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January 1, 2012
WATER, SOVEREIGNTY, AND THE GREAT LAKES COMPACT
Andrew Reeves – April, 2009
The 2005 Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, known widely as the Great Lakes Compact, was signed on December 13th, 2005, emerging from the negotiators backrooms an into the public spotlight. It is significant for both its environmental and international components, and has the potential to become a global exemplar for how transboundary resources can be jointly managed while finding a balance between competing environmental, consumptive, and industrial desires. The reasons for the Compact to be understood as a cause for greater inter-state co-operation or as a catalyst for threats to the sovereignty and security of the nations involved can then be argued before turning to the failure of the Compact to address profits tightening grip on nature in the Great Lakes basin. This paper will then address what role the Compact is likely to have in the future of the Great Lakes Basin.
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January 3, 2011
LOVE AND HUMAN CONNECTION IN THE FILMS OF JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
Courtney Walker – April, 2007
In the realm of identity politics many writers have devoted their entire oeuvre to deconstructing various modes of being, whether they be race, gender, sexuality, or any other sector of identity. While this analysis and deconstruction is vital to re-examining many of the dynamics that adversely affect the way many people live, they cannot account for the totality of human existence. In his two films Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Mitchell 2001) and Shortbus (Mitchell 2006), filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell investigates those things that theorists have trouble talking about, those things that are difficult to deconstruct.
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January 24, 2012
BIG WIND IN SMALL TOWN ONTARIO: RESIDENTS’ OPINIONS AND PERCEPTIONS OF THE WOLFE ISLAND WIND FARM, FRONTENAC COUNTY
Tyler Hunt – 2010
Wind energy is increasingly promoted by the Ontario government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diversify regional electricity systems. Although garnering political and financial support, wind energy has encountered cases of mixed local reactions and social resistance in communities with pending developments. As discovered in other countries, public perceptions of wind energy are crucial socio-political factors in determining wind energy’s success. However, minimal scholarship has examined the complexities of public opinion formation and wind energy in Canadian communities. This research focuses on residents of Wolfe Island, Ontario, and explores their perceptions of a local wind energy development operational in 2009. Information was gathered through semi-structured interviews and provides a case study of the complexities of residents’ opinions of wind energy. Research findings indicate that values of trust and transparency in local decision-making, as well as community-based environmental and social considerations, are critical attributes in solidifying individuals’ perspectives of wind energy.
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