Canadian Contractor

Steve Payne

Steve Payne
Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
May 4, 2018 Voice

Jerry and his price book

by Steve Payne

His gross margin had slid all the way down to 15 per cent, just like that. Except in business, there IS no “just like that.”

May 4, 2018 BUILDWIRE

Roof Ventilation 101 (VIDEO)

by Steve Payne

Do you know how to tell if your client’s roof is properly ventilated? If not, watch this quick video to learn how.

January 5, 2018 Voice

He’s not interested in the Green Ontario rebates

by Steve Payne

Mark Mitchell threw out his application for the Green Ontario rebate program as soon as he saw the words ‘Ontario College of Trades’

December 8, 2017 Voice

City of Toronto tree protection madness: Part 3

by Steve Payne

The Committee of Adjustment is all good with Caroline’s plans. She wants to plant three trees in place of one that will be removed. Oh no you don’t, say the Forestry folks.

December 6, 2017 Voice

Kitchener, ON woman needs help getting a wheelchair ramp built for her daughter

by Steve Payne

Anyone interested in helping? Please post under the story.

September 22, 2017 BUILDWIRE

VIDEO: Damon Bennett test drives Paslode Impulse cordless nailers

by Steve Payne

“It’s all about speed on the job site,” Damon says. And Paslode’s cordless framing and finishing nailers definitely deliver.

September 22, 2017 Voice

Selling renovations starts with finding a mentor

by Steve Payne

If you are looking for sales mentors in our industry, the pages of our magazine are full of them

September 22, 2017 BUILDWIRE

Tub surround upgrades made easier

by Steve Payne

Schluter provides kit for waterproofing tub surrounds

September 8, 2017 Voice

Ottawa’s plan to close “loopholes” in professional corporation tax rules

by Steve Payne

Let us know if you think you will be affected.

August 3, 2017 Voice

Her house needs ‘everything’ done to it – and her budget is zero!

by Steve Payne

Check out this post from a woman in Illinois who we really DO feel sorry for. “If you have to be paid, do not call me,” she helpfully suggests…

July 14, 2017 Voice

Too many renovators live like Rodney Dangerfield

by Steve Payne

The home improvement sector in Canada is worth $72-billion a year. We dwarf sectors like aerospace – or even pharmaceuticals. So why do we get so little respect?

June 29, 2017 Voice

City of Toronto tree-removal bylaws: The insanity continues

by Steve Payne

Caroline wants to take down one tree and replace it, at her sole expense, with THREE trees. Sounds simple, right? Wrong! She’s in bureaucratic hell.

June 28, 2017 BUILDWIRE

First-of-its-kind painters’ marketplace launched

by Steve Payne

Clients can use the online portal to find pro painters and contractors who are trained to apply new, leading-edge Dulux Effect Finishes paint

June 16, 2017 Voice

Faced with a difficult decision? Read this and watch your choice get clearer.

by Steve Payne

Steve Jobs was a famously difficult man to work for. But he had a highly successful business philosophy. Here is part of it…

June 1, 2017 Voice

This man has trained his ten year old kids to run “compact heavy equipment” on his farm

by Steve Payne

Before we all freak out about this man’s behaviour, look at the noble goal he is pursuing…

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”

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

March 10, 2017 Voice

Is this GC in the legal clear by not paying this particular sub?

by Steve Payne

The sub owed him money. So the GC didn’t pay him on a particular job. Was this the legally correct action?