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US – Canada Free Trade Turns 35

Free trade between the US and Canada will celebrate its 35th anniversary on New Year’s Day, 2024.

In 1982 the US unemployment rate reached 10.8%, the highest level in the entire post-war period. Over 12 million job-seeking Americans were idled. In Canada unemployment reached 13%. There was sharp disagreement about the best course of action to address the underlying economic stagnation. Unions and employment advocates called for higher tariffs and stronger trade barriers as the only effective way to protect jobs.

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Creating Your Backyard Oasis

One of the joys of summer is being outdoors, surrounded with pleasant views, unharried by the cares of the world. If you are looking for outdoor happiness, a well-designed and properly sited timber frame structure, like a pergola, gazebo or outdoor bar can transform a pleasing backyard into an oasis of wellbeing and delight.

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Why Wood is Good

1. Ease of Use

No other construction material is as versatile or easy to use as wood. It can be cut, shaped, and fastened with basic tools. With experienced supervision, installation is quick and can be undertaken by a small crew with only basic carpentry knowledge. Repairs and modifications are easy and do not require heating or other special measures in cold weather.

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The U.S. Advantage

It might interest you to know that presently, one US dollar is equivalent to 1.37 Canadian dollars. This implies that an individual with US dollars can purchase a $1,000 item in Canada for only $730 USD.

It’s like a year-long store-wide 30% discount that is likely to persist well into the future.

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Big Wood Wall – A New Way to Build

In one of our recent blog posts, we discussed energy efficiency by using a widely used concept in commercial construction: the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). We then examined some approaches to constructing efficient spaces but encountered three main challenges in the building product and construction spheres. Super-insulated homes often have complex assemblies that are difficult for builders to consistently achieve, many insulations have adverse health and environmental effects, and timelines for planning and building an energy-efficient home are often too long.

The conclusion from that post was that a better way is needed. To have a real impact, this better way must be simple, robust, precise, healthy, fast, and affordable. That’s quite a list! Is it achievable? Let’s find out…

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