My concerns about Site C damFirst NameLast NameCityToday's DateEntry Date

Will flood beautiful land, power can be bought cheaper than we can produce it. Why?

JoeDavisVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 08:29:06

It is clearly a waste of money, damaging to the environment and First Nations. We must move towards renewables...

MarySherlockVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 08:39:57

Proceeding with Site C is a mistake for all the reasons already presented. Please reverse decision.

MarilynAntillVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 08:48:15

Not only does the decision to go ahead with the Site C dam fly in the face of the recommendations of the BCUC and departmental briefing notes, but it violates treaty rights and is taking the province in exactly the wrong direction.

This decision if implemented will destroy extremely valuable agricultural land, will create unneeded power and put future generations of British Columbians into debt, and is investing in a mega-project of a kind that is being phased out all over the world because there are better ways.

This money won't be invested in the clean technology that would supply jobs and power to British Columbians. We need to develop these technologies in order to become globally competitive. Why are we wasting all this money on yesterday's technology?

The general public knew this project shouldn't go ahead and voted for the BC NDP largely because they promised not to go ahead with this project.

I've quit the BC NDP. I've also unsubscribed from its e-mail lists over this decision. When people vote based on election promises and then politicians break those promises as in this example (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/michelle-mungall-site-c-broken-election-promises-1.4445039) those politicians lose all credibility.

Dianavan EykNelsonDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 09:03:11

Cost overruns, damage to the environment, I have been there, displaced people and wildlife and the fact that the whole project is unnecessary and I am not going to pay for it period! And John has betrayed a trust we put in him and his gov't to stop this boondoggle, better to cut our losses now than cry later. It's a money pit John.

timtrillwoodvictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 09:15:57

You have made the wrong decision! Please reverse this and save our heritage river. Please listen to all the concerned citizens!

NedraForresterHudson's HopeDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 09:18:55

Hi,
You know the details as well, probably better than I do.
I am against Site C Dam.
It is an International embarrassment: Amnesty International has a petition to stop it.
I suspect the unions have use their influence for this surprising turnaround.
regards, Herman Bakker. V8Z 2M1

HermanBakkerVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 09:23:28

The last election I really, really thought that by ousting the Liberal Government Site C would be cancelled. WOW was I wrong! It is not only shocking that flooding the most fertile land in BC and devastating farmers livelihood would be just. I will not vote NDP again and may no vote Green either. Thousands of people have protested, written letters, spoken directly with MLA's and said in no uncertain terms NO to the development of Site C. Turning against the residents of BC is political suicide for at the polls next time the NDP will not survive. Cancel this project before it is to late!.

LorraineFralinVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 09:49:09

I’m not convinced that sinking more money into this project is financially viable. Basic business philosophy is never put good money bad.

MickBryantGibsonsDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 09:53:15

If Site c is built, current and future food production will be lost. With global warming the value of this food producing land can lost forever.

Alternate electrical generation technology is becoming cheaper and will continue to do do.

We do not need the electricity generated, but we will need the food.

First Nations treaty rights are being ignored.

I HAVE ONLY VOTED NDP, BUT NO MORE.

JaniceRichmond SurreyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:00:31

Unfortunately you have made your decision based on FALSE information. Remediation costs can be borrowed for much longer periods of time. Would you listen to people such as Marc Eliesen, the former CEO of BC Hydro?

Worried about the province's credit rating? I get that. Trouble is that due to world-wide changes in energy production this dam will not generate enough revenue to offset the costs for the foreseeable future and will be hard on the province's credit rating either way.

By proceeding with the project, despite the BCUC's findings, your Party is taking on liability from the Liberal Party! It was they who failed to do due diligence! Why follow in their footsteps?

When W.A.C. Bennett built dams it was most helpful to the province. Things have changed a great deal since then! Now this dam is a liability, built or not built. Cut our losses now! Stop the bleeding that will extend for decades! Give cheaper wind and geo-thermal energy a chance, thus creating far more jobs!

Lastly, you have put economic interests ahead of those of our indigenous peoples. Shame! As Gurpreet Singh (http://pixelmap.ca/john-price-statement-on-site-c-decision.html) and John Price (http://pixelmap.ca/john-price-statement-on-site-c-decision.html) have so eloquently written, you have said one thing and done another.

Do the right thing! Cancel this project before more damage has been done to the province and its indigenous peoples!

IanGartshoreNanaimoDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:00:59

The following are excerpts from POWER BC a policy that you ran your campaign on.
People voted for you believing you would keep your word on these policies a STOP Site C.
There is incontrovertable evidence that continuiing with Site C will be bad for the economy, killing jobs in the renewable secotr, weihginh us down with a financial burden and an albatross of an out-moded expensive and harmful technology, meaing the peace will be flooded, eco-systems destroyes, rights of indigenous peoples trampled. The only sane decision is to STOP SITE C.

BACKGROUNDER – POWER BC
PowerBC_fullcol

Create jobs with a bold new program of energy efficiency retrofits to public buildings such as schools and hospitals. Energy efficiency retrofits create twice as many jobs as building a new dam, and the jobs are long-lasting, good-paying, and close to home in every community across British Columbia. Conserving energy is the most efficient way to meet BC’s energy needs, and BC’s public buildings need upgrading. We will combine energy-efficiency upgrades to our schools and hospitals with much-needed seismic upgrades. We will save taxpayers millions of dollars by reducing the energy needs of our schools and hospital, as well as reducing the amount of carbon offsets they need to purchase. We will put BC jobs and apprenticeship spaces first so that British Columbians benefit from this work.
Protect families and businesses from runaway bills with energy efficiency retrofits in industrial and commercial buildings and private homes. These retrofits are needed in communities all across BC and will be funded with the proven pay-as-you-save system. Energy-efficiency retrofits to private buildings are a win-win-win. They reduce your energy bills, increase the value of your home or business, and create good-paying jobs and spur economic activity close to home. Making buildings more efficient will also help BC meet our climate change goals by conserving the energy used to heat buildings.
Upgrade existing BC Hydro infrastructure with resource-smart projects like Revelstoke Dam. Building Unit 6 at Revelstoke Dam would add 500 MW of energy capacity at a cost of $420 million, a fraction of the cost of Site C, and meet BC’s need for more peak capacity much sooner than Site C. Across BC many hydroelectric dams are operating 50s-era machinery. By upgrading these turbines and transformers with modern high-efficiency technology we can increase output while protecting our farms, protecting our natural environment, and respecting First Nations land title.
Capture our wind and solar potential by making smart decisions now, freeing BC Hydro to pursue wind, solar, battery technology, and other renewable energy sources as costs fall and these technologies prove themselves. BC can become a world leader in clean energy, and join a global clean energy technology market with countries like California, Germany and the UK. We need to think big, look to the future, and allow BC Hydro the flexibility to pursue these projects incrementally to meet our energy needs, in partnership with First Nations and clean energy providers. PowerBC will position British Columbia as a clean energy champion and a world leader in new and emerging technologies.
What people are saying about BC’s energy future:

