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Green Candidate Explains What Her Party Wants For BC & Why It Must Be Now

By Roy L Hales

Sue Moen is not willing to accept the status quo. She has a passion for change, for progress, for a re-balancing of society and society with nature. In the attached podcasts, the Green candidate for North Island explains what her party wants for BC & why it must be now.

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Site C Will Submerge Needed Agricultural Lands

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBritish Columbia grows less than half of the fresh produce it needs. Much of what we consume comes from California. The ongoing drought conditions, and a weak loony, have sent vegetable prices spiralling 11.7% this year.  Fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables are becoming an occasional luxury for some middle-low income B.C. families. Though this will only worsen worse as global temperatures continue to rise, the government of BC is far more preoccupied with the get-rich promise of mega-energy projects. Once it is completed, Site C will submerge prime agricultural lands.

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Images of the Peace River Valley

By Roy L Hales

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

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Site C Dam Project Needs To Be Delayed For Two Years

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After a careful examination of BC Hydro’s analysis of the Site C Dam project, energy economist Robert McCullough concluded, “Nobody in their right mind would build anything today.” The 5,100 GW of electricity this facility would produce is not needed. It probably will not be needed before 2028. Ratepayers will save $200 million if construction of the Site C Dam is delayed for two years. In fact, “A longer delay will very likely generate higher net savings.” This was one of many factors that led McCullough, the economist who busted Enron, to conclude the Site C dam project needs to be delayed for two years.

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The Firing Of Agricultural Land Commission Chair Richard Bullock

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The firing of Agricultural Land Commission Chair Richard Bullock has already been called the latest step in the BC Government’s war on agriculture. Though he was appointed by cabinet, Bullock was the head of a supposedly “independent administrative tribunal dedicated to preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming in British Columbia.” He also opposed Bill 24, which weakened protections on 90% of the province’s agricultural land reserve (ALR). There are huge issues with oil and gas underneath some of the agricultural land in the Northeast corner of BC. On April 8, cabinet overrode the ALC to remove 4,000 hectares from the Agricultural Land Reserve in the Peace River Valley, so they could be flooded if/when the Site C Dam is built. Bullock defended agricultural lands against these developments. Yesterday, the government dismissed him in a 30-second phone call.

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Cabinet Removes Land from Agriculture for the Site C Dam

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In addition to being one of the province’s most promising agricultural areas, the Peace River Valley sits on the Montney shale formation and location of the proposed Site C Dam. A Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson recently informed the ECOreport that the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) makes the decisions regarding land zoned for agricultural use . “The ALC is an administrative tribunal – arm’s length from government – and government does not interfere in that independent decision-making process.” He did not mention the fact two weeks prior to our interview, Cabinet Removed Land from ALC for the Site C Dam.

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Some of BC’s Best Farmland will be flooded if Site C Is Approved

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1This is agricultural land capable of producing as wide a variety of crops as the Fraser Valley. Close to  9,429 acres of class 1-5 farmland  will be flooded. Another 4,451 acres will be used for the dams, roads or is subject to erosion. Some of BC’s best farmland will be flooded if Site C is approved.
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