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First Nations members not afraid to face arrest for protesting at historic site

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FORT CAMP, B.C. -- After the arrest of three others during protests against Site C, First Nations members say they aren't afraid of facing arrest to protest their traditional territory -- and will continue to camp out at the Rocky Mountain Fort. Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land say they will not permit BC Hydro to proceed with...

First Nation chiefs meet with MP Bob Zimmer in Ottawa to discuss Site C

“I met them in my office yesterday; I met with the Chief from Moberly, Roland Willson, and we met for breakfast this morning to discuss Site C,” Zimmer explained. “…It was basically to voice their concerns they have that are in the report that the National Energy Board has done and voice their concerns about some of the impacts...

Hudson’s Hope calls on Premier to refer $7.9 billion Site C dam project to BC Utilities Commission

The district also wants the BCUC to be given the mandate to complete a thorough review of the comparative costs and benefits of potential alternatives to the proposed Site C project. "Before spending $7.9 billion of taxpayers money on the proposed Site C dam and increasing the already enormous $62 billion provincial debt, the provincial government needs to do its...

Upwards of 700 businesses attend Site C networking sessions

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – More than 700 businesses attended sessions in Northern B.C. along with the thousands of job applicants who turned up to Site C job fairs locally and in the rest of the Province, says BC Hydro. Events were held in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Mackenzie, Prince George, Quesnel and Tumbler Ridge. As...

Green Party leader May says there could be other job-creating alternatives to Site C in Peace Region

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May was among the hundreds of participants that took to the Peace River for this year’s Paddle for the Peace on Saturday. May was among a number of delegates that spoke at the event today that began at the Halfway River Bridge and ended at Bear Flats on the banks...

Site C roadwork to begin this summer

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced this morning $7.9 million in roadwork that will soon be taking place to improve access to Site C. Various upgrades will be made to Old Fort Road, 269 Road, and 240 Road. Widening, paving, and realigning will be done to Old Fort Road, and street lights will be installed at various intersections...

Hydro awards $113 million contract for Site C transmission line to B.C. firm

VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Hydro announced today that it has awarded a contract valued at $113 million for the Site C Dam’s transmission line to a company from this province. Hydro said that B.C.-based Allteck Line Contractors Inc. will build two new 500-kilovolt, transmission lines that are 75 kilometres in length along an existing right-of-way between the Site C project and...

Another request for more information from Site C Joint Review Panel

Among its questions, the panel has asked for the estimated changes in electricity pricing that would be needed to delay the need for the dam by 10 and 20 years, more details on how several species of birds and other wildlife will be affected, as well as an outline for a Wildlife Resources Follow-up Plan. Hydro is also asked to...

Site C is APPROVED

Some points of contention often surround the potential impact on the environment and First Nations, uncertainty of the final price and impact on the provincial debt, as well as the need for the additional power and potential alternatives. However, a review conducted earlier in the year says it found the dam would provide stable and relatively low cost power. The proximity...

BC Hydro responds to Peace Valley landowners letter regarding Site-C

BC Hydro has issued a written reply to Peace Valley landowners Ken and Arlene Boone, who sent an open letter last week to the utility outlining a number of concerns about Site-C dam construction on the Peace River. Vice-President and Project Director Diane McSherry has addressed river bed and fisheries issues, noting among other things Hydro moved logging equipment through...

BC Hydro responds to Amnesty International Site C Challenge

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - BC Hydro has now issued a detailed response to the global campaign launched earlier this week by Amnesty International calling on the federal and BC governments to withdraw all permits and approvals for the Site C dam project. In its statement Hydro claims to have a world class system that’s 98% clean, meeting two-thirds of new...

Major announcement about environmental approvals for Site C to be made tommorow

An advance invitation for news media and public attendance says they will announce the legal measures the association is taking on behalf of its members to protect their Site C dam construction impact interests. The association contends its members will face dam construction challenges both as landowners and B.C. ratepayers following the federal and provincial environmental approvals for the proposed...

BC Hydro posts new Site C job fair dates

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- In addition to the job fairs dates in the Peace Region announced previously, British Columbia's power utility is hosting upcoming Site C job fairs in Tumbler Ridge, Fort Nelson, Quesnel, Mackenzie and Prince George. All BC Hydro's job fairs are being held from noon to 7 p.m. on the respective day of the event. Tumbler Ridge is the first stop...

Potential level of support for Site C as high as 81 per cent province-wide

17 per cent of those polled in the affected area oppose the project, while 13 per cent are opposed province-wide. Community Relations Manager for the project David Conway says the results maintain there’s a good level of support for the project, but also give B.C. Hydro something to work on going forward.  “That tells us that we need to ensure that...

Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs appeals to Liberal government for Site C permit refusal

A First Nations lobby of the federal government to change course on the Site C Dam construction file continues. When he spoke to us yesterday, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, was meeting in Ottawa looking toward building an alliance with First Nations leaders from Manitoba involved in what he called, 'a similar set...

Site C Employment numbers drop in October

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The number of people working on the Site C Dam project dropped in October from the projects peak of 3,746 in September. The size of the workforce sat at 3,681 in October.  The number of contractors on site sits at 3,085. The number of engineers and project team members sat at 596. Of the over 2,085 contractors at...

Site C Schedule For June 13th to 26th

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - BC Hydro has sent out the schedule for Site C work occurring from June 13th to June 26th. The main civil works contractor will continue to mobilize crews and equipment to the dam site area. This will include the preparation of lay down and stockpile areas. Survey work and site investigations, including test drilling,...

250 Canadian University Professors And Royal Society Of Canada Oppose Site C Mega Dam

OTTAWA - An independent study shows that the government has failed to keep promises to certain groups and address concerns regarding the Site C Mega Dam project. The study done by scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists showed that the government has not met conditions and reconciliation with First Nations. "Based on evidence raised across our many disciplines, we have concluded...

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