Jim Harding

University of Regina

Jim Harding is a retired professor of justice studies at the University of Regina. He is a founding member of the Regina Group for a Non-Nuclear Society and was director of research for Prairie Justice Research at the University of Regina, where he headed up the Uranium Inquiries Project. Jim also acted as consultant to the NFB award-winning film Uranium.

Jim Harding is a long time peace and environmental activist in Canada. He has been involved with anti-nuclear research and activism in his home province for several decades. For two decades Jim was a key member of the School of Human Justice at the University of Regina, where he acted as director in the early 1990s. More recently Jim served for one term as Regina’s inner-city councillor. He now lives, gardens and writes on the Crows Nest Ecology Preserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley.

  • Canada’s Deadly Secret

    Saskatchewan Uranium and the Global Nuclear System

    By Jim Harding     January 2007

    Canada’s Deadly Secret chronicles the struggle over Saskatchewan’s uranium mining, the front end of the global nuclear system. It digs into impacts on Aboriginal rights, environmental health and the effect of free trade, tracing Saskatchewan’s pivotal role in nuclear proliferation and the spread of contamination and cancer. Harding shows that nuclear energy cannot address global warming, nor is there a “peaceful atom.” The book goes inside biased public inquiries; it exposes PR campaigns of half-truths and untruths and the penetration of nuclear propaganda into our schools.

  • After Iraq

    War, Imperialism and Democracy

    By Jim Harding     January 2004

    The war on Iraq is a geopolitical watershed. The invasion is not about terrorism, weapons of mass destruction or even just about oil. Rather it signifies a profound shift in U.S. doctrine in a post-Soviet world. After Iraq traces Iraq’s colonial history, Saddam Hussein’s brutal rise to power and their relationship to Iraq’s major oil reserves. Jim Harding also explores the rise of Pax Americana and the worldwide military expansion of the U.S. following Bush Junior’s presidency. He exposes the stark challenges for international law, multilateralism, the UN and Canada’s independence. He suggests there are frightening ramifications for the US’s own democracy lurking in the dangers of the fundamentalist proposition that we must make a choice in a clash of civilizations, and emphasizes the need for concerted activism to challenge a U.S.-dominated new world order. This essay written in the prelude, midst and aftermath of the war by a long-time Canadian peace activist tackles these vital issues while the events continue to unfold.