Magazine for professional home renovators.


The difference between union-minded workers versus employers

“Unions no longer serve the members they so adamantly say they are trying to protect.”

Bill C-377: The government forcing a private entity (a union) to make their financial statements public is downright scary.

Mike has worked in both the union and non-union side of the electrical business for 25 years. Though he’s a conservative, he hates the proposed Harper government legislation to force unions to publicly disclose their spending.

ESA inspectors are busy and this would undermine their Authorized Contractor Program

Is it really a good idea to tell the public not to pay electricians until a Certificate of Inspection has been produced? Really?

Why does a doctor who abuses his patients get a lesser punishment than an unlicensed electrician?

Obviously the Electrical Safety Authority takes its job more seriously than the College of Physicians and Surgeons does.

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Opinion: Part 2 – Guilty – IBEW Union CLOSED Lorne’s Electric

Union interference took down Lorne’s Electric and its owner, Eric Glahs. So who cares? Does IBEW care? Tell us what you think.


Blast from the Past: Frank Cohn’s famous Clients From Hell column

“She’s bought her first house, and she wants to play Martha Stewart. Unfortunately, she has the budget of Wilma Flintstone.”

Are you leaving your tools behind at your jobsite? Beware!

An accident involving your tools, because you didn’t lock them out, or tag them out, can have severe legal consequences for you.

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Did IBEW certification cause the closure of Lorne’s Electric, Arnprior, Ont.?

When Lorne’s Electric went out of business, around 40 people became unemployed. The company had recently become unionized based on the votes of three of Lorne Electric’s employees.


Opinion: Could Bill C-377 expose the darker side of union activities?

Bill C-377 would force unions to publicly disclose their spending, including their executives’ salaries over $100,000. The bill has been called “undemocratic” Alec Caldwell, on behalf of renovation contractors at CARAHS, begs to differ.

If a layman can buy your business and still make a profit, then that business has value.

In order to sell your contracting business one day, you want to become replaceable. And for that to happen, you need to set up systems and processes.