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September 20, 2012 News

CBC Vancouver uses hidden camera to expose permit-shy contractors

by Steve Payne

Two out of three contractors filmed would do work without a permit.

September 20, 2012 News

RONA share price suffers after Lowe's walks away

by Steve Payne

Lowe’s now-cancelled offer of $14.50 per share to acquire RONA looks pretty good this morning as RONA shares sit in the doldrums at $11.22.

September 17, 2012 News

Ontario College of Trades "not ready" for Jan. 1 launch, opponents say

by Steve Payne

The Ontario Construction Employers Coalition has fired another shot across the bow of the Ontario College of Trades, a regulatory body which is set to start sending out invoices to tradespeople in the New Year. The Coalition says the College

September 17, 2012 News

"Aging in place" a new buzzword for accessibility renos

by Steve Payne

The most recent issue of Canadian Contractor featured a cover story about “accessibility renovations,” and how the mobility needs of seniors and the disabled is creating a big opportunity for contractors to become specialists in the field. Well, it seems

September 17, 2012 News

Lowe's withdraws "friendly" offer to buy RONA

by Steve Payne

The world’s second-largest home improvement retail chain, Lowe’s, had offered $14.50 per share to RONA in an attempted non-hostile purchase.

September 14, 2012 News

What homeowners do when they check you out online

by Steve Payne

Google yourself. See what your customers are reading about you. Your “webutation” may or may not be fair to you, but it’s important to know what it is and, if possible, improve it.

September 14, 2012 News

Canadian house prices dropped 2 per cent in past year: Scotiabank

by Steve Payne

Ottawa’s mortgage rule changes in July, including a reduction in the maximum amortization period from 30 years to 25 years, are expected to “further moderate” prices in the fall

September 10, 2012 News

National Tradesmen Day approaching fast

by Steve Payne

Mark your calendars for Sept. 21. It’s a great day to ask for that final holdback cheque, no?

September 10, 2012 News

CSA to take control of home inspectors?

by Steve Payne

The Canadian Standards Association is in talks with the National Home Inspector Certification Council about having the CSA train, test and certify home inspectors in Canada

September 10, 2012 News

Five easy ways for tech-savvy contractors and subtrades to find each other

by Steve Payne

A long-term business relationship between a general contractor and a subtrade can’t be forged instantly. But finding each other can be done in a second, online. A look at various ways to get connected.

September 10, 2012 News

Lowe's bid for RONA still a chess game

by Steve Payne

Quebec’s new separatist premier wants to block takeovers by “foreign” firms

September 7, 2012 Video

Maxwell's classics

by Robert Koci

Tools editor Steve Maxwell is the Tip King where building is concerned

September 4, 2012 News

Who's responsible when a flood occurs on the job?

by Steve Payne

The chances are, you are: the general contractor. Which is why liability insurance, and using licensed plumbers and electricians, is key to avoiding expensive mishaps.

September 4, 2012 News

Five ways to increase your referral business

by Steve Payne

By Karen Hamilton As a renovator, getting business from referrals is critical. 65 per cent of new business comes from referrals. People are four times more likely to buy when referred by a friend. 90 per cent of small businesses

September 4, 2012 News

Apprentice carpenters test skills in Edmonton

by Steve Payne

National Apprentice Competition pits carpenters, drywallers and millwrighters in friendly test of skills

September 4, 2012 News

NYC carpenters to make $200,000 a year

by Steve Payne

Carpenters union hammers out a five year deal that will bring wages and benefits to $99.16 per hour

September 4, 2012 News

CMHC discontinues Renovation and Home Purchase Survey Survey

by Robert Koci

Budget cuts cut down an important report for renovators in Canada

September 3, 2012 Video

Slamming the Ontario College of Trades: VIDEO

by Robert Koci

Sean Reid of stopthetradestax.ca responds to Ron Johnson of the Ontario College of Trades