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Why Do the Liberals Push Site C? (Updated)

Given that we do not need the energy, the environmental damages are enormous and we appear to be breaking a treaty, the ECOreport asks: “Why Do the Liberals Push Site C?”

(Originally Published Feb 28, additional information added under “SNC Lavalin” on March 5, 2015)

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. So why do the Liberals push Site C?

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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 The Feds Intervene On Site C?

The ECOreport radio broadcast on CKTZ, Monday March 21, 2016: “Will The Feds Intervene On Site C?” 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe controversial Site C Dam project was rejected twice (back in the 1980s and 90s), before Premier Christy Clark’s government decided to go over the heads of provincial agencies like the BC utilities Commission and Agricultural Land Commission. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government  issued the necessary permits to start construction during the last Federal election. As Treaty 8 gave local First Nations use of the land this project will submerge, it seems likely that a treaty is being broken. Despite all of this, BC Hydro began what many view as the environmental destruction of the Site C Peace River Valley. Since then a new Canadian government has been elected. They spoke of the need for social license and promised a new era of respect for indigenous peoples. Will The Feds Intervene On Site C?

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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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Environmental Degradation At Site C

A public letter from Ken and Arlene Boon regarding BC Hydo’s alleged improper conduct and the resulting environmental degradation at Site C

November 17, 2015
Environmental Assessment Office
Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Re: Cananadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Site C Energy Project. Reference #63919

BC Hydro has recently given a media tour and report to highlight the first 100 days of work on the Site C Dam project.  Media reported on what they were shown, which included decks of wood that Fort St. John mills are expected to be able to handle, and piles of debris that will be burned or mulched.  They also were shown camp construction and talked with a happy worker who somehow thought that building Site C would result in “a lot less footprint than other options.”  However, there are issues that are not in view of the general public and need to be addressed.

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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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NFU calls for Moratorium on Site C

The National Farmers Union (NFU) joined the growing list of organizations opposed to BC Hydro’s proposed mega-dam, NFU calls for Moratorium on Site C

Press Release from the National Farmers Union

The proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River in British Columbia would destroy lands that have provided food and cultural sustenance for First Nations for thousands of years. It would flood over 30,000 acres of fertile land in the Peace River valley, including over 7,000 acres of Class 1 and Class 2 land that is capable of producing an abundance of diverse fruits, vegetables and all kinds of other foods. Its long summer daylight hours combined with rich alluvial soils and the sheltered valley areas provide unique micro-climates and excellent growing conditions.

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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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Cabinet Removes Land from Agriculture for the Site C Dam

Is Doublespeak Government Policy in British Columbia?

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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