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Chapter 7 – British Columbia  B.C. Overview  Physiography  History  Aboriginals  Settlers & Gold-diggers  Confederation  Staples & Econ. Growth.

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1 Chapter 7 – British Columbia  B.C. Overview  Physiography  History  Aboriginals  Settlers & Gold-diggers  Confederation  Staples & Econ. Growth  Discovery & Myths  Equals in Confederation  NAFTA or “free” trade  Limitless wood supply  Limitless Salmon supply  Limitless investment  Sustainability & BC Future

2 B.C.’s Physiography – Hills, Valleys, Seas Determinants of Regionalism Pacific Air Mass Ocean Currents Alpine environment - 10 ranges - sedimentary - alpine spp. Precipitation - amounts cm/year - types Orographic in west - glaciers m thick - rivers Columbia, Fraser, Peace, Athabaska

3 Mountain Impacts 10 Mountain ranges in one province Access to Prairies, Coast, markets/goods, costs are “locational factors” for business & populations. -West coast “too” rainy -Interior “too” dry, cold -little arable land (sagebrush in southern Interior Plateau) Transportation & settlement N/S corridors Until 1794, this corridor belonged to Spain, then Britain. US claimed it was Oregon up to Russia’s Alaska becomes Can/US free trade zone. In 1846 Britain/US agree on 49 th to coast.

4 Britain wanted Canada to unite in one large nation spanning sea-to-sea. BC was happy with commercial ties to USA along Pacific coast and, the fastest route to England was to San Francisco and by train to NY. Oregon (1859) and Washington too became states before 1867 Confederation. This was economically attractive to many BC residents. Ottawa promised to build a trans-continental railway in 10 years if BC joined Confederation (which they did in 1871). The Rail took 14 years. First BC Census 1881: 4,200 Chinese 19,000 Americans, Brits, Canadians 30,000 Aboriginals To access the interior’s mineral and forest wealth, BC built more railways and ferries and roads: - Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway 1886 (Nanaimo coal to Victoria) this allowed sawmills and logging along this Island route. - Grand Trunk (later CNR) linked Prince Rupert and Vancouver - Pacific Great Eastern (later BC Rail) laid rails between s this reached Prince George (1956) and Peace River (1958), then to Fort Nelson’s forested northeast (1971) Canadian Confederation or US State?

5 Expansion of Railway System and development of BC interior Revelstoke 1906 Rogers Pass 1885

6 History of BC - Settlement Determined by Physiography Top: CPR ballast train in Cisco tunnel (180m) crossing Fraser R. (160m bridge) in 1886 Left: 500 passenger “Sicamous” CPR wheeler of BC Lake & River Service, Okanagan Landing 1914 BC’s terrain required special (and costly) solutions for early development Rail was a difficult option but absolutely necessary for shipping/travel Companies demanded fed. subsidies to expand railways

7 Aboriginal Population and Land Claims? BC’s aboriginal pop. 200,000 (4%) -Very few have settled treaties. -Treaty 8 est. to allow Klondike Gold rush access (1898) -Douglas (14) & Vanc. Is. Treaties to provide reserves/hunt/fish rights A series of blockades, legal action, public protests have forced Victoria to settle By 1994, 42 bands (70%) in process In 1999, provincial & fed. Gov’ts had approved Nisga’a Agreement: -Nisga’a surrender land title -Remove themselves Indian Act -Cede portion tax-free status -BC supplies the land & 30% cash -Ottawa supplies 70% of the cash settlement Traditional salmon fishing Nisga’a Bands Receive -access to fish/forest resources; -self-government powers; -Native judicial system & police km2 land -$490M cash, grants settlement

8 BC’s Continental Shelf (CS) is smaller than the Atlantic shelf. Although BC has exploration/exploitation rights on CS to 200nm, no devel. yet Control of Fishing Rights to 200-mile EEZ limit often disputed with US/others. Canada & Us est. Pacific Salmon Treaty (1985) to limit catch but, though stocks decline, US has not reduced catch. Canada has 1/3. Sea as BC resource is less important than interior & mountain resources - fish (25,000 or more full- and part-time jobs, 4500 fishing vessels) - recreation (increasing steadily, but harvests much less than comm.) - shipping/travel very important (Vancouver second after Montreal) The Sea & its Regional Impact

9 Canadian Coastal Waters under Oceans Act MaritimeZoneDefinition Nm (nautical mile = 1.85km) Rights/ Responsibilities as Canada’s territory Territorial Sea (TS) Extends 12 nm from low water mark (baseline) Nation (Canada) has full rights/responsibilities in this zone Contiguous Zone (CZ) Extends 12 nm from edge of TS Can prevent and take action wrt offences committed: fiscal customs/immigration sanitary Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Extends 200 nm from baseline (ie. 370km) wrt exploration/exploitation of living/non-living resources of waters, subsoil, seabed, do research, environ. protection 1998 Year of the Ocean

10 1832- begin export lumber from Van. Island to UK, US, Mexico, China coal in Nanaimo for California Gold Rush up Fraser R est. canneries Skeena, Delta Fisheries in the BC Economy Decline of Atlantic Canada’s Cod & Salmon signaled “Tragedy of the Commons” management style

