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Protect Against Builders’ Liens After Home Renovations

23/12/2018 Posted by admin

I had an interesting question from a viewer who had a roof replaced after last years hail storm.

After the roofing company finished the job and was paid, the homeowner found out the company which supplied the shingles put a lien on the home for an unpaid bill.

The supplier says the roofer still owed them for some of the materials.

This is called a Builders Lien and it is more common than you think.

A Provincial law allows, “a person to collect money they feel is owed to them for work done or material supplied to a building site.”

“Any person who does improvement work or furnishes material to be used in an improvement for a homeowner, contractor or subcontractor”, can register a lien on your property if they are not paid.

A lien can be registered within 45 days of completion of the work. Once a lien is registered, a contractor has 180 days to take legal action. If not, the lien lapses.

A lien is a notice claiming the right to be paid from the value of your property and a home can not be sold until that lien is paid out.

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To protect yourself against unexpected liens you are allowed to holdback a portion of the final payment

, minimum 10%,

under the Builders' Lien Act.

This must be detailed in writing on the contract before the work is done and should include a date when the funds will be released after the works is completed.

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pike place fish

23/12/2018 Posted by admin


 If you have never been to Pike Place Market in Seattle go. Don’t hesitate. Don’t put it off. Go. 

  It is Granville Island with one endless comedy act.  Yes, I like Granville Island. It offers much more than Pike Place. It has theatres and schools and a concrete factory and parks and a brewery and mini ferries and turtles in a pond and a duck crossing. 

  The Duck Crossing on Granville Island is wonderful. That is a touch of soul, but it is only a sign.  Just after you pass the brewery and Kid’s Market you see the Duck Crossing sign. 

  “Are you kidding?” I asked a maintenance man on the island. 

  “No way. It is serious. Ducks cross here. Drive carefully.” He brushed off the sign with his sleeve. That is humour, but done quietly.  

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  But in Pike Place Market is a fish store, called The Pike Place Fish Shop. Brilliant original name. What goes on there has become world famous. 

  Half the workers at the store stand out in front of the boxes of ice and fish and crabs. They wear yellow rain slickers, or at least the trousers below their working shirts. 

  They wait for an order. 

  “A King Salmon,” says a customer. Customer points to it. King is American for sockeye, which we think is the king of salmon even without the name. 

  One of the outside workers picks it up from the stacks of fish on ice, then shouts, “One king.” All the workers out front and behind the counter shout together, “One king.” It is a powerful shout. 

  Then the outside worker throws it over the boxes, over the counter behind the boxes, a good 20 feet of throwing, where a behind-the-counter work snags it. The fish is not gently lobbed like in slow pitch soft ball. The fish is thrown, hard ball style. 

  The crowd cheers. 

  The king gets wrapped and weighed, then the behind-the-counter monger shouts, “King coming back.” 

  The wrapped six pound fish flies over the counter. 

 The crowd cheers and takes pictures. 

   “Two crabs, please.” 

   A customer has spoken. Outside worker picks up the two chosen hard shelled bodies and yells, “Two crabs.” 

   All ten or 12 fish mongers yell, “Two crabs.” The crabs, one at a time, fly through the air. 

  The crowd cheers and takes pictures.The crabs get wrapped and weighed and, “Crabs coming back,” is yelled. 

   More cheering. More pictures. 

 This goes on all day, every day. It may sound monotonous, but it works. The workers either really enjoy it or are paid to enjoy it. It doesn’t matter. It is fun to watch. And the store does not have to advertise. Everyone who knows about it comes to buy a fish or wait for someone else to buy. 

 There souvenir stores in the market that have cartoons of the crowds of people watching fish flying through the air. All the cartoons show people clapping and cheering and taking pictures. 

  And then i saw the problem. It was the fault of the media. 

 A woman told me she had come from Boise, Idaho, and wanted to take pictures of the flying fish.  She squeezed her way to the front of the crowd. She had to, she wanted a picture. 

