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Legal bulletin: Construction contracts and COVID-19

This short legal bulletin raises some of the key legal considerations in managing the rapidly evolving impacts of the pandemic on the construction industry.

Ontario suspends electricity TOU rates to off-peak rate for 45 days

The Ontario government is suspending time-of-use electricity rates for residents on time-of-use (TOU) plans, including families, small business and farms, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour for a 45-day period. The discount will be applied automatically to electricity bills.

Nova Scotia clarifies Essential Services sectors amid COVID-19

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, have clarified essential service sectors in the province, which are exempt from the five-person-or-fewer gathering rules. These essential sectors include construction, manufacturing, IT, telecommunications and critical infrastructure.

Mutual aid agreement for electricity sector signed in NWT

The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) recently signed a mutual aid agreement through the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) that aims to provide reassurance to residents of the Northwest Territories by preventing disruptions to electricity services in the North during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPG donating 575,000 masks to support frontline workers amid COVID-19

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is donating 500,000 surgical masks and 75,000 N95 masks to the Province of Ontario to address the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario Energy Association supports LEAP expansion

The Ontario Energy Association applauds the Ontario government’s announcement of $9 million in new funding support to Ontarians for their energy bills. The new funding expands eligibility for the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) and ensures that electricity and natural gas services will not be disconnected due to nonpayment.
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Standing up to COVID

Canadians Standing up to COVID – Ep. 01: James McKellar

In this instalment of “Canadians Standing Up to COVID”, Anthony Capkun talks about Am-Tech Electrical and its president, James McKellar, who has donated the balance of his N95 masks and P100 fitted personal respirators and cartridges to the Ottawa Hospital… and he wants to help you do the same! » Watch video

Using thermal imaging to detect elevated body temperature

Although no thermal cameras can detect or diagnose coronavirus, FLIR reminds us that its cameras have a history of detecting Elevated Body Temperature (EBT) in high-traffic places—e.g. airports, train terminals, businesses, factories—through “quick individual screening”. » Read full article
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Modulus system powers, controls and connects luminaires

Acuity Brands, Inc. has recently introduced the Modulus low voltage distributed power and control system, which provides digital control and network technologies for LED luminaires. » Read full article
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