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March 29, 2017 News

Digging into construction productivity issues (Part One)

by John Bleasby

The McKinsey Global report builds a foundation for much discussion

March 28, 2017 News

Ontario government planning big changes to Tarion

by Steve Payne

Tarion has had a controversial history, with the Toronto Star running an ongoing investigation into its transparency and alleged conflicts of interest

March 28, 2017 News

Comparing a 24 Sussex Drive renovation to Drake’s Toronto palace

by John Bleasby

Which is better value? A $38-million renovation or a new-build palace for less than half?

March 27, 2017 News

Wall nails Saskatchewan builders with sales tax

by John Bleasby

Premier Brad Wall removes construction services from PST exemption, and infuriates an industry

March 24, 2017 News

NZE homes under $400,000 in Edmonton

by Steve Payne

One of the most affordable NZE homes in Canada, says Landmark Homes, the builder

March 24, 2017 News

Federal budget opinion: “Nothing to see here” for our industry

by Steve Payne

Announcements on affordable housing, infrastructure and skilled trades training are underwhelming

March 24, 2017 News

Reaction to the federal budget from big construction union, Ontario

by Steve Payne

The budget “still does not tackle equitable taxation policy,” says the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

March 24, 2017 News

Job-related pain (Part One): Weed on the work site

by John Bleasby

What happens when medical marijuana is prescribed for chronic pain?

March 24, 2017 News

How coaching is helping a roofer to reach his business goals (Part 2 of 2)

by John Bleasby

His staff approve of what Brian Audea has learned through coaching: “Brian’s more relaxed, more focused on what’s going on in the company, and generally happier.”

March 22, 2017 News

Job-related pain (Part Three): Prevention is better than cure

by John Bleasby

‘Working Smart’ on the site can significantly reduce the need for medications

March 21, 2017 News

Job-related pain (Part Two): The opioid crisis in construction

by John Bleasby

Prescription pain killers and the slippery slope toward abuse

March 17, 2017 News

Remembering the two brothers who fell off a 47-storey skyscraper in NYC, one surviving

by Alec Caldwell

Alcides Moreno survived a plunge of 472 feet, reaching a top speed of 125 miles per hour

March 17, 2017 News

5 ways your home renovation client may judge you

by canadiancontractor

Check out this excellent piece by Penguin Basements that you can checklist against your own business offerings

March 17, 2017 News

LEED projects in Canada surpass 1 billion square feet

by canadiancontractor

There are now 2,990 completed LEED-certified projects in Canada. 406 of them were certified in 2016.

March 17, 2017 News

How coaching is helping a roofer to reach his business goals (Part 1 of 2)

by John Bleasby

Brian Audia, A&G Roofing, Orillia, Ontario used to run his business strictly from his “instincts.” He is finding a better way.

March 15, 2017 News

Productivity, NZE, skilled labor shortages: Perfect storm or perfect opportunity?

by John Bleasby

Big challenges and opportunities lie ahead for residential construction

March 10, 2017 News

Elite contractors stay on track with powerful mission statements

by John Caulfield

As a contractor, you may never have formulated a formal mission statement. After all, you know why you’re a builder, right? Still, many of Canada’s top contractors swear by the power of a written set of values. Here are some examples.

March 9, 2017 News

23 year old worker killed by block wall collapse at Oakville, ON townhouse development

by John Bleasby

Police and emergency responders were called to scene shortly after 12 noon on March 8