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June 17, 2019 Voice

The Myths of Contracting Part 1: When your price is greater than your costs, you profit!

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Some contractors choose to take what they can get rather than decline unprofitable work

June 15, 2019 Voice

Part 4 of What Steve Said! Working with your team

by John Bleasby

“As I have grown my business and as it has matured, I’ve found it very difficult not to rush in with my cape on.”

June 12, 2019 Voice

Part 3 of What Steve Said! Everything starts with a business plan

by John Bleasby

“It’s important to have a personal plan first, because it tells you where you want to be personally, who you want to be, and where you want to go.”

June 12, 2019 Voice

YES! Payroll is expensive! Listen to the bookkeeper we all need!

by Robert Koci

“New business owners are always shocked with how much an employee really costs”

June 10, 2019 Voice

When you know just how irrational your customers really are, you can sleep till noon.

by Robert Koci

“Give a renovator or custom homebuilder a reputation for having the best price and he can charge whatever he wants.”

June 4, 2019 Voice

Part 2 of What Steve Said! Steve Barkhouse on mistakes and the passion it takes to overcome them

by John Bleasby

“If you don’t think you’re going to get tested, don’t go into business.”

May 27, 2019 Voice

Conservative Contractor? Us? A reader accuses us of right-wing media bias

by Steve Payne

“When we started this magazine in 2000, our idea was to give pro renovators and custom homebuilders a magazine that wasn’t constrained from talking bluntly about regulation and taxation in this industry”

May 24, 2019 Voice

A review of Ontario’s WSIB includes testing its efficiency against private sector insurance providers. It’s a test it can’t pass.

by Robert Koci

Ford’s WSIB review should conclude it go private

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

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“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

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“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?

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Surely it’s both, no?

May 10, 2019 Voice

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

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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…

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“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

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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