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BC Hydro seeks injunction against Site C protesters PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 25 February 2016 08:51

BC Hydro seeks injunction against Site C protesters

David Suzuki, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip rally in opposition to controversial project

CBC News Posted: Feb 22, 2016 12:07 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016 12:26 PM PT

A handful of protesters rally outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver in opposition to BC Hydro's controversial Site C project.

A handful of protesters rally outside B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver in opposition to BC Hydro's controversial Site C project. (CBC)

BC Hydro is seeking an injunction today in B.C. Supreme Court as it looks to end to the protest against its controversial Site C dam project.

The Crown corporation says the injunction is necessary to keep the project on schedule and budget, and claims protesters have prevented contractors from completing their work. It is also seeking punitive damages and costs. 

Demonstrators have been camped out in a remote area near Fort St. John since Dec. 31.

David Suzuki at Site C protest camp

David Suzuki, third from the right, and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, centre, joined protesters at the Site C protest camp at Rocky Mountain Fort earlier this month. (Yvonne Tupper/Facebook)

Outside the court today, activist David Suzuki was joined by a handful of demonstrators calling on the province to abandon the project.

Suzuki says Ottawa's commitment to the Paris climate deal last December should give it reason to reconsider the future of Site C.

"It seems crazy to put farmland in the north under water when that valley can be the bread basket of the north. Food has to be grown much closer to where it is going to be consumed," he said. 

Suzuki was joined outside the courthouse by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip who also voiced his opposition. 

"It's very important wildlife habitat for the treaty people," Phillip said. "We intend to fight this fight on the land, in the courts, and through the political process. We stand in vehement opposition."

Site C protest

Protesters have camped out near the Site C dam project in northern B.C. since Dec. 31, 2015. (Yvonne Tupper)

 

Site C jobs in demand

Meanwhile in Prince George, organizers of a job fair for Site C say they're expecting hundreds of people to attend this afternoon.

Last week, 3,000 people lined up for hours at several Site C job fairs in northeastern B.C. The fairs allow applicants to speak with contractors who are hiring.

BC Hydro announced in December it would spend $1.75 billion to build the earthen dam, foundation, two diversion tunnels and spillways.

 
David Suzuki, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip lend support to Site C protesters PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 25 February 2016 08:01

By Online News Producer  Global News

 

 

 

WATCH: Environmentalist David Suzuki and Grand Chief Stewart Philip join a protest to stop the Site C dam project. John Hua reports, and Keith Baldrey looks at the debate raging in the B.C. Legislature.

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A prominent scientist and First Nations leader are lending their support to protesters opposing the construction of the Site C dam near Fort St. John.

Environmentalist David Suzuki and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, held a press conference this morning in support of a camp of protesters at the Rocky Mountain Fort on the Peace River, who have been blocking construction since the beginning of this year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2016 08:39
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All-Native Basketball champs cry foul over LNG sponsors PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 February 2016 18:53

 

Reigning champs fear they could be kicked out of tournament for public anti-LNG stance

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News Posted: Feb 05, 2016 3:15 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 05, 2016 3:44 PM PT

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lng-has-no-place-at-native-bball-tourney-says-haida-team-1.3435783A

champion Haida sports team is crying foul over liquefied natural gas (LNG) sponsorship of the All Native Basketball Tournament. And the Skidegate Saints fear they'll be turfed from play for pushing their anti-LNG message.

But it's a risk Saint's point guard Desi Collinson is willing to take.

"[LNG sponsorship] is tarnishing our sacred tournament," said Desi Collinson, a frequent tournament MVP and co-captain of the reigning four-time champion Saints. 

Collinson says his team considered pulling out of the tournament entirely. But the defending champions decided to compete after consulting Haida elders.

"We're gonna make it more than a basketball tournament and spread information and educate people," Collinson told CBC.

Off the court, the Saints plan to wear anti-LNG T-shirts and hand out anti-LNG pamphlets and buttons to the hundreds of indigenous players from coastal B.C. and Alaska and the thousands of fans in the stands.

But tournament organizers say they'll stop that full court press. 

"No one's going to be doing that kind of stuff here," countered Peter Haugen, board president for the All Native Basketball Tournament.  "Someone can do whatever they want outside the building but inside the gymnasium and the arena ... we've always stopped it. We're a basketball tournament, right? We're not a political venue." 

"So many teams and First Nations are against these [LNG] companies and tankers coming through our waters," says Collinson. "It takes certain people to stand up and say no,"

'LNG is going to take away from our culture'

This year, more than half the tournament's top sponsors are LNG companies, proposing major liquified natural gas projects while investing in gas fracking in northern B.C.

