New partnerships

Alliances promote education and value We may not have been able to bridge our connections in Canada completely yet, but the CFCRA has been making great inroads with many other organizations locally and around the world. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification, also known as the IICRC, has been asked to team up with […]

Failures as a teachable moment

Another 1,000 words First, I want to thank the readers that reached out to me about my last column “Worth 1,000 words.” I asked about how you liked the format and the reaction was very positive. Here are a couple of examples of problems I saw recently that are nothing new, but installers still made […]

Must employers accommodate medical cannabis? Maybe not

The emphasis is in “may not”, or at least that is the conclusion reached by a court in Newfoundland. In International Brotherhood Lower Churchill Transmission Construction Employers’ Assn. Inc. v IBEW, Local 1620 (Tizzard), Re, 2018 CarswellNfld 198, the court found that the employer, Valdar Construction LP (“Valdar”), did not make a mistake when it […]

Minimal: Design’s love affair with economy

I’ve been intrigued by minimal expression for a long time: practically as long as I can remember. There were pictures of the cave paintings at Lascaux in the encyclopedia that we had at home, when I was a child, and I marvelled at how much was accomplished with so little. At the gestures that spoke […]

Designs revealed for Park Hyatt Hotel

Oxford Properties Group has revealed designs for its redevelopment of Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto, Ont. Long considered to be one of the most venerable sites in Toronto, and one of the most iconic addresses, Park Hyatt Toronto will be fully modernized through Toronto-based Oxford’s plans that will restore the buildings to their true landmark […]

Havwoods adds new showroom manager

After Havwoods International recently opened its first Canadian showroom in Toronto, Ont., it introduced Dana Bronikova as the showroom manager. Bronikova, who comes from a background in luxury retail and furniture sales, will drive the development of the Havwoods brand in Toronto and the surrounding areas.

Canada’s solid reasons for embracing hard surfaces

FOLKS IN THE FLOOR COVERING BUSINESS are passionate about what they offer, none more so than tile and stone suppliers. With all of the materials competition in Canada — carpet, resilient, hardwood, engineered floors — what makes solid surfaces such as tile and stone so appealing? In some cases, the economic argument to the client […]

On being Canadian

Reflections spanning the border VIRTUALLY EVERY CONVERSATION between newly acquainted Canadians and Americans begins with health care. Which system is better? Twenty-five years ago, the call seemed to go to the U.S., based on expenditures, wait times, spectrum of services covered, etc. Now, no so much. Currently, both Canada and the U.S. are growing their […]

Flooring-installation tapes provide instant bond and no moisture limits

Two new products for installing resilient and wood flooring called Mapecontact MRT and Mapecontact SRT have been announced by Mapei. The double-sided tapes are suitable for concrete slabs containing high moisture content, as well as for installers in need of quick installation times. Mapecontact MRT is designed for the rapid and permanent installation of solid […]

Marble-look porcelain tiles available in two size formats

Vitromex USA has announced the Soberano line of glazed porcelain tiles. Design with a marble look, the tiles are said to carry intense white veins that strongly contrast with the rich dark hue. Including rectified edges, the collection will be available in a Nero colour, consisting of a dark brown-grey base with white veins that […]