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B.C. Supreme Court case on Site C injunction begins today

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A hearing to determine whether the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations will be awarded an injunction to stop work on the Site C Dam ahead of a treaty infringement lawsuit will start in B.C. Supreme Court today. The two First Nations filed the lawsuit and the injunction application on January 15, seeking either a complete stoppage...

Report claims ‘extremely high probability’ Site C will be delayed at least one year

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A report written by a former hydroelectric dam engineer commissioned by the West Moberly First Nations says that there is an “extremely high probability” that the Site C Dam will be delayed by at least one year. The report was drafted by E. Harvey Elwin, who reviewed a number of confidential documents that the First Nation...

BC Hydro loses bid to force First Nations to provide disclosure in Site C injunction case

VANCOUVER, B.C. – A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled against BC Hydro last week after it sought to have certain sections of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations’ civil claim seeking an injunction to stop construction of the Site C Dam omitted. Last December, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced that the provincial government was going to continue building...

City of Fort St. John gets approval to sign firefighting agreement with Site C contractor

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has gotten approval from the Peace River Regional District Board to sign an agreement to provide fire protection services to the consortium responsible for building a major component of the Site C dam. According to a letter to the PR Board from Protective Services Director Jim Rogers, the City...

BC Hydro president says project health of Site C went from ‘red’ to ‘yellow’ during first quarter

VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Hydro President and Chief Operating Officer Chris O’Riley says in a letter to the B.C. Utilities Commission that after a number of issues and setbacks to the dam’s construction, the Site C project is back on track to be completed on-time and on-budget. In his letter to Commission Secretary and Manager Patrick Wruck, O’Riley also follows...

Site C workforce sees big jump in May

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The size of the workforce employed in building the Site C dam saw a big jump in May. According to statistics published by BC Hydro this afternoon, there were a total of 2,810 workers employed on Site C during the fifth month of the year, up from 2,242 in April. The number of contractors on site...

Chief Electoral Officer issues sheets for petition to cancel Site C

VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer issued petition sheets today for the initiative to cancel the Site C Dam. In a release, Chief Electoral Officer Anton Boegman said that the sheets were issued to the initiative’s proponent, Ion Delsol Moruso. According to Elections BC, registered canvassers will have 90 days to collect signatures from at least 10 percent of registered...

BC Hydro launches fund to compensate for agricultural impacts of Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.— The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources announced yesterday that BC Hydro has launched a $20-million fund to support agricultural production and related economic activity in the Peace Region. The fund has been set up to help mitigate some of the potential effects of the Site C project on agriculture in the Peace. The Ministry...

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...
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