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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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Union of BC Municipalities opposes logging Vancouver Island’s Old Growth

The ECOreport reposts yet another story of local government sticking up for the people, Union of BC Municipalities opposes logging Vancouver Island’s Old Growth

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

VICTORIA – Yesterday afternoon, mayors and councillors from across BC passed a motion to formally oppose old-growth logging on Vancouver Island.

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Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan

The ECOreport posts news from the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan en route to Montreal

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe 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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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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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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BC Utilities Commission will not Review Site C

The following story is a response to two motions the UBCM passed on Sept 25. Energy Minister Bill Bennett told Alaska Highway News that BC Utilities Commission will not Review Site C

Originally Published on the Alaska Highway News 

By William Stodalka

Despite increasing pressure from British Columbia’s municipalities, provincial Energy Minister Bill Bennett said last week he is sticking by his decision not to refer the Site C dam to the B.C Utilities Commission.

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Strengthening Community Oil Spill Preparedness

Originally Published on the Georgia Strait Alliance 

by Alexandra Woodsworth

Today was a good day. Local government leaders from big cities, small towns and regional districts across BC voted unanimously in favour of strengthening community oil spill preparedness.

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Wilderness Committee: Northern Gateway Panel Approval Ignores Massive Opposition in BC

From the Wilderness Committee

In a long-awaited announcement, the National Energy Board has released the final recommendation from the Joint Review Panel (JRP) to approve the contentious Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project – along with a lengthy list of conditions that must be met for the pipeline to go ahead.
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