Workers from abroad

By Dennis Furlan The year 2010 saw 283,096 temporary foreign workers come to Canada, which is the most in our country’s history. As NDP leader...

What’s going on at the Border?

By Dennis Furlan On February 4, 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper travelled to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Barack Obama. Together, they issued a joint...

Opinions and optimism

Wood Industry's reader survey: Canadian manufacturers weight in This should surprise nobody, but most of you prefer that your magazines give you what you want,...

Safety Focus 2011: Do the safety dance

A brave new world in safety compliance? By Dennis Furlan On Christmas Eve, 2009, four men fell to their deaths while working on a scaffold situated...

Evolutionary design

Technological advances open new design frontiers Evolutionary design is a computer process of creating large sets of solutions to a design problem, then whittling down...

Management by measurement

When was the last time you evaluated your managers’ contributions to the bottom line?   Every time a recession rolls around, the cuts start at the...

Fresh talent

Canada’s immigrants:Education, drive and creativity Canadian realtors are saying prices and sales of luxury homes are at an all-time high. Canadian manufacturers of high-end custom...

Modular design

Simplify, standardize, think modular -- For greater product diversity, better margins and new markets The words modular design, and platform-based product development, frequently appear in...

Software addresses real-life variables

Tracking distortion New Swedish research attacks the huge data issues in trying to analyze distortion during drying for laminated, engineered wood products. In order to...

Lockout / tag-out

Your company’s first line of defence against worker injury  In 2004, a millwright in Hearst, Ont., was adjusting belts and a tray on a loader/press/unloader...
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