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November saw nearly 300 fewer workers on Site C compared to previous month

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. —  The latest employment statistics published by BC Hydro for the Site C dam show that there was a drop of 293 workers compared to October, which also had several hundred fewer workers than the month prior. In November, there were a total 1,681 people employed at Site C. The number of contractors on site dropped...

Angus Reid poll finds more than half of B.C. residents agree with continuing construction of Site C

VANCOUVER, B.C. –  A new Angus Reid poll says that the NDP government’s decision on December 11th to continue construction of the Site C dam is being met with the approval of just over half of British Columbians. During a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, it was found that BC Hydro was going to miss its September 2019 deadline...

Site C Affordable Housing land chosen, sale pending: BC Housing

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - BC Housing is now taking the next steps towards breaking ground on the Site C Affordable Housing project. A spokesperson with BC Housing says they originally issued a request for information back in March of 2015. The proposed site is at 9404 93 Avenue.  "BC Housing publicly issued a Request for Information on March 6, 2015, encouraging proponents...

Sierra Club report predicts cost of Site C will increase significantly

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A report released by Sierra Club B.C. today makes the case that the provincial government is going to leave residents to foot the bill for the Site C dam as LNG companies will pay a heavily-reduced rate for electricity. According to the environmental group’s report, the $8.3 billion Site C has increased roughly 127 percent...

Hydro asking hunters to not shoot near linemen doing Site C work

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has issued an advisory asking members of the public, especially hunters, to be aware of work progressing on the Site C dam’s transmission line corridor. Hydro said that the planned work on the 75-kilometre corridor, which stretches from the Peace Canyon Dam to the construction site south of Fort St. John, is resuming...

Province proposes increased moose-hunting to compensate for Site-C construction

To compensate for the impact of the Site-C dam, the B.C. government has proposed increasing moose-hunts for the Saulteau First Nation, according to The Province. A representative with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources said this proposal to restrict licensed hunting opportunity in favour of those holding Section 35 rights under the Constitution Act of 1982, and compensate for Site C-related impacts --...

35 per cent of Site C workers aren’t from B.C.: FOI request

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – According to a Freedom of Information request made by the BC Building Trades in December, only 65 per cent of the 482 construction workers on the Site C project in November were from B.C. The response from BC Hydro came in 103 days after the request was filed. BC Building Trades says Minister of Energy and Mines...

PVLA and PVEA call on Auditor General to examine Site C decision

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace Valley Landowner Association and Peace Valley Environment Association are calling on Auditor General Carol Bellringer to review the provincial government’s decision to continue building the Site C dam. In an open letter to the Auditor General on behalf of both the PVLA and PVEA, Botterell Law Corp. asks Bellringer to audit the NDP...

Group of three unions looking to raid CLAC’s Site C workers

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A group of three labour unions is seeking to have the unionized workers employed by the Site C project’s largest contractor ditch their current union and take over representing them. The TEL Group, comprised of The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 213, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115, and the Construction and Specialized...

B.C. Supreme Court grants injunction against Site C protesters

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The B.C. Supreme Court has granted an injunction to remove Site C protesters from Rocky Mountain Fort, after BC Hydro sought one as it alleged the protesters were blocking construction on the hydroelectric dam project. The judge has found that BC Hydro's case meets the requirements for an injunction, and that there are risks that the project could be delayed as a result of...

BC Hydro selects preferred proponent for Site C’s generating station and spillways contract 

VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Hydro has selected the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership as its preferred proponent for the generating station and spillways civil works contract on the Site C dam. The contract for the generating station and spillways civil works is the second largest that will be awarded for Site C and includes work associated with the dam’s powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and...

Site C Contractor Petrowest, to file for receivership

CALGARY, A.B. - Petrowest Corporation will file for receivership on Tuesday. According to a press release late Sunday, Petrowest Corporation, one of three companies that joined together to form Peace River Hydro Partners will seek receivership in an Alberta court. Banks for Petrowest Corporation have provided notice demanding immediate repayment of all amounts owing.  The company and it’s banks created a...

LISTEN LIVE: Decision on the Site C Dam project

VICTORIA, B.C. - Energeticcity.ca will carry the announcement live from Victoria via our Facebook page or you can watch the video embedded in this story. Premier John Horgan announced on Sunday that a press conference will be held at 12:30 p.m. Mountain time (11:30 a.m. Pacific time), to announce the NDP Governments decision on the Site C Dam project. The live...

The pros and cons of building a Site C dam

“This decision will benefit future generations," Minister of the Environment, Leona Aglukkaq said yesterday in a written statement. "Over the life of the project, Site C is expected to help mitigate the growth in greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by preventing the discharge of between 34 to 76 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent... Our government is committed to making environmental assessment decisions...

Site C Project headed for Independent review

VICTORIA, B.C. - The B.C. Green and B.C. NDP parties have agreed to immediately send the Site C project for an independent review if they form the next government. In an agreement that will see the two parties work together if they become the next government, both parties have agreed to immediately send the Site C project to the B.C....

West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations to seek Injunction and launch Treaty Infringement lawsuit in wake of Site C proceeding

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation have announced their intention to obtain a court injunction to halt construction of the Site C dam and to commence a lawsuit for Treaty Infringement in response to the NDP Government’s decision to push ahead with the $10.7 billion project. “It was John Horgan’s NDP...

Right processes in place to meet Site C targets: Independent Review

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - BC Hydro announced that an independent review has found that the Site C dam is "clearly defined and well planned". Ernst & Young LLP and BTY Consultancy Group Inc. was in charge of the review. The review said: “Overall, our review finds that the project is well defined and that the processes for managing risks and costs...

Fate of Site C could be known as soon as Friday

VICTORIA, B.C. — Officials in Premier John Horgan's office said the government's decision on the future of the Site C dam could come as early as Friday. Speaking on background, the officials said government ministers were in meetings Wednesday wrestling with the decision to continue building or to scuttle the $8.3 billion project and that the decision could be announced...
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