Canadian Contractor

October 29, 2014 News

Tony Dean, former head of Ontario Public Service, to "review" College of Trades

by Steve Payne

What will a man who has risen to the highest-pinnacle of government civil-service bureaucracy recommend, re: the Ontario College of Trades? We are guessing a massive expansion of its mandate. And we guess he will keep the North Korea-like dictatorship of its unelected board of directors.

July 18, 2014 News

Minister, it is unbelievable that you have accepted this conflict of interest (at the College of Trades) and done nothing about it…

by Steve Payne

The Ontario College of Trades is about as democratic as the Republic of North Korea. It needs to stop congratulating itself about how it’s all about the trades being “self-regulated.” No contractor ever voted for any policy decision from the Ontario College of Trades, except for the handful that have been selected by their (mostly union) friends and (public sector) cronies for plum board or committee jobs. The self-regulation stuff is nothing but BS.

April 2, 2014 News

Ontario College of Trades: Ten employees on the $100k "Sunshine List"

by Steve Payne

The Ontario “Sunshine List” of government and government-agency employees making big bucks has lots of OCOT employees therein. Next week, the gigantic list of Sunshine employees at the WSIB.

December 11, 2013 News

Do you have a business plan for your reno business for 2014? If not, read this….

by Mike Draper

This is the perfect time of the year to ask yourself this question. “Do I really want to fly by the seat of my pants as a renovation contractor, or do I want to try to come up with the Three Year Business Plan?”

December 15, 2012 News

Our thoughts are with our publishing colleagues in Newtown, Connecticut

by Steve Payne

The publishing company that publishes Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, and many other home improvement magazines, is a tight-knit company in the small town where 20 children and 8 adults died in a shooting rampage last Friday