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December 14, 2018 Voice

Code decisions should be technical, not political

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Ontario building code committee veteran Mike Memme responds to Victoria Residential Home Builders’ president Casey Edge

December 7, 2018 Voice

Interfering customer poured asphalt on fresh concrete, blames original contractor for the problem

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You can’t pour asphalt on top of freshly poured concrete if you want a good bind between the two substrates. But if you do, it’s nice to have another contractor to blame, right?

December 7, 2018 Voice

PEI building instructor praises Ottawa’s move to make National Building Code free

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“Some of the students had to purchase two copies of the code during their block training….”

November 30, 2018 Voice

Alec Caldwell is BACK! Read the latest comment from our favourite “Crazy Scot”!

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Alec says: “80 per cent of Ontario construction workers who took the new Working at Heights training in 2015 are now non-compliant.”

November 30, 2018 Voice

Contractor worried he’s being stiffed for payment by condo corporation

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“The only paper trail I have is a series of emails.”

November 30, 2018 Voice

If you lien a customer “unfairly,” here’s what they can do…

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Builders don’t hold too many cards against customers who don’t want to pay. But they DO hold most of the cards when it comes to liens.

November 23, 2018 Voice

Ontario woman, 33, needs a wheelchair ramp

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If you can help Katie, at least with information, her email is in this post

November 23, 2018 Voice

Bathroom ventilation: Through the roof or through the soffit?

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A roof is a terrible place to vent a bathroom fan in Canada’s climate, says Paul. Better to vent out of a soffit – or better yet, a gable

November 19, 2018 Voice

Even a CoA was problematic with OCOT, electrician says

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Ontario’s Ford government have confirmed that OCOT will be wound down in 2019

November 15, 2018 Voice

Injury led to tough times, especially with WSIB ending when he turns 65

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“I had a fall at work. I broke my neck, sternum, eight ribs in multiple places, clavicle and suffered two collapsed lungs – one perforated.”

November 15, 2018 Voice

“An obvious planted story by OCOT… or some union…”

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Last week, “Trades Person” wrote a passionate defence of the soon-to-be-wound-down Ontario College of Trades. Frequent readers on here are doubting its authenticity.

November 15, 2018 Voice

The Inner Life of a Contractor, Part 2: Why you need a craftsman’s heart

by Steve Maxwell

“The craftsmanship I’m talking about here is possible given any budget and any time constraints.”

November 9, 2018 Voice

More reaction to Steve Maxwell’s ‘Inner Life of a Contractor’

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Kevin Marois asks: What is to stop any of us adopting the business principle that we can do whatever we can get away with?

November 9, 2018 Voice

Q. What do you call a man who barely passed med school and survived his internship by a whisker?

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A. You call him “Doctor!”

November 9, 2018 Voice

“Setting the record straight” on the Ontario College of Trades

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An eloquent defence of all things OCOT by “Trades Person”

November 2, 2018 Voice

Electrician of 43 years’ service applauds the OCOT “wind down” announcement

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“I watched my license fee go from $60 every 3 years to $138.50 annually”

November 2, 2018 Voice

Shutting down the Ontario College of Trades means “blue collar workers” will “never (be) professional”

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In this post, reader Garrett Reid says shutting down the Ontario College of Trades will also mean his taxes go up

November 2, 2018 Voice

Praise for OCOT “wind down” and apprenticeship ratios moving to 1:1 in Ontario

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“I would like to see the ESA evaluated as well,” says Al