Canadian Contractor


May 6, 2015 News

Is WSIB Ontario denying workers deaths?

by Alec Caldwell

Accidental deaths of workers in Ontario remain roughly the same, year after year. Yet the WSIB’s claim payouts on injuries have plummeted, as the WSIB argues it has created a culture of safety. How can the deaths stay the same and the injuries plummet? Simple claims denial, says Sid Ryan.

February 11, 2015 News

Looking for highly motivated help?

by Robert Koci

For the last five weeks, I have had the distinct pleasure of teaching project management to renovator students at Toronto Community College George Brown. This is the last semester for my 60 students, who will soon be entering the marketplace

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.

February 4, 2015 News

The sorry tale of yet another legitimate WSIB claimant denied benefits

by Alec Caldwell

With David Marshall being re-appointed to another two years as CEO of Ontario’s WSIB, various public servant heavyweights have chimed in with praise for the man’s work in whittling down the agency’s unfunded liability. At $14.2 billion in 2012, it’s

November 27, 2014 News

WSIB denies OFL claim that it paid safety rebates to firms convicted of safety violations

by Steve Payne

The WSIB, accused of paying safety rebates – totalling in the millions – to safety violating firms, has defended itself in this press release

November 27, 2014 News

How one roofing firm advertised their serious stupidity

by Alec Caldwell

The owner of the firm chewed me out. “Is this all you have to do with your time?” he asked angrily.

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.

October 1, 2014 Voice

Grow your contracting business to the next level: Policies & Procedures

by Alec Caldwell

All professional contracting businesses – no matter what size they are – need written Policies and Procedures for both legal and business management reasons. If you find the whole idea of creating these Policies and Procedures overwhelming, reach out to CARAHS, who have everything you need to set yourself up for success.

September 19, 2014 News

How shallow an actual home inspection really is

by Steve Payne

“I have found the inspections to be somewhat cursory in nature and, unless you are totally blind, for the most part a waste of money.”

September 3, 2014 Voice

Ontario WSIB: Time to heat up their phone lines at their 'Fair Practices Commission'

by Alec Caldwell

The WSIB has a fair practices commission. Their president and CEO, I. David Marshall, is just a few months away from completing his 5-year term, with a $400,000 bonus very likely awaiting him on the way out. Are you, as a contractor, feeling fairly treated?

September 3, 2014 Voice

Ontario WSIB: Time to heat up their phone lines at their ‘Fair Practices Commission’

by Alec Caldwell

The WSIB has a fair practices commission. Their president and CEO, I. David Marshall, is just a few months away from completing his 5-year term, with a $400,000 bonus very likely awaiting him on the way out. Are you, as a contractor, feeling fairly treated?

September 1, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (14) Keeping a clean worksite

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My house project is now 21 weeks old. During this time, I have had over a dozen different trades on the site, some for a few days, some for a few weeks, others for over a month. Almost without exception,

July 31, 2014 Video

Goodbye Holmes Referred, hello Baeumler Approved

by Steve Payne

There are 300 contractors and other firms associated with the Baeumler Approved contractor referral program, Bryan Baeumler’s folks tell us

July 13, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (8) More hoops and hurdles

by Robert Koci

Fourteen weeks into his family’s new home build, John Bleasby has passed through about five inspections. They’ve actually ben “pleasant experiences” for the veteran, retired commercial pilot and rookie GC.

June 4, 2014 News

Six months after the demise of Sears Home Services, contractors in B.C. and elsewhere still looking for fair treatment – and money

by Steve Payne

Sears Home Services had been sold by Sears in February 2013 to a third-party company. That company went into receivership 9 months later.

May 22, 2014 Voice

The home renovator's safety disconnect

by Alec Caldwell

Big commercial contractors, as you drive by their sites and see hundreds of men at work, eat, breathe and sleep safety compliance. It costs more. The giant firms in question can afford it. But you as an independent home improvement renovator are under the same legal liabilities for the safety of your workers.

May 22, 2014 Voice

The home renovator’s safety disconnect

by Alec Caldwell

Big commercial contractors, as you drive by their sites and see hundreds of men at work, eat, breathe and sleep safety compliance. It costs more. The giant firms in question can afford it. But you as an independent home improvement renovator are under the same legal liabilities for the safety of your workers.