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Classifying hazardous locations, flammable gases and vapours
By Pierre McDonald, CET, Senior Regulatory Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.
Inspectors who review drawings and inspect installations in areas where flammable gases and vapours are or could be present require a good understanding of the extent of those areas as defined within the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 (CE Code). Certain installations such as gasoline dispensing stations and service stations are common and provide a certain degree of uniformity in the installation
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AEL's EXPO in Calgary, AB: March 25, 2015
AEL
The Alberta Electrical League is hosting their 21st Annual Electrical Learning EXPO in Calgary, AB, on March 25th. The EXPO provides all companies with an opportunity to show new products, new services, new innovations. Those attending will experience what is new and exciting in the electrical industry. Professionals that can answer all your questions, give you alternatives and suggestions. The day is packed with technical presentations of things you need to know. Mark this date in your calendar.
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Western Canada's economic and construction outlook
Daily Commercial News
Dividing Canada in two as East versus West is simply an easy representation based on a map. In such a picture, the East — comprised of Quebec and the Atlantic Region — has a population proportion (30 per cent) that is almost exactly balanced by a "standard" West made up of the three Prairie provinces and B.C. (a combined 30 per cent). The cross-beam is currently level. In the years ahead, the western "seat" will take on relatively more weight while the eastern seat, due to slower provincial population growth rates, will lift higher.
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Alberta seeking people to work in the province
Cornwall Seaway News
Alberta is enjoying an economic boom. Ontario enjoyed a similar boom several years ago. But, the economy of Canada's largest province has since considerably slowed down. The oil-rich Alberta's new status is buoyed by a massive and unprecedented spending in the energy sector, which continues to grow and expand. Alberta is projected to see the largest economic growth in the country over the next several years unless something unexpected and drastic puts the brakes on.
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South ideal for wind, solar energy
Lethbridge Herald
Southern Alberta is the ideal location to build upon solar and wind energy initiatives, providing clean, renewable energy for the whole province, presenters told the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs recently. Tim Weis, Alberta director for the Canadian Wind Energy Association, and Rob Harlan, executive director of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta, shared their findings with "Southern Alberta as a Clean Energy Hub — What are the Opportunities and Challenges?"
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Enmax chief Gianna Manes: The utility can handle Calgary's growth
The Globe and Mail
Despite Calgary's 2013 flood and last month's fire, Enmax chief Gianna Manes tells The Globe and Mail the utility can handle the city's expected growth. She says, "Calgary has been growing for some time, and what I'd say is the Enmax system has continued to grow along with Calgary for decades now. So absolutely we're prepared to handle the growth. We plan for that."
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Temporal Power spinning renewable energy wheels
The Globe and Mail
For centuries, spinning wheels have been used to store energy. That's how potter's wheels work, with the energy in the disk helping maintain a consistent velocity. Fly-wheels are also key components of steam engines, where they convert energy from pistons into consistent rotational motion. Even toy cars with friction motors make use of fly-wheel technology.

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LED lighting for city parks
Lethbridge Herald
Enjoy an after-dinner stroll around the lake? If you're heading to Nicholas Sheran Park, that walk is becoming a little safer. A contractor is installing light-emitting diode (LED) lights around the lake, as part of a program that's upgrading lights in almost every city park. "It's going fairly smoothly," says Ryan Carriere, the city's parks planning manager. The power-saving lamps, similar to brighter lights recently installed along city streets, will replace a variety of older-style illumination.

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Section 4 Conductors — Changes from the 2009, 21st edition to the 2012, 22nd edition Canadian Electrical Code
By Pierre McDonald, CET, Senior Regulatory Affairs, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc
Last article outlined the implications and reasons for temperature requirements when sizing conductors using Rule 4-006 and the revised ampacity tables of the 2012 edition Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code).

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Wood buildings on the rise in Canada
Woodworking Network
The City of Calgary announced it will begin accepting permit applications this month for construction of wood-frame residential buildings up to six-stories tall. The city joins a growing number of towns and provinces in Canada to permit construction of the taller wood buildings. "We are very happy with the City of Calgary's decision to bring the mid-rise wood construction opportunity to the construction and design community for this region," says Michael Giroux, President of the Canadian Wood Council.
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Students get insight into trades
Lethbridge Herald
Making the transition from high school to the workforce doesn't necessarily need to go through post-secondary education. With the registered apprenticeship program, students can see other options and find another purpose for their studies, said Andrew Krul, an off-campus education facilitator for the Lethbridge School District No. 51. "A kid who's out welding or pulling wire as an electrician — all of a sudden that light comes on and they become a whole lot more motivated to finish their math and finish their science."
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ATCO's innovative electric utility project in Jasper earns national profile
Digital Journal
ATCO Electric announced recently that an environmentally innovative power-line construction project the company completed in Jasper National Park has received national profile as an environmental performance case study in the Canadian Electricity Association's 2014 annual report, Engaged for a Sustainable Future. The project involved upgrading a section of power line serving major Jasper tourist attractions that was built on rocky terrain along a narrow, heavily treed right-of-way crossing three mountain rivers.
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BCHS solar initiative shows shining results
Rocky Mountain Outlook
While students at Banff Community High School tackle the essentials of modern education for the life that awaits them, just above them on the rooftop, a different kind of educational effort focused on Earth's sunlight is taking place. As classrooms, hallways and the gymnasium tend to be filled with learning, liveliness and laughter, the solar photovoltaic panels lay silently in a long parallel line collecting valuable and reusable energy for the school.
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County councillors review proposed projects
Mountain View Gazette
Mountain View County councillors have reviewed proposed projects outlined in the 2015 capital budget. The overview came during a budget meeting recently and during the regularly scheduled council meeting. "This was a chance to review the projects, but no decisions have been made yet," said Reeve Bruce Beattie. "It will probably be December when we make decisions on all those projects. The final decision will come when we have a better understanding of the total costs relative to operations and the impact some of these larger capital projects might have on operating."
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