Ontario College of Trades continues to violate Federal privacy laws, electrician arguesby Steve Payne
Doug Leitch is one of the very few contractors to have closely read the legislation that set up the controversial Ontario College of Trades. The legislation lets the College violate your privacy, and use your own money against your interests, he says.
Canadian Contractor to publish "Voices" e-news every Fridayby Steve Payne
“Voices” will be a 60-second read that will contain no-holds-barred opinions about the contracting life from our readers.
Masons launch campaign against National Building Code's anticipated wood-frame provisionsby Brynna Leslie
“An attack ad has reignited a simmering feud between the Canadian wood industry and rival groups in the construction sector,” according to an article in the Edmonton Journal. Since British Columbia introduced its Wood First Act in 2009, the Canadian…
Part 2: Firefighters in Constructionby Alec Caldwell
Firefighters in Ajax, Ont. have been awarded the right to work 24-hour shifts. On their significant days off, they will have lots of time to run their home renovation businesses on the side.
Solar panels can endanger firefighters' lives, CBC News reportsby Brynna Leslie
An Ontario fire chief says that solar panels can hinder his crews’ ability to cut a vent in a roof when fighting a fire, posing the risk of electrocution.
Is your crew undermining your reputation as a contractor?by Brynna Leslie
“I watched as a crew showed up the day after Canada Day to spend four hours sitting on the front porch, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.”
Skilled workers among top priorities in new Parliamentby Robert Koci
Last week’s throne speech outlined the government’s commitment to better fund apprenticeship training and municipal infrastructure, remove credentialing barriers across provincial and territorial lines and tighten up rules in the Temporary Foreign Worker program — all measures designed to increase opportunities for those in the building industry, says the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.
Remember when tool companies would treat contractors royally? Well, a few still do…by Steve Payne
Square Deal, a distributor of IRWIN Tools, recently took a trailer loaded with IRWIN product to a number of lumberyards in Southern Ontario, holding barbecues for contractors, offering deep discounts and giving out prizes. Why don’t we see more of this type of event?
Ontario College of Trades violates privacy laws: Doug Leitch, Ontario Contractor and Small Business Associationby Steve Payne
This is a copy of a letter sent by Doug Leitch, and electrical contractor in Eastern Ontario, founder of the Ontario Contractors and Small Business Association, to the Ontario College of Trades, asserting that the College is in violation of federal privacy laws. This is a serious charge.
Remodelers Advantage Business Summit, Las Vegas: Canadian renovators learn from the bestby Robert Koci
The biggest challenge about being a renovator, is that it’s hard to find the time to step back, look at your business critically, learn from your peers, and get educated in business fundamentals. You are too busy building! Well, Rob Koci is reporting on some of the seminars going on right now down in Las Vegas, where hundreds of renovators are taking the time they need to re-evaluate how they do business.
Steve's two trucks: A personal historyby Steve Maxwell
A good work truck is your most important power tool. It’s as important as any lead hand. Here’s my personal story about my two vintage Ford Trucks. Tell us your own truck story for a chance to win an iPad.
The ABCs of ICFs, a reviewby Robert Koci
Since we ran our first article on ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms) on this website last year, we’ve had a LOT of questions from contractors about what ICFs are, and how they can be used in renovation contracting and new homebuilding. Here’s the article again, with some interesting posts underneath it, including one today from Gary Brown at Amvic System, a major Canadian ICF supplier.
Housing starts 'stable' for the sixth straight month in August, CMHC reportsby Steve Payne
There were 187,197 housing starts in Canada in August, compared to 187,324 in July, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMCH) says
"The Ontario College of Trades is a trojan horse": Doug Leitch, Ontario Contractor and Small Business Associationby Steve Payne
OCOT is a destructive, government-imposed program that masquerades as a benign application, yet hides potentially dangerous predators, says Doug Leitch.
There is no "skilled trades shortage" in Canada, economist declaresby Steve Payne
From an ivory tower, Don Drummond, a well-respected economist, declares the skilled trades shortage to be nothing more than a mirage.
Who wants to pay higher CPP premiums for a greater pension?by Alec Caldwell
“As a self-employed small business owner myself, I’ve never been a union guy or carried one of their cards in my life. Yet I find myself on the side of the unions (in the current debate over increases to CPP premiums.”
Wrapped laminate cabinets from Quebec: up and comingby Steve Maxwell
Today’s best wrapped laminate cabinets allow very convincing wood grain reproductions of cherry, walnut, mahogany and dozens of other luxurious hardwoods. All for about half the cost of real wood!
What’s safer to ride: A one wheel or a two wheel bike?by Alec Caldwell
If you’ve cancelled your 24 hour sickness and accident insurance policies because you’ve been forced to pay a lot more for Ontario WSIB, you are now riding a one- or two-wheel bike, instead of having the stability of being in a four-wheel truck. As a contractor, you need to think about the risk(s) you are exposing yourself to with inadequate insurance!