BC Hydro has already confirmed 35 separate cases of COVID-19 at the work site.”, Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer, said: “Site C isn’t a dam, it’s a money pit. That correction was not sent to The VOICE. ... “The province has all the reasons it could possibly need to shut down this boondoggle,” stated Grand Chief Stewart, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC). However, after a reader challenged that figure and The VOICE checked the UBCIC website, we found that figure was “$100 million”. https://biv.com/article/2020/09/halt-site-c-dam-construction-green-leader ], […] suffers from financial and technical problems. Most damning of all, independent experts say there's no demand for the Site C Dam. Several leaders are calling for the shutdown of construction work camps associated with the Site C dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia while the province deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the first moves of the NDP government of British Columbia was to ask the BC Utilities Commission to examine the Site C dam and to report on the finances of this project by November 1. But construction workers continue to work at residential and industrial projects. Although BC Hydro has scaled back its workforce, it continues to fly workers in and out from across B.C. News Release January 18, 2021. West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson says the NDP government should immediately suspend the Site C dam construction work. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. In a strongly worded letter, the Union of B.C. BC Hydro says it has committed to not move any Site C worker in self-isolation at camp into the city. "What I have been told, and I have not been down there, is the camp has shrunk significantly," Ackerman said. THE Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) said on Monday that a new report by Premier John Horgan’s special advisor on Site C provides yet another reason why this massively destructive and massively over-budget project must be stopped. “The province has all the reasons it could possibly need to shut down this boondoggle,” said  Grand Chief Stewart, UBCIC President. PV; October 1, 2017 Statement by the BC Committee, Communist Party of Canada, Sept. 17, 2017. He needs a legal decision to decide weather he could shut down non essential inter provincial travel during the Covid crisis between Alta and BC when he can use emergency power. At 170 tonnes, the turbine part is so big it took consultants two years of planning to prepare for its transportation. Voice newspaper is your news, top stories, crime stories, entertainment, sports, events, auto and health website. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It is inconceivable that BC Hydro is reportedly spending $100 million every month to continue construction, despite the countless critical concerns and the irrefutable fact that the dam may never be completed. BC Hydro has reported 40 cases of COVID-19 related to Site C since March 1, 2020, including one new cases Jan. 20. "In all honesty, Site C ... is not a vital thing to our society. . As of March 25, there were 875 people staying at the Site C dam camp, with 12 in “self-isolation” due to flu-like symptoms, according to BC Hydro. One of the more intriguing demands by those opposing the Site C dam is that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau step in and block its construction, using the argument that the dam infringes First Nations' rights and poses environmental risk. Hydro's Site C dam project on the Peace River near Fort St. John in August. BC Hydro has reported 40 cases of COVID-19 related to Site C since March 1, 2020, including one new cases Jan. 20. Several leaders are calling for the shutdown of construction work camps associated with the Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia while the province deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. work camps, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. B.C. "Given the close quarters and inevitable contact points at the [worker camp], an outbreak of COVID-19 would be disastrous and with dire implications for nearby communities, including First Nation communities," it read. After a 1,000-kilometre journey across northern B.C. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also advocated for balance. It’s time for Premier Horgan to do the right thing and shut this boondoggle down before any more harm is done.”, [EDITOR’S NOTE: The original statement sent by Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) stated an expenditure of “$100 billion” every month to continue the construction of the Site C dam. Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer, concluded, “Site C isn’t a dam, it’s a money pit. and Alberta, despite calls from the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and Fort St. John city councillors to shut down the project during the pandemic. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. NDP Leader John Horgan open to shutting down Site C dam. It is inconceivable that BC Hydro is reportedly spending $100 million every month to continue construction, despite the countless critical concerns and the irrefutable fact that the dam may never be completed. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. It is evident the financial interests of British Columbia must be aligned with First Nation Title and Rights – aligned with the preservation and conservation of our environment and the continued stewardship of our lands and waters for generations to come. Meanwhile, the United Nations’ top anti-racism body has once again reiterated concerns that construction of the Site C dam violates Canada’s international human rights obligations. Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees, contractors and members of the public. LNG Canada winds down, Site C work presses on amid coronavirus pandemic. The Peace River Regional District says there are “very serious concerns” with a BC Hydro plan that could see hundreds of trucks per day hauling rock materials down to Site C. The 85th Avenue industrial lands next to Fort St. John are being excavated for glacial till, needed to construct the earth fill dam core and approach channel lining. BC Hydro is poised to divert part of a major river to build the $10-billion Site C mega dam in northern B.C. For years, the project has faced vocal opposition and controversy. Photo By BC Hydro The West Moberly First Nation is warning the John Horgan government that it will seek another injunction against the Site C dam if the government doesn’t halt work pending a cabinet decision on whether it's safe to proceed. In 2017 and 2019, the CERD called for an immediate halt to construction of Site C. In a November 2020 letter to Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, made public this month, the committee once again flagged its ongoing concern over the project and expressed “regret” over Canada’s misinterpretation of its human rights obligations. UBCIC, Fort St. John city councillors call for shutdown of Site C project during COVID-19. due to concerns they’re COVID-19 “incubators,” and 250 cases at … Supreme Court ruled Monday that it would be "contrary to the public interest" to allow demonstrators to continue trying to shut down work on the Site C dam. There's a turbine runner on the move that's heading towards BC Hydro's Site C Clean Energy Project and it's big. Hydro's Site C dam project on the Peace River near Fort St. John in August. "There's a lot of essential pieces that need to move in our communities, in our province, in our country," she said. “In my lifetime, there has never been a more important time for Canada to demonstrate support for institutions of democracy,” wrote Govender in a statement. Additionally, we support the  widespread calls to suspend construction during the COVID-19 pandemic out of fear that an outbreak at the work camp could overwhelm local communities, including highly vulnerable First Nations. As of July this year, more than 4,600 workers were employed on the Site C hydroelectric dam project, according to BC Hydro, about 3,400 of whom were British Columbians. Construction of Site C is destroying the precious and irreplaceable Peace River Valley – and wasting billions of dollars that the province can’t afford – all for a project that will almost certainly never be completed.”. has been flat since 2005 and recent mill closures have reduced provincial energy consumption.. LNG Canada, a consortium of some of the world’s most profitable oil and gas corporations, cut its workforce in half in response to the … Add some “good” to your morning and evening. An aerial view of the Site C powerhouse, penstocks and intakes, October 2020. "They have put in place protocols for social distancing and personal hygiene throughout the camp.". Audience Relations, CBC P.O. Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer, concluded, “Site C isn’t a dam, it’s a money pit. THE Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) said on Monday that a new report by Premier John Horgan’s special advisor on Site C provides yet another reason why this massively destructive and massively over-budget project must be stopped. BC Hydro said it sent home 700 workers from the Site C project as part of efforts to scale down construction during the pandemic. Leaders debate 2020: Is the Site C Dam project the NDP’s dumpster fire? He needs a legal decision to decide weather he could shut down non essential inter provincial travel during the Covid crisis between Alta and BC when he can use emergency power. this week. We provide you with the latest breaking news and videos as they occur. Justice G. Bruce Butler of the B.C. Latest updates. It is not an emergency service. Local states of emergency were suspended by the province Thursday so it can implement a more systemic and uniform response to the pandemic across B.C. A legal challenge by West Moberly, scheduled to be heard in court before the dam is completed, alleges that flooding the Peace River Valley is an unjustifiable violation of these constitutionally protected rights and therefore must be stopped. We have been monitoring COVID-19 closely and have been taking appropriate action as the situation evolves. The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs has asked Premier John Horgan to immediately cancel the project as it is “massively destructive and […]. B.C. It is inconceivable that BC Hydro is reportedly spending $100 million every month to continue construction, despite the countless critical concerns and the irrefutable fact that the dam may never be completed. A massive piece of dam equipment that's heavier than a space shuttle is being transported from Brazil through northern B.C., bound for the controversial Site C dam mega-project near Fort St. John. Provinces always look askance (or worse) when a federal government tries to stick its nose in their constitutionally-protected business, whatever it might be. ... on a promise to kill the Site C dam. Lori Ackerman, the mayor of Fort St. John, says BC Hydro has worked with Northern Health to build up specific protocols related to the outbreak. to shut down work camps or risk further community spread with northern hospitals already stretched thin. The West Moberly First Nations have treaty-protected rights to hunt, fish, trap and practice their traditional way of life in the Peace River Valley. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Trevor Bolin, who advocated the site be temporarily shut down. If Trudeau were to indeed try to shut down the dam's construction, he would create a constitutional firestorm that would mortify all provincial governments. Site C is primarily in service of LNG. Its market is also in deep trouble. Learn how your comment data is processed. And the dam will flood the Peace River Valley, forcing people from their homes and violating Indiginous Treaty Rights, destroying rich farmland, and submerging the habitat of 100 endangered species. Shut Down Site C Now, Communists Urge. The federal Green Party also followed suit, saying, "We are navigating uncharted territory with this pandemic.". You have entered an incorrect email address! One of the more intriguing demands by those opposing the Site C dam is that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau step in and block its construction, using the argument that the dam infringes First Nations' rights and poses environmental risk. This highly discriminatory and dishonest conduct of Canada may be a preview of what will happen if the province continues to fight for Site C in court. The continued search for and lack of solutions is highly alarming and confirms what First Nations have been saying all along: the integrity and validity of the Site C Dam is elusive and fundamentally