“Clean energy and energy conservation technology will increasingly power our economy and drive the jobs of the future. A major energy efficiency retrofit program for B.C. just makes sense. And retrofits will create meaningful skilled employment and apprenticeship opportunities for British Columbians across the province, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Lee Loftus, Business Manager, BC Insulators Union

“We are at a crossroads in energy planning in B.C. The Swain environmental review panel and other objective parties have all recognized there is no justification for building Site C now. There is much more to achieve through conservation, building Revelstoke 6 and being ready and nimble to take advantage of technological change. PowerBC is a better, more responsible plan.”
Marvin Shaffer, energy economist and adjunct professor, SFU School of Public Policy

“By far the most efficient way to meet B.C.’s future energy needs is to save energy now. Here at BCIT we showed that it is possible to achieve a 75% reduction in energy demand with deep building retrofits.”
Jennie Moore, Associate Dean for Building Design and Construction Technology, BCIT

“Ideally, energy efficiency upgrades can be coupled with other building renewal projects such as seismic upgrades, to achieve financial efficiencies in both.”
Andrew Pape-Salmon, Associate, Senior Specialist – Energy, RDH Building Engineering Ltd.

FURTHERMORE
Robert Stupka, MASc., P.Eng, and the BC Green Party candidate for Kelowna West states'
"The government’s decision on Monday to continue with the construction of the Site C dam is a major blow to the modern energy vision that was possible with the dam’s cancellation. It is a discouraging reality we must grapple with. As an entrepreneur, professional engineer and Kelowna resident, the wake of this decision leaves me with several important questions that remain unanswered.

First, how do we pay for Site C? There is currently no viable revenue model to cover its costs. It characterizes what’s wrong with politics in BC: the BC Liberals didn’t want to hear the facts and the NDP ignored the facts. The only plan presented by the NDP is for the 20+ years of excess power to be sold to the US. That power will be below-cost, forcing BC ratepayers to subsidize the rest. Meanwhile on Wednesday in Alberta, the equivalent of half of Site C’s capacity was auctioned off for wind projects at more than half of Site C’s cost of production. It’s proof there is no vision for Site C and there should be concern of the lack of foresight by either party to impacts of technological disruption energy and our economy.

Moreover, voters should be very concerned that Site C will encourage energy waste and restrict people from getting full credit for solar power they produce privately to lower their energy bills.

The province has already set in motion a number of new energy efficiency policies, including Net-Zero Ready Buildings by 2032. I am a partner at a company that designs homes today that need 90% less energy to heat. Combined with the use of cheaper solar power, our dependence on the grid will dramatically decline. With BC Hydro’s cumulative debt with Site C, significant future rate increases are inevitable to pay it off.

The jobs within the clean energy sector have also been affected by Site C’s construction. Fewer jobs have been and will be created. As an engineer who worked with Indigenous communities throughout BC to develop local energy projects, I witnessed firsthand how the approval of Site C killed innovation, jobs and local economic development throughout BC. With Site C, there is no room for them. Specifically, the 15 MW cap on independent power projects resulted in the loss of potentially hundreds of jobs locally. A large wind farm was scaled back to a handful of wind turbines on the Pennask Summit, and 120 MW project north of West Kelowna was stalled. Combined the opportunity cost is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Going forward, momentum on energy efficiency and embracing local power generation must be protected. The BC NDP need to cancel their rate freeze and provide at minimum a 10 year forecast of where rates are going to enable British Columbians to make smart energy choices. Instead of exporting power at a discount, BC should attract industries that could be electrified. The construction of an west - east transmission line to enable the export of power to the rest of Canada would assist with national GHG reduction targets. BC will need to triple down on embracing electrifying transportation. Energy efficient electric heating sources such as heat pump technology can compete with the price of natural gas for home heating and is critical to carbon free buildings. BC should encourage transitions to this technology and encourage companies to develop their products here.

The province and BC Hydro need to take a hard look at where the market is going and what Site C is doing to it. This is critical for BC to provide consumer choice, support the clean tech sector and participate in the 21st century economy. As we now face 70 years of Site C debt, British Columbians deserves a credible 70 year plan to maximize benefits.

And Robert McCullough wrote:
MCCULLOUGH RESEARCH

ROBERT F. MCCULLOUGH, JR.
PRINCIPAL

6123 REED COLLEGE PLACE ● PORTLAND ● OREGON ● 97202 ● 503-777-4616 ● [email protected]
December 4, 2017
Premier John Horgan and Cabinet
Government of British Columbia
PO BOX 9041
STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA, BC V8W 9E1
Via email and by hand
Dear Premier Horgan and Honorable Ministers:
Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and your cabinet. Although I have worked
with Canadian clients for many years, this was the first time to have the chance to help
government officials in such a challenging situation.
As I noted during the meeting, I approached the opportunity in the same way I would approach
meeting a client – oriented primarily towards problem solving and less towards
advocacy.
As I noted on Thursday, three provinces and one state have recently faced similar challenges.
In Quebec and Nebraska, the government faced the issue of a troubled investment
squarely.1
When the downside risks are large and growing, it is generally best to limit your
exposure. In Quebec and Nebraska, a bond rating downrating was avoided by prompt action.
Rate increases were effectively eliminated through the availability of cheaper alternatives.
In Manitoba and Newfoundland, the government indeed found itself "Waist Deep
in the Big Muddy" and have faced rating downgrades and significant rate increases.
At the heart of the debate is a change in the industry that many find hard to adjust to. After
being told for many years that energy is scarce and limited, we find that with the amazing
decline in renewable prices that we can produce as much electricity as we need.2
British
Columbia Hydro places the wind potential of the province at 15,898 megawatts -- roughly
fourteen times the capacity of Site C.3
Not all of this is available on peak, of course. Hydro-Quebec,
Canada's leading wind developer, counts 30% of name plate capacity as dependable
capacity which equates to four and a third times the usable capacity of Site C. To

