22 Aug '11, 4pm

Blame Canada!

Blame Canada!

Although Canada pretends to be a jolly green giant, it is actually a resource-exploiting Jekyll and Hyde. Whenever global demand for metals and minerals booms, Canada takes on a sinister personality. And whenever export markets shrivel, the country temporarily retreats into a kindly figure with no memory of the misdeeds of his alter ego. But for most of Canada’s history, the nasty Mr. Hyde has dominated the nation’s economic life as a hewer of wood, a netter of fish, a dammer of rivers, and a miner of metals. The world’s second-largest country (after Russia) even traces its origins to a British business monopoly: the Hudson Bay Company, which set up the dismal pattern that persists today by emptying the nation’s forests and rivers of furs to feed Europe’s luxury hat market. Next came dried and salted cod, which cheaply fed slave plantations in the Caribbean and the America...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/blame-canada

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