Site C Dam

Dispelling Some Myths About The Site C Dam Project

Blair King | Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

British Columbia just finished a provincial election and one of the big issues was the Site C dam. During the election, a lot of myths were spread about the project. In this post, I'd like to dispel some of the most egregious of these myths.

Site C Dam Project Forces 3rd-Generation Farmers From Their Home

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Ken and Arlene Boon must be out of their home by May 31.

Gord Downie Was Wrong About Justin Trudeau

James Di Fiore | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

Everybody knows Trudeau is a brilliant campaigner, inspiring Canadians through a personal brand that emphasizes empathy and fairness, but his inaction on the First Nations file directly contradicts the inspirational sound bites and calls into question his government's integrity. In fact, it isn't a stretch to say that his handling of this file is as bad as the Harper government who backburnered these issues for a decade.

4 Things Will And Kate Need To Know About B.C.

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Don't get me wrong: B.C. truly is a glorious place -- the type of place you can fly over in a seaplane and easily think the wilderness will never end. But it's also one of the world's last frontiers and the race is on to cut down our old-growth forests, to send more oil tankers into our ports, to build natural gas plants in our salmon estuaries and to flood our rivers for megadams.

UN Eyes Site C Dam's Impact On Alberta Heritage Site

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Environment minister welcomes review.

Here's An Idea – B.C. Should Disclose Direct Award Contracts Online

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of the Site C dam construction. The contracts ranged in value from $30,373 to $900,000, but that's only for the awards the utility disclosed.

Amnesty International Calls For Halt To Massive B.C. Hydro Project

CP | Dirk Meissner | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia

It called on the federal and provincial governments to immediately suspend or rescind all construction approvals and permits related to the project

What B.C. Hydro is Hiding In Its Misleading Site C Poll

DeSmog Canada | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

B.C. Hydro must have been counting on nobody taking a close look at the questions they asked respondents in a recent public survey about the site C dam, because not only are they misleading, they also tell another story entirely.

Plan To Electrify Oilsands With Site C Dam An Act Of Desparation

Carol Linnitt | Posted 04.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Clark said the power from the Site C dam could potentially provide electricity to Alberta -- where the government has recently committed to closing all of its coal-powered energy plants. Clark's suggestion that Site C may power the oilsands shines a spotlight on the B.C. government's ever-changing rationale for building the project.

Going Geothermal: Tapping Into Earth's Abundant Energy

David Suzuki | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada
David Suzuki

Despite the many benefits of geothermal, Canada is the only "Pacific Ring of Fire" country that doesn't use it for commercial-scale energy. New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, the United States and Mexico all have commercial geothermal plants. Iceland heats up to 90 per cent of its homes, and supplies 25 per cent of its electricity, with geothermal. We need to join them.

Who Will Pay If Shawnigan Lake's Drinking Water Is Contaminated?

Sarah Miller | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

A province known for its breathtaking mountains, lakes, rivers and scenery should be treasured, valued and protected. Unfortunately under the B.C. Liberals everything seems to have a price tag, and the only thing worth protecting is corporations and profits.

Site C Dam Permits Were Quietly Issued During The Federal Election

DeSmog Canada | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Former prime minister Stephen Harper's government issued 14 permits for work on the $9-billion Site C dam during the writ period of the last election -- a move that was offside according to people familiar with the project and the workings of the federal government.

Clark Says Canada's Depending On B.C. Amid Economic Downturn

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. is just 15 months away from the next election.

9 More Scandals Of Christy Clark, B.C. Liberal Party

Sarah Miller | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

Recently it came to light that Clark and her government officials have a bad habit of triple deleting emails and records that should be protected under the Freedom of Information Act. This isn't the first time this problem has come up during Clark's time in office.

What Is B.C.'s Energy Future After The Paris Climate Agreement?

Blair King | Posted 01.15.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

In Paris Canada agreed to drop our greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. To achieve this goal Canada will need to cut fossil fuels out of our transportation and home heating energy budgets by the middle of this century. Fossil fuels represent 60 per cent of B.C.'s current energy needs.

B.C. Voters Care About More Than Money

Lizanne Foster | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Does Premier Christy Clark believe that money is the only thing on the minds of voters? Does she think that voters are really enjoying having the extra money in their pockets from all her tax cuts so that they can have the choice to pay to cross bridges? Does she think we're pleased that we have some extra change to support school fundraisers and to donate to Adopt-a-School?

Site C Dam Protesters Arrested

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Several others say they're also prepared for arrest.

Contract For Controversial Site C Dam Set At $1.75 Billion

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The Crown corporation initially estimated the work would cost about $1.5 billion.

B.C. To Sign Massive Site C Dam Construction Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The contract is expected to create 1,500 jobs at its peak.

The Industrialization of B.C.'s Wilderness Puts Politics Before Posterity

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

An ugly thread of misspent taxpayer dollars, environmental destruction and conflict-of-interest -- backed by a government beholden to the mining industry -- runs along the recently completed Northwest Transmission Line, charges acclaimed explorer and scholar Wade Davis.

First Nations Go To Court To Stop Site C Dam

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A lawyer told B.C. Supreme Court that a stop-work order should be issued to halt the first phase of the the project.

Dispelling Some Myths About British Columbia's Energy Picture

Blair King | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

Anyone who tells you that we don't need the new power from a project like the Site C dam doesn't understand British Columbia's energy picture.

Site C Dam 'Doesn't Make Sense' Says Former BC Hydro CEO

DeSmog Canada | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen says ratepayers will face a "devastating" increase in their electricity bills if the Site C dam is built

Masked Man Dies In RCMP Shooting At Site C Open House

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A witness saw a man flipping tables before being escorted outside.

Video Appears To Capture Aftermath Of Deadly B.C. RCMP Shooting

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"The cops just ... shot this guy."