Alec Caldwell on Mike Holmes Senior and Junior
Will Junior inherit his father's crown?
By Alec Caldwell
We are seeing a lot more these days of Mike Holmes Junior. Does the younger Holmes have what it takes to, one day, wear his father’s crown as the King of All Contracting Media?
Some might say that, given the size of Holmes Senior’s head, that’s a pretty big crown to fill.
I recently watched an episode of Holmes’ latest show called Mike’s Ultimate Garage. In this particular show, Dad is seen passing on some words of wisdom to his son. (I think the real words of wisdom that they had to edit out were, “Crap on as many contractors as you can, son! Freak the public out! It’s all about building our brand!”) Anyway, I had a glimmer of hope for onsite safety watching this since both men (at the outset) were wearing safety hard hats! Bravo Holmes Senior and Junior! Bravo!
Then, my jaw dropped, as workers came on camera, working at heights at open edges. They were not tied off or protected by temporary guardrails in order to protect them from falls.
This scenario is against construction regulations everywhere in Canada. In Ontario, the Ministry of Labour is BLITZING construction work-sites, including home renovations, looking for fall dangers like the ones shown on the TV show. Maybe they should pay a visit to Mike Holmes filming locations, in future.
TV producers who promote programs like this that disregard worker’s safety should be forced by new laws to comply. Guess that’s the ideal world. Will we ever see that day? Probably not.
Anyway, let us know what you think of Mike Holmes Junior. Does he have his father’s Royal Jelly? Or are you just bored by the whole thing?
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