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Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell
Alec Caldwell is the Founder of CARAHS, a Health & Safety Organization. We are approved providers by the Ministry of Labour (Ontario) to teach Working at Heights Training (Pro#34609) Visit the Ministry of Labour's web site to view our listing
November 12, 2014 Voice

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

by Alec Caldwell

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

November 12, 2014 Voice

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

by Alec Caldwell

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.

November 12, 2014 Voice

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

by Alec Caldwell

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.

November 5, 2014 Voice

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

by Alec Caldwell

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.

October 29, 2014 Voice

Will the private member's bill in Ontario, aiming to reduce WSIB premiums for independent operators, eventually become law?

by Alec Caldwell

Laura Albanese, Liberal MPP for York South-Weston, has introduced a bill to reduce the WSIB fees for independent operators, sole proprietors, partners in partnerships and executive officers of corporations.

October 29, 2014 Voice

Will the private member’s bill in Ontario, aiming to reduce WSIB premiums for independent operators, eventually become law?

by Alec Caldwell

Laura Albanese, Liberal MPP for York South-Weston, has introduced a bill to reduce the WSIB fees for independent operators, sole proprietors, partners in partnerships and executive officers of corporations.

October 22, 2014 Voice

On-site fire extinguishers: Yes, you have to have them, even for a small renovation job

by Alec Caldwell

Very few professional renovators give much attention to the issue of fire safety on the jobsite. Did you know that you are required to have fire extinguishers on your site, in locations that are plainly labelled, and that everyone on your site has to know how to use them?

October 15, 2014 Voice

Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) in the red last year by $3.5-million

by Alec Caldwell

If your business runs at minus 26 per cent profit, you’ll be pumping gas pretty soon. But don’t expect to see Ontario College of Trades registrar and CEO David Tsubouchi asking to check your oil down at your local ESSO.

October 15, 2014 Voice

More thoughts on competing with cash operators, and what the government needs to do about it

by Alec Caldwell

Ottawa’s Home Renovation Tax Credit not only stimulated renovation projects, it helped the government collect significant tax revenue it would not otherwise have received. It’s high time such a tax credit system was installed permanently.

October 7, 2014 Voice

The renovation boom in Canada: the best is yet to come

by Alec Caldwell

Residential renovations and repairs have more than doubled, dollar-wise, since the late 1990s. And the boom is continuing, fuelled by an ageing population.

October 1, 2014 Voice

Grow your contracting business to the next level: Policies & Procedures

by Alec Caldwell

All professional contracting businesses – no matter what size they are – need written Policies and Procedures for both legal and business management reasons. If you find the whole idea of creating these Policies and Procedures overwhelming, reach out to CARAHS, who have everything you need to set yourself up for success.

September 24, 2014 Voice

MTO: Contractor tried and convicted without a hearing!

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell reports on a contractor who charged by an MTO cop for his truck having a “Toll Device Improperly Fixed.” The contractor says he had no real opportunity to dispute the charge, living almost 50 miles from the courthouse where he was tried and convicted in absentia. One hundred and ten bucks more into the Ontario government coffers.

September 17, 2014 Voice

What are the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) inspectors’ powers?

by Alec Caldwell

The powers of Ontario College of Trades enforcement officers are strictly limited by the legislation that created the OCOT in the first place. Here, we have reproduced the section of the law that deals with visits by these officers.

September 17, 2014 Voice

What are the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) inspectors' powers?

by Alec Caldwell

The powers of Ontario College of Trades enforcement officers are strictly limited by the legislation that created the OCOT in the first place. Here, we have reproduced the section of the law that deals with visits by these officers.

September 12, 2014 Voice

Fearful for their safety on the job but afraid to speak out

by Alec Caldwell

Sid Ryan of the Ontario Federation of Labour has talked about incentives being used by construction firms to encourage their workers not to file WSIB claims.

September 10, 2014 Voice

Alec Caldwell on the Toronto house collapse tragedy

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell has been cautioning renovation contractors of the risks of such a massive tragedy, through his work with CARAHS, for the past two years on this site

September 5, 2014 Voice

Great expectations!

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell posts about the mutual distrust between too many contractors and homeowner-customers… Neither side trusts the other, too often, and the whole thing becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy…

September 3, 2014 Voice

Ontario WSIB: Time to heat up their phone lines at their ‘Fair Practices Commission’

by Alec Caldwell

The WSIB has a fair practices commission. Their president and CEO, I. David Marshall, is just a few months away from completing his 5-year term, with a $400,000 bonus very likely awaiting him on the way out. Are you, as a contractor, feeling fairly treated?