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September 14, 2018 Voice

Canadian radio and TV contractor legend Shell Busey calls “BS” on Ontario College of Trades

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Whatever happened to valuing “know-how learned from our teachers, parents and mentors,” old school Shell wants to know…

September 14, 2018 Voice

Full HVAC license versus gas fitters license: Veteran of 5-year apprenticeship defends Ontario College of Trades

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Steve Brown argues that a simple gas license is nowhere near enough to do proper HVAC installations.

September 7, 2018 Voice

“Soft tax collectors”

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“The MoL, MTO, OCOT, WSIB, etc. enforce unnecessary laws and regulations to insulate large, unionized corporations from smaller, hungrier, highly-skilled trades.”

September 6, 2018 Voice

Another veteran HVAC contractor feels his livelihood is under attack by Ontario College of Trades

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“I learned the trade hands on, so I have my gas fitters ticket only… Now I am being threatened that I will get big fines… unless I hire 1-2 licensed guys

August 31, 2018 Voice

Would you spend $450,000 to buy project that may never go ahead?

by Steve Payne

Well, the Trudeau government just spent $4.5-billion for the now-frozen (by the courts) Trans Mountain Pipeline Project

August 31, 2018 Voice

Which type of circ saw do you prefer: sidewinders or worm drives?

by canadiancontractor

Mark Bernier’s 1980s worm drive is still going strong. “It cuts rings around the little saws.”

August 24, 2018 Voice

More observations on Thermal Mass and ICFs

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Great comments on how ICFs work from residential energy-efficiency expert Harold Orr

August 24, 2018 Voice

The Inner Life of a Contractor, Part 1: Are you just molecules or more?

by Steve Maxwell

“The extent to which you thrive or wither as a contractor ultimately comes down to who you are inside. Nobody talks much about this, but some of us think about it, at least from time to time.”

August 24, 2018 Voice

“Many consumers do more due diligence shopping for a $20 toaster than for a $200,000 renovation”

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Probably because they buy multiple toasters during their lives and have less experience with renovations

August 17, 2018 Voice

Insulated building blocks: Cambridge, ON manufacturer has something really cool

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Ben Polley, one of Canada’s leading sustainable/green builders, gives us the lowdown on a Canadian-made insulated block option

August 10, 2018 Voice

What IS this mold-preventing product that Mike Holmes used?

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“It was an all-in-one product to paint basement blocks to prevent mold.”

August 10, 2018 Voice

Comment on the contractor who got cash from homeowner’s wife – after homeowner refused to do cash deal

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“There is SO much wrong with his scenario,” says veteran contractor Darryl Labay

August 3, 2018 Voice

I’m not paying you cash, he tells the contractor, firmly. So the contractor collects the cash from his wife while he’s out…

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Left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing?

August 3, 2018 Voice

Apprenticeship ratio stupidity in Ontario: Comment number 5,033

by canadiancontractor

Well, probably not five thousand comments, but it sure feels like it. So many young people want to work in the trades in Ontario but the ratios system prevents them.

July 27, 2018 Voice

Comments about the Alberta homeowner who won two judgments against fly-by-night ‘contractor’

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A lesson to young contractors from a veteran: Listen To Your Gut!

July 27, 2018 Voice

Quebec, unions and construction ‘volunteers’

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“Job sites without power tools… might be a good opportunity for positive community activism,” says Neil Damackine

July 20, 2018 Voice

Dispensing with GreenOn rebate program in Ontario, without a replacement plan, was unwise

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Whatever you may think about the paperwork and bureaucracy of government subsidized renovation programs, they DO keep the cash operators out of the game

July 20, 2018 Voice

Why doesn’t Ottawa seek industry sponsors so that National Building Code can be FREE for EVERYONE to read?

by Steve Payne

Contractor Randy Elliott asks a good question: If the Criminal Code is available free online, why isn’t the National Building Code of Canada?