The ECOreport reposts news from British Columbia’s ongoing struggle for democracy, Vancouver paddle & carnival protesting Site C Dam
Press Release from the Wilderness Committee
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory – Today, hundreds of people attended the Vancouver, Coast Salish solidarity paddle and carnival to stop the Site C Dam, which was co-hosted by FightC, Force of Nature, Climate Convergence, and Wilderness Committee.
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The ECOreport reposts an appeal for British Columbians to act, tell the GreeNDP stop Site C!
Press release from the Wilderness Committee
By Joe Foy
This has been one of the most nail-biting BC elections I can remember. Not to mention the longest.
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The ECOreport interviews filmmaker Damien Gillis to look behind the documentary Fracture Land
By Roy L Hales
The award-winning documentary “Fractured Land” follows the life of First Nations warrior and lawyer, Caleb Behn as he explores the impacts hydraulic fracturing is having on his community. It will soon be aired on the Knowledge Network. I had an opportunity to ask filmmaker Damien Gillis, What’s behind the documentary Fractured Land?
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The ECOreport posts news from the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan en route to Montreal
By Roy L Hales
The Canadian and British Columbian governments may wish to ignore perceived treaty violations of the Site C Dam project, but this determined group of people will not let them. Their bus left Ken and Arlene Boon’s farm, in the Peace River Valley, Monday. They want to be present when a Federal judge hears the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations argue that this BC Hydro project infringes on their constitutionally protected rights to hunt, fish and trap the lands that will be submerged. The Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan will arrive in Montreal Sunday.
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The ECOreport reposts news of a state’s Utilities Commissions taking a stand against expansion of the fossil fuel infrastructure: Hawaii Rules LNG Incompatible With Renewables
Press Release From Voters Taking Action On Climate Change
Vancouver – Last Friday Hawaii’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) denied the proposed takeover of Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) by Florida-based NextEra Energy. The takeover would have led to a major investment in LNG powered electricity in that state.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED by 12 scholars on the B.C. and Canadian Government Failure To Assess Site C Treaty Rights
Press Release from Canadian Scholars listed below
VANCOUVER, June 16, 2016 /CNW/ – Canadian scholars who express concern regarding inadequate regulatory review of the Site C Dam are focusing on questions of good governance, public accountability, and genuine reconciliation between First Nations and settlers.
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The ECOreport’s radio broadcast Monday, March 28, 2016 on CKTZ: $50 Billion For Electricity BC Does Not Need
By Roy L Hales
British Columbia’s regulatory accounts have been receiving a lot of attention lately. Business Vancouver compared them to a shell game, in which expenses are deferred to the future so that the government can report “profits.” Vaughn Palmer writes that the province has “cumulative long-term obligations amount to $102 billion, with Hydro accounting for the bulk of them.” The item that really caught my eye was $50 billion for electricity BC does not need.
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The ECOreport radio broadcast on CKTZ, Monday March 21, 2016: “Will The Feds Intervene On Site C?”
By Roy L Hales
The controversial Site C Dam project was rejected twice (back in the 1980s and 90s), before Premier Christy Clark’s government decided to go over the heads of provincial agencies like the BC utilities Commission and Agricultural Land Commission. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government issued the necessary permits to start construction during the last Federal election. As Treaty 8 gave local First Nations use of the land this project will submerge, it seems likely that a treaty is being broken. Despite all of this, BC Hydro began what many view as the environmental destruction of the Site C Peace River Valley. Since then a new Canadian government has been elected. They spoke of the need for social license and promised a new era of respect for indigenous peoples. Will The Feds Intervene On Site C?
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The ECOreport reposts the story of British Columbians calling on their government to stop construction on Site C until after auditor’s report
Press Release from Sierra Club BC
VICTORIA –First Nations, labour, environmental and legal organizations are calling on the B.C. and federal governments to suspend construction of the Site C dam pending completion and full consideration of an independent review by B.C.’s Auditor General.
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By Roy L Hales
There has been marked opposition to the proposed Site C dam since the B.C. Public Utilities Commission turned this Peace River project down more than thirty years ago. Dr. Harry Swain, former Chair of the Site C Joint Review Panel, and Richard Bullock, former Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), have become some of the project’s most outspoken critics. Peace Valley Landowner Association President Ken Boon recently informed Canada’s new government of this, when he asked for their help, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to intervene on Site C .
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