Andrew Nikiforuk
Consumer Policy Institute warns of big rate hikes and pressure for taxpayer bailout.
sitec-blasting-snow.jpg Contractors were blasting last month at a quarry for Site C, but the big explosion could hit taxpayers and customers when the dam is done, says Brady Yauch. Photo from BC Hydro.


First Nations Leaders

Treaty 8 Chiefs Return Premier’s “Stake in the Peace” & cheque over broken promises




Victoria, January 26, 2018 – In a public ceremony on the Legislature lawn today, Treaty 8 Chiefs returned three “Stakes in the Peace” inscribed with the names of Premier John Horgan and Ministers George Heyman and Lana Popham.


Amnesty International Staff

Read the Open Letter

In a strongly worded open letter to British Columbia Premier John Horgan, Amnesty International is urging the province not to fail the Indigenous peoples of the Peace River Valley a second time.

Sarah Cox

January 19, 2018

Can the Site C dam still be stopped?

It all boils down to one B.C. Supreme Court judge who will decide whether or not to grant First Nations an injunction against the project this spring, according to legal scholars who are keenly watching a new legal case against the $10.7 billion dam.

Andrew Nikiforuk

Dam violates Treaty 8 rights, say West Moberly, Prophet River First Nations.

17 Jan 2018 

Andrew Kurjata

Dam construction violates 1899 treaty and is unconstitutional, notice of civil claim says

Two First Nations in northeast B.C. have started legal action against the Site C dam, claiming its construction violates Treaty No. 8 signed 1899, as well as the Canadian Constitution.

In notices of civil claim filed Jan. 15, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations say the mega-project will infringe on their treaty rights and "fails to uphold the Honour of the Crown."

David Suzuki

JANUARY 17, 2018

Brazil has flooded large swaths of the Amazon for hydro dams, despite opposition from Indigenous Peoples, environmentalists and others. The country gets 70 per cent of its electricity from hydropower. Brazil’s government had plans to expand development, opening half the Amazon basin to hydro. But a surprising announcement could halt that.

Seth Klein
Image: Premier John Horgan, with Ministers George Heyman (Environment and Climate Change) and Michelle Mungall (Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources), announces that the BC government will complete construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam. Source: Province of British Columbia / Flickr

Jan 16, 2018

There is no question that the new BC government’s decision to proceed with the Site C dam was a very difficult one. The previous government left them with a poison pill. With $2 billion already spent, the Horgan government faced a no-win choice, with substantial political and economic costs for either terminating or proceeding with what is one of the largest and most expensive capital projects in BC history. I don’t envy them.

But count me among those who believe the wrong decision was made.


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