Canadian Contractor


May 13, 2015 News

Radon Gas! Hiding in wait for you in residential home renovations

by Alec Caldwell

Over 20,000 Canadians die from lung cancer every year. Yes, smoking is the most common cause. But did you know that Radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer? About 16 per cent of all cases.

May 13, 2015 News

Mike Draper, Renovantage, on calculating the correct deposit amount

by Steve Payne

Mike Draper, our resident contractor coach, tells you how to figure out a reasonable and fair deposit when you win a new project

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.

April 28, 2015 News

Danger: Guardrails built ‘for appearances’ can kill or cripple

by Alec Caldwell

Don’t mess around building half-assed guardrails, unless you are prepared to go to jail. Look up the regulations for their construction, and follow them.

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

January 22, 2015 News

Will Ontario introduce their version of the Home Renovation Tax Credit?

by Alec Caldwell

Ottawa’s Home Renovation Tax Credit, in 2009, pumped $4.3-billion of extra work into our industry. Now, a similar idea for Ontario has at least reached the conversation stage.

December 30, 2014 Voice

Reducing WSIB rates for self employed contractors in Ontario

by Alec Caldwell

A private members bill that would reduce Ontario WSIB premiums for owners/operators passed first reading earlier this month.

December 19, 2014 News

"If you are going to achieve better margins you will need to do more than just increase your mark-up."

by Steve Payne

Presentation is everything. Presentation is everything. Presentation is everything.

December 17, 2014 Voice

Are homeowners compromising your work site?

by Alec Caldwell

Homeowners generally won’t look at an area undergoing professional renovation in their own homes as a “job site.” But if they get injured where you are working, you are just as legally liable as if a member of the public injured themselves on a wide-open, unsecured commercial job site.

December 17, 2014 Voice

Who would you rather have Christmas dinner with: Jim Caruk or Mike Holmes?

by Alec Caldwell

For some reason Alec Caldwell doesn’t want to contemplate Christmas dinner with Bryan Bauemler. In his mini-poll, it’s a choice between Mike Holmes and Jim Caruk.

December 10, 2014 Voice

What I learned at the Safety Round Table at Queen's Park

by Alec Caldwell

Congratulations to Ontario MPP Mike Colle for arranging this industry gathering at Queen’s Park to discuss ways to prevent tragedies like the underpinning-related death of Ryan Pearce, 19.

December 10, 2014 Voice

What I learned at the Safety Round Table at Queen’s Park

by Alec Caldwell

Congratulations to Ontario MPP Mike Colle for arranging this industry gathering at Queen’s Park to discuss ways to prevent tragedies like the underpinning-related death of Ryan Pearce, 19.

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.”

December 3, 2014 Voice

Landing sales in today's cash underground market. Introducing the 'Close the Quote' system.

by Alec Caldwell

One of our CARAHS contractors told me that Close the Quote “translated into immediate results in sales.” And it’s FREE.

December 3, 2014 Voice

Landing sales in today’s cash underground market. Introducing the ‘Close the Quote’ system.

by Alec Caldwell

One of our CARAHS contractors told me that Close the Quote “translated into immediate results in sales.” And it’s FREE.

November 28, 2014 News

Fair Construction campaign launched to stop construction labour monopolies on publically-funded construction

by Steve Payne

With competition for publically-funded construction projects now restricted in the Region of Waterloo, ON, the pool of companies who qualify to compete on one of its publically funded projects has shrunk from 9 to 2.

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.