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Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada

The urgent need to resolve conflicts over forests, fisheries, farming practices, urban sprawl, and greenhouse-gas reductions, among many others, calls for a critical rethinking of the nature of our democracy and citizenship. This work aims to move the ideas of green democracy and ecological citizenship from the margins to the centre of discussion and debate in Canada. Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada offers sixteen case studies to demonstrate that environmental conflicts are always about our rights and responsibilities as citizens as well as the quality of our democratic institutions. By bringing together environmental politics and democratic theory, this path-breaking collection charts a new course for research and activism, one that reveals the deficits of citizenship and how democracy must be extended to achieve a socially just, ecologically sustainable society.

404 pages


Table of Contents

Preface / Laurie E. Adkin

1 Ecology, Citizenship, Democracy / Laurie E. Adkin

2 Unsatisfactory Democracy: Conflict over Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Wheat / Peter Andrée and Lucy Sharratt

3 Regulating Farm Pollution in Quebec: Environmentalists and the Union des producteurs agricoles Contest the Meaning of Sustainable Development / Nathalie Berny, Raymond Hudon, and Maxime Ouellet

4 Modern Enclosure: Salmon Aquaculture and First Nations Resistance in British Columbia / Donna Harrison

5 Fisheries Privatization versus Community-Based Management in Nova Scotia: Emerging Alliances between First Nations and Non-Native Fishers / Martha Stiegman

6 First Nations, ENGOs, and Ontario’s Lands for Life Consultation Process / Patricia Ballamingie

7 Participation, Information, and Forest Conflict in the Slocan Valley of British Columbia / Darren R. Bardati

8 The Limits of Integrated Resource Management in Alberta for Aboriginal and Environmental Groups: The Northern East Slopes Sustainable Resource and Environmental Management Strategy / Colette Fluet and Naomi Krogman

9 Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Bella Coola: Political Ecology on the Margins of Industria / William T. Hipwell

10 Privatization, Deregulation, and Environmental Protection: The Case of Provincial Parks in Newfoundland and Labrador / Jim Overton

11 Managing Conflict in Alberta: The Case of Forest Certification and Citizen Committees / John R. Parkins

12 Beyond the Reach of Democracy? The University and Institutional Citizenship / Jason Found and R. Michael M’Gonigle

13 The Myth of Citizen Participation: Waste Management in the Fundy Region of New Brunswick / Susan W. Lee

14 Neo-liberalism, Water, and First Nations / Michael Mascarenhas

15 Contesti

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