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August 20, 2012 News

RONA takeover not imminent, Lowe's says

by Steve Payne

Three weeks ago, the largest Canadian-owned home improvement retail chain, Quebec-based RONA, appeared to be on the verge of being swallowed up by North Carolina-based Lowe’s, the second-largest hardware and building supply chain in the world. But in a conference

August 15, 2012 News

Rob's Radio Reno Report

by Robert Koci

A franchise for contractors

August 7, 2012 News

Jump start your reno business with seminars in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg

by Steve Payne

Are you ready for your renovation business to deliver better results? Then plan to attend one of the one day RenoSummit educational seminars coming to Vancouver (Nov. 12), Calgary (Nov. 14) and Winnipeg (Nov. 15). The seminars will focus on

August 7, 2012 News

Permits down in June as West slows

by Robert Koci

Alberta and B.C. slows

August 7, 2012 News

Two new social media sites reno contractors need to know about

by Steve Payne

Pintrest excites your customers

August 7, 2012 News

Lowe's bid for RONA prompts Quebec government response

by Steve Payne

The largest home improvement retailer in Canada, RONA, based in Boucherville, QC, is likely to stay in the news this week in the wake of a takeover offer from the world’s second-largest home improvement retailer, Lowe’s, of Mooresville, NC. Lowe’s

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