Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada

Author: Meenal Shrivastava,Lorna Stefanick

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 1771990295

Category: Social Science

Page: 436

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In Democracy in Alberta: The Theory and Practice of a Quasi-Party System, published in 1953, C. B. Macpherson explored the nature of democracy in a province that was dominated by a single class of producers. At the time, Macpherson was talking about Alberta farmers, but today the province can still be seen as a one-industry economy—the 1947 discovery of oil in Leduc having inaugurated a new era. For all practical purposes, the oil-rich jurisdiction of Alberta also remains a one-party state. Not only has there been little opposition to a government that has been in power for over forty years, but Alberta ranks behind other provinces in terms of voter turnout, while also boasting some of the lowest scores on a variety of social welfare indicators. The contributors to Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy critically assess the political peculiarities of Alberta and the impact of the government’s relationship to the oil industry on the lives of the province’s most vulnerable citizens. They also examine the public policy environment and the entrenchment of neoliberal political ideology in the province. In probing the relationship between oil dependency and democracy in the context of an industrialized nation, Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy offers a crucial test of the “oil inhibits democracy” thesis that has hitherto been advanced in relation to oil-producing countries in the Global South. If reliance on oil production appears to undermine democratic participation and governance in Alberta, then what does the Alberta case suggest for the future of democracy in industrialized nations such as the United States and Australia, which are now in the process of exploiting their own substantial shale oil reserves? The environmental consequences of oil production have, for example, been the subject of much attention. Little is likely to change, however, if citizens of oil-rich countries cannot effectively intervene to influence government policy.
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Scripting the Environment

Oil, Democracy and the Sands of Time and Space

Author: Geo Takach

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319404334

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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This volume explores how to engage audiences both beyond and within the academy more deeply in environmental research through arts-based forms. It builds on a multi-pronged case study of scripts for documentary film, audio-visual and stage formats, focusing on how the identity of a place is constructed and contested in the face of environmental concerns around fossil-fuel extraction in a globalized, visual society--and specifically on the rising, international public-relations war over Alberta’s stewardship of the tar sands. Each script is followed by discussion of the author’s choices of initiating idea, research sources, format, voices, world of the story, structure and visual style, and other notes on the convergence of synthesis, analysis and (re)presentation in the script. Included are lively analysis and commentary on screenwriting and playwriting theory, the creation and dissemination of the scripts, and reflections to ground a proposed framework for writing eco-themed scripts for screen, audio-visual and stage formats.
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Oil's Deep State

How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming - in Alberta, and in Ottawa

Author: Kevin Taft

Publisher: James Lorimer & Company

ISBN: 1459409973

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Why have democratic governments failed to take serious steps to reduce carbon emissions despite dire warnings and compelling evidence of the profound and growing threat posed by global warming? Most of the writing on global warming is by scientists, academics, environmentalists, and journalists. Kevin Taft, a former leader of the opposition in Alberta, brings a fresh perspective through the insight he gained as an elected politician who had an insider's eyewitness view of the role of the oil industry. His answer, in brief: The oil industry has captured key democratic institutions in both Alberta and Ottawa. Taft begins his book with a perceptive observer's account of a recent court casein Ottawa which laid bare the tactics and techniques of the industry, its insiders and lobbyists. He casts dramatic new light on exactly how corporate lobbyists, politicians, bureaucrats, universities, and other organizations are working together to pursue the oil industry's agenda. He offers a brisk tour of the recent work of scholars who have developed the concepts of the deep state and institutional capture to understand how one rich industry can override the public interest. Taft views global warming and weakened democracy as two symptoms of the same problem — the loss of democratic institutions to corporate influence and control. He sees citizen engagement and direct action by the public as the only response that can unravel big oil's deep state.
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Canada’s Labour Market Training System

Author: Bob Barnetson

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 1771992417

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

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How does the current labour market training system function and whose interests does it serve? In this introductory textbook, Bob Barnetson wades into the debate between workers and employers, and governments and economists to investigate the ways in which labour power is produced and reproduced in Canadian society. After sifting through the facts and interpretations of social scientists and government policymakers, Barnetson interrogates the training system through analysis of the political and economic forces that constitute modern Canada. This book not only provides students of Canada’s division of labour with a general introduction to the main facets of labour-market training—including skills development, post-secondary and community education, and workplace training—but also encourages students to think critically about the relationship between training systems and the ideologies that support them.
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Public Deliberation on Climate Change

Lessons from Alberta Climate Dialogue

Author: Lorelei L. Hanson

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 1771992158

Category: Political Science

Page: 266

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There exists in both academic and political circles a growing interest in public deliberation as an alternative to the sometimes adversarial and polarizing public engagement activities that result in the pitting of experts against lay people. Proponents of public deliberation claim that a more deliberative process can engage a diversity of participants in a more guided process that better balances expert knowledge and citizen inclusion. Such an approach holds particular promise where citizens and governments engage in discussions of the most complex and intractable issues like climate change. Given the host of challenges climate governance presents and the global consequences of our response to them, the experience and knowledge shared by Hanson and the contributors to Public Deliberation on Climate Change provide an important framework for advancing public conversations and processes on this and other wicked problems. The lessons contained in the volume were gained as a result of a five year multidisciplinary, community-university research project called Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD), which drew together scholars, practitioners, citizens, civil society members, and government officials from across Alberta at four public deliberations. By highlighting the value tensions and trade-offs and examining the impact that the design of the deliberations has on policy and the creation of conditions that encourage exchange, the contributors aim to build capacity within our institutions and society to find new ways to discuss and solve complex problems.
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Der große Crash 1929

