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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

January 22, 2013 News

2013 resolutions for the tech-savvy contractor

by Steve Payne

Smartphone, tablet, camera. Three almost-essential tools for today’s renovation contractor.

January 16, 2013 Video

Rob's 3 biggest mistakes as a renovation contractor (VIDEO)

by Steve Payne

Rob learned the hard way as a renovator. His 3 biggest mistakes will never be yours if you watch this.

January 16, 2013 News

Home Hardware rolling out its contractor trade shows

by Robert Koci

Home Hardware’s contractor shows are now rolling out across Canada. They offer a chance to see hot new products, watch demos, and network with your fellow construction professionals

January 16, 2013 News

What women want when you renovate for them

by Steve Payne

Women make the majority of home improvement decisions. So you have to know how to sell to them and build for them.

January 15, 2013 News

What was on contractors' minds in 2012: Our top 6 stories of the year

by Steve Payne

From Mike Holmes, to double digit sales taxes, to the Ontario College of Trades, there were a lot of stories that got our readers riled up.

January 8, 2013 Video

How your moulding is made: VIDEO

by Robert Koci

See how they make moulding at Royal Woodworking, a moulding manufacturer in Bradford, Ontario.

January 5, 2013 News

Paul Bremer is a great renovator, and this is why I know

by Robert Koci

Referrals are like gold to any renovator, but this Christmas present trumps gold