Due diligence

A good story told through documents By Jeremy Warning It is commonly understood that a party charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act can avoid...

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...

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...

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...

Oblivious: Designers must see the trees for the forest

I really like maple trees, but the tree that I’m the most familiar with is actually the most common tree in Canada, the Populus...

Right to repair

Preventing waste is a responsibility To be a designer is to be very lucky. It’s our job to dream and to turn these dreams into reality. What...

Growth rings

Annals of our work, thick and thin One of the many beauties of wood is their growth rings. These variations in the rate of growth,...

Natural form

The evolving nature of design It is often said that form follows function, but it rarely does — at least not that simply. Form follows...

Employee resignations

Not all legal obligations are on employers A resignation can be emotionally charged, so it helps to be reminded of the consequences of saying or...

Trade shows

Why we bother I’ve begun to wonder how many hours I’ve spent walking the aisles of trade shows. I know it will be a big...