As Charles Dickens said in the famous classic A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” It is now official that Canada is out of the recession. This is great news, and we must be grateful that we are still in the game. There are tough lessons to be learned from 2009, but tough times help us learn and grow.
Posts by Joe Mulcahy
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.
We have just returned from Print 09 in Chicago, and what a great city Chicago is. Chris Price and the management of Print 09 did a terrific job in pulling off an excellent show in the midst of these economic times.
We are just back from a trip to Europe. Many people complain that things are not good in Canada, but if you lived in Ireland, England or Spain you would have a lot more to complain about.
Well, the weather has finally turned in a big way – and the hot days of summer are upon us. For many in our industry, this is one of the few moments in the year when we actually have some leisure time on our hands. Use it wisely by spending it with those you love … Read more →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
A belated happy new year to all our readers! It’s the start of a new era. The Bush administration is gone and the old order is gone. With a new president in the White House, Obama brings new hope for the world, similar to that of John F. Kennedy in the 1960s. And here in … Read more →
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 →
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 →