 A man had come from Vancouver. He got to the front. Another woman from California and a man from Texas joined them. I know they were from California and Texas because they told each other loud enough for me to hear. They asked the man from Vancouver where he was from. With the lady from Boise they formed a solid front. 

Then more photogs squeezed through the crowd.  A bus must have unloaded just to watch the flying fish of Pike Place. “You can’t miss this moment,” I imagine the tour guide said.   

  In a few moments there was a wall of digital cameras and cell phones with lenses and expensive single lens reflexes and little pink cameras and blue cameras and things I did not think were cameras all lined up in front of the counter, waiting. 

  “When are you going to throw a fish?” asked Boise woman. 

  “When someone buys one,” said monger with the yellow pants. 

  “I haven’t got all day,” said Boise lady. “I have to get back to my group. “Can’t you just throw one and let me get a picture?” 

   Monger in yellow knew lady from Boise did not catch the concept. 

  “Buy and fly,” he said. 

   “But I don’t want a fish. What am I going to do with a fish? I’m on a tour,” said Boise.  

  Yellow picked up a fish. More than 20 cameras rose up. 

  “I don’t mean to be impolite, but all of you are in the way of the people who want to shop.”  

  Then he put down the fish. Twenty groans and the cameras lowered. 

  I have seen something similar at almost every choir sing and press conference and  ginger bread house contest I have been to in the last two decades. The cameras are in front of the audience. It is embarrassing. The poor folks who have come to see the event see only the back sides of the cameramen. 

  It is true that many more people will see the event on television, but I always think the cameras have long lenses. They could go in the back.  

  But like at the fish market, everyone wants to be in front. 

  There were no shouts, no fish, no pictures.  

  “Darn,” said Boise. “I have to go. It’s not fair.” 

   Yellow pants looked sad. “Wait,” he said. 

  He picked up a king. “One king for Boise,” 

   “ONE KING FOR BOISE,” shouted all the fish folks. 

  It flew over the ice and the counter and was caught in mid flight by two strong hands. 

   “I missed it,” shouted Boise. “I wasn’t ready. I didn’t get it.” 

   Yellow pants laughed. 

  “No, I think now you do get it. Hold up your camera.”  

   He waited. “Ready?” 

  She said yes. 

   He held up his hands and barely glancing back. 

“Boise fish coming back,” the man behind the counter said. 

 “Boise fish coming back,” all the workers shouted. 

  And the fish landed right into outside man’s hands. 

  “You got it?” he said to the lady. 

  She was so happy she could only smile. At least 19 other tourists also got the picture. They left and business returned to shouts and flying fish. 

   Moral: they know it in the fish store. You want to get rid of a problem? Treat it nicely. 





maple leaf in the air

23/12/2018 Posted by admin

 Hold onto your hat, or your heart, this is a shocker. Americans are looking up to Canadians for their patriotism. 

   And not just love of country, but outward display of it. 

  No way. Impossible. Can’t be. When I moved to Canada it was Americans who covered the sky with their flags. They were at rock concerts. They were at swap meets. They were on shoulder patches. Basically every police department in the country had a flag sewn on their uniform. 

  Yesterday, May 21, 2011, I was at something in Seattle called Street Fair. It is 10 blocks of arts and crafts and food and music and jugglers in the university district and has been going on for 45 years. I hardly noticed at first, but there was not one American flag. 

  It used to be a Canadianism to say, “We are not like Americans. We don’t show our patriotism outwardly. We carry it inside.”  

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  That is very nice to hear. But I look out the window were I am sitting now in my home and there is a Canadian flag flying on a pole in front of the house across the street. That is very nice to see. 

  And when I drive around the city I see the Maple Leaf flying basically everywhere. When I travel it is sewn onto nearly never pack sack and stickered on countless suitcases.  

  Some say it is so those carrying it don’t get mistaken for Americans. Some Americans have said the same thing when they put the Maple Leaf on their American Tourister Luggage.  

  Then in Seattle I read a story in an arts and entertainment newspaper headlined, “Fear of the Flag.” It is in rock and roll and arts papers that you get a feeling of what the mood is in a city.  Feelings inside tell you what is behind the facts that are outside and more importantly, they tell predict what the future facts will be. 