Ursachen, Verlauf, Folgen

Author: John Kenneth Galbraith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783959720762

Category:

Page: 240

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Deputy Ministers in Canada

Comparative and Jurisdictional Perspectives

Author: Jacques Bourgault,Christopher Dunn

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442665181

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

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Collectively, provincial deputy ministers command the largest assembly of government budgets, employees, and influence in Canada, but despite their importance, they have not been the subject of systematic study until now. This unique volume, which deals with a uniquely significant topic, reviews the role of deputy ministers within government, providing a major new understanding of their responsibilities and interactions at both the federal and provincial levels. It also contributes important comparative analysis not previously available. Featuring contributions by many of Canada’s most prominent scholars of public administration, Deputy Ministers in Canada examines a number of factors in the evolution of deputies’ roles. Taking into account social, political, and administrative history, the essays probe topics such as the socio-economic characteristics of administrative elites, the politicization of recruitment processes, the impact of New Public Management, and varieties of ministerial-bureaucratic relations. Together, the essays in Deputy Ministers in Canada make an important contribution to the political science and public administration literature.
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Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Governance in Federal Countries

Author: Katy Le Roy,Cheryl Saunders

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773577904

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

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Comparative studies examine the constitutional design and actual operation of governments in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, India, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United States. Contributors analyze the structures and workings of legislative, executive, and judicial institutions in each sphere of government. They also explore how the federal nature of the polity affects those institutions and how the institutions in turn affect federalism. The book concludes with reflections on possible future trends.
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Shredding the Public Interest

Ralph Klein and 25 Years of One-party Government

Author: Kevin Taft

Publisher: University of Alberta

ISBN: 9780888642950

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 129

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Alberta had the tightest controls on spending in Canada during the very period when the Klein government has claimed costs were soaring out of control. Now, public programs in Alberta-including health care-have become the most poorly supported in Canada. (6 weeks on the Financial Post national best-seller list!)
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Canadian Democracy

An Introduction

Author: Stephen Brooks

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195423235

Category: Political Science

Page: 570

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In Canadian Democracy Stephen Brooks explores the characteristics, complexities, and controversies associated with Canada's politics. Introducing the basic ideas, institutions, and processes of Canadian politics, he asks questions about the nature of Canadian democracy and focuses on issues of individual, group, and regional equality and freedom. Chapters on language politics, diversity in Canadian society, and Canada in the world cover issues at the core of contemporary debates on the quality of Canadian democracy. All aspects of the book have been thoroughly updated for this fifth edition, which includes a brand-new chapter on Aboriginal Politics, expanded coverage of Regionalism, numerous new tables and figures, and editorial cartoons on Canadian politics.
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Amma’s Daughters

A Memoir

Author: Meenal Shrivastava

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 177199195X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

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As a precocious young girl, Surekha knew very little about the details of her mother Amma’s unusual past and that of Babu, her mysterious and sometimes absent father. The tense, uncertain family life created by her parents’ distant and fractious marriage and their separate ambitions informs her every action and emotion. Then one evening, in a moment of uncharacteristic transparency and vulnerability, Amma tells Surekha and her older sister Didi of the family tragedy that changed the course of her life. Finally, the daughters begin to understand the source of their mother’s deep commitment to the Indian nationalist movement and her seemingly unending willingness to sacrifice in the name of that pursuit. In this re-memory based on the published and unpublished work of Amma and Surekha, Meenal Shrivastava, Surekha’s daughter, uncovers the history of the female foot soldiers of Gandhi’s national movement in the early twentieth century. As Meenal weaves these written accounts together with archival research and family history, she gives voice and honour to the hundreds of thousands of largely forgotten or unacknowledged women who, threatened with imprisonment for treason and sedition, relentlessly and selflessly gave toward the revolution.
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Essays in honour of Grant Notley

socialism and democracy in Alberta

Author: Larry Pratt,Grant Notley

Publisher: Newest Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 237

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America the Possible

Manifesto for a New Economy

Author: James Gustave Speth

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300184689

Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

Page: 320

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Proceedings ...

Author: Canadian Transit Association

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Local transit

Page: N.A

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The Economist

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Economic history

Page: N.A

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Der englische Patient

Roman

Author: Michael Ondaatje

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446248293

Category: Fiction

Page: 328

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Der Krieg ist weitergezogen. In einer verlassenen Villa in Florenz sind vier Menschen gestrandet, die Zug um Zug ihre Leidenschaften und Wünsche, ihre Geschichte und Existenz voreinander enthüllen. Ein atemberaubendes Spiel um Tod und Leben beginnt. Der Roman wurde von Anthony Minghalla mit Juliette Binoche, Willam Defoe und Jürgen Prochnow verfilmt.
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Energy Review

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Power resources

Page: N.A

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