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March 22, 2019 Voice

Client complains about his “unregistered” cash-deal contractor who did substandard, unfinished work

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You’re kidding, Mr. Client? What could possibly have gone wrong?

March 15, 2019 Voice

Kudos for the HomeStars Awards

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“The winners are completely based on reviews from actual customers”

March 15, 2019 Voice

Perfectionism versus Excellence

by Steve Maxwell

As a contractor, Perfectionism is a really bad goal. Excellence is where it’s at. Steve Maxwell explains the difference.

March 15, 2019 Voice

The greatest sales strategy on Earth

by Steve Payne

“Define the problem. Solve the problem. Set the price.”

March 8, 2019 Voice

With the Ontario College of Trades about to be “wound down,” reader looks forward to photo of Doug Ford “knee high in waste”

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Was the Ontario College of Trades REALLY all that stopped new home sites in the province from being drowned in excrement?

March 8, 2019 Voice

How a homeowner can defend themselves against a contractor’s lien

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This post is from a Quebec legal point of view, courtesy of Gino Di Ciocco

March 1, 2019 Voice

Update on the client who claims their contractor has placed a fraudulent lien on her house

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So much doesn’t add up in this post from an aggrieved client. But the theme of contractors filing fraudulent or vexatious liens is a common one.

February 28, 2019 Voice

40/40/20 draw system for billing a basement reno customer?

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What do you think about Rule of Thumb staged payments like this? We at Canadian Contractor don’t like them.

February 22, 2019 Voice

Framing business kaput after arm injury, reader lowers boom on Ontario’s WSIB

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“Contractors are doing some of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The least they can do it pay out when we get injured.”

February 22, 2019 Voice

The real asbestos risks were from the mines, not residential homes, he argues

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Sterling worked at Cassiar Asbestos Corporation in B.C. in the 1980s. He still wonders what the long term outcomes to his health will be.

February 15, 2019 Voice

Email to Editor: “Why don’t you rename your magazine Conservative Contractor?”

by Steve Payne

Unfortunately, the author wouldn’t let us publish his interesting correspondence

February 15, 2019 Voice

How to “dress” a room to mitigate noise

by canadiancontractor

Wall to wall carpets have rapidly disappeared from modern interiors, but drapes and wall hangings are very much alive.

February 8, 2019 Voice

What to do about an unmotivated employee

by Robert Koci

Employees who “mail it in” are complexifiers of a contractor’s business challenges

February 8, 2019 Voice

He laments pending “wind down” of Ontario College of Trades

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Enforcement and regulation are necessary red tape, argues RJ

February 8, 2019 Voice

Comment on our recent A7+ adhesive video (“All About Fasteners”)

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Peter Zajaczkowski uses A7+ to attach docks to solid rock shorelines

February 1, 2019 Voice

Today’s apprentices lacking in specialized training for industrial, commercial and residential

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Andy Lama proposes a 5 level system for the construction trades, to produce more qualified, better trades people.

February 1, 2019 Voice

Window and door contractor laments poor installations by cash operators

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Archie Kontridze says that, in his experience, some 80 per cent of all window installations these days fail to meet regulations

January 24, 2019 Voice

Ottawa’s new small business tax rules just “another load placed on (our) backs”

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“Justin Makingit” responds to our 3-part series on Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s new tax rules for small businesses