Communities, Development, and Sustainability across Canada
320 pages, 6 x 9
8 colour illustrations, 3 maps
Release Date:10 May 2000
Release Date:01 Jun 1999
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Communities, Development, and Sustainability across Canada

UBC Press

What is a sustainable community? The pressing need to answer this simple question is what prompted John Pierce and Ann Dale to gather the essays in this volume. Communities, Development, and Sustainability across Canada is a timely synthesis of work on how Canadian communities can achieve sustainable development. It bridges the gap between theory and praxis and brings together academics, policy makers, and community activists, all of whom have argued for increased local participation in sustainable community development. Communities have become the weak link in efforts to refashion relations between the environment and the economy. The goal of this book is not simply to describe problems but also to suggest answers, not simply to offer theory but also to promote action, so that Canadian communities can better achieve sustainable development.

The twelve essays are organized into four sections: Vision, Connections, Action, and Assessing Progress. The first and last sections discuss local sustainable development within the context of increasing globalization. The second section approaches sustainable development from the perspective of social evolution and urban systems. The third section, the heart of the book, is comprised of three community case studies, an assessment of the Pacific salmon fishery, and four general discussions of sustainable development. The conclusion reiterates the need to make communities stronger links in sustainable development.

The message of Communities, Development, and Sustainability across Canada is clear: it is time for communities themselves to act if they are to achieve sustainable development. This provocative and persuasive book will prove to be a valuable guide to taking the first steps.

John T. Pierce teaches in the Department of Geography and is Dean of Arts at Simon Fraser University. Ann Dale is Senior Associate at the Sustainable Development Research Institute of the University of British Columbia and Vice-President, Research, of the Canadian Biodiversity Institute in Ottawa.

Figures, Tables, and Maps

Preface: The Importance of Community / Hon. Clifford Lincoln, MP

Introduction / Ann Dale



1. Sustainable Development Begins at Home: Community Solutions to Global Problems / Marcia Nozick



2. Social Evolution and Urban Systems: Directions for Sustainability / Robert Woollard and William Rees



3. Systemic Crisis in Rural Newfoundland: Can the Outports Survive? / Rosemary E. Ommer and Peter R. Sinclair

4. Community Change in Context / Christopher R. Bryant

5. Northern Communities and Sustainable Development in Canada's North / Timothy McTiernan

6. Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Agriculture on the Prairies / Michael E. Gertler

7. The Canadian Pacific Salmon Fishery: Issues in Resource and Community Sustainability / Richard Schwindt

8. Incorporating Postproductivist Values into Sustainable Community Processes / Alison Gill and Maureen Reed

9. Natural Capital and Social Capital: Implications for Sustainable Community Development / Mark Roseland

10. The Civic State, Civil Society, and the Promotion of Sustainable Development / Bryan H. Massam and Jill Dickinson


Assessing Progress

11. Concepts, Cosmologies, and Commitment: Using Biodiversity Indicators in Critical Zones Models / Thomas C. Meredith



12. Making Communities the Strong Link in Sustainable Development / John T. Pierce




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