Aluminum wiring remains a hot topic

MISSISSAUGA (Feb 19, 2016) – Forty per cent of residential fires are electrical in nature and Mississauga residents who live in older homes and homes with aluminum wire pose a higher fire risk.

Birnie CurrentSAFE is on a mission to educate these residents about the life-threatening electrical hazards that lurk behind their walls.

In partnership with the ESA and the Mississauga Fire Department, CurrentSAFE will be hosting a free home safety seminar to educate attendees about the dangers associated with aluminum wire and what they can do to protect their investments.

The event will take place on Tuesday March 22nd at the Garry W. Morden Training Centre.

“We had a full house last year at the Garry Morden Training centre, so we know people are concerned about aluminum wiring in their homes,” said Tim Birnie, President of Birnie CurrentSAFE, a Mississauga-based electrical contractor that has inspected hundreds of Ontario homes for potential electrical hazards.

The seminar, entitled Aluminum Wiring: Debunking the Myths, also features a presentation by Michele Aplin, Public Education officer for Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services. Her presentation includes valuable information to help families prepare fire prevention and escape plans.

Ted Olechna, Director Codes and Standards Support, Chief Engineer for the Electrical Safety Authority, ESA, will be speaking about new arc-fault interrupter technologies that are proven to reduce the risk of fire by more than 70 percent.

The Electrical Safety Authority has issued a number of warnings about potential hazards of aluminum wiring related to overheating and failure of aluminum wiring terminations at outlets, light switches and other termination points.

“Aluminum oxidizes at termination points, and this can lead to failure and the potential for a serious electrical fire without proper maintenance,” added Mr. Birnie.

The first 25 Attendees to pre- register online at or call 1-855-569-1818, will receive a free CO alarm.

WHERE: Garry W. Morden Centre, 7535 Ninth Line, Mississauga
WHEN: Tuesday, March 22nd, 7 – 8:30 p.m. / Registration 6:30 p.m.

For further information, please contact:
Angela Hoyos
Marketing Coordinator
905-569-1818 x 229 /

Birnie Electric, founded in 1967, is committed to promoting safety at work and at home. Birnie employs a team of skilled service electricians, each with an average of 20 years’ electrical experience. They are fully insured, background security checked and covered under WSIB. In addition to delivering the Birnie CurrentSAFE program to residential customers, Birnie Electric provides design/build, electrical contracting and datacomm services to developers and contractors as well as to commercial and industrial businesses throughout Ontario.

Residential Aluminum Wiring
Background Fact Sheet

  • Aluminum wiring was widely used in new home construction during the 1960s and 1970s as the price of copper skyrocketed.
  • Aluminum wiring also used by home renovators during the same period.
  • The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) states: Reported problems with aluminum wiring have been related to the overheating and failure of aluminum wiring terminations. This is due to aluminum’s tendency to oxidize and its incompatibility with devices designed for use with copper wiring. Warm cover plates or discolouration of switches or receptacles, flickering lights, or the smell of hot plastic insulation may evidence these problems.
  • Many homes contain a dangerous mix of aluminum and copper wiring, creating additional hazards where the two types of wiring are interlinked.
  • Most modern ‘designer’ electrical devices are not compatible with aluminum wiring.
  • The potential hazards of aluminum wiring can be eliminated through inspection and by updating all termination points with one of three accepted remedial measures.

Mississauga has Winter Fun for Everyone

Mississauga is a winter playground full of fun and exciting things to do and see. Experience the season to the fullest and explore all that the city offers – even if Jack Frost is nippin’ at your nose. Dress for the weather and get ready to have some fun!

Lacing up Your Skates

This winter season, sharpen your skates, remove your skate guards and enjoy a few laps around one of the city’s many skating rinks. Whether you’re looking to warm up on an indoor rink or leisurely skate under stars outdoors, you’re sure to find a rink that meets your needs. Visit:

Exploring City Parks and Trails

Mississauga has over 480 parks, which means that you can explore one park every day of the year and still have more to see! The city has an impressive 300km of trails (which is equivalent to driving from Mississauga to Niagara Falls and back). Strap on your hiking shoes, fill a backpack with your favourite snacks and explore some of the prettiest parks and forests in the GTA. Visit:

Winter is also a great time to get in touch with nature. If you can’t make it out to Riverwood Conservancy to bird watch, we’ll bring the birds to you! Check out their live Birdcam.

