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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.

November 27, 2012 News

How he sold his renovation business

by Steve Payne

Edmonton contractor sold his business for close to $500,000. The buyer got excellent value and has already started to move the business to even greater heights. The key to selling a renovation business is to make sure it can run without you, using proper systems.

November 27, 2012 Video

How does a video like this get over 30,000 views!!

by Robert Koci

No offense to this guy, really, but how do five tips on bathroom renos that start with “Make sure you have a really, really good plan” get 30,162 hits? How desperate can we be for tips? I waited patiently for

November 22, 2012 News

China hold-out house

by Steve Payne

Just found this heart-warming story in the Toronto Star. An elderly couple in Wenling, Zheijang Province, China, didn’t agree with the government’s offered price to expropriate and demolish their home, so that a highway could go through their village (destroying all

November 22, 2012 News

How one contractor helped a homeowner when others wouldn't return her call

by Steve Payne

Contractors like Gabe and Ross are posting their projects online and describing how they’ve been able to be heroes to their customers.

November 20, 2012 News

Ontario College of Trades compulsory trades fees announced: Opponents respond

by Steve Payne

The Ontario Construction Employers Coalition, which is leading a grassroots campaign against the College, says the fledgling governing body is nothing but a way to “tax” the province’s tradespeople.

November 20, 2012 News

Remembering Randell Morris: Saskatchewan skilled trades visionary

by Steve Payne

Randell was dedicated to youth and education. He was a kind, gentle man with a quick wit and ready smile.

November 19, 2012 News

Don't be fooled by R Values: see the live presentation

by Steve Payne

Canadian Contractor’s Rob Koci, with the truth about the sometimes-unreliability of R Values, live at the Homebuilder & Renovator Expo, Toronto, Nov. 28th.

November 19, 2012 News

Can you sell your renovation business?

by Mike Draper

Recently, I worked with a renovation contractor in Edmonton who sold his business for $500,000. In order to do that, he had to make sure that his business was working well without him. That’s the key to being able to sell your business: set up systems, delegate, and get out of the day-to-day.

November 13, 2012 News

11 renovation business tips from RenoSummit, Vancouver

by Steve Payne

There’s another RenoSummit underway right now in Calgary.

November 13, 2012 News

Smokey Bear lies in wait

by Alec Caldwell

The Ministry of Transportation can derail your day with a fine. And they can even derail your livelihood if they impound your vehicle.

November 12, 2012 News

RONA's president steps down

by Steve Payne

During his 20 years in charge, Robert Dutton built RONA up from a regional, Quebec-based distributor to independent stores into a coast-to-coast retailing power, the largest in the Canadian home improvement industry. And he was adamant that the company not sell out to US-based Lowe’s.

November 12, 2012 News

Hate big box stores? Home Depot wants you to feel the love

by Steve Payne

Although many contractors love to hate those giant, corporate stores, and try to stay away from them, Home Depot is just one of the big home improvement retail chains in the Canada that is trying to change all that.

November 9, 2012 Video

Epic fails in construction

by Robert Koci

You thought your mistakes were bad!