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Paddle for the Peace Builds Momentum Against Site C Dam

PostedJuly 22, 2012 by in BC

It was a record turnout and perfect conditions for the seventh annual Paddle for the Peace on July 14, 2012. Hundreds of boats and close to a thousand people in total joined in the event – co-hosted by Treaty 8 First Nations and the Peace Valley Environment Association – to show their opposition to the proposed Site C Dam, which would flood the area the boaters traveled, between the communities of Hudson’s Hope and Forth St. John. See the day’s highlights here, including a rousing speech from special guest Dr. David Suzuki.




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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.



    I’m not impressed with the NDP either. They may be against the Enbridge pipeline but nary a word about the Kinder Morgan expansion, the 20 years of water given to Talisman for gas fracking, the industrialization of Northern BC, IPPs, salmon farms. Beautiful BC indeed. What we need is to stop our rampant consumption and acting like we don’t need to leave anything for our children and their children. I will be looking to the Green party as well.


    Ceadog: Earlier this year, Christy Clark stated that 100% of the power from Site C was needed for just one of the proposed LNG plants in Kitimat. She didn’t say that the LNG plant would pay for construction of the dam though. So, who’s paying? You and me. Do you really think that we need to subsidize the gas industry?
    Did you know that household use of energy has actually decreased over the past few years? See previous article from this site
    Consider the dollar value equivalent of losing over 13,000 acres of food producing farmland and over 12,000 acres of Boreal forest due to construction of Site C.
    It has been proven, that when the prices for energy go up, demand goes down.
    Scientific American recently published an article that discusses the realistic potential for increasing efficiencies in technologies requiring energy by 80%.
    For more information, follow the Peace Valley Environment Association on facebook at Say “NO” to Site “C” Dam, Twitter at SavePeaceValley or visit our website at

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    FortisBC Generators are being shut down every night because of negative power prices. The so called energy shortage is a false shortage.


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    As a lifetime resident of BC I am critical of the naysayers
    of a new dam.
    Look at the rates that are paid in the US,where elctrical rates are in the hundreds of dollars each month.
    BC has yet to begin to really bear the brunt of astronomical new hydro rates in BC.
    We in BC have been paying the lowest rates of Hydro power over a number of years,but now the free ride of cheap rates is over.
    BC has an abundance of water to generate hydro power and still remain in some control over our power and our rates in comparison to the rest of Canada.
    While I sympathise in the flooding that will be required to prepare fora new dam,just where and how do
    BC consumers expect to get the maximum benefits of electricity,along with the lowest rates .
    Look at Alberta,and the US who now are paying monstrous rates for electricity.
    Alberta is even worse as they use coal for electrical generation of power.
    BC Hydro makes the smallest carbon footprint,with no emissions in comparison to nuclear,coal,natural gas,etc.
    So respectfully I ask the question can we in BC afford to allow private partnerships such as Campbell negotiated at 3 times the rates that we pay now.
    BC cannot have it both ways.


    My vote will be for the Green party. Adrian Dix needs to be representing the will of the people if he hopes to become premier of our province. We’ve had enough of politicians representing corporate greed and exploiting people and resources. Politicians have failed us across the board and across this country. We need CHANGE! Let’s make it happen!

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