Canadian Contractor


April 14, 2015 News

The Top 3 accounting methods and the lies they tell to contractors

by Victoria Downing

Should you run your contracting firm on the Cash Method, the Billings Accrual Method or the Completed Jobs Accrual Method? Take 4 minutes to read this, and you will probably know.

March 4, 2015 News

Ontario contractors, volunteering in Dominican Republic, ready to raise roof on Youth Centre

by John Bleasby

A group of volunteers that includes the family behind Barrie, Ontario’s Gregor Homes, is helping Dove Missions Canada to complete the construction of a vital youth centre in Puerta Plata. They could use your time, volunteerism and resources.

February 5, 2015 News

Ontario WSIB’s $400,000-a-year CEO David Marshall gets another two years at the trough

by Steve Payne

Marshall acknowledges that he won’t win any popularity contests. Certainly not among the estimated 80,000 owner-operator contractors who were previously exempt from WSIB, but who got roped into paying into it as part of a plan that earned Marshall a $400,000 bonus.

December 11, 2014 News

"There are bad developers… but bad subtrades, too."

by Steve Payne

Obviously, not everyone thinks developers are “greedy scumbag thieves” as one subtrade posted here last week.

December 5, 2014 News

"Greedy scumbag thieves and incompetent financial disasters"

by Steve Payne

“Sub trades involved in the project should be paid directly by the financial entity.”

November 20, 2014 News

The difference between union-minded workers versus employers

by Steve Payne

“Unions no longer serve the members they so adamantly say they are trying to protect.”

November 20, 2014 News

Bill C-377: The government forcing a private entity (a union) to make their financial statements public is downright scary.

by Steve Payne

Mike has worked in both the union and non-union side of the electrical business for 25 years. Though he’s a conservative, he hates the proposed Harper government legislation to force unions to publicly disclose their spending.

November 19, 2014 Voice

Opinion: Part 2 – Guilty – IBEW Union CLOSED Lorne’s Electric

by Alec Caldwell

Union interference took down Lorne’s Electric and its owner, Eric Glahs. So who cares? Does IBEW care? Tell us what you think.

November 19, 2014 Voice

Opinion: Part 2 – Guilty – IBEW Union CLOSED Lorne's Electric

by Alec Caldwell

Union interference took down Lorne’s Electric and its owner, Eric Glahs. So who cares? Does IBEW care? Tell us what you think.

November 12, 2014 Voice

Did IBEW certification cause the closure of Lorne’s Electric, Arnprior, Ont.?

by Alec Caldwell

When Lorne’s Electric went out of business, around 40 people became unemployed. The company had recently become unionized based on the votes of three of Lorne Electric’s employees.

November 12, 2014 Voice

Did IBEW certification cause the closure of Lorne's Electric, Arnprior, Ont.?

by Alec Caldwell

When Lorne’s Electric went out of business, around 40 people became unemployed. The company had recently become unionized based on the votes of three of Lorne Electric’s employees.

November 5, 2014 Voice

Opinion: Could Bill C-377 expose the darker side of union activities?

by Alec Caldwell

Bill C-377 would force unions to publicly disclose their spending, including their executives’ salaries over $100,000. The bill has been called “undemocratic” Alec Caldwell, on behalf of renovation contractors at CARAHS, begs to differ.

October 24, 2014 News

We have crappy tapers, good tapers and excellent tapers. There is no license that I know of that will made a shoddy taper better.

by Steve Payne

Sean Keane, Keyon Drywall, famously suing the WSIB for millions, writes an angry post about how contractors are likely to be treated by the Kathleen Wynne’s government – and their WSIB and OCOT cronies – in the majority years ahead

August 18, 2014 News

We banned the interfering owner from our site and liened him for $230,000

by Steve Payne

Contractor Greg Miller sent us this recollection about the ultimate “Interfering Client From Hell.” Greg says that his apparently abusive Nightmare Client insisted that stairs be installed backwards after the site super had left, tried to get the framer and Greg’s crew to drink with him on the job, creating various grotesque safety violations before running out of money and “cancelling our contract so he could have the upper hand in his peers’ minds.”

July 30, 2014 Voice

Construction trench fatality in Toronto: there are NO “accidents”

by Alec Caldwell

“These deaths always stem from human error, be it lack of training, pushing too fast and taking shortcuts, lack of equipment, or poor supervision.”

July 30, 2014 Voice

Construction trench fatality in Toronto: there are NO "accidents"

by Alec Caldwell

“These deaths always stem from human error, be it lack of training, pushing too fast and taking shortcuts, lack of equipment, or poor supervision.”

July 23, 2014 Voice

Trying to make your Ontario WSIB payments by cutting your private insurance? A bad idea – and here’s why…

by Alec Caldwell

Ontario WSIB can be extremely expensive. But abandoning your own, private, individual sickness and disability insurance – just to help pay for hour WSIB – is going to absolutely kill you financially if you get cancer or another critical illness

July 23, 2014 Voice

Trying to make your Ontario WSIB payments by cutting your private insurance? A bad idea – and here's why…

by Alec Caldwell

Ontario WSIB can be extremely expensive. But abandoning your own, private, individual sickness and disability insurance – just to help pay for hour WSIB – is going to absolutely kill you financially if you get cancer or another critical illness