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April 1, 2020 Voice

More LED lighting tips

by Rob Blackstien

Back in mid-October, we ran a video offering tips about how best to plan the layout of complex lighting systems. Well, the timing is surprising, but nonetheless, Doug McGinley has offered up his own take on these tips, with a

April 1, 2020 Voice

Housing an essential service during COVID-19

by canadiancontractor

By Casey Edge First a little history. COVID-19 got its name because it was identified in late 2019. Apparently the global medical community and political leaders were unable to identify the widescale threat of this virus until only recently. One

April 1, 2020 Voice

Covid-19 from a contractor’s perspective: What a difference a week makes

by Rob Blackstien

In response to our Covid-19 coverage, we’ve had some great insights from contractors to let us know what’s happening on the front lines of the crisis. Ben Polley, in particular, has been diligent about providing us with updates. Last week,

March 25, 2020 Voice

Covid-19: “The situation is fluid”

by Rob Blackstien

Further to Steve Payne’s article about the Covid-19 crisis, Ben Polley provided some important updates: Thanks for touching base, Steve. The situation is fluid though here are more updates from our own outreach: At present Dufferin County (which provides building

March 25, 2020 Voice

Happy to spend other people’s money

by Rob Blackstien

Last week, Jay posted a response to one of Paul Duffy’s code changes articles. In response to this comment, our own columnist Casey Edge defended Duffy’s piece, writing the following: Duffy is correct when he says “…there are huge opportunities

March 23, 2020 Voice

How is Covid-19 affecting you?

by Rob Blackstien

Covid-19 represents the most disruptive event that many of us will likely ever see in our lifetimes. No one is immune to change that been ushered in as a result of this pandemic. You’ve likely already seen our initial coverage

March 18, 2020 Voice

Do you really want to go cheap?

by Rob Blackstien

In August, Paul Duffy wrote the second of his three-part series about code changes that could really help save money, in this particular installment focusing on slab on grade. It’s taken some time to get any reaction to this piece,

March 18, 2020 Voice

I second that emotion

by Rob Blackstien

Just over three years ago, we published an article by architect Brad Green, who offered up an alternative solution to keep water and drain pipes flowing year round in cottage country. The article prompted a few comments over the years,

March 18, 2020 Voice

Opinion: Glad to see thugs get shut down

by Rob Blackstien

About a year and a half ago, we had a reader write in to argue against the closing of the Ontario College of Trades. Needless to say, this post prompted a stream of vitriol from Contractor Nation, but the anger

March 11, 2020 Voice

Simple math

by Rob Blackstien

Last month, in response to an article we ran from Skills Ontario, Peter Jerva bemoaned the fact that today’s youth are generally less capable when it comes to handyman-type skills. This resonated with Marten, who adds to this discussion with

March 11, 2020 Voice

A plea for open source standards

by Rob Blackstien

The discussion about why the Building Code isn’t free dates back several years on our site and has received plenty of responses over time. However, the thread had been dormant since Halloween — perhaps fittingly — but now Brad C.

March 10, 2020 Voice

New Code driven by fear of jurisdictions not adopting National Code

by canadiancontractor

By Casey Edge Codes Canada has announced proposed changes to the National Building Code including energy efficiency. The opportunity to provide feedback ends March 13, 2020. The changes to Part 9 outline tiered energy performance levels similar to the BC

March 4, 2020 Voice

Will Mike Holmes help this widow?

by Rob Blackstien

Several years ago, we gave Mike Holmes an opportunity to respond to the criticism he had received from our readers. Unsurprisingly, the post garnered plenty of responses. And by plenty, we mean we received enough words from readers to write

March 3, 2020 Voice

Pretending to be an electrical contractor

by Rob Blackstien

Several years ago, we did a piece on an unlicensed electrician who earned himself a 30-day jail sentence. The article prompted a wave of comments from Contractor Nation, but the thread had remained dormant for over three years until Matt

March 2, 2020 Voice

The struggle to hire qualified workers

by Rob Blackstien

We recently ran an article discussing the current landscape of the industry in British Columbia, specifically how the skills shortage was becoming an increasing issue. This prompted the following response from Robin, who is clearly experiencing a similar challenge: We

February 27, 2020 Voice

Opinion: young people are far less capable

by Rob Blackstien

A couple of weeks ago, we ran an article from Skills Ontario that aimed to debunk some of the myths about skilled trades. The article prompted a classic Questo rant, and now Peter Jerva has thrown his two cents in,

February 25, 2020 Voice

I am afraid

by Rob Blackstien

A couple of weeks ago we wrote an article about a contractor in Pennsylvania who got nailed with a massive fine for safety violations. This struck a chord with electrical contractor Norm Cormier, who summarized the landscape of fear out

February 24, 2020 Voice

We need a better way

by Rob Blackstien

Our article about getting paid is among the most commented on pieces we’ve ever done, and it’s never really slowed down over the years. Clearly, this is a hot topic among contractors. Just over a month since we last visited