Hailed as “a myth-destroying blockbuster book” by Ralph Nader, Gordon Laxer’s latest book, “After the Sands” outlines a vision and road map to transition Canada to a low- carbon society: a plan lacking within all of Canada’s major political parties.

Despite its oil abundance, Canada is woefully unprepared for the next global oil supply crisis. Canada imports 40 percent of its oil, yet—unlike twenty-six of the other twenty-eight international energy agency members—has no strategic petroleum reserves to meet temporary shortages. Canadians use 27 to 39 percent more oil per capita than other sparsely populated, northern countries like Norway, Finland and Sweden.

Speaker: Gordon Laxer, PhD

Gordon Laxer is the founding director and former head of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. A political economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, Laxer is a prominent public intellectual. He has been widely published in both newspapers and academic journals, and has authored several other books, including “Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada”

Moderator: Trevor Harrison

Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Time: Noon – 1:30 pm Location: Room L1060 in the U of L Library Building

Free and open to everyone, the Department of Sociology is pleased to host Dr. Gordon Laxer as he presents his latest book. Co-sponsored by the Parkland Institute and SACPA.

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