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Pets and Hot Weather

Now that we’re seeing some really nice, hot weather, one thing to keep in mind is if you’re travelling with your pets in your vehicle.  The Calgary Humane Society has a great article on things to keep in mind if you leave your pet in your car.  And remember, they are using temperatures of 26 celcius.  This week we are expecting 30+, so these numbers increase that much more. Not only is it cruel to leave your pet in a parked vehicle in these temperatures, worst-case scenario could also leave you with some legal issues, fines, or even criminal charges. So, be smart, read this article, and then have a better understanding of what you should and should not do. Did you know that Independent Reporters provides donations to both the Calgary Humane Society and the Edmonton Humane Society.  Each year we track the number of online bookings our clients make through our web site and donate $1 for each day clients schedule court reporting services.  Next time you are looking to book a court reporter, do keep us in mind and book online. That way we can continue to provide yearly support to these two great Humane... read more

Edmonton Independent Reporters is Moving!

Effective August 1, 2017, Edmonton Independent Reporters (IR) will move to our new premises located at: 730, 9707 110 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5K 2L9 Phone numbers remain the same The new facilities will provide clients with modern amenities and enhanced services in a very comfortable environment. Getting to our new office is easier as well. Located in the Government District, this will provide easier access to clients coming from the downtown core. Underground paid parking as well as street and surface parking are easily accessible. And to make it even easier, clients can take the LRT and have a short walk from the Grandin LRT Station to our new building. Updated access for clients with enhanced video and realtime court reporting services will be just some of the added improvements that will benefit litigators when they host services in our new Edmonton office. The team of experienced and professional court reporters we continue to provide to litigation counsel in Edmonton will continue to provide top-notch services as we always have. You can continue to call or schedule court reporting services online. Here is a map of our new... read more

Our Teams are in the Playoffs!

It’s been a while, but both our Alberta NHL teams, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, are in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs!  For both our offices, this means a bit of a rivalry. Although they are not playing against each other – yet – it does mean that the trash talking will begin as each game is played and each team wins or loses. The best part, should both our teams move out of the first round and continue on to the second, they will face each other. This means the Battle of Alberta will once again happen and bring on one of the best rivalries in hockey. We all remember from the past just how much each city hates the other’s team, so much is being hoped for in both the Oilers and Flames advancing to face-off against each other as they have in the past. All of us here at Calgary and Edmonton Independent Reporters will be very excited to see this happen and see whose team will get bragging rights over the other. Good luck to both our teams in... read more

Hotels Close to Calgary Independent Reporters

With many people travelling to Calgary for depositions hosted in our Calgary offices, or major law firms, the next question that is always asked after scheduling court reporting services – Where should I stay? Now you can easily see which hotels are located close to our office, or choose your favourite brand from the list of hotels here. Calgary is a vibrant city and, business-wise, best known for being the leader in the energy industry in Canada. Most of the head offices for companies in the oil and gas industry call Calgary home. Think about scheduling your visit before or after the weekend so that you can take an extra day or two to see what else our area has to offer. Banff National Park, a worldwide tourist destination, is just over an hour away from downtown Calgary and offers some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere on this planet. Just ask any of our team and we will be happy to point you in the direction you may want to head and... read more

Our Calgary Court Reporting Office Is Moving

Calgary Independent Reporters will be moving our office as of the end of November, 2016. Renovations of our new facilities are nearly complete and we are very excited to host clients once everything is complete. Our new address is 228, 404 6 Avenue SW. The new offices are more centrally located and are closer to major hotels in downtown Calgary. Once the work is all completed the new space will provide clients with larger boardrooms and enhanced technologies to provide even more court reporting and legal services with ease. From modern and ergonomic seating in our boardrooms to full technical integration of discovery services, the new offices will provide clients with new levels of comfort and ease of accessing services provided by our court reporters. IR is also updating our video conferencing systems in the new office. We made the move last year to HD, but the new boardrooms will feature even better video quality. Our main boardroom will now boast a 108″ screen to provide a feeling of truly “being there” even though you have not left Calgary. We’re almost there! Once we have the new furniture arrives we will provide pictures of our new space. We look forward to hosting our Calgary clients as well as our out-of-town clients in our new facilities very soon. If you need to schedule services you can use our online booking form –... read more

Making It Easier To Schedule Court Reporting And Legal Video Services

As of today, when you call Independent Reporters, you will be greeted by our automated phone attendant and given three options on what you would like to do. This will make it easier for you to directed right to the person that coordinates the services that you wish to schedule.  With having offices in both Calgary and Edmonton, some things were a bit redundant and we needed to streamline things for our clients.  For example, our Edmonton office coordinates all reporter scheduling while the Calgary office coordinates all matters technical. Introducing the new phone system will route our clients right to the person that you need to speak with and provide more immediate service for your requests. Pressing 1 will likely be the main option you will use. This will take you directly to our staff who will schedule your upcoming court reporting and video conferencing service requests. This is also the same team that can assist you with any transcript questions. Pressing 3 will take you to the person best able to help you with any technical support areas for video conferencing and legal video services. While out of order here in the list, pressing 2 takes you to the staff members that handle and coordinate CART and captioning services for clients. For our legal clients, this is best used when you have a hard-of-hearing person that needs realtime accessibility in a... read more

