E-letter: The media the enemy — is Trump right?

It’s going to be a busy month behind the scenes for our sector, starting on September 19 or 20 in Southern Ontario, when The National Floor Covering Association (NFCA) will host a flooring education on Moisture Testing, Floor Flatness and National Standards. The first seminar will be Wednesday the 19th in Cambridge; the second will […]

Northern wallflower

Negotiation partners take the dance floor HOUSING SUPPLIERS IN THE STATES are beginning to whine about tariffs, and not without cause. According to the National Association of Home Builders, tariffs averaging just over 20 percent on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the U.S. are causing market volatility and putting upward pressure on housing prices. No […]

E-letter: Fruit stickers and ads

I got home from my bike ride last week, grabbed a banana from the fruit bowl and sat down to catch my breath. I caught it all right, when I saw the fruit sticker. I am not a fan of fruit stickers. I understand that lying, cowardly thieves try to by Honeycrisp apples for Jonathan […]

Left and right of Senter

THE IDEA OF FRANCHISING is not new. Back in the ’50s, high school girls on roller skates were the hallmark of then-new franchisor A&W Root Beer, which had already been in franchise since 1926. Alongside A&W in the ’50s was the then-fledgling Holiday Inn, inspired by the 1942 musical of the that name. If you […]

E-letter: Have and have-not sectors

The art of politics is a powerful art, indeed. I see in the recent kerfuffle in the States over trade that Canada’s dairy sector – a political sticking point – comprises only about 15,000 farmers. That is, there are 15,000 dairy farmers that get price support from the rest of us to ensure that they […]

Left and right of Senter

The idea of franchising is not new. Back in the ’50s, high-school girls on roller skates were the hallmark of then-new franchisor A&W Root Beer, which had already been in franchise since 1926. Alongside A&W in the ’50s was the then-fledgling Holiday Inn, inspired by the 1942 musical of the that name. If you look […]

E-letter: Bedhead entitlement

Sorry to bother everybody with Ontario politics, but there are bigger points that need airing. First, in case you hadn’t heard, after ruling Ontario with carefree abandon, the Ontario Liberals got their heads handed to them on a platter. Keeping only seven seats, they don’t even have official party status. In a matter of hours, […]

E-letter: Fossil of the future

The progress of mankind throughout history has been a mirror of mankind’s heartbeat, itself. You can almost hear it: consolidate, diversify. Consolidate, diversify. Consolidate/diversify. Societies were consolidated under emperors and kings, religions under popes and prophets, industries under magnates and megacorps…. And then they shatter into states, synods and competitors. Our own industries have been […]

My story: Same guy, different label

PAUL EPP’S COLUMN this time reflects on whether he is a liberal, and if so, how? This sent me back into the same well-worn path I have walked, myself. I was a liberal when I was young. I was raised as a liberal in a liberal family. My dad was a social worker; mom was […]

E-letter: Pets and marketing

I often catch myself shaking my head at what we seem to be willing to accept from our celebrities and politicians. Essentially, I am talking about people that make their living by pretending they are something they are not. Year after year, we pay a king’s ransom to people that are nothing more than minstrels, […]