Canadian Contractor

Steve Payne

Steve Payne
Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
March 17, 2017 Voice

“No good deed goes unpunished” applies especially to renovation pros

by Steve Payne

Call me a cynic, but anyone who has been in this business for a while knows I am right

March 10, 2017 Voice

Is this GC in the legal clear by not paying this particular sub?

by Steve Payne

The sub owed him money. So the GC didn’t pay him on a particular job. Was this the legally correct action?

February 17, 2017 Voice

Here’s what these contractors are paying in development fees

by Steve Payne

What kind of increases have you been hit with? Let us know by posting a comment.

February 17, 2017 BUILDWIRE

Are you getting paid for your proposals? These smart contractors are…

by Steve Payne

Post a Comment whether you agree or disagree with this approach. And why?

February 10, 2017 Voice

Mainstream media continues to advise homeowners to “pitch in” on contractors’ reno work to “save money”

by Steve Payne

“Demolition” is a good place for an un-trained, un-safety conscious, un-structurally aware, un-electrically aware homeowner to start “saving money” on your next job, typical articles suggest.

December 9, 2016 Voice

More thoughts about customer flak

by Steve Payne

Don’t take all business insults at face value!

November 25, 2016 Voice

Experienced Edmonton framer seeks opportunity

by Steve Payne

“If you want a quality framer, I’m your guy…”

September 16, 2016 Voice

Ontario College of Trades continues to encourage the next generation

by Steve Payne

“I asked OCOT if there is any way to waive the (reinstatement) fee because it was an honest mistake,” young tradesperson says.

September 7, 2016 Voice

Negotiating 2: Advice from the masters

by Steve Payne

Many contractors pride themselves on their abilities to negotiate. Sadly, many others haven’t a clue.

July 15, 2016 Voice

More on Red Seal carpentry

by Steve Payne

“Being a carpenter is hard work and something to be proud of,” says Ray

June 28, 2016 Voice

Do you know your numbers?

by Steve Payne

Peer groups like Renovantage and Remodelers Advantage can help

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.”