Geog 2RC3 BC nov 3 - Geog 2RC3 Geo of CanadaRegions of...

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Geog 2RC3: Geo of Canada Regions of Canada Pat III British Columbia - Map of region - Majority live in the extreme south corner Introduction - Recent history (vs. eastern Canada) - Crucial position in Canada – link to Pacific Ocean, yet “marginal” position – physical/psychological isolation (see centralist/decentralist faultline below) - Perception of limitless resources; yet - “Environmental challenges”: clear cutting of forests, erosion, stream sedimentation, spawning grounds of salmon damaged - Heartland/hinterland in microcosm: o Vancouver + lower mainland = heartland o Rest of B.C. = hinterland - Upward transitional region (see Chp. 1) - Statistics: o 2006 – 3.9 million (13.0% of Canada’s population) o 9.5% of Canada’s area o 12.5% of Canada’s GDP o Vancouver surpassed 2 million (2006), half of B.C.’s population Vancouver is the 3 rd most significant destination for immigrants coming to Canada (Toronto is #1, Montreal #2) - Share of GDP + population = “strong place in Canada” (Bone, p. 275) YET, faultline?
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