The PFRA and CPP: The relation of local resistance to global land disputes
IS 499 Honours Project, by Shayla Dietrich
December 9, 2013
Access to, control over, and ownership of land is of great concern to development thinkers and scholars. While international development courses tend to focus on examples of land issues and the loss of communal property abroad, recent events in Saskatchewan remind us that the questions surrounding private property, land, agriculture, and development are just as prevalent in Canada. My research examines specific factors shaping existing resistance to neoliberal privatization of public lands. Drawing on existing literature, the politics around the current large scale acquisitions of lands in the developing world are explained and broad parallels between land-based conflicts in different parts of the worlds examined. The study examines the controversy around the privatization of the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act (PFRA) in Canada.
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The Business Case for Sustainability is explained by Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairmen of InterfaceFLOR. Interface is a long time partner of The Natural Step and is a proven leader when it comes to sustainability. Interface's bold vision "mission zero" is the company's promise to eliminate any negative impact it may have on the environment, by the year 2020.
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Knowledge is Power – A guide to improve Enterprise Sustainability
Performance with benchmarks, best practices and impact profiles.
The Business Case for Cloud Computing is explained by Dave Webb in the December 2013 issue of Backbone Magazine
Many of our clients ask us about clouding services… how they work, what are the business benefits and liabilities; and what are the functionality, security and accessibility considerations. Given that these are all important elements to assess, we thought the following link might help in understanding just what cloud services are, the various options and how they work... Happy reading and hope it proves helpful!
Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries.
Alex Steffen explores our planet's future, telling powerful, inspiring stories about the hard choices facing humanity ... and our opportunity to create a much better tomorrow.
Watch the video: Alex Steffen: The route to a sustainable future.
Sustainable development: what makes you hopeful?
While progress towards sustainability is slow, some are optimistic about the ability of science and technology to empower citizens, whilst others look to the next generation to move things forward.
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The Dismantling of the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA)
Bryce Burnett, a rancher in the Swift Current Area, provides his perspective on the dismantling of the PFRA and how it will affect agriculture in the future. Published January 17, 2013, www.mylocaltv.ca
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Community Lands Lost: Canada's Fate at Stake
In April 2012 the Federal Government announced it was divesting itself of 2.3 million acres of Community Pasture lands that ranchers depend on. Now in the hands of the Provincial government, the fate of who will own these lands is at stake. Will they be a part of the ranching culture of the Prairies, utilized by families who have occupied the pastures for the past eighty years? Or will big business be at the helm?
Watch the video, get involved. The future is in your hands
Four ways to create a corporation seeking sustainable prosperity
By Erik Missourian, Michael Renner and Supriya Kumar
In the State of the World chapter titled “Reinventing the Corporation,” the Tellus Institute’s Allen White and Monica Baraldi outline four areas of needed transformation for the modern corporation: Purpose, Ownership,
Concordia’s B-school stresses its green credentials
Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business has made sustainability a point of differentiation, scoring well on rankings that measure efforts to teach students about the environmental, social and ethical implications of business decisions.
Unprecedented world carbon emissions cuts needed by 2050: PwC
(Reuters) - The world will have to cut the rate of carbon emissions by an unprecedented rate to 2050 to stop global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees this century, a report released by PwC on Monday showed.
Canadian Clean Technology Industry Grows Employment by 17 percent
per year over three years to 52,600
Analytica Advisors today released the 2013 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report that examines the industry's job creation, export, innovation and competitive performance, and why the industry is both Canada's first new industry in the 21st century, and a foundation for growth in other industries.
From Trash to Cash - B.C. companies carving out niches in multimillion-dollar recycling industry B.C. companies are already carving out their niches in the multimillion-dollar industry
Metro Vancouver has big plans to convert organic waste to energy or compost. Dozens of companies, as well as some municipalities, are lining up for the challenge, paving the way for a future where composters and bio-fuel digesters will be as common as bottle and recycling depots.
Photos: Ten green jobs with a future - Huge investments in clean energy, recycling and sustainable industries are expected drive future demand for new workers and professionals with specialized knowledge and skill. Here are 10 careers paths with a future in the new economy, according to the business innovation website fastcompany.com.
Sustainable business should be bigger, more impactful and more influential. Sustainability has historically been about reducing and minimizing but progressive businesses are now aiming for big and bold and they aren't afraid to shout about it…