   Chris Kornelis,  a music critic who I don’t know and never met, said he had a good feeling when  he was at a rock show in Pemberton three years ago. After the warm up bands played he wrote, “the crush of young, almost entirely Canadian fans in front of the stage burst into an impromptu a cappella rendition of their national anthem, ‘O Canada.’” 

  At an outdoor rock concert in Washington, Kornelis wrote, Canadian fans flew Canadian flags. One young American women who lives in Canada wrapped herself in the red and white flag. He talked to her. 

  “I love America,” she said. “My mom’s American. But Americans don’t share the same enthusiasm about patriotism as Canadians.” 

   My eyes bulged. I thought it was the other way around. But no, right there in black and white and read all over the newspaper fellow was saying, “It’s commonplace to see Canadians make their national pride known at summer festivals…..Such outward expression of national pride is unheard of among their stateside peers.” 

   He said it is “embarrassing” for a young music fan in America to hold up the flag. The connotation that it “represents hicks, rednecks, the NASCAR community, and the far right is so prevalent that it almost doesn’t make sense for a liberal to wave the flag anymore.” That is the feeling in a newspaper, the Seattle Weekly, that has stories on music and the arts and feelings and trends. 

  In Canada he talked to someone who said the flag flies with the rock music because, “Every time we’re having fun, we’re patriotic.” 

  As I said, the world has turned upside down. Or maybe it is right side up.   

 I think the Stars and Stripes represents a long list of good things. But I’m glad to look out my window and see the Maple Leaf.  



And the winners are…..

23/12/2018 Posted by admin

The Bronze medal game is in the books at the 2010 Ford World Men’s Curling Championships. Sweden won with a tenth end draw for the victory and this team’s first medal at the world championships. Congratulations to them for this accomplishment. Norway is also to be congratulated for a tremendous comeback from early in the round robin to make the playoffs. They continue also to bring color and attention to the game both with their attire and personalities alike. And the winners are … I think curling in general on this one – eight great personalities to continue to carry the game forward internationally.

The gold medal game is about to begin – another great crowd and a little extra pride in the atmosphere to say the least. The building reminds me of the World Junior Hockey atmosphere last new year’s eve in Saskatoon. A great first end – a great last rock by Scotland’s Tom Brewster and a nice pressure tap by Canada’s Jeff Stoughton facing five.

More nice shots converted in the second end and a blank for Scotland. Canada looks sharp and Scotland has played them shot for shot thus far.

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The third end saw Canada become aggressive and throw a second center guard following a Scotland miss. A bit of an exchange of power through the first number of rocks followed by a Jon Mead freeze sliding a rock width too deep set the stage for another great shot (triple) by Scottish third Greg Drummond. A deuce for Scotland and a nice confidence building open draw for the memory bank – those are nice to have early in a game.

More pressure by Scotland in the 4th end – Canada forced to play the more difficult shots all end and making most of them, just not perfectly. Same holds true for Canada’s last – steal of one and a 3-1 lead after four ends.

The fifth end and some nice freezes/taps. Tom’s last freeze attempt just failed to curl leaving Jeff a bumper weight nose hit for three – perfectly executed and called followed by a huge spine-tingling eruption. Despite the turn-around in five, Tom Brewster has to be happy with his teams first half performance – they are right there.

Fifth end break, and speaking of fifth’s Kelly Knapp just delivered my cheeseburger and drink – read my mind on the orange pop like a good fifth man should.

The sixth end, my burger was unreal, and Scotland scored one.

A shift in momentum clear as the seventh end takes shape, but instead of pressing and possibly getting forced, Canada recognized the importance of hammer on the even ends this late in the game and decided with Jon Mead to clean the guards and take a blank and hammer into the eighth end of a 4-4 tie. I’m not always too bright but this eighth end may be a big one.

A huge double and roll by Steve Gould on his second shot and a split house with enough half shots by Scotland resulting in an easy dream deuce for Canada. Up two with two to play.

