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Self-driving cars could literally reshape the Canadian landscape

There’s been some discussion about how autonomous vehicles (AVs) will change the way we drive—but not as much about how they’ll change what we drive on. We look at the future of roads, traffic and infrastructure in the age of self-driving cars.

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A community’s search for a condominium management system

Walk by my condominium’s property management office and you’ll see a wall-mounted form holder for maintenance requests. I wouldn’t touch these forms. I’d rather call or email the manager or assistant manager. I can attach photos to email to more fully explain my message.

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Changing Landscape of Electricity Generation

We don’t think much about what happens when we flip a switch or plug a cord into a wall socket. The electricity we need just comes to us. Where that electricity comes from has been changing over the decades. And that evolution may soon lead to important

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Getting time tracking down to a science

New software captures billable hours The financial crisis of 2008 permanently changed the legal services industry. That’s when businesses began to exercise greater diligence in managing their legal spending, according to Peter Zver, who claims greater scrutiny of law firm invoices have led to more challenges of

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Getting the edge in document assembly

Senior partners don’t simply hand the firm’s reins to associates when they retire. Passing their knowledge, insights and expertise to the next generation of leaders is a process best systematically practised over years. This is the second of a two- part series on document assembly systems. The

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Making document assembly more efficient

Asim Iqbal has suffered the document assembly itch. “I sat there as a junior, assigned to do a book of authorities. I had all my cases printed. I was drawing lines by hand. And I was thinking: ‘This is ridiculous.’ I’m taking stuff from an online source,

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Mobile devices gaining importance in probes

Whether a case centres on employee theft, insurance fraud, intellectual property theft or a range of other matters, cell phones and other mobile devices can contain “relevant information that shouldn’t be ignored,” says Chuck Rothman, director of e-discovery services for Wortzman Professional Corporation. “Information on phones can

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How lawyers get and service clients is changing

A t Cognition LLP, lawyers stick to practicing law while other people play ancillary roles, including sales. This separation of roles “wouldn’t be rocket science in any other industry,” notes founder Joe Milstone. What’s the lawyer’s role? Jacqueline Dinsmore figures inertia is to blame for many firms obliging lawyers

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Sustained Occupancy in Condos

In Ontario, almost no residential buildings enjoy sustained occupancy when power outages occur. The southern Ontario ice storm of December 2013 threw the second of two crippling roundhouses at Toronto’s power grid that year. While the summer outage certainly caused problems, the winter punch left thousands of

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Are you ready for the next big thing?

Check out the trends that might affect your supply chain operations Few phenomena in Canadian history affected business like the 1970’s victory of the Parti Quebecois and the legislation that government enacted. The timing was good for John Boyd Jr’s father, who founded site selection consultancy The

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