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Federal government not taking a position on First Nations lawsuit against Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Court documents filed last Thursday show that the Attorney General of Canada has taken “no position” and has not filed evidence to defend against an application by the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations to seek an injunction suspending construction of the Site C dam. In January, the two First Nations announced that they...

Amnesty International says Hydro and government using excessive legal tactics in Site C injunction hearing

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Amnesty International Canada says it is questioning why lawyers for BC Hydro and the provincial government sought to get evidence about the Site C dam excluded from an injunction hearing set to begin this July. The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations are seeking an injunction to halt construction of Site C until the conclusion of...

Site C workforce broke the 2,100 mark in March

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the employment statistics for the Site C dam during the month of March, which shows the dam's workforce did increase during the third month of this year, though not nearly as much as it did in February. In March, there were 2,124 workers directly employed on the Site C project in...

Elections BC gives approval in principle to petition seeking to cancel Site C

VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer has granted an approval in principle for an application to petition the provincial government to cancel construction fo the Site C dam.  Keith Archer said the petition, entitled: “An initiative to cancel the Site C Dam project”, will be issued to proponent Ion Delsol Moruso on July 3rd. Archer said that the initiative...

Building Trades executive director says B.C. needs more apprentices on major projects

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The value of having more apprentices working on large-scale construction projects were the main topics of a speech by BC Buildings Trades Council executive director Tom Sigurdson at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. Sigurdson, whose organization represents a number of construction trade unions including those representing bricklayers; plumbers, plasterers; millwrights; and ironworkers among...

Site C workforce saw large jump in local workers in February

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the February employment statistics for the Site C dam construction project, which shows the dam's workforce rose above 2,000 workers for the first time since last fall. In February, there were 2,086 workers directly employed on the Site C project in some capacity. The number of contractors on site jumped by...

BC Hydro submits annual construction report for Site C to BCUC

VANCOUVER, B.C. - B.C. Hydro has submitted it’s annual report to the British Columbia Utilities Commision about the construction of the $10.7 billion Site C Dam. The report covers construction milestones, permits and the priorities for 2018.  Hydro says $2.127 billion had been spent as of December 31, 2017, and that river diversion has been pushed back to 2020, a...

Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership awarded $1.6 billion Site C contract

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro announced this morning that it has awarded the contract for the Site C dam’s generating station and spillways civil works, along with two other project contracts. BC Hydro signed the generating station and spillways civil works contract with the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership. The contract is valued at $1.6 billion and falls within the project’s...

Stats show increase in Site C workers in January

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the latest employment statistics for the Site C dam construction project, which show a workforce population increase in January after the project was given the go-ahead by the provincial government the previous month. In January, there were 1,743 workers directly employed on the Site C project in some capacity. The number...

BC Hydro says transmission clearing stoppage won’t impact Site C’s schedule or budget

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A BC Hydro spokesperson says a work stoppage on clearing a path for a transmission line to connect the Site C to the rest of the provincial grid won’t impact the project’s overall schedule. BC Hydro’s Site C Community Relations Manager Dave Conway said that clearing and road access work on the dam’s transmission line...

First Nations claim BC Hydro has stopped work on Site C transmission line after threatened with injunction

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. —  The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations say the threat of an interim injunction caused BC Hydro to stop work on a transmission line that would connect the Site C dam’s generating station to the rest of the provincial grid. Back on January 15th, the two First Nations filed in BC Supreme Court alleging...

BC Hydro looking for volunteers to help manage $20 million agriculture fund

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - B.C. Hydro is looking for area agriculture producers to sit on a board that will manage the Site C Agricultural Mitigation and Compensation Plan. The $20 million fund will support agricultural production and agrifoods initiatives in the B.C. Peace. Implementation of the fund will begin this year, starting with the formation of a 10-member funding board...

Conservatives want Chinese takeover of Site C proponent to get national security review

OTTAWA, O.N. — The federal Conservatives say they want a formal review to look at the national security risk of the state-owned China Communications Construction Co. buying Canadian firm Aecon for $1.5 billion. The Globe and Mail is reporting that the Tories asked a number of questions of Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains about the transaction in the House of Commons...

Site C workforce dropped in December to lowest levels since mid-2016

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. —  The latest Site C dam employment statistics published by BC Hydro show that in the last month of 2017 the workforce of the largest construction project in the province dropped to levels not seen since May of the previous year. In December, there was a total of 1,525 people employed at Site C. The number...

BC Hydro seeking EAC amendment to allow changes to Site C’s generating station and spillways

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro is looking to get its Environmental Assessment Certificate for Site C amended to allow for proposed changes and improvements to the dam’s generating station and spillways, but says the changes won’t have an impact on the project’s budget. BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway said that BC Hydro is looking to refine the design...

Alberta and B.C. left with limited options to escalate trade war

CALGARY, A.B. - British Columbia Premier John Horgan held off on ratcheting up a trade war with Alberta Wednesday, but experts say both provinces still have a few limited options to raise the stakes. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has already deployed some of the weapons in the province's arsenal to protest B.C.'s proposed restriction on bitumen shipments when she announced a...

NDP members against Site C attempt to reopen debate to party leadership

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Several members of the B.C. New Democratic Party are vowing to continue their fight in stopping construction of the Site C dam by signing a letter demanding a reconsideration of the government’s decision to continue building the dam to the party’s provincial council. According to The Vancouver Sun, the BC NDP’s governing body between conventions met...

Could Site C’s power be headed north?

WHITEHORSE, Y.T. — The Yukon Territory’s electrical utility is once again exploring the option of tying into B.C.’s power grid after the Province approved proceeding with the Site C dam. According to Yukon News, the territory’s minister responsible for the Yukon Development Corporation, Ranj Pillai, said he’s asked officials to “engage in some high-level due diligence on the concept.” Two...
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