E-letter: Have and have-not sectors

The art of politics is a powerful art, indeed. I see in the recent kerfuffle in the States over trade that Canada’s dairy sector – a political sticking point – comprises only about 15,000 farmers. That is, there are 15,000 dairy farmers that get price support from the rest of us to ensure that they […]

E-letter: Bedhead entitlement

Sorry to bother everybody with Ontario politics, but there are bigger points that need airing. First, in case you hadn’t heard, after ruling Ontario with carefree abandon, the Ontario Liberals got their heads handed to them on a platter. Keeping only seven seats, they don’t even have official party status. In a matter of hours, […]

Trilateral best deal

THOSE OF YOU THAT KNOW THIS MAGAZINE know we don’t endorse products and we don’t involve advertising or advertisers in our editorial content. The reasons for this are many and strong, but largely editorial involvement in advertising invariable leads to conflicts, deceived readers and irritated suppliers. The whole practice, as is in evidence, is remarkably […]

E-letter: Fossil of the future

The progress of mankind throughout history has been a mirror of mankind’s heartbeat, itself. You can almost hear it: consolidate, diversify. Consolidate, diversify. Consolidate/diversify. Societies were consolidated under emperors and kings, religions under popes and prophets, industries under magnates and megacorps…. And then they shatter into states, synods and competitors. Our own industries have been […]

E-letter: Pets and marketing

I often catch myself shaking my head at what we seem to be willing to accept from our celebrities and politicians. Essentially, I am talking about people that make their living by pretending they are something they are not. Year after year, we pay a king’s ransom to people that are nothing more than minstrels, […]

Noxious skivvies

There has been a ruling on the formaldehyde issue in the States, and you can read about it here. All parties seem to agree that it’s favourable to them, and it should be favourable to us. At minimum, we can now plan and prepare knowing what will be expected. In a rare twist, even Shanghai […]

E-letter: Splitting in two

There are some interesting observations to be made around the Yellow Sea, all of a sudden. Taking North Korea first, it appears as if Kim Jong Un may actually agree to defuse tensions. Irrespective, I have never understood what he is. Possibly, in addition to using his friends and family for mortar practice and dog […]

E-letter: Plain English

Well, our redoubtable prime minister has made it into the world headlines once more, this time for man-‘splainin’ to a woman why she should say peoplekind instead of mankind. Peoplekind is neither in the dictionary nor the social lexicon, so we are left wondering what he meant, especially after a certain amount of backlash sent […]

Carbon politics

There are no words to describe the gratitude I have for those of you that responded to our annual November Readers’ Survey. This is the main tool we have to demonstrate to advertisers that you are real, you are reading and you care. No other magazine in the market can come close you as an […]

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 […]