UPDATES FROM THE CAMPAIGN
April 26, 2017
STATEMENT ON INDIGENOUS RIGHTS AND THE NEED TO REVIEW THE SITE C DAM PROJECT
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Federation of Post-Secondary Educations of British Columbia calls on the B.C. government to respect the Aboriginal rights of the Treaty 8 First Nations, especially the indigenous peoples of the Peace River watershed.
"We further call on the B.C. government to uphold that principle and immediately to refer the Site C dam project for review and recommendations under Section 5 of the BC Utilities Commission Act, and additionally, to delay issuance of any further permits or authorizations until such review has been completed and until the courts have decided on First Nations’ land issues at stake," the statement reads.
The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of B.C. is the provincial voice for faculty and staff in B.C. teaching universities, colleges and institutes, and in private sector institutions. Member locals, represented by Presidents' Council and the Executive, represent over 10,000 faculty and staff at 18 public and 12 private sector institutions.
April 25, 2017
WHERE DO THE PARTIES STAND ON SITE C?
The BC election is just two weeks away and media outlets, including the Globe & Mail, are calling Site C an election issue. So where do the parties stand? Let's look at their platforms.
BC Liberals: "Driving forward, today's BC Liberals will complete the Site C dam, creating clean, green energy for the next 100 years" (pg. 36).
BC NDP: "Where new hydro electricity is needed, the BC NDP will focus on maximizing capacity of current infrastructure. Rather than new dams, we can generate new power by upgrading existing dams" (pg 65). Party Leader John Horgan has repeatedly stated that the party would send Site C to the BC Utilities Commission for review.
BC Greens: The platform calls Site C "unnecessary and destructive" (pg 61); party leader Andrew Weaver has said he would kill the project.
April 19, 2017
NEW REPORT FROM UBC ACADEMICS CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF SITE C: PROJECT IS "UNECONOMIC"
One day after BC Liberal leader Christy Clark went to Fort St. John to tout the benefits of the Site C mega-dam, a report from the University of British Columbia called the project "uneconomic" and called for it's suspension.
“The business case for Site C is far weaker now than when the project was launched, to the point that the Project is now uneconomic,” said Karen Bakker, Canada Research Chair and director of UBC’s Program on Water Governance, which prepared the report. “The good news is that we are not past the point of no return, according to our analysis.”
The report has turned Site C into a bona fide election issue.
The full report, background and press release are available here.
March 28, 2017