Morning Flowers

June 7, 2012
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I’m getting in the habit of doing a morning walk to shoot local flowers (which I often repeat in the late afternoon) – here’s a collection of my favourites from those sessions.

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Ding Tai Fung, Markham

June 3, 2012
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It’s been ages since I’ve posted on this blog – after several years of regular blogging my attention has been diverted in other directions – but the food and photography experiences that we’ve been having recently have drawn me back in. My interest these days comes from wanting to draw attention to the wonderful people […]

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The Georgetown Inn, Georgetown, PEI

July 11, 2011
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One of the best things to happen to food in recent years is the move to local – it has sparked a surge of creativity in the restaurant world, and some of our favourite restaurants in Toronto have taken this philosophy truly to heart. Nowhere do you see this attitude more than at The Georgetown […]

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The Junction Eatery, the Junction, Toronto

March 27, 2011
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One of the best things about living in a neighbourhood that’s on the upswing is seeing the creative energy that others are investing in building something here. This morning we tried out The Junction Eatery and loved it – it will be a regular brunch stop for us. By the way, the guy at the […]

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“The inevitable surprise of political unrest”

March 20, 2011

I admire this Philip Howard piece about the impact the internet has had on political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East. That impact has been perhaps the most momentous effect of the internet we’ve seen so far, but it’s important to remember that it is merely one manifestation of the destabilization the internet […]

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M&A Issues: Reps, Warranties, Indemnities (Part I)

March 3, 2011

Imagine that you’ve bought a business that runs a web app, and a few months later you discover that a key piece of code was written not by an employee, but by an independent contractor, and that the contractor had no written agreement for that work (which under Canadian law means you don’t own the […]

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“There are just a handful of contract clauses that are critical”

March 1, 2011

I’ve been enjoying Kingsley Martin’s blog for quite a while, but his latest post really resonated with me. Broadly, the point that attracted me is the often-suspected but little understood (by clients – business lawyers understand this very well) notion that many of the words that some lawyers try to sell them in their forms […]

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Canadian-ized (Ontario) Form of Terms of Use

February 25, 2011

One of my favourite moments at the first mesh conference was sitting with a group of people chatting about blogging. This was 2006, so while blogging was becoming very sophisticated, much of it was still shiny and new. Jason Fried was sitting at the table, as was Paul Kedrosky and my mesh colleague Mathew Ingram. […]

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Simple Legal Forms for Open Use

February 18, 2011

Back in what now seems eons ago I thought hard for quite a while about building a legal forms wiki – an open site that would feature legal forms for open use, that could be built upon and improved – even annotated – by the community. I originally thought of it as a universal precedent […]

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New Tools for Helping You Manage Small Claims Actions

February 17, 2011

As web apps become easier to develop, and as Small Claims court ceilings rise (now $25,000 in Ontario), the economics on service providers in this area is changing. So much so that there have been two very interesting recent additions to this market: My Legal Briefcase and Mr. Small Claims Court. Mitch Kowalski has covered […]

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Short ribs and mashed potatoes

February 5, 2011

Cold weekend nights are for braised meat and mashed potatoes. It’s not just about the food – nothing warms a home better than the smell of onions cooking and slow braising meat. After a vacation in Argentina consisting mainly of grilled beef we’re still struggling to get used to the snow: braising makes the adjustment […]

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Campagnolo, Little Portugal, Toronto

February 4, 2011

We had a terrific time at Campagnolo a few days ago. They bill themselves as offering “good honest home cooked food”; that’s my lingering memory of the evening. The room hums, but feels very intimate at the same time. Altogether very warm and inviting, and the food is unexpectedly well prepared. We sat at the […]

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