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By Jean L. Manore

such a lot actions in our lives contain electrical energy. but, how usually can we remember that even the straightforward act of turning on a gentle is supported by way of a protracted historical past of debates over crew vs. person rights, environmental influence, political agendas and technological options?

utilizing identical to cross-currents because the organizing metaphor, this e-book info the numerous and infrequently turbulent interactions and interconnections that happened one of the quite a few humans and occasions throughout the development of the northeastern Ontario hydroelectric method. distinctive concentration is on local and non-Native pursuits; southern company and political elites; northern traditional assets and the interactions among expertise and the surroundings.

Manore concentrates at the co-operation that existed one of the a number of curiosity teams during times of growth and amalgamation. In today’s setting of constrained strength assets, admire for the rights of First countries and ecological matters, this booklet is a reminder that co-operation instead of conquest is a extra real looking method of improvement.

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The Fasken brothers were the first to supply power to the gold and silver mines of 46 Cross-Currents northeastern Ontario, starting with the Porcupine mines near Timmins. Alex was a fixture in the North until his death in 1944. A lawyer by profession and a businessman in practice, he served as president of the Nipissing mine in Cobalt, director of the Dome mine, and vice-president of Beattie Gold Mines. 29 The Faskens’ original Wawaitin Falls site included a concrete dam 1600 metres long which diverted the water into a 2000 metre canal.

Specifically, when Northern Canada Power raised the output of its generating station at Wawaitin Falls, a portion of Mattagami Indian Reserve was flooded. The Mattagami First Nation objected to the 39 40 Cross-Currents loss of their land but unlike the mining companies, they had no effective weapon to use against Northern Canada Power: neither the government nor the courts would defend Aboriginal uses of the land. The growth of logging and mining industries in the northeast stimulated interest in utilizing water power as an energy source.

To] develop and utilize the water privilege situated on the lands hereby demised . . ’’28 The Northern Canada Power Company, owned and operated by Alexander Fasken and his brother David, took over construction of the Wawaitin generating station and completed it in 1912. The Fasken brothers were the first to supply power to the gold and silver mines of 46 Cross-Currents northeastern Ontario, starting with the Porcupine mines near Timmins. Alex was a fixture in the North until his death in 1944.

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