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March 12, 2013 News

Renovators staying busy across Canada, CHBA Pulse Survey says

by Steve Payne

Once again, bathrooms and kitchens were the most requested projects during the past year

March 11, 2013 Video

Mike Holmes interview Part 4 (VIDEO)

by Robert Koci

Mike’s insurance and how he estimates his jobs

March 11, 2013 Video

Are you on the first page of Google? (VIDEO)

by Robert Koci

If you are not, you are a dead man… or woman. Carrie Shaw tell us why.

March 5, 2013 News

Apprenticeship ratios making the trades shortage worse

by Steve Payne

The organized sector is making the trades shortage much worse than it should be. And qualified applicants, who want to work, can’t get jobs.

March 5, 2013 News

Bill 119 will help WSIB boss towards $400,000 bonus

by Steve Payne

While contractors struggle to find a way to make their mandatory WSIB payments, I. David Marshall, the WSIB’s president and CEO, hopes to get his hands on a $400,000 bonus for, in part, collecting more WSIB fees

March 5, 2013 Video

Mike Holmes interview Part 3

by Robert Koci

Mike turns his beefy guns on customers

March 1, 2013 Video

Contractors protest Ontario WSIB Bill 119

by Robert Koci

Contractors from across the province are saying enough is enough and they will no longer accept the WSIB’s effort to dig into their pocketbooks to deal with the $14.5 billion unfunded liability.

February 26, 2013 Video

The next issue of Canadian Contractor

by Robert Koci

Why parents don’t want their kids to be trades people. And what to do when your customer owes you $100,000

February 21, 2013 Video

The real battle we face: Keynes vs Hayak

by Robert Koci

Do we need central planning or should we let the free market sort things out?

February 20, 2013 Video

Mike Holmes interview Part 2

by Robert Koci

The curse of TV and the help of sponsors and contractors working for free

February 19, 2013 News

Sign the petition to fix the WSIB disaster; Rally at Queen's Park Feb. 28

by Steve Payne

The editorial position of CANADIAN CONTRACTOR is that the new WSIB rules are a shameless rip off of hard-working Ontarians. Bill 119 is insulting to self-employed small businesspeople in the trades in this province while fuelling the underground economy.

February 19, 2013 News

Ontario WSIB shakedown: Self-employed contractors mad as hell

by Steve Payne

The protests against mandatory WSIB in Ottawa and Hamilton on Feb. 12 were very unusual events. Most of those people on the picket lines had never “protested” anything, publicly, in their lives. Renovators, in general, would rather be at work than waving banners. But they’ve had enough.

February 12, 2013 Video

Protesting Bill 119 in Hamilton, Ontario

by Robert Koci

Independent operators in Ontario mobilize to tell the Ontario government how they feel about the increased cost of doing business as a result of Bill 119

February 7, 2013 Video

Mike Holmes Interview Part 1

by Robert Koci

What Mike really thinks about contractors

January 30, 2013 Video

Rob and Steve VIDEO: Moonlighting firefighters. Mike Holmes answers his critics.

by Robert Koci

The first segment of our exclusive interview with Mike Holmes, as he responds to a barrage of criticism from Canadian Contractor readers. And Steve and Rob talk about moonlighting firefighters doing renovations for cash in their spare time… while they pocket gold-plated, public sector benefits packages.

January 26, 2013 News

Polling all contractors

by Robert Koci

You are an opinionated bunch

January 23, 2013 News

Canada's 'largest home improvement centre' launches inspirational publication

by Steve Payne

i Magazine is published by the people who are developing Improve Canada, which will feature 400 showrooms under one roof

January 22, 2013 News

Reno contractors in B.C. to get boost from HST dismantling

by Steve Payne

They will only have to charge the 5 per cent GST after April 1, not the 7 per cent PST that was part of the old HST