I’ve written often about the concerns I have with research techniques. This column was inspired by my attendance at a focus group. I was just asked to attend some focus groups and I was reminded of the dozen or so reasons I don’t like them. First, rich and busy people usually won’t […]
We often assume the police, fire, EMS, mayor, and other first responders are fulfilling their duties to keep us safe. But according to my studies of plans from the top 100 English-speaking cities in the world, this isn’t always the case. Many of our cities are in danger from their own emergency plans […]
I’ve always thought of Seattle as a symbol of modernity. Growing up in Vancouver, I viewed the Space Needle as an example of American prosperity and progress. It reached toward outer space while the monorail sleeked along the ground toward the future. I now live in Toronto, but visit Seattle when I can, to […]
Every now and then the topic of earthquakes comes up in Vancouver. The most recent event was the 4.8 quake on 29 December, 2015. I have worked on the topic of earthquakes for federal authorities for some years and continue to follow the issue. Vancouver’s emergency planning documents put the risk of an earthquake […]
Business: Conrad Black is convicted in the U.S. of fraud and obstruction of justice (2007). Negotiation: A land claim is settled in the Mackenzie Delta (1991). Crisis management: The Hong Kong flue pandemic begins (1968).
Negotiation: Canada and the Deh Cho First Nations agree on a review of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline project (2005). Politics: A U.S. trade representative says NAFTA will not harm Canadian culture (1991). Disaster: Seven Americans die in a mountaineering accident near Lake Louise, Alberta (1955).
Disaster: A Russian plane crashes with a plane over Germany, killing all 71 people (2002). Communications: CBC begins national TV broadcasting (1958). The British North America Act creates Canada (1867).
Negotiations: Pierre Trudeau wins the Einstein Peace Prize for trying to ease tensions between the East and West (1984). Politics: U.S. President Nixon visits Canada (1969). The Liberals win a fourth consecutive majority for the Liberals (1949).
Disaster: A train crash in India kills 500 people (1981). Disaster: A plane crash leaves 50 people dead near Los Angeles (1971). Negotiations: D-Day begins, with 155,000 Allied soldiers (1944).