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July 11, 2018 Voice

Are these guys for real? Politicians tap dancing as fast as they can on stupid decisions

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Casey Edge of the Victoria Residential Builders Association digs up three quotes from politicians that make us wonder about their sanity

July 10, 2018 Voice

Wish you’d chosen a 9-5 job? Lessons from Anthony Bourdain’s apprenticeship bestseller

by Steve Payne

Why should a contractor read the very first book of a famous TV chef? Because this legendarily hard-living man had a contractor’s soul

July 10, 2018 Voice

Scam where “customer” needs renovations on a home they do not own is common

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They need electrical work done on a house they are buying but haven’t got the money to close the deal, is one version of the scam

July 5, 2018 Voice

An old pro has some valuable advice for frustrated youths trying to break into the trades

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“Try to get a position as anything in an institution or factory. A mine, steel mill, refinery, hospital, school board or prison are all good places to look. Good luck.”

July 5, 2018 Voice

“It’s inconceivable that the IBEW have so much power to screw people over…”

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“(IBEW) lied to and cheated both myself and the employees who wanted nothing to do with the union,” says this electrical contractor

July 4, 2018 Voice

This insulation contractor is sorry to see the end of GreenOn rebates

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“This program was good for the honest contractor and the client,” says Joel Starkman

June 29, 2018 Voice

Ontario’s screwed up apprenticeship ratios: Is IBEW “a closed shop catering to sons or daughters of members?”

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Sean Gander details just how far his son went trying to break into the electrical field. He says the IBEW treated his son unfairly. Does this sound like a fair system to you?

June 22, 2018 Voice

Contracting and telling “white lies” to clients

by Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell writes about why ANY white lies in the contracting business are going to come back to hurt you.

June 22, 2018 Voice

Ontario elects Doug Ford premier: Tell Jill Dunlop, MPP, to push for the abolition of the Ontario College of Trades!

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Will new Ontario MPP Jill Dunlop continue the work of her MPP plumber father, Garfield, in calling for OCOT’s bureaucrats to be sent packing?

June 15, 2018 Voice

Memo to Ontario Premier-Elect Doug Ford: The Ontario College of Trades is “extortion and nothing less!”

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Four years ago, the Ontario PC party was all about abolishing the Ontario College of Trades. Not much has been heard about that from Doug Ford.

June 15, 2018 Voice

Skilled trades shortage? What skilled trades shortage?

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Alex went to school to get qualified as an electrical contractor but work has been hard to find…

June 8, 2018 Voice

Contractor reaction to the Ontario election result (2)

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It’s a good thing the Liberals are out, says Questo. “They created an apparatus of tax collection on the trades.”

June 8, 2018 Voice

Contractor reaction to the Ontario election results (1)

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One contractor’s view on Premier Doug Ford: “Not good for social stability.”

June 1, 2018 Voice

New generation of residential trades doesn’t want to do the grunt work, he argues

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Tim Wills finds it hard to located good young people with which to share his 17 years of residential construction knowledge

June 1, 2018 Voice

Electrical contractor can’t hire the staff he needs because of Ontario’s apprenticeship ratios

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“We sometimes decide not to bid on jobs because we can’t get enough people to do the work,” says Dale McDonald, who blames the ratios system.

June 1, 2018 Voice

On the brink of an Ontario election, here’s one contractor’s take on construction unions (and it’s not pretty)

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“The worst part is, they flat out lie to us. And offer to pay employees to testify against their employer.”

May 25, 2018 Voice

Here’s something we haven’t yet published: Praise for Ontario’s GreenOn program!

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“I look forward to anything that elevates the committed tradesman from the not-so-committed tradesman.”

May 25, 2018 Voice

Net Zero is easier once we ditch wood frame construction, he argues

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“Our (home building) methods and materials have taken us back as far as the 1900s – and nobody has noticed…”