydro Awards Contract for Site C Turbines and Generators
BC Hydro has issued a $470 million contract for turbines and generators to Voith Hydro Inc. The contract is expected to create approximately 400 person-years of employment for electricians, millwrights, pipefitters, boilermakers, and other trades…

Philips Ledalite FloatPlane LED
A sleek linear LED style within your budget

Philips Ledalite FloatPlane LED suspended and wall mount luminaires offer great performance in a sporty, low-profile design. FloatPlane's sleek minimalism (only 1.2"h x 8"w) blends seamlessly into your unique layout, and the distribution options of 70% up, 75% down and 100% down give you further flexibility. FloatPlane's astounding performance offers outputs up to 129 LPW. Now you can have the distinct energy savings of LED, with the affordability of fluorescent luminaries. Read More...

Human Resources

I'm Stressed Out!!!!

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan Sound familiar? Stress. We all feel it at some stage in our lives, whether it's related to work or our personal lives. While a little stress can be good for you - providing an adrenalin rush that can boost performance and make sure you meet that deadline - it's when it becomes too much, for too long, that the damage can occur. High blood pressure, problems sleeping, headaches, chest pain, depression, anxiety... these are just some of the symptoms that can be brought on or made worse by chronic stress. For employers, this can translate into lower productivity and reduced customer service as more and more employees feel stressed or even "burnt out", and sick leave levels increase. Not only is it bad for the bottom line it's bad for morale as others then need to pick up the slack, creating a vicious circle. People are starting to realize that they need to take control of managing their stress levels in order to live longer, healthier and happier. Here are a few ideas to get you started... Read More

Market Research: Dynamic Pricing

Dynamic Pricing: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Dynamic Dynamic product pricing exists in many aspects of society, observes a new report by Navigant Research. Examples include airline tickets, theatre and sporting event tickets, subway fares, and road tolls. The basic concept is that the value of a product varies based on time and other factors. Thus, being able to charge prices that better reflect that value is more economically efficient than simply charging an average flat price across all hours and variables. The largest region of adoption is expected to be North America. Despite a number of drivers, says the report, dynamic pricing also faces barriers... Read More


Electrical Product Not Meeting Canadian Safety Standards — What To Do?

Contrefacon Occasionally an organization or private individual becomes aware of a consumer or commercial product that appears to be unsafe, or does not appear to be a legitimate product properly certified for its intended purpose. For example, one indicator may be the labelling has spelling mistakes, the marks or logos on the product don't appear to be correct, or some other feature appears to be abnormal. When you suspect there may be a potential safety concern with an electrical product, it should be reported. There are several organizations that should be informed… Read More


Value of Building Permits Rose 15.5% in February

Total Value Of Permits Municipalities issued building permits worth $7.4 billion in February, up 15.5% from January. This growth followed a 9.5% decline the previous month and largely resulted from higher construction intentions for commercial buildings in Alberta, single-family dwellings in Ontario, and institutional structures in Quebec.The value of residential building permits increased 5.0% to $4.2 billion, following a 12.7% decrease the previous month. The value of non-residential building permits increased 33.1% to $3.2 billion. Among the 34 census metropolitan areas tracked by Statistics Canada, the total value of building permits was up in 18. Edmonton recorded the largest gain, followed by Montreal and Toronto... Read More


Quarter by Quarter, Employment Inches Upward

Employment After three months of little change, employment increased by 41,000 (+0.2%) in March, lowering the unemployment rate by 0.2 percentage points to 7.1%.With the gains in March, employment grew by 0.2% in the first quarter (+33,000). This was the fourth consecutive quarter with 0.2% employment growth.In the 12 months to March, employment increased by 130,000 (+0.7%), the result of growth in full-time work. Most of growth occurred among people aged 25 to 54. Over the same period, the number of hours worked increased by 1.2%... Read More

Survey Says

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Where Electrical Technologists and Technicians Work

Among nine categories, manufacturing employs one in 3, twice as much as the next highest category…

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Klein Tools Adds More Functions to Side-Cutting Pliers

Klein Tools has combined all of the major functions of side-cutting pliers into one tool — the Journeyman High-Leverage Side-Cutting Pliers with Wire Stripper/Crimper (Cat No. J2139NECRN)…

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    The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem 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. This is not intended to replace the notes in Appendix B or the explanations of individual requirements contained in the CEC Handbook, but will provide some help in navigating the code. In this article: Section 20Flammable Liquid and Gasoline Dispensing, Service Stations, Garages, Bulk Storage Plants, Finishing Processes, and Aircraft Hangars...

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    A licensed electrical contractor in Niagara Falls, Ontario, has been fined $537,500 — the largest fine in the history of electrical contractor licensing in Ontario. In April 2014, an elderly man who fell to the floor in his bathroom suffered second and third degree burns from the over-heated floor. He succumbed to his injuries weeks later. An Electrical Safety Authority (investigation revealed the floor system's heat sensor had not been installed, and the heating system was wired to an incorrect voltage level...

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  • Lambert & Fils: Artisans with Hands of Gold
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