Canadian Contractor

Steve Payne

Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
June 7, 2016 Voice

Contractors rebuilding Fort McMurray are racing to beat the freeze up

by Steve Payne

Fort Mac will likely be frozen in just five months’ time. After that, costs are going to spiral upwards and production is going to drop.

June 2, 2016 Voice

“Violence” complaints about March/April cover are “political correctness,” contractor says

by Steve Payne

We got five complaints. OK everyone else, let us have it. BTW, full marks to Jeanne and David for their spirit of fun.

May 31, 2016 Voice

Why do we have to PAY to access the National Building Code?

by Steve Payne

We have “paid for it countless times over” in taxes and fees, says this Certified Engineering Technologist

May 25, 2016 Voice

Tell us about the weakest aspects of your sales efforts

by Steve Payne

You can let us know anonymously, if you like. We don’t want to shame you.

May 25, 2016 Voice

“I feel very uncomfortable” about your March/April cover

by Steve Payne

Our cover of Jeanne and David McGregor, hamming it up in a pretend disagreement, with Jean shaking her fist at David, raised the hackles of some readers

May 4, 2016 Voice

“Pursuant to your request for the most insanely difficult estimate ever…”

by Steve Payne

“Thank you in advance, but I didn’t just fall off the boat…”

May 4, 2016 Voice

“I wouldn’t touch that Request for Quotation with a ten foot pole!”

by Steve Payne

“(Whenever) I went against my gut feeling, as alarms were going off, it didn’t end up pretty.”

May 4, 2016 Voice

Wisdom for contractors from Warren Buffett

by Steve Payne

If your contracting firm issued public shares, would you buy them? And would you then keep those shares for 20 or 30 years or longer?

April 27, 2016 Voice

Nova Scotia resident asks for contractors’ experiences with Icynene

by Steve Payne

This homeowner wrote a post asking for our readers’ experiences with the safety factor of this product – since his wife has asthma.

April 27, 2016 Voice

“You cannot build big infrastructure without the unions”

by Steve Payne

“Without unions nothing would get built. This is how Canada works so well.”

April 19, 2016 BUILDWIRE

Beyond Code VIDEO: Morelli Fine Cabinetry, Part 1 of 2

by Steve Payne

If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between top-notch and “ordinary” kitchen cabinets, have a look at how Morelli makes their world-class product in Etobicoke, Ontario.

April 13, 2016 Voice

An argument for every employer in Ontario to have to join WSIB

by Steve Payne

But it’s not as if the author of this post, E. Hawkins, thinks the WSIB is doing a good job. He accuses the workplace insurance monopoly of corruption, among other sins.

April 13, 2016 Voice

Reader can relate to our ‘husband and wife contractors’ story

by Steve Payne

Donald Brian Baker has been in business as a contractor with his wife for 21 years. He tells us he can relate to the McGregors.

April 13, 2016 Voice

“Do you have an exit strategy to sell your business?” Montreal contractor responds

by Steve Payne

“Will you ride into the sunset, or just walk away?” If you don’t plan to make your business a saleable entity, you will just be walking away…

March 29, 2016 Voice

Kitchen contractor wonders why his WSIB rate is twice that of an arborist going up trees with a chainsaw

by Steve Payne

Kitchen contractor rate: 9.1%. Arborist rate: 4.5%. What gives?

March 22, 2016 Voice

“I taught all my four children in the trades… at a very young age…”

by Steve Payne

Peter G. Vohr was proud to see all four of his kids go into the trades. He started showing them the ropes starting in Grade 7.

March 22, 2016 Voice

“I started getting my two sons roofing with me at 12”

by Steve Payne

“I will probably get hung out to dry on this one,” Joseph says.

January 22, 2016 Voice

“Not sure why anyone would want to push for more women in this industry”

by Steve Payne

“When a female steps into a male conversation she is usually left scratching her head…”