Playing by the scoreboard by Canada and good rock management by Scotland leaving the hit for two – but a tick and roll out and opportunity missed. Canada 6, Scotland 5 coming home.

Two ticks from Steve, and a host of peels including Jeff’s first and the new 2010 World Champions Team Canada.

A great game to see live. Tom Brewster played with that trademark intensity and passion that makes him so entertaining to watch. His young players were up to the task – I somehow don’t think we’ve seen the last from this team.

What can you say about Team Canada – Jon and Steve spent two hours yesterday at the Callie CC participating in the Parkinson’s bonspiel because a random person asked if the would in the patch the night before. They took the entire week in, enjoyed themselves, and that came across with their on ice game as the week went along.

Trapped in the patch again – it’s been a long patch year, so what’s one more night?


Congrats to all the volunteers – this has been a great event to be a part of.


International Flavor

23/12/2018 Posted by admin

Hi Saskatchewan. I thought I’d tell you a little true story with a little international flavor to get us all pumped up for the big game tonight involving Canada and Scotland. The year was 2005 – the squad – Ben Hebert (pre-fame), Chris Haichert, Jeff Sharp and myself. Chris had just started firefighters college in Brandon however, so one Steve Laycock (then lead for Brad Heidt) was joining us to play lead for the weekend. We were on our way to Port Hawkesbury NS and the grand slam event their. This particular event was interesting because it featured the top eight Canadian teams and the top eight international teams at the time. Ben and I land in Halifax and begin the ride when a call comes in from Jeff saying they are stuck in Saskatoon – heavy snow. We are scheduled to play our first game against Scotland’s Tom Brewster soon after we arrive. So we basically have the car ride to round up a team. Ahh – Russ Howard – coaching the Swiss team – could this be a possibility? No – this was a new gig; he didn’t want to run off and curl when he was there to coach ( understandable). Ralph Stoekli’s team from Switzerland did have a fifth present, and Russ pointed out that this would be an option. Sign him up, one down – one to go. A few calls later and Ben reached John Morris, also on route. “Any ideas Johnny” asked Ben – “Well, their is one”, was the reply. Perfect – team fielded.

Perfect team – fielded : Lead – ‘the pearl’ Earle Morris ( John’s Dad – he called the game)
Second – Patrick Hurlimann – 1998 Olympic gold medalist
Third – Ben Hebert (pre-fame)
Skip – Pat Simmons

Ok, so we’re thinking – let’s keep it close, maybe pull out a close game late as everyone gets comfortable.
The pearl had other thoughts – he went top four foot and tight guard like it was his job and called a masterpiece for a multiple point steal in the first end. Then Hurlimann got in on the mix, throwing rockets making the double peel look easy. Ben and I were just along for the ride. The end result – a 4 end shut-out – a masterpiece by arguably the greatest team I’ve been a part of.
Much to our dismay, the weather was clearing back home and the boys arrived for game two the next day – we lost.
In the end – 7 of 8 Canadian teams qualified for the playoffs with the lone absence the John Morris team. We played beside Morris as he played against Kevin Martin in an A qualifier earlier in the event. Playing the last end, Morris looked to have ‘The Old Bear’ beat. What followed was the greatest shot in curling history in my mind. In a nutshell, John was laying 4 – all around the four-foot, these rocks were tripleIguarded out front. Kevin had one biting the back 12 foot at 2 o’clock. Long story short, the guards came back – one hitting another- hitting another – the last Martin guard then cleared all 4 enemy counters in the house ( one of them grazing, but not removing his back 12 foot biter), and if scoring one for the tie wasn’t good enough, the raised rock hung around in the 12 foot at 10 o’clock. Kevin was the only person on the sheet who even knew what was supposed to happen prior to shooting ( and even this is still debated).

John never recovered and lost a ‘C’ qualifier to Norway’s Pal Trulsen. As for team Simmons, we managed to get to the final, eventually losing to Wayne Middaugh.

Enjoy the Canada vs Scotland game tonight Saskatchewan.