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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 --...

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...

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...

Site C Construction schedule for July 11-24

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro and its contractors continue to work on the Site C dam.  Below is a the full schedule for the next two weeks.  Construction activities are expected to include construction of the south bank cofferdam, geotechnical instruments will be install and excavation will continue on the north and south banks. See the full schedule...

BCUC due to release Site C Inquiry Final Report tomorrow

VICTORIA, B.C. — The British Columbia Utilities Commission is expected to release the final report of its inquiry into the Site C project on Wednesday. On August 2nd, the NDP government directed the BCUC to undertake a review of the Site C project and its impact on ratepayers if it were to be continued, cancelled, or suspended with the option...

Hydro to hold open houses this summer on Site C construction

BC Hydro has released the dates of public open houses it will hold throughout the Peace River region in July regarding construction planning for the Site C dam. The dates and locations are as follows: Taylor - July 8, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Taylor Community Hall Fort St. John - July 9, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Pomeroy...

Temporary foreign worker at Site C employed in specialised position

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the number of workers at the Site C dam project broke 2,000 for the first in January, only 2,123 of the 2,124 workers were from Canada. BC Hydro confirmed that one of the mage project’s workers was hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker program subject to the Labour Market Impact Assessment process. BC Hydro...

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