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.