Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com

View from the publisher – November 2009

The Canadian Printing Industry Sector Council released its third human resource paper, “Filling the Gap.” According to the CPISC report on “Filling Employee Shortages,” there are two major problems − how to leverage the benefits of new technologies and how to find new employees who are capable of operating complex, high-speed equipment.

It is well known that 50 per cent of our labour force is over 45 years of age. In 10 years, a lot of these people may be retiring, which means the growth and development of our industry depends on us marketing the benefits of working in print to the next generation.

View from the publisher – June 2009

We were exhibiting at the Grafik’Art Show in Montreal in late April. All in all, the crowds were good and it’s always exciting to meet readers and advertisers face-to-face in conversation. See our show report on page 30. Congratulations to Karl Belafi and Karl Belafi Jr. from KBR Graphique Ltd. for acquiring the distribution rights … Read more →

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 … Read more →

Note from the publisher

March is a great month with the hope of spring around the corner. Last month saw Ireland win the Six Nations Cup in rugby. This was the first time in 61 years that Ireland had won it! They never gave up trying after trailing early in the game, and came back stronger each time, ready … Read more →

View from the publisher – March 2009

If you read the headlines in most newspapers today, or watch the news on TV, or listen to the radio, all you hear is doom and gloom. “The New York Times could stop publishing in May 2009,” “Transcontential cuts 1,500 jobs,” etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum. This is what we’re facing every day. Is this … Read more →

View from the publisher – December 2008

The holiday season is fast approaching as we get ready to close out 2008. How has this year been for you? To say “interesting” might be an understatement. We have seen governments change and then change again. Oil prices hit record highs followed by drastic declines. As the financial crisis speeds across the globe, fear … Read more →

View from the publisher – November 2008

The Canadian people elected a new Parliament in the midst of the great financial crisis of 2008. Prime Minister Harper extended his lead from 32 MPs to 67, and there is a good chance that this parliament will be around for the next four years. Mr. Dion’s carbon tax did not resonate with the Canadian … Read more →

Note from the Publisher – October 2008

Late last month, the United States experienced the “week from hell” in their financial markets. There is something very wrong when U.S. taxpayers have to dump $700 billion of their hard-earned money into the market because of the greed of a few – especially when those few walked away making a fortune of their own … Read more →