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December 13, 2012 News

Canadian Contractor publisher moving to new jobsite

by Steve Payne

Steve Dempsey, publisher of Canadian Contractor magazine and canadiancontractor.ca as we went through renovations over the past 18 months to better serve our 31,000 contractor readers, has moved to a new jobsite. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Steve has been appointed

December 11, 2012 News

Drywall supply a problem in Saskatchewan, CBC reports

by Steve Payne

It’s not a total drywalll drought, but product that should arrive in a couple of days is now taking a week, some contractors report

December 11, 2012 News

7 more trade associations vow to close down Ontario College of Trades

by Steve Payne

Plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers and air conditioning mechanics will be forced to pay $120 fees to the Ontario College of Trades next year. Or they could see their Certificates of Qualification withheld.

December 11, 2012 News

Leadership in 21 points

by Robert Koci

Running a renovation business isn’t so much about building, as it is about building your team. Well, if you want to take the business anywhere, that is. There are 21 aspects of leadership.

December 11, 2012 News

College of 'Idiocracy': Opinion

by Steve Payne

The Ontario College of Trades, as far as the renovation industry is concerned, is offering little that isn’t being done by other regulatory bodies. Except for more fees for certain trades.

December 11, 2012 News

Bathroom ventilation: Fact and fiction

by Steve Payne

Bathroom fan replacement across Canada could almost become an industry in itself. Vast numbers of them aren’t doing what they were designed to do.

December 11, 2012 News

Housing starts down for third consecutive month

by Steve Payne

Ontario and B.C. showing the largest drops

December 7, 2012 News

Hey Ontario contractors: Show your opposition to the new College of Trades tax at Queen's Park on Tuesday

by Alec Caldwell

The Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services (CARAHS) has now joined the coalition against the new Ontario College of Trades and its punitive tax ($120 compulsory membership fees). Join us in showing your opposition to the College at 11 am on Tuesday, West Wing, Queen’s Park

December 3, 2012 News

Man the barricades

by Robert Koci

Being illegitimate is no fun. Being on the wrong side of the law is no fun. But when you become the agents of injustice by obeying the law, something’s got to give. For justice’s sake, sometimes, it’s necessary.

December 3, 2012 News

A little known way to reach potential customers

by Robert Koci

At a very basic level, Hometalk is great for market research. A once-a-day or even once-a-week scan can keep you up-to-date on trends and what homeowners are asking for.

December 3, 2012 News

What will it take to beat the cash economy?

by Robert Koci

With the punitive costs of HST/GST, income, corporate and payroll taxes, workers comp payments and insurance, it seems like there’s an epidemic of contractors working for cash. Can you compete with them? Or should you join them?

December 3, 2012 News

The risks of cash and how you can avoid them

by Robert Koci

Doing underground work is a drug you don’t want to get addicted to

November 30, 2012 Video

Tree protection, good and bad

by Robert Koci

Keeping the site neat is a very good way to leave a good public impression

November 28, 2012 News

Cornwall, Ont. barber goes public with refusal to pay College of Trades fees

by Steve Payne

Chris Bourgon says that the Ontario College of Trades will, effectively, be taking all his earnings from 4 days of work. He sees absolutely no value at all in the College. He’s not alone.

November 27, 2012 News

Accessibility renovations: tax credit available in Ontario

by Steve Payne

The same provincial government that brought in the Ontario College of Trades, to “tax” licensed tradespeople, is now handing out money for accessibility renovations.

November 27, 2012 News

Contractor says Ontario College of Trades the last straw: "Guess I'll… get out of business."

by Steve Payne

“I’m fed up,” contractor says.

November 27, 2012 Video

Video: Rob, Steve and readers weigh in on the Ontario College of Trades’ fees for "compulsory" trades

by Robert Koci

The College will be invoicing lots of you in April. $120 for licensed trades in certain categories, and $60 for apprentices. Many readers of Canadian Contractor are angry about this, saying that the College is offering little or no value in return.

November 27, 2012 News

How to "qualify" renovation prospects

by Steve Payne

The telephone can be the fastest and best way to qualify a customer. There is a simple but powerful question you can ask, over the phone, that can help create trust between you and the prospect.