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Site C Will Submerge Needed Agricultural Lands

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

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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Environmental Devastation of the Peace Valley

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWhile the eyes of the world are focused on COP 21 in Paris, a dozen Peace River valley residents decided to send the Canadian Government a message. Esther Pedersen, who agreed to become the organizer,  said she was contacted on Monday night. Two days later they gathered at the Old Fort Road entrance to Site C so they could  protest the environmental devastation of the Peace valley.

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Trudeau Has Yet To Intervene On Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere 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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The Protests Have Begun At Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There were around 50 local residents and First Nations members gathered in front of the Old Fort Road entrance to the Site C Dam project. They arrived at 10 a.m. on Saturday, carried signs saying things like “Site C sucks,” “No Consent for Site C,” “Stop Site C, Run Burrard Thermal” and “Shame.” In the photograph at the top of this page, you see them blocking the gravel road, but this was a peaceful assembly and they moved aside when a truck drove up. The protests have begun at Site C.

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UBCM told the Province to Stand Down over Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAccording to a press release from the Wilderness Committee, the Union of BC municipalities (UBCM) has passed resolutions calling for the province to rescind the Order in Council that excluded Site C dam reservoir lands from the Agricultural Land Reserve and refer the project to the BC Utilities Commission. Both resolutions pertain to actions Premier Christy Clark’s government undertook to bypass supposedly independent provincial agencies. While neither are legally binding, UBCM told the Province to Stand Down over Site C.

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BC Should Hold A Plebiscite On Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Such large segments of the province’s population have made their opposition to the proposed Site C Dam known, that this has become a defining moment of our “democracy.” Premier Christy Clark appears to be willfully ignoring the will of the people. She saw fit to put Vancouver’s $2.5 billion worth of transit improvements to a vote, doesn’t a $9 Billion dam doesn’t merit the same direct democracy? If her government truly believes it is acting in the public’s interest, BC should hold a plebiscite on Site C.

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The Firing Of Agricultural Land Commission Chair Richard Bullock

The Latest step in the BC Government’s “War On Agriculture”

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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