Periodical Writing Samples

MBII & network convergence

Convergence: a fresh approach to complex systems Have you ever taken a good look at the multicolored, ordered spaghetti of cabling running through most buildings? Traditional engineering calls for one set of cabling for security systems, another for surveillance/CCTV, yet another for lighting, one for HVAC, then

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Some tips to get you wired, and secure

No matter which way you turn, chances are you use some type of technology during your workday. Here are some tips to help you keep that technology serving you well.

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Toronto FC Academy and Training Facility

To the delight of Canadian soccer fans, Toronto FC debuted at BMO Field five years ago. To continue delighting those fans, the Major League Soccer team also requires both a practice facility and a place to develop promising players. TFC will meet these goals when the Toronto

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St. John's Rehab Hospital: The John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Ambulatory Care

Toronto in the 1930s was bustling to the point that the Sisters of St. John the Divine moved their convent north of the city, where they later founded the St. John’s Rehab Hospital. Today, along with its buildings, the hospital retains 23 acres of lawns, gardens and

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Integrated and efficient: using today's AEC software to make our jobs easier

Designing buildings. Estimating costs. Tracking time. Managing projects. Billing for time and materials. Reporting RFls. These, along with dozens of other types of paperwork, have long been crucial in the businesses of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). That all this work once ran on paper alone seems

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Time to BYOD — bring your own device

Not so long ago, law firms dictated what types of smartphones — typically BlackBerrys — their staff could use for work. This has been giving way to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, which may spell the end of the BlackBerry’s near-hegemony in the workplace. Some people attribute BYOD

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What's in a domain name?

Cybersquatters, typosquatters, scammers and sundry malcontents will try to commandeer your organization’s good name. Here’s how to guard against a whole lot of headaches.

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Online court document system

OSCAR, meet JUSTIN: moving toward an online court document system A March 16 Globe and Mail article headlined “Judge bashes Ontario’s archaic court document system” included the following statements made by Justice David Brown: “Consign our paper-based document management system to the scrap heap of history and

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Use a few keywords to find Internet gold

Ever wonder how easy it is to research people using the Internet? “Several years ago, default privacy settings on social net-working sites were set to no privacy,” says Brian Vail, an Edmonton-based partner at Field Law. “It was a gold mine.” A gold mine, that is, for

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Future attractions: on-demand learning

Will lawyers soon flick on their TVs at home to brush up on their skills using a Netflix-like model, the costs of which are covered by their law society membership fees? Maybe. Certainly the technology has arrived. And, step by step, the legal community is warming to

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