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Wilderness and Waterpower: How Banff National Park Became a Hydro-Electric Storage Reservoir

Series: Energy, Ecology and Environment

By: Christopher Armstrong (Author), HV Nelles (Author)

University of Calgary Press

Paperback | Oct 2012 | #199870 | ISBN-13: 9781552386347
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NHBS Price: £29.50 $37/€35 approx

About this book

This engaging book explores how the need for electricity at the turn of the century affected and shaped Banff National Park. Todays conservationists and energy researchers will find much to think about in this tale of Albertas early need for electricity, entrepreneurial greed, debates over aboriginal ownership of the river, moving park boundaries to accommodate hydro-electric initiatives, the importance of water for tourism, rural electrification, and the ultimate diversion to coal-produced electricity. It is also a lively national story, involving the irrepressible and impetuous Max Aitkin (later Lord Beaverbook), R B Bennett (local legal advisor and later prime minister), and a series of local politicians and bureaucrats whose contributions confuse and conflate issues along the way.


Contents

- Introduction
- The Beginnings
- Canada's First Large Influx of Refugees
- British Immigration Transforms the Colonies
- Immigration in the MacDonald Era
- The Sifton Years
- Forging a New Immigration Policy
- Immigration Doldrums
- Immigration's Post-war Boom (1947-1957)
- Major New Initiatives
- A New Era in Immigration
- The Turbulent 1980s and Beyond
- Developments in the Last Decade
- Index


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