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Why Do the Liberals Push Site C?

By Roy L Hales

According to a recent report from the University of British Columbia, “Site C has more significant adverse environmental effects than any project ever reviewed under the history of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, including impacts on dozens of species, aquatics, vegetation, wildlife, Aboriginal use of lands and resources, and cultural heritage.” The British Columbian and Canadian governments are most likely breaking treaty #8, which gave local first nations usage of the land that will be submerged. BC Hydro has not properly evaluated less destructive, and far less expensive, alternatives like geothermal energy.  We won’t need the power for decades, if ever. Yet retiring Energy Minister Bill Bennett says “Site C is probably the most important thing” he has been associated with and Premier Christy Clark vows to push this project beyond the point where a future government could reverse her decision. Why do the Liberals push Site C?

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Poll Finds Opposition To Site C Growing

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1More than 1,000 British Columbians participated what appears to be more off a spin exercise than a “poll.” Though critics constantly point to the lack of need, respondents to the BC Hydro commissioned survey were asked if they supported the dam “to help meet the rising demand for electricity in B.C.” Despite this, unconditional support for the controversial project has dropped to 49%. The poll finds opposition to Site C growing.

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No Judicial Review of Site C’s Approval

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A Federal judge dismissed the Peace River Landowners Association’s (PVLA) application for a judicial review of the Canadian government’s decision granting environmental approval for the controversial Site C dam project. There will be no Judicial Review of Site C’s approval.

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How Is Proceeding With Site C Not Breaking A Treaty?

The Growing Opposition to “An Ill Considered Project” 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been eight days since the RCMP gunned down a demonstrator in Dawson Creek. According to the Independent Investigations Office, he “approached officers in an aggressive manner and when he did not comply with directions and commands, he was shot.” It is the latest in a series of  actions, which appear to have began with the BC government’s decision to break Treaty #8. Though this aspect of the project is not often talked about, the terms of the treaty seem clear. First Nations were to have use of the lands about to be submerged as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the river flows. So how is proceeding with Site C not breaking a treaty?

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Approvals of the Northern Gateway PIpeline Project have no Legal Merit

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Ecojustice is going back to court again. They have taken the position that the Federal and National Energy Board approvals of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project have no legal merit.
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