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Ontario trades ask court to uphold sections of OCTAA

The compulsory certification provisions of the OCTAA are now subject to eventual elimination through amendments in one of the 26 schedules to the Ontario government’s omnibus budget bill in late 2016. The amendments allow untrained, uncertified workers to perform the work of a compulsory trade, says ECAO.

Standard Products consolidating warehouse operations

Standard will consolidate its warehouse operations to its two distribution centres in Vancouver and Montreal. The Vancouver DC will service Saskatchewan to British Columbia, and the Montreal DC will service Manitoba to Newfoundland & Labrador.

AD reports record-breaking member sales of $37.3 billion in 2017

On a same store basis, by industry, electrical sales were up 10% in 2017; PHCP was up 9%; industrial/PT were up 8%; and building materials was up 16%.

Philips Lighting among those honoured in 2018 IoT Breakthrough Awards

American Tower, a player in wireless infrastructure, and Philips Lighting have been selected as winners of “Overall Smart City Solution Provider of the Year” and “Industrial Smart Lighting Solution of the Year” awards, respectively.

Government launches a $200 million expression of interest for renewable power

The Government says this will help drive Canada’s efforts to build a clean economy by expanding commercially viable, investment-ready, renewable power technologies, and will reduce the risks and cost associated with these technologies.
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Unlicensed contractor ordered to pay $50,625 for illegal electrical work

Jose Julio DeNobrega was convicted in a Burlington, Ont. court and ordered to pay a $45,000 fine plus a $5,625 victim fine surcharge for conducting unsafe electrical work without an electrical contractor’s license at 14 locations in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville. » Read full article
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Nexans acquires BE CableCon

Nexans says the acquisition is an illustration of its “Paced for Growth” strategy, aimed at developing the company’s business beyond manufacturing cables to provide customers with fully-integrated cable services. » Read full article

Level Up • Company leadership... if not you, then who? • Andrew Houston

When you think like a leader, you learn to be contemplative, adaptable and open to change; you are able to focus on your own contributions, influence actions and control your business. » Read full article

Liteline promotes McMullen, adds Sadofsky to sales team

Liteline Corp. has promoted Steve McMullen to regional sales manager — Ontario and Western Canada, and named Evan Sadofsky inside sales manager. » Read full article

Code Conundrum January 2018 • Ray Yousef

Tackle January 2018’s Code Conundrum... if you dare! » Read full article

Arani’s relaunched website reflects real-time inventory

The company says its new website is not only an aesthetic upgrade, but accurately reflects product inventory in real time, allowing visitors to build and request custom quotes, free of charge. » Read full article
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Ford 2018 F-150 boasts advanced powertrain lineup

The second-generation 3.5-L EcoBoost V-6 delivers 13,200 lb of towing capacity, thanks to its 470 lb-ft of torque. With dual-port and direct-injection technology, the 375-hp twin-turbo engine provides low-end and peak engine performance for hauling heavy payloads. » Read full article

Eaton launches the Neo-Ray Covera and Converge product lines

The Neo-Ray Covera product family is available in 2-ft. or 4-ft. lengths with several mounting option, while the Converge LED family is available in 4-ft. and 8-ft. individual luminaires and for continuous runs, in 4-ft. increments » Read full article

Making the cut — Hilti cordless band saw SB 4-A22

The tool’s impact-resistant, glass-fiber-reinforced tool and battery casings are durable “in the most extreme applications,” says Hilti. » Read full article

Light + Building 2018

Date & Location: March 18 - 23 • Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Info: Light + Building 2018 will be taking place from March 18 - 23, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main. The theme this year is ‘Connected — Secure — Convenient.’ The trade fair covers all electrically based building services systems and aims to promote the integrated planning of building services systems with a broad product spectrum. Organizers say more than 2,600 exhibitors will be presenting their products in the fields of lighting, electrical engineering and home and building automation.
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IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) 2018

Dates & Locations: March 20 - 23 • Fort Worth, Texas
Info: The IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) 2018 is scheduled for March 20-23, in Ft. Worth, Texas. Attendees can participate in standards development, or just sit in for the education and listen to the debates that shape the standards; participate in the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Committee (or Subcommittees) that sponsor and run ESW; attend tutorials delivered by industry experts, and more. There will also be over 30 live ESW technical presentations and several networking opportunities.
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Electrical Safety Innovation Summit 2018

Date & Location: April 12 • Montreal
Info: Hosted by Schneider Electric Canada, the half-day Electrical Safety Innovation Summit brings together experts from different industries to present and discuss the latest trends in electrical safety. Join the electrical safety experts and learn about CSA Z462 “Workplace electrical safety,” the new class of MV switchgear using shielded solid insulation system technology, and “Safety by design and engineered safety,” with panelist discussion.
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IAEI Spring Seminar — Ontario Chapter

Date & Location: April 14 • Toronto
Info: The Ontario Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) is hosting its Spring Seminar on April 14, 2018 at the CSA Group in Toronto. The event will feature technical presentations by the Ontario College of Trades, CSA Group and Cummins, as well as networking opportunities with electrical inspectors, engineers, contractors and other industry professionals.
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