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
Problems with mandatory WSIB in Ontario (VIDEO): Interview with Jeff Koller, OCFIAby Robert Koci
Jeff Koller offers qualified support for the new mandatory WSIB premiums for the Ontario industry
"The Ontario College of Trades is a trojan horse": Doug Leitch, Ontario Contractor and Small Business Associationby Steve Payne
OCOT is a destructive, government-imposed program that masquerades as a benign application, yet hides potentially dangerous predators, says Doug Leitch.
There is no "skilled trades shortage" in Canada, economist declaresby Steve Payne
From an ivory tower, Don Drummond, a well-respected economist, declares the skilled trades shortage to be nothing more than a mirage.
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.
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.
A worthy cause we want you to hear about: The Toronto Tool Libraryby 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.
VIDEO: Coaches' Corner, Solving problems with the client, part 3by 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
Great news: Home builder confidence soaring south of the borderby 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.
How to hire the right painter: A general contractor's guideby 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.
She retires from a long career at Saskatoon renovation firm, then loses home and everything else in High River floodby 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
Mike Holmes backs contractors against unreasonable clientsby 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.”
Illegal 'villa' on top of 26-storey apartment building in China might be world's most flagrant building code violationby 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.
Coaches' Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 2by 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.
Send us your ceramic tile removal tipsby 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?
Clients who want to "pitch in": God help us allby 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.
Coaches' Corner VIDEO: Solving problems with the homeowner, Part 1by 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…
Six home improvements your customers are being warned away fromby 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.