• Economy

    We look at the commercial economy as a subset of the entire wealth creation process and differentiate between the commercial economy and human well-being. more >

  • Environment

    We make the case for the necessity of a healthy environment, illustrate the decline of various elements of the environment and discuss the consequences and possible forecasts of environmental decline more >

  • Population

    Aspects of the population issue. We look at aging vs the real trend of demographic transition. We look at the population as not just a measure of the size of the market but as individuals living in a complex and interdependent world. Like consumption, population growth forever is illustrated as impossible and suicidal. We illustrate the human population cycles of the past and try and pinpoint our place on the current cycle. more >

  • Social Welfare

    Social welfare is the ability of a society to offer all of its citizens social services and a stable income that is sufficient enough to provide an adequate level of well-being. The level of social welfare and equality will be reflected in the levels of health and happiness of its citizens. We present many aspects of these issues and promote more comprehensive methods of well-being. more >

Towards a
Sustainable Society 

 

Please join our efforts to make Canada a social and environmental leader.   

Canada is continuing to pursue a course of non-stop growth through reckless resource exploitation, rapid population growth and increasing consumption.  These actions are done in the name of growing the economy.   The real world results of this antiquated mandate are rising carbon emissions, increasing public and private debt, loss of prime farmland plus growing debt and inequality. 

The size of the commercial economy has been placed ahead of the common good.  This approach is not sustainable environmentally, socially or fiscally either nationally or globally.  Infinite

growth is impossible on a finite planet.

What is the sustainable alternative?  

  • A much broader based economy 
  • A large number of stable green energy jobs spread throughout local communities
  • Much lower levels of pollution
  • Higher quality of life

Our national policy focus should be on developing human potential and maintaining our environmental assets rather than using our people as consumers and cheap labour to exhaust our resources as quickly as possible. 

The fast growing Canadian economy has produced:

  • The worst record of any industrialized nation for urbanization of farmland and carbon emissions growth  
  • Growth of inequality and debt
  • Decline of the middle class
  • high youth unemployment

The quality and variety of productive jobs is much larger in a broad-based, sustainable economy. Growth-at-any-cost comes with booms and busts while a sustainable economy offers high quality, stable jobs in the long term. 

Canada needs to change its focus from the pursuit of continued growth to investing in our people.  We need to produce a more equal society with declining numbers of working poor and a more extensive social safety net underwritten by fiscal balance.  We need to be clear that the welfare of our citizens and the health of our environment, rather than the size of the commercial economy, are what constitute the common good.


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Current Issues

  • The True Source of Canada’s Carbon Emissions

    The Kyoto Accord was an international treaty signed in 1997 at a climate change convention to fight global warming. Our commitment to the Kyoto Accord took the form of a pledge to reduce Canada’s carbon emissions by the year 2012 to 560 megatonnes, which would have been 6% lower than our emissions in 1990.

    In the past, Canada has enjoyed a reputation in the world as a nice guy, working towards the goals of human betterment and world peace from a base of a just and progressive society. But Canada’s status has been undergoing a massive downgrade, due to our policy of rapid growth and reckless exploitation of our natural resources.

  • Why Unemployment Persists

    In Canada, we count anyone holding a part-time minimum wage job as employed. But are laid-off engineers really employed when they are making $20,000 a year, either part-time or self-employed, when they were previously making $90,000? Should jobs paying below the poverty line be counted as real jobs?

  • Understanding Population Cycles

    Human history tells the story of a series of population cycles. The names and locations change but the basic pattern is this:

    1. A small group of humans comes across a resource base (in most civilizations up until 1900, this was soil) and builds a thriving civilization.
    2. This civilization develops impressive art, social, commercial and military capabilities.
    3. Either the population grows too large for the resource base or the resource base is ruined by human overuse or natural disaster.
    4. The civilization starts to show the strain of decline, with the more privileged people drawing further away from the main body of society.
    5. This distance and disparity, along with the shortage of resources, leads to civil conflict, making it even harder for the society to deal with its fundamental resource crisis.
    6. The resource crisis forces large numbers of the population to either migrate or starve. Typically, birth rates plummet while mortality increases. The population declines, either gradually or abruptly.

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