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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.
Adeena Karasick was recently interviewed by Megan Yetman of Ontario College of Art and Design University. The excerpts from this interview that appear on Meta-Talon today – in which Karasick discusses This Poem and propounds ideas about pop culture, Derrida, print vs. new media, and the future of publishing – are published with permission from NIX Magazine, the first issue of which will be available in January.Thursday December 5, 2013 in Meta-Talon
The holiday season is upon us, and perhaps you are considering giving the gift of a good book! Here are the most lovely and readable and immediately compelling books we have produced recently to help you in your quest. Order soon to have them delivered in the next couple of weeks! (And did you know that ours come nicely packaged?)Tuesday December 3, 2013 in Meta-Talon
by Chloë Filson
In a recent Meta-Talon article, “Reflections on Regionalism,” Megan Jones referred to the “quietly profound writers that dwell in far-off corners and dense urban hotbeds of this vast country.” This description points to one of the most important – or at least one of the most critically discussed – tensions in Canadian literature: urban vs. rural.Thursday November 28, 2013 in Meta-Talon
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