Balance, for now

It was harder than I had anticipated. But that’s because I didn’t think it through. I wanted to visit a furniture factory in Cambodia, and...

Obligations for travelling

Out of sight, but not out of mind By Jeremy Warning Many workers are required to travel as part of their jobs. They may travel for...

Wood is High-Tech

Welcome to our sector’s new reality By Alain Albert Only a short time ago, you could open the hood of your car and there was an...

Ruling on car wash

Training and supervision By Jeremy Warning On November 30, 2012, the Ontario Court of Justice released its decision in R. v. 679052 Ontario Limited (c.o.b. as...

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...

A world of red tape

From good intentions to filling out forms The premise of industrial design is, generally speaking, that of providing a benefit to somebody. Somebodies, actually. The...

Discrimination law

Terminating for legitimate business reasons By Michelle MacGillivray and Evan VanDyk When deciding to terminate an individual’s employment, many employers are unaware of the potential human...

Order or chaos?

There is a lot to be known when one sets out to design products. Probably too much. The complexities of production have multiplied with...

Big labour changes here

At this point, many of us have heard about the increases to the minimum wage that have taken effect across the province of Ontario. This...

Small claims court

Going to court can be expensive. However, in some circumstances, a lower-cost option is available. The Small Claims Court is a branch of the Ontario Superior...