Series - Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry

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Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry

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  • 1974-1977 (Creation)

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45 cm of textual records and 4 photographs

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From 1974 to 1977, Waddell served as Special Counsel on Justice Thomas R. Berger's Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry (also known as the Berger Commission). This royal commission was tasked with reviewing the social, environmental, and economic impacts of a proposed gas pipeline in the Yukon and Mackenzie River Valley of the Northwest Territories. The records in this series include research, correspondence, maps, reports submitted to the inquiry, and summaries of proceedings. It also includes memos and communications, agendas, and other information for Commission members, as well as reports and communications generated by the Commission. Press clippings from newspapers, newsletters, and magazines, cover topics related to the pipeline and inquiry, in addition to the Commission and its members. The miscellaneous files reflect the variety of content.

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Where applicable, numbering from original file titles was retained in order to indicate some idea of the original filing system, which was no longer present when the materials were received by the archives.

While most records in this series were stored in labeled files, some records were stored in untitled folders. Newspaper and other press coverage was removed from these untitled folders and placed in their own file (15-15 [Press clippings]) for preservation and access purposes. The remaining materials became the four [Misc. Commission and Inquiry documents] files; each file represents one of unidentified files or loose filings in the box.

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Justice Thomas R. Berger's archival records are also held at the University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections: Thomas Berger fonds, RBSC-ARC-1031.

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