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May 17, 2019 Voice

Code changes that could save thousand$ Why they can’t—or won’t—get done even when they are smart, cost effective and timely

by canadiancontractor

“It’s a small wonder that many manufacturers of innovative products privately feel they are held hostage to the approvals agencies perpetuating their existence along with numerous fees, delays and other impediments to innovation.”

May 16, 2019 Voice

The problem employee: “He is stuck, running at about 60 per cent efficiency, dreading every day but doing the best he can.”

by Robert Koci

“He is stuck, running at about 60 per cent efficiency, dreading every day but doing the best he can.”

May 16, 2019 Voice

Perfectionism versus excellence

by Steve Maxwell

“Don’t spend your time lookin’ around for something you want that can’t be found.”

May 10, 2019 Voice

Carpenters unions against the cash-deal industry? They are creating the problem in the first place, he argues

by canadiancontractor

“Unpaid taxes are only secondary to them. Most important is their salaries.”

May 10, 2019 Voice

Are the unions really interested in legit workplaces – or their job security?

by canadiancontractor

Surely it’s both, no?

May 10, 2019 Voice

Comment about Bleasby’s article “kicking our addiction to A/C”

by canadiancontractor

Casey Edge of the Victoria Residential Builders Association sends us some interesting links

May 3, 2019 Voice

Before you frame a shower enclosure, do this…

by canadiancontractor

“It is not worth it any more to just fly blind,” says Mark Bernier

May 3, 2019 Voice

Two words that can improve your business – and your life – beyond measure

by Steve Maxwell

“I consider it a privilege to work for clients, and you should, too.” These two words should be said as much as possible.

April 29, 2019 Voice

Passive House building is great building

by Robert Koci

Here at Canadian Contractor, we are big fans of building tight, smart and well. No matter what you believe about Climate Change.

April 29, 2019 Voice

Quebec contractors in six trades can work in Ontario without bothering with OCOT, Questo points out

by canadiancontractor

The Ontario College of Trades is supposed to be on the way out. But while we all wait for that, Quebec contractors can work in Ontario unhindered by OCOT, it appears

April 18, 2019 Voice

Water leaking in from the highest part of a basement built on bedrock?

by canadiancontractor

Bedrock is great to build on, right? Not so fast. The water control issues can be challenging.

April 18, 2019 Voice

Sub trade asks for advice on how to get paid by his GC

by canadiancontractor

The quote was fine. The P.O. was issued. The site foreman saw the job being successfully completed. Now the GC won’t pay up. What gives?

April 12, 2019 Voice

Can you open two companies to minimize WSIB premiums, reader asks

by canadiancontractor

One would operate with a single contractor doing only residential jobs. The other company would take on commercial work as well, and pay its full share of WSIB.

April 12, 2019 Voice

A cousin of one of Mike Holmes’ crews has a message to all the critics…

by canadiancontractor

“Mike loves his family, loves his friends and co-workers… and he is one of the best and most trustworthy contractors in Canada, if not the world.”

April 5, 2019 Voice

Not everyone thought all of our April Fool’s articles were funny. For example…

by canadiancontractor

“What would it take to get this article removed?”

April 5, 2019 Voice

Even veteran construction safety expert Alec Caldwell got taken in by our April Fool’s fake news story on Mike Holmes

by canadiancontractor

“It’s not what you’d expect from a so-called TV personality,” Alec writes

April 5, 2019 Voice

Our fake Mike Holmes story for April 1st ruffled feathers of a resident near Meadow Lake, SK

by canadiancontractor

Eldon Gaw thought that the (joke) story about Mike Holmes creating a public disturbance ignored all the really great things about the real Meadow Lake, SK.

March 29, 2019 Voice

Reply from Casey Edge on how to educate public officials on housing facts

by canadiancontractor

Boosting permit fees, etc. will only put housing further out of reach