Partners in learning

Groups want to collaborate with CFCRA on education The CFCRA is a shareholder of the ANSI Standard-producer, Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC). The largest association in the world for cleaning is the ISSA — the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. The ISSA recently took over the management of the CSSA in Canada. This is […]

Worth 1,000 words

Teachable moments from others’ mistakes It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are four pictures of situations I’ve encountered and about a thousand words about these situations that can help floor coverers and specifiers avoid similar failures. RESILIENT FLOORING I had a recent site visit to the lobby of an […]

Things matter

Some so very much more than others Things matter. Material things. Of course they do. But they don’t all matter the same; we have our favourites. Things usually refers to what has been made. Especially made with an intention. An old distinction has been made between that which is utilitarian, like tools and that which […]

Employee resignations

Not all legal obligations are on employers A resignation can be emotionally charged, so it helps to be reminded of the consequences of saying or hearing the words “I quit.” Contrary to popular belief, there is no law that stipulates that employees must give two weeks, or any other prescribed amount of notice of their […]

Steve McKenna takes the reins as NAFCD president

The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) has announced that Steve McKenna will serve as president for 2019. He is also the owner of McKenna Distribution, R&M Flooring Distributors and Luxury Granite, Quartz & Marble in Regina, Sask. His parents founded the company in 1985 when he was just two years old. McKenna […]

Interior Design Show in Toronto attracts over 50,000

The Interior Design Show (IDS19) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in January attracted over 50,000 from Toronto, Ont., and around the world. IDS19 featured IDS Contract, a B2B trade-only exposition and conference that brought an additional 100 exhibitors, 60 conference sessions and a number of new feature areas aimed at B2B trade professionals. With […]

NFCA welcomes four new members

National Floor Covering Association (NFCA) of Surrey, B.C., has announced four new members. Antex Western of Winnipeg, Man., is a new contractor member representing NFCA standards, quality assurance and best practices in Manitoba’s floor covering industry. North West Rubber of Abbotsford, B.C., and Polyflor of Mississauga, Ont., are new members, also supporting flooring industry quality assurance and […]

The HGTV effect

Celebrity culture and social media drive consumers’ design thinking A wife, a husband and a contractor walk into a bar — no, make that a retail flooring store. The start of a joke? No, but it’s the inevitable start of a design process, as each brings a set of creative ideas about the next home […]

Carpet tile flooring features patterns based on cloud formations

The Tessera Cloudscape collection of carpet tiles from Forbo Flooring Systems has 16 colour options, with each one designed to resemble changeable cloud formations. The palette ranges from oranges and blues, to greens and greys, all with the collection’s signature dappled finish. Each colourway is named after different weather phenomena. Darker shades have names that […]

Red List-free enhanced resilient tile and planks

Pivot Point line Red List-free enhanced resilient tile from Mohawk holds Living Product Challenge Petal Certification and is manufactured using alternative chemistry. Design and colour draw inspiration come from fresh, natural materials and biophilic influence, the company says. The line features four wood and four textile patterns in a 7 x 48 in. plank format […]