Cheering for Your Local Favourites

Mississauga has a number of amazing local sport teams, so grab a few friends and head over to the Mississauga Hershey Centre to cheer them on. Grab some pom pom’s, drinks and snacks and get ready to cheer your heart out as you take in a Mississauga Steelheads hockey game or watch the Raptor’s 905 sink some hoops at a basketball game.

Cozying up with a Live Performance

On those cold winter days, warm up with a dose of live music or an engaging theatrical performance. Meadowvale Theatre and Living Arts Centre offer live shows from dance, sing-a-longs, open mic performances and more. Sit back and enjoy some laughs and music and forget that the cold ever bothered you anyways. Visit: and

Maple Syrup Kind of Mood

It’s that time of year, when Maple trees all over the GTA are being tapped for maple syrup. Canadians love their maple syrup and there is no better time to learn about this sticky and sweet Canuck staple than heading over to the Bradley Museum for the annual Maple Magic maple syrup festival (March 14 to 19). Enjoy demonstrations, guided tours, activities and the sweet taste of maple syrup poured over warm, fluffy pancakes. Visit:

Heralding Spring in Port Credit

iMAGEMAKEE presents “Flower Power”

“Flower Power” – opening reception, March 10, 7-9

PORT CREDIT, ON – Vivid colour will emblazon the walls of Imagemaker Gallery from March 7 – March 31. Florals will decorate the gallery, transforming it into a garden of delightful beauty. Nancy Phillips, Denise Morrison, Geraldine Gillingham, Anne Henvey and Meena Chopra have interpreted their vision of the beauty that lies in nature. From magnified single blooms to fields of blurred colour, nature’s hues are captured on canvas.

“I’m inspired by the wonder of nature….sometimes I paint in a realistic style, re-creating scenery, other times I’m caught in a wave of whimsy and let my mind and brush go wherever they wish”, explains Henvey.

Painting is an intuitive process for Gillingham, where she lays down marks with pastel, charcoal, and acrylics, dips and pours, then adds layers of luscious saturated oils to reveal joy, movement, and excitement in each completed work.

Phillips watercolours tend toward soft, more poetic interpretations, while Morrison often paints very large work, heavily textured.

Chopra says, “My art is my search for the moments beyond the ones of self knowledge. A stillness that moves within! An intense search for my origin and ultimate identity”.

Five artists with a wide range of visions and techniques brought together by a shared love of the beauty surrounding us in nature.


Immerse yourself in some Canadian Art History by joining Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood as it presents two exhibitions featuring artists in the ‘third chapter’ of their lives.

For the first time, 88 year-old Ron Lambert, heralded as one of Canada’s first abstract artists of his generation, will present Summer of ’47 Paintings by Ron Lambert at Visual Arts Mississauga. Lamberts’ magnificent works will be displayed from February 27 to 28, 2016. An Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1 pm.

Summer of ’47 Paintings by Ron Lambert captures a special moment in time when Lambert was a student of the legendary German-American art modernist Hans Hofmann. During this breakthrough period, Lambert created a stunning portfolio of paintings that were inspired by Hofmann’s famous ‘Friday critiques’. Sixty-nine years later, he is publicly showing his carefully preserved works that were created during this time. Lambert was only 16 years of age when his painting Oshawa Harbour was purchased by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s permanent collection. For more information, please visit Youtube at  and Facebook:

VAM is also pleased to present Third Chapter: An Exhibition Celebrating Lifelong Creativity on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 2016. The exhibition features works by artists Eileen Oswald, Ed Clarke, John W. Reid and participants of VAM’s ArtReach for Older Adults Program (Credit Valley Seniors, Peel Senior Link Residents and Malton Village Adult Day Centre). An Opening Reception and Artist Talk by Petra Zantingh, BFA MA, will take place on Saturday, February 20 at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend. For more information on ArtReach for Older Adults, please visit

ABOUT VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA AT RIVERWOOD:  VAM was founded in 1978 and strives to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation of the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences. VAM offers a variety of studio arts courses for children, teens, adults and older adults as well as summer camps, school programs, exhibitions, Artsy Parties and ArtReach for schools and corporate team-building. Please visit for more details.