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 […]
Outside the Helen Hayes Theatre, waiting for the doors to open, a very agitated male teenager passed on the sidewalk. He was walking briskly and talking in a loud voice with himself. He was also gesticulating, and in so-doing was using up all the free airspace in all directions. “What’s the matter with him?” asked […]
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 […]
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 department store collapses in South Korea, leaving more than 500 people dead (1995). Space exploration: The American space shuttle docks with the Russian space station (1995) Politics: Isabela Peron becomes president of Argentina (1974).
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: An earthquake in Iran kills more than 50,000 people (1990). Disaster: A fire set in a jail in Saint John, New Brunswick, leaves 21 inmates dead (1977). Politics: John Diefenbaker is sworn in as Prime Minister (1957).
Politics: Ontario Premier Frank Miller loses a series of confidence, leading to an election (1985). Negotiations: President Carter and Soviet President Brezhnev sign the SALT-II agreement (1979). Disaster: A plane crash in London, England, leave 118 people dead (1972).
Negotiation: Karen Ann Quinlan dies after being in a vegetative state for ten years (1985). Politics: Brian Mulroney is elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party (1983). Disaster: A car crashes into the stands at the LeMans auto race in France, killing 82 people (1955).