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’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 […]
Originally posted on my blog July 14th, 2016 As I sat down to write about Bradford’s emergency preparedness plan, I saw on BBC news that a fire had broken out at Drummonds Mill. High levels of carbon monoxide were released into the air. According to the BBC about 100 houses have been evacuated as […]
Last year I was interviewed by CBC Fredericton on their surprising lack of emergency planning. The province’s three major cities need to make major improvements in their emergency plans. This is crucial stuff Allan Bonner, a crisis management consultant, says the province’s three major cities need to make major improvements in their emergency plans. (CBC) […]
In 1967 Singer/Songwriter Scott MacKenzie (Philip Wallach Blondheim) gave some advice that may still hold. “If you’re going to San Francisco/Be sure to wear/Some flowers in your hair.” I did go, several times. I dined at the Cliff House, Fisherman’s Wharf, and put a quarter in the human jukebox. The human jukebox occupied a […]
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).
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).