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 […]

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 […]

Duties and liabilities of directors and officers

It is a common misconception that if you are a director or officer of a private corporation you cannot be held personally liable for acting as such; after all, a corporation was incorporated to run your business to avoid personal liability. However, directors and officers of a corporation can be held personally liable should they […]

Stagecoach stop reno

Boutique hostel rhapsodizes bohemians BACK IN THE 19TH CENTURY, stagecoach travel meant that relay stations popped up all over North America, including Quebec. There would be a place to water, feed and rest horses, as well as accommodations for hungry, weary travelers. One such “le relais de la diligence” (relay station) built in 1849 in […]

Evolution of safety floors

Although it’s not an “official” category of its own, for over 30 years, there has been a resilient flooring product commonly called “Safety Flooring.” This material was developed in Europe as a resilient flooring option for wet slip resistance that is an alternative to quarry tile or poured epoxy. By incorporating an abrasive aggregate such […]

Alternatives to virtuous vegetation

I hate kale. I realize that that’s not very politically-correct of me. Kale is overfull of virtue and its consumption will undoubtedly keep me cancer-free and wholesome in every way. But I don’t like it. I kind of wish I did, but I don’t and the vague social compulsion I feel to embrace it actually […]

Star struck

Designers overly impressed with their work? Many years ago, back in the first century BC, the architect and author Vitruvius laid out the objectives for good architecture. His rules can reasonably be applied to design and they have weathered well: Firmitas (stability), Utilitas (usefulness) and Venustas (attractiveness). The things we make, whether buildings, chairs or […]

Installation management

Important details for commercial projects About 40 years ago, I started working full-time in this industry and since then I have worked in retail sales, technical support and commercial sales, having worked with most types of floor covering along the way. One thing that has not changed since 1978 is the common opinion that our industry has a […]