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Aerial photo of natural gas extraction in La Plata, New Mexico. Photo: Anita Gould/Flickr
Mel Watkins | A new 800-page book, titled "Extraction Empire" and edited by Pierre Belanger, triggers ruminations on staples and extraction.
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Rick Salutin | The time is always ripe for a dirge led by the literati over the dire downfall of culture wrought by the Internet. The latest is in the New York Times Book Review by Leon Wieseltier.
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Mel Watkins | The famous Canadian historian was deeply touched by the First World War and it affected his career and philosophy for the rest of his life.
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Mel Watkins | In her new book, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin studies the development of investigative journalism and progressive politics in the U.S., faciliated by the availability of cheap paper from Canada.
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Duncan Cameron | The staples story is a cautionary tale Canadians ignore at their peril. As presented by Mel Watkins, the staples model of economic development is central to understanding questions of public policy.
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Daniel Drache | In this installment of the staple theory series, Daniel Drache considers whether the so-called "Northern model" of development can survive this latest incarnation of staples dominance.
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Hugh Grant | Hugh Grant argues that the historical roots of the staples theory enunciated by Watkins go back a little further than just Harold Innis. Learn here about the initial contributions of W.A. Mackintosh.
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Brendan Haley | There is an intersection between the "staples trap" and a new, more ominous "carbon trap," that must be addressed centrally in modern policy responses to the challenge of staples dependence.
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Abraham Rotstein | Watkins' staple theory of economic growth showed how Canada had found a way out of its own staples dependence, emerging as a developed country despite its initial reliance on the export of staples.
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Christopher Majka and Thomas Mulcair
Christopher Majka | At Halifax's Pier 21, once the gateway for emigrants and refugees entering Canada, I sat down with Thomas Mulcair, leader of the federal NDP, to talk energy, environment, economy and electoral reform.