Today's update: moving ahead with Site C could mean billion dollar lawsuits from First Nations; more on the misleading job numbers; food security in BC comes from farming the land, not flooding it; a discussion board to read concerns about the project - and voice yours.
Billion Dollar Treaty Violation
Thielmann said he didn't see a way for government to approve the project while also adhering to the principals of UNDRIP and the 2014 Tsilhqot'in Supreme Court decision, which indicated Indigenous land rights cannot be violated without "compelling and substantial" objectives.
Finishing Site C Could Spark Billion Dollar Lawsuit
"He's got unions yanking on him but he needs to understand the effects of what's going on here and how it's affecting a promised way of life, a constitutionally protected way of life."
Truth on Job Numbers
Site C jobs are often cited as a main reason to proceed with the $9 billion dam on B.C.’s Peace River. But how many jobs would Site C actually create? Are there really 2,375 people currently employed on the project, as widely reported this month?
Food Security in BC: Increase Irrigated Land Area
What are the implications for food security? Facts and figures help paint a picture. B.C.’s farmers currently produce about 50 per cent of all foods consumed within the province. A 50 per cent increase in irrigated farmland — from 190,000 to 285,000 hectares — would be required within the next 20 years for British Columbians to attain food security.
I realize the hour is late. I hope you can help us, those of us who remember that there was an effort made to dam the mighty Fraser River and wish to STOP the Site C.