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“Disturbing the Peace: The story of the Site C dam” PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 09:13

 

Posted on June 20, 2016 1:36 pm

 by Laila Yuile

 

 in BC LiberalsBC NDPBC PoliticsFederal politicsLaila Yuile,LNG/frackingSite CThe Environment // 14 Comments

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Since covering the Site C stories in earnest, I’ve come to highly respect the work done by DeSmog and in particular of Sarah Cox and Emma Gilchrist, whose affinity for the issues and people they cover reminds me of my own.

Last week Sarah broke the compelling news that BC Hydro is forcing the departure of Ken and Arlene Boone from the land they own, by Christmas: http://www.desmog.ca/2016/06/15/bc-hydro-tells-farmers-fighting-site-c-dam-vacate-property-christmas

 

This is Arlene standing in their incredible oat crop of 2011.Yes, she’s standing up in this photo… this is how rich the land is here.

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And this is the view they see from their bedroom window every day when they wake up.

 

BC Hydro plans to build a new highway through the part of their property that isn’t going to be flooded and if they end up expropriated, you can bet Hydro will demolish all of it during this coming winter.

 

I have always written with purpose, with intent to reveal,change or right a wrong if I can. I’m not a reporter, I’m a writer first and foremost, a story-teller who documents and shares the stories you often won’t find on your own,or reported in the mainstream news.

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“Disturbing the Peace: The story of the Site C dam” PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 09:10

 

Posted on June 20, 2016 1:36 pm by Laila Yuile

 in BC LiberalsBC NDPBC PoliticsFederal politicsLaila Yuile,LNG/frackingSite CThe Environment 

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Since covering the Site C stories in earnest, I’ve come to highly respect the work done by DeSmog and in particular of Sarah Cox and Emma Gilchrist, whose affinity for the issues and people they cover reminds me of my own.

Last week Sarah broke the compelling news that BC Hydro is forcing the departure of Ken and Arlene Boone from the land they own, by Christmas: http://www.desmog.ca/2016/06/15/bc-hydro-tells-farmers-fighting-site-c-dam-vacate-property-christmas

 

This is Arlene standing in their incredible oat crop of 2011.Yes, she’s standing up in this photo… this is how rich the land is here.

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SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:13

 SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT; CHIEF IAN CAMPBELL COMMENTS

Posted on June 16, 2016 by Leah Newman

NORTH VANCOUVER — Just minutes ago, the Squamish Nation filed an application in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver. See Chief Ian Campbell comments below

“The Squamish Nation is stunned that the NEB has recommended that the Kinder Morgan expansion project be approved by the federal government — without first properly consulting the Squamish Nation on the impacts of the project on its aboriginal rights and title. Nor assessing the project through a real environmental assessment process.

 As a result, the Squamish Nation has no other choice but to challenge the NEB recommendation — by going to court.

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SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:05
SQUAMISH NATION TAKES KINDER MORGAN TO COURT; CHIEF IAN CAMPBELL COMMENTS Posted on June 16, 2016 by Leah Newman NORTH VANCOUVER — Just minutes ago, the Squamish Nation filed an application in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver. See Chief Ian Campbell comments below “The Squamish Nation is stunned that the NEB has recommended that the Kinder Morgan expansion project be approved by the federal government — without first properly consulting the Squamish Nation on the impacts of the project on its aboriginal rights and title. Nor assessing the project through a real environmental assessment process. As a result, the Squamish Nation has no other choice but to challenge the NEB recommendation — by going to court. To this end, on June 16, 2016 the Nation filed an application with the Federal Court of Appeal to address the breaches of the Crown’s constitutional duties to consult the Squamish Nation, to properly assess the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the project and the lack of procedural fairness. – In its application, the Nation is asking the court to quash the NEB decision. That it be referred back to the NEB for reconsideration. The Squamish Nation categorically rejects the NEB report. We simply can not — will not — approve it for the following reasons: – We’re stunned to learn that the NEB finds that any risk of an oil spill in Burrard Inlet is acceptable — when the risk of valuable marine habitat destruction is so high. – In its own research the NEB Board admits that the heavy oil may sink in certain circumstances and potentially fouling the shoreline of Burrard Inlet. And further, that this heavy oil may be resistant to biodegradation and cleanup. – Both Trans Mountain and Environment Canada state that additional research is needed to understand the fate and behavior of dilbit spills. The NEB does not ahve the scientific data is needs to make a decision on this project. – How can the NEB make a recommendation to approve without fully consulting the Squamish Nation on the project? A promise of further studies give us no comfort. We need to understand the impacts now before we can make an informed decision on this project. Therefore NEB is, in essence, making a recommendation to approve the project without fully taking into account our aboriginal rights and title. –This past December, Prime Minister Trudeau talked to First Nations about becoming working partners — about renewal and reconciliation. If that is true — beyond fine words and lofty rhetoric — we need the Prime Minister and his government to meet with us about saving Burrard Inlet — now.”
 
BC Hydro Paying Millions to Independent Power Producers to Not Produce Power Due to Oversupply PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 16 April 2016 17:25

EXCLUSIVE:

Judith Lavoie • Desnog

http://www.desmog.ca/2016/04/05/b-c-hydro-paying-independent-power-producers-not-produce-power-due-oversupply

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 17:06

Transmission lines

 

A state-of-the-art gas thermal power plant in Campbell River sits idle 90 per cent of the time, but — under a contract that runs until April 2022 — BC Hydro is paying about $55-million a year to ensure emergency power is available if needed, DeSmog Canada has learned.
 
The Island Generation plant, with a 275-megawatt capability, meaning it is capable of powering about one-third of Vancouver Island homes, is owned by Capital Power Corp., and is fired up only for peak power demands or when there are problems with subsea cables from the mainland that usually power Vancouver Island.
 
The company only incurs minor expenses as there is a skeleton crew of about 14 people and few maintenance problems, meaning it is similar to being paid for parking a vehicle in a garage, said a former employee.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 12:21
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