March 2, 2021

WHO launches National Radon Database

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a National Radon Database on policies and regulations, as well as an updated Fact sheet on “Radon and health.” Over the past 18 months, the WHO has developed a survey to determine the current state of affairs on radon activities and regulations around the world. To date, it has received responses from 58 countries (including Canada), which are presented in the new database.
Its announcement states the scientific evidence is now clear that radon, a radioactive gas, is responsible for a sizeable number of lung cancer cases worldwide. Based on this knowledge, over the past decade member states have implemented actions to manage this health risk in both dwellings and workplaces.
Closer to home, the Saskatchewan government has confirmed to The Lung Association and the Take Action on Radon Coalition that its new Home Renovation Tax Credit includes radon mitigation. This is the first tax credit to cover radon mitigation in Canada. Homeowners can claim a 10.5 per cent tax credit on up to $20,000 of eligible home renovations. You can find out more on radon mitigation in Mechanical Business’s Jan/Feb 2021 article Keep Radon on Your Radar by Gord Cooke.

NEWS

CAF offers COVID 19 resources by province

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) website offers resources to help apprentices and skilled trades workers across Canada get valuable information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nick Reggi joins ranks of people on the move

Nick Reggi has joined Enercare Home Services as director of technical operations in North America. The past month has also been a busy one for human resources at Emerson, Ecco, The Master Group, Bitzer, Victaulic, Bardon, Bradley, Boshart, CIPH, AD, ESC Automation, Equipco, Danfoss and B.J. Williams. To see what your colleagues are doing check out the announcements here.

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Andrew Sherret Limited rebranding Frontier Supply locations

Andrew Sheret Limited in Victoria, BC has formally amalgamated and rebranded all Frontier Supply locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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King Marketing representing Saniflo Canada for Western Canada

SFA Saniflo Canada has appointed King Marketing as its new plumbing wholesale-channel representative for British Columbia. King is a sales and marketing agency in the hardware, home improvement and plumbing wholesale channels in Canada.

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Deschênes expands electrical distribution

Deschênes Group Inc. in Montreal, QC is expanding its market reach with the acquisition of Ontario electrical distributor Daltco Electric. With branches in Kingston, Ottawa and Brockville, Daltco’s markets include residential, commercial and industrial.

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AD establishes dedicated Canadian business unit

AD in Wayne, PA has established AD Canada as a distinct business unit in Mississauga, ON to serve its three Canada-based divisions. Rob Dewar, who was president of the Industrial & Safety-Canada division, has been promoted to president of AD Canada.

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CIPH presents latest Service Awards

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) has presented Outstanding Service Awards to Sean Giberson of Taco Comfort Solutions, Mike Wills of Wolseley Canada and Dan Milroy of Equipco Ltd.

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Canadians recognized at 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference

The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference drew more than 1,800 attendees and thought leaders from around the world. The accomplishments of 165 outstanding ASHRAE members were acknowledged during the event.

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Alberta Health updates reclaimed water guidelines

Alberta Health has issued updated versions of two guidelines to assist in identifying the source, treatment and uses for all types of reclaimed water.

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The Detection Group joins the Watts family

Watts Water Technologies has added The Detection Group to its brands. The Detection Group’s Trident technology is an FM-approved wireless water leak detection platform.

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Efficiency Manitoba offers energy savings incentives

Efficiency Manitoba is offering incentive programs for ground source heat pump installations and building operation enhancements.

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OS&B Industrial – We Make Automation Easy

With a wide range of valve body types, materials and trim options and with a complete offering of Pneumatic and Electric Actuators to choose from - no job is too small! Contact OS&B Industrial (send inquiries to RFQ@osbindustrial.ca) for all your manual and automated valve product needs.
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HVAC and sanitation industry meets digitally...

The world's leading trade fair for water, heat and air conditioning brings the global industry together digitally from March 22 – 26, 2021. Numerous product innovations and an extensive conference program await you in live streamings or on-demand broadcasts. Register for the ISH newsletter and get your free ticket!
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NTI FTVN boiler line

Bypass balancing valves

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Parting Shot: Grizzlies get sky-high delivery

Georgian College in Barrie, ON decided to create an unforgettable experience for three students waiting anxiously to hear if they made it into the Electromechanical Engineering Technology − Mechatronics program this fall. It seemed only fitting to kick off their high-tech career by having personalized acceptance letters delivered by a drone right to their doorsteps. The happy “Air Grizzly” recipients were Marco D’Agnillo of Orillia, Ryan Little of Gilford, and Daniel Podgorny of Newmarket. Needless to say, innovation like this showcases the lighter side of social distancing.

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March 11, 2021
World Plumbing Day

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March 22-26, 2021
ISH Frankfurt
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March 23-25, 2021

Canadian Construction Association Conference
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Nav Bhatia on being better than good

Best known as the Raptors “Superfan” Nav Bhatia sees speedbumps where most would see roadblocks. From hoops to loos, Bhatia’s success in business has allowed him to pursue his passions.
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