On the heels of the protests against the biggest mistake Newfoundland Labrador governments have ever made via the Muskrat Falls boondoggle, critics and opponents of Site C launched a new campaign started by Wendy Holm. And I wanted to share the words of my friend Shelley Falk-Ouellette who tells the story of the significance of the yellow stake itself:
“BC Hydro had engineers survey and stake out the new highway that would run along the top of the reservoir, up along a plateau.
When they made a final offer to the landowners to buy their property and were turned down, they spent a few extra million of our tax dollars and realigned the highway to go through every holdout landowners front door.
They pounded a yellow stake a few meters from each one to intimidate and bully the good folks who are still living on the valley.
One of the people opposed to the dam, Bill Horne decided to pound a stake in his front yard in Wells, BC. Wendy Holm saw that post and began the “yellow stake” campaign. This is the result.
People buy a stake for $100.00 and their name and hometown are written on it, it’s then pounded into the ground surrounding the BC Hydro stake.
All proceeds go towards legal costs to fight site c dam. I own half a stake in the Peace valley, the other half is owned by my friend and blogger Laila Yuile. If you would like a stake in the Peace, here’s the link:”
Feeling bittersweet seeing my name up there on that stake with Shelley’s,surrounded by a growing sea of yellow stakes that I would like to see grow as big and as wide as the Peace river itself…. considering Hydro wants the Boons off their land by Christmas. I often wish I had the flexibility to be able to take off up there sometimes and just stay a while, but until that happens a yellow stake will do. My heart is there.
I have a stake in the Peace… and I’m showing it. I hope you do too and have your own stake planted on Ken and Arlenes land, and help keep shining the light on the decision to get this project past the point of no return.
Particularly since your kids,grandkids and great grandchildren will be paying for this thing.
Now.. considering the lifespan of the reservoir and the dam itself is about 70 years…the entire thing seems even more redundant than ever.