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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…”

May 18, 2018 Voice

Why weren’t there any representatives from the home building industry at Skills Canada’s Ontario competition?

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Len Rance, a staunch proponent of apprenticeships and developing the next generation of contractors, wants to know

May 18, 2018 Voice

Legalization of marijuana will NOT lead to increased impairment on construction sites, Scott argues

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All that the legalization of marijuana will do is “keep current users on the right side of the law,” this commenter claims

May 11, 2018 Voice

Alberta apprenticeship ratios frustrate his job search

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“I am finding nothing but a million apprenticeship listings,” Shane says

May 11, 2018 Voice

This contractor fought a four-year battle with Ontario’s Tarion new home warranty program.

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“Tarion has a reputation for trampling on builders’ legal rights,” says Doug Abbott. In particular, they can come after you PERSONALLY, even if you have an incorporated company, he says.

May 4, 2018 Voice

Why is it so difficult for Ontario contractors to work in Quebec?

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A Montreal contractor explains this mysterious state of affairs in down-to-earth terms

May 4, 2018 Voice

Jerry and his price book

by Steve Payne

His gross margin had slid all the way down to 15 per cent, just like that. Except in business, there IS no “just like that.”

May 4, 2018 Voice

Do you have a plan for your contracting firm’s future?

by Robert Koci

Well, if you don’t have a vision for your future, how can you expect anyone to back you?

April 27, 2018 Voice

A contractor is a machine: Are you revving too high – or too low?

by Steve Maxwell

Different contractors work at different intensities. But like any engine, there is a sweet spot for the most efficient output. Have you thought about yours?

April 27, 2018 Voice

“Canada’s safety profession is a make-work project”

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The real goal of the safety industry, says Chris Langman, is to create a “Hoover Dam” of rules and red tape – and more government jobs.

April 27, 2018 Voice

Roofer: “Majority of roofing injuries are CAUSED by ‘safety’ equipment”

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Anyone care to comment on this claim. We really don’t know what to say.

April 20, 2018 Voice

“We should put Justin and Kathleen on a worksite as labourers, and have the machine operators stoned.”

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“They would change the legalized marijuana laws the same day.”

April 20, 2018 Voice

He had a locksmith show up, stinking of pot

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Another of our many comments from contractors very worried about the potential for increased marijuana use on their job sites

April 20, 2018 Voice

He doesn’t think increased marijuana use on the job site will lead to safety issues

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Ray says that weed causes well-known short-term memory issues – but not actual safety hazards.

April 12, 2018 Voice

Asbestos dangers overblown?

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The fear of asbestos dates back to when workers were exposed to dense clouds of asbestos dust before health and safety standards existed, Mike says

April 12, 2018 Voice

Busting myths about skylights: Installer sticks to one brand only

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Ron Gauthier is a Velum-certified installer

April 12, 2018 Voice

Fly-by-night contractors who work for half what you do

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In this post, Al Barnes lists all the aspects of a quality $40,000 basement renovation. Unfortunately, many contractors will bid $20,000 – and then make a total hash of it.