E-letter: Deflated expectations

The Wall Street Journal last month warned of an upcoming collapse in the big-media markets based on the lopsided cost and value of sports news. I share the WSJ’s view of the future of big media, sort of. For one thing, it may be eclipsed by bigger media as monopolistic interests smother legacy media and […]

On being Canadian

Reflections spanning the border VIRTUALLY EVERY CONVERSATION between newly acquainted Canadians and Americans begins with health care. Which system is better? Twenty-five years ago, the call seemed to go to the U.S., based on expenditures, wait times, spectrum of services covered, etc. Now, no so much. Currently, both Canada and the U.S. are growing their […]

1833: The last duel

I think you will agree it is reasonable for normal people to be confused by the antics going on in media, entertainment and politics. It seems Lewis Carroll’s fantasy about a new, weird world behind the looking glass has come over on this side. I guess it’s acceptable that many female pop singers seem more […]

E-letter: Stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!

In case you haven’t heard, the media has a new pet word. Trope. As with preceding pet words, all media are now required to look up the word trope and use it in a sentence. Or even 20 sentences. It joins deep dive, start a conversation, boots on the ground and double-down as media pet […]

Life is good

Picturing hope beneath the snow BUILDING PERMITS on the federal level remain at record highs. As you will see in our Bullets department, Statistics Canada says Canadian municipalities issued $8.8 billion worth of building permits in December, up 6.0 percent from November, up 10.6 percent year-over-year and it was the fourth consecutive monthly increase. The […]

E-letter: Loonies and sense

Generally speaking, we aren’t supposed to share our “wild oats” stories. However, if that is followed as a hard-and-fast rule, there is a chance that somebody that could have benefited by the stories, facts or lessons will not. So here we go…. The late ՚60s were not a “groovy” time of peace and love, as […]

E-letter: Motion detection

I got a new trail camera for Christmas. This should be a fairly innocuous fact, but it turns out it’s complicated. As I have mentioned before, we are blessed to live alongside a beautiful trout and salmon river in southern Ontario. I could do without the Ontario part, but you take what you can get. […]

Visibility for Canada’s flooring sector

I LOVE THE NEW YEAR. It’s like a kid opening the world’s biggest present. What could it be? What does it hold? It could be anything. And I recall adages: plan for the worst but hope for the best; life is what happens to you while you’re making plans; you can plan plans, but you […]

E-letter: Thanks at Christmas

Wow! Where did it go? In a few short weeks, Coverings magazine will once again be presenting Canada Night at The International Surfaces Event (TISE), making this the fourth year running. Canada Night started off, and remains, a chance for Canadians to gather in one spot and show the colours. Frankly, most suppliers cannot tell […]

E-letter: Investing in energy

Last week I received an e-mail from one of our advertisers asking for help. It said, “I need your help. I am reaching out to you to see if you can help me on some stats.” He went on to specify help in the areas of sales volumes, numbers of companies and construction numbers. This […]