Periodical Writing Samples

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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Cut down the amount of time spent on searches

Robert Drake figures he spends about 15 hours each week searching for information. “Fifty years ago, I think the entire bar would only have knowledge of six cases in an area of law,” says Drake, an associate at Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP. “Now there are

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Workforce planning: Finding the right workers for your distribution centre—human and machine

Distribution centre managers know the challenges of managing a temporary or part-time workforce. Some of those challenges are unique to this “not-full-time” subset of employees. “Many part-time employees want to be full-time, they want to have stability in their lives,” says Ryan Parry, a distribution centre manager

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