Indian Country and Climate Change

Volume 45, Issue 2: March/April 2011

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Our cover story, “No Running Water” by Helen Fallding, former reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press and new manager of the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Human Rights Research Initiative, exposes the horrendous situation on northern reserves where Canadian citizens have no running water in their homes, putting them at increased risk for a host of health problems usually associated with the world’s poorest countries.

BC journalists Dawn Paley and Sandra Cuffe share the results of their investigation into the resistance that is growing against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline that would transport tar sands oil across the territories of 30 First Nations crossing hundreds of rivers and streams through to the northern coast of BC to be shipped onto oil supertankers across the Pacific Ocean.

Zoe Blunt and Chris Johnson explore the ideas of the controversial writer and ecological activist Derrick Jensen. Jensen dismisses the mainstream environmental movement that takes the continued existence of industrial capitalism as a given and looks to market incentives to alter business behaviour, to silver bullet new technologies and to changing personal consumption patterns.

Environmental philosopher Gregory Mikkelson argues that there is a strong connection between rapidly growing loss of biodiversity and growing income inequality. And Canadian Dimension collective members provide a short but handy and insightful guide to both false solutions to the climate crisis and to roads for renewal.

Dimension also invites some of David Noble’s students to write a few words in memory of this CD friend and frequent contributor. The much beloved professor at York University on December 27, 2010. He was only 65 years old.

Table of Contents

Regulars

  • The CD Paragraph: Corruption on Reserves
  • Editorial: Support Wikileaks, Support Free speech and Free Press
  • Around the left in 60 days
  • David Noble
  • Exchange
  • One Native Life: the Company of Bears
  • The Labour report: Right-wing populism and Unions
  • Ecoside: BioMass Delusions
  • Bubble-Bath for the Queer Soul

Focus: Indian Country

Focus: Climate Change

  • The Garden Path: Spurious Schemes for Combating Climate Change
  • Roads to Renewal
  • Why Bolivia Stood Alone in Opposing the CancĂșn Climate Agreement
  • Equality Isn’t Just About the Economy
  • Media as Insurgent Art: Software as a Weapon

Reviews & Bookmarks

  • Gasland
  • The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Always Do Better
  • Climate Cover-Up
  • Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
  • Aboriginal, Northern, and Community Economic Development: Papers and Retrospectives
  • Great Multicultural North
  • About Canada: Health Care
  • About Canada: Childcare
  • Neoliberalism and Everyday Life

Poetry

  • Salut Quebec
  • I am Tired, So I Stole this Poem

On The Edge

  • Speaking Truth is a Revolutionary Act

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