The ECOreport looks at stories of the a corrupt political process, the rich & connected appear to run British Columbia
By Roy L Hales
More than a week has passed since the New York Times carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News, “If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption, but here (in British Columbia), because it’s not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.” Corporate and union donations to political parties are banned in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario, but not in British Columbia. NDP MLA David Eby believes the corruption runs much deeper than the $50,000-a-year “commission” Premier Clark receives from her party’s campaign chest. The rich & connected appear to run British Columbia.
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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 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 reposts a press release that explains why the protesters at BC Hydro pack up camp
Press release from the Peace Camp
Campers at the “Peace Camp,” who have been protesting construction of the Site C Dam at the BC Hydro buildings in downtown Vancouver since March 13, have decided to pack up rather than fight both an injunction and a civil suit in court.
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The ECOreport posts the Site C Campaign Update for March 8, information on one of the most controversial energy projects in British Columbia
“My major concern with the impact of Site C is that this is my home. This is where I want to raise my children and my grandchildren. And this is where my people are from.” – Helen Knott, Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land, in a new short video from Amnesty International
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The ECOreport reposts the story of British Columbians calling on their government to stop construction on Site C until after auditor’s report
Press Release from Sierra Club BC
VICTORIA –First Nations, labour, environmental and legal organizations are calling on the B.C. and federal governments to suspend construction of the Site C dam pending completion and full consideration of an independent review by B.C.’s Auditor General.
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By Roy L Hales
While 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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A public Letter in which the Peace Valley Landowner’s Association asks Canada’s new government to honour solemn treaty promises & restore confidence in Federal Decisions
November 19th, 2015
Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice
Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
Liberal Members of Parliament for British Columbia
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Honourable Ministers and BC Liberal MPs,
At the outset, let me congratulate you on forming a government committed to making real, positive change both in what the federal government does, and how it does it.
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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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By Roy L Hales
These images of the Peace River Valley explain: What the province will lose by flooding it; How much the land means to its’ inhabitants; Why people are fighting the proposed Site C Dam.
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