Site C: The $9 billion dollar + boondoggle complete with grassroots oversight.

One would hope that with a budget of over $9 billion dollars and a long list of critics and opponents, the bigwigs over at BC Hydro would be on top of every little thing happening at Site C, in order to avoid any unnecessary scrutiny. However, yet again a public complaint is helping to hold …

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“True leaders don’t give consoling answers, they take constructive actions.” ~Amit Kalantri

From UK media today: "One of British Columbia’s most influential First Nations chiefs has turned down an invitation to participate in a reconciliation ceremony with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Canada, describing the symbolic ceremony as a “public charade” that papers over the Canadian government’s failure to keep its promises …

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“He did not care in which direction the car was travelling, so long as he remained in the driver’s seat.” – Lord Beaverbrook

A new friend who is rapidly becoming educated in the ways of government after having jumped into the deep end of the convoluted pool of BC politics, asked me a question I couldn't answer recently: "Laila, I have to believe that when people enter politics, it is with a good heart and good intention to …

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Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land issue 3-point plan for Site C, call on provincial and federal governments to act.

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/treaty-8-stewards-of-the-land-set-out-conditions-to-protect-lands-565628881.html ROCKY MOUNTAIN FORT CAMP, BC, Treaty 8 Territory, Jan. 18, 2016 /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 8Stewards of the …

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“Deception and privileged secrets are common facets of politics.” – Transparency & accountability on Site C lost at both provincial & federal levels.

There's a common thread among many of the biggest and best stories I've covered here: lack of government accountability and transparency.  I recall contacting a BC government ministries media contact for a comment on a story I was doing once, only to get a clear denial back refuting everything. I sent him the internal documents …

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Powerful and compelling words from Treaty 8 Elders at Rocky Mountain Fort Camp,but is anyone in government listening?

In reading some of the reports on the Treaty 8 campers and their supporters at Rocky Mountain Fort heritage site, one is left wondering who these people are, and why are they there? In the following video an elder who is in camp, shares in his own words, compelling reasons and feelings about what is …

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*Update Jan.8th-First Nations prepare for arrest to stop Site C dam, ask Prime Minister to suspend Federal approval

UPDATED January 8th-2016 - new release by Grand Chief Stewart Philip  NEWS RELEASE January 8th, 2016 UBCIC Calls on BC Hydro to Back off from Peaceful Site C Protestors in Treaty 8 Territory (Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C.- January 8th, 2016) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is denouncing BC Hydro's deliberately provocative and reckless …

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Longtime Peace River politician and Site C opponent, Arthur Hadland arrested at Site C demonstration today

***Updated with demonstration photos below.  Today, those opposed to Site C held a demonstration outside BC Hydro gates. Arthur Hadland was arrested and I'll have more details as I get them later on. http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/site-c/former-prrd-director-hadland-arrested-at-site-c-protest-1.2145055 This is the view of the traffic backed up from that demonstration, largely Alberta vehicles with trailers. This is not the …

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The litmus test for Real Change: Where is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on #SiteC ?

The following public letter was issued November 19th, 2015. It is a plea for help, but it is also a factual accounting of the many failures of process the decisions for approving Site C has encountered. To date, there has been no response or stance taken by either Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the new …

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Look what happens when Canadians unite for a single purpose. Remember this.

I'm feeling a little giddy this morning and I'll be honest, I feel a bit guilty about that. So many of my friends who are NDP party members are devastated today, and understandably so. The federal party was decimated last night in the Liberal sweep across Canada and in that unstoppable tide, several great NDP …

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