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08/01/16
Author: 
Jonny Wakefield
West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson, Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Liz Logan and UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip in Ottawa in Sept. 2014. Phillip is calling on BC Hydro to back off a First Nations protest encampment on the south bank of the Peace River.   Photo By Twitter photo

Updated with a comment from BC Hydro

Saying the utility was "reckless" and escalating tensions, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip called on BC Hydro to "back off" a First Nations encampment near Site C dam construction Friday.  

On Friday, the UBCIC issued a release supporting a small group of campers living on the south bank of the Peace River at Rocky Mountain Fort, an 18th-century fur trade post that will be inundated beneath the $8.8 billion project's reservoir. 

08/01/16
Author: 
Sarah Cox
Clay and Katy Peck stand on their property, overlooking family farmland that will be flooded by the Site C Dam. Photo: Sarah Cox.

Clay and Katy Peck are just the type of young farming family that B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick says his government wants to support to ensure “a reliable food source for years to come.”

The Pecks own a 65-hectare farm in the Agricultural Land Reserve overlooking the Peace River, and are preparing for organic certification of a fruit and vegetable business to serve the northern area around Fort St. John.

08/01/16
Author: 
Jeffrey Jones

On the surface, the Sturgeon refinery project has just about everything Albertans would hope for as their economy sputters.

It will create jobs by processing scads of gooey crude from the oil sands into diesel fuel. It has long-term bitumen supply agreements with the province and one of Canada's largest oil companies.
 
Its carbon emissions will be piped away for use in old oil reservoirs to help produce leftover crude rather than vented into the atmosphere. That fits well with the province's new climate framework.

07/01/16
Author: 
Daphne Bramham
Fort St. John RCMP arrest Arthur Hadland for mischief during a Site C protest Wednesday as fellow activist Penny Boden looks on. Photo by Bronwyn Scott/Alaska Highway News. Photograph by: See Notes / Direction , Vancouver Sun

With its echoes of Hollywood movies, it’s not surprising that an armed uprising by white ranchers in the American West wanting free range over public land has gained international attention.

But while the ranchers and self-proclaimed militia are occupying an abandoned federal building in southeast Oregon, there’s a similar — albeit more peaceful — occupation taking place in northeastern British Columbia.

07/01/16
Author: 
Jonny Wakefield / Alaska Highway News

B.C. Hydro says it's speaking with Site C dam protesters and local authorities to try to end a standoff on the south bank of the Peace River.

A handful of protesters have been camped at the Rocky Mountain Fort site since mid-December. On Dec. 30, Hydro posted an eviction notice at the camp, and protesters have turned back crews clearing the south bank of the river for construction on the $8.8-billion hydroelectric project.

07/01/16
Author: 
CBC staff
Treaty 8 First Nations elder Jack Askoty stands on an old growth logged tree stump on the Site C construction site. (Yvonne Tupper/Facebook)

Three protesters at a construction site for the Site C dam near Fort St. John in northern B.C. have been arrested for blocking vehicles from entering the work site, RCMP said late Wednesday in a statement.

Cpl. Dave Tyreman said RCMP received a report of protesters blocking the roadway shortly after 10 a.m. PT. When officers arrived, he said, they found a man and woman blocking vehicles.

07/01/16
Author: 
Keven Drews
Helen Knott, shown in this undated handout photo, a member of the northeastern British Columbia's Prophet River First Nation, is among those protesting the construction of the $9-billion Site C hydroelectric project. A protest camp has been set up at Rocky Mountain Fort, the former site of a North West Company fur-trading post established in 1794 on the west side of the Moberly River, near Fort St. John. Protesters say they are willing to be arrested. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Helen Knott

VANCOUVER – First Nations protesting the construction of the $9-billion Site C dam in northeastern British Columbia are preparing for their own arrests while they implore Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intervene to stop the hydroelectric project.

Helen Knott of the Prophet River First Nation said in an interview from the protest site that she and six other demonstrators are camped at Rocky Mountain Fort, the former site of a North West Company fur-trading post established in 1794 on the west side of the Moberly River, near Fort St. John.

06/01/16
Author: 
Sean Sweeney
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy logo

The final months of 2015 saw a large growth in support for TUED in the US and UK

In the final months of 2015, seven unions representing approximately 4.6 million workers have joined Trade Unions for Energy Democracy.  Five of the unions are from the US and two are from the UK.

05/01/16
Author: 
Jonny Wakefield
A charter helicopter lifted a survival trailer with a wood stove and bunk house, shown here, to the site in late December. The next day, Hydro posted notice that the area would be cleared for logging. Photo Courtesy of Helen Knott

Site C opponents dug in on the south bank of the Peace River say they're not going anywhere, despite an eviction notice from BC Hydro. 

A dozen people opposed to the $8.8-billion dam have been living in shifts at the historic Rocky Mountain Fort since mid-December. The camp is set up on the site of an 18th century fur trade fort, upstream from the confluence of the Peace and Moberly Rivers.  

05/01/16
Author: 
Jonny Wakefield
A charter helicopter lifted a survival trailer with a wood stove and bunk house, shown here, to the site in late December. The next day, Hydro posted notice that the area would be cleared for logging. Photo Courtesy of Helen Knott

Site C opponents dug in on the south bank of the Peace River say they're not going anywhere, despite an eviction notice from BC Hydro. 

A dozen people opposed to the $8.8-billion dam have been living in shifts at the historic Rocky Mountain Fort since mid-December. The camp is set up on the site of an 18th century fur trade fort, upstream from the confluence of the Peace and Moberly Rivers.  

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