“Disturbing the Peace: The story of the Site C dam” Print
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Written 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


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.


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.


Things like this impending eviction -why have the big questions on this dam been largely left to independent media or watchdogs like myself to ask?   Things like how rarely anyone in the press has challenged the government on the biggest,most expensive infrastructure project this province has ever seen. And one that the government failed to allow the BC Utilities Commission to perform due diligence on.


It’s frightening how both government and BC Hydro are so rarely questioned or challenged on their claims, most of which are easily shown to be misleading if not completely incorrect.


On that note, two things for you. I spent a bit of time over the weekend trying to get certain media outlets to cover this story, to no avail. One reporter, Jonny Wakefield of the Alaska Highway News, did get to Premier Clark and asked her during her photo op during the Peace area flooding, what her thoughts were on the expropriations.