BC Hydro expected to announce dates for Site C job fairs this week

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Originally set for Tumbler Ridge, Fort St. John and Chetwynd at the end of July, the job fairs were postponed after the mid-July the police shooting death of a 48 year old Dawson Creek man, following a protest complaint at a Site C Open House in that city.

The Job Fairs will offer local area job seekers opportunities to meet with project contractors as construction moves forward through a series of court challenges.

A fourth one was dismissed by a BC Supreme Court judge at the end of last week, when he rejected the application filed by the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations seeking an injunction to block site preparation work launched last month.

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That was the second Supreme Court loss for project opponents as the same Justice earlier dismissed a challenge by the Peace Valley Land Owners Association and the same two groups also lost Federal Court challenges.

In addition, two other challenges, by Alberta First Nations were withdrawn before they got to federal court, meaning Hydro has cleared half a dozen judicial hurdles.

“Whats outstanding right now is that PVLA has appealed the BC supreme court decision and the West Moberly Prophet River had filed an injunction against the permits that were issued for us to do work on crown land,” he said. “So that’s still outstanding has not been heard yet.”

It’s expected the First Nations permit case will be heard this fall, and they were reportedly encouraged with elements of last week’s Supreme Court decision.

They noted the judge indicated if pre-site work results in a Treaty 8 First Nation losing a meaningful right to hunt, trap or fish in its traditional territory that could result in treaty infringement.

“We are continuing to work with Aboriginal groups to address their concerns and identify opportunities for them to benefit from the project.” Conway said.

In a news release they added, Hydro has agreed not to act on any of its permits in the Moberly River Valley, until the outcome of this case is known.

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