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Yet in the arenas of economic development, social dislocation, and environmental impact, each project differs markedly. Simple categorical judgments tend to substitute moral assertions for critical inquiry. This chapter introduces the James Bay project as a whole and identifies a range of contexts - environmental, social, and political - that help define the contours of analysis and situate the specific issues in the chapters that follow. One-third of the world's fresh water is found within Canada and half of that (sixteen percent of the world total) is in Quebec.
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What is the proper way to deal with interaction effects, cumulative impacts, and non-linear processes in thinking about the impact of the James Bay project? The ecosystem models implicit in much environmental impact assessment now seem inappropriately simplistic; social impact assessment has been hampered by the absence of any workable models at all. Today, it is clear that we cannot come to terms with the behaviour of fish or animal stocks without understanding their place in the ecosystems to which they belong.