Too Good to Be TrueFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889223547 | paperback / softback

$29.95 | 352 pages | Pub. Date: 1995
6.00 W × 9.00 H × 1 D inches
Non-Fiction | Backlist | Bisac: POL033000
ISBN 13: 9780889223547 | Rights: WORLD

Too Good to Be True
Alcan's Kemano Completion Project
By Bev Christensen

On January 23, 1995, British Columbia’s then premier announced that he was cancelling Alcan’s Kemano Completion Project. But is such a simple political announcement all it will take to cancel this $1.4 billion hydro megaproject? Many tough questions remain: about who will pay for the cost of cancelling this megaproject, already half-completed at the time of Mike Harcourt’s announcement; about whether or not binding legal contracts dating from 1950 and 1987, between Alcan and the governments of Canada and British Columbia can be broken by a simple political decision; and about why Alcan has fought so hard to preserve a project which makes absolutely no sense, either economically or environmentally.

This book outlines the 45-year history of Alcan’s industrial activities in British Columbia, uncovers the back-room political deals that have made those activities possible, and discusses the roles Canada’s federal and provincial governments must play in their attempts to reverse the dangerous precedents that the Alcan deals have set.

It also examines the consequences for Canada and North America if these governments fail to address responsibly the mess that they themselves have created.

This book is a must-read for those who wish to remain informed on the question of who is to control North America’s vital water and power resources in the twenty-first century.

Short-listed 1996 BC Book Prize: Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

By Bev Christensen

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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