Three boards

There are some lovely little boats on the upper Mekong River. They are made with only three boards. The one in the centre is basically parallel edged, but bent while lying flat, to raise both ends. Attached to this lengthwise, at 45 degrees, are planks (garboards) that are basically a long crescent shape, sweeping up […]

Documents matter

It pays to maintain proper corporate records ARE YOU THINKING OF SELLING or financing your business? Are you involved in shareholders’ dispute? Or, perhaps worse yet, is your business being audited by the taxing authorities or involved in a litigation? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will likely find that maintaining […]

Design earns its due

It wasn’t that long ago that the word design was primarily used to describe a state of scheming, usually nefariously, for the purpose of acquiring something or someone. One might have “designs” on… It doesn’t seem to be used that way so much anymore. It now generally implies a connection with creativity. There is an […]

Investigating sexual harassment in the workplace

Happy Co. is a small company specializing in the production, sale and installation of custom flooring products in Ontario. Its head office, fabrication plant and retail location (the “plant”) has 20 employees. Happy Co.’s service and installation department also employs 20 employees (techs) that work off-site. At the beginning of each day, the techs must […]

When shareholders don’t share

Alex and Justin are equal shareholders of a food packaging company. The two of them met over 12 years ago when they were both working as salespeople for a beverage company. They became good friends and with their shared desire to become entrepreneurs, they decided to start their business together. Justin has always been more […]

True Nordic strong and free

Wood has been an important material in the world of furniture design for a very long time. But by the mid 20th century, there were a lot of competing materials, reflecting new technologies and modernism in general. Despite that, Canada retained a strong loyalty to wood. A very fine exhibit has been mounted that illustrates […]

Tools for the job

As a young adult, I was seized by the idea of becoming a product designer. That would be a good description of what occurred. I was seized and the idea didn’t let go. At first, I had no idea of what kind of products I wanted to design. By Paul Epp My earliest design activities […]

Purchase tips for commercial or industrial condos

Buying a new commercial or industrial condominium unit directly from the builder or a resale condominium unit can be a confusing process, especially for first time buyers. By Maja Mitrovic If you are purchasing a new Unit, the builder will usually require you to sign the builder’s form of agreement of purchase and sale (the […]

Powers of attorney: Property and person

Although most individuals understand the importance of having a will, the importance of having a Power of Attorney for Property and a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is often overlooked. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives another individual the right to act on one’s behalf during the grantor’s lifetime. There […]

Higher-margin strategy tough with wood

Traditionally, our approach has largely been that of selling commodities, of which dimensioned lumber for light timber framing (2 x 4s) and paper products have had the largest market share. Canada has a more than abundant supply of wood and with commodities frequently under pricing pressure, it has made sense to look at adding value […]