Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

List of Illustrations

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p. ix

Acknowledgements

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

This analysis of the Mackenzie Valley pipeline debate is a case study in comparative ethics. As an introduction to the genre, aim and scope of the study I will first consider how the method I am using in this study relates to other approaches to the discipline of comparative...

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Chapter 1. A Mackenzie Valley Pipeline: From Inevitable Next Step to Public Debate

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pp. 23-40

"We are now at our last frontier. . . . Profound issues, touching our deepest concerns as a nation, await us there." When Mr. Justice Thomas Berger made this comment in 1977 he had just completed one of the most highly publicized inquiries in Canadian history...

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Chapter 2. Different Stories, Different Definitions of the Problem

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pp. 41-56

In our everyday activities it is a common experience to realize that before we react to someone's views we should find out where she or he is coming from. Sometimes, after we have carried on a fruitless argument, and have then had a chance to hear the other person's...

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Chapter 3. "Hard Facts" and the Need for a Northern Pipeline

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pp. 57-72

In response to Project North's June 1976 brief to the Berger Inquiry, the President of Arctic Gas complained that "few people like to face the facts, particularly about the pipeline."1 He was convinced that Canada's national well-being required immediate access...

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Chapter 4. Assessing the Consequences

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pp. 73-88

In this chapter, attention is shifted from whether the pipeline was needed to its likely impact on native communities, and from the National Energy Board to the Berger Inquiry. Although I will continue to stress the interaction between factual claims and...

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Chapter 5. Competing Rights and Conflicting Ways of Life

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pp. 89-110

The churches had decided to stand openly, officially and wholeheartedly on the side of the natives who opposed the pipeline before the hearings of the National Energy Board or the Berger Inquiry had begun. According to some of their critics...

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Chapter 6. Post-ethical Clarification and Religious Convictions

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pp. 111-124

The Mackenzie Valley pipeline debate is a particularly relevant case study for persons who are interested both in the ethical and religious dimensions of the debate and in the role of the churches in Canadian society. These two interests converge insofar as the churches...

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Conclusion

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pp. 125-138

The Mackenzie Valley pipeline debate was not just about a pipeline. It was about the future of the North and of the people who live there. As Project North said in its brief, the debate raised questions about the soul of the nation. It was, however, also about whether...

Index

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pp. 139-144