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June 22, 2018 Voice

Contracting and telling “white lies” to clients

by Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell writes about why ANY white lies in the contracting business are going to come back to hurt you.

June 22, 2018 Voice

Ontario elects Doug Ford premier: Tell Jill Dunlop, MPP, to push for the abolition of the Ontario College of Trades!

by canadiancontractor

Will new Ontario MPP Jill Dunlop continue the work of her MPP plumber father, Garfield, in calling for OCOT’s bureaucrats to be sent packing?

June 15, 2018 Voice

Memo to Ontario Premier-Elect Doug Ford: The Ontario College of Trades is “extortion and nothing less!”

by canadiancontractor

Four years ago, the Ontario PC party was all about abolishing the Ontario College of Trades. Not much has been heard about that from Doug Ford.

June 15, 2018 Voice

Skilled trades shortage? What skilled trades shortage?

by canadiancontractor

Alex went to school to get qualified as an electrical contractor but work has been hard to find…

June 8, 2018 Voice

Contractor reaction to the Ontario election result (2)

by canadiancontractor

It’s a good thing the Liberals are out, says Questo. “They created an apparatus of tax collection on the trades.”

June 8, 2018 Voice

Contractor reaction to the Ontario election results (1)

by canadiancontractor

One contractor’s view on Premier Doug Ford: “Not good for social stability.”

June 1, 2018 Voice

New generation of residential trades doesn’t want to do the grunt work, he argues

by canadiancontractor

Tim Wills finds it hard to located good young people with which to share his 17 years of residential construction knowledge

June 1, 2018 Voice

Electrical contractor can’t hire the staff he needs because of Ontario’s apprenticeship ratios

by canadiancontractor

“We sometimes decide not to bid on jobs because we can’t get enough people to do the work,” says Dale McDonald, who blames the ratios system.

June 1, 2018 Voice

On the brink of an Ontario election, here’s one contractor’s take on construction unions (and it’s not pretty)

by canadiancontractor

“The worst part is, they flat out lie to us. And offer to pay employees to testify against their employer.”

May 25, 2018 Voice

Here’s something we haven’t yet published: Praise for Ontario’s GreenOn program!

by canadiancontractor

“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

by canadiancontractor

“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?

by canadiancontractor

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

by canadiancontractor

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

by canadiancontractor

“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.

by canadiancontractor

“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?

by canadiancontractor

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?