Permits & Legal
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
The cash economy Part 2
The battle against the cash economy starts with getting rid of the WSIB
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.
Workplace Safety Comes to Mississauga, Ontario
January 28, 2015 – Canada’s largest and longest-running health…
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.
The sorry tale of yet another legitimate WSIB claimant denied benefits
With David Marshall being re-appointed to another two years…
Ontario MPP introduces bill to enforce 'prompt payment' by developers to contractors
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.
Accessible renovations and construction become law in Vancouver
**Photo: Infiniti Renovations, Ottawa** Vancouver City Council has passed…
Seven design principles when renovating for the elderly
“With the aging population, we need to be incorporating universal design principles into everything we do,” says Ottawa design-builder Moneca Kaiser.
I find it strange. When it comes to the…