Warning WMC

It is our understanding an entity claiming to be the "Wood Manufacturing Council" is looking to the industry for input. Please be aware that Wood...

August 2011 e-letter

Canada’s building permits were $6.6 billion in June, up 2.1 percent from May, when growth was 20.9 percent. We also added 7,000 jobs in...

E-letter: Fruit stickers and ads

I got home from my bike ride last week, grabbed a banana from the fruit bowl and sat down to catch my breath. I...

E-letter: Motion detection

I got a new trail camera for Christmas. This should be a fairly innocuous fact, but it turns out it’s complicated. As I have mentioned...

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...

1833: The last duel

I think you will agree it is reasonable for normal people to be confused by the antics going on in media, entertainment and politics....

E-letter: Running amok

American football player Colin Kaepernick’s antics, refusing to stand during the national anthem, have the media all-abuzz. Self-styled experts on the U.S. Bill of Rights are doing...

Remember to understand

Today is Remembrance Day. While you are reading this, I am getting a tooth extracted. Life goes on. Or does it? Remembrance Day was instituted following...

E-letter: Outsider trading

Despite last week's convulsions in the stock market, I resolved to ignore stocks in this note. It's all people are talking about. So I...

July 2011 e-letter

Did you notice at the end of the last e-letter I mentioned free beer? Canada is known world-wide for its beer. The Germans, of course,...