View from the publisher – May 2009

Hopefully, we’re finally saying goodbye to this lingering, miserable winter weather and hello to a warm, uplifting spring.

As I write this, we’re preparing to head off to Montreal for the fifth edition of the Grafik’Art trade show, which seems to be growing in popularity. Our June edition will feature photos and news about the show. We look forward to meeting all our old colleagues as well as new friends there.

Part of our commitment to keeping you better informed is to travel to these different shows giving you a perspective on the new equipment, technology and methods emerging. Travelling also gives me a very personal view of the diversity of this rich country. Perhaps as an immigrant, I have an “outsider’s” appreciation for the many benefits that some may take for granted.

Yes, economic times are tough, but the sky isn’t falling – Canada’s employment rate is still 92%. Remember, we’re in a recession, not a depression. Just speak with elderly people who lived through the Great Depression – we really don’t know how good we have it today. We don’t have the homeless riding rail cars in search of food and work.

Actually, according to the International Monetary Fund, Canada’s banking system is the strongest in the world. Our neighbours to the south are much worse off. Yet, in a global economy, one country’s downfall affects all of us to some degree. With the emergence of China and India in economic strength, Canada still remains in a good position to trade our natural resources with them.

So, cheer up and have a positive approach. Hang “No Whining Allowed” signs throughout your shop and notice how the attitude and atmosphere changes when people think of solutions rather than complain. All problems have solutions – dig deep and find them. Get out there and serve your customers, and watch the rewards come back to you.

On a sad note, we’ll all miss Ralph Bickerton who passed away at the end of March. True to my Irish traditions, I won’t remember his passing as something sad, but rather as a celebration of the great accomplishments and memories he left behind. I have fond recollections of my time working with the Bickerton family in the 1980s on Adelaide St. in Toronto. Ralph was a wonderful person. Condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Amin Suleman and Karen Cott from Topnotch, a thriving print shop in Mississauga, Ontario, on their beautiful wedding April 11. May everyday be as happy as your wedding day!

As always, stay positive and stay focused.
Joe Mulcahy

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