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Old 2009-03-12, 08:31 PM
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Im a drywall finisher, and work for most of the major home builders in the GTA. Drywall used in Ontario is mostly CGC,Pro-Rock,GP and Westroc. All canadian made.so nothing to worry about
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Old 2009-03-12, 08:32 PM
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I dont think its that simple. I think that in this high consumption lifestyle the majority of us have, if trade were to slow down between countries (in general) our standard of living would go down. If everyone can accept a simpler lifestyle (throw away the swiffer and use a damp cloth, no dollar stores, many products costing much more money, outrageously priced computers) then it could happen.
I think you have a point. I have been debating whether I should get a Blu-ray player or not. Our current DVD player is working perfectly fine but I sometimes (and try not to) get caught up in the latest and greatest trends...I don't think the people in Zimbabwe or Afghanistan have the same worries as we do here, LCD or plasma, PS3 or Xbox etc but I digress.
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Old 2009-03-13, 09:07 AM
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That's right. Globalization is more beneficial to us. Without the stuff imported from China, we would pay much more for the stuff we are using everyday. The thing is that the retailer or the importer should make sure that the things they are importing are safe in our standard, be aware they are the ones who make most of the money in the trade.
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Old 2009-03-13, 11:26 PM
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Globalization is more beneficial to us. Without the stuff imported from China, we would pay much more for the stuff we are using everyday.
I would rather pay more and have a quality product and support Canadian and NA manufacturing jobs than to support cheap Chinese products and the Chinese economy.
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Old 2009-04-24, 12:38 AM
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Tom C... did they ever get back to you on the drywall issue?
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Old 2009-05-07, 11:02 AM
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I would rather pay more and have a quality product and support Canadian and NA manufacturing jobs than to support cheap Chinese products and the Chinese economy.
I totally agree with you, but at the same time, businesses have to stay competitive and in order to do so, end up (if they like it or not) manufacturing products offshore. It's unfortunate that it comes at the cost of NA/Canadian workers and consumers that are unknowingly buying these inferior goods.
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Old 2009-05-18, 07:30 PM
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The only places I have heard that have used this drywall is in Florida and the New Orleans area of the United States....building products in Canada have to be certified for use in building construction .....if a product is not certified ...it cannot be used....take a look at any plumbing product from ABS to copper...they all have CSA certification
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Old 2009-05-19, 10:19 AM
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Regarding the CSA certification, you're probably right about that although there is this article ( http://www.journalofcommerce.com/art.../gtcontracting) that discusses the possibility of the Chinese Drywall getting into Canada. But not too much weight is being put to it. But, we know that Mattamy will illegally (code) wire a furnace so that a sale could be put through. This is on public record and fact so, if they do this, with the Town of Oakville's approval, what else have they and other builders done that is not code or CSA approved. I no longer put much faith in CSA, building codes, etc as they can be conveniently overlooked by all concerned. Sometimes even the buyer.
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Old 2009-05-21, 05:37 PM
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Here's a good video that illustrates how we get cheap consumable products to our market and counters the point that someone made here that globalization is good for us. Yes, we would pay more for stuff and I'm willing to do that.

http://www.storyofstuff.com/
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