Some coastal First Nations are partners in LNG development or have signed benefit agreements. But B.C.'s LNG plans have also sparked opposition over concerns about upstream gas frackingand  the construction of LNG facilities in sensitive coastal habitats

Desi Collinson

Skidegate Saints point guard Desi Collinson [right] protesting against oil pipelines on the basketball court, with David Suzuki, at an earlier game. (Facebook)

"I'm concerned about how these mega -projects come in to our beautiful, pristine coast. It's gonna be a takeover. I 'm concerned about the coast, about my home," said Collinson. "LNG is gonna take away from our culture: how we eat, how we harvest on the ocean."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:57
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Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land set out conditions to protect lands PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 21:02

Peaceful camp occupancy continues at Site C dam construction site

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FORT CAMP, BC, Treaty 8 Territory, CNW/ - First Nation members today called on the Canadian and British Columbian governments to embrace a three-point plan that will protect lands at imminent threat of destruction as preparatory work continues to build the Site C dam.

"As Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land, we have been camped out at Rocky Mountain Fort for many days in accordance with our belief that the Site C dam project represents a direct, and unnecessary threat to the traditional lands of Treaty 8 peoples," said Yvonne Tupper. "We call on Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Christy Clark to work with us to ensure that these lands are protected by temporarily suspending approvals to log forests, build roads, and clear further lands in preparation for dam construction."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 23:22
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David Suzuki and Grand Chief Phillip Travel to Peace Valley Camp to support Treaty 8 Opposition to Site C PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:47
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January 12, 2016
David Suzuki and Grand Chief Phillip Travel to Peace Valley Camp to support Treaty 8 Opposition to Site C
 
 
(Treaty 8 Territory/Rocky Mountain Fort Camp, B.C. – January 12, 2016) The historic Rocky Mountain Fort Camp in the Peace Valley, populated by Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land and local landowners opposing BC Hydro’s Site C dam, received a high profile visit today from Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and well known environmentalist David Suzuki, who have joined together in their support of Treaty 8 First Nations opposition to the proposed Site C.
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Trudeau orders crude oil tanker traffic moratorium for B.C. North Coast PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 November 2015 15:29
 

 

 
‘Arrogant’ sponsor accused of kicking teen out of soccer team facing consumer backlash PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 01 November 2015 13:33
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A multinational aquaculture corporation is facing a consumer backlash after being accused of forcing a soccer club it sponsors in northern Vancouver Island to kick a 14-year-old girl and telling her to find different sport after she refused to stop criticizing the practice of salmon farming .

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 November 2015 13:42
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THE IMPERATIVE TO SAVE OLD GROWTH IN THE WALBRAN VALLEY PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 18 October 2015 19:18

THE IMPERATIVE TO SAVE OLD GROWTH IN THE WALBRAN VALLEY

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Project

 https://www.wildernesscommittee.org/sites/all/files/images/UnprotectedCastleGiant_ShaneJohnson.JPG

The Castle Giant is a monumental red cedar growing in the unprotected Upper Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. This red cedar measures over 16ft wide at the base and was used by scientists for canopy research projects.

 

The Castle Giant is a monumental red cedar growing in the unprotected Upper Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island. This red cedar measures over 16ft wide at the base and was used by scientists for canopy research projects.

 

Over the years Citizens have been concerned about the loss of old growth temperate raincoast forests in British Columbia and now we have arrived at the point where it is imperative that no more old growth should be sacrificed.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 07:27
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Fort Nelson First Nation wins legal challenge stopping Nexen water license for fracking in British Columbia PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 07 September 2015 17:37

Monday, September 7, 2015      

Fort Nelson First Nation has won a major legal challenge against the BC government and Nexen Inc., an upstream oil and gas company. The first long-term water license granted in the Horn River Basin for shale gas fracking has been cancelled, effective immediately, by the Environmental Appeal Board.


The license, issued to Nexen in 2012, authorized the company to pump millions of cubic meters of water from Tsea Lake, a small lake in FNFN territory, each year until 2017.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 00:34
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First Nations in northern B.C. worry Site C dam will obliterate their heritage PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 30 August 2015 21:18

First Nations in northern B.C. worry Site C dam will obliterate their heritage

By MARK HUME

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/site-c/article26154330/

PEACE RIVER VALLEY, B.C. — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 8:24PM EDT

 But as Mark Hume reports, BC Hydro’s proposed Site C dam threatens to obliterate that heritage.

Gerry Attachie stood beside the small, unmarked grave that was overgrown with Saskatoon berry shrubs and looked out over the Peace River Valley.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2015 20:13
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