Staples Theory and Canada’s Potential as an Energy Powerhouse

I. INTRODUCTION Staples theory is perhaps Canada’s most significant contribution to the study of political economy. The theory was developed inductively in the 1920s and 1930s as an attempt to create an approach that attended to the particularities of Canada (Howlett et al., 1999). Early staples theorists found liberal and socialist approaches inadequate when applied … Continue reading Staples Theory and Canada’s Potential as an Energy Powerhouse

From Ice Roads to Airships – The Future of Goods Transport in Northern Canada

Northern Canada depends on a vast network of ice roads for the transportation of goods. As a result of global warming, increasingly, Canada’s ice road network is not meeting the needs of residents and businesses of Northern Canada. After detailing the problems with Canada’s reliance on ice roads, this paper explores several courses of action. … Continue reading From Ice Roads to Airships – The Future of Goods Transport in Northern Canada

Canada’s Complicity in the War in Iraq

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien leaves a news conference inOttawa, April 9, 2003. Chrétien says he hopes the U.S. winsthe war, but stands by Canada's decision to stay out of the conflict (Young 2013) On March 17, 2003, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien announced that Canada would not participate in the impending American-led war in Iraq (Alberts … Continue reading Canada’s Complicity in the War in Iraq

Book Review: Daughters are Forever by Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle’s Daughters are Forever is told from the perspective of Marilyn, a 45-year-old Aboriginal woman who works as a social worker in Vancouver. Marilyn has two daughters, Cat and Lindy, both in their early twenties. Marilyn and her daughters love each other intensely. However, Marilyn struggles with the guilt of how she mothered her … Continue reading Book Review: Daughters are Forever by Lee Maracle

Little Mountain – 10 Years Later

Global News report from April 8, 2017 on the community event to commemorate the beginning of the redevelopment of the Little Mountain Housing Project in Vancouver and the displacement of its tenants. I am included in the report. “The B.C. Liberal government justified this redevelopment saying that it needed to be transformed into a mixed-income … Continue reading Little Mountain – 10 Years Later

Local Delivery of Housing Allowances and Rent Supplements in Ontario: Best Practices and Program Challenges

I researched and wrote this report in 2011 for the CPNet@Western Housing Intern and Scholar Programme offered by the University of Western Ontario. The report was submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. I am posting it to my blog now because I believe it is relevant to many of the new … Continue reading Local Delivery of Housing Allowances and Rent Supplements in Ontario: Best Practices and Program Challenges

Performing Property at Little Mountain: A Content Analysis of Protest Artwork

Perhaps the most uplifting protest events at Little Mountain were the art-ins. In addition to beautifying the housing project for the remaining tenants and serving a therapeutic role for many participants, the paintings produced at the art-ins advance a communal property claim to the buildings and grounds of the Little Mountain Housing Project. The Little … Continue reading Performing Property at Little Mountain: A Content Analysis of Protest Artwork