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Reflections on a Labour Day

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 | 0 comments

This is an article I wrote a few years ago for a publication issued by the National Union of Public and General Employees. I don’t think they’ll mind if I re-issue it several Labour Days later. FIGHTING THE NEW FEUDALISM  by Silver Donald Cameron We are the wealthiest people in the history of the world. So how can it be that at the feet of the cold glass...

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Andrew Heintzman

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Andrew Heintzman is president and co-founder of Investeco, the first Canadian investment company to focus exclusively on investing in environmental sectors. He is also the Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario. He sits on a number of corporate boards, including Lotek Wireless, Triton Logging and Rowe Farms Inc. He is...

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David Korten

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

David Korten is an economist, author, activist, and prominent critic of corporate globalization. He is perhaps best known for his bestselling 1995 book, When Corporations Rule the World – an examination of market libertarians’ twisting of famed economist Adam Smith’s teachings and a vision of an alternative sustainable economy based on small-scale, localized...

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Yvon Chouinard

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Yvon Chouinard is remarkable blend of passionate environmentalist and reluctant businessman whose passion for rock climbing led him to create a number of products and techniques that are today standard practice in the sport. Chouinard, 74, is the founder of Patagonia—a sporting gear and clothing company committed to environmentally responsible business practices....

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Rob Hopkins

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Rob Hopkins is the founder of the Transition movement, an experiment that began in 2008, and since then has gone viral with more than 400 Transition Towns worldwide, from Italian villages and Brazilian favelas to universities and London neighbourhoods. In contrast to the ever-worsening stream of information about climate change, the economy and resource depletion,...

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Sir Tim Smit

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Having reinvented himself three times, you could say Tim Smit has finally found his calling as a highly innovative and successful businessman, restoring ruined and discarded landscapes and creating two of the most popular, and arguably, most imaginative botanical gardens in the world—models “for how people can live with the grain of nature.” Smit was born in the...

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Hugo Spowers

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Hugo Spowers—engineer, entrepreneur and former racing car driver—uses his love of auto design to tackle one of the most intractable environmental questions: how to neutralize our passionate addiction to the automobile. So he has reimagined not just the automobile, but the entire auto industry. The result? A car that looks and runs like no other vehicle on the road,...

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Ronald Colman

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Dr. Ronald Colman is founder and executive director of GPI Atlantic, a non-profit research group that has constructed an index of wellbeing and sustainable development called the Genuine Progress Index, using Nova Scotia as its test-bed. The GPI is a response to narrow measures like Gross Domestic Product, which record ecological destruction as economically...

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Chris Turner

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Chris Turner is a journalist, best-selling author, and a sought after public speaker. His determination to find tangible solutions to climate change has injected new hope into the environmental movement. Chris was born in 1973 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, into a military family. He has lived in the Canadian North, the American Midwest, Germany, and India. Chris...

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