Electrical Industry News Week
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Message From The Editor

The importance of establishing and acting on objectives

Nobody is against virtue, but as we've all heard the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Indeed, we often hear declarations of commendable intentions and yet nothing changes. The concepts of equality and safety are referred to extensively in our industry and others, and we often see declarations of intent that progress no further than a written statement. In this issue our contributor Michelle Branigan talks about a new accord on gender diversity that does more than state principles. It sets out clearly defined objectives and best practices to achieve them. Also, more on mistakes that even smart people are making when testing electricity. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor
Tools For The Trade

Changing Scene

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SaskPower SaskPower Supervisor Found Guilty of Breaking Safety Rules in Lineman's Death
A SaskPower supervisor has been found guilty of health and safety violations that contributed to the death of a lineman, reports the CBC…

Personal Development

From Talk to Action — Building a Truly Representative Workforce

Michelle Branigan
HR Branigan On March 8 — International Women's Day — Electricity Human Resources Canada, with the support of Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced EHRC's newest initiative to support the increased representation of women as skilled workers in the electricity sector. The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry is a public commitment by employers, labour and educational institutions to promote diversity, equality and inclusion, and increase the representation of women in their programs, organizations and the sector. Read More


Value of Building Permits Issued in January Rose 5.4%

Building Permits The value of building permits issued in January totalled $7.6 billion, a 5.4% rise over December. The increase follows two consecutive monthly decreases. Six provinces posted increases, led by Alberta and British Columbia. Nationally, construction intentions rose in every component. Construction intentions in the non-residential sector rose 11.2% to $2.5 billion, following a 10.3% decline in December. The value of building permits for institutional structures rose 19.0% to $732 million. The commercial component was up 6.8% to $1.4 billion. Read More


Safety Checklist: 10 Dumb Things Smart People Do When Testing Electricity, Part 2

Safety Fluke People who make their living by working with electricity quickly develop a healthy respect for anything with even a remote chance of being "live." Yet the pressures of the getting a job done on time or getting a mission-critical piece of equipment back on line can result in carelessness and uncharacteristic mistakes by even the most seasoned electrician. Here in Part 2 are the final five quick reminders of what not to do when taking electrical measurements. Read More


5 Social Media "Facts" You Should Ignore

Marketing Trying to learn how to manage your business' social media can be a difficult task. The web is filled with outdated social media facts. In some cases, information and advice are outright incorrect. With non-stop changes to Facebook (and other platforms') algorithms, it is hard to know what social media advice is good and what you should avoid. Here are five social media "facts" I regularly see, but you should ignore. Read More

Survey Says


Average Electrical Contractor Salaries by Job Type

Among six job types, project manager salaries consistently lead from 2014 to 2016. However, within each job type salaries vary from year to year.
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Royer 4023XP

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Arc Rated Harness

Miller Revolution Arc-Rated Harness

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I-Gard GP/GPA Lifeguard Ground Fault Protection Panel

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EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

Electrical Tech Talk: Most Common Code Violations
March 28, 2017
Salmon Arm, BC

Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta: Computer Estimating for Small Projects
March 30-31, 2017
Calgary, AB

Energy Innovations Forum 2017
April 4-5, 2017
Fredericton, NB

Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta: Business & Public Relations
April 7, 2017
Edmonton, AB

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