E-letter: Interesting times

The ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” is not an ancient Chinese curse, after all. But don’t you think it should be? I mean, after the past two weeks you can say these times are nothing if not interesting. And they weren’t all that helpful. Let’s take a look at the coronavirus. […]

Pain and gain

China’s world economy role in transition IT WAS NOT MY FIRST TRIP TO CHINA, but likely my second or third, when I came back from dinner to find my room had been searched. It was very obvious. The carry-on had been moved from a shelf to the bed, a drawer was left open and some […]

E-letter: A valentine to free speech

The New York Daily News last week reported that a Wisconsin high school teacher has been placed on leave for tweeting he hopes conservative icon and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh suffers greatly and dies from cancer. According to the News, Milwaukee High School of the Arts English teacher Travis Sarandos wrote upon hearing of […]

E-letter: We can work this out

The National Post yesterday featured Michael McCain, the c.e.o. of Maple Leaf Foods, calling out U.S. President Trump as “the narcissist in Washington,” while blaming him for the Iranians’ shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. From a journalist’s perspective, this is problematic. First and foremost, our culture has become enamoured of death and […]

Pollsters telling you what you want

Not so fast… ARE YOU HEADED TO LAS VEGAS later this month for TISE? Your Coverings Canada Night invitation will be included with your registration. Come to the Border Grill just after the show closes on Tuesday to wind down, meet old and new friends, and show off Canada’s industry profile. Cheers! I NOTICED SOMETHING […]

Country mouse

Justin Trudeau got caught last week with other world leaders mocking U.S. President Trump at the NATO conference. This has already been commented on, so far with no support for Justin, as far as I have seen, so I won’t bother. I will say, what did they expect? This is totally in character and nobody […]

E-letter: Salut

In case you hadn’t heard, all-Canadian icon and hockey broadcaster Don Cherry stepped in it last weekend. He went “over the top.” He made an observation about “immigrants,” and his world, including his co-host, are treating him as if he has leprosy. In fact, he’s fired as of Monday —Remembrance Day. Let’s be honest. Don […]

Illegally blond

Management training for the next generation ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY in the Harvard Business Review, half of millennials and 75 percent of Gen Z-ers have quit their jobs for mental health “reasons.” Cute, eh? I used to know somebody that would take off every legal sick day as a “mental health day.” My dad […]

E-letter: Trick or treat

It’s a big month, so we will skip around a bit. The preliminary results are in on our annual November Readers’ Survey, and I want to thank those of you that have answered, so far. As noted, earlier, this is an important tool for us to create valuable editorial. We do not sell your information […]

E-letter: Confidential? You bet.

Do you know anybody that would like to become an editor? Coverings is looking for a four-month intern. Details follow this month’s commentary.   In March of 2018, U.S. President Trump voiced concerns to PM Trudeau that China might use its Canadian connections to transship steel and avoid U.S. tariffs. That’s interesting, if you think about it. For one thing, the […]