It’s been twenty or so years since I began using the term SOCKO. I often worry that it may seem a bit silly or flippant, but I’ve not found a better term to express the impact, newsworthiness and succinctness that audiences of all types need. Aces, press lines, Qs & As, key messages, mission, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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).
Disaster: A volcano in the Caribbean kills 19 people (1997). Politics: Kim Campbell is sworn in as Canada’s first woman Prime Minister (1991). Disaster: A hurricane heads towards the U.S., and will leave more than 450 people (1957).
Crisis Management: Seven are convicted in connection the the Bhopal Disaster (2010). Politics: Bernard Lord is elected Premier of New Brunswick (1999). Disaster: An earthquake in Jamaica leaves 3,000 dead (1962).
Politics: The Progressive Conservative party elects Peter MacKay as leader (2003). Disaster: Tornadoes in Ontario leave 12 people dead (1985). Negotiation: After two years of talks, the Ford Motor Company signs a deal to make cars in the Soviet Union (1929).
Communications: BP’s Tony Hayward says “I would like my life back” in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill (2010). Disaster: An earthquake in Afghanistan kills 4,500 people (1998). Media: Peter Gzowski does his final CBC Morningside show from Moose Jaw, where he began his career in journalism (1997).
Business: Ford and Firestone end their 100 business relationship (2001). Disaster: A tornado in Sarnia, Ontario, kills five people (1953). Air travel: Charles Lindberg becomes the first person to fly solo and non-stop from New York to Paris (1927).