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 […]

St. John’s hospitality

Newfoundland ambience inspires hotel reno TRANSFORMING THE DESIGN OF HOTEL public spaces is necessary to the lifeblood of any innkeeper. The Delta Hotels by Marriott St. John’s Conference Centre in Newfoundland was certainly in need of a transfusion in the spring of 2016. According to Kara MacGregor, principal at Mac Interior Design of Halifax, N.S., […]

Workplace investigations

More common, and must be done right Investigations into claims of employee misconduct were once reserved for the most serious and complicated allegations of wrongdoing involving a company’s senior-level employees. However, workplace investigations are becoming increasingly common in light of recent high-profile incidents, which have raised public awareness for the right of all employees to be free from […]

Outsiders

Designers set apart by their work I used to ask a fresh group of first year students to raise their hand if they considered themselves to be an outsider. Everyone would. Then I would suggest that they look around and realize that they were no longer outsiders, at least not within the environment of the […]

Built on Inuit tradition

Iceberg-inspired Nunavik cultural centre TRADITION MEANS THAT NUNAVIK’S Inuit north of the 55th parallel do not hesitate travelling long distances by plane to visit each other or to attend an important cultural event. Since fall 2017, the 10,000 people living in one of Nunavik’s 14 communities on Quebec’s northern peninsula can now gather in a […]