Canadian Contractor


October 15, 2014 News

Incompetence, greed and lies: Report into Algo Mall collapse blames owners, engineers, government officials

by Steve Payne

“Although it was rust the defeated the structure of the Algo mall, the real story behind the collapse is one of human, not material, failures,” said Commissioner Paul Belanger.

October 1, 2014 News

Dartmouth, NS, deck collapse: Everyone and his brother getting sued

by Steve Payne

16 people were enjoying a gathering on a deck off the back of a house in Dartmouth, N.S. It collapsed to the ground, causing multiple traumatic injuries and, reportedly, the eyesight of one of the victims.

September 12, 2014 News

After the North Toronto house collapse – calls for better education of homeowners about the risks

by Steve Payne

Laura Pollard of Bravehart Building, a design/build contractor, is part of a group of Toronto area contractors trying to better educate homeowners about major structural renovations

September 12, 2014 News

North Toronto renovation goes tragically wrong, killing 19-year-old worker in "pancake collapse"

by Robert Koci

The media have reported that there were three permits for the renovation, which included underpinning as well as a two-storey addition to the rear of the property.

September 10, 2014 Voice

Alec Caldwell on the Toronto house collapse tragedy

by Alec Caldwell

Alec Caldwell has been cautioning renovation contractors of the risks of such a massive tragedy, through his work with CARAHS, for the past two years on this site

June 19, 2014 News

I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get

by Steve Payne

Those are words to live by. Part of our continuing series on what to say to customers who want you to match ridiculous lowball prices from other probably totally incompetent contractors

June 10, 2014 Voice

Alec Caldwell on today’s Ontario election: Contractors need to vote!

by Alec Caldwell

“The Ontario College of Trades deserves to be called what it is: A union-controlled mob”

June 10, 2014 Voice

Alec Caldwell on today's Ontario election: Contractors need to vote!

by Alec Caldwell

“The Ontario College of Trades deserves to be called what it is: A union-controlled mob”

May 28, 2014 News

500 of Canada's best young trades students and apprentices head to Skills Canada National Competition

by Steve Payne

Construction is just one of the six different sectors of the competition. The winners will head to the 43rd World Skills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil

April 25, 2014 Voice

Ontario Ministry of Labour “working at heights” course modules will soon be mandatory

by Alec Caldwell

You may not think you have to worry about getting certified for Fall Arrest safety if you work in the home renovations industry. Or if you don’t go up ladders. But pretty well everyone will have to take at least Module 1.

April 25, 2014 Voice

Ontario Ministry of Labour "working at heights" course modules will soon be mandatory

by Alec Caldwell

You may not think you have to worry about getting certified for Fall Arrest safety if you work in the home renovations industry. Or if you don’t go up ladders. But pretty well everyone will have to take at least Module 1.

April 10, 2013 News

Radio host churns out Ontario College of Trades propaganda

by Robert Koci

If ignorance is bliss, this guy is living in paradise

November 6, 2012 News

Hero Builders contest: a Mike Holmes antidote?

by Steve Payne

Hammerati.com has launched Hero Builders, a superhero-themed contest designed to challenge the negative stereotypes about the renovation industry and “help rebuild trust between contractors and homeowners.”

October 3, 2012 News

Another group protests the Ontario College of Trades, saying it will lead to a "Quebec-style" industry

by Steve Payne

Hundreds of thousands of trades will be required, by law, to pay mandatory fees ranging from $50 to $200. Employers could pay up to $600.

June 11, 2012 News

How to criticize constructively

by Robert Koci

Seven things not to do when criticizing an employee’s work

April 14, 2012 Video

The White Knight's triumph

by Robert Koci

We follow up on our December 2011 issue story of the project that the experts said couldn’t, or shouldn’t, be done