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Opinion: Building better gives you many reasons to feel better

Opinion: Building better gives you many reasons to feel better

By Rob Bernhardt When my son and I were building our house, my wife refused to believe we wouldn’t need a clothes dryer. Here on the West Coast, where rain can fall for months without end, how could we ...READ MORE
Meeting the Net Zero Energy challenge

Meeting the Net Zero Energy challenge

Ottawa wants all new Canadian housing to be Net Zero Energy Ready (NZEr) by the year 2030. Here are some of the implications. By John Bleasby With Net Zero Energy-ready the ultimate goal for new Canadian housing by 2030 ...READ MORE
Good contractors versus bad contractors

Good contractors versus bad contractors

“Success leaves clues,” it is often said. Here’s how to tell the ethical contractors from the scam artists. By Steve Maxwell   Last year, I was asked to give my professional opinion on four renovation disasters in which contractors ...READ MORE
How to get the most out of your accountant

How to get the most out of your accountant

Did you know that your accountant can do a lot more for your business than just keep tracking of your numbers and filing your taxes? By Mahyar K. Hansotia Do you only speak with your accountant when it comes time ...READ MORE
Is your small business ready for Canada’s new tax rules?

Is your small business ready for Canada’s new tax rules?

Employment insurance premiums and small business tax rates change By John Bleasby Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau got a lot of criticism from contractors last summer when he announced that the government was changing the tax rules for small ...READ MORE
How one craftsman deals with the mental pressure cooker of this industry

How one craftsman deals with the mental pressure cooker of this industry

Steve Maxwell says he has learned to “shorten his mental timelines” and concentrate only on the task at hand The world is faster, more demanding and more competitive than it used to be, and I find that staying sane ...READ MORE
The benefits of hiring a qualified home inspector prior to renovations

The benefits of hiring a qualified home inspector prior to renovations

It’s a small price to pay to avoid expensive surprises later By John Bleasby Allan Spisak is the Director/General Manager of ACISS Home & Commercial Inspection Consultants based in Ontario. Allan is also a past Chair of the Professional ...READ MORE
Do you have work site insurance for your tools?

Do you have work site insurance for your tools?

Stolen tools mean downtime, financial loss and headaches all round by John Bleasby It’s one of the biggest complaints of contractors and trades from coast to coast — tools that disappear overnight from the work site. We asked insurance ...READ MORE
Matching certification programs to your energy-efficiency commitment (New Series)

Matching certification programs to your energy-efficiency commitment (New Series)

Part One: Passive House heads the chart of energy-efficiency programs by John Bleasby Canadian Contractor begins an overview of energy-efficiency and sustainable building programs in Canada, outlining which programs suit the variety of consumer demands in today’s eco-conscious marketplace. ...READ MORE
Business cards: Your chance to make a good first impression

Business cards: Your chance to make a good first impression

You can say a lot about your company in a small space First impressions: Charlie Brown and Linus were talking. Charlie notices something odd. “Linus, you’ve only polished the front of your shoes! Why didn’t you polish the rest?” ...READ MORE
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