Watch this new 5-minute video about the Site C dam

Brent Patterson
4 years ago

A new 5-minute video gives an overview of a Council of Canadians and Wilderness Committee town hall meeting on Site C that was held in October 2016.

The outreach for it had noted, "Join Grand Chief Stewart Phillip with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Emma Gilchrist with DeSmog Blog, Ben Parfitt with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Morag Keegan-Henry of Fight C for an evening of myth busting and truth telling. These folks will be cutting to the chase, and you'll leave with some knowledge and tools to help put an end to this boondoggle."

More than 200 people came out for the event!

That evening, Vancouver-based Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui posted on Facebook, "AJ Klein and Joe Foy from Wilderness Committee kick the evening off for the #SiteC townhall after beautiful welcome from Cecilia Point from Musqueam Nation." The event was held on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people.

Lui also tweeted:

  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip @UBCIC: British Columbians are going to get stuck with this $9B boondoggle. #SiteC #9billIHeist #bcpoli
  • @BenParfittCCPA: average cost over run for dams is 70%, and residents are going to pay the price. #SiteC

To watch the 5-minute video, please click here.

Site C is a proposed 60-metre high, 1,050-metre-long earth-filled dam and hydroelectric generation station on the Peace River between the communities of Hudson's Hope and Taylor on Treaty 8 territory in northeastern British Columbia. It would create an 83-kilometre-long reservoir and flood about 5,550 hectares of agricultural land southwest of Fort St. John. It would also submerge 78 First Nations heritage sites, including burial grounds and places of cultural and spiritual significance. Logging and land clearing for the dam began last summer.

Site C is a violation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples right to free, prior and informed consent.

The Tyee has reported, "The BC Liberals told the federal-provincial Joint Review Panel and the public [in 2013] that the price of Site C power would be $83 a megawatt/hour when the cost of Site C was supposed to be $7.9 billion. When Clark announced Site C [in December 2014], the price had gone up to $8.8 billion [but] BC Hydro said the price of power produced by the dam would be $64 a megawatt/hour — 23 per cent less. Project cost up, power price down is not possible. Not remotely. But Clark says it with a straight face. That is Christy Clark energy policy in a nutshell."

The Council of Canadians first formally expressed its opposition to the Site C dam in October 2014.

#StopSiteC #KeepThePeace