Petitions. Letters and Coming Together to Say NO

Today's update : be sure to add your name to a petition against the project; more on the downstream Indigenous communities who have come together against the project; another letter-writing event opportunity, this one in Vernon BC on Dec. 10. 

Add Your Name to the Petitition

Please sign the petition to tell Premier John Horgan and cabinet to cancel Site C.

Downstream Indigenous communities unite to call on BC government to cancel Site C Project 

In an unequivocal act of solidarity, the downstream Indigenous communities have united to express their shared opposition to Site C, and their collective commitment to the Peace River. As the open letter states, “History has shown that downstream indigenous communities bear enormous costs when BC Hydro puts the Peace River and downstream waters at risk.”

Amnesty Invites You to Write for Rights: Letter-writing Event on Dec. 10

“Amnesty also works in Canada to see that human rights are not violated, on things as close to home as the Site C Dam and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls activism,” said Mallette.



Cranking Up the Heat

The latest: BC Greens' open letter to BC Government making the case to cancel Site C; cranking up the heat in the final days; a reminder that there is no business case for the project; a revolution in how electricity is produced and stored is underway in Australia. 

BC Greens' Open Letter to Government

B.C. Green MLAs Andrew Weaver, Sonia Furstenau and Adam Olsen sent an open letter today to Premier Horgan and Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall making the case for cancelling Site C.

No Business Case for Site C

Based on the available information published by B.C. Hydro, there is no business case for completing the Site C dam. The reasons for this conclusion are:

History in the Making: World’s Largest Lithium-ion Battery Starts Up in South Australia

The world’s largest lithium-ion battery has officially been turned on in South Australia promising to usher in a revolution in how electricity is produced and stored.

Prominent Voices Rise Against Site C

The latest headlines: more than 350 NDP volunteers and trade union members signed an open letter calling for the end of Site C; a coalition of 14 First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta and the Northwest Territories also sent an open letter to the BC government urging it to cancel the project; Harry Swain, who chaired the federal-provincial review panel on Site C in 2013-14, details some of the forgotten, damaging costs of the project. 

Prominent NDP Members, NDP Volunteers and Trade Unionists Sign Open Letter to the Premier Urging Site C Cancellation

The NDP government is days away from making their decision regarding whether or not to complete or kill Site C, a decision which will have implications for BC's economic, social and environmental future. As it remains unclear which way the NDP government is currently leaning, supporters want to ensure the government they voted for is clear on their expectations as long-time, dedicated NDP organizers and union members.

Indigenous groups in Alberta, N.W.T. say they've borne 'enormous costs' from B.C. dams, call for end to Site C

A coalition of 14 First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta and the Northwest Territories called on B.C. Premier John Horgan to cancel the Site C dam on the same day provincial cabinet ministers consulted with energy experts to help decide the fate of the controversial project.

he Forgotten Costs of Site C

The press has been full of the debate about the Site C dam lately. Its great cost, its lack of markets, its consequences for the environment (at least a dozen serious, irreversible impacts, more than enough to have doomed any other project), the costs to ratepayers and job-seekers, have all commanded media attention, and properly so. Two issues have received much less attention, however.

What's Best for BC

The latest: focusing on retaining current construction jobs doesn’t reflect longer-term numbers; approving Site C could sink the BC NDP; making sure the BC government knows we don't want the project to go ahead. 

BC Without Site C is Best for Taxpayers

Large hydro projects across Canada are losing their luster and people are standing up against penalizing ratepayers for bad utility decisions. In Newfoundland, Muskrat Falls has saddled ratepayers with billions of dollars in extra debt and an inquiry is underway. The money for Site C is coming from all of us. By focusing on current construction jobs that come at such a high economic and environmental cost, we’re wasting our opportunity to become a leader in Canada’s fastest growing energy technology sector. There’s still a choice. 

Approving Site C Could Sink NDP

Up until now, this has been a BC Liberal boondoggle. The cost overruns, the ballooning debt, the questionable need for such a costly project: this is the Liberals’ mistake alone. But if the government decides to continue with Site C, they will become responsible for the impacts. It will be on the shoulders of this government.

Flood BC Cabinet Offices: We Don't Want Site C! 

We are at the 11th hour of our fight to stop the Site C Dam. The BC NDP Cabinet is meeting with six advisors on the dam RIGHT NOW, and a decision is expected soon!

Take Action: Stop Site C Dam

The Council of Canadians joins with the West Moberly First Nation, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, the Peace Valley Landowner Association, the Sierra Club of BC, the Wilderness Committee, BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, and numerous others in calling on Premier John Horgan's cabinet to cancel the Site C dam.

Site C Decision

Today I am struck by the magnitude of the decision that the BC cabinet must make about the future of the proposed Site C dam. 


Alternative Reality - Say No Before it's Too Late

Today's update: alternative energy is a better choice for the province - it's the future of energy, at less cost and more jobs; lessons to learn from Iceland's geothermal agricultural industry; time is running out to tell the BC government that you want the project canceled.

Future of Energy: Renewables Cost Less

As the cost of renewables comes down, we’re seeing changes in the predominant form of new energy build outs. We’re seeing improved efficiencies in [newer] renewable energy technology that are changing the cost structure. Whereas hydropower still has plenty of labour, concrete, and transmission costs, the technology efficiencies being gained in wind and solar energy are causing the prices to come down; for example, a recent procurement process in Mexico saw solar projects come in cheaper than wind.

Alternative Energy Industry Will Create More Jobs

“By 2054, the B.C. Utilities Commission alternative portfolio will have created three times as many jobs as Site C,” Karen Bakker, one of the authors of the report and co-director of the Program on Water Governance, told DeSmog Canada.

Learning from Geothermal Fuelled Greenhouses in Iceland

With the cold climate and long winter nights, Iceland has 20 hours of darkness in the winter, and almost no arable land. The country’s residents depend on greenhouses for much of fresh vegetables. Over the past few decades, Iceland has gone from importing almost all of its produce to growing almost all of it. The countryside is dotted with greenhouses, all heated by green, geothermal energy.

Tell Government You Want Site C Cancelled - Before it's Too Late

Our government leaders need to hear from you NOW before they make a final decision on Site C. Let them know that it is clear from the BCUC report on Site C that the project needs to be cancelled immediately and that they have your full support when they make that decision.

Understanding Costs and Transforming Markets

Today's update: alleviating concerns that the money spent Site C to date is a waste (it's not); experts say alternative energy sources will compete with fossil fuel plants even with the added cost of battery storage; BC's plan for electricity rate freeze is on shaky ground. 

Sunk Costs on Site C Not Wasted

Given that only $562 million has been spent on construction activities on-site as of June 30th, 2017, it seems unlikely that it would cost $1.8 billion to remediate the site. Areas that were cleared within the last year showed vigorous regrowth of trees and vegetation last summer.

Record Cheap Electricity is Transforming World Energy Markets as Canada Struggles to Keep Up

Cost overruns at two Canadian hydroelectric stations now under construction, B.C's controversial Site C and Newfoundland's expensive Muskrat Falls, have drawn attention to an electricity system in transition.

BC Hydro's Awkward Case for Rate Freeze Puts NDP Promise into Jeopardy

Any operational savings will be a pittance, argued Austin, because what really drives Hydro’s rates is the almost $1.8 billion it is spending each year on capital projects, like fixing old transmission lines and generation equipment. That will jump to $2.4 billion a year if the NDP let the Site C dam proceed.