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REM Awareness Program Launched

July 17, 2006
Mike Burns, chair of the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) recently announced the launch of Responsible Equipment Management (REM), an industry awareness and responsibility program concerning decommissioned HVACR equipment.
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HRAI Signs Technology Agreement With HARDI

July 3, 2006
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) recently signed an agreement with the Heating Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) to bring the HARDITek initiative to HRAI members.
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Smartcool Expands Into Food Service Distribution Industry

June 19, 2006
Smartcool Systems Inc. announced that Tapia Bros., Maywood, Calif., one of the largest food service distributors to Mexican restaurants in the United States, has requested that Smartcool's Energy Savings Module (ESM) 4000 be installed in all of its distribution centers throughout the southwestern United States.
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Quebec Hopes Energy Strategy Will Foster Change

June 12, 2006
The Quebec government recently released a summary of the Quebec Energy Strategy 2006-2015. The energy strategy has six objectives.
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Rebate Program Terminated After Criticism

June 5, 2006
Hydro Ottawa has terminated its energy efficiency rebate program offered through Direct Energy after criticism from HRAI and the HRAC National Capital Region chapter suggested that it precludes fair competition and denies opportunities to those who are not customers of Direct Energy.
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BPV Compliance Workshops Offered

May 29, 2006
The deadline for compliance with the TSSA's Boilers and Pressure Vessels (BPV) regulations is June 30. To assist its members in compliance with the regulatory requirements, the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors of Canada (HRAC) and the TSSA will be holding regional half-day workshops on understanding and implementing the requirements of the BPV regulation.
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'Cool Savings Rebate' Program Underway

May 22, 2006
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is partnering with the Conservation Bureau of the Ontario Power Authority in a residential air conditioning incentive program, "Cool Savings Rebate," to promote preseason maintenance and replacement of old, inefficient systems.
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Wholesaler Stats Review

May 15, 2006
As reported by the Profit Planning Group (per CIPH's Market Data Report), total plumbing, PVF/industrial, waterworks, hydronics, and HVACR estimated sales show a 15 percent increase for the month of February 2006 in comparison to February 2005.
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Skills Events Successful

May 8, 2006
Sixteen students from four Ontario secondary schools competed in the Secondary School Student Challenge at the Skills Center exhibit during CMX/CIPHEX 2006. Also, the Post-Secondary Heating System Technician Competition pitted post-secondary students in competition, and a new event - the Master's Fun Challenge - was introduced.
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OEB Rules on Direct Energy Appeal

May 1, 2006
In March, Direct Energy filed a motion with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to "review and vary" its decision in the 2006 Enbridge Rates case, a decision which may require separation of the Enbridge and Direct Energy bills by Jan. 1, 2007. In April, the OEB held its ground on the original decision but retracted its requirement for the separation of bills by Jan. 1, 2007.
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