Woman on hunger strike for 18 days to protest building of Site C Dam

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Camp established outside BC Hydro headquarters in Vancouver, BC. Photo: Global News

It has been 18 days since Kristin Henry has eaten.

She has been on a hunger strike outside BC Hydro’s offices in Vancouver in protest over the building of the Site C Dam.

“The Treaty 8 Nations have brought to court the objections to the development of the Site C Dam in the Peace Valley and the construction companies who have been contracted to clear-cut the forests are not waiting for the judges’ decisions in the court,” said Nick, a friend of Henry’s, who did not want his last name used. “So there’s illegal construction of a dam happening right now.”

Last August, a B.C. Supreme Court judge and the federal court rejected attempts by a pair of British Columbia First Nations to halt the construction of the hydroelectric dam.

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Kristin Henry outside the BC Hydro building in downtown Vancouver. Photo: The Province.

In February, BC Hydro won the court battle to remove protesters from the Site C Dam project. Justice G. Bruce Butler of the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that it would be “contrary to the public interest” to allow demonstrators to continue trying to shut down work on the dam.

But despite setbacks, it appears Henry is not going to give up. Today is the start of day 19.

“I’m worried about her, I hope she starts eating,” said Nick.

“She’s feeling tired and weak and her blood pressure [is] high.”

“She’s hungry.”

The hydroelectric dam is a $8.8-billion project on the Peace River, near Fort St. John.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2609924/woman-on-hunger-strike-for-18-days-to-protest-building-of-site-c-dam/?sf23442948=1

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Posted on March 31, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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