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William Sacher has worked throughout Europe, Africa, and Latin America, and has published numerous articles and reports in the national and international press about the exploitation of natural resources and the politics of climate change. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics, specifically for the oceanic and atmospheric sciences, from McGill.
He is an independent researcher of the collective Ressources d’Afrique in Montreal, and co-authored the book Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique, a publication which received the 2009 Richard Arès Award in Quebec, Canada.
November 2013 : Imperial Canada Inc. and Internodes in The Goose (Issue 12/13)
QUOTES OF NOTEImperial Canada Inc.
“… well-researched look at one of the many complex problems posed by global capitalism. Further, the mining industry is a particularly useful lens through which to view these broader problems in that mining is, with agriculture, literally the foundation for the rest of the real economy. Canadians working toward a sustainable solution to the problems posed by mining would bring an international community that is already highly organized for finance one long step closer to organization for sustainability and justice.”
– Saskatchewan Law Review
“A powerful indictment of Canada’s role as a platform for mining firms engaged in highly exploitative and polluting activities in far-flung corners of the global South … and closer to home. A call for much tighter regulation of the Canadian mining industry and for ethical and responsible investment as an alternative model for the future. The publication of this book represents a blow for freedom of expression against the abusive use of SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) lawsuits by Canadian corporations.”
– Philip Resnick, University of British Columbia Department of Political Science
“Through well-documented detail, Alain Deneault and William Sacher show how a permissive domestic policy and regulatory regime and an extreme level of investment speculation combine to allow some Canada-based mining companies to behave deplorably around the world. At a time when the Harper government is rolling back key environmental laws to accelerate resource development in Canada, Deneault’s and Sacher’s hard-hitting analysis and tone beg a timely question: if Canadians want to export—not bad—but exemplary corporate behaviour to the rest of the world, what standards must we hold our mining companies to here at home?”
– Ed Whittingham, Pembina Institute
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