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The First Century of the International Joint Commission

edited by Murray Clamen

contributions by Daniel Macfarlane, Jamie Benidickson, Norman Brandson, Meredith Denning, Frank Ettawageshik, Noah Hall, Tim Heinmiller, Carolyn Johns, James Kenny, John Kirton, Gail Krantberg, Richard Moy, Emma Norman, Kim Richard Nossal, Jon O’Riordan, Allen Olson, Raph Pentland, Jennifer Read, A. Dan Tarlock, Owen Temby, Deborah L. VanNijnatten, Marcia Valiante, Brittaney Warren, David Whorley & Ted R. Yuzyk

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2020
Economic Policy, General
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The International Joint Commission oversees and protects the shared waters of Canada and the United States. Created by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, it is one of the world’s oldest international environmental bodies. A pioneering piece of transborder water governance, the IJC has been integral to the modern Canada-United States relationship.

This is the definitive history of the International Joint Commission. Separating myth from reality and uncovering the historical evolution of the IJC from its inception to its present, this collection features an impressive interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners. Examining the many aspects of border waters from east to west The First Century of the International Joint Commission traces the three major periods of the IJC, detailing its early focus on water flow, its middle period of growth and increasing politicization, and its modern emphasis on ecosystems.

Informative, detailed, and fascinating, The First Century of the International Joint Commission is essential reading for academics, contemporary policy makers, governments, and all those interested in sustainability, climate change, pollution, and resiliency along the Canada-US Border.

About the authors

Murray Clamen is an affiliate professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University.

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Daniel Macfarlane is an Assistant Professor with the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University. His research examines Canada-US border waters and he is the author of Negotiating a River, Canada, the US and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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Jamie Benidickson is a professor at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, where he teaches Environmental Law, administrative law, water law, and legal history. His publications in these areas include Environmental Law, Third Edition (Irwin Law, 2008); The Culture of Flushing: A Social and Legal History of Sewage (UBC Press, 2007); Getting the Green Light: Environmental Regulation and Investment in Canada (C.D. Howe Institute, 1994); and an issues paper for the Walkerton Inquiry, "The Development of Water Supply and Sewage Infrastructure in Ontario, 1880–1990s: Legal and Institutional Aspects of Public Health and Environmental History" (Toronto, 2002). He is also the author of Idleness Water and A Canoe: Reflections on Paddling for Pleasure (University of Toronto Press, 1997) and The Temagami Experience: Recreation, Resources and Aboriginal Rights in the Northern Ontario Wilderness (University of Toronto Press, 1989).

In 2004, Jamie was appointed director of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

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Carolyn Johns is associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University where she researches and teaches in the areas of public policy, public administration and environmental policy.

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John Kirton is Associate Professor of Political Science and Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.

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Kim Richard Nossal is a professor of political science at Queen’s University. He is a former president of the Canadian Political Science Association and former editor of International Journal. From 2001 to 2012, he was the chair of the academic selection committee of the Security and Defence Forum of the Department of National Defence. He is also the author of a number of works on Canada’s foreign and defence policy. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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JENNIFER READ grew up in the hills outside San Francisco. A passion for animals led her to a prestigious internship with American Humane's Film and Television Unit in Los Angeles, California, where she worked on movie sets with wolves, horses and many other animals. Jennifer is now a member of the Junior Bengal Lancers, an equestrian society located in Halifax. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and writing partner John A. Read.

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