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    If you were a tradesperson in 2011, you may be able to claim a deduction for the cost of eligible tools (to a maximum of $500). For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/trades.

    You can claim certain expenses you paid to earn employment income as a deduction, but only if your employment contract required you to pay for your own expenses, and either you did not receive an allowance for them or the allowance you received is included in your income. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/employmentexpenses.

    If you had expenses that included GST/HST in the course of your employment duties, and you deducted these expenses from your employment income, you may be able to claim a rebate of part or all of the GST/HST you paid on these expenses.

    Keep all receipts and documentation to support the claims made on your return.

    The deadline for filing your individual income tax and benefit return is midnight on April 30, 2012. However, if you or your spouse or common-law partner carried on a business in 2011, you have until June 15, 2012, to file your return. You must pay any balance owing for 2011 on or before April 30, 2012, regardless of your filing due date. In addition to these deductions, other credits, deductions, and benefits may be available to you. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/trades.

    Using CRA’s online services you can file your return, track your refund, and change your personal information. You can also sign up for direct deposit to receive your refund directly into your account at your Canadian financial institution. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/getready.

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    May 28, 2014 – CPSC announced the recall of 1.7 million emergency lighting units, the recall indicates that the circuit board can overheat and cause the fixture to catch fire.   Name of product: Quantum® ELM and ELM2 two-light emergency fixture Hazard: The circuit board can overheat and cause the fixture to melt, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. Consumer Contact: Lithonia Lighting toll-free at (888) 615-4501from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday...
    The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Jim Balsillie, Chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, today announced almost $10 million in new investments for five Ontario projects under Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s SD Tech Fund. The SD Tech Fund supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water and clean soil, providing solutions to key Canadian...
    The City of Calgary’s Department of Transportation has selected GE Lighting to replace and upgrade existing street light fixtures with GE Evolve™ LED technology. In a two-phased project plan, the city of Calgary hopes to eventually retrofit approximately 80,000 street lights with fixtures that consume 55 percent less electricity and offer a lifespan of over a decade. The first phase of the project will call for installation of GE’s LED technology, the Scalable Cobrahead ERS1 and ERS2, in five...
    After three years of construction, Boralex Inc., Gaz Métro Limited Partnership and Valener Inc. officially open Phase I of the Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms, a 272-MW project commissioned in December 2013 and one of the biggest wind farms in Canada. In recognition of this important milestone, a ceremony was held at the foot of one of the project's tallest turbines earlier today in the presence of Caroline Simard, Member for Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré, representing the Minister of Energy and...
    ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth approximately $400 million from NSP Maritime Link Inc., a subsidiary of Emera Inc., to supply a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission solution creating the first electricity link between the island of Newfoundland and the North American power grid. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2014. The Maritime Link Project is a 500 MW high voltage direct current (HVDC) connection that will enable...

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    • September 26, 2014

      Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM)1 for its StruxureWare™ for Data Centers software suite.

      As a widely-recognized source for competitive comparisons in the information technology industry, Gartner Magic Quadrant reports offer in-depth analyses and visual summaries of the direction and maturity of markets and key vendors. This is the first Magic Quadrant released for DCIM.

      “We believe Gartner’s establishment of a Magic Quadrant in DCIM reflects the increasing maturity of this market as well as the need for buyer clarity. As our world grows increasingly digital, data centres become the lifeline to mission...

    • September 24, 2014

      Hamilton’s Westdale neighbourhood will benefit from a $1.3 million investment as Horizon Utilities continues to modernize its electricity system and infrastructure.

      As part of Horizon Utilities’ 2014 plan to invest $30 million in capital projects, $15 million has been allocated for proactive system renewal efforts. The two phase project along King Street West is currently underway as Horizon Utilities upgrades its systems to meet Hamilton’s current and future needs.

      The investment in the energy needs of Hamilton’s Westdale community will see the replacement and upgrade of the decades-old 4 kV system, with new, higher voltage 13.8 kV capacity substation.

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    • September 24, 2014

      The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is proud to support the launch of the “District Energy in Cities Initiative” under the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), a global initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the UN Climate Summit in New York City. The “District Energy Accelerator” was announced in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit on Sept 23, 2014 and leaders of IDEA, District Energy St. Paul and Empower were on hand at the United Nations to participate.

      “The International District Energy Association (IDEA) has seen a significant increase in interest about district energy among mayors, planners and community leaders seeking proven and scalable solutions to cut emissions, strengthen r...

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    • September 27, 2014

      POWER SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, a Canadian manufacturer of compact mini-substations for the commercial and industrial markets, announces the appointment of Specialized Power Solutions as its manufacturer’s representative in British Columbia to promote its Liquid & Dry Mini Substations. Specialized Power Solutions expertise and focus on power distribution are key reasons for its appointment. “We see significant advantages in the commercial and industrial markets that can benefit from its compact design and technology and look forward to promoting it in the BC market,” says Herb Yang, Managing Partner at Specialized Power Solutions.

      Specialized Power Solutions is a manufacturer’s representative in the province of British Columbia,...

    • September 26, 2014

      IMARK CANADA hosted its first annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario on September 19-21, 2014 Over 125 member distributor and IMARK Canada supplier executives and their spouses attended themeeting.

      Bob Smith, President and CEO of IMARK Group said, “We are very excited to be part of the Canadian electrical industry and we were thrilled with the meeting, the supplier support and member engagement.”

      The IMARK Canada headquarters team provided an update on the current organization as well as the plans for growth in 2015 and beyond. According to Steve Ruane, IMARK Vice President of Marketing,” IMARK Canada members are fully committed to growth with our IMARK Canada supplier partners. We have a very bright future”.

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    • September 26, 2014

      VISCOR INC., manufacturer of Visioneering, Certolux and TBR Architectural Lighting, announces a few expansion plans that will continue to prove that manufacturers can grow and thrive in Ontario. Since the initial launch of Viscor's LED family of luminaires, they have grown exponentially with additional engineers, DLC certifications and new equipment. This growth has required Viscor to refocus its efforts in a few key markets to ensure that service and sales levels continue to support its distributor network.

      Effective October 1st, LumiGroup Inc. will be its agent in Montreal and Quebec. As the largest specification lighting agency in this territory, Viscor is confident in LumiGroup's level of...

    • September 25, 2014

      ELECTRO-FEDERATION CANADA (EFC) announces the 2014 EFC Scholarship recipients. Each year Canadian post-secondary students receive funding for their education.

      44 organizations in the electrical and consumer electronics sectors have provided financial support through the EFC Scholarship initiative to assist Canadian university and college students achieve their career objectives.

      Supporting students for 19 years, the EFC Scholarship Program encourages Canadian youth to pursue a career in the electrical, electronics, and telecommunications industries. To date, EFC has invested over $650,000 in the post-secondary technical training and education.

      “The scholarship program provides students with awareness of the great career opportunities in our...

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