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Why do we pay more for our own lumber than the country to our south when it is OUR Canadian product we are buying?

"(And) why do we have Metro Licensing when there is no mandate or process of certifying whether the company or individual is worth licensing in the first place?"


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December 6, 2013 by Steve Payne

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Robert Gabriele, Sr. posted a reply to Dean Kadikoff’s post, “When did this country turn into a communist dictatorship?” In his post, he asked some interesting questions, as follows…

“Why do we pay more  for petroleum products than the country to our south when we have our own resources ?

Why do we pay more  for our own lumber than the country to our south when it is OUR Canadian  product we are buying ?

Why do we have (in cities like Toronto) Metro Licensing when there is no mandate or process of certifying whether the company or individual is worth licensing in the first place ?

Does anyone reading this article have any experience dealing with (home warranty programs such as Ontario’s) Tarion? I have never EVER heard of anything positive… just the standard – homes are basically built  to last five years, then you’re on your own…

What is the Ontario College of Trades to my company besides another fee to pay? How do THEY know how competent I or my company is in order to grace their list of  certified trades ?

And then there’s WSIB who audited me twice in three years for reasons unknown, and in the last audit sent me a credit for well over $10,000 (in error of their last audit) – and is not capable of digesting the fact  that I am NOT entitled to this money! Countless frustrating calls and messages to the actual auditor have gone unaddressed by  them.”

Edited portion of a post by Robert Gabriele, Sr. on Nov. 30


Steve Payne

Steve Payne

Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
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