1
The Omaha Public Power District is a governmentally owned and operated utility – comparable to a Canadian
crown corporation.
2
Lazard’s levelized cost of energy analysis—Version11.0, November 30, 2017, page 10.
3
BC Hydro Wind Data Study CSRP0009-A, May 1, 2009, page 44.
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be clear, the nameplate capacity of proven renewables is sufficient to meet all of our forecasted
decarbonization and electrification goals, even if it amounts to over four times the
capacity of Site Cs. And this is before taking into account other renewables such as solar
and geothermal. British Columbia is awash in untapped renewable potential.
Twenty-five years ago, I advised the CEO of Portland General Electric to close the Trojan
Nuclear Station. Even then, this was a one-billion-dollar decision. The continued downside
risks were large and effectively unlimited. The chemistry of thousand-degree water
in a highly radioactive environment had effectively "rotted" the steam generators. The
engineers swore they could replace the equipment for a mere $400 million. I can remember
saying that he should simply double their estimates since their passion for the project was
exposing the company to risks they would not personally bear. Wisely, he agreed to limit
his exposure.
Recently, Duke's senior management was not so wise. As part of an effort to replace similar
equipment, the containment vessel "delaminated" -- a euphemism for the failure of the
containment vessel and the termination of the nuclear plant. The loss went into the many
billions. This is a case I am familiar with since I was a U.S. Department of Justice in some
of the following litigation. This is an example of the huge unexpected down side risks that
continuation of a troubled project can entail.
There are upsides to a Site C termination.
A central issue in the Site C debate has to do with the tremendous storage capabilities of
the Peace and Columbia rivers. British Columbia has more storage than the vast majority
of utilities in North America. Integration of the renewables with such hydro is straightforward
and economical since the existing dams are built, paid for, and available in the correct
time frame. The technical term for the available storage is “Non-Treaty Storage” – five
million-acre feet available at the Mica Dam. This is roughly fifty times the storage of the
Site C project.
The integration of the 5,000 megawatts of wind in the Bonneville Power Administration's
control area has only required one million-acre feet.
The major component of the 1,600 megawatts capacity missing in BC Hydro’s regulatory
filings is the capacity and energy rent paid by U.S. utilities for the benefits of Canadian
storage. BC Hydro has cited the remote possibility that the U.S. will cancel the existing
Columbia River Treaty with Canada as evidence that this cannot be relied upon. If this
block of power -- roughly the same size as Site C -- is not to be used in the province, it
should be sold on similar long-term basis as the transaction in 1964, raising billions of
dollars for infrastructure improvements and rate reductions in BC.
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The unsupported reclamation cost estimate -- $1.8 billion – provides an enormous employment
potential even if it is reduced to the $1.2 billion consistent with the estimates provided
by Deloitte and BC Hydro.
I would be happy to visit further with your staff on the opportunities available to the province
on the Canadian entitlement and the Non-Treaty Storage. I was disappointed that the
schedule last Thursday left little time for such a detailed technical discussion of the Columbia
River Treaty.
I would like to close by repeating how grateful I was to be invited last week.
Yours, sincerely,
Robert McCullough

The above prove we have renewable energy in abundance, with companies ready to produce, who have been sttmied by Site C, whihc would be a much cheaper , more practical, environmentally sound and respectful solution.
You surrounded yourself witha panel of "yes Men' and made a "Yes" to Site C completely ignoring your promises to voters.
Are you NDP or are you really a Liberal?
Please STOP SITE C

Thank you

tonistanickVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:01:52

Dear MLA Dean,
I am writing today about the NDP decision on Site C Dam project. Water, soil/seeds are are our greatest needs in life. Are we giving away our water rights with SiteC Dam? Not a gamble I want to take ~ how about you? NAFTA effectively gives away our sovereignty rights over our water and puts it in the hands of corporations.
I would ask you to watch this video and share it with your caucus. It is not too late to stop this project that has dire implications to our food security in BC/Canada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJZuyUJzBKY&sns=fb.
Thank you,
Marria Gauley
Colwood BC

MarriaGauleyVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:14:56

I am sorely disappointed that the new government that I helped to elect proves to be short-sighted in its decision to proceed with this antique project in part because 2 billion dollars would be wasted while another 8, 9 or 10 billion will be spent to complete the thing. The 2 billion required to repair the damage already done would employ those whiners who are currently working on the project.

It must be a political decision - that there are lobbyists who are twisting arms to keep corporate interests and the tar sands and fracking going whose support matters more than those who care about the environmental damage done, and climate change necessities for quitting.

What else can I say--stop this travesty.

DorothyNelsonRichmondDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:18:24

To the NDP government of British Columbia:
I am not for Site C.
I will never be convinced that it is too far along that it can't be stopped.
You have/had the power to fulfill your campaign promises of canceling the project
and you chose to let it continue.
You have to power, along with the Green Party to establish British Columbia as a forward-thinking
province that thinks of the future instead of the continued corruption that has been such a burden
on us all throughout the reign of Christy Clark and her cronies.
Prove to British Columbians that you are here for them and will not support the corporate greed that is
moving ever closer to destroying the environment and food supply of our province.
Be the leaders we trusted you to be and lead our province into the future by supporting the viable energy resources
that you promised.
Or at least be truthful to your constituents as to the real reason you have chosen to let this project continue.

CORRIENEYRINCKVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:35:51

Hello
I am concerned that this decision to go ahead with the site C Dam will do irreparable damage to a natural area. It will set a precedent that these types of destructive backwards thinking activities are okay. They are not! We need to think of the future and not like dinosaurs. We need farmland in BC and this is being destroyed- peoples homes are being destroyed. Why? Because of outdated thinking. It will not help to have daycare and jobs if the nature around us is unhealthy. We need to put nature first- just like a parent on a plane who puts the oxygen mask on themselves before the child we need to save our planet first. We can have jobs created by fixing the damage done so far at site C. We can create an industry with sustainable farming.
I can no longer support the NDP if this decision goes through and this is very saddening for my family. It is almost a religion in my family to support the NDP. I have always said don't vote green it takes votes away from the NDP but now I cant trust the NDP anymore to be a progressive party. I am very very sad and upset and I am not alone people all over BC will be changing their party support if the Site C Dam continues to be built.

KatrinaMadsenVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:39:38

-If any government is concerned about Reconciliation, it must listen to First Nations - without saying, "Our interests are more important than yours."

-The environment needs to be considered. Besides the destruction that happens when the land is first flooded, the release of methyl mercury will continue too long after the dam is flooded.

-The destruction of prime agricultural land is inexcusable, especially at a time when climate change is going to eliminate the source of so much of the imported food we have available today.

-The money used to complete the project should be used to restore the land already destroyed, possibly employing those who might have had employment to complete the dam (instead of the many "imported" workers from the south many of whom are flown in, at company expense, for each work shift, and sometimes for years.)

-As climate change has made the need to find and develop NON-fossil fuel sources of energy apparent, public support to develop and install these new technologies should be made available; any claims that we "can't afford it" are dishonest and manipulative when one considers the 1% and the off-shore tax shelters.

- Strongly encourage development of our own "Made in B.C." solar, wind, geothermal and other alternative energy businesses with incentives such as start-up grants, etc. Such new developments will need to hire many skilled technical and other workers, which will help to offset some of the lost jobs in the north.

-The limitations on BCUC by the "Clean Energy Act" by the Liberal government should be made public so the public knows why this "mistake" was undertaken to begin with. It is unfortunate that those responsible for the "Clean Energy Act" will not be held responsible for their actions.

