August 11, 2020

Ontario university looking for COVID-19 in the drain

With school openings fast approaching, there has been heightened speculation on ways to isolate potential COVID-19 outbreaks. Some colleges and universities in the U.S., such as Syracuse and University of California, have been looking to wastewater streams to detect early signs of coronavirus. The theory goes that if they can find spikes in sewage in a particular residence hall, they can test those students immediately.

Closer to home, researchers with the faculty of science at Ontario Tech University are working with the Durham Region Health DepartmentDurham Region Works Department, and other partners to check untreated sewage samples for traces of the novel coronavirus as a model to predict new cases and identify new hot spots in anticipation of a second wave of viral infections.

If successful, their testing may become an early detection tool that can identify hotspots via wastewater to provide a valuable early warning – up to five days before symptoms appear in those infected – which could help reduce the spread of the disease via schools, long-term care homes and other establishments.

The fact that the virus is present in wastewater should come as a warning for those in the mechanical trade. Earlier this year, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) stated that “as long as the pandemic is still active, it should be assumed by anyone working on a sanitary drainage system that the virus is present.” As such, IAPMO advises plumbers and other trade professionals who may come into contact with water and aerosols when working on sanitary systems or sewers to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including a full face shield that is worn over safety glasses, and gloves.


MEET Show moving to 2021

The producers and sponsoring associations of the Mechanical Electrical Electronic Technology (MEET) Show have announced revised dates for the next edition of the event, which will now be held in May of 2021.

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ISH moving forward with plans for March 2021 event in Frankfurt

If the stars align, ISH is going to happen March 22 to 26 in 2021, according to Wolfgang Marzin, president and CEO of Messe Frankfurt, where the event will take place.

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HRAI receiving funding from NRCAN for new e-training initiatives

Natural Resources Canada has announced is it investing over $200,000 in e-training opportunities in the energy efficiency sector, including funds to support HRAI initiatives.

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Ontor appoints new VP of sales and marketing

Ontor Limited has announced that Keith Farrell has joined the management team as vice-president of sales and marketing.

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TACO celebrates 100 years and counting

This year is marking the 100th anniversary in business for Taco Comfort Solutions.

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IAPMO enters new partnership agreement with WorldSkills

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Group has renewed a four-year global industry partnership agreement with WorldSkills.

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Permit values rebound to pre-COVID levels

According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, the value of building permits issued in June has rebounded to $8.1 billion, approaching pre-pandemic levels.

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ASHRAE celebrates outstanding achievements of its members

Five Canadians were among a group of international honorees recognized by ASHRAE for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

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HE-Z Series Zoning Package

The HE-Z Series Zoning Package is available on our HE-Z Series Fan Coils. The Hi-Velocity HE-Z Series Fan Coil can be optioned with two, three or four zones, factory installed in each fan coil. These fan coils come with pre-installed zone panel, power open/close dampers and actuators already built-in to the supply outlets, minimizing installation time. 

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Parting Shot: The coldest place (not) on earth

NASA coldest temperatures on earthAnyone in refrigeration might think they’ve worked with the coldest temperatures around, but guess again. There’s a team of physicists doing their best to create the absolute coldest spot in the universe. So cold in fact, the experiments have had to be conducted at the International Space Station while the astronauts are sleeping. That’s when scientists get to work on creating an ultra-cool element that is just “a hair’s edge above absolute zero”. It’s so cold, it’s neither a solid, liquid, nor gas. So, what’s the big deal about achieving ridiculously low temperatures in a location far, far away? According to these quantum specialists, it could unlock all sorts of mysteries in the universe, with the possible exception of how long it would take to cool a beer down on a scorching summer afternoon.


New dates:

May 5-6, 2021

Moncton, N.B.

November 3-4, 2021


Vancouver, B.C.

March 23-25, 2022

Toronto, Ont.


Cover Story:
Tania Johnston: RISING TO THE TOP

Twenty years after joining MCA Canada on a six-month contract, Tania Johnston has become the national organization’s first ever female CEO, a step that she hopes will inspire other females toward successful paths in the mechanical trade as well. “It is a huge honour to be given this responsibility,” she said during a recent Zoom interview from her home in Ottawa. “ ...

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