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CARC is a citizens' organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well being of northern Canada and its peoples. We believe in sustainable development and the application of the precautionary principle. Our policy and advocacy work is grounded in solid scientific and socio-economic research and experience.

We don’t want to keep the north as a theme park for visiting tourists, but neither do we want to let the pressures of development destroy the northern environment and society. We are committed to finding another path, which will allow northern peoples to benefit from development without compromising their future.

CARC was born more than thirty years ago as a response to the first Mackenzie Valley pipeline proposal. Since that time, CARC has been involved in numerous northern issues, from helping negotiate an international treaty on toxic chemicals, to ensuring that Canada’s first diamond mines are given the most thorough environmental assessments possible. CARC’s staff operates from our offices in Yellowknife and Ottawa.

Taking off the development blindfold

Taking off the development blindfold

Much of the history of development in northern Canada is a history of blindfolded stumbling in the dark, in terms of forecasting the impacts of development. Many of the impacts were only realized after the development had occurred. For years, signs along the lakeshore in Yellowknife warned of the dangers of swimming in the arsenic-polluted water. In recent years, the federal government has spent many millions of dollars cleaning up contaminated sites left by unplanned development.

CARC Refutes Imperial Criticisms

CARC Refutes Imperial Criticisms

The Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC) is filing information that corrects misguided criticisms aimed at CARC’s work in modeling impacts of the proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline project. The new information will be filed with the review panel looking at the Gas Project. An Imperial Oil participant presented the criticism of CARC’s work after CARC representatives had left the review panel hearing in Yellowknife last week.

Beef Up Assessment of Pipeline Impacts

CARC tells Pipeline Developers “Beef Up Assessment of Pipeline Impacts”

The Canadian Arctic Resources Committee is calling on the proponents of the Mackenzie Valley Gas Project to rework their assessment of the impacts of their proposed pipeline. The almost 1,400 kilometre pipeline would stretch from the Arctic Coast to the Alberta border and would be the biggest industrial development the north has ever seen. The project is in the late stages of a review by the Joint Review Panel that will make recommendations to the federal government on if or how the project should go ahead.

CARC Applauds Improved Arctic Focus

CARC Applauds Improved Arctic Focus

The Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC) supports the federal government commitment to a northern strategy. The strategy, promised in last night’s throne speech, is a great improvement on a single-minded focus on military solutions to sovereignty.

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