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Government Decides Whether To Issue New Site C Permits

The ECOreport looks at Prime Minister Trudeau’s choice: the Canadian government decides whether to issue new Site C permits

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe battle to save the Peace River Valley is not over. First Nations and local farmers are continuing the fight in court. Though Premier Clark’s government intends to destroy the existing ecosystem to “the point of no return,” in the weeks to come the Canadian government decides whether to issue new Site C permits.

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Continued Miscarriage of Government at Site C

The ECOreport summarizes new evidences of the continued miscarriage of government at Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe proposed $12 billion Site C Dam has been controversial since it was originally proposed, more than 50 years ago. This project appears to violate Treaty 8, which granted use of the land that will be submerged to local First Nations. The B.C. Utilities Commission turned the project down twice, because B.C. Hydro could not prove there was a need for the power. Many believe that is why Premier Christy Clark’s Government has not allowed the commission to review the project during her tenure. The Canadian Government is now deeply involved in this project, which means local landowners, First Nations and environmentalists are attempting to defend the Peace River Valley against the very people who were elected to look after their interests. There are new evidences of the continued miscarriage of government at Site C.

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Will The Feds Intervene On Site C?

The ECOreport radio broadcast on CKTZ, Monday March 21, 2016: “Will The Feds Intervene On Site C?” 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe 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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Images of the Peace River Valley

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThese images of the Peace River Valley explain: What the province will lose by flooding it; How much the land means to its’ inhabitants; Why people are fighting the proposed Site C Dam.

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What Is The Rush On Site C?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1If Site C Dam is built, construction will continue over the course of the next decade. Thousands of acres of boreal forest, close to 163 archaeological sites and around 28 eagles nests will be effected if during the first phase of construction. There is no current need for the power and the problems keep multi-plying. What is the rush on Site C?

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Mercury Contamination Stiffens Opposition to Site C Dam

First Nations Treaty Rights vs BC & Canadian Governments

By Roy L. Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though construction on British Columbia’s W.A.C. Bennet dam began 54 years ago, fish are still so contaminated with mercury they are unfit for human consumption. Chief Roland Willson, of West Moberly First Nation, said BC started issuing health advisories after the dam was built. On May 11, 2015, he brought 200 pounds of contaminated bull trout to the legislature lawn for a press conference calling on the B.C. government to reverse its decision to approve the controversial $9 billion Site C dam. Willson said poisoning fish is a violation of Treaty #8.

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BC May Break A Treaty If They Build The Site C Dam

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are many reasons to oppose the proposed Site C dam. It will flood what is reputedly some of the province’s most promising farmland. Most of the inhabitants of the Peace River Area, where the dam would be built, oppose the project. There are alternative energy sources, such as geothermal, which BC Hydro has not explored. The most serious objection, however, is BC may break a treaty if they build the Site C Dam.

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