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Message From The Editor

Do you need more data or a time machine to face the future?

Our contributor Keith Sones continues to amaze us. His reflections on a career in the electrical industry always allow us to better understand the major issues of our daily lives. This month's essay is no exception. He reminds us that we often need more data to analyze a problem and avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. In this issue, we wonder whether in the time of new technologies and solutions it's a good time to participate in the debate on "or equivalent products." Feel free to contact us if you have any opinions to share on this issue. Another issue in the public arena: marijuana at work. Will you need to put in place new human resource management practices in your company? Your vehicle is not only an essential work tool, but also a continuous promotional medium. In this issue, how to optimize its content, protect your brand image, manage inventories, and more. For all those who read us while on holiday, we wish you wonderful times under the banner of safety. Good reading to everyone!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Changing Scene

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BCEA Last Chance to Apply for BCEA Bursary and Scholarship Program
The BC Electrical Association is awarding up to $10,000 in $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships to students attending or planning to attend an accredited university, college or post-secondary educational institute on a full-time basis. Application deadline: July 31…
Tools For The Trade


How I Learned to Predict the Future

By Keith Sones
Sones I have a time machine. I kid you not. It's the kind of thing that allows me to get in and head to the future, take a look at what's happening, zip back to the present day and take some actions based on what I've learned. For those of you who don't know, I have been working in the high voltage electric industry for close to 30 years. For a good chunk of that time I worked directly for electric utilities and for the past several years I've been engaged in the construction and engineering contracting sector. Although it wasn't originally part of the plan in the mid 1980s, I started my utility career as a result of my training as a health and safety professional. To make more sense of what you are about to read, it's also important to understand that I hate not knowing things. Read More

Best Practices

4 Tips for a Well Organized Service Vehicle

By Owen Hurst
Service Vehicle For electricians, working out of a service vehicle is simply part of daily operations. In northern Canada there are even electricians who provide fly-in services, making the need to ensure you have all the tools and required electrical components on board even more essential. Whether working out of a van or truck in a local area or flying deep into the Canadian interior, proper organization of equipment and supplies makes doing jobs easier and faster. With this month's focus on tools (trucks and mobility), EIN has four tips to ensure your service vehicle is organized and stays that way. Read More


View of "Or Approved Equal" Products

By John Kerr
JK Opinion From our view of the Canadian electrical industry and as a member of the industry that understands how our readers buy, specify, install and maintain electrical equipment nationally, we want to enter into "the approved or equal" debate that seems to be happening more often than not of late. We are hearing about this on commercial, institutional and industrial projects in all areas of the country. Too often I have heard of presentations being made by many electrical equipment suppliers to consultants and consulting engineering firms that are crafted to address specific needs and applications. The intention of presenting the firm's products is to be named in the specification only to be told that "or approved equal" would be how they would amend the spec. Read More


Legalizing Marijuana and Occupational Health and Safety

By David S. Reiter and Lorenzo Lisi
Marijuana Last month the Senate passed Bill C-45, making the use of recreational marijuana a reality as of October 17, 2018. Employers, especially those engaging in operations with health and safety concerns, are legitimately concerned. Is an overhaul of their practices and policies required given the legalization of marijuana? In a word… No. Workers do not have the right to be impaired at work. And workers do not have an absolute right to consume marijuana at work. This has already been decided and was again addressed this year by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Aitchison v. L&L Painting and Decorating Ltd., 2018 HRTO 238. Read More

Q & A Brought to You by Britech

I've meagered out the self-regulating cable and it is clear, but the beaker keeps tripping?

Britech Often the cable lengths can be too long and place to high a load on the breaker. Load and length charts from the manufacturer should always be consulted when sizing circuits. For instance, the manufacturers chart for a 5 watt per foot cable installed on a 20-amp208-volt circuit may only allow for a 375-foot-long length of cable. If the cable exceeds the 374' it will trip the breaker. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Contractor Median Salary By Years of Experience

Experience continues to bring with higher salaries. However, with salaries rising across the board even the least experienced have a higher median salary than recorded in previous years.

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New Products and Solutions

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Magiclite Disc Light

Magic Lite Disc Light

This LED disc light is a robust LED marker light ideal for public or residential applications, indoor or outdoor, and suitable for in-ground, ceiling or wall mount applications, as well as an up light for shrubs and small trees. Certified for wet burial applications. Read More
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Audacy Wireless Wall-Mount Switch

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SGi Lighting LED Neon Light

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From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • What Is Specular Reflection?
    Specular reflection, also known as veiling reflection, is light reflection from an object or task that obscures details. It is a vital concept in the field of lighting. A beam of light that comes to rest on a surface may be reflected in several ways. The beam alters its course once it hits certain types of surfaces. There are many types of light reflection, but specular reflection needs to be taken into consideration when designing a lighting arrangement for a given space. Specular reflection is a type of surface reflectance often described as a mirror-like reflection of light from the surface.

  • Safety and Risk in Electrical Low-Voltage Installations, Part 1
    Taking adequate measures when planning and making equipment (e.g., low‐voltage switchgear assemblies) ensures that any risk that remains after the application of protective measures is as low as possible. The highest acceptable risk, often called "limiting risk," must be achieved with every switchgear assembly; in this respect, all measures that contribute to achieving this limiting risk constitute minimal risk reduction measures.

  • Are Robots Taking Over?
    Much media coverage during the last year has focussed on the emergence of robots, artificial intelligence technologies (AI), and the threat this poses to a significant number of Canadian jobs. So does this mean we need to hit the panic button? No, not yet. But should you as an individual be paying careful attention to the role of technology in your job or organization? Absolutely.

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