E-letter: Have and have-not sectors

The art of politics is a powerful art, indeed. I see in the recent kerfuffle in the States over trade that Canada’s dairy sector – a political sticking point – comprises only about 15,000 farmers. That is, there are 15,000 dairy farmers that get price support from the rest of us to ensure that they […]

Left and right of Senter

The idea of franchising is not new. Back in the ’50s, high-school girls on roller skates were the hallmark of then-new franchisor A&W Root Beer, which had already been in franchise since 1926. Alongside A&W in the ’50s was the then-fledgling Holiday Inn, inspired by the 1942 musical of the that name. If you look […]

E-letter: Bedhead entitlement

Sorry to bother everybody with Ontario politics, but there are bigger points that need airing. First, in case you hadn’t heard, after ruling Ontario with carefree abandon, the Ontario Liberals got their heads handed to them on a platter. Keeping only seven seats, they don’t even have official party status. In a matter of hours, […]

E-letter: Fossil of the future

The progress of mankind throughout history has been a mirror of mankind’s heartbeat, itself. You can almost hear it: consolidate, diversify. Consolidate, diversify. Consolidate/diversify. Societies were consolidated under emperors and kings, religions under popes and prophets, industries under magnates and megacorps…. And then they shatter into states, synods and competitors. Our own industries have been […]

E-letter: Pets and marketing

I often catch myself shaking my head at what we seem to be willing to accept from our celebrities and politicians. Essentially, I am talking about people that make their living by pretending they are something they are not. Year after year, we pay a king’s ransom to people that are nothing more than minstrels, […]

E-letter: Splitting in two

There are some interesting observations to be made around the Yellow Sea, all of a sudden. Taking North Korea first, it appears as if Kim Jong Un may actually agree to defuse tensions. Irrespective, I have never understood what he is. Possibly, in addition to using his friends and family for mortar practice and dog […]

E-letter: Plain English

Well, our redoubtable prime minister has made it into the world headlines once more, this time for man-‘splainin’ to a woman why she should say peoplekind instead of mankind. Peoplekind is neither in the dictionary nor the social lexicon, so we are left wondering what he meant, especially after a certain amount of backlash sent […]

E-letter: Resolution 2018 is in our hands

RESOLVED: That the future of the floor-covering industry in North America is entirely in the hands of the secondary floor-covering industry in North America.   Well, there it is, 2018, stretching out in front of us like some kind of latter-day Dominion Lands Act for us to claim, develop, sell off, build, plant or do […]

E-letter: A Christmas story

Winter has drifted its sheet of sleep over Canada. The first day of winter, they say, is Dec. 21. That is also my wedding anniversary day. It saves on memory stress. Winter is a time for story-telling, and I have one in mind as a departure from some of our more contemporary topic areas. So […]

E-letter: Design enhancers

Since the advent of desktop computers, the A&D community has been chasing the dream of how best to share their creative thoughts before material gets cut. Even longer than that, flooring retailers have constantly looked for the best visualization platforms to move merchandise, from in-store displays to local newspaper ads. In talking to architects, designers […]