E-letter: Coming out of hiding

There was an encouraging bit of news out of China last week. Disneyland Shanghai announced its reopening, and was rewarded with its opening-day ticket sales selling out in hours. Granted, the ticket sales were limited...

E-letter: Time to survive

As usual, the media are walking in a row like ducks, delivering the same message. It’s a good message: wash hands, social distance, stay home. I guess it’s good to hear it...

You are a handful

You know, you folks are not all that easy to write for. Seriously. For example, most of you are owners and managers of family owned businesses. Yes, we all know most of...

E-letter: Interesting times

The ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” is not an ancient Chinese curse, after all. But don’t you think it should be? I mean, after the past two...

E-letter: A valentine to free speech

The New York Daily News last week reported that a Wisconsin high school teacher has been placed on leave for tweeting he hopes conservative icon and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh...


Vetting naïve applicants

Do they have the space when you have the time? By Chris McKaskell, guest feature writer, London, Ont. Having spent time with all manner of cabinet...

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  • Mario Rivard on Door and countertop production driven by people, technology: “Hello, how can I stop and bring a warp counter back to normal, I put a piece in the middle…Apr 10, 11:23
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  • Razer on Wood stain provides long-lasting, natural finish for hardwoods and softwoods: “How does it perform on a typical western red Cedar deck located on the south side of a home in…Dec 14, 18:27
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  • Kerry Knudsen on What is the value of Pi?: “73,456 ?Aug 5, 13:17
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  • Allan CNC Automation on Creative energy: “Another great piece Alain. You always offer a fantastic perspective to incorporating technology in our work. I couldn't agree with…Feb 19, 11:59
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Plain English: “Hi, Debbie, I was not referring to Rob Porter. However, there have been a lot of allegations thrown around lately,…Feb 14, 11:44
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  • Alain on Creative energy: “Thanks, John. A very valid point. I like to think that we need to incorporate all these new digital technologies…Feb 13, 23:30
  • John Tregillas on Creative energy: “Hello Alain, Great read and right on point to embrace technology to develop creativity and manufacturing innovation. Our biggest challenge…Feb 10, 12:50
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  • Klaus Gabriel on E-letter: A Christmas story: “Well said. Well done, and Merry Christmas Kerry. Klaus - Swan Industries, Grande Prairie, AlbertaDec 21, 12:38
  • Paul Harder on CONTACT: “Re: "Social media gets an F" - Nov/Dec 2017 Issue No doubt the acknowledged challenge in the "digital arena" continues…Dec 19, 14:39
  • Jon on Wood is High-Tech: “Very true Alain, though my company STARTED with CNCs, we are acquiring more and more manual tools, like bandsaws of…Jun 6, 17:11
  • Kerry Knudsen on Nothing like face-to-face: “Dear Yuill, Not certain what you mean, but if MNR is Ministry of Natural Resources, I think we need to…May 23, 13:35
  • Yuill McGregor on Nothing like face-to-face: “Dear Kerry, I contacted you last month about needing a Canada wide association for our wood products that can promote…May 23, 13:33
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  • Leon Gingrich on E-letter: Generations: “Kerry I just want to thank you for at least mentioning the thought of Holy Week and Bible stories to…Apr 18, 11:59
  • Kerry Knudsen on Nothing like face-to-face: “You're on the list, Yuill. I hope to see you at WMS in November. kkApr 11, 13:49
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Generations: “Hi,Patrick, I was told long ago not to explain metaphors. I have no idea why. I'll need to think about…Apr 11, 13:48
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Generations: “Much appreciated. Best to have fun working, eh? kkApr 11, 13:40
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  • Patrick Arbuthnot on E-letter: Generations: “Kerry, I truly enjoy reading your articles. You can tell it come from the heart. mentioning Holy Week in a…Apr 11, 12:15
  • Yuill McGregor on Nothing like face-to-face: “Dear Kerry, Sign me up. We need a Canada wide association for our wood products that we can all get…Apr 7, 15:35
  • Chris Yen on Pause the panic button: “Thank you for the editorial 'Pause the panic button'. It is both fair and clearly stated.Feb 10, 15:39
  • Valerie Peterson on Why ask why?: “As always, very well said, Kerry. Your reference to failed climate change initiatives and the schemes behind them inspired me…Jan 11, 14:31
  • Jim Hickey on Why ask why?: “The most 'Right On' article I've read in a very long time!Jan 11, 11:54
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Carbon grizzly footprint: “Hi, Bryce, Not to be corrective, but to let other readers know, you likely meant to address this to me,…Oct 16, 10:25
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  • Bryce Comer on E-letter: Carbon grizzly footprint: “Sorry Chris, Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but you're basing your argument on what? Certainly not science. You state…Oct 12, 13:10
  • Rob VM on E-letter: Running amok: “Sorry Kerry, I think the only person running "Amok" here is you! Lumping Colin K's protest in with the Occupy…Oct 7, 19:53
  • Karl Janzen on Splatter: “Good article as usual. There seems to be little appreciation for the risk/liability and employer carries. In addition, the law…Sep 30, 12:32




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