Articles By John Saunders

Mississauga builds on e-government through long-term partnership

Web portals may offer a public face to many organizations, while in-depth applications can also add to their usefulness. For Mississauga, Ont.'s eCity project, expansion and longevity were key considerations. ""This is one

Published on: October 14th, 2004 John Saunders

B.C.’s land titles registry project takes old-school paper system to the Web

Change can be good, but it's even better when it's well managed. The British Columbia Land Titles Office has spent years putting together a strategy to take its registry system online. This past

Published on: September 14th, 2004 John Saunders

No-cost e-mail system knocks out incumbent

* The Southern Ontario Town of Cobourg adopted Novell's Small Business Suite 6.5 for free — after purchasing GroupWise licences for 60 users. The overall cost came to about $12,000, says John Grozelle,

Published on: September 14th, 2004 John Saunders

Outsourced online parking tickets ease municipal payment management

Oakville drivers are finding more ways to pay for their mistakes — in a good way. The southwestern Ontario municipality has turned to to handle parking fine payments via the Web. The

Published on: June 23rd, 2004 John Saunders

Data centre deal shores up health network security

* Ontario's Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) has signed a $30-million, 10-year deal with Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. to offer data centre and IT infrastructure services for its emerging province-wide healthcare network. Floor space

Published on: June 23rd, 2004 John Saunders

Electronically enabled mentoring helps ministry meet matching demands

It began with one ministry, but the government of British Columbia may soon automate parts of its mentoring program across the province. Between 1996 and 2001, the provincial mentoring program was largely paper-based,

Published on: April 19th, 2004 John Saunders

Ontario puts IBM privacy partnership to good use

* Ontario's privacy commissioner has put its relationship with IBM Canada Ltd.'s Tivoli business group to good use, signing up Big Blue to develop a ""digital template"" for the province's new privacy legislation

Published on: April 19th, 2004 John Saunders

Ontario ministry makes move to paperless for annual member surveys

Last year, Ontario's Ministry of Tourism and Recreation began to move from paper-based to electronic questionnaires to update its records on member establishments. The ministry keeps track of thousands of campgrounds, tour agencies,

Published on: March 30th, 2004 John Saunders

Provide incentives for ‘safe network behaviour’

Imagine being faced with 100,000 potential hackers inside your organization. With the appropriate human and technical resources, however, it may not be that big a problem, according to one network manager. Facing a

Published on: February 4th, 2004 John Saunders

Lines blurring between handhelds, wearables

Smaller and more portable computers have recently been enjoying growing popularity in corporate and consumer markets alike. No longer the stuff of specialized industries or science fiction movies, a new phase of technological

Published on: December 3rd, 2003 John Saunders

Deep computing gets to bottom of problems

Sometimes, high-tech isn't for the faint of heart. Faced with a tight budget, one university researcher at the University of Western Ontario decided to take a do-it-yourself approach to a supercomputing project. Four

Published on: November 10th, 2003 John Saunders

Campusdirect helps government employees continue e-learning

A new online program gives public employees a more flexible approach to learning, according to its developers. If successful, the pilot project could eventually offer courses to 250,000 public servants across the country.

Published on: September 4th, 2003 John Saunders

Alberta school district implements HR software

Striking a balance between user friendliness and functionality in software can be a difficult task for many organizations. For the Fort Vermilion school district, however, a long-standing partnership has given them the right

Published on: August 5th, 2003 John Saunders

Canada still cool to biometrics applications

Heightened security concerns and science fiction movies aside, biometric technologies aren't yet facing widespread adoption in the Canadian public sector. For one observer, however, there is a growing interest as costs drop and

Published on: May 9th, 2003 John Saunders

City inspectors and students share interest in PDAs

No longer just toys for business managers or technophiles, personal digital assistants (PDAs) have found a niche in educational and municipal services.Public sector pundits say the devices help save time and add flexibility.At

Published on: March 17th, 2003 John Saunders