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What’s Missing in the New Federal Climate-Change Plan?

Why has Canada been unable to achieve any of its climate change targets? This is the question Douglas Macdonald’s book, Carbon Province, Hydro Province, seeks to answer. Macdonald explains that the ultimate reason for Canadian failure lies in the differing energy interests of the western and eastern provinces. The book was released back in March, and a lot has happened in the world since then, including the Throne Speech from the Canadian government in late September. So we asked Douglas Macdonald to examine what impact the speech might have on Canada’s climate and energy policies going forward.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte: An Excerpt from Seasonal Sociology

Seasonal Sociology is a brand-new textbook that offers an engrossing and lively introduction to sociology through the seasons. Thinking about the seasons sociologically opens up a unique perspective for studying and understanding social life. With fall now in full swing, we thought we’d share an excerpt from the book. So grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte and learn about the pumpkin spice latte. Why has this drink become such a seasonal tradition for so many people?

A Climate Change Manifesto for University Education

Rae André, author of Lead for the Planet, has written a mini blog series to help us explore how Team Humanity can best address the climate crisis. In her final post, André outlines a climate change manifesto for university education that can equip students with the best possible knowledge for tackling climate change.

A Green and Just Recovery Requires Bold Action. Not Bold Words.

David Miller, author of Solved writes for us on the blog and discusses how Canada can recover from the current global health crisis, by making the case for a green and just recovery that can lower greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.

Being Fat Has a History

Released this spring, Being Fat: Women, Weight, and Feminist Activism in Canada focuses on the earliest strands fat activism, a social movement that has existed in Canada since the 1970s. In this post, author Jenny Ellison discusses some of the research that went into her book and explores how fat activists wrestled with feminist issues of the era, including femininity, sexuality, and health.