Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Intimate with Liza Fromer" Special With Mike Holmes

The Holmes Spot is on Christmas break, but I did promise to come back and post if something interesting happened. Tomorrow, December 29 on Global News Toronto, Liza Fromer gets up close and personal with Mike Holmes in her special, "Intimate with Liza Fromer." The special airs at 10 PM Eastern time. I do hope they post it online, and if they do I'll repost it here on the Holmes Spot and review it!

Here's a teaser from Global

Monday, December 22, 2014


Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the Holmes Spot! For the last couple of years, I've put together some (in my opinion) very cute little Christmas "gifts" for you, the readers, and also for Mike and the crew. This year, however, I've been battling some rather severe pregnancy symptoms. It's been a wild ride in the evenings for me, which is why I'm glad that Mike made an awesome Christmas card for all of his fans to share. Last year, Mike and his crew were depicted on snow mobiles, doing all sorts of crazy things as they made their way down the hill.

This year's card was just as adorable and full of heart. In it, Mike, Mike Jr., and Sherry reenact the famous scene from "A Christmas Story" where the little boy gets his tongue stuck to the flag pole after being triple dog dared to lick it.
Mike also posted this "behind the scenes" video, showing viewers how the card was made. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Holmes Spot. I am looking forward to next year in so many ways! Unless something big or extremely interesting happens, the next time I post will probably be after the new year. Hopefully my sickness will alleviate soon and I'll be able to post more in 2015! Cheers!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mike Holmes for Emerald Park Homes

Mike Holmes has been endorsing builders who meet his stringent standards for quality for his Holmes Approved program. He occasionally creates promo videos endorsing these Holmes Approved builders, explaining why he has decided to partner with them. This video for Emerald Park Homes, a Saskatchewan custom home builder, was released in late November. In the video, Mike describes in his own words the Holmes Approved program and why Emerald Park Homes fits into that paradigm.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Mike Holmes For RDC Fine Homes in Squamish - Video

Back in September of this year, Mike Holmes was in British Columbia promoting Holmes Approved builder RDC Fine Homes and their new project in Squamish. Mike touted RDC Fine Homes' superior building quality and confessed that he would love to buy a home in the Crumpit Woods community, where he met and greeted fans and prospective buyers alike during a September 22 promotional event. This last week, Shaw TV released this short video about the builder and Mike's involvement with the project in Squamish.

For more information about this, see Mike Holmes for RDC Fine Homes and BC's First "Holmes Approved" Home Built By RDC Fine Homes

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mike Holmes at Construct Canada

Mike Holmes and his son Mike Holmes Jr. were in attendance today at the 26th annual Construct Canada building expo in Toronto. They met and greeted fans at booth 702 as special guests of CertainTeed, a company that creates AirRenew drywall, which is one of Mike's favorite building products (see Mike Holmes Joins Forces with CertainTeed to Tackle Indoor Air Quality Issues for more information). Mike Holmes will be at the BASF booth (#846) tomorrow December 4th.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mike Holmes/Holmes Group Being Sued By Former CEO

Breaking news, Mike Holmes and two co-directors of Holmes Communities are being sued for $3 million by former HCMR CEO Julius Brinkman. Mike Holmes, Drew Atkins, and Seth Atkins are named as the defendants in the breach of contract lawsuit. There's not a whole lot of commentary I can give on this given that Mike's side has not yet made a public statement in response to the lawsuit. The Holmes Spot will follow this and report any new information, but as most of these things tend to go, I'm betting that this lawsuit will be settled out of court and the results will not be disclosed. Only time will tell.

From the Calgary Herald:

TV renovation personality Mike Holmes sued by former CEO
Television renovation personality Mike Holmes and two co-directors of Holmes Communities “Make It Right” (HCMR) have been sued by their former chief executive officer for $3.1 million for alleged breach of contract during his two-year term with the company that ended on Sept. 4.

In a statement of claim filed last Thursday, Juius Brinkman alleges HCMR failed to issue to him as part of his contract five per cent of the total shareholdings of the company; failed to pay him five per cent of the total value of $15.5 million in capital raised by him for the benefit of HCMR; failed to reimburse him for expenses reasonably incurred by him; failed to establish a benefits program in which he could participate; and created a working environment designed to frustrate his efforts.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit by Brinkman are Drew Atkins, Seth Atkins and three numbered companies.

At the time of his employment, says Brinkman, he was responsible for raising private and public capital to expand the business and operations of HCMR in Alberta.

He alleges he raised more than $17.5 million in capital on four named projects and has caused to be raised an additional $25 million, which transaction is scheduled to close this year regarding a residential construction project in the Municipal District of Foothills.

Brinkman is seeking an interim injunction precluding the defendants and its directors and other shareholders to pay all sums allegedly due to him, five per cent of the total value of the company, and order directing HCMR to have a business evaluation prepared at its own expense with a reputable certified business valuator, and an order directing HCMR to prepare audited financial statements at its sole expense.

“Julius Brinkman says that the representations were made intentionally, deliberately and knowing that they were inaccurate, untrue, misleading and false, upon which representations of the plaintiff reasonable relied to the detriment and on account of which he has and will suffer or incur damages and losses . . . ” says the claim.

“The plaintiff says that the defendants HCMR, Mike Holmes, Drew Atkins and Seth Atkins, or any one or more of them, acted in concert and/or agreement with a common design to deliberately deprive Juius Brinkman of his a bonus, five per cent ownership interest in HCMR, full remuneration and vacation pay, knowing that in the circumstances, injury would result to him and, more particularly, damage, extinguishment and impairment to his interest in HCMR and all entitlements to amounts due and owing to him under the term and conditions of the consulting agreement.”

Brinkman alleges that HCMR, Holmes and the two Atkins defendants unlawfully converted those funds for their own use and benefit and.or otherwise accounted in such a fashion for these amounts to have solely benefited themselves.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

No statement of defence has yet been filed.


The Holmes Spot is Back!

If you're a regular visitor to the Holmes Spot, you might have noticed that entries have been pretty sparse for the past month or so. There's a reason for this, and it's not because Mike isn't doing anything interesting. Nope, something beautiful has happened to me and it's caused me to be very fatigued and sick for the last month and a half. But I'm starting to feel a little better, so hopefully the entries will start becoming a little more frequent and regular! If you haven't guessed, there's a new little Mike Holmes fan in the making, and he or she is really taking a toll on me in the evenings, but again, as I start to feel better, I'll be updating more frequently. Just bare with me and keep me in your thoughts and prayers!