Archives for July 2019

Tile alignment spacer also sets grout spacing

Pearl Abrasive has introduced Tuscan SeamClip TruSpace, an all-in-one tool that brings tiles into alignment and sets the grout spacing without the need for additional spacers. Clips hold tiles in place until they are set, then are easily snapped off leaving a level tile surface. Units are colour-coded for set grout sizes of 1/32, 1/16, […]

Masked gangs

Last week we had the misfortune to see a gang of thugs beat up a little queer in Portland, Ore. The victim, Andy Ngo, is a conservative journalist; the thugs, Antifa are ostensibly anti-fascist.  But they aren’t anti-fascist, after all, are they? If they were, they would say so. Instead, they are Auntie Fuh.  They are also cowards. There […]

Outside the big-box

Read it here: Quality, style, selection… WHAT A GREAT YEAR. Do things need fixing? Of course, and they always will. However, look at the May building-permit report. It’s up nearly 15 percent. Did you imagine a number like that back in 2009? Other numbers are up, as well, including the TSE and the Dow, and […]

TCNA petition tackles China’s unfair trade practises

Eric Astrachan, executive director of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) based in Anderson, S.C., the trade association of America’s ceramic tile producers, has issued the following statement in response to the filing by domestic tile manufacturers of a Petition with the federal government, seeking tariff relief from dumped and subsidized imports of tile […]

Thirtieth Quebec architectural awards

Montreal, Que.-based Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) has unveiled the winners of its 30th Architecture Excellence Award. The jury, chaired by the Dutch architect Robert-Jan Van Santen, awarded the prizes among 104 entries received. Included is the Grand Prix of Excellence for the Drummondville Library, awards to the consortium composed of Chevalier Morales architects and DMA architects. The […]

American Biltrite announces management changes

Sherbrooke, Que.–based American Biltrite has announced changes to its sales and marketing team. Frederic Guerin will now assume the position of senior vice president sales and marketing, AB Canada. Over the past seven years Guerin held the position of vice president, sales and marketing for the Industrial Rubber division and will now lead both the […]

School with a view

St. Lawrence River provides backdrop METIS BEACH INTERMEDIATE school in small town Métis-sur- Mer, Que., serves approximately 90 English-speaking children from Matanie, Mitis, Matapedia and Rimouski Regional county municipality. Established in 1829 on the south side of the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, the school setting provides spectacular views of the water and nearby […]

Waterproof floors

Don’t oversell and don’t under-test I was planning a writing evening after work and thinking about my column that would address some issues related to concrete moisture concerns in floor coverings. Coincidentally, I started my day on a conference call with several people from my company. As we were reviewing a variety of flooring products […]

Floor inspectors

A much-needed resource for Canada Floor inspections are not as straightforward as you might think. It’s a trade-within-a-trade, requiring specific training, an inquisitive mind set, an ability to write well and, of course, a character that can refrain from offering conclusions on site and let the report deliver the conclusions. Everyday disputes around floor covering […]

Reality in 2019: Recreational cannabis

HARD TO MEASURE, IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE NOW THAT RECREATIONAL CANNABIS has been legal in Canada since October, employers and safety experts have been taking stock of its effect on personnel at business establishments. Not a problem? Think again. According to Statistics Canada, the number of new cannabis users is increasing. During the first quarter of […]