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May 19, 2017 Voice

The risk of taking on an apprentice

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Fritz Gossen gives his proposal to reduce the risks to a contractor who trains an apprentice – and then has them take off on him midway through the process.

May 19, 2017 Voice

Training carpenters in Nova Scotia

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Michael Campbell outlines the training available at Nova Scotia Community College

May 11, 2017 Voice

My knee is done and so is my WSIB!

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Lucky for them that they found arthritis! It sort of saves them

May 10, 2017 Voice

Where is consumer protection for Canadians?

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Bryan bought bamboo flooring made in China, before Lumber Liquidators withdrew the product

May 10, 2017 Voice

Added risks for firefighters because of solar panels?

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Reader feels criticisms of rooftop solar panels are over-stated

May 10, 2017 Voice

Good nutrition gets the nod

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More energy on site, less risk of accidents due to fatigue

May 5, 2017 Voice

Do illegal workers deserve Working at Heights training in Ontario?

by Alec Caldwell

Under the table workers still need their Working At Heights certificates. Which leaves them in a dilemma.

May 5, 2017 Voice

Home automation adds convenience, but do it right

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Greg says he’s seen too many bad installs

May 5, 2017 Voice

No sympathy for Toronto’s ‘Crane Girl’

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“The real victim was the construction/crane company”

April 27, 2017 Voice

Using your lawyer to collect draws and ensure payment for change orders

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“We have built over 1,000 single family homes in the past 31 years using this policy – and it works

April 27, 2017 Voice

“You’re a total idiot if you think unions have been helped by government.”

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A Calgary electrician tells us exactly what he thinks about apprenticeship ratios and big business

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”

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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.”

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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

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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.”

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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.”

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