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August 7, 2012 News

BC inspectors cracking down hard

by Steve Payne

B.C. inspectors cracking down hard Inspectors from WorkSafeBC, the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia, are currently hammering down on roofers and framers on wood frame construction sites who flout the province’s safety regulations. A six month inspection blitz that

July 25, 2012 News

Stopping the tax in Ontario

by Robert Koci

The Ontario College of Trades under fire

July 23, 2012 News

Swing-stage tragedy firm fined $200,000

by Steve Payne

The judgment against Metron marked the first time that a construction company has been convicted of criminal negligence causing death under the Ontario Criminal Code.

July 23, 2012 News

Alberta homebuilders shortlisted for awards

by Steve Payne

The Alberta Awards of Excellence in Housing, presented by RBC Royal Bank, honour the top builders and renovators from across the province

July 23, 2012 News

Renos push consumer spending, make BOC nervous

by Robert Koci

The Bank of Canada says consumer debt is rising on renovation spending

July 22, 2012 Video

Maxwell's Rant

by Robert Koci

Our tools editor surprises us

July 10, 2012 News

WHMIS made easy

by Alec Caldwell

WHMIS is one of these courses contractors, sub trades or employees are required to have completed under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, along with Fall Protection Awareness. These are required mandatory Canada wide. Normally to obtain these you have

July 9, 2012 News

Building permits at highest in five years

by Steve Payne

Building permits totalling just over $7-billion were issued by Canadian municipalities in May, the highest level of activity in five years, StatsCan said last week. This was an unexpected jump of 7.4 per cent in building permit activity, whereas some

July 9, 2012 News

Ontario PCs want to weaken unions

by Steve Payne

Labour unions are likely to be a major election issue whenever Ontario voters next go to the polls. Last week, Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak  unveiled a 20-page “white paper” that recommends a major revamping of labour laws to

July 9, 2012 News

Seminar will teach "accessibility" reno skills

by Steve Payne

It’s been called the biggest new business opportunity for renovators in decades. One in four Canadians will be considered disabled by the time they reach 65, and almost all of them will need “accessibility” renovations to their existing homes if

July 9, 2012 News

Radon gas spurs basement repairs

by Steve Payne

Health Canada has published the results of the second and final year of its survey of radon gas levels in Canadian houses. On average, 7 percent of houses have levels of radon gas above the level at which Ottawa says

July 9, 2012 News

Electricians tops in hourly pay

by Steve Payne

The numbers are in and electricians are making the most money. According to the www.livingin-canada.com website, the average January 2012 weekly earnings for electricians in the construction sector rose 3.2 per cent over 2011 to $29.88, assuming a 36-hour work

July 9, 2012 Video

The Marvin story: Part 1

by Robert Koci

What was it like to build windows 20 years ago?

June 25, 2012 News

Ontario Grants Fund Residential Rehab Assistance Renovations

by Robert Koci

Here’s where the money is…

June 25, 2012 News

Are You Up To Date on Your Ontario Building Codes?

by Robert Koci

Watch out for EnerGuide 80

June 24, 2012 News

Owner of killer scaffold company won’t face jail

by Steve Payne

Four men fell 13 storeys to their deaths in the worst construction accident in more than half a century in Toronto

June 18, 2012 News

Build Your Brand Part 1: Know your target client

by Mike Draper

Three steps to marketing your business effectively

June 18, 2012 News

A contractor asks a question

by Robert Koci

A contractor asks what you do to keep track of your employee’s hours