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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

March 29, 2019 Voice

Casey Edge’s article on government “downloading” was exactly right

by canadiancontractor

Inside the North Cowichan Council Meeting, nonsensical tax measures while the housing shortage continues

March 22, 2019 Voice

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

by canadiancontractor

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

March 15, 2019 Voice

Kudos for the HomeStars Awards

by canadiancontractor

“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”

by canadiancontractor

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

by canadiancontractor

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

by canadiancontractor

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?

by canadiancontractor

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

by canadiancontractor

“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

by canadiancontractor

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