MacNicol, John R.
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The material resources of Canada. A presentation of Alaskan geography, with maps. The origin of the Alaska highway, beginning with a description of Alaska. The Alaska highway as a military road, controlled by Canada for the duration of the war, but with American ownership after the war. The importance of the road, allowing a protected inland route all the way from the United States to its dependency, Alaska, for promoting the war against Japan. An ideal route to transport supplies and troops without danger, instead of by the sea, where they are subject to torpedoing by the Jap submarines. A major munitions route for supplies from the United States to Alaska and over to Siberia, in the event the Japs attack Siberia. The wide right-of-way of the Alaska Highway. A physical description of the highway. The engineering feat of building the highway. Asphalting the Alaska highway. Oil. The oil situation in the world today. The speaker holds out a piece of oil sand and describes it. The process of extracting oil. The oil sand at Fort McMurray. Why Canada is not producing this oil. The speaker advocating the appointment of an Oil Producer to take care of our oil requirements. Some practical suggestions as to how to start this process. Oil in the Peace River area. The speaker holds out a sample of almost pure asphalt from MacArthur Well No. 2 on the Peace, and describes how we could produce the asphalt. Some stories connected with the Alaska Highway. The speaker advocating that a roadway be built through the mountains to connect up with the roadway to Prince Rupert from Prince George. Road connections in the future. Opening up these roads after the war, and along with them miles of arable land for cultivation.