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Once Upon an Oldman: Special Interest Politics and the Oldman River Dam (Hardback)
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Once Upon an Oldman: Special Interest Politics and the Oldman River Dam (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 01/06/1999
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Once Upon an Oldman is an account of the controversy that surrounded the Alberta government's construction of a dam on the Oldman River to provide water for irrigation in the southern part of the province. Jack Glenn argues that, despite claims to the contrary, the governments of Canada and Alberta are not dedicated to protecting the environment and will even circumvent the law in order to avoid accepting responsibility for safeguarding the environment and the interests of Native people.

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
ISBN: 9780774807128
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 229 x 165 mm


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Glenn has carefully documented the sequence of events surrounding this often bitter controversy and has provided a comprehensive analysis of the issues, motives, and actions involved. His thorough review of the geography, history, and political institutions offers readers an understanding of how and why the project emerged. His book is well written, enjoyable to read, and supplemented by extensive notes and references. Recommended for all readership levels, especially for those interested in the interactions between governmental agencies, lobbyists, Native peoples, environmental groups, and legal institutions. -- M.J. Zwolinski * Choice *
In this dense, well-researched, and thoroughly readable book, Jack Glenn examines how this highly controversial project came about. -- Ken Woollard * CBRA 5043 *
An exhaustive chronicle of the battles over the construction of the Oldman Den in southern Alberta ... a definitive chronicle of both the battle of the Oldman specifically and the ongoing struggle to keep some of our natural landscape whole in the face of development pressures. Glenn provides background and reasons for his criticisms that are hard to object to, no matter what your agenda. for anyone who was involved, however peripherally, in the Oldman struggle, this book will be both engrossing and enlightening. For those concerned with the overall government versus environment struggle, it should be equally so. -- Valerie Haig-Brown * Alberta Views *

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