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 […]
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 […]
Disaster: A heat advisory is issued in Chicago, and about 1,000 people die in the following few weeks (1995). Politics: Boris Yeltsin announces he will resign from the Soviet Communist Party (1990). Politics: Louis Robichaud becomes the new premier of New Brunswick (1960).
Business: Samuel Bronfman dies (1971). Politics: Canada and the U.S. agree to North American defenses in the event of an enemy attack (1958). Disaster: A dam break in Switzerland leaves 70 people dead (1887).
Politics: David Johnston is appointed the new governor-general of Canada (2010). Disaster: A train carrying dangerous chemicals derails in Manitoba, forcing 400 residents to leave their homes for six days (1991). Politics: President Eisenhower and Premier Khrushchev make verbal exchanges over Cuban (1960).
Politics: Stockwell Day is elected leader of the Canadian Alliance (2000). Politics: A study warns of economic problems if Quebec separates from Canada (1991). Politics: A Gallup Poll finds that 69% of Canadians want Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to step down (1991).
Space travel: Canadian Dr. Bob Thirsk lands with his Shuttle crewmates (1996). Politics: Ed Broadbent is elected leader of the NDP (1975). The first house to be powered by wind-generated electricity is built (1887).
Disaster: An explosion and fire at an oil drilling rig near Scotland kills 167 crew members, including two Canadians (1998). Politics: Future President George W. Bush is born (1946). Disaster: A fire at a circus tent in Hartford, Connecticut, kills 167 people (1944).
Space exploration: Japan launches a probe to Mars (1998). Politics: The U.S. lowers the voting age from 21 to 18 years (1971). Disaster: An Air Canada plane crashes near Toronto, killing all 109 people on board (1970).