At this time, encourage party leaders to work together and jointly ensure that the wishes of British Columbians concerning the need to comprehensively reconsider Site C are respected.  This is a unique opportunity for the leaders to do the right thing and work cooperatively in the best interests of British Columbians.

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What’s going on with Site C Dam now?

The results of the recent BC election are in! the Greens and the NDP have decided to work together to make BC better for all of us. Together these parties form the majority in government and they have both made commitments to either stop Site C, or have it comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

The BC Greens and NDP together received the majority of the popular vote. Given that both these parties took issue with Site C, now is the perfect time to remind them to uphold their promises and demonstrate to British Columbians that they will address Site C.

Encourage party leaders to stick to their promises

Now is the time to remind the BC Greens and NDP of their promise to address Site C.  The Greens promised to stop it and the NDP had promised that it would be more thoroughly assessed by the BCUC. This is a unique opportunity for the leaders to do the right thing and work cooperatively to put a stop to this White Elephant in the best interests of British Columbians.

Let Andrew Weaver and John Horgan know that they need to honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in them!
Encourage them to make Site C a top priority on their agenda and take action that will put a halt to this completely unnecessary and destructive dam before any further irreversible construction activity takes place.

We are NOT past the ‘point of no return’!
 
According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized.  This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.
 
Incoming government must use the BCUC 
The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians.  Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C.  Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.

There’s no need to worry about job losses at the Site C construction site

We understand the concern that stopping Site C will result in job losses; however, tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued.  These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis.  This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars resulting from lengthy transmission of power from the north to the south.

Let the party leaders know that they need to honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in them!

Tell them that now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that they are listening and that they truly represent us. Remind them that it is their responsibility to ensure that the actions they take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians.  Ask them to please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of their power and responsibility concerning Site C dam.  Encourage them to take action that will put a halt to this completely unnecessary and destructive dam before any further irreversible construction activity takes place.