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November 17, 2021  

Protecting Yourself from Tax Liability

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and

August 20, 2021  

Here’s what to expect from surprise OHSA inspections

A surprise visit from the Ministry of Labour, Training

December 10, 2020  

Is your website ready for the Jan. 1 AODA deadline?

The Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) will

October 2, 2020  

WSIB announces premium rate freeze

The global pandemic has created many unforeseen challenges for

September 3, 2020  

Werner to offer virtual and in-person safety training in support of annual Safety Stand-Down Initiative

Werner will train thousands of workers across the country

July 2, 2020  

B.C. government launches new Reframed Lab initiative

The Province, through BC Housing, and the City of

June 23, 2020  

Call for volunteers to serve on Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC)

The five-year term for the current members of the

June 4, 2020  

Surety Association of Canada announces new bond form for IPD project

On May 7, 2020, the Board of Directors of

May 21, 2020  

FAO to release review of time-of-use electricity pricing decision

On Friday, May 22, 2020, the Financial Accountability Office

May 21, 2020  

BuildCenter offers free COVID-19 health screening app

As the construction industry reopens in California and across

May 15, 2020  

Back to Work Virtual Summit

COVID-19 has shut down large parts of the Canadian

May 14, 2020  

The Hammer COVID SPECIAL: Get It Delivered – Eamonn O’Rourke, RenoRun

We’re changing how we do things on jobsites: keeping

May 7, 2020  

RESCON supports methodical approach to expanding residential construction

The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) welcomes the

May 4, 2020  

ULI Toronto to host Expert Insights: Provincial Policy Statement & Community Benefit Charge webinar

On February 28th, the province of  Ontario released a

May 4, 2020  

Ottawa’s urban boundary, intensification and the Official Plan

Talk is heating up about the urban boundary and

December 10, 2019  

Contractor nabbed in highway chase

His face was all bloodied when taken into custody

December 9, 2019  

HOMEmade star’s license suspended

Property owner wanted a harsher penalty for Dion South

November 27, 2019  

Calgary contractor faces charges

Paid hundreds of thousands, contractor allegedly did not complete work

November 26, 2019  

Another cautionary tale for contractors

Contractors need to provide a safe workplace

June 10, 2015  

What does “adequate” training in construction really mean?

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  

Hamilton, Ont. reno salesmen convicted under Consumer Protection Act

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

April 28, 2015  

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

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  

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

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  

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

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

March 24, 2015  

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

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  

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

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  

The cash economy Part 2

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

February 18, 2015  

Let’s talk cash economy

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  

Workplace Safety Comes to Mississauga, Ontario

January 28, 2015 – Canada’s largest and longest-running health

February 5, 2015  

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

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.