School with a view

St. Lawrence River provides backdrop METIS BEACH INTERMEDIATE school in small town Métis-sur- Mer, Que., serves approximately 90 English-speaking children from Matanie, Mitis, Matapedia and Rimouski Regional county municipality. Established in 1829 on the south side of the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, the school setting provides spectacular views of the water and nearby […]

Waterproof floors

Don’t oversell and don’t under-test I was planning a writing evening after work and thinking about my column that would address some issues related to concrete moisture concerns in floor coverings. Coincidentally, I started my day on a conference call with several people from my company. As we were reviewing a variety of flooring products […]

Design by Post-it

Contemplation beyond sticky notes I was recently a guest critic at a student presentation at a design university. It was very slick, with excellent graphics. As it scrolled along, I felt sure that I was seeing the results of what I call Design-by-Post-It-Notes. And, sure enough, the presentation eventually showed some evidence of process and […]

Your will(s)

When and why to have more than one In some Canadian jurisdictions, a person can have more than one will. The main reason for using multiple wills is to save probate tax. Assume an individual, call her Betty, dies in Ontario and owns the following assets at her death: a home owned jointly as joint […]

Retirement resonates

Serene surfaces inspired by nature LAST FALL, MORE than 350 resident seniors, their families, community members and dignitaries celebrated the official Grand Opening a new retirement community in Ajax, Ont. Westney Gardens was the brainchild of Revera, an owner, operator and investor in the senior-living sector, who invested $50 million to bring the modern, environmentally […]

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 […]

Dealership delight

Crossing a high-end finish line BACK IN 2016, PORSCHE CARS CANADA, along with the Lauzon Group dealership network, broke ground to extend its automotive list of retail locations with the addition of Porsche Centre Rive-Sud in Montreal’s South Shore. The four-level facility spans 100,000 square feet that includes interior parking, a 17-car showroom, 15 service bays, a […]

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 […]