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November 9, 2018 Voice

More reaction to Steve Maxwell’s ‘Inner Life of a Contractor’

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Kevin Marois asks: What is to stop any of us adopting the business principle that we can do whatever we can get away with?

November 9, 2018 Voice

Q. What do you call a man who barely passed med school and survived his internship by a whisker?

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A. You call him “Doctor!”

November 9, 2018 Voice

“Setting the record straight” on the Ontario College of Trades

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An eloquent defence of all things OCOT by “Trades Person”

November 2, 2018 Voice

Electrician of 43 years’ service applauds the OCOT “wind down” announcement

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“I watched my license fee go from $60 every 3 years to $138.50 annually”

November 2, 2018 Voice

Shutting down the Ontario College of Trades means “blue collar workers” will “never (be) professional”

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In this post, reader Garrett Reid says shutting down the Ontario College of Trades will also mean his taxes go up

November 2, 2018 Voice

Praise for OCOT “wind down” and apprenticeship ratios moving to 1:1 in Ontario

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“I would like to see the ESA evaluated as well,” says Al

October 26, 2018 Voice

Got your trades education at school? Breaking into a union is the hard part

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Network, network, network, says Guy, even if you think that unions like the IBEW are “closed shops”

October 26, 2018 Voice

What do you do if client demands to see receipts for your purchased items?

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That’s fine if you are on a T&M basis. But not if you quoted a fixed price. Walk away, one contractor advises.

October 19, 2018 Voice

Interprovincial trades exam in Ontario: 70 per cent minimum pass needs to be lowered

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Embrun, ON entrepreneur Marcel Blanchard weighs in on the obstacles to a trades career that Ontario’s policies have wrought

October 17, 2018 Voice

HVAC contractor told he has to provide his receipts for all the parts he has used in the past, to get paid on his current job

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Richard Matthew says he is being threatened with non-payment unless he can provide all of his historic parts receipts. Comments?

October 17, 2018 Voice

Praise for the first instalment of Steve Maxwell’s “Inner Life of a Contractor”

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Anthony Goosen believes that Steve’s “Are You Just Molecules or More?” is an important read

October 12, 2018 Voice

This is a stressful business. Are you feeling run down or worse? Read this.

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Pro painter Simon Kuhl, Victoria, BC, recommends Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

October 12, 2018 Voice

Public misconceptions about why contractors need deposits

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“We are not your (expletive) bank!” writes contractor Karl Bach

October 5, 2018 Voice

He would like to see an inspection of OCOT’s inspectors

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Another HVAC contractor alleges unprofessional conduct by an OCOT enforcement officer

October 5, 2018 Voice

Why was owner of firm slammed with half a million dollar fine, while actual electrician has “zero consequences”?

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“We live in a province where doctors and nurses kill people every single day. Yet none of them suffer personal consequences like this,” Rob says

September 28, 2018 Voice

Painter agreed a price with “homeowner,” who now tells him another contractor will pay him

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The painter has almost finished his work, but wants to be paid by the individual who agreed the deal. If he’s paid as a sub by another contractor, he worries about his WSIB exemption.

September 28, 2018 Voice

Homebuilding client: Our contractor unfairly liened us!

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This client believes she has been ripped off, yet builders only post liens when they themselves are owed money. How can this problem be solved without both sides paying enormous legal fees?

September 21, 2018 Voice

Dirt floor basement, moisture issues, cracking concrete blocks. What to do?

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Owner seeks contractor advice on insulating 1930s era homestead in Alberta