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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...

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...

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...

Number of out-of-B.C. workers isn’t concrete: BC Hydro

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- The BC Building Trades Council has brought hiring for BC Hydro’s Site C project back into the spotlight when a freedom of information request revealed that only 65 per cent of workers on Site C in November were from B.C. Executive Director Tom Sigurdson stated in a press release send out on Wednesday that the...

Site C faces permit delays

BC Hydro continues to face delays in receiving the permits it needs to start construction on the Site C dam. According to a Globe and Mail report, dozens of permits are being held up by Treaty 8 First Nations who are continuing an independent review of the permit applications, and demanding "meaningful consultation" on the project. According to the report,...

Pre-registration for BCUC Site C Community Input Sessions is now open

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — This afternoon the B.C. Utilities Commission announced the pre-registration for community input sessions into the the Site C Inquiry’s preliminary report is now open. The BCUC says that the Site C Inquiry Panel will gather public feedback on its preliminary report during the sessions. The preliminary report will be released September 20th at www.sitecinquiry.com. Pre-register to...

Site C injunction decision expected on Monday morning

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Protesters of the Site C project who have been occupying Rocky Mountain Fort will wait until Monday morning to find out if the B.C. Supreme Court will grant an injunction against them, as BC Hydro has requested. BC Hydro's counsel, Mark Andrews, has argued allowing the protesters to remain at the site would cost the utility $8 million because...
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