E-letter: Resolution 2018 is in our hands

RESOLVED: That the future of the secondary wood-products industry in North America is entirely in the hands of the secondary wood-products industry in North America. Well, there it is, 2018, stretching out in front of us like some kind of latter-day Dominion Lands Act for us to claim, develop, sell off, build, plant or do […]

The leadership list

WMS this year was genuinely fun for us at Wood Industry. We especially enjoyed the Manufacturers’ Roundtable we put on at the Royal Ambas­sador north of the show venue, and we want to thank our sponsors and attendees once more, sponsors comprising Akhurst, Axalta, Grass Canada, Precision Drive Systems, Super Thin Saws, Taurus Craco, Weima […]

E-letter: A Christmas story

Winter has drifted its sheet of sleep over Canada. The first day of winter, they say, is Dec. 21. That is also my wedding anniversary day. It saves on memory stress. Winter is a time for story-telling, and I have one in mind as a departure from some of our more contemporary topic areas. So […]

E-letter: On the backs of small business

Many people will recall that back in 2012 Wood Industry polled its readers as to whether the Wood Manufacturing Council should be further investigated, following a series of refusals to communicate about WMC’s undertakings by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). Unfortunately, under the burden of many projects, a small staff and other pressing […]

E-letter: Peer expertise

A presenter at a recent seminar came right out and said it. He said anybody that buys an ad page in a magazine should expect a page of editorial as “value-added.” Then he topped it off by claiming his method is “an industry standard.” For one thing, I am sure you know by now that […]

Rendezvous WMS

One of our readers wrote in last month with a capital idea, in my opinion. He said President Trump should shave off the sides of his hair in a Kim Jung Un mimic, go on TV and say, I am coming for you. It would never work, but the visual in my head got me […]

E-letter: Disasters fake and real

The National Post, Financial Post, last Friday on page FP4 buried a headline at the bottom of the page: “Housing bubble not as vulnerable as thought.” In addition to being cold-oatmeal writing, as a bubble is already a vulnerability in a market, the headline is just plain cowardly. It is the National Post over the […]

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 […]