Comment 46491

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted August 27, 2010 at 19:19:55

With everyone throwing around "remember though, negotiations need compromise" or "negotiations don't work with ultimatums", I figured I'd toss in my two cents. Everyone seems set to blame one side or the other for being too "entrenched" in their position on the west harbour. The ti-cats for refusing to talk about it at all, and the city for sticking to their site after almost a year of deliberations and reports. Why blame anyone though?

Remember, not all negotiations can succeed. It's possible that there was no zone of agreement, that is, no solution that would minimally satisfy the ti-cats and the city. This might not be the fault of any one party. Maybe there is no agreement that would make them both happy enough to sign on the dotted line. That's a perfectly fine and possible outcome of a negotiation.

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