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Volume 3 • Issue 48

Message From The Editor

In the wake of COP 22 and global warming... there is clean electricity

Political leaders and international experts were in Marrakesh recently to follow up on the Paris agreement. Many are disappointed at the lack of a clear plan arising out of the conference, and talked about the apparent reluctance of our neighbour to the south to take a stand. The next meeting is set for December 2018, but what we'll remember from these recent discussions and debates is a desire for clean energy, in which electricity plays a key role. In this issue, a green energy portrait of Canada. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

EV Charging Station BC Hydro Completes Phase One of EV Charging Stations Network
BC'S electric vehicle charging network has reached a significant milestone with the completion of a BC Hydro pilot project to install 30 direct current fast charging stations throughout the province. Construction of the last station, located in Vernon, was completed this month…
Green City Vancouver Approves EV Ecosystem Strategy
Vancouver City Council has approved an electric vehicle ecosystem strategy, which builds on a foundation the city has built over the past 10 years to support electric vehicles through infrastructure deployment and other complementary policies…
Solar-Powered Tools This Solar-Powered Generator Could Power Your Light Tools On Site
An Alberta inventor has come up with a lightweight modular solar-powered generator that provides up to 1.2 kWh of electricity and, she hopes, will make the world a greener place…
Tools For The Trade

A sleek linear LED style within your budget
Philips 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

Clean Energy

Federal Government Accelerates Investments in Clean Electricity

Clean Energy Phasing out traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030 — an important part of the federal government's vision of a clean-growth economy — will attract new investments in clean power across the country, grow our economy, create middle-class jobs, and improve air quality for the health of Canadians, the government says. This and other regulatory actions announced last week will put Canada on a path to move from 80% towards 90% non-emitting sources by 2030. Building a smart, integrated, clean-electricity system will help deliver reliable and affordable power where it's needed. Read More

Renewable Electricity

Federal Government Powering Up to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2025

Electrical Currents By 2025, says the federal government, 100% of electricity used in its buildings and operations will be from renewable energy sources. This target is in support of a goal to reduce the government's greenhouse gas emissions by 40% as early as 2025. Speaking from Calgary at a renewable energy industry conference, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, highlighted that this initiative will create significant new demand for renewable electricity across Canada including... Read More

Peers & Profiles

DX3 Enterprises Ltd. — Off-Grid Solar Lighting Solutions

Solar Panelled Street Light DX3 is an Alberta-based, Canadian-owned manufacturer of commercial electrical equipment. Specializing in outdoor solar light, DX3 provides "light anywhere, anytime." All of the firm's products can be installed without any utility grid connections, and it provides solutions for commercial and municipal users where existing lighting poles and infrastructure are not in place. Read More


Investment in New Housing Construction Rises 5.9% YOY in September

New Housing Construction Chart Investment in new residential construction totalled $5.1 billion in September, up 5.9% from the same month a year earlier. Nationally, the increase was led by higher spending on single-family dwellings, which rose 8.2% year over year to $2.6 billion in September. This marked the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year advances. Gains were also reported in spending on apartment buildings (+2.8% to $1.8 billion) and row houses (+8.7% to $484 million). At the provincial level, advances in new housing construction were reported in four provinces, led by British Columbia and Ontario. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Key Factors in Buying — Contractors over 15 employees

Manufacturer reputation and product specifications among top factors contributing to buying.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions


Legrand Adds 266 40G and 100G Networking Transceivers and High Speed Direct Attach Cables

The Q-Series transceiver offering from Legrand operates in wide ranges of equipment from popular manufacturers such as Arista, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Finisar, HP, Juniper, and more. In addition, this offering is competitively priced, TAA compliant and guaranteed to meet or exceed OEM specifications. Read More
Valve Lockout

Brady Debuts Collapsible Gate Valve Lockout Devices

Brady's durable and versatile lockout covering devices are available in three sizes to secure valves with 3- to 18-inch diameter handles. The cover design provides easy handling and lockout on a wide range of gate valves. Read More

LEDVANCE: Advancing Light with New SYLVANIA LED Innovations

LEDVANCE offers a wide range of new Sylvania LED lighting solutions for both residential and commercial applications. Available now or in the near future, these first-to-market products include an easy option for updating recessed lighting, and connected indoor/outdoor and under cabinet lighting. The company is also launching a motion and temperature sensor — a major step toward automating intelligent light — and Energy Star qualified LED A19 and A21 lamps. Read More
Magic Lite RGB Controllers

Magic Lite RGB Controllers

RGB Stands for "Red Green Blue," and refers to the three hues of light that can mix together to form any colour. When the highest intensity of each colour is mixed together, white light is created. When you use Magic Lite's RGB colour changing LED Lights, you no longer have to decide which colour to use. You can either allow the lights to cycle through a continuous colour changing pattern, or stop the controller at any colour you like. The possibilities are endless. Read More
Philips Lightolier

Philips Lightolier Calculite LED Downlights Generation 3

Downlights are a versatile tool for enhancing spaces and creating visual appeal. As an ambient light source, recessed downlights create a comfortable, soothing illumination throughout the space without distraction. At the same time, downlights can boldly or subtly accentuate architectural or design elements to create rich dimensions and visual interest. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Interview with Philippe Charron — Flextherm's Epicurean President
    Flextherm, a company that specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of floor heating systems, came into being 25 years ago. A celebration last summer captures the expectations and ambitions of the founder and president, Philippe Charron. The event brought together customers, distributors and employees. Flextherm has nearly 50 employees, operates a modern and innovative 50,000+ square foot plant, and takes pride in its R&D department. Head of the company since its inception, Philippe Charron is an epicurean, jack-of-all-trades, lover of detail, and resolutely turned towards innovation and performance. We met with him recently on the company premises.

  • Remembering the Difference We Make
    Several years ago my niece accepted a great job back east, so she and her husband packed up and headed to their new home in Toronto. They arrived on Thursday, August 14, 2003. Shortly after they dropped their bags in their suburban apartment, the power went out. And it stayed out. Unbeknownst to them and millions of other Canadian and U.S. residents, a series of events involving power system monitoring, transmission lines and trees had blacked out a huge swath of the heavily populated central and eastern portion of North America. And they were about to learn how valuable electricity really is in our society.

  • Lumenpulse Lights Boston City Hall
    Lumenpulse luminaires chosen to light Boston City Hall highlight and revitalize the building's unique "Heroic" style. An initiative from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the city set out to liven up the City Hall Plaza as well as create an inviting space for locals and visitors alike. To illuminate the original tripartite design of City Hall, Lam Partners Inc. used a mix of high-output Lumenbeam Grande RGBW and Lumenfacade RGBW luminaires, washing the hall's façade in a warm white light as a regular setting, while also having the capability to project an array of colour options for civic and celebratory events.

  • Value of Building Permits Declines 7% in September
    Municipalities issued $6.9 billion worth of building permits in September, down 7.0% from August. Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario recorded the largest declines. The overall decrease was attributable to lower construction intentions for non-residential buildings, led by commercial structures. The value of non-residential building permits was down 22.3% to $2.2 billion. Conversely, in the residential sector, the value of permits increased for a second consecutive month, up 2.6% from August to $4.6 billion. The value of permits for multi-family dwellings recorded the largest gain, up 3.7% to $2.0 billion.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

IIDEX Canada
Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Toronto, ON

Solar Canada
December 5-6
Toronto, ON

EHRC Awards of Excellence Luncheon
December 8
Toronto, ON

OEN Networking Luncheon, with OPG's Jeffrey Lyash
December 12
Toronto, ON

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