Scheduling Court Reporters Online in Calgary and Edmonton

After updating our web site this past fall, we had some occasional issues with the online booking form not working correctly.  We have done a major overhaul to what we had and, we are happy to say, that the online booking for is now fixed, updated, and easier to use than before. Now when you schedule court reporters in either Calgary or Edmonton, the form is quicker for you to use. We’ve also added a much simpler way to pick dates from an online calendar which now includes a start and end date for the booking. After you have entered the information, a detailed confirmation is now sent to you after you click on the Submit button. Previously you just received a message that the scheduling information was sent. As usual, our office will also send an official confirmation so that you know it has been inputted and you will have a court reporter for the day(s) you requested. One last thing we want to make sure you know about, for every online booking that you schedule through IR, we provide a $1.00 donation to the Humane Society in the city that you schedule services. In 2015 our clients scheduled 396 online bookings through the IR web site, so we rounded-up and provided the Humane Societies with $400.  The more you schedule online, the more we will send next... read more

Schedule Court Reporters in Calgary & Edmonton

Our online booking form for scheduling court reporting services in Calgary and Edmonton was having some issues this past little while. Well, that is now all fixed, we are happy to say! And, while we fixed that error, we also updated a few things on the scheduling form. You now have more options to choose from when scheduling specific services, which include court reporting, court reporting with realtime, court reporting and legal video services, court reporting, legal video & video conferencing or just video conference services. We think this will make it a bit cleaner and easier to work with for you. As always, when you do schedule services with IR, you will get a confirmation email back from us, then a confirmation PDF file that outlines all the details you provided when you booked a court reporter. Remember, if you do need a court reporter within the next 24 hours, we always recommend that you call us. This way, just in case something just doesn’t work correctly, we will make sure that you have services scheduled as you need.... read more

Transcripts in Canada May Have Different Spellings

Being a court reporting company in Canada we also provide deposition services to attorneys in the United States. One thing that someone reviewing a deposition transcript is the Canadian spellings of words versus how they are spelled in the U.S. In Canada we primarily use British spellings, but some words may also incorporate U.S. spellings. American spelling of words were originally based off of the British spelling, but over time grammarists in the United States have made the words spelled more like they sound. Well, Canadians don’t follow ALL British spelling rules, such as the two below: gaol (British)  jail (Canada/U.S.) tyre (British) tire (Canada/U.S.) However, in many other instances, Canadians do tend to use the spelling in the same manner as the British. In many ways this does help to offer some clarity when reading text in a transcript. Here are two words in the sentences below that use Canadian/British spellings in a sentence: The electric meter on the house is approximately 1.2 metres from ground level. and Let me check with the office to see if the cheque was mailed out to you. In the first sentence, if this text was being produced by a court reporter in the U.S., the word, meter/metre, would be simply put in as meter. However, in Canada, we use different spellings for each. Meter – a device used to measure usage is different from metre, which is spelling used to measure distance. You can see how this actually helps to provide the reader with a better understanding of which meter refers to what form of measurement. The second example is check and cheque.... read more

Court Reporters and Earth Day

Since it is Earth Day today, the question to us always comes up, Can a court reporting company be friendly to the environment? Yes, we can, and we are!  Both Calgary and Edmonton Independent Reporters are Certified Green by the NNRC Green Commission. People are curious to know how, in an industry that is very tied to paper transcripts, what was done to be a green company.  Independent Reporters undertook the challenge of the NNRC Green Commission to meet their standards and become the first, and ONLY, court reporting company in Canada to be certified green! The management team at IR felt it was the right thing to do to reduce the impact we make on the environment. We know our industry creates a lot of waste, but by making changes in both our Calgary and Edmonton offices, we are doing our part to minimize our footprint on the planet. What Did We Do To Go Green? Here is a brief summary of some of the steps IR took to receive our Green Certification. Promote paperless transcripts Print all transcripts two-sided (have been since 1996) Use minimum 30% recycled paper for transcripts In-house recycling program for all recyclables Use electronic memos/emails instead of paper Turn off all non-essential equipment at night Use e-waste programs for all electronic disposal Replace computer equipment with Energy Star equipment Use recycled paper for letterhead and promo material Replace all office lighting with energy efficient lights Use power saving features on computers/printers Promote staff to work from home where possible What are the benefits to our clients? By using Independent Reporters for your court... read more

 

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