Gazette: Montreal to host conference on reducing growth

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to degrowth.]

By Michelle Lalonde, GAZETTE ENVIRONMENT REPORTER May 10, 2012 5:02 PM

MONTREAL – Just as events are forcing Quebecers to debate some fundamental questions about our economy and our future, five Montreal universities happen to be hosting a weeklong conference on “degrowth” – a movement that questions whether economic growth should be our society’s primary goal.

The Occupy movement, the recent record-breaking Earth Day march in Montreal, concerns over the push to develop northern Quebec and the continuing student strikes are all signs that many Quebecers are questioning the “business-as-usual” approach to economic development.
Photograph by: Marie-France Coallier , Gazette file photo

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