Tag Archives: Treaty #8

Behind The Documentary Fractured Land

The ECOreport interviews filmmaker Damien Gillis to look behind the documentary Fracture Land

By Roy L Hales

The award-winning documentary “Fractured Land” follows the life of First Nations warrior and lawyer, Caleb Behn as he explores the impacts hydraulic fracturing is having on his community. It will soon be aired on the Knowledge Network. I had an opportunity to ask filmmaker Damien Gillis, What’s behind the documentary Fractured Land?

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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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Will Trudeau Protect Canada’s Environment?

The ECOreport looks at the Canadian government’s announcement of a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCanada’s new government faces tough challenges. They were elected on a wave of frustration with the previous regime’s petro-politics. Understandably, the oil and gas industry was “very concerned.” Up until now, corporate concerns have taken a priority over the welfare and desires of ordinary Canadians. Yesterday, the government announced a comprehensive review of environmental and regulatory processes. Will Trudeau protect Canada’s environment?

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Poll Finds Opposition To Site C Growing

The ECOreport looks at how even though the information is manipulated, a 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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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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Opinion: The Canadian Government Is Already Damaging BC

The ECOreport publishes a response to one of Catherine McKenna’s concerns, the Canadian government is already damaging BC by not taking action.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe crux of Canada’s climate dilemma was recently played out at the Broadbent Institute’s annual Progress Summit. It was a refreshing debate in that, despite their very different perspectives, all three speakers appeared to speak what was really on their minds. Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips is understandably distressed about the her province’s growing unemployment and $10 billion in lost oil revenues. Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer is opposed to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion because it is “way too much risk, no benefit (for Vancouver), on a planet that is dying because we are burning fossil fuels.” Canada’s Environment Minister does not want to do anything that would cause “tons of people to lose jobs.” But do Phillips and McKenna realize that the Canadian government is already damaging BC by not taking action.

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BC’s Supreme Court Gave BC Hydro An Injunction

The ECOreport examines how treaty obligations were ignored and BC’s Supreme Court Gave BC Hydro An Injunction

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe province’s  Supreme Court granted B.C. Hydro an injunction to remove local farmers and First Nations from 216 hectares they wish to clearcut at Site C. The protestors have been occupying Rocky Mountain Fort Camp, in shifts, since December. They have until midnight to leave.

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BC Hydro Seeks An Injunction for Site C

The ECO report looks into the story behind why BC Hydro seeks an injunction for Site C

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMBC Hydro seeks an injunction to prevent Peace River Residents “from obstructing or interfering with the construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project.”  In one of his three affidavits before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Michael Savidant, Commercial Manager of the Site C Energy Project, claims that the cost of delaying this project will amount to approximately $420 million.

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Treaty 8 Stewards Of The Land Are Prepared To Be Arrested

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

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Local 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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