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Canada’s mining industry comes under intense scrutiny in Alain Deneault and William Sacher’s Imperial Canada Inc.: Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining Industry.
Drawing on reports from United Nations agencies, mining-industry watchdogs, and citizens’ groups at home and abroad, the authors document environmental and human-rights issues Canadian-based mining companies are involved with around the world − with little consequence at home. Canadian federal and provincial governments, Quebec in particular, seem to ignore the tarnished reputation of Canadian-based mining companies abroad, while reaping the benefits of Canada Pension Plan and Quebec’s pension fund investments in the highly lucrative resource sector.
In Imperial Canada Inc., authors Alain Deneault and William Sacher call on the Canadian federal and provincial governments – and all citizens – to demand an end to the forms of tax evasion and political corruption that have long plagued the mining industry. As sociologists have long been aware, people in power have a way of appointing allies who, in a completely “independent” manner, can be counted on to further their interests. Citizens must be vigilant on this issue, and Imperial Canada Inc. is a call to action for critical thinkers who are increasingly concerned about the practices of Canadian-based mining companies.
Last evening at Vancouver Community College (Clark campus), about 130 people celebrated the launch of the book They Called Me Number One, which is currently in second place on the BC Bestsellers list.Wednesday May 22, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Ed Huyck reviewed the play for CityPages.com. A few excerpts follow.Monday May 6, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Ash Tanasiychuk takes pictures. Of Dina Del Bucchia. Nuff said. Oh, and Otters!Monday April 29, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Joanne Arnott interviews Wanda John-Kehewin about her new book In the Dog House:
I can’t really say there were many poets of the past that influenced my writing. I think when I really started to be inspired was when I heard that there were other Native writers, and that wasn’t until I moved to the West Coast in 1991. For some reason I didn’t think it was actually something an “Indian” could do. There weren’t any books in the library that were by First Nations people when I was growing up.
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