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EASA 2020

Set aside 56-minutes of your day for COVID-19 prevention

The Greater Toronto ECA surveyed its members to get a sense of how much time out of typical the workday they needed to devote to COVID prevention activities.

Ontario launching “all-new” Tools Grant program; forgiving loans

“As more construction gets going, we’re making sure our skilled tradespeople are set up for success,” said Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford as his government unveiled an “all-new” Ontario Tools Grant program.

Is the coronavirus THAT bad? YES! (… and no)

There’s no shortage of misinformation during the pandemic, so how do we separate the good from bad? How do we keep safe our construction sites, and the employees who work in them? Check out our audio broadcast “Direct & Current” with special guest, Tom Mackay.

RECALL: Pass & Seymour commercial-grade electrical receptacle

Health Canada says a manufacturing error within the receptacles could lead consumers to incorrectly force a plug into the receptacle, causing the plug blades to overheat.

ALL construction in Ontario to resume: Aitken, McGlogan, Sell weigh in

In case you missed it, all construction activities resumed in Ontario at 12:01 am, May 19. We asked Graeme Aitken, Carol McGlogan and Stephen Sell of ECAO, EFC and OEL to weigh in.

WorkSafeBC offers resources for Phase 2 restart

Electrical Contractors Assoc. of British Columbia reports WorkSafeBC has released industry-specific guidance and resources for employers resuming operations as part of Phase 2 of the provincial government’s Restart Plan.

RECALL: Dewalt laser measurers DW0165, DWO165s, DWO0330s

There is a risk of operator misuse and injury because some laser distance measurers may operate at a higher power level than their markings indicate.
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How are Canadian electrical contractors being impacted by COVID-19?

“As a very resilient community, our members, labour partners and industry partners are collectively ‘rolling up our sleeves’. We’re resolved, not resigned.” » How bad is it out there?

Rene Gatien never worried about his title or position

“I never worried about my title or position... I worried about doing a really good job,” explained Rene Gatien, and it has served him well. In a candid 1-on-1 interview with Electrical Business Magazine, the president and CEO of Waterloo North Hydro recalled he got his start in the electrical industry as a line apprentice back in 1975. » Read more

Steps for managing COVID’s impact on your workforce

An excellent feature article—straight from the pages of Electrical Business Magazine—providing information on the COVID-19 pandemic, and steps employers should take to manage the impact on their workforce. » MUST READ

RECALL: SafePlug 1202 controlled duplex-receptacle due to fire hazard

Health Canada says you should dispose of your SafePlug 1202-9962, as the device may overheat, causing charring to the internal components and posing a fire hazard. » Learn more

Work on Keeyask to restart; understanding reached between parties

Manitoba Hydro reports that it and the Keeyask Cree Nation communities have made nice, and are moving forward to remove injunctions and blockades. » Read more

Hornung to lead “new national voice” for renewable energy

Back in February, we reported that renewable energy groups CanWEA and CanSIA would be amalgamating into a new, as-yet unnamed association. On May 19, the Canadian Wind Energy and Canadian Solar Industries associations made the big reveal. » Learn more

On average, 36% of Canadian small businesses now “Open for business”

The share of businesses that are fully open has begun to rise across Canada, as provinces restart their economies, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). » Who’s open for business?

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