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.
This was her response:
Did you get that? Hydro has a tight deadline to protect nesting birds and protect the environment and ecosystem…. It’s almost as if she doesn’t make the connection that he is asking her about the homes,farms,trees, pastures etc that are about to be steamrolled, torn out, cut down and or flooded?
Which is why I ask each of you to watch this video. Have a kleenex ready because this brought me to tears. This is so well done and highlights exactly what is wrong with this project.
This entire valley and this entire province has been done an egregious wrong by the BC government in refusing to allow the BC Utilities Commission to review this,particularly while there are cases still before the courts.This is not how we should be doing things in BC. This project needs to be made a province wide issue, right now. There is a process to follow the province created. Yet now they refuse to allow this project to go through it.
The costs of this dam, are more than we can bear as a province. Because as Harry Swain states here, I too “think we are making a very big mistake, a very expensive one…”