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BC Hydro facing federal order, heavy fines for Site C sediment and erosion problems

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Out of the fog, earth moving equipment keeps going at a steady pace on slope stabilization work in the site preparation for BC Hydro’s Site C dam construction project. Derrick Penner / PNG

by Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, January 5, 2017

BC Hydro is facing a federal order as early as Friday and potential fines of up to $400,000 due to erosion and sediment problems at the $9-billion Site C dam project in the province’s northeast.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has issued Hydro with a “notice of intent” to proceed with enforcement action unless the provincial Crown corporation provides assurances that problems are being addressed. Read the rest of this entry

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RCMP officers cleared in shooting death of Site C protester in Dawson Creek

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The scene of the RCMP shooting in Dawson Creek, BC, July 16, 2015.

James McIntyre was killed by RCMP after he confronted them wearing a mask and wielding a knife

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, November 16, 2016

The Independent Investigations Office has cleared an RCMP officer of any wrong-doing in a fatal shooting in Dawson Creek last year.

On the evening of July 16, two officers were dispatched to the Stonebridge Hotel where a meeting on the controversial Site C dam project had just taken place. Read the rest of this entry

Why B.C.’s Site C dam could become a national issue

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Opponents of the $8.8 billion dam hope this week’s federal court case marks a tipping point

By Justin McElroy, CBC News, September 11, 2016

For the last week, a large bus with the slogan “Stand with First Nations to protect the Peace River” on its sides has been making its way across Canada.

A federal judge will hear an appeal from two northeastern B.C. First Nations groups in Montreal on Monday about the $8.8 billion dam known as Site C. The Treaty 8 First Nations want construction to stop on the Site C dam site, saying it infringes on their traditional hunting, fishing and trapping rights.  Read the rest of this entry

B.C. Hydro CEO refuses to halt Site C, says Amnesty report wrong

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B.C. Hydro president Jessica McDonald says some First Nations groups approve Site C

The Canadian Press, August 10, 2016

B.C. Hydro president Jessica McDonald says the Crown corporation has reached wide-ranging agreements with some First Nations concerned about the $8.8-billion Site-C hydroelectric dam project in northeastern B.C.

McDonald rejects a recent call to halt work on the project, saying talks and consultations have gone on since 2007 and recent agreements will mitigate potential impacts of the project. Read the rest of this entry

Site C shooting ‘forever’ links Anonymous activist, farmer

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After RCMP officers fatally shot a masked man outside a Site C open house in 2015, the IIO took over the investigation. But they never interviewed a man linked to the shooting. (CBC)

Retired farmer whose Site C protest triggered RCMP shooting never interviewed by investigators

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, July 18, 2016

A man linked to the fatal RCMP shooting of a a masked activist with Anonymous was never interviewed by investigators for B.C.’s police watchdog.

“They have never gotten ahold of me. No, never,” Terry Hadland told CBC News one year after officers killed James McIntyre outside an open house for the controversial Site C dam in northeastern B.C. Read the rest of this entry

Site C protester taken to hospital 19 days into hunger strike in Vancouver

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.” Read the rest of this entry

SITE C/TREATY 8 STEWARDS OF THE LAND HUNGER STRIKES CONTINUE WITH WOMEN’S FAST TODAY

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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 Hunger Hunger Strike at Vancouver BC Hydro

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Hunger strikers against the proposed Site C dam outside BC Hydro building in Vancouver, March 3, 2016. Photo: facebook

Supporters of Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land Camp daily hunger strike after the northern camp was dismantled by the RCMP. Please show your support by attending the BC Hydro building. Not everyone is expected to hunger strike!

Beginning on Thursday, we invite everyone to gather daily from 8am to 5pm with the intention of shaming BC Hydro, who are violating treaty 8 rights and preparing to decimate vital agricultural lands in the Peace Valley. Read the rest of this entry

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