Barb Corry, Victoria, BC
V8P 3M9

BarbaraCorryVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:42:31

The destruction of our endangered Peace River. What about the plants, some of them rare, the animals, like moose, deer, elk, and so many others that call the valley home, the birds, including rare trumpeter swans? Watson Slough is an important part of the whole environment, which has a limestone bottom, and I thought that wetlands are supposed to be protected area. I felt so sick when Horgan announced Site C was going ahead! Why, I thought you cared about the land, people, the animals, the birds and fish! So once the valley is flooded, will we see dozens and dozens of animal's bloated, dead carcasses floating on the water? It should be stopped, we do not need or want these unnecessary and utter destruction of our beautiful Peace River and all that surrounds it! The people who work there could go to work in alternate energy, such as in wind, solar and geothermal industries, where they would have permanent work, and not short term. What I see is that the government only seems to care about the money! I will never again vote for the NDP, as they give us some hope and the rudely and destructively jerk it away. Do the right thing and reserve the decision and cancel Site C! Thank you.

ValerieFieberFort St. JohnDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:43:39

Your government, is responsible for getting, and keeping BC on a path which does not make the reality we face in our troubled world more detrimental to citizen well-being. Your NDP Government Site C decision demonstrates forcefully that your group consists mainly of people who are not able to face up to the challenges of today. All of you must be well aware that the Social Justice-Growing Inequality issues the world over (which demonstrate how present levels of huge wealth creation are not contributing to human flourishing), together with Climate Change, Overshoot (the global over-use of nature), and Bio-Diversity loss are all undermining the ecosystems which regulate the Earth's Life Support Systems. This complex reality should be the main concern of every government if this era, This complex, frightening reality also demonstrates the disaster that existion economic beliefs, practises and goals have created and continue to create.

The the threat to the existence of Humankind and all species is happening now ( fires, causing food shortages, droughts, causing food shortages, floods, causing food shortages) are affecting us now!

We need every piece of farmland to be saved because food is crucial to life and we have no ides when and how the existing food supply chain will be dangerously undermined - we only know that it is going to continually get worse. The rising food costs due to climate disasters, and land use practices thqt are undermining food growing and supplying regions, point this out clearly to all who pay deep attention to this reality as it unfolds.

The costs of going ahead with development practises which continue to undermine the our agricultural land base and nature will be far greater than the 3 Billion your government is concerned about.

We need a government that has the courage to move us into a new economic paradigm.
STOP SITE C
Kathryn Cholette
Former Leader of the Green Party of Canada, 1988-1990

KathrynCholetteNorth vancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:46:39

When the announcement was made that Site C was going ahead it felt like being hit over the head with a hammer. The feeling of hopelessness. The feeling of betrayal after having voted NDP partially based on your pre-election Power BC Program statements. The project is wrong on so many levels. We spend $10 Billion when we could have spent $4 Billion and been done with it. The decision to continue is such a shame. It still is not too late. I realize that the chances of reversing the decision are slim but think about it, it is the right thing to do. Yes the media and opposition will jump all over you, they do that anyway, but you will be supporting the people who put you where you are.

MarkDaltonSurreyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 10:53:16

We do not need to build a dam to ensure that BC’s power needs will be met in the coming years. The cost of renewable energy sources—solar, wind, and geothermal, is consistently going down as the technology improves, so that one or more of these should be available to meet demand.

I have an uneasy feeling that BC Hydro wants hydro power partly so that it can sell that power to the U.S.

I worry about the people working on building Site C—they need jobs—but once the dam is built, most of the workers will have to be retrained so that they can find other work. The Federal and BC Provincial governments must be proactive in this, not reactive.

AbbySchwarzVancouver December 19, 20172017-12-19 10:58:23

We do not need to build a dam to ensure that BC’s power needs will be met in the coming years. The cost of renewable energy sources—solar, wind, and geothermal, is consistently going down as the technology improves, so that one or more of these should be available to meet demand.

I have an uneasy feeling that BC Hydro wants hydro power partly so that it can sell that power to the U.S.

I worry about the people working on building Site C—they need jobs—but once the dam is built, most of the workers will have to be retrained so that they can find other work. The Federal and BC Provincial governments must be proactive in this, not reactive.

AbbySchwarzVancouver December 19, 20172017-12-19 10:58:27

THE SOLE PURPOSE FOR SITE C IS TO POWER THE FRACKING INDUSTRY, SOMETHING THAT ALSO NEEDS TO CEASE AND DESIST. 10 BILLION DOLLARS WOULD TRANSFORM RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR, PROVIDING JOBS TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WOULD BE PLANET FRIENDLY. ALL THE BEAUTIFUL, RICH AGRICULTURAL LAND OF THE PEACE VALLEY SHOULD NOT BE DESTROYED!!! THIS IS INSANE.

ESWARWICKHORNBYDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:00:57

Dear Ms. Redies,

I believe the BCUC report. This means that the worst thing we can do for ourselves, our young people and for our environment is to restart this out of control expensive Site C project.
We must concentrate on renewables like India and China are doing.

Sincerely,

Fiona Old
White Rock, BC

FionaOldWhite RockDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:01:59

The NDP BC government ignored its own commitment to follow the advice of the BC Utilities Commisssion, Power BC and the wishes of so many people, including those living near the Site C Dam and those directly impacted by the flooding of the beautiful Peace River, the need for agricultural land, protection of fish and wildlife, and respect for the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Shame! A writer for the Tyee was correct in comparing the action of Premier Horgan with that of a drunken gambler at a casino for the damned. We have already spent too much money on this ill advised, expensive and over budget project. Why not recover the money spent in other ways, such as bridge tolls - it can certainly be done.

I ask that the government of British Columbia cancel this decision immediately.

Thank you.

SandraHartlineNelsonDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:03:04

I have already expressed my profound disapproval to your decision to go ahead with Site C. The BCUC made it abundantly obvious that Site C should be stopped. I do not care about your supposedly heavy hearts. They should be heavy because you have made the wrong decision. It is more than obvious that you should change your minds and cancel this outrageous and ridiculous dam! Listen to what Marc Eliesen has to say! He's right! You are startiing to sound like Justin. And that will get you nowhere.

First Nations are right! You have horribly betrayed them! If they would have had FPIC, you would not have made this horrible mistake and your hearts would not be heavy.

Admit your horrible mistake (it's ok, we all make them), and cancel Site C! Maybe you'll even get re-elected.

BarryFairesBurnabyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:06:38

I have already expressed my profound disapproval to your decision to go ahead with Site C. The BCUC made it abundantly obvious that Site C should be stopped. I do not care about your supposedly heavy hearts. They should be heavy because you have made the wrong decision. It is more than obvious that you should change your minds and cancel this outrageous and ridiculous dam! Listen to what Marc Eliesen has to say! He's right! You are startiing to sound like Justin. And that will get you nowhere.

First Nations are right! You have horribly betrayed them! If they would have had FPIC, you would not have made this horrible mistake and your hearts would not be heavy.

