General · 2nd November 2016
The eyes of the world were focused on Site C this past October as UNESCO spent 10 days in the Peace River valley. The international agency was there to investigate how Site C endangers a UNESCO World Heritage Site — Wood Buffalo National Park. Canada has international obligations under international treaties to protect this park which is being threatened by Site C. International media scrutiny is intense and pressure is mounting both at home and abroad which could force the federal government to stop or at least put a moratorium on further construction.
What Canadians across the country have to know is that Site C is not a done deal. First Nations and Peace Valley landowners are suing BC Hydro and there are five legal cases in court right now, four of them by First Nations. Site C is strongly opposed by a wide cross-section of the B.C. citizenry. While First Nations point to violation of Treaty rights and destruction of cultural sites and traditional hunting grounds, ratepayers are waking up to the fact that Site C’s hefty price tag – $10 billion and counting.
If you have a family to feed, you might also be interested to learn that Site C would destroy some of the most productive farmland we have in this province – a food oasis in the middle of the boreal forest that can produce heat-loving vegetables and fruits, sufficient to feed 1 million people. Fruit and vegetables are getting more expensive, while technologies for renewable power are getting cheaper by the day. This fact was not lost on B.C.’s mayors and councillors: at their annual gathering in September, they called for a full review of Site C by the utilities watchdog, the B.C. Utilities Commission. Meanwhile, the disconnect between the enormous cost of the project versus unproven need, and the B.C. government’s failure to consider alternative ways of generating power, recently prompted the B.C. auditor general to investigate Site C (inquiry is currently ongoing).
Join Sierra BC's Executive Director Bob Peart, Ana Simeon, Peace Valley campaigner for Sierra Club BC, and Julian Napoleon of the Saulteau First Nation who will be speaking about the Site C development in the Peace River Region. This beautiful area can feed over a million British Columbians. Is the dam necessary? Napoleon will share stories and images of the Peace River and his people's perspective on this development.
QCC Friday, November 4th. Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 7:30.
Site C Disaster
Comment by Claire on 2nd November 2016
Thirty five years ago I wrote a letter to the BC government expressing my concerns about the long term environmental damage of hydro electric dams like Site C. I still have a copy of the letter.
What is most disturbing about this project, apart from the prohibitive cost, is the profound lack of incentives from all levels of government to support alternative energy.
I have a perfect location on my property for solar panels and a now a smart meter that I didn't want to sell excess solar generated electricity to the grid.
It would be great if I could get some FREE technical advice from BC Hydro as to how many panels I would require, who could install them and how much it would cost. But oh no ... I just see my hydro bill increasing while my usage remains stagnant or decreases.
Guess I am helping to pay for the latest 10 billion dollar boondoggle.