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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.”

April 1, 2013 Video

VIDEO: Mike Holmes recalls his bankruptcy, Part 5

by Robert Koci

Some contractors knock Mike Holmes because he once went bankrupt while he was a full-time contractor. He did, but he has something to say about that.

March 28, 2013 Video

VIDEO: Ontario College of Trades threatens Alberta electrician's Interprovincial License

by Robert Koci

Think you are unaffected by the tax grab in Ontario? Not so fast.

March 27, 2013 News

Small contractors get Ontario association to represent them

by Steve Payne

Visit www.ocsba.ca for more information

March 27, 2013 News

Ontario College of Trades undermines federal government's funding of skilled trades, Stop the Trades Tax lobby group says

by Steve Payne

Federal politicians are plowing money into skilled trades training. But in Ontario, the McGuinty government decided to force skilled trades people to pay fees to belong to a “College of Trades” that will offer no classes and train no workers whatsover.

March 18, 2013 News

A Lifetime Contractor named renovator of the year by BILD

by Steve Payne

Sandra Baldwin followed her father’s footsteps into the renovation industry. Her family’s firm, A Lifetime Contractor, is now in its 66th year

March 13, 2013 News

Alberta electrician says Ontario College of Trades wants his cash, too

by Steve Payne

If he doesn’t cough up $360 every 3 years to this Ontario-only body, even though he resides in Alberta, he will lose his Interprovincial Red Seal electrical license.

March 13, 2013 News

Looking for a terrazzo tile or marble installer?

by Steve Payne

Successful contractors know their own strengths and know when to hire a qualified sub to get the best results.  But finding the right people who meet your high standards for quality and professionalism can be a challenge.  One source too

March 12, 2013 News

Take our poll: What do you most need to learn?

by Steve Payne

This week’s Canadian Contractor poll (to the right) asks the question: “In a one day seminar for renovation contractors, what would you most like to learn about?” We are planning another series of RenoSummit seminars for later this year. Your

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