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December 10, 2019 News

Contractor nabbed in highway chase

by Rob Blackstien

His face was all bloodied when taken into custody

December 9, 2019 News

HOMEmade star’s license suspended

by Rob Blackstien

Property owner wanted a harsher penalty for Dion South

November 27, 2019 News

Calgary contractor faces charges

by Rob Blackstien

Paid hundreds of thousands, contractor allegedly did not complete work

November 26, 2019 News

Another cautionary tale for contractors

by Rob Blackstien

Contractors need to provide a safe workplace

June 10, 2015 News

What does “adequate” training in construction really mean?

by Alec Caldwell

You have to be “adequately” trained on Fall Protection, no matter what type of construction jobsite you are working on. If you can’t prove you are trained in this area, you risk fines, prosecution and job site closure.

June 3, 2015 News

Hamilton, Ont. reno salesmen convicted under Consumer Protection Act

by Steve Payne

In total, the salesmen, Steven Sardinha and David Packer, will be making $50,000 in restitution to their clients.

April 28, 2015 News

Danger: Guardrails built ‘for appearances’ can kill or cripple

by Alec Caldwell

Don’t mess around building half-assed guardrails, unless you are prepared to go to jail. Look up the regulations for their construction, and follow them.

April 18, 2015 News

‘Fast tracking’ building permits in Surrey, B.C.

by Steve Payne

Normally, the City of Surrey takes 4-6 weeks to process a permit. But if contractors join their Registered Builder program, permits can be issued within 10 days.

April 2, 2015 Voice

It’s here! NEW Working at Heights standard in Ontario is now in effect

by Alec Caldwell

No April Fool’s joke here: the new Working at Heights standard took effect in Ontario on April 1st.

March 24, 2015 Voice

Villain or hero? Claimant becomes a thorn in the side of the Ontario WSIB

by Alec Caldwell

Frank Brunato, a manager at WSIB, sought a peace bond against a disgruntled claimant who had been denied benefits. Brunato said that Mike Spencer, a champion of claimant’s rights, was ridiculing him on Facebook.

March 11, 2015 Video

Just… wow. Check out this incredibly misleading video from the Ontario College of Trades

by Steve Payne

The Ontario College of Trades’ (OCOT) latest video makes some extremely dubious claims about how this new bureaucracy is helping to “protect” the public from tradespeople without OCOT credentials. Maybe someone should call in famed consumer advocate Peter Silverman to investigate. Oh, wait a minute, he’s already on the case… for the College.

March 10, 2015 Voice

The cash economy Part 2

by Robert Koci

The battle against the cash economy starts with getting rid of the WSIB

February 18, 2015 Voice

Let’s talk cash economy

by Robert Koci

I recently hired a contractor to do some work that I couldn’t get to. His price was fair, but leaves me reeling at what the legitimate costs of a reno has become.

February 11, 2015 News

Workplace Safety Comes to Mississauga, Ontario

by Robert Koci

January 28, 2015 – Canada’s largest and longest-running health and safety conference and trade show, Partners in Prevention 2015, returns April 28 and 29, 2015 to The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Partners in Prevention 2015 includes two days of

February 5, 2015 News

Ontario WSIB’s $400,000-a-year CEO David Marshall gets another two years at the trough

by Steve Payne

Marshall acknowledges that he won’t win any popularity contests. Certainly not among the estimated 80,000 owner-operator contractors who were previously exempt from WSIB, but who got roped into paying into it as part of a plan that earned Marshall a $400,000 bonus.

February 4, 2015 News

The sorry tale of yet another legitimate WSIB claimant denied benefits

by Alec Caldwell

With David Marshall being re-appointed to another two years as CEO of Ontario’s WSIB, various public servant heavyweights have chimed in with praise for the man’s work in whittling down the agency’s unfunded liability. At $14.2 billion in 2012, it’s

November 13, 2013 News

Ontario MPP introduces bill to enforce 'prompt payment' by developers to contractors

by Steve Payne

Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, is a private members’ bill intended to get developers in Ontario to pay their contractors on time. The withholding of holdbacks would be curtailed, if the legislation were to be given teeth. But right now, it’s nowhere near becoming law.

November 4, 2013 News

Accessible renovations and construction become law in Vancouver

by Brynna Leslie

**Photo: Infiniti Renovations, Ottawa** Vancouver City Council has passed a bylaw that will ensure all new housing construction is adaptable for seniors and people with disabilities. Houses that undergo major renovations in Vancouver will also have to meet the accessibility