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Worksafe B.C. fines Peace River Hydro Partners $310,000

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Worksafe B.C. has fined Peace River Hydro Partners over $310,000 after they discovered employees were being exposed to large amounts of silica dust.According to Worksafe B.C., staff inspected a tunnelling operation at the Site C dam on May 8, 2018, and discovered Peace River Hydro Partners did not have an up to date exposure...

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...

Site C saw overall workforce increase and local contractor workforce decrease in April

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the employment statistics for the Site C dam during the month of April, which shows the dam's workforce increased once again, though the number of local contractors decreased.In April, there were 2,242 workers directly employed on the Site C project in some capacity, an increase over the workforce size seen...

Museum hosting launch of book on Site C tonight

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John North Peace Museum will be hosting a book launch of a book chronicling the ongoing saga of the Site C dam.Victoria-based journalist and author Sarah Cox will be launching her debut book “Breaching the Peace” at the Museum tonight. Cox said that she became interested about the history and the...

BC Hydro awards contract for hydromechanical equipment on Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro announced Thursday that it has signed a contract with ATB Riva Calzoni Hydro Canada Inc. to provide the hydromechanical equipment for the Site C project.Hydro says that the contract, which is valued at $68 million, will see ATB design, supply and commission all gates, hoists, and embedded parts of Site C’s generating...

Council approves variance permit for Gridline Project Ltd.’s Site C fabrication shop

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - City Council approved a variance permit which will allow Site C Dam floodgates to be built inside the city.Gridline Project Limited was approved the variance for the property at 11506 91 Avenue. The permit will allow for a 17 metre high fabrication shop to be built on location in the Surerus industrial park. The shop...

Federal government blocks Chinese takeover of Site C contractor

OTTAWA, O.N. — The federal government has blocked the proposed takeover of the Aecon Group Inc. by China Communications Construction Co. Ltd.The federal government announced its decision on Wednesday after it launched a review of the $1.2 billion deal earlier this year. In a statement, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said that based on his Ministry’s findings, the federal government...

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...
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