Tag: Lac Mégantic

  • We All Live in a Mediocracy

    A review of Alain Deneault’s book “Mediocracy: The Politics of the Extreme Centre.” Keep reading »

  • Climate Change and Social Change

    Lessons from the oil train disaster at Lac Mégantic, Quebec As the toxic oil from the July 6 oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec seeps deeper into the town center’s soil and disperses into waterways, and as town residents slowly reestablish their shattered lives, the corporate interests that caused the disaster and have been keeping … Keep reading »

  • The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac-Megantic

    “If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who creates the darkness.” — Monseigneur Bienvenu in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables It is always the same. First the shock and horror, then the anger. A terrible environmental disaster inflicted by Beyond … Keep reading »

  • Lac-Mégantic: A Social and Ecological Tragedy

    Québec has just experienced the most brutal ecological catastrophe of its history. On July 6, 2013, a train loaded with 72 cars carrying crude oil derailed during the night. It exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic, a small municipality (pop. 6000) in the Eastern Townships. A series of explosions and a fire completely destroyed more than 30 … Keep reading »

  • Why are Canada’s Trains Vulnerable?

    Good Old Capitalist Cost-Cutting The fireball in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, flashed around the world last week as a very hot news item. Thirty-five people are now confirmed to have been killed, with 15 more still missing and presumed dead, as a result of the explosions of crude oil carried by the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway’s (MM&A) … Keep reading »