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May 14, 2013 News

"Is your plumber certified? Check with College of Trades!" – Toronto Star spouts the propaganda

by Steve Payne

The PR folks who handle the account for the Ontario College of Trades are probably going to be busy telling the public that without OCOT certification you are a bum. In so many words.

May 7, 2013 News

Provinces needlessly limiting apprenticeship opportunities, report says

by Steve Payne

Entry restrictions to the skilled trades are not the best way to protect workers and the general public, the C.D. Howe Institute says

May 7, 2013 News

VIDEO: Mike Holmes interview part 8: Educating your customer

by Steve Payne

“Too often I’ve seen contractors walk in with a pad, out of their pickup truck, and they listen to what the homeowner wants. They give them a price and ask for a down (payment). And there’s never enough education there.” – MIKE HOLMES

May 7, 2013 News

VIDEO: What contractors earn – Outrank Salary Survey

by Steve Payne

Almost a quarter of all renovation contractors who responded to our survey are making six figures.

May 2, 2013 Video

Home inspection: a new revenue stream for you?

by Robert Koci

Home Inspection is a growing industry for which renovators are well suited

April 30, 2013 News

Engineer charged as Algo Mall collapse enquiry continues

by Steve Payne

For 30 years, water from the parking lot on the roof of the mall seeped into the steel structure underlying the hollow concrete slabs. A continuous rubberized asphalt membrane, that would have protected the steel, had been considered too expensive.

April 29, 2013 News

RONA wraps up its spring contractor trade shows

by Steve Payne

5,500 contractors attended the RONA Contractor Shows this spring.

April 26, 2013 News

It's a no brainer: wear CSA-approved hard hats only!

by Alec Caldwell

But I’m not thrilled with CSA-approved safety equipment that is made in China. While it may meet CSA’s rigorous standards, China didn’t care that it put melamine in baby formula, didn’t care that it exported children’s toys covered in lead paint, and for me, the trust factor just isn’t there any more.

April 25, 2013 News

The case for flat-rate pricing for service and repair work

by Steve Payne

“Until flat rate pricing becomes the industry standard – and realistically that would take a long time to bring about – there are bound to be customers who will ask how much you charge ‘per hour.’ “

April 25, 2013 News

April 30 tax filing deadline: Who can claim self-employment

by Steve Payne

The tax advantages of declaring yourself self-employed are obvious. But be aware that Ottawa has four specific rules for the definition of “self-employment.”

April 23, 2013 News

That housing market crash everyone's been worrying about? Looking less likely.

by Steve Payne

Housing starts up slightly. Fears of a Canadian real estate crash, which were widespread in the media just a few months ago, seem to be easing.

April 23, 2013 Video

Help for contractor inventors

by Robert Koci

You have a great idea for a new product but how do you get it to market? Dragon’s Den? No, just call Steve Sennik

April 16, 2013 Video

VIDEO: Mike Homes Interview (7): The products you buy

by Robert Koci

Mike goes to bat for you on products

April 10, 2013 News

Radio host churns out Ontario College of Trades propaganda

by Robert Koci

If ignorance is bliss, this guy is living in paradise

April 10, 2013 News

Unions lobby for CPP increase across Canada

by Robert Koci

CPP premiums are high enough.

April 9, 2013 Video

A website contest…A trade gives his employee back to Ontario

by Robert Koci

Here’s a chance to improve your website. And here’s a contractor that is giving his employees and their families back to the government of Ontario to look after.

April 9, 2013 Video

The Mike interviews: Part 6

by Robert Koci

A big knock on Mike Holmes is that he doesn’t have a certification in any trade. Does it matter? Maybe not.

April 2, 2013 News

Ontario College of Trades is a good thing, trades union spokesman says

by Steve Payne

The Ontario College of Trades will help strengthen the trades sector in our province, says Pat Dillon, a member of the College’s “appointments council.”