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


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.” Read the rest of this entry


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Women hunger strikers outside BC Hydro building in Vancouver, BC, March 4, 2016.

On Friday March 4th, 2016, the women will hold a second day of hunger strike action outside the BC Hydro building in downtown Vancouver (333 Dunsmuir), in support of the Site C/Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land encampment that was forcibly removed by a court injunction applied for by BC Hydro, granted by the BC Supreme Courts and enforced by the RCMP. This will be the second day of hunger strikes Those participating include Anushka Azadi, Elizabeth Biggar, Mary Lovell, _____.

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Site C protesters end blockade

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Opponents of Site C dismantle the remote protest camp that stalled BC Hydro dam construction work for two months. (Christy Jordan-Fenton via CBC News)

Local farmer says protesters are crying and emotional but packing up “as law abiding citizens”

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, March 01, 2016

Site C protesters who’ve been stalling dam construction in northern B.C. say they’re packing up and ending their two-month land occupation so they won’t be arrested.

Reached this afternoon at their remote Rocky Mountain Fort protest camp, Site C opponents told CBC News they are obeying Monday’s B.C. Supreme Court order requiring them to leave the area and allow site-clearing work by BC Hydro contractors to proceed, southwest of Fort St John. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. court rules against Site C dam protesters, says campers can be removed

BC Hydro seeks injunction against Site C dam project protesters

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Protesters at the Site C dam project in northern B.C. have been posting signs like these around the worksite. (Yvonne Tupper)

Protesters say they’re ‘shocked’ as they were expecting to negotiate with BC Hydro

CBC News, Jan 20, 2016

BC Hydro is seeking an injunction against protesters at its Site C dam project, claiming they have been preventing contractors from completing their work on the south bank of the Peace River since Jan. 4.

In a petition filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Hydro asks for an injunction to prevent protesters from impeding work on the site and from threatening or intimidating contractors. The utility is also asking for punitive as well as general damages and costs.  Read the rest of this entry

3 protesters arrested at Site C dam project

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Protesters are defying an eviction notice from BC Hydro as the Crown utility presses ahead with land clearing around the Site C hydroelectric project along the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Verena Hoffmann

Treaty 8 members say $9 billion mega dam being built without First Nations’ consent

CBC News Jan 6, 2016

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. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. Hydro orders protesters off land slated for logging near Site C dam

Blueberry River First Nations lawsuit threatens Site C, fracking in B.C.

Protest by some Treaty 8 First Nations against Site c dam, 2013.

Protest by some Treaty 8 First Nations against Site c dam, 2013.

Suit alleges government violated Treaty 8 rights with cumulative impacts of oil and gas development

CBC News, Mar 04, 2015

The Blueberry River First Nations have launched a legal battle that could affect B.C.’s planned Site C hydroelectric dam, as well as oil and gas development both inside and outside the band’s territory.

The B.C. First Nation has filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court that alleges years of development, including mining, forestry and oil and gas projects, have violated its treaty rights under Treaty 8. Read the rest of this entry

Site C project still faces major obstacles after B.C. approval

Site C dam approved by B.C. government

Protest sign along Peace River in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee

Protest sign along Peace River in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee

Massive hydro project would flood a large area of the Peace River Valley in northern B.C.

CBC News, Dec 16, 2014

B.C. has approved the $9 billion Site C dam — a massive hydroelectric project that would flood a large area of the Peace River Valley in northeastern B.C.

In making the announcement, Premier Christy Clark said the Site C Clean Energy Project will provide B.C. residents with a reliable source of power for the next 100 years for the least cost to the taxpayer.

“Affordable, reliable, clean electricity is the backbone of British Columbia’s economy,” said Clark. “Site C will support our quality of life for decades to come and will enable continued investment and a growing economy.” Read the rest of this entry