Admit your horrible mistake (it's ok, we all make them), and cancel Site C! Maybe you'll even get re-elected.

BarryFairesBurnabyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:07:11

bad for Hydro
bad for Hydro customers

Dams silt up.
That silt is needed for the riverbed and land downstream.

alienates land from wildlife habitat and agricultural use
Impounding water on land which has been dry for a long time releases mercury.

The construction union members aren't going to vote for the NDP anyway. If they are like most union members, they will vote opposite to what their leaders say.

SusanWalpCranbrookDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:31:34

I'm very disappointed in the governments decision. Not only do I think it's a bad 'financial' decision ...it continues the governments long and shameful history of trampling on 1st nations.

BrentBoatesVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:33:56

I am shamed to have Michelle Mungall representing our region she excepted the ministry not thinking that the Primer and NDP Party were purposely trying to weaken her environmental positions. When I saw her smiling wearing the BC Hydro hardhat knew there was no hope for the Peace River. First Nations livelihood the free movement of wildlife meant nothing to her and the Primer a whole environment is more important than jobs plus we know the reason for the dam is to provide enough water to Frack the entire North poisoning the air and water.

BruceVan TassellNelsonDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:37:45

This is a costly mistake. Flooding the Pearce River Valley makes no sense. Many experts have declare that it is a wrong move. Pouring
good money into a badly thought out project will NEVER make it right.
The agricultural land will never be retrieved . THIS IS AN IRREVERSABLE MISTAKE. It seems the voters in the last election were not
listened to.

CarolNashLangleyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:40:02

In my view the expenditures on the Site C project are totally unjustified and putting the BC public into an unnecessary debt.
Further this type of power production is an 19th. century technique which has been surpassed by modern microgrid technology.
The looming climate change of extreme weather patterns will make the long transmission lines a major security risk. It will put the entire project into danger and probably it will be well beyond the ability to maintenance.
I suggest that the Government entertain an intensive promotion/development of Solar, Wind, Geothermal and Tidal power. We would achieve the same or greater energy production but at a much lower cost and greater future security and certainly with less ecological impact.
Never mind the serious considerations of the Native Rights violations by the BC. Government.
Finally, there is the loss of valuable agricultural land and the compensation that has to be payed for to the present owners.
For the reason above I strongly suggest that the NDP Government of BC. withdraw from the Site C Dam project and take the losses. The cost to proceed with this project are simply not justified for any reasons.

ChrisRoseQuathiaski Cove, Quadra IslandDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:40:44

The government claims that its reason for not cancelling the Site C dam is that the cost of the write-off would be immediately entered on the books of BC Finance and therefore prevent the government from going ahead with some of its other social legislation.

This may well be true, but that immediate current problem needs to be seen in the context of the long-term in which BC will now spend unknown billions of dollars on yesterday's energy generation and will not have the funds to invest in tomorrow's renewable solutions. This relegates BC to the back of the pack in future energy generation. We are stuck now with our fossil fuel reserves and our abundant hydro power to see us forward into a post-carbon future. As future generations pay off the massive cost of Site C, they will miss out on the benefits of a global market in renewables. This is not good for long-term economic prospects for BC, let alone the difficulty of meeting carbon emission reduction targets. We will also have sacrificed many acres of valuable agricultural land, which will be lost to a future when agriculture will be moving further north and the pressure for feeding the world will be continually increasing.

NDP governments are just not good at thinking long-term. Immediate gratification is in their DNA. The Greens failed to hold their feet to the fire on this one, no doubt for political hope to swell their own numbers. But this should not have been a political decision. The people of BC are now left with no representation in the Legislature for the future. The Liberals started the problem and have not learned anything in the process. The NDP can't deal with it. And the Greens are still too weak.

I am of an age where this will not impact very much the remainder of my life, but I grieve for my grandchildren whose future has been short changed.

Also, there are the indigenous people whose rights have been trampled on once again. Perhaps their fight is still the best hope for stopping the project. Since we can't rely on any of the political parties to do the right thing on this issue, the people of BC should put their weight behind the indigenous people on the front line to help them carry on the struggle in this dark hour.

Let us remember how Winston Churchill argued to carry the fight to the Germans at a time when all seemed to be lost and his party wanted to sue for peace.
Churchill took on the role of a world leader. Unfortunately, we don't have any such leadership in BC today.

DesmondBerghoferVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:46:16

you lied to us, we will never forget.

NDP will never have the support of many.

In time, you will be eliminated as a choice for decent British Columbians.

NDP, RIP

EduardoUrangaCumberlandDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:46:45

The NDP PROMISE of ending Site C Dam has resulted in ANOTHER government LYING to the voters. We voted NDP NOT SITE C. I cannot and will not support a government when deceit and lies are at the root of this absolute unadulterated UNTRUTH. The LIBERALS continually lied to the voters, I thought that you were beyond that deceit John Horgan. Now, end Kinder Morgan, STOP SITE C, and refuse to send HYDRO to the USA until TRUMP decides to deal fairly with our logging and fishing industry. YOU, JOHN HORGAN have an obligation to Indigenous persons and your other voters, get motivated and do not become a lose cannon like Christy Clark.

ChristiaanVanderkopFort St. JamesDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:49:46

This is a foolish project. To ask us to pay for this dam, that will not give us any electricity, it is my understanding that this will primarily go to the United States, and we pay for it.
This is just those in power profiting off the backs of others, especially off of those in other countries.
I will not stand for this. These are acts of war in any other time of human history.

Stop this stupid dam. I refuse to pay a cent for the corruption of businesses, corporations and governments, all in together, making profit off whatever they can find, whether it is theirs or not. Theft is the new business. Lies and deceit are the new norms of trade and commerce. "Make it to break" is the philosophy. They do not care who is hurt or what is destroyed, only that they make their money.

This stops NOW. You works for US.

Someone check the pockets of Mr.Horgan and the rest of the people currently in power. I am extremely suspicious when these assholes move against the wishes of the people who voted them into the office.

Always remember we can remove your sorry ass if you do not heed the words of the people you SERVE.

TimSearleNew WestminsterDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:50:05

THe green light for this dreadful dam made me very sad, and also cemented my decision to never vote NDP again. It is much better to lose 4 billion now than 10 billion (and possibly much more) down the road. You also lose the possibility of building truly renewable energy sources. I have seen the the Bennet dam several years ago and was deeply saddened about its impact on the land. Also, I would not like to live down river from such an unnatural megastructure. Think what an earthquake might do!!!!
Bad decision Mr. Horgan.You will have to live with the negative consequences, unless you reverse your decision quickly.
Sincerely, Hannelore Pinder

HannelorePinderVancouver, B.C.December 19, 20172017-12-19 11:58:46

I am concerned that the Site C dam is unnecessary, given the availability of geothermal and other alternative energy sources, at increasingly cheaper prices. Furthermore, several studies (including one by the CCPA) indicate that the additional power generation will not be required until at least 2031, owing to increasing efficiency and other demand side measures. Given the extremely high cost - over $10 bn, this is an imprudent expenditure.

