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Linwood Barclay: Master of his Genre

It isn’t every author who can count Stephen King among their fans. King has referred to international bestselling author Linwood Barclay as “a master of suspense.” Barclay’s own story is full of twists and turns, and a slow steady build to his becoming one of Canada’s most successful living writers. Barclay was a columnist for the…

Work Wear: A Perfect Fit

Brandi Ferenc remembers walking onto one of her earliest job sites 17 years ago when she started her career as a refrigeration mechanic, wearing the only workwear she could find in her size. “It was men’s clothing, and it was very uncomfortable,” she recalls. “The pants were too long, the waist sat in a weird place, the shirts would go…

Electrification of the HVAC Industry

By Jonathon Harp Electrification: a policy initiative to transition energy generation and end uses in sectors such as heating and transportation from fossil fuels to electricity; a cleaner energy option that reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and the effects of climate change. A highly controversial policy, which some experts…

Can employees be terminated for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine?  

  By Juan Echavarria As COVID-19 vaccines become more accessible throughout Canada, many businesses have begun to plan for the eventual return to the workplace, including setting up policy frameworks regarding health and safety. As a result, the most common questions in the minds of business owners across the country are whether…

Eric Cameron: The puzzle master

Fitting a mechanical room together is a bit like putting together a puzzle, says Eric Cameron. “You get a blueprint that has equipment on it, but there’s no drawing on how to run everything...

Targeting actual energy use – Part 1

By Rick Ellul Thermal energy meters (TEMs) are becoming more and more important in buildings, particularly in smart buildings. LEED, BOMA Best and other building energy efficiency programs, along with standards such as ASHRAE 90.1, have brought to light the importance of knowing how much energy we are consuming and where we are…

Clearing the air

Perhaps it’s a symptom of the times, but I have been attending to a rash of comfort complaints that have come through the new home warranty program in houses less than three years old...

The carbon tax challenge

In the May/June 2021 issue of Mechanical Business I discussed why increases to the federal carbon tax should be getting us thinking about low-carbon heating solutions such as heat pumps and hybrid...
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