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 … Continue reading Site C: The $9 billion dollar + boondoggle complete with grassroots oversight.
Since moving to Van Isle life has changed dramatically. There is always something needing to be done on the property several townhouses and families would have lived on back in Surrey. Between that and everything that has to be done the blog has taken a back seat while I am keeping track of whats going … Continue reading Site C panning out to make Fast Ferries look like pocket change.
Over the past year of reporting on Site C and looking into other dam projects around the world, Muskrat Falls quickly grabbed my attention earlier this year. In reviewing how the government of Newfoundland/Labrador decided to proceed with the project,the projects path to construction was eerily similar to our BC Liberals governments path to 'get … Continue reading If there is any saving grace to Muskrat Falls, let it be the light it shines on Premier Clarks vow to get Site C past the point of no return.
With the flight restrictions that were placed on pilots that prevented them from flying over the construction zone ( shortly after I posted these aerial pics ) removed, new photos of some pretty interesting conditions on the north bank construction of Site C are again raising concerns. ( photo credit to Don Hoffman) Hmmm.. The … Continue reading Site C aerial photos show mess of mud,water and slides.
I'm often asked why I continue to tweet, blog and write about Site C when preliminary works have started,contracts are being issued( some ridiculously early) and the current premier is clearly hell-bent on getting past the point of no return. I always reply: "Because this project is wrong. Because this project was exempted from review … Continue reading “Politicians are people who learn not to blink, when they lie.” ― Robert Black
Breaking news. BC Hydro and contractor Morgan Construction have once again been issued warnings, two this time, for non-compliance and violations of the Environmental Certificates. One warning was issued for three separate incidents in late 2015 and spring of 2o16 in which BC Hydro was found to be "not-compliant with Condition 69 of the Certificate … Continue reading Two new warnings issued to BC Hydro on Site C construction….again
After sitting through both Hydro's lawyers presentations and the judges reasons for granting the injunction to remove the Rocky Mountain Fort land stewards - and hearing Justice Butler comment on the many persuasive arguments Site C should not proceed at this time - I decided I needed to research more into Hydro's other activities in … Continue reading BC Hydro responses to BC Utilities Commission raises new questions over WAC Bennett Dam repairs
**UPDATED BELOW Here's a little something interesting to gnaw on while I'm working this other story. In November 2015, the BC Government and BC Hydro awarded a $1.5 Billion contract to the Peace River Hydro Partners, of which Petrowest Corporation is included. http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/site-c/1-5-billion-site-c-civil-works-contract-awarded-to-peace-river-hydro-partners-1.2119419 Yet curiously by December 2015- just a month after this Site C contract … Continue reading Site C consortium member Petrowest has waiver extended by lenders until March 31 2016
Forgive my late report on Monday mornings interesting points from BC Hydro's lawyers in Supreme Court. After picking up a very sick youngster on the way home, I was hit like a ton of bricks Monday night by the same flu.Yesterday was spent on the couch and right now I'm dosed up on Advil while … Continue reading When what happens in the court room is more important right now, than what happens outside.
The first time I read Arundhati Roy, it kept me up. She is not only an activist and author, she is a changemaker - a brilliant wordsmith capable of wrapping thoughts and images around you as easily as a mother wraps a blanket around a sleeping childs shoulder at night. This line above: "Remember this: We … Continue reading “Another world is not only possible,she is on her way.On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing…” ~ Arundhati Roy