As well, the infringement on indigenous lands given the push for reconciliation, and the loss of arable farmland in an era of climate change and resulting food insecurity is unconscionable.

The government is falling victim to the sunk cost fallacy. While $4 bn would be spent if the project were now cancelled, this is still considerably less than the $10-12 bn that would be spent to complete the project.

MarkListerVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 11:59:48

Please keep your promises and cancel the Site C Dam.

The BC NDP campaigned on promises outlined in the Power BC proposal. Twice as many good paying jobs could be created through a program of building retrofits, seismic upgrades and upgrading existing hydro electric infrastructure. Support for wind and solar power would advance new technology in BC. Canceling Site C would ensure electricity costs are kept in check, precious ecosystems and agricultural land is protected and indigenous rights are respected.

Evidence from the BC Utilities Commission indicate that cancelling Site C is the most financially prudent approach to take for British Columbians now and into the future.

Voters trusted their MLAs on the understanding that they would keep their promises implement the Power BC proposals and cancel Site C. A minority government would be wise to keep its word.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

Paul Craik

PaulCraikVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:05:17

I think the NDP's decision to approve the Site C dam is a reflection of wealth inequality which is most importantly a reflection of power inequality. The evidence convinces me that it is politically expedient to have upset people concerned about the devastation of the Peace River valley rather than the wrathful voice of corporate power with their rant of JOBS JOBS JOBS. Green energy will produce more employment than brown energy-- hydro electric power is not green when it destroys farmland.

MaryMathesonVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:06:55

Re: Site C,

I have yet to hear a convincing argument in favour of this massive destruction.

I hope and pray this dam will not go ahead. My understanding is that we don't even need it, and by the time it would be operational we shall have come to our senses and be using natural methods of generating power.

RosemaryPartridgeSaltspring IslandDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:08:33

I have already sent letters through these letter writing campaigns.
Instead of flooding the valley, Research the Terrestrial Energy Corporation in Ontario that has developed technology for smaller Atomic Energy Plants that could be located on this site without flooding the rest of the valley which could be then used to develop agricultural greenhouses to produce food here in Canada. We would not have to rely on produce from other countries to feed ourselves. The whole area could also provide farming, cattle ranges and other food-related industries that would employ more people than this site C dam would. The work that has already been done can be turned into a GBC "Greening BC" project. We could then sell all of this technology to others. I am sure the government could get more investors to invest in a project that doesn't create havoc with Mother Nature. - just ask those of us who are writing these letters and the other thousands who believe in"Beautiful BC".

WENDYCOOKMissionDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:09:21

Re- Site C

Dear Mr. Lee,

Your party started this mess and for that colossal blunder I did not support the Liberal government
during the last election, and will never vote Liberal again.

NDP, deciding to continue Site C was the worst decision ever ! YOUR FIRED.

Disgusting waste of money and a incredible display of inept government decision making from
both major party leaders.

Signed,

New Green Party Member.

DouglasJacksonVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:09:32

The Site C Dam will cost BC taxpayers between $9 and $17 billion dollars — for power we don’t need.

The Site C Dam will destroy untold numbers of First Nations’ cultural sites, preventing us from moving forward on our commitment to reconciliation.

The Site C Dam is an expensive and outdated form of energy development, and there are better and less expensive alternatives.

The Site C Dam will destroy priceless and irreplaceable farmland and critical wildlife habitat — squandering our province's true wealth.

Extensive Flooding of:
83km of Peace River!
10km of the Moberly River!
14km of the Halfway River!
52km2 loss of prime farmland!
49km2 loss of Boreal forest!
78 First Nations heritage sites!

‘Should We Build More Large Dams? The Actual Costs of Hydropower Megaproject Development’ look up here:
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Delivery.cfm/SSRN_ID2406852_code1935014.pdf?abstractid=2406852&mirid=1
(it says on page 12):
"Large dam projects: Large hydropower, multipurpose dams, etc.: +90% cost overruns"

2015 Budget $8.8 billion PLUS 90% = $16.7 billion!

eg:
'Muskrat Falls Dam Project'
2010 Budget $6.2 Billion; estimated cost per June 2017: $12.7 Billion (+105%)
it was supposed to be finished by 2017, project over-all about 75% finished; but now it is expected to take until 2019 or 2020!
"Muskrat Falls Project Update June 2017: dam construction 66% finished"
https://muskratfalls.nalcorenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Muskrat-Falls-Project-Update-Presentation-June-23_Final.pdf

Heinz W.NussbaumerVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:15:58

Site C will cost taxpayers more than the present budget suggests! Just look at the experiences of other similar projects! Add in the geo technical difficulties with the actual site and there remains no doubt. Reminds me a whole lot of the NDP's Fast Ferry fiasco the last time they were in power.

Why would anyone with some intelligence go ahead with "moving dirt" when we could be promoting higher tech jobs with solar and wind generation (not to mention geo-thermal) in various parts of the province? Why?

Why would we put a large proportion of our new generation in one area of the province with many miles of required hydro lines, which come with their own issues? Fires, wind storms, ice storms...

John Horgan: In my estimation you are making a colossal and VERY expensive mistake. Won't hurt you! You'll have a dandy pension. But it will cost a whole lot of other people dearly. The tax payers of this province and their kids.

SteveGarnettCowichan BayDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:16:43

Please remember- I will not vote for a government who does not look after our land, preserve wildlife and history....
- I will not vote for a government who places greed and profit over setting an example for future generation
- I am so weary of short sighted stupid decisions and understand why our young people are choosing drugs, death, selfishness and crime as they have lost HOPE

HELP!!!

DebraYendallChilliwackDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:23:48

Site C will prove to be a fiscal disaster for the people of B.C.

Site C will be a tragic loss of essential farmland to feed future generations.

Site C will be a terrible insult and extremely damaging to First Nations and dishonouring to Reconciliation.

Site C will pose a threat due to potential for geologically unstable terrain.

Site C will pose a threat to wildlife in the region due to habitat loss.

Site C will pose a loss of truly sustainable energy opportunities that should otherwise been developed.

Site C will mean the end of any future political potential for the NDP to govern, due to this deeply serious mistake in judgement, (don't fall into the swamp that Christy Clark and her cohorts prepared for you, let her wear this one, this is her legacy!)

ISaramaGibsonsDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:25:02

This dam is NOT needed!!! WE the taxpayers will b.or this for YEARS!! The NDP government is STEALING from it's citizens. I was hopeful John Horgan would do the right thing. He has utterly disappointed me

BrendaErvenVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:29:49

Dear MLA Rick Glumac,

I was very disappointed that the Site C dame was approved for completion. I believe I understand the terrible dilemma the NDP found itself in. There would be very harsh criticism no matter what the decision was and loss of political support, however, approving the dame will probably result in loss of more loyal support than shutting it down. As I am sure you are aware there are strong arguments for shutting it down and accepting the finical loss.

