Site C protest moving to Victoria


The fight against the Site C dam is heading to the Provincial Legislature.


The ‘Paddle to the Premier’ will be taking place on Sep.19 with a paddle along the Gorge Waterway from the Selkirk Waterfront to Victoria’s inner harbour.

The Wilderness Committee is working in conjunction with the Peace Valley Environmental Association and Treaty 8 to put on the event.

The Paddle to the Premier is going to bring the dam issue to the attention of B.C. MLAs, says Sandra Hoffman, co-ordinator of the Peace Valley Environmental Association.

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The event will help raise awareness about the impact the proposed dam would have on all B.C. residents, says Tria Donaldson, the Pacific Coast Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee.

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The event will include several notable speakers such as David Suzuki, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, and Susan Howett from the B.C. branch of the Sierra Club of Canada.

Two days before the event, a First Nations leadership summit will be taking place in Fort St. John. Those who are from affected communities will be getting together to draft a joint message to the Premier about their opposition towards the dam project.

The Province needs to look into alternatives rather than putting in another dam, says Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan.

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Despite the controversy surrounding the proposed Site C dam project, it is currently in Stage 3 -the environmental review – of a five step evaluation. According to the BC Hydro website, if the project passes the regulatory review phase, the dam should be completed and generating electricity by 2020.