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MCEE 2019 to showcase new products, draw big crowd

December 18, 2018

The plumbing, HVAC/R, hydronics, electricity and lighting industries are set to converge in Montreal this spring. MCEE returns to Place Bonaventure in Montreal, QC from April 24 to 25 for it’s 2019 show. The trade show is expected to feature

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CIPH councils tours Enwave deep lake water cooling system

December 14, 2018

On the bed of Lake Ontario, high-density polyethylene pipes collect near-freezing water used to cool a cohort of buildings in downtown Toronto. The deep lake water cooling system, operated by Enwave Energy Corporation, is the largest of its kind in

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United Technologies to spin off Carrier in company split

December 10, 2018

United Technologies Corp. on November 26 announced the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition and plans to separate into three independent companies. Otis, a manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is to become the second independent business after UTC’s

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Electrical Safety Authority releases bulletin

December 7, 2018

Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority has issued a bulletin on electrical equipment near combustible gas equipment. The bulletin provides clarification on equipment covered by Rule 2-324, which states the clearance between arc-producing electrical equipment and a combustible gas relief device or

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Delegates embrace learning opportunities at CIPHEX West

December 6, 2018

By Kerry Turner and Jillian Morgan CIPHEX West two-day trade show ran November 7 and 8 and drew almost 3,000 visitors who checked out more than 200 manufacturer’s offerings. In addition, delegates were able to sit in on seminars addressing

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Watts begins production of BLÜCHER brand at Texas facility

December 5, 2018

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. has expanded manufacturing capabilities for its BLÜCHER brand in North America and Europe. The company will produce the brand’s stainless steel trench drains at its facility in Fort Worth, TX. Watts has also invested in new

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Beedie launches grant program for students entering trade school

December 4, 2018

BC-based Real estate developer Beedie will hand out grants to a cohort of 50 students in the province’s Lower Mainland in May 2019 as part of its recently-launched $50 million social-profit enterprise. Beedie Luminaries aims to help students facing financial

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Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition release water rating program

November 30, 2018

A new water-rating program is coming to Canada. Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder Coalition to launch the Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS), which it said will be “Canadianized in the coming months” WERS uses a scoring

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“Bad and Ugly” cross connection photos awarded

November 30, 2018

The American Water Works Association Western Canada Section (WCSAWWA) has handed out the awards for its 2018 Bad and Ugly Cross Connection Control photo contest. Justin Bage, backflow tester, and Tayte Sutherland, cross connection control inspector, took home prizes for

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NRC calls for public review of 2020 national plumbing, building code changes

November 28, 2018

The National Research Council of Canada has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the national construction codes. Public consultation will inform the 2020 revisions to the National Building Code of Canada, National Fire Code of Canada and National

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Toronto Mr. Rooter franchise owners awarded by company

November 27, 2018

A Greater Toronto Area Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchise has been presented the corporation’s Franchisee of the Year Award. Owners Derek and Pam Moreland accepted the award at the Mr. Rooter annual convention. It is presented to franchisee owners that have

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Federal Liberals commit $67M to harmonize national building codes

November 26, 2018

The federal government is proposing to turn the taps on $67.5 million over the next half-decade to develop and harmonize building codes coast-to-coast. In the fall economic statement, released November 21, Ottawa committed the funding to the National Research Council.

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People on the move: Spectrum Brands Inc., Ouellet Canada, Lixil and more

November 20, 2018

Ouellet Canada has tapped Paulo Dos Santos for the position of territory manager, Ontario. Santos worked in the electrical market for distributors and manufacturers, and has experience in product specifications at engineering offices.         Walter Surface Technologies,

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Sunny optimism prevails at HRAI annual meeting

November 7, 2018

It was fitting that the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute celebrated its 50th annual meeting and conference at a tropical location. Attendees enjoyed an invigorating program, along with the amenities and warm temperatures at the Paradisus resort in Playa

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What you need to know about electrical resistance

November 6, 2018 by Curtis Bennett

There are some facts about thermistors and resistance that cause confusion. Luckily that lines up with our topics on electricity. How you wonder? Once again it is all physics. V = I R, where the R is resistance. A story

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Funding available for energy efficiency projects

