It’s a funny thing, writers block. It comes with no warning and disappears just as fast sometimes. Other times it lingers despite trying every single trick in the book to break through whatever mental impasse I’ve erected in my mind.
The past couple of weeks have been frustrating as hell. I’ve all this material at hand.. photos, a video, documents… different posts started, all half done and all are important – at least to me and to most of my readers.
Yet every time I sit down to write…nothing happens. I start a few words and it doesn’t sound right to me. Backspace backspace… delete delete… sometimes an entire paragraph copy, cut and deleted…. and then inevitably I just get so frustrated I slam my device shut and walk away.
There is literally no time for writers block right now. The BC Hydro deadline for Ken and Arlene Boon to leave their home, and the land that has been in their family for generations is looming. Hydro wants them gone by Christmas and Clark made it clear her intention is to get this damn dam past the point of no return. She must have a legacy project and this is her swan song – we make not so funny jokes about the C in Site C standing for Clark but I suspect there’s a bit more truth in that than she would ever admit. Check out the new and exclusive photos posted by DeSmog for a reality check. http://www.desmog.ca/2016/10/18/exclusive-photos-bc-government-frantic-push-site-c-dam-point-of-no-return
There are still ongoing slides and slumps, silt streams visible flowing down the Peace as a result of work in and near the river and today old wild Bill Bennett is up there for the grand opening of the work camp that thankfully was built far enough from the bank it shouldn’t slip down the hill anytime soon…
I should be able to write about something I feel so passionately is wrong not just for First Nations,the Boons and the rest of British Columbia, but the words wouldn’t flow.
I followed Jess Housty on twitter the day and night the Nathan E Stewart sank, and felt physically ill to my stomach at the implications of all the diesel fuel fouling their coastline. Her heartfelt tweets, relaying info from radio chatter and people on the scene. Her anger.
A world class response ? I think not. And where are the feds? Its sad that while our federal government claims to want to build an economy that does not sacrifice the environment, the reality is that we aren’t even close to being able to do that here in BC.
And I think maybe it’s this that is at the heart of my frustration.I’m tired of the even more tiresome generality that it’s “Forces of NO” stopping everything in BC. Those Forces of No don’t want a good economy, they don’t want good jobs, they just want to stop everything…
But while the premier, Rich Coleman and yes good old Billy Bennett talk smack about those trying to slow things down, they rarely talk about why so many are so concerned and yes, opposed to some industries government panders to.
It’s because retiring Energy Minister Bill Bennetts ministry under his oversight is incompetent. http://thetyee.ca/News/2016/05/04/BC-Mining-Oversight-Major-Gaps/
” …too few resources, infrequent inspections, and lack of enforcement.”
We all saw Mt. Polley. It should never have happened.
And how about BC Hydro and the Jordan River dam buyout? The dam could collapse in a sizeable earthquake so they bought out the homes all below it. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-hydro-jordan-river-1.3585351
Yet the WAC dam in the Peace River was left for years without critical repairs and why? No one knows. And while the long overdue repairs to a dam that faces the possibility of breaching during a severe wind event or earthquake are now underway, many have zero confidence in BC Hydro as a result. https://lailayuile.com/2016/03/10/bc-hydro-responses-to-bc-utilities-commission-raises-new-questions-over-wac-bennett-dam-repairs/
Yet Hydro is moving full steam ahead getting Site C done? Kind of reminds me of how the same government is pushing the Massey bridge through without a business case that makes sense to anyone but the premier… while the Pattullo bridge sits rusting away into oblivion and “may be” vulnerable in high wind or seismic events…. http://www.cknw.com/2016/09/28/pattullo-bridge-vulnerable-during-seismic-or-high-wind-events-report/
Meanwhile… the cost of abandoned and contaminated mine sites in BC sits at $508 million, which is up 83% since 2014… http://www.desmog.ca/2016/06/10/cost-abandoned-contaminated-mine-sites-508-million-up-83-cent-2014
And the premier whines about the ‘Forces of NO’?
Turns out we are all actually the ‘Forces of Know Better’…
Who at times, know better than mines minister Bill Bennett himself, who was ‘surprised’ earlier this year by the shortfall of the cleanup fund. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-mines-minister-surprised-by-cleanup-fund-shortfall/article30170103/
Not surprisingly, some of the companies responsible for that shortfall who failed to post bonds big enough, were donors to the current administration run by the BC Liberal Party.
It’s not that we all want everything to grind to a halt. We want things to be done right, with proper oversight, regulation,enforcement and yes, consequences. But when the government has allowed an atmosphere akin to the wild west to generate, how can anyone have any confidence in the decisions being made?
You wonder why people are concerned about Ajax mines operating in close vicinity to a large population? http://miningwatch.ca/blog/2016/4/7/six-reasons-be-concerned-about-ajax-open-pit-mine-kamloops-bc
After reading the links above one would wonder why it would even be considered. There is a massive failure in BC when it comes to regulatory enforcement and it’s one more reason to get big money out of elections. http://www.desmog.ca/2016/04/27/shady-corporate-and-foreign-donations-don-t-belong-b-c-elections-new-poll
It worries me when the people controlling the policy in this province care more for pandering to their donors than doing what is right. It worries me that those same people have little connection to the land, the sea and even fewer actually know what it means to rely on either for the very food or supplies they need to survive.
We can’t mess with this, my friends:
And we shouldn’t be messing with this:
To me, it’s so shortsighted and that’s always been my biggest beef with this current government in BC and federally .Short term gains often mean generations of losses that cannot be mended. It doesn’t have to be this way and yes I expect everyone elected to do better and to put what is right for the province ahead of what is going to be politically expedient for their party.
Looking back at what I’ve written here, I see my frustration put into words and it’s no wonder it’s been hard to sit and let the words flow until now…I feel a massive responsibility to do whatever I can to make things right. And I don’t want to let anyone down.
Sometimes we only get one chance to get it right. And we must look at the sum of the small failures to comprehend why there is so much apprehension in BC when it comes to any form of resource extraction or any major project impacting the environment or the people around it.
We live in an incredibly unique and beautiful province,one that is envy of many around the world. Why would any government put that at risk?
There is a better way. And you should be asking your elected representatives why they aren’t choosing it. Because next time it could be happening in your back yard.
“Pick a leader who will make their citizens proud. One who will stir the hearts of the people, so that the sons and daughters of a given nation strive to emulate their leader’s greatness. Only then will a nation be truly great, when a leader inspires and produces citizens worthy of becoming future leaders, honorable decision makers and peacemakers. And in these times, a great leader must be extremely brave. Their leadership must be steered only by their conscience, not a bribe.”
― Suzy Kassem,
Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.
― Theodore Roosevelt