Show business

Well, we’ve had it. Nowhere to go from here. GreenInUrbs, a European think tank citing its top achievement as an interactive website, has determined that trees create VOCs and contribute to ground-level ozone. Or, at least, they funded the study reported in May on ACS, (American Chemical Society). ACS, according to ACS, advances science, advocates […]

E-letter: Simple rule to prevent backfire

I grouse quite a bit about mass marketing. It deserves it. All it has accomplished so far, besides making a few people rich, is to focus society on its lowest common denominator. H.L. Mencken noted this phenomenon back in 1926: “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched […]

E-letter: Summer stories

It is summer in Canada, and life certainly could be worse. The economy is chugging along at a nice clip and the bellwether indicator for our sector, the number of building permits issued, is up nine percent in May. I understand our national media can find a cloud for every silver lining, but sometimes things […]

E-letter: Opening pitch

There is a lot to like as we enter the summer of 2017. Granted, my associates in the consumer press will find something negative to say, even if the day’s news is the Second Coming. But for us, all the indicators point up. Saturday’s National Post buried one of the most positive stories on page […]

E-letter: Clouds from both sides now

Watching politics these days is like watching a cloud of mosquitoes. If you focus on any individual, it can go in any direction, but if you back off and refocus, you can see it’s all one cloud and it moves as one. And you can’t get away from it. Sunday, France elected a man married […]

Canada-EU trade agreement opens doors

After three years of negotiations and two prime ministers, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union (EU) and Canada has been ratified by their respective houses of parliament. But what does this free trade agreement now mean for Canada’s secondary wood processing industry? That Canada is almost exclusively an importer of woodworking […]

E-letter: Generations

This is Holy Week across Christendom. It is fascinating in a way how a ages-old tradition such as Christianity can be promoted with ideological zealotry, persecuted with fanatic fervor and dismissed as a quaint folkway, all at the same time. I am not about to start preaching, but factual things fascinate me. Take The Bible, […]

Nothing like face-to-face

For those of you that saw this month’s e-letter, you noticed our concern for the increasing rate of pressure being put on entrepreneurships by society and government. If you didn’t get the letter, you can sign up at www.woodindustry.ca. It’s once a month, we don’t share your contact info and it gives us a chance […]

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E-letter: Absolute grok

It’s beginning to look a lot like warfare…. Not bomb-and-gun warfare, to be sure, but warfare, nonetheless. For example, we elected Justin Trudeau in our quaint, non-voting-for-Justin Trudeau way; the Americans elected Donald Trump. If there are any similarities between the two, they are either very minor or I am missing something. Big-League. Last month […]