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Message From The Editor

Debates, myths and beliefs are not the same as knowledge

It's easy to confuse certain myths and beliefs with facts and raw knowledge, especially in the age of social media. In his article this week, contributor Keith Sones gives us examples of so-called realities that would be so simple to believe but that are not true. I believe his message is about the importance of keeping our knowledge up to date and challenging what we think of as true. One day we realize that our parents or even our professors are not always right, and just because something is repeated to infinity doesn't make it true. So begins the never-ending process of acquiring knowledge. The path to knowledge is not linear, but in a subject area like ours it is important to go beyond hearsay, especially when safety is at stake. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Changing Scene

Philips Philips Lighting Launches New IoT Platform at Light + Building
Philips Lighting has introduced a new Internet of Things platform that the company says will enable professional customers to unlock the full potential of connected lighting for the IoT.
ABB Baldor Electric Company Is Being Rebranded Under ABB
ABB is integrating the Baldor Electric Canada company name into its global ABB brand as a part of its Next Level strategy, which includes harmonizing different ABB-owned brands under the global ABB master brand. Baldor Electric Canada is now known as ABB Motor and Mechanical (Canada) Inc...
Skills Ontario 2018 Skills Ontario Competition: May 7-9
The event showcases Ontario's talented youth. Over 20,000 spectators converge on this three-day event to watch 2000 young people compete in one of the 60+ skills contests offered...
  • Women of PLT Seek Advisory Committee Members
    Women of PLT (powerline technicians) seeks to build an advisory committee of knowledgeable men and women with experience in Canada's electricity sector...

  • University of Guelph Receives $25 Million for Energy, Water Conservation
    The funds — $9.5 million in grants and $16.8 million in interest-free loans — come from the province's greenhouse gas campus retrofits program within its larger climate change action plan...

  • NECA to Offer 2nd Executive Management Institute
    Due to overwhelming response, a second session of NECA's Executive Management Institute (EMI) has been scheduled for June 6-10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The institute is an intensive, learning experience that enhances the leadership skills of current and up-and-coming executives and managers...

  • IBEW Local 353 Women's Committee First to Receive Charter
    Local 353, in Toronto, Ontario, is the first local union in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to have been granted a charter for a Women's Committee. IBEW also plans to create an international women's committee...

  • OPG and Gull Bay First Nation to Develop Renewable Energy Microgrid
    Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek / Gull Bay First Nation and Ontario Power Generation are co-developing a microgrid that will use solar, battery storage and grid technology to reduce diesel use by 110,000 litres each year, the equivalent of 340 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided annually...

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Codes & Standards

The Rise of the Electric Vehicle

Evs From 2016 to 2017 EV sales in Canada increased by 56%, driven primarily by Ontario, where sales rose 96%. In 2015 CSA updated the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) Part 1 to specifically include regulations for EVs designed to ensure safe operation. To ensure safe practices and standardization, CSA Group also worked with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the U.S. and the Association of Standardization and Certification (ANCE) in Mexico to ensure that North America took a harmonized approach to the rapidly rising trend in EV adoption. More recently, CSA Group has launched a project with the U.S. to develop standard DC charging in both countries. Read More


Getting the Facts Right

Keith Sones
Sones My mother was a school librarian for about 35 years, and her love of books, knowledge and research was very much on display. She was also pretty passionate about ensuring that her kids were exposed to those same ideals. We were free to watch as much TV as we wanted, as long as it wasn't more than an hour per day. Kind of like Henry Ford's early offering: you can buy any colour of Model T you want, as long as it's black. Since we only had black and white CBC, that wasn't a huge draw (no offense to our federal broadcaster), so we turned to the wide variety of books in the house for entertainment. The next logical step was to enter into the world of debate. Read More

Company Profile

Jon Kennedy Discusses New Electric's Panel Shop

New Electric New Electric opened its doors in 1970, servicing electrical wiring in homes, shops, and factories. With a reputation for excellence, quality and quick response times, the Burlington-based company became a major contractor throughout southern Ontario. New Electric soon began to specialize in the industrial sector, working with automation shops on projects that increasingly involved building custom control panels. New Electric recognized the potential of this opportunity and added an entire panel shop. Jon Kennedy, who has worked at New Electric since 1996, started as an apprentice in 1996 and was a founding member of the panel shop. Read More

Market Research: EV Batteries

Global EV Battery Pack Revenue to Expand at a CAGR of 15.8% from 2017 to 2026

Battery Cumulative global revenue for the global electric vehicle battery pack market in the years 2017-2021 is expected to reach US$417.6 billion, according to a report published by MarketResearch.biz. Global revenue for the subsequent five years, 2022-2026, is expected to reach a substantially higher cumulative global revenue total of US$870 billion. Electric vehicle battery packs power the motors and other electrical components in electric vehicles over sustained periods of time. Although they are made in a wide range, they incorporate the same mechanism required to perform basic functions. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

I Saw An Ad In A National Home Renovation Magazine Recently That Featured An Innovative Snow Melting Product

Britech This is a prime example of products being sold in Canada that do not meet our standards. This particular product was approved as an appliance, not a snow melting system. It should not be installed or connected to power." Read More

Survey Says


Lighting Distribution Sales by Region

Ontario Leads the country in sales of lighting and lighting equipment with 37% of the market. Quebec follows closely with 31% of the market.

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Survey Says From Recent Issues

New Products and Solutions

Bel Power

Bel Power Solutions 0RCY-F0S10x Isolated DC/DC Converters

Bel Power Solutions' 0RCY-F0S10x isolated DC/DC converter is ideal for powering non-isolated point-of-load (POL) converters. The converter operates from a nominal 50V/54V source and provides isolation and step down to generate a regulated intermediate bus. The module can provide up to 500W of output power and the output features a droop function to allow the unit operating in parallel with high output current sharing precision. The 0RCY-F0S10x is available in a compact 1/8 brick package. Read More
Schneider Compact

Schneider Electric Fluorescent Compact Lamp

Schneider Electric offers a unique multi-purpose lighting accessory that can be clipped-in, screwed or attached with a magnetic fixing. The device comprises a lamp, switch and power socket, and fixing elements. Features: 11W, 230 V - 50/60 Hz, 900 lm, and a product life of 8000 hours. Read More
Atco Power

ATCO Power Permanent Generation Solution

ATCO Power's distributed generation solution supplies and operates behind-the-fence power solutions tailored to customers' site needs. The company's 5 MW to 50 MW permanent power generation facilities reduce customers' dependence on the grid and offer a long-term, consistent source of electricity to keep them up and running. Read More
Premise Transformer

Premise Step-down Transformers

These step-down transformers offer a versatile slim design that comes in a 50VA and 100VA application. Read More


The TLE Series UPS brings the latest power conversion technology to the marketplace, using a three-level inverter design and a multi-mode architecture that makes real time decisions between premium protection mode and premium efficiency mode. The TLE Series UPS was developed using GE's Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology to ensure that the product meets customer requirements for reliability and quality. Read More
Hamm Rack

Hammond 19" Rack Mount and Stand-Alone Power Distribution Strips

Hammond Electronics has extended its power distribution offering with an additional 12 variants of rack mounting and stand-alone 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz 10A power strips, designed for use with IEC power cords. For enhanced safety, two 10A resettable circuit breakers prevent overloading, and both types are available with either a double pole single throw green illuminated on/off switch or as a basic unswitched version with a green power-on indicator light. Read More

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