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Message From The Editor

The consensus behind building safer practices into standards

This issue continues our exploration of the CE Code. Our Codes & Standards columnist Bill Burr continues his journey through the code. The metaphor is pertinent since while travelling we often discover new practices that we can analyze and implement. All the people who participate in the work leading to updated codes or national or international standards share this vision and the desire to work together to establish best practices on the basis of consensus. A great example of collaborative work where competition is put aside in favour of the common good. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

CanWEA CanWEA Recognizes Wind Industry Leaders, Innovators and Supporters
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) recently announced the recipients of the 2017 CanWEA Awards at a gala dinner honouring industry leaders, innovators and supporters…
Westburne Dave Syer Appointed VP, Westburne Canada
Effective April 24, 2017, Dave Syer will report directly to CEO Roger Little, and will be a member of the Executive Management Committee for Rexel Canada Electrical Inc…
Electrical Shock Worker Sustains Electrical Shock at Bruce Power GS
An electrical worker on the non-radiological side of the Bruce Power Generating Station near Kincardine, Ontario recently received an electrical shock while performing maintenance on a circuit breaker…

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 23

By William (Bill) Burr
Bill Burr In this article: Section 42 — Electric welders. 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. This is not intended to replace the notes in Appendix B or the explanations of individual requirements contained in the CEC Handbook, but will hopefully provide some help in navigating the code. Read More


Cisco Systems Canada Wins 2016 IES Lighting Control Innovation Award

Lighting Control Innovation Award The Canadian headquarters of IT giant Cisco Systems, an award-winning project, encompasses a 4-storey fit-out over 80,000 sq.ft. in Toronto, Ontario. Located within a new sustainability-leading downtown high-rise, the project is targeting LEED Gold certification. Given the client's "Internet of Things" mandate, base building fluorescent luminaires were replaced with LED Power over Ethernet (PoE) luminaires, boasting the first large-scale commercial installation of PoE-enabled luminaires in North America. Read More

Company Profile

Vickery Electric: Keeping It in the Family for 94 Years

Vickery Vickery Electric has been providing electrical services to the Whitby area since 1923, and continues to maintain its position as a leading electrical contractor in the area. Vickery Electric has also kept the business close to home, being family run for nearly a century. Read More


Single Family Homes Lead 2.5% Decline in February's Building Permits

Building Permits Canadian municipalities issued $7.5 billion worth of building permits in February, down 2.5% from January. The national decrease resulted mainly from lower construction intentions for single-family dwellings and institutional structures. Ontario and Alberta led the five provinces reporting declines in February. The decline in single-family construction intentions was moderated by an increase in the multi-family component. The permits issued indicate intentions to build 19,903 new dwellings (+2.9%): 13,445 multi-family units (+9.3%) and 6,458 single units (-8.3%). Read More

Survey Says


Average Contractor Salaries by Job

Project managers lead among six categories. For all categories, salaries vary from year to year, and not always rising.

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New Products and Solutions

T8 Bulb

Eiko LED T8 Direct Fit Glass Replacement Bulbs

Eiko's LED T8 direct fit glass bulbs directly replace 2ft, 3ft, and 4ft F32T8 (32W, 28W, 25W) lamps and do not require socket changes. They may be operated on a fluorescent battery backup and are compatible with dimmable fluorescent ballasts. Read More
Switch APL

Advanced Plasma Lighting Fixtures by Switch

Switch Advanced Lighting Solutions is bringing to market Advanced Plasma Light (APL) fixtures. APL is a high-efficiency, electrode-less, full spectrum, metal halide plasma lighting system. Fixtures use a single driver and single emitter that ignites a small electrode-less bulb. Read More
Underground LED

Green ImageTech GG-02XEW LED Inground Light

The GG-02XEW LED inground light has a die cast aluminum housing with a stainless steel plate and step tempered glass that is perfect for lighting on pathways, walls or stairs. It has a load capacity of 2000 kgs and a life span of over 50,000 hours. Read More
Digital Lumens

Digital Lumens' SiteWorx Business Intelligence Platform

Digital Lumens' SiteWorx, a cloud-based business intelligence platform transforms any building, facility or enterprise into a source of insightful, actionable data. The platform can operate a variety of applications, each designed to solve specific business problems for commercial and industrial end users. Read More
Digital Lumens

Philips' FluxStream LED Linear Luminaire

The FluxStream family of LED linear luminaires deliver high-quality, more uniform light versus fluorescents for a greater range of applications. FluxStream provides robust LED light industrial commercial linear lighting solutions that need to perform and last. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Contractor Checklist: What to Do If You Are Sued
    Owning a business can be uniquely rewarding, but rewards do not come without risk. Perhaps the most dreaded of those risks is a lawsuit. While some contractors who get sued keep that worry in the back of their minds, others avoid thinking about legal issues altogether, or worse — they assume it can't happen to them. But contractor lawsuits do happen. Often. Here are eight steps contractors could take if they get sued…

  • Guide to Back-Up Power: Considerations for Energy Storage Assets
    Providing back up power is essential to providing maximum value for commercial and industrial behind-the-meter energy storage installations. With ever increasing costs of loss of productivity from power outages alongside the cost of installing energy storage installations, commercial and industrial customers are expecting back-up power from their demand reduction energy storage installations. But not all energy storage inverters are capable of providing back-up power. Here we provide considerations in selecting an inverter to provide backup power with a behind-the-meter energy storage system.

  • HDBaseT Alliance and UL Cable Certification Program Supports PoH Installations
    UL and The HDBaseT Alliance, a cross-industry group tasked with promoting and advancing the HDBaseT standard, have launched a certification program for Power over HDBaseT (PoH) cables. Targeted at cable manufacturers, the program addresses the increased performance and safety requirements related to heating due to current levels being carried under PoH of audiovisual installations.

  • New Housing Construction Spending Up 8.7% YOY in January
    Total spending on new housing construction increased 8.7% year over year to $4.0 billion in January. Six provinces posted increases, led by Ontario and British Columbia. Nationally, investment increased for every dwelling type. January was the fourth consecutive month with all dwelling types showing a year-over-year rise. Nationally, the increase resulted mostly from greater spending on single-family homes, followed distantly by apartment and apartment-condominium buildings, row houses and semi-detached homes.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

BCSA Electrical Orientation Course
April 26, 2017
New Westminster, BC

MCEE 2017
April 26- 27, 2017
Montreal, PQ

Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta: Safety Principles
April 27-28, 2017
Edmonton, AB

2017 Ontario Energy Network Racetrack Industry Night
April 28, 2017
Toronto, ON

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