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Message From The Editor

This may be the holiday route for some of you

Now is an ideal time to read and re-read our articles. For sceptics and others, whether we support it or not, the legalization of marijuana seems to be on the verge of being a reality in Canada, bringing new challenges for employers and entrepreneurs. We remind you of the recommendations of our industry associate and expert, Michelle Branigan, CEO of Electricity Human Resources Canada. If you take the holiday route, be careful, and continue reading us on your portable devices. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor
Tools For The Trade

Changing Scene

Horsman Wildfire E.B. Horsman & Son Temporarily Close Williams Lake Branch Due to BC Wildfires
Due to the recent wildfires across British Columbia and for the safety of staff and customers, the E.B. Horsman & Son Williams Lake branch will be temporarily closed until further notice…
Wind Power SaskPower Seeks 200 MW Wind Energy Proposals
Eight independent power producers have been invited by SaskPower to submit proposals for 200 MW of wind energy…
Last One EAM Planning Electrical Contractor Certification Program
The Electrical Association of Manitoba has established a committee to develop a certification program that would promote the professionalism and image of electrical contractors, drive business to participating companies, and help the association grow its membership…

EHRC: marijuana

Marijuana in the Workplace — Are You Ready for Changes?

By Michelle Branigan
Michelle Branigan As most readers will know, the federal government has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana this spring, with a target date for the bill to become law no later than July 2018. In June 2016, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the creation of a task force that will consult provincial, territorial, indigenous and territorial governments, as well as youth and experts in relevant fields like healthcare, criminal justice, economics, industry, and law enforcement. The findings of this consultation will inform the design of a new system of production, distribution and sales. As a result, employers have less than a year to prepare for these changes and ensure their employment policies and procedures are equipped to handle workplace issues that may occur as a result of legalization. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Gordon MacDonald, LED Lighting Retrofit Manager at Rexel's Atlantic Division

By Owen Hurst
Gordon Macdonald Gordon MacDonald is a cheerful, driven individual who loves to be challenged, a trait that suits him well as a lighting specialist overseeing retrofit projects for Rexel in New Brunswick and P.E.I. He also has had a unique introduction to the field he now works in. Gordon was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick and has lived there for most of his life. He has an incredibly busy home life that extends to his children, stepchildren and grandchildren. Beyond family life he enjoys "playing guitar and piano, going target shooting, cooking BBQ, trying new foods and learning new things." Read More


Power Shifts: Emerging Low-Voltage Trends, Impacts and Opportunities, Part 5

Power Shifts In the previous issue of Electrical Industry Newsweek, we continued our coverage of Electro-Federation Canada's recently released research report, Power Shifts: Emerging Low-Voltage Trends, Impacts and Opportunities for the Canadian Electrical Channel. The article looked at low-voltage DC power trends. In this issue, the final in a five-part series: LVDC developments leading adoption in the electrical market. Read More


Value of Building Permits Rises 8.9% in May

Economy Canadian municipalities issued $7.7 billion worth of building permits in May, up 8.9% from April and the third highest value on record. The national increase was mainly the result of higher construction intentions for residential buildings, particularly in Ontario. Seven provinces registered gains in the total value of building permits in May, and every building component increased except institutional structures. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Contractor Participation in Profit Sharing

Among four types of electrical contractors, see how well they benefit from profit sharing.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions


Lind Equipment Launches New LED Light Tower

The Beacon LED tower is a high-output, man-portable light tower that can run on external electrical power or a user-supplied on-board small generator/inverter. It's the first light tower to be built by a lighting company, not a generator company. The small power draw of the ultra-efficient LED lights means that there is no need for a large engine or generator. Read More
Eaton Online Configurator

Eaton's Stocked Panelboard Configurator Is Now Online

Eaton has gone live with a new online panelboard configurator. Now you can search through the most common distributor stocked panelboards from a desktop or mobile device rather than searching the full catalogue. The configurator has a user-friendly template with prompts to guide you through the selection process, and provides a pdf version upon completion of your panelboard configuration. Read More

Wieland Electric Launches Three New Ethernet Switches

Wieland Electric Inc. has added three new switches to its wienet series of Ethernet switches. Models UMS 5-W, UMS 8, LMS 16-W. Models UMS 5-W, UMS 8, LMS 16-W have robust DIN rail mountable metal housing, redundant power supply inputs with fault relay contacts for reliability, and a -40°C to +75°C temperature range. Read More
Standard Kit

Standard Switch Kit Wireless Start-Up Kit

This wireless product is easy to install and an ideal product for all hard to wire areas with textured walls (e.g., glass, wood, concrete, etc.), including heritage buildings and log homes. The kits do not require an invasive installation; it is not necessary to alter wallboard or hard ceilings. They are pre-linked to the controller and will operate after installation; no programming is necessary. The switches are battery free and operate by harvesting kinetic energy, making the system maintenance free. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 26
    In this article: Section 52 — Diagnostic imaging installations. Section 52 is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of X-ray and other diagnostic imaging equipment operating at any frequency, but does not provide any specifications for safeguards against radiation.

  • Lighting as a Dynamic Design Element
    The modern office is seeing a major design shift as work styles change, mobile device use continues to grow, Millennials enter the workforce, and businesses embrace green, energy efficient technologies.

EIN's Training & Events Calendar


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

ECAO: A Foreman's Field Guide to Developing Your Workforce
September 28, 2017 Toronto, ON

CanWEA Annual Conference
October 3-5, 2017 Ottawa, ON

Maritimes Energy Association Core Energy Conference
October 4-5
Halifax, NS

BCEA Women's Network Stress & Organization Management
October 17, 2017
Burnaby, BC

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Current Copper Prices

Monitor daily and 6-month $US prices for copper — the preferred electrical conductor for most categories of electrical wiring.

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The Electrical Stock Market

Track the stock market performance of 25 publicly traded electrical equipment suppliers and electrical wholesalers. Updated weekly.

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