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Communities, Development, and Sustainability across Canada

What is a sustainable community? The pressing need to answer this simple question is what prompted John Pierce and Ann Dale to gather the essays in this volume. Communities, Development, and Sustainability across Canada is a timely synthesis of work on how Canadian communities can achieve sustainable development. It bridges the gap between theory and praxis and brings together academics, policy makers, and community activists, all of whom have argued for increased local participation in sustainable community development. Communities have become the weak link in efforts to refashion relations between the environment and the economy. The goal of this book is not simply to describe problems but also to suggest answers, not simply to offer theory but also to promote action, so that Canadian communities can better achieve sustainable development.

320 pages

Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, and Maps

Preface: The Importance of Community / Hon. Clifford Lincoln, MP

Introduction / Ann Dale


1. Sustainable Development Begins at Home: Community Solutions to Global Problems / Marcia Nozick


2. Social Evolution and Urban Systems: Directions for Sustainability / Robert Woollard and William Rees


3. Systemic Crisis in Rural Newfoundland: Can the Outports Survive? / Rosemary E. Ommer and Peter R. Sinclair

4. Community Change in Context / Christopher R. Bryant

5. Northern Communities and Sustainable Development in Canada's North / Timothy McTiernan

6. Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Agriculture on the Prairies / Michael E. Gertler

7. The Canadian Pacific Salmon Fishery: Issues in Resource and Community Sustainability / Richard Schwindt

8. Incorporating Postproductivist Values into Sustainable Community Processes / Alison Gill and Maureen Reed

9. Natural Capital and Social Capital: Implications for Sustainable Community Development / Mark Roseland

10. The Civic State, Civil Society, and the Promotion of Sustainable Development / Bryan H. Massam and Jill Dickinson

Assessing Progress

11. Concepts, Cosmologies, and Commitment: Using Biodiversity Indicators in Critical Zones Models / Thomas C. Meredith


12. Making Communities the Strong Link in Sustainable Developme

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