Month: June 2009

“Mordor” or “emerging energy superpower”?

Joe Gunn takes a stab at three books, all relating to the Alberta oil sands debate, in this review. Looking at Stupid to the Last Drop, Tar Sands Showdown and Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Joe traces their shared themes and how the books build on each other, making a case for examining our current response to the oil sands.

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A Fair Country

Maylanne Maybee reviews John Ralston Saul’s A Fair Country, and also suggests books that share this theme for more summer reading.

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The Gift of Thanks

What does is mean when you say “thank you”? Kathy Vandergrift reviews Margaret Visser’s exploration of this oft-stated social ritual.

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Economics for Everyone

Economics for Everyone is an accessible, humorous, thoughtful guide to explaining economics, argues Chandra Pasma, discussing Jim Stanford’s latest work.

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Managing Without Growth

Mariel Angus reviews Managing Without Growth by Peter Victor, who discusses how our desire for continual economic growth may, in fact, be limiting, calling us to slow down and shift our priorities.

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Freedom of Simplicity

In her review of Freedom of Simplicity, Karri Munn-Venn shares what was the hardest part of the book for her: the actual practice of simplicity.

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A New Climate for Theology

Sheila McKinley osu recently read A New Climate for Theology, appreciating how author Sallie McFague draws us out into a vision of life that includes both justice and sustainability.

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Journeying Together

Emily Hutten reflects on Greg Paul’s thoughtful work, The Twenty-Piece Shuffle, highlighting how Paul reminds us all of our shared journey.

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From Geneva to Las Vegas: Calvin at 500

In recognition of Calvin’s 500th, Jack McLaughlin takes a look at the pertinence of Calvin’s theology today by reviewing Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport.

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The Hour

As a youngster growing up in Saint John and being Catholic it was customary, even when the schools were closed because of snow, to go to Mass every morning during Lent.

I recently found myself again praying at noon during the month of March, this time in front of the Ontario Legislature. The Ontario budget was coming down at the end of March, and we stood there in prayer, theological reflection and vigil, advocating that poverty reduction be a major way to stimulate the economy in these recessionary times. It was a Lenten moment for me.

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