One argument is that going on with this project will result in a larger net loss than if it was shut down. Rate payers will ultimately have to pay the costs in even higher electricity rates for this BC Liberal vanity project. It appears there are unanticipated engineering problems on the horizon that will likely increase the cost of the project beyond the point of recovery of costs no matter how long the dam is producing electricity. Then there is the many forms of destruction that will be leveled on the environment and the resulting loss of good land for wildlife and farming.

The NDP will be forgiving for a "flip-flop" but not for a decision that results in mostly losses.

Dr. Marion Eals

MarionEalsPort MoodyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:34:12

* The destruction of a huge agricultural area, an vital ecosystem.
* Site C is an enormous waste of money in this age of RENEWABLE
ENERGY!
* Invest...I.e. create jobs...in renewables instead.
* ENOUGH...it’s time to start respecting our Mother Earth!!!

MargoMassieSidney December 19, 20172017-12-19 12:40:26

Where is BC going to source fruits and vegetables as traditional food producing lands are being depleted by the effects of global warming?

Droughts in the US are seriously impacting the production of traditional food producing lands, food that British Columbians depend on.

“As world prices for food escalate in response to inevitable pressure, the land in the Peace River Valley is our food security Plan B…. The land to be flooded by Site C is capable of providing a sustainably produced supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to over a million people!”
– Wendy Holm, professional agrologist with over 40 years’ experience in agricultural economics and public policy in Canada and BC

The Peace River Valley provides a unique microclimate where crops one wouldn’t expect to grow this far north actually thrive, including corn, field tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon.

“The Peace River Valley has extraordinarily high value for agriculture and it’s my opinion that the public interest is better served by allowing it to continue to sustain citizens through agricultural production rather than destroying it for power production.”
– Eveline Wolterson, soil scientist and physical chemist with 40 years’ experience researching and consulting on agriculture

BC Hydro states that Site C will have a 100-year life; the agricultural land in the Peace River Valley will support life in perpetuity.

There are many energy alternatives, but there are no alternatives to food producing land.

TomRooneyVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:41:56

Site C is old technology; a dirty, out-dated, earth-fill dam that will take money away from clean energy opportunities in BC.

There are many new, truly clean energy alternatives, such as wind, solar and geothermal which could be built on an as-needed basis and for far less money than Site C.

What if even $1 billion (of the $9 billion Site C dam) were spent across all regions of BC on new, advanced energy projects like solar, wind and geothermal? These developments would create permanent, local jobs based on building, installing and operating new technologies; technologies that would generate skills, training and apprenticeship programs now!

Energy efficiency is a least-cost option for many companies as they work to minimize expenses.

By 2018, every British Columbian’s Hydro bill will have gone up by almost a third from where it was in 2013.

“The Peace River Valley has the ability to produce food for a million people. It could supply fresh fruits and vegetables to people who live in northern BC, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Alberta and the Lower Mainland,” Wendy Holm, economic agrologist.
“According to the experts, Site C dam may have a 100-year life. The agricultural land in the Peace River Valley will support life in perpetuity,” Wendy Holm, economic agrologist.

There are over 300 wildlife species and over 400 plant species identified to date in the Peace River Valley and biologists suspect there are a number of yet unidentified species present. Site C Dam will flood important wildlife birthing habitat, critical migratory bird habitat and rare plant species

Jennifer ISullivanBurnabyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:45:59

last good farmland in BC and California's farmland is drying up; good land is moving north!
We need to encourage everybody to move to alternative energy rather than acting as if current demand is going to continue and increase.

EvelynPinkertonVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:51:37

REVERSE THIS MISGUIDED DECISION !! It's financial arguments are NOT VALID. Also, it ignores the indigenous rights in the area. It destroys sacred lands. It destroys native species. It destroys precious arable land. The hydro produced could be achieved more cheaply and efficiently by more environmentally efficient methods. The hydro will only benefit obscenely damaging fracking companies.
You are throwing good money after bad. STOP ! REVERSE ! It's not too late.

AgnesWattsVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 12:59:46

This is an incredibly foolish decision swayed by big business interests and offends most of us simple people - you know,. the ones that put you into office - and can take you out of office.

You have been sold a bill of goods of weak excuses to justify your decision. It is a boondoggle and must be terminated.Our First Nations people deserve much better.

Do the right thing and reverse it. Otherwise enjoy your VERY brief flirtation with power

Geoff LawrenceCampbell RiverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:01:20

I feel truly betrayed. I voted NDP for the first time in my life, mostly because I thought we were done with Cristy Clark type of politics but I guess I was wrong. I thought John Horgan had the guts to stand up to the big money, but I was wrong again. Cristy Clark swore she would push Cite C past the point of no return and I guess she was right. We DO NOT NEED this massive debt and we DO NOT NEED the power so there is only one explanation. Big money wins again and WE THE PEOPLE lose again. It makes me almost feel like never voting again because there is NO ONE to vote for me.

RobertaSmithPort AlberniDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:01:55

Dear Adam Olsen,
I am above all disappointed, and know that you know why, and are in agreement with me.

Premier Horgan, just please know that I am profoundly disappointed, and would LOVE to hear there was a way for your decision to be shifted to cease Site C.

FrancesRautenbachSalt Spring IslandDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:06:26

To BC NDP Caucus. The concerns about site c are many, BC cannot afford to spend $10.7B or more, on 1950's technology. Our hydro rates are already so high, many struggle to make ends meet and site c will cause rate hikes out of our stratosphere. The people in Manitoba and Newfoundland Labrador are paying astronomical hydro bills every month due to the boondoggle dams being built in their provinces that are so far over budget and 2 years behind schedule, they are causing downgraded provincial credit ratings. This is what will happen in BC and site c has already gone from $6.6 billion to $10.7 billion and it will continue to climb. It is already out of control, over budget and way behind schedule. You are putting every ratepayer in British Columbia in massive debt we cannot afford. Continuing to build site c is malfeasance on your part and it is unfair to put this massive debt on our shoulders.

ShelleyOuelletteFort St. JohnDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:11:41

Premier, Ministers and MLAs

The approval of Site "C" is not justifiable and defies any sort of rational decision making process.
Premier Horgan's publicly stated reasons for continuing do not hold up and are offensive to any one with even minimal knowledge of the issues.

Approval violates all campaign promises to respect indigenous rights and work towards reconciliation. This approval has the potential to be a spending boon doggle that will put this NDP out of power for decades. When speaking to my friends at past election periods during the Liberal era, many said they could not vote NDP because of the NDP very poor financial management record and waste of hard earned taxpayer dollars in the past. As for jobs, many more jobs would be created by promoting renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. We don't even need the power your govn't has committed to spending $10 - 12 BILLION and those numbers are optimistic! We are going to be selling power to multinational corporations and the Americans at a fraction of the cost to British Columbia taxpayers.

