Wilderness and Waterpower
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Wilderness and Waterpower

By Christopher Armstrong
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Book Description

This engaging book explores how the need for electricity at the turn of the century affected and shaped Banff National Park. Today's conservationists and energy researchers will find much to think about in this tale of Alberta's 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.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Series Page
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Table of Contents
  • MAP - Calgary Power Hydroelectric Installations on the Bow River
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Water Falls
  • Chapter 2: Power Struggle
  • Chapter 3: Doubling Down
  • Chapter 4: Downstream Benefits
  • Chapter 5: Selling Scenery
  • Chapter 6: Political Logic
  • Chapter 7: Minnewanka Redux
  • Chapter 8: War Measures
  • Chapter 9: Public Power
  • Chapter 10: Reversing Rivers
  • Chapter 11: Leaving the Bow
  • Chapter 12: Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Back Cover
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