E-letter: Investing in energy

Last week I received an e-mail from one of our advertisers asking for help. It said, “I need your help. I am reaching out to you to see if you can help me on some stats.” He went on to specify help in the areas of sales volumes, numbers of companies and construction numbers. This […]

Spam? No.

During Thanksgiving week, we saw a drastic sell-off in North American and worldwide stock markets. It scared almost everybody. All the TV pundits I saw blamed U.S. President Trump’s trade dealings, especially with China. Trump blamed the U.S. Federal Reserve and its raising of interest rates. But something else was going on. First, on October […]

E-letter: Harvest in the valley

What a lovely Thanksgiving in the valley! The leaves were in full riot, and the river out back was running low and clear most of the time. It got a little dull after a few showers, but cleared back up quickly. Harvest time has been the height of the year for all agrarian societies. Granted, […]

E-letter: The media the enemy — is Trump right?

It’s going to be a busy month behind the scenes for our sector, starting on September 19 or 20 in Southern Ontario, when The National Floor Covering Association (NFCA) will host a flooring education on Moisture Testing, Floor Flatness and National Standards. The first seminar will be Wednesday the 19th in Cambridge; the second will […]

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 caught it all right, when I saw the fruit sticker. I am not a fan of fruit stickers. I understand that lying, cowardly thieves try to by Honeycrisp apples for Jonathan […]

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, […]