Periodical Writing Samples

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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Toronto's BMO Field

Award Magazine, for which I regularly write, just assigned me a profile of Toronto FC’s new training facility in north Toronto. That led me to look up this 2007 profile of BMO Field, Toronto FC’s home field, which I also wrote. David Beckham’s much-ballyhooed signing with the Los

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Scoping the scene for the right scanner

David Feld gladly (almost gleefully) avoids paper. He bluntly states he’s never owned a fax machine. He doesn’t even use the one that came with his Xerox WorkCentre multifunction printer. And, his clients communicate with him mainly via e-mail. “They even use their phones to take pictures of documents and send them

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Web set to sprout new domains

Dot-com is getting more company: A new category of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) is about to be unleashed. Granted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), TLDs are the letters to the right of the dot in a web address, such as com, ca,

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Not just for kids anymore: Bad behaviour is bad behaviour in real life or online

Create social media policies to guide your staff Being social has never been a fad. We’re all social creatures. We naturally reach out to others, whether in person, on the phone or by using technology such as social media. We’re also litigious creatures, so it’s little wonder

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