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 […]
I have many concerns about the quality of research conducted in political campaigns, by those governing and by industrialists. I even see those in the not-for-profit sector spending precious money on unproductive research. “Original” research in universities is often only conducted at the doctoral level. Research that is done often involves relatively unproductive statistical […]
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 […]
Canada’s largest city has only two subway lines that bring people into downtown. Few people get off and more people get on until the cars arrive downtown, jam packed. Those are north-south lines. There’s just one east-west line which brings people from both directions to transfer to the north-south lines and continue downtown. Many a […]
Politics: Canada’s inflation rate drops to 1.1%, the lowest in 30 years (1992). Disaster: An earthquake in the Philippines leaves 1,000 people dead (1990). Space travel: Apollo 11 lifts off for the first moon landing (1969).
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).
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).
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).
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).