Wood is slow

Now, that’s kind of a funny way to describe wood. Why would a description of movement be applied to wood? Wood doesn’t move, at least not by itself. But we move wood. In particular, we move it into tools or tools into it. And it is the nature of Wood is slow wood to require […]

Good faith: It’s the law

Business transactions often involve contracts, where one party undertakes something in exchange for something from the other party. By Edwin Upenieks The contract spells out both parties’ obligations, but not necessarily how the parties should act while discharging those obligations. While the common law requires parties to act honestly when fulfilling contractual obligations, a recent […]

How wood works

I think that I shall never see,a poem as lovely as a tree… — Joyce Kilmer. Actually, a tree is simply an apparatus that facilitates photosynthesis. It puts the little factories, the leaves or the needles, up there out of the way of other things where they can do their job. The tree itself is […]

Selling your business?

Business owners that run their own companies invest huge amounts of time, money and expertise to make their businesses successful, and should be able to reap the maximum reward when they sell.

Good-natured trees

My 91-year-old mother, who doesn’t know where she lives or if she’s had breakfast yet, is enthralled by trees. When we go for walks, she stops and gazes up at them in joyous wonder. I asked her what it was about trees that caught her attention so thoroughly. She replied that it was because trees […]

Better all the time

Even before I became as involved with canoes and canoeing as I eventually did, I found it easy to admire this ‘frail craft of an aqueous navigation.’ All the lines were gentle curves, and, even when at rest, these little boats looked like they were in motion. While I was admiring one in particular, the […]

The Wood Age

When Curtis LeMay suggested that the U.S. ought to “bomb them (the Vietnamese) back to the Stone Age,” he was using a reference to a common way of describing the pre-historical technological development of humankind. The sequence is: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age. What about the Wood Age? The uses for stone was would […]

Expanded OHS obligations

By Cheryl A. Edwards and Jeremy Warning An incident in which a male spectator at a Toronto soccer match uttered a vulgar phrase into the microphone of a female television reporter has, again, generated intense public discussion regarding the issue of sexual harassment. This incident has added to the recent list of allegations of sexual […]

In the woods

  I have been lucky enough to spend quite a bit of recent time in the woods. Specifically, the mid-British Columbian woods, which means a lot of spruce, some pine and some aspen, mostly. Anywhere in Canada, urban people like me flock to the lakes, to fish or swim and relax and maybe just to […]

Wood: A friendly word that describes material, work

Wood is what trees are made of, or at least part it. The main part. The part between the roots and the leaves. The inner part. Wood is basically cellulose fibres, held together with lignin. The fibres are mostly a water transport system, upwards, between the roots and the leaves. Lignin is the glue that holds […]