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Canadian fiction, Business and economics, Economics, Canadian authors (Non-fiction)
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 case in 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. 2017.
By John Ralston Saul. 2008
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Canadian fiction, Canadian non-fiction, Canadian authors (Non-fiction), History, Canadian history
In this vision of Canada, Saul unveils 3 founding myths: he argues that the famous "peace, order, and good government"… that supposedly defines Canada is a distortion of the country's true nature. He describes Canada as a Métis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas. Lastly, he believes that Canada has a colonial non-intellectual business elite that doesn't believe in Canada. c2008.
By Pierre Berton, Paul McCusker. 1992
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Canadian fiction, Canadian non-fiction, Canadian history
Berton tells the story of how the Canadian Pacific Railway built a railway across the Prairies. More than 7,000 men… and 2,000 teams of horses drove the railway from Winnipeg to Calgary in record time, linking Canada from Ontario to the Rocky Mountains. Grades 4-7.