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What I Learned at the Safety Round Table at Queen’s Park

Last week I went to Queen’s Park to attend a round table on safety in home renovations and home building. It was organized by Ontario MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence).

The event was inspired at least in part by a horrible tragedy that you are probably aware of. It was in Mr. Colle’s riding that Ryan Pearce, 19, was killed, Sept. 9, when the house in which he was working “pancake” collapsed (i.e., imploded in on itself). The firm this young lad was working for had been hired to do underpinning, renovations and to build addition at the back of the house.

Colle assembled a room full of knowledgeable individuals who… Read More


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Landing Sales in Today’s Cash Underground Economy. Introducing the “Close the Quote” System.

Closing the sale as a renovation contractor when you’re up against “Cash Job” competitors who are promising to save your clients the HST has never been more difficult.

There’s nothing more discouraging than a homeowner picking some Fly By Nighter over you.

Don’t hang around homeowners like these. Weed them out and move on, as quoting jobs based on the lowest price is a slippery slope to losing your shirt.

The key to signing profitable, properly-priced renovation work – in SPITE of competitive offers that may include cash work – is… Read More


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Winter Driving Fundamentals

Winter driving can present challenges to both drivers and their vehicles. Cold weather can test the limits of a vehicle, and winter driving conditions will test the abilities of any driver. Being prepared for all road conditions is imperative! This online Winter Driving Fundamentals course explores the main risks associated with winter driving and offers simple solutions to reduce winter driving risk.


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