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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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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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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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Does BC Prioritize Fracking Over Food?

Climate Change, Politics & Agriculture in Canada’s Pacific Province

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s drought is a North American dilemma. Most of our fresh produce is grown there. This is particularly true of British Columbia. Though Canada’s Pacific Province exports a large variety of fruit and vegetables, it grows less than half the food it needs. Only 5% of the province is in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and, thanks to Bill 24, this could shrink to as little as one half of one percent (0.5%). Looking at the lands whose protections are being relaxed, one has to ask, does BC prioritize fracking over food?

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Bill-24: Disabling the Agricultural Land Reserve

The ECOreport reposts an article about British Columbia’s Bill-24: Disabling the Agricultural Land Reserve

Originally Published on the Green Gazette

By Van Andruss –

The original ALR, or Agricultural Land Reserve, came into effect in 1973 under the influence of Dave Barrett and the NDP government. It was obvious to the Barrett government that prime farmland in BC was vanishing at an alarming rate under the pressure of “development,” for instance, 6,000 hectares per year in the Okanagan and the Lower Mainland.
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Some of BC’s Best Farmland will be flooded if Site C Approved

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1If the site C dam is built , it will impact agricultural lands 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.
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Fate of Peace River Valley Hangs on Site C Recommendation

The ECOreport reposts the story of farmers, first Nations and BC ratepayers: Fate of Peace River Valley Hangs on Site C Recommendation

A Joint Press Release

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VANCOUVER/FORT ST. JOHN – British Columbians could know the fate of the Peace Region and their electricity bills as early as this Thursday, May 8th. The provincial and federal governments are expected to release the report from the expert panel appointed to assess and recommend whether the controversial Site C dam should be approved.
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Frack BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve

By Roy L Hales

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BC’s Government has introduced legislation dividing the province’s Agriculture Land Reserve in half. In the South, “decisions will continue to be made on the basis of the original principle of preserving agricultural land.” They want freedom to reconsider how parcels the Northern section will be used.  A news release entitled “Food for Thought” explained this by saying 85% of agricultural revenues came from a mere 10% of the land.
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