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April 12, 2018 Voice

Asbestos dangers overblown?

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The fear of asbestos dates back to when workers were exposed to dense clouds of asbestos dust before health and safety standards existed, Mike says

April 12, 2018 Voice

Busting myths about skylights: Installer sticks to one brand only

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Ron Gauthier is a Velum-certified installer

April 12, 2018 Voice

Fly-by-night contractors who work for half what you do

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In this post, Al Barnes lists all the aspects of a quality $40,000 basement renovation. Unfortunately, many contractors will bid $20,000 – and then make a total hash of it.

April 6, 2018 Voice

Bryan Baeumler’s shows not going off the air

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Our April 1st post last Sunday didn’t fool anyone. Bryan and Sarah are not going away anytime soon.

April 6, 2018 Voice

Get used to this new word in Ontario: “Renovictions.”

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Property owners should be careful if they think they can move tenants out while they renovate their properties. In Ontario, the law says you need to let them back afterwards – without a big rent hike.

April 6, 2018 Voice

The fire risks of torch-on roofing

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Roofer Ward Shearing points out that there is a good Facebook page on roof fires in B.C.

March 28, 2018 Voice

Shabby treatment by a painter results in fines, probation and restitution

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No one likes stories like this — an elderly client who recently lost his wife wanted to cancel a painting contract. The painter said ‘No!’, and not nicely.

March 28, 2018 Voice

Contractors speak up on Ottawa’s war on asbestos

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We asked readers to comment on steps being considered by the federal government to ban all forms of the substance

March 28, 2018 Voice

It’s not easy to hire a refugee in the residential construction industry

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Our recent story concerning refugee hiring highlights the problems in making connections

March 23, 2018 Voice

There never was a “truckload of government subsidies” for residential solar, solar veteran says

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Solar Dad has been in the residential solar business in Ontario for 40 years. He says solar electricity in Ontario is dying because our electricity is still too cheap to make solar cost-effective.

March 16, 2018 Voice

12 Rules for Contractors

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Practical advice based on 12 Rules for Life, the bestselling book by Fairview, Alberta’s own Dr. Jordan B. Peterson.

March 15, 2018 Voice

First year painting contractor asks if she’s getting ripped off. We say not necessarily.

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Bonnie is a rookie painting contractor finding it tough to get GCs to pay her on 3 jobs that she didn’t finish.

March 9, 2018 Voice

After the Federal budget, what are the rules on Income Sprinkling?

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Contractor who has their spouse do the books, digital marketing and more, wonders if the tax man will now go after them for income sprinkling.

March 2, 2018 Voice

Tens of billions of additional debt in Ottawa’s new budget… this senior citizen has had enough

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“If they didn’t waste our money, they wouldn’t have to keep raising our taxes,” says B. Ziebart in Vancouver.

March 2, 2018 Voice

Energy-efficiency rebates all about politicians’ “image” – not reality

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We shouldn’t use common sense when trying to argue these things, says this 40-year veteran of the window installation business

February 23, 2018 Voice

Home renovations for disabled and seniors: B.C. program leads the way

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B.C.’s HAFI program provides grants up to $20,000 for eligible seniors and/or the disabled who need renovations to stay in their homes, Marilyn Lees advises

February 23, 2018 Voice

20-year veteran window installer wonders why he has to prove himself to the government yet again

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He has strong words for the bureaucrats who run Ontario’s GreenOn program

February 16, 2018 Voice

Green On program… almost impossible to qualify

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“The company entrusted with qualifying dealers and installers in not prepared to handle the number of inquiries.”