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 BC Hydro Ratepayers Association Seeks Judicial Review of Site C Fisheries Permit
Press Release from the BC Hydro Ratepayers Association
Vancouver, BC, Sept 21, 2016 – The BC Hydro Ratepayers Association has filed for a Judicial Review of a fisheries permit related to the controversial Site C dam, arguing that the impact of the megaproject on the environment and on First Nations rights was not adequately justified before the permit was granted.
The permit or “Authorization”, issued in late August by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, “authorizes BC Hydro to conduct specified works and activities likely to result in serious harm to fish.” Environmental assessments of the Site C dam predict the project will cause the extinction of local populations of Arctic Grayling, a 90% reduction in the population of Mountain Whitefish, and substantial reductions in populations of already threatened Bull Trout.
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The ECOreport looks at how the Solidarity Protests Against Site C Reach Montreal today & Ottawa Tomorrow
By Roy L Hales
A dozen creative actions were held in British Columbia Saturday. Most were in Vancouver, where 70 volunteers helped organize events like a “Yoga-thon,” “Guerrilla” Chalk mural and “Drums for the Peace” ceremony. There also events in Victoria, Kelowna and Fort St John. Today, in time for the opening of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations’ court case, the solidarity protests against Site C reach Montreal.
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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 reviews the evidences as British Columbia enters the post peak agricultural world at the onset of climate change: Site C will submerge prime agricultural lands
By Roy L Hales
British 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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The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed responding to attacks on the Site C Dam Project, BC Hydro criticizes Royal Society of Canada
Originally Published on BC Hydro
VANCOUVER – BC Hydro provided a response today to a statement by the Royal Society of Canada about Site C.
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The ECOreport publishes an invitation to attend the best Paddle For The Peace ever
By Andrea Morison
Our campaign to protect the Peace River Valley from the unnecessary and destructive Site C dam grows bigger and stronger daily! As part of our work to continue to build awareness about the issues of concern associated with this project, we invite you to join us at our 11th Annual Paddle for the Peace on July 9, 2016 near Fort St. John, BC.
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The ECOreport reposts an overview of recent events, a web index of available materials and some suggestions how you can participate: SITE C CAMPAIGN UPDATE – May 14, 2016
OP-ED in the Vancouver SUN:
Site C is an environmental and economic disaster by Chief Lynette Tsakoza, of the Prophet River First Nation, and Chief Roland Wilson, of the West Moberly First Nation
“While this government runs roughshod over our treaty rights, it has also shown a disdain for independent oversight, the integrity of the environmental assessment process and the citizens of British Columbia.”
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The ECOreport interviews Chief Roland Willson, a BC government spokesperson & uses numerous other sources in regard to Site C and what appears to be the Treaty Canada wants to forget
By Roy L Hales
Chief Roland Willson, of West Moberly First Nation, said his people celebrated the 100th anniversary of Treaty #8 in 2014. One of the provisions is that they will be allowed to use the land about to be submerged by the Site C Dam “as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the river flows.” This appears to be the Treaty Canada wants to forget.
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The ECOreport looked into why the Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land are prepared to be arrested rather than let BC Hydro clearcut the Peace River valley in preparation for the Site C Dam.
By Roy L Hales
Local First Nations set up Rocky Mountain Fort Camp before Christmas. There were six to eight members of the newly formed Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land sleeping there last night. Spokesperson Art Napoleon said First Nations originally talked about taking a stand near the site of the proposed Site C Dam, but B.C. Hydro’s work crews moved too fast. The once pristine forest that stood there has been destroyed. So First Nations decided to block this most recent perceived violation of Treaty 8 by setting up Rocky Mountain Fort Camp. BC Hydro employees have already scouted the camp. They could be preparing to seek an injunction, but this will not make the First Nations move. Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land are prepared to be arrested.
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