imperiled. A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you. A long-time tradesman whose son is working on the Site C Dam, says BC Hydro should suspend construction due to the novel coronavirus. Shut down construction sites until COVID-19 threat has passed, says wife of worried worker, $40B LNG project cuts hundreds of workers to prevent COVID-19 spread in B.C. Photo: Jayce Hawkins / The Narwhal The revelations come as calls grow for B.C. It says there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Site C. Fort St. John, the city closest to the campsites, declared a local state of emergency Tuesday, in part due to concerns infected workers at the site could overwhelm the local hospital. Site C COVID-19. BC Hydro ‘scaling down’ work on Site C Dam amid coronavirus pandemic Published March 18, 2020 3:59 pm. (BC Hydro/Contributed) As of July this year, more than 4,600 workers were employed on the Site C hydroelectric dam project, according to BC Hydro, about 3,400 of whom were British Columbians. An excavator dredges out a channel at the entrance to one of the river diversion tunnels on B.C. John Horgan missed his first opportunity to shut Site C down shortly after his election. Under a provincial state of emergency declaration, restaurants, bars, hair salons and tattoo parlours have been ordered shut down. B.C.’s first Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender tweeted that Canada should ignore its own laws and obey a United Nations directive to end three resource development projects including the Trans Mountain pipeline. The NDP government designated the Site C dam — slated to be completed in 2024 — an essential service even though energy demand in B.C. "[And] we have put in fairly strict requirements for things like [Site C].". A pathetic weak Premier. Site C dam’s civil works in serious trouble almost one year before public disclosures On Sept. 12, 2019, nearly one year before the public learned of the project’s rising price tag, BC Hydro informed the assurance board that geotechnical risks were “likely,” potentially increasing costs and causing a schedule delay. After months of calls to shut down industrial work sites in northern B.C. The independent experts clearly weren’t fooled. ... but work on the Site C Dam in B.C.’s Peace Region is pressing ahead amid the growing novel coronavirus crisis. Indian Chiefs also asked for a shutdown, citing the risk of spread and the lack of adequate medical services in northeastern B.C. Mining Vital to Vancouver’s Economic HealthGuest's website: http://www.resourceworks.com/Produced by http://www.HoweStreet.comStay Informed! It is a structure that is being built," said Stewart. A pathetic weak Premier. He has a perfect opportunity now to pull the plug before further billions are invested in a dam which may be unbuildable, or if built, so expensive we will be up to our necks in debt. "I personally would like the province to come in, shut it down and send everybody home.". Here is the latest publicly reported data: Number of people in camp - 950 Number of people in self-isolation at camp - 7 There … "[If] there was an outbreak at Site C, our hospital would be inundated with patients that we could not handle, that our health system couldn't handle, with the seven ventilators that we have in the community," said Coun. A massive turbine part for the Site C dam, shown here at highway weigh scales near Vanderhoof, is being transported 1,000 kilometres across northern B.C. An excavator dredges out a channel at the entrance to one of the river diversion tunnels on B.C. Site C Dam construction must be immediately halted: Union of BC Indian... 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The NDP government designated the Site C dam — slated to be completed in 2024 — an essential service even though energy demand in B.C. “After five months of study, it has been confirmed that the report of special advisor Peter Milburn, which still awaits cabinet and public scrutiny, could not identify any safe way to complete Site C. Furthermore, Premier Horgan has revealed that the province has hired two international experts to conduct additional reviews in light of Milburn’s lack of capacity to address safety challenges related to geotechnical issues. There is only one turbine runner being transported to the site at a time and the . Byron Stewart argued for a shutdown as well. The lawsuit seeks compensation or an order to shut it down and return the river valley to its natural state. The Green Party is lobbying the government to lay them off and shut the project shut down, pending an independent review of the project’s costs and progress, or lack thereof. Now, Site C is just a few months away from rerouting the Peace River near Fort St John, a temporary measure that could last … The province continues to bleed cash for an unstable project that continues to endanger the Title and Rights of First Nations and the health and safety of many communities. As of July this year, more than 4,600 workers were employed on the Site C hydroelectric dam project, according to BC Hydro, about 3,400 of whom were British Columbians. It is not a front-line service. Chief Don Tom, UBCIC Vice President, said: “In a move that betrays all efforts to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the federal and provincial governments tried to convince the UN anti-racism committee that destroying the Peace River Valley was consistent with Canada’s human rights commitments. The Site C dam could be up and running by 2020, providing about 900 megawatts of power and 4,600 gigawatt hours of electricity every year, Premier Gordon Campbell said Monday. Leaders debate 2020: Is the Site C Dam project the NDP’s dumpster fire? ... Site C dam construction is scheduled to be complete in 2024 or 2025. B.C. Unsafe in Every Sense: Site C Dam Construction Must Be Immediately Halted. . If you have a COVID-19-related story we should pursue that affects British Columbians, please email us at impact@cbc.ca. The utilities company says it has also implemented several safety measures at the site including scaling back on construction, restricting non-essential travel for employees and consultants and postponing non-essential site tours. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC) The camp, which has 864 people, currently has 12 workers at the site who are self-isolating as of March 26, according to BC Hydro. 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