11 Capilano Key Topic – Forestry in BC Wet Coastal Forests & Dry Interior Forests - 4 Forest Subregions differ in rainfall, soils, temperature Dry – Pond. Pine Engelmann Spruce - Pulp Dry – Pond. Pine D. Fir Remote - Smaller trees Muskeg & Poorly drained soils

12 BC’s Forestry – Staples Production and a Hinterland Economy

13 Pulp, Paper and Lumber Wood is processed in a number of ways depending on products desired, availability of technology: Better quality, or rarer wood is usually sawn into lumber or veneer (thin sheets): ex. Ponderosa Pine, Beech, Cherry, Walnut, Cedar, etc. Spruce, fir, poplar also used for lumber, but mainly pulp. More abundant or lower strength wood is made into pulp: Its wood fibres can be used for a number of purposes: Three processes are used to make wood fibres or pulp: 1. Groundwood pulp is made mechanically by grinding chips or sawdust into fine fibres used for high-quality newsprint. 2. Thermomechanical pulp is combination of groundwood with chemical process to give greater strength. Groundwood and Thermomechanical make effective use of 95% of wood’s cellulose content. But mechanical grinding create short fibres and pulp with less strength. Chemical pulp mills create sulphate pulp with long fibres, greater strength (only 50% cellu) used for industrial paper, cardboard, etc.

14 Forestry and the Future Forestry is 24% of GDP of BC (cornerstone of BC economy). 95% of BC forests Crown Land long-term leased to private sector. Resource-based “staple production” characterizes hinterland economies depend on unstable markets, competition, technology. Closure of major Bowater pulp mill Gold River (V. Island) because wood fibre supply limited, Asian markets drop, larger mills have better “Economies of Scale” (i.e. unit cost lower). “Management” by short-term gain/profits, harvested by clear-cut and using up most accessible trees first. Rate of harvest (by “timberjacks”) of mature and old-growth stands exceeded regeneration rates of new growth Diversity/mix of economic activity means survival and sustainability. Provincial government imposed lower AAC Annual Allowable Cut and reduced forest leases to protect for future. Management means limiting short-term profits and product diversification in-house: build furniture, doors, struts in BC. NAFTA and self-interest US lumber production is mainly Georgia, Pacific Northwest & Maine at 15B board feet/an. Canada doubles this harvest and 50% exports to USA (Japan 25% EU 15%). US producers lobby Congress to protect their jobs/profits claiming lower Cdn costs/stumpage subsidies are unfair trade. The NAFTA dispute mechanism Bilateral Trade Panel is long/slow.

15  Meltwaters from mountain glaciers and abundant snowfall rushing down deep rocky canyons are ideal conditions for construction of hydro dams.  BC has an abundance of natural conditions, in the Peace, Fraser, Columbia and Nechako rivers.  In Canada, hydro is provincial responsibility  Primarily after WWII, public and private hydro development incr.  ALCAN negotiated 50-yr rights to Nechako (jobs, impacts unknown, no enviromentalists)  Alcan’s Kenny Dam impounded a lake >2x PEI.  1989 Alcan starts Phase 2- protests, but Ottawa refuses EIA. In 1991, work half done, protests escalate. Work stopped, EIA done, project stopped, Alcan sues: gets hydro & low rates for 27 years until Key Topic 2 – Hydroelectric Development in BC  The Columbia developments created a surplus after 1997, decreased US demand. BC tried to encourage firms needing abundant, cheap hydro.  The Peace R. Bennett Dam created BC’s largest lake, Williston L.  Environmentalists have stopped further expansion.

16  ‘With the population of British Columbia growing at twice the rate of the rest of Canada, the presence of British Columbia as an economic region of its own is more obvious as each day passes’ -Preston Manning 2002  Transition from hinterland “Gastown” sawmill pop. 250k (1867)  to heartland Vancouver 2M (2001); BC 4M 13.2% pop Canada Emergence Tertiary Sector Labour Force 2001 Primary Sector: Logging (2%) Wood-Processing (10%) Tertiary Sector: Management, Computers, Advertising, Architecture, Engineering [Ballard], etc. Tourism (Asia, Canada, US, EU) Challenges: 1) Regain high economic growth rate 2) Avoid environm. deterioration 3) Reduce/Manage mounting pressure on resource sector (agricultural lands, old-growth forests, salmon stocks.

17 The Immigrant-Resident Faultline  There have been tensions resulting from violence on numerous occasions along racial/ethnic conflicts.  Immigrants from Hong Kong, who came to Canada when the British protectorate ended in 1997, have returned expressing that Canada did not suitably reflect the environment they had hoped for.  Canada’s aging population, including the “baby boomers” have chosen BC as the retirement region of choice – in particular, Vancouver, the Island, and the Okanagan.

18 Canada’s Retirement Destination of Choice

19 Acknowledgements The Canadian CD_ROM Resource Collection, 1999, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart  Photos first page, Capilano, traditional salmon fishing, fuelcell auto, falls: The Canadian CD_ROM Resource Collection, 1999, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart  CPR Photos: CPR Archives webpage: accessed Feb. 26, Bone, Robert The Regional Geography of Canada (Ed. 2). Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.  Maps: Bone, Robert The Regional Geography of Canada (Ed. 2). Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. from computer program, Human Activity and the Environment, Geography Department, University of Ottawa  Tables Fishing/Forestry: from computer program, Human Activity and the Environment, Geography Department, University of Ottawa


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