November 6, 2018

NRCan provides financial assistance to support energy efficiency projects in Canada’s buildings sector to meet commitments under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The following programs are currently accepting proposals. Benchmarking, labelling and disclosure initiatives NRCan provides

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HRAI talks Ontario College of Trades, climate change and more with MPPs at Queen’s Park

November 2, 2018

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) capped off a day of meetings on pressing industry issues at Queen’s Park with a reception in downtown Toronto. Members of provincial parliament and HRAI representatives gathered at the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville

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Flushing systems, boiler controllers recalled

October 31, 2018

Flushmate and Hydrolevel have issued product notifications for Canada. Flushmate has recalled the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems due to impact and laceration hazards. About 17,300 were sold in Canada. The system can burst at or near the vessel

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Peel school board launches 2019 skilled trades education program

October 24, 2018

The Peel District School Board has launched its Regional Skilled Trades Program, which aims to prepare students to enter the skilled trades. “We’re excited to expand the number of Regional Learning Choices Programs offered and try to help meet the

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Industry associations respond to OCOT wind down

October 24, 2018

The provincial government will “wind down” the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) as part of a bill to reform labour laws put in place by the former Liberal government. If passed, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act–or Bill 47,

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Grundfos unveils new facility in Kansas

October 23, 2018

Grundfos opened the doors to its new office in Lenexa, KS at a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 10, 2018, two years after the project broke ground. The building includes a Grundfos Engineered System pump house, which maintains water level

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Fluke invites entries for 70th anniversary $6K prize package

October 19, 2018

Fluke Corporation is celebrating its 70th anniversary with sweepstakes for trades professionals. The company is giving away a prize package valued at $6,000. To see the list of prizes and learn how to enter the sweepstakes, visit www.content.fluke.com/70th-anniversary/en/en-us.html. Entries must

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Beedie rebrands, unveils new ethos

October 11, 2018

B.C.-based Beedie Development Group has rebranded its company under a single name: Beedie. The company, launched more than 60 years ago, is a private industrial developer and residential developer in Western Canada. It also has a private investment arm. “Bringing

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Acquisition affirms Johnson Controls’ commitment to thermostat portfolio

October 10, 2018

 Johnson Controls recently announced it has acquired the assets of Lux Products Corporation (LUX), a manufacturer of residential thermostats and smart home products. LUX markets several residential and commercial lines ranging from timers to smart home thermostats, including Kono and

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2018 Doug Crawford Memorial Award Goes to Dan Milroy

October 4, 2018

The 2018 recipient of the Doug Crawford Memorial Award is Dan Milroy, director of sales and marketing, Bradford White, Canada. The Doug Crawford Memorial Award recognizes an individual, individuals or company who has made a significant contribution to MCA Canada

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5 Ways Service Management Software Helps Contractors Grow

October 1, 2018 by Viewpoint

For many specialty contractors that specialize in electrical, plumbing or HVAC work, new construction and renovations—while lucrative—are just part of their business. Maintaining regular service contracts to provide maintenance, repairs or replacement of installed systems is how these contractors maintain

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CNL earns LEED Silver for sustainable laboratory

September 28, 2018

The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) Harriet Brooks Building joins a handful of laboratories across Canada to earn LEED Silver certification. Incorporating a slew of energy-efficient features, the 137,000 square foot material sciences facility is the latest project by CNL to

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ONCAP acquires Walter Surface Technologies

September 26, 2018

ONCAP, a private equity platform of Onex, has purchased a majority stake in Walter Surface Technologies. Its parent company, the Walter Group, will retain a minority interest in the company. Walter Surface Technologies is a provider of metal working solutions,

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J.K Seidner distinction goes to Ipex codes and standards manager

September 24, 2018

Larry Gill, manager of codes and standards at Ipex Inc, is the eighteenth recipient of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) Joseph K. Seidner Award. In recognition of his contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards, Gill was

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General’s Jet-Set® Water Jets Slice Through Grease, Sand and Ice!

September 19, 2018

Large or small. Gas or electric powered. Hand carried, portable or trailer mounted. The Jet-Set® line of water jets from General Pipe Cleaners packs the punch and performance to slice through grease, sludge, sand and ice. From the portable JM-1000