Common Sense Canadian

Justice for the Peace: Site C Dam goes to court

PostedMay 16, 2015 by in BC

While the BC Liberal government and BC Hydro are vowing to break ground on the controversial $9 Billion Site C Dam this summer, the projects faces numerous legal challenges – one of which got a boost from the federal court recently. The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis discussed the issues with Ian Jessop on Victoria’s CFAX 1070 this past Monday.


About the Author

Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.


    Greg Shea

    Please come up for this year’s Paddle for The Peace on July, 11, 2015. See for yourself why this river has heritage status. You don’t have to be an experienced paddler. And watch Damien’s latest video, with the help of RAVEN, showing some of the amazing scenery.

    It is ridiculous and very sad that Patrick Moore, of Greenpeace fame, describes the land along the Peace River as “marginal at best”. He has pathetically sold out to BIG corporations.

    Thank you CFAX for continuing to help spread the word.

    clarence berlinger

    The lawyers wont alow constructive sollutions as long as there loading there pockets on this,along with most polititions

    Mary Russell

    Thank you Randall, for your positive take on the situation, and thank you so much, Damien–you give us hope! And let us remember, “His strength was as the strength of ten, because his heart was pure”, and works to undo tryanny wherever it is found..

    Mary Russell

    Thank you, Randall, for your positive message amid the woes, and thank you Damien–you give me hope! If we can unite across this suffering country as the stars, we can turn the poisonous tide of tryanny away. Let us remember, “His strength was as the strength of ten, because his heart was pure”, can take effect and win justice from the jaws of tryanny….

    Randal Hadland

    the Peace deserves Justice. This battle has seen good democratic, open, and in depth analysis of many of the important issues. When Government tries to make a decision based on poor, autocratic, hidden, and shallow process it requires challenge in the courts, and in election, and in public debate. The Peace deserves Justice.

      Stuart Meade

      I don’t hold much faith in ever seeing Site C, or C-51, or a plethora of other outrages ever seeing the light of day during election campaigns. We’ll be told what the election issues are by the folks in the backrooms. Prosperity, tax cuts, and motherhood will be up front. Our aspiring visionaries will share their visions of the future regarding these issues with us at managed interactions with the media. Most of us will vote largely on these defined issues and our perception of the leader, which will largely be defined, complete with hardhat and safety vest, during the campaign and have little to do with reality or the above noted plethora of outrages. ….And the de-structuring of our democracy in favour of business will continue unabated.

        Randal Hadland

        Fortunately for us there is a message and an indication of hope in our attempts to change direction. But I can understand your pessimism and even its uptake as realism, people get worn out. It is a cyclical thing, but society has moved forward and it will again. Our efforts make it happen.

          Damien Gillis

          Thanks Randal and Stuart. Regardless of our frustrating political system, consider the following:

          1. Enbridge: Not built
          2. Kinder Morgan: Not built
          3. EnergyEast: Not built
          4. Keystone XL: Not built
          5. Site C Dam: Not built
          6. LNG industry: Not built
          7. “Prosperity” Mine: Not built
          8. Coal mines in Sacred Headwaters: licences bought back
          9. Most of the major private river power projects (Bute, Upper Pitt, Ryan, Glacier/Howser): Not built

          Most of these projects are still on the table, granted. But the longer they’re delayed (be it court challenges, regulatory hurdles, financial issues, civil protest, etc.), the less likely they are to get built. All of this is because of the efforts of individuals and communities pushing back – not against economic development and job opportunities writ large, but against backward thinking and unsustainable industries. So I’m now of the mind that whichever party is in power, it’s much more about how connected, motivated and mobilized citizens and grassroots groups are to stand up for their values and communities. We are seeing that now. And it’s not like if the NDP suddenly came to power that would be cause to relax and stop being vigilant of these issues.

          We’re on the right track – even if our governments aren’t.

            scotty on denman

            I keep saying this—amidst the gloomy pessimists : Don’t forget to count the wins. Imagine what the world would have been like by now if there hadn’t been “Silent Spring”. Remember that Industry quickly stopped using ozone-layer-killing CFCs once it realized it was about to get spanked by public opprobrium. Look forward to a long and difficult cleanup—once the polluting has been stopped. Both politicians and businesses get all in a hurry when they think they might lose our patronage.

            Lately I’ve been noticing electric cars and rooftop solar panels. Good things are happening, but there’s still a ways to go yet.

    Shelley Falk-Ouellette

    Yes, great and valid points made in this interview. Thank you Damien!!

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