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September 10, 2013 Video

Mandatory WSIB in Ontario: MPP Garfield Dunlop wants to clean up the mess (VIDEO)

by Robert Koci

Garfield Dunlop, Ontario’s representative for the people of Simcoe North, is not “just” a politican, he’s a licensed plumber

September 10, 2013 Video

Problems with mandatory WSIB in Ontario (VIDEO): Interview with Jeff Koller, OCFIA

by Robert Koci

Jeff Koller offers qualified support for the new mandatory WSIB premiums for the Ontario industry

September 4, 2013 News

"The Ontario College of Trades is a trojan horse": Doug Leitch, Ontario Contractor and Small Business Association

by Steve Payne

OCOT is a destructive, government-imposed program that masquerades as a benign application, yet hides potentially dangerous predators, says Doug Leitch.

September 4, 2013 News

There is no "skilled trades shortage" in Canada, economist declares

by Steve Payne

From an ivory tower, Don Drummond, a well-respected economist, declares the skilled trades shortage to be nothing more than a mirage.

September 3, 2013 Video

Why the Ontario College of Trades should stay in business: Jeff Koller, OCFIA (VIDEO)

by Steve Payne

The Ontario Construction Finishing Industries Alliance (OCFIA) represents unionized painters and managers in that sector of our industry and Jeff Koller is a frequent spokesperson in favour of the Ontario College of Trades.

September 3, 2013 Video

Why the Ontario College of Trades should be abolished: Interview with Garfield Dunlop, MPP (VIDEO)

by Robert Koci

When Garfield Dunlop speaks out so strongly against the Ontario College of Trades, he isn’t just being a Progressive Conservative politician taking shots at yet another bad idea from the Dalton McGuinty government. He’s speaking as a Canadian Contractor. He’s a plumber.

August 28, 2013 News

A worthy cause we want you to hear about: The Toronto Tool Library

by Steve Payne

A Tool Library? Now that’s an incredible idea, and the people of the Danforth East area of Toronto are doing it. But they could use a helping hand. Click on the video link in this story to learn more.

August 28, 2013 Video

VIDEO: Coaches' Corner, Solving problems with the client, part 3

by Robert Koci

In this video, Rob Koci of Canadian Contractor and Mike Draper, contractor coach at Renovantage.com, talk about the third step in solving conflicts with clients: The Action Plan

August 28, 2013 News

Great news: Home builder confidence soaring south of the border

by Steve Payne

This is good news for Canadian homebuilders and renovators because the widespread American news about home buyer intentions – and renovation intentions – affects the mentality of our own customers north of the border. We don’t need, as Canadians, to continue to see devastating stories of Americans walking away from their mortgages. It does impact our market, even if we didn’t suffer the housing crashes that they did.

August 21, 2013 News

How to hire the right painter: A general contractor's guide

by Steve Payne

Reaching for the Yellow Pages to find a painter is fine if all you want is the cheapest bid or someone to do mass production. But for most quality contractors, that is just too risky.

August 21, 2013 News

She retires from a long career at Saskatoon renovation firm, then loses home and everything else in High River flood

by Steve Payne

Betty Tibble and her husband Ted were looking forward to a happy retirement in High River, Alberta, after Betty retired from renovation firm JABA Construction

August 21, 2013 News

Mike Holmes backs contractors against unreasonable clients

by Steve Payne

“A few home improvement shows (and I won’t mention which ones) have made some homeowners edgy and mistrustful of contractors,” Holmes wrote in The National Post. “Remember respect is a two-way street. You have to give it to get it.”

August 14, 2013 News

Illegal 'villa' on top of 26-storey apartment building in China might be world's most flagrant building code violation

by Steve Payne

The 8,600 sq.ft. structure looks like a craggy mountain-top mansion, surrounded by trees, rocks and shrubs. Presumably the tonnes of illegal construction materials all came up the elevator. We hope the builder booked it with the management office.

August 13, 2013 Video

Coaches' Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 2

by Robert Koci

Whenever there’s a glitch, a screw-up, or a surprise on a renovation project, it’s tempting to forge right on with a solution that you, the renovator, thinks will work. But you need to make sure the client agrees with the changes you are going to make to the plans, to the schedule or to the finished look. Watch the video for more.

August 13, 2013 News

Send us your ceramic tile removal tips

by Steve Payne

Getting that old thinset chiselled out can take several days, if you are working on a large area of floor. Who’s got the best tool and accessory for getting it all cleaned up quickly?

August 13, 2013 News

Clients who want to "pitch in": God help us all

by Steve Payne

“Even with zero construction experience, you can still swing a sledgehammer,” a famous Canadian publication once advised it’s readers in an article called “9 Things Your Renovator Won’t Tell You.” The tenth thing he won’t tell you is that you are a moron.

August 6, 2013 Video

Coaches' Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 1

by Robert Koci

In our latest Coaches Corner video (here), Mike Draper of Renovantage.com chats with Rob Koci, associate publisher of Canadian Contractor. This week’s topic: How to get to the REAL root of any problems you may be having with homeowners during

August 6, 2013 News

Six home improvements your customers are being warned away from

by Steve Payne

Swimming pools, overbuilding, over-landscaping the property, overly high-end upgrades, wall-to-wall carpeting and “invisible improvements” may not pay off when your client sells their property, according to this article.