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April 25, 2017 Voice

Two reasons good contractors are good diplomats

by Steve Maxwell

Diplomacy is a vital skill if you aspire to get better as a renovator or home builder

April 21, 2017 Voice

“Kathleen Wynne, the noted economist, knows how much your house should be worth”

by canadiancontractor

The Ontario government is determined to cool off Toronto’s white hot housing market. Here is a link to a scathing editorial on the policy-wonks’ intervention from John Robson of The National Post.

April 21, 2017 Voice

“We need to treat honest people as… dishonest.”

by canadiancontractor

A contractor regrets that, in many cases, he has to be suspicious of even decent people to ensure he gets paid.

April 18, 2017 Voice

High drywall prices frustrate Alberta home builder

by John Bleasby

“The 16 to 20 per cent hikes we received in October are still in effect well into April…”

April 18, 2017 Voice

War of words over insulation claims

by canadiancontractor

We asked the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers’ Association (CIMA) to respond to claims of false advertising. Here’s what they said

April 13, 2017 Voice

“Tarion looked after the big builders. I was a small builder and was treated badly.”

by canadiancontractor

Peter de Jonge eventually got out of new home building

April 13, 2017 Voice

“Carpenters with years of skill and finesse… are undervalued and underpaid.”

by canadiancontractor

Yet they don’t need to be in any “College of Trades” argues Simon Hubble

April 10, 2017 Voice

“Time for Elon Musk to go away!”

by Steve Payne

This reader is not impressed by the Tesla inventor’s idea for “solar roof tiles”

April 7, 2017 Voice

Plumber forced to finish off carpenter’s shoddy work

by canadiancontractor

“General carpentry should be on the list of compulsory trades at the Ontario College of Trades,” says Jason McCurdy

April 7, 2017 Voice

We need an open shop on bidding on government projects, HVAC veteran says

by canadiancontractor

“Bids should be open to everyone who has the insurance, bonding and licensed staff on hand.”

March 29, 2017 Voice

More on the difficulties of finding workers on BC’s Gulf Islands

by canadiancontractor

“We have tried techs who came from Alberta. Unfortunately, they normally have the wrong skills (heavy industrial and welded-piping installs.”

March 29, 2017 Voice

Affordable NZE homes: comparing the Victoria, BC market to Edmonton

by canadiancontractor

Last week, Edmonton’s Landmark Homes put out a press release announcing it was selling Net Zero Energy homes in Edmonton for less than $400,000

March 29, 2017 Voice

Steve’s “anti-Trudeau diatribe totally uncalled for”

by canadiancontractor

“I am also disappointed in what Trudeau has done to date. I think we would have gotten the same policies and action out of Harper’s messed up government.”

March 24, 2017 Voice

SIPS and ICFs help with Gulf Island construction labour shortage

by canadiancontractor

On Mayne Island, BC, contractor Bill McCance has a tough time getting labour because “the young people” are in their sixties!

March 24, 2017 Voice

Rudy the Carpenter and John Bleasby argue productivity in our industry

by canadiancontractor

As an industry, we have improved our product exponentially, says Rudy the carpenter

March 17, 2017 Voice

Response to Damon Bennett hiring “from the top down”

by canadiancontractor

What he is saying in this article is word for word what my management company is teaching me

March 17, 2017 Voice

Really enjoyed the Paul Lafrance interview on design-build

by canadiancontractor

Biggest laugh: “I knew they couldn’t afford it, but I had to build it.”

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