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Labrador’s Muskrat Falls price tag now $12.7B: Worse than 1969 Quebec deal, CEO says

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The construction site of the hydroelectric facility at Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador is seen on July 14, 2015. (Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press)

Nalcor expects consumers’ power bills will be double in 2022: ‘I knew this was a boondoggle’

By Marilyn Boone, CBC News June 23, 2017

There has been another billion-dollar bump in the projected cost of the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador.

The new estimate is $12.7 billion, including financing and other expenses, according to a briefing Friday by the chief executive of Nalcor Energy, Stan Marshall. Read the rest of this entry

Beatrice Hunter released from jail, allowed to protest outside Muskrat Falls gate

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Beatrice Hunter appears in provincial court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Friday, after spending more than a week behind bars at HMP in St. John’s. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Judge warns Hunter will be arrested if she blocks access to Muskrat Falls site

By Katie Breen, CBC News, June 9, 2017

After 10 days of incarceration, Muskrat Falls protester Beatrice Hunter has been released from custody.

Hunter appeared before the Supreme Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Friday where a judge agreed to modify the conditions of her undertaking, allowing the Inuk woman to come within a kilometre of the Muskrat Falls site. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Interview with Beatrice Hunter inside prison

posted to Youtube by CBC News, June 6, 2017

CBC’s Ted Blades interviews Beatrice Hunter who is imprisoned in Her Majesty’s Penitentiary for refusing to obey a court order against protesting on the site of the Muskrat Falls Hydro development.

Woman arrested in Muskrat Falls protest moved to men’s prison in St. John’s

Innu beatrice-hunter prisonBeatrice Hunter — an Inuit grandmother — has been transferred more than 1,000 kilometres from home

CBC News, June 2, 2017

Beatrice Hunter, a Labrador woman sent to jail this week after she told the court she could not promise to obey an injunction against protesting at Muskrat Falls, is now behind bars at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) in St. John’s.

With no female correctional facility in Labrador, Hunter is just the latest woman to end up in the province’s largest male prison. Read the rest of this entry

Inuit grandmother jailed after refusing to stay away from Muskrat Falls

Inuit Muskrat Falls BeatriceInCustody_May29By Justin Brake, The Independent, May 31, 2017

Police have taken an Inuk woman into custody in Happy Valley-Goose Bay after she refused to promise a Supreme Court of N.L. judge she would stay away from the Muskrat Falls construction site in Central Labrador.

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Nalcor blamed after 50 people airlifted out of Labrador community after flooding

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An aerial view of Mud Lake, Labrador. 50 people were forced from their homes because of rising waters. Photo courtesy Scott Hudson.

by Trina Roache, APTN National news, May 19, 2017

More than 50 people from the small village of Mud Lake in Labrador were airlifted from their community early Wednesday morning after severe flooding.

The community sits about 10 km from Happy Valley Goose Bay and sits along the Lower Churchill River, downstream from the controversial hydroelectric project at Muskrat Falls. Read the rest of this entry

28 people charged after Muskrat Falls protests

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Protesters slowed work at the Muskrat Falls work site in Labrador in 2016. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Charges announced by RCMP on Tuesday

CBC News, March 7, 2017

Twenty-eight people have been charged in connection with last year’s protests at the Muskrat Falls site, the RCMP announced on Tuesday afternoon.

A total of 60 charges were laid, including mischief, breaches of a court order, and taking a motor vehicle without consent. Read the rest of this entry

Land Protectors in Labrador shut down Aboriginal Affairs office in Goose Bay again over #MuskratFalls promises

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Protesters shut down Aboriginal Affairs office. Photo: APTN National News.

by Trina Roache, APTN National News, January 13, 2017

A group of Labrador land protectors shut down the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in Happy Valley- Goose Bay early Friday morning as part of ongoing protests against the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project.

The group blocked employees who showed up to work at 8 a.m. from entering the office for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Aboriginal Affairs, which also houses the local constituency office for the province’s Environment Minister Perry Trimper. Read the rest of this entry

All emergency vehicles permitted to pass through Muskrat Falls gate: protesters, Nalcor, police agree

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An injured worker was transfered from the Muskrat Falls project to a hospital Friday morning with an apparent broken leg. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Agreement follows worker’s transfer from worksite to hospital Friday

By Anna Delaney, CBC News, October 21, 2016

Despite the current blockade at the Muskrat Falls worksite in central Labrador, protesters say they’ve reached an agreement with Nalcor and police to let all emergency vehicles pass through the gate. Read the rest of this entry

Blockade continues at Muskrat Falls main gate, protesters let workers out but not in

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Blockade at Muskrat Falls, Oct 20, 2016. Photo by Ossie Michelin, Facebook.

Nalcor cancels day shift, says workers being financially affected by protest

By Anna Delaney, CBC News, October 20, 2016

Protesters are letting workers at the controversial Muskrat Falls project leave the site Thursday, but are not letting them enter.

Nalcor announced early Thursday morning the day shift at the hydroelectric project in central Labrador was cancelled due to the protesters preventing workers access to the site. Read the rest of this entry