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March 9, 2018 Voice

Good guys versus bad guys

by Steve Maxwell

Ethical and profitable contractors operate in particular ways. Here are some of them.

March 9, 2018 Voice

After the Federal budget, what are the rules on Income Sprinkling?

by canadiancontractor

Contractor who has their spouse do the books, digital marketing and more, wonders if the tax man will now go after them for income sprinkling.

March 2, 2018 Voice

Tens of billions of additional debt in Ottawa’s new budget… this senior citizen has had enough

by canadiancontractor

“If they didn’t waste our money, they wouldn’t have to keep raising our taxes,” says B. Ziebart in Vancouver.

March 2, 2018 Voice

Energy-efficiency rebates all about politicians’ “image” – not reality

by canadiancontractor

We shouldn’t use common sense when trying to argue these things, says this 40-year veteran of the window installation business

February 23, 2018 Voice

Home renovations for disabled and seniors: B.C. program leads the way

by canadiancontractor

B.C.’s HAFI program provides grants up to $20,000 for eligible seniors and/or the disabled who need renovations to stay in their homes, Marilyn Lees advises

February 23, 2018 Voice

20-year veteran window installer wonders why he has to prove himself to the government yet again

by canadiancontractor

He has strong words for the bureaucrats who run Ontario’s GreenOn program

February 16, 2018 Voice

Green On program… almost impossible to qualify

by canadiancontractor

“The company entrusted with qualifying dealers and installers in not prepared to handle the number of inquiries.”

February 16, 2018 Voice

Mandatory sprinklers for houses would put house affordability out of reach

by canadiancontractor

“Today’s houses are way too complicated. They cost way more than they should.”

February 9, 2018 Voice

Cost/benefits of sprinklers in new homes not justified, he argues

by canadiancontractor

“Technology like the Haven will offer improved safety for much less cost and make expensive concepts obsolete.”

February 9, 2018 Voice

Custom homebuilder finds Amazon’s prices cheaper than Home Depot’s

by canadiancontractor

“You try to support local stores to keep jobs.”

February 2, 2018 Voice

Net Zero Energy homes should be voluntary, NOT mandatory!

by canadiancontractor

NZE homes are just the beginning of government regulating a whole sector of our population out of home ownership, says Terry Higman

February 2, 2018 Voice

Beware of energy-efficient housing policies driven by politicians with “no skin in the game”

by canadiancontractor

Affordability, not energy-efficiency, is the reality for most home buyers. This fact is lost on the bureaucrats, writes Casey Edge of the Victoria Residential Builders Association

January 26, 2018 Voice

Small scale residential solar – Solar Dad and John Bleasby debate the challenges

by canadiancontractor

“I can say with complete conviction that if a solar system doesn’t save money and pay for itself within 5 or 6 years, homeowners will not buy it.”

January 26, 2018 Voice

Advice to the contractor who fell through a ceiling AND got stiffed by client

by canadiancontractor

“This is your education. And you have paid for it through this situation. So accept it.”

January 22, 2018 Voice

Comment on the Crane Girl charges being dismissed

by canadiancontractor

“Not sure if I totally agree with the judge.”

January 22, 2018 Voice

Reply to the contractor that fell through the ceiling

by canadiancontractor

“Unfortunately, in this day and age, that’s just about all on you.”

January 12, 2018 Voice

Contractor fell through ceiling, now getting stiffed by the client

by canadiancontractor

Life as a renovation contractor isn’t always as much fun as most people make it out to be!

January 5, 2018 Voice

He’s not interested in the Green Ontario rebates

by Steve Payne

Mark Mitchell threw out his application for the Green Ontario rebate program as soon as he saw the words ‘Ontario College of Trades’