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Message From The Editor

The CE Code is also a civil document

We continue our trip through part 1 of the Canadian Electrical Code. A new code will be proposed shortly, and some elements will generate much discussion until a consensus is reached. The process may seem long and arduous, but it reflects not just the arrival and acceptance of new technologies and best practices, but also the values we have chosen to defend. If the code defines the requirements for an electrician, it also reflects the concerns we have about safety. Also in this issue: a practical guide that answers (almost) all questions on the efficiency of two popular light source technologies. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor

Changing Scene

Howe Selling Hydro Wires to Build Transit Lines: Cities' $20 Billion Option
Cities across Canada should sell their electricity distribution companies and invest the proceeds in critical municipal infrastructure, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report…
Electrical Inspectors Code Alberta Utility Electrical Code and Others Now in Force
As of May 1, 2017, three electrical codes are in force in Alberta, under a new regulation allowing for automatic adoption of new codes one year after publication…
Westin Westin Ottawa Makes Sustainability a Permanent Guest
The Westin Ottawa will become one of the first Westin hotels to achieve long-term sustainability with its 30/20 by 2020 conservation plan, which will see the hotel reduce energy use by 30% and water consumption by 20% as of 2020…
Tools For The Trade

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 24

By William (Bill) Burr
Bill Burr In this article: Section 44 — Theatre Installations. 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

Conference Report

MCEE 2017 — Experts, Innovative Products And Significant Participation

By Line Goyette
MCEE The MCEE 2017 conference and trade show, for the electrical, lighting plumbing, hydronics, and HVACR industries, took place on April 26 and 27 in Montreal. The trade show alone, comprising 400 exhibitors, welcomed nearly 9000 visitors, including many students from different technical programs. MCEE also offered 23 sessions, some of which are discussed below. Highlight of the MCEE: the new product showcase, which featured more than 120 innovative products. Read More

Peers and Profiles

Cody Oschefski: Industrial Electrician, VP at Unifor and Town Councillor

Cody O Most of us have a difficult enough time managing one job and a home life. However, some of us go above and beyond with involvement in our career and community and Cody Oschefski is one of those people. He is the Senior Electrician at TRW Canada Limited, Vice President and Skilled Trades Rep for Unifor local 1411, and a town councillor in Midland, Ontario. Read More

LED Technology

Understanding the Difference in Lumen Intensity — HID vs. LED

LED Tech The modernization of lighting systems has generated a significant improvement of the energy efficiency. Thanks in large part to our industry's innovative technologies, lighting products are more efficient while energy use has been reduced substantially. Following are a few definitions of lumen as well as some measurements based on various light source technologies. Read More

Survey Says


Contractors' Average Salaries by Company Size

The largest companies pay the most. In 2016, there was a $28,000 spread between the largest and smallest employers. In 2015 and 2014, the spreads were narrower. But these extremes aside, company size isn't an automatic indicator of pay rates.

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New Products and Solutions

Core Light Strip


Indoor LED flex strips are a unique and eye-catching lighting system that is highly customable for individual customer needs. The system can be used in a wide variety of applications. Using high quality Epistar chips, the flex strips deliver a consistent, even light output. They are fully dimmable and available in warm white, natural white and colour changing RGB. All flex strips are cULus approved. Read More

Osram Bi-Directional Interface

The bi-directional interface enables streamlined configuration of smart luminaires that are compatible with multiple light management systems. Osram Optotronic programmable drivers with DEXAL (data exchange for advanced lighting) technology allow individual fixtures to serve as a smart node on a networked light management system. DEXAL supports a streamlined means of designing luminaires that are both smart and compatible with multiple light management systems, thereby increasing productivity. Using one standard interface with an integrated power supply on every luminaire simplifies manufacturing requirements and reduces costs. Read More
Liteline Tracklighting

Liteline Track Series

Liteline's new teardrop, focus and flight track heads are high-powered LED fixtures that provide a range of beam spreads and colour temperatures that are ideal for task and accent lighting. The Flight track series is a 10 watt, high powered LED fixture with a cylindrical body and colour matching heat sink. It can reach 640 lumens with a beam spread of 25, 40 and 60 degrees. The Focus track series features a conical body with a fin-shaped heat sink and 10, 20, 30 and 40. It can reach up to 3000 lumens with a fully adjustable beam spread and is equipped with dim-to-warm technology. Read More

Philips Greenpower LED Production Module

Philips' Greenpower LED production modules can replace conventional fluorescent light, ensuring quality indoor growing, and increased energy efficiency. The LED production module for multilayer applications (50-400 μmol/s/m²) can be used to replace traditional fluorescent lighting (36 or 58 W), and can reduce energy consumption by up to 60%. In addition to the most commonly used deep red/blue mix, a deep red/white version is available for applications where work light is needed. Applications include leafy vegetables and herbs, potted plants, bedding plants and perennials, and city/vertical farming Read More
Standard Occupancy

Standard Occupancy Sensors

Standard's occupancy sensors use passive infrared technology (PIR), which detects body heat in motion to trigger activation. Collector beams from the sensor lens scan the area constantly, turning on the lights when occupancy is detected. These devices are battery-free, harvest energy through photovoltaic cells, and can hold a full charge for up to 150 hours. PIR technology is line-of-sight only; therefore, when installing the sensor, it is important to ensure nothing obstructs the view of the lens. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guerrilla Advertising: Transform Boring Ideas into Surefire Sales
    If you are Bechtel Construction, with more than US$17 billion in operations, you need not worry about advertising under budgets in such a way that would prevent you from putting food on the table. But for those of us who don't have a million-dollar advertising budget, we can turn to guerrilla marketing and advertising to get our brand message out there. Guerrilla marketing is generally characterized by…

  • Ilan and Jason Toledano — Two Brothers Managing the Family Business
    Together they have re-imagined and introduced to international markets a company founded by their father in the basement of the family home. Their father Raymond had started the business buying and selling electric components for industrial heating. Jason joined the family business straight from university in 1997. In 2002, Ilan came on board. In 2011, when Raymond retired, the two brothers bought the family business and changed the vision for the company.

  • The Practical Benefits of Modular Industrial Enclosures, Part 1
    Modular freestanding enclosures offer key advantages over traditional unibody enclosures. Many times these attributes are overlooked either out of a false perception of higher costs, reluctance to change, or a lack of awareness of modular solutions' possible benefits. This 2-part article seeks to provide a more clear understanding, for designers, integrators and end users of the benefits offered by modular enclosures. Here in Part 1: a comparison of modular and unibody enclosures, and common misperceptions. In Part 2: a comparison of costs.

  • New Housing Construction Up 6.4% YOY in February
    New housing construction investment totalled $4 billion in February, an increase of 6.4% over the same month in 2016. The higher investment occurred mostly in three provinces: Ontario and, to a lesser extent, British Columbia and Manitoba. Spending on single-family dwellings led the advance at the national level, representing 76.8% of the national increase. Spending on row housing construction continued to rise in most provinces in February, with only Alberta and Nova Scotia posting declines.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

Solar West
May 9-11, 2017
Edmonton, AB

ECAO 2017 Industry Conference
May 21-27, 2017
Munich, Germany

ECAA 55th Anniversary Convention & Technical Training Day
May 25-28, 2017
Banff, AB

Electrical Joint Training Committee Open House for Women
May 27, 2017
Port Coquitlam, BC

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