Mr. Horgan, we are so rich we can afford to subsidize the Americans and multinationals!

IT'S NOT TOO LATE, CUT YOUR LOSSES AND CANCEL SITE C!

Elizabeth BorekVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:16:03

My concerns are many and shared by many as well.
I never expected this of you. It is so shockingly disappointing that you throw the First Nations People and what is sacred to them and families who have lived there for generations under the bus. We do not need this electricity in the future.
Please please consider using the huge amount of money going into this stupid dam for alternative energy. Do not go backwards, go forward with bright future for British Columbia. Show and example to the rest of Canada and the world that we mean what we say, and we say we want to take care of our people and land.
Do not leave us without hope that any political party has the common sense and will to do the right thing for the province, stand up .

MarleneStephensGibsonsDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:18:56

“This is not a liberal agenda, nor is it a conservative one.

This is the human agenda.”

Paul Hawken in Drawdown

“if you’re on the wrong road, progress means

doing an about-turn

and walking back to the right road;

in that case,

the man (or woman) who turns back soonest

is the most progressive.”

C.S. Lewis

Dear Premier John Horgan:

At 74 I wish I had a vote to sway you re Site C.

I do know that THE bottom line is: TIME is short and the laws of physics and chemistry do not negotiate.

The economic and science-based case for stopping Site C has been amply made - if you CHOOSE to make it!

I'm writing to highlight how Site C will affect our children's LIFE supports because of its implications for climate, biodiversity, agriculture....to say nothing of leaving them an atrocious debt. As for jobs, you could present plans for the many thousands required for rapid transition to alternate energy and multiple services.

Speak for our children
by standing on the science in these FOUR alarming references:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/vox/the-ezra-klein-show/e/elizabeth-kolbert-we-have-locked-in-centuries-of-climate-change-48773177
“Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries of climate”
Jan 10, 2017
“our toddlers will be middle-aged
when they feel the effects
of what we're adding NOW.”

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/11/16/humans-blind-imminent-environmental-collapse/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=161117
Nov 16/17
What, Me Worry? Humans Are Blind to Imminent Environmental Collapse
Accelerating biodiversity loss may turn out to be the sleeper issue of the century.
By William E. Rees

“This was underscored once again in October when scientists reported that flying insect populations in Germany have declined by an alarming 75 per cent in the past three decades .... Trends are similar in other parts of Europe....Even in Canada.... Heard much about these things in the mainstream news?

Too bad. Biodiversity loss may turn out to be the sleeper issue of the century. It is caused by many individual but interacting factors — habitat loss, climate change....On a finite planet...the continuous expansion of one species necessarily drives the contraction and extinction of others. (Politicians take note — there is always a conflict between human population/economic expansion and “protection of the environment.”)
....
Bottom line? The world seems in denial of looming disaster; the “C” word remains unvoiced. Governments everywhere dismissed the 1992 scientists’ Warning to Humanity ...and will similarly ignore the scientists’ “second notice." (Published on Nov. 13, this warning states that most negative trends identified 25 years earlier “are getting far worse.”)

Despite cascading evidence and detailed analysis to the contrary, the world community trumpets “growth-is-us” as its contemporary holy grail. Even the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are fixed on economic expansion as the only hammer for every problematic nail.

Meanwhile, greenhouse gases reach to at an all-time high, marine dead-zones proliferate, tropical forests fall and extinctions accelerate....

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/bill-mckibben-winning-slowly-is-the-same-as-losing-w512967
Dec 1/17
Bill McKibben: Winning Slowly Is the Same as Losing
The technology exists to combat climate change – what will it take to get our leaders to act?

If we don't win very quickly on climate change, then we will never win...
It's what makes it different from every other problem our political systems have faced.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/13/over-15000-scientists-just-issued-second-notice-humanity-can-we-listen-now
Nov 13/17
Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a 'Second Notice' to Humanity. Can We Listen Now?

Reassessing warning issued 25 years ago, the "second notice" to humanity warns of "widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss" unless business-as-usual is upended.

Yikes...."Time is running out" to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink.”

ABOVE YOUR DESK?

You may be able to fool the voters,
but not the atmosphere.
-Donella Meadows

Eileen Kosior
Black Diamond, AB

EileenKosiorBlack DiamondDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:24:15

im almost 70 years old and disgusted this was even started...ive watched the logging industry ,sawmills, paper mills,fishing industry all working there way to never never land all ok'd by the govts of the time..most of van island timber shipped to china ,,fish farms , i mean its insane yet govt support it .... NDP were going to change things, look after wild salmon and the coast...i also understood do something about site c ...well NDP jumped on the corporate wagon and are as bad as the harper and chrisy now..i will vote green from now on..seems impossible to get a govt with enough balls to be for the PEOPLE...

courtneypowellcomoxDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:27:55

The announced decision is not okay. The disrespect shown to the top-quality farmland and habitat is especially not okay. Please think again.

JimWrightRichmondDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:51:33

Dear NDP - As a life long supporter of the NDP, I know this party can be responsive to the will of the people, and, can make sensible, life-supporting decisions even if unpopular with some.

I understand that you cannot please all of the people all of the time. I understand that the Site C dam has pros, cons, and that it is deeply divisive.

So - if you can't please all the voters, then think of the environment, the animals, the eco-system, the precious and rare arable farm lands, the Treaties, the First Nations people, the farmers and other land owners in the area to be devastated. Choose them. Please them.

Devastated. What future is there in this construction? None, nothing. Simply looks better on the books.

While most of the rest of the world is destroying dams and allowing the valleys to regenerate and the fish to do their thing - the NDP is doing THIS? Think again.

The 'spin' that you're putting out - that because of how it looks on the books, you are choosing to throw good money after bad - apparently assumes that we Peace Valley supporters are incapable of an intelligent assessment of the facts.

Think again, about the Peace Valley and about your people... STOP SITE C.

Sincerely

PenelopeSidorGabriola IslandDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 13:58:31

Dams are obsolete. Put the billions into renewables, to hell with this destructive dam.

JudithWappNew DenverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 14:02:04

I voted NDP for the first time in my life because I thought John Horgan had the guts to stand up against the Cristy Clark kind of politics. I felt certain he would stop the Site C fiasco. We do not need the enormous debt load or the electricity so the only answer is he has no guts against the big money. Cristy Clark swore she would push this ridiculous project that she cooked up to line her own pockets at taxpayer expense, past the point of no return. I guess she was right and I was wrong to vote NDP. I feel completely betrayed and once more astonished at government inefficiency and greed.

RobertaSmithPort AlberniDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 14:05:25

Unnecessary and unwanted in the North!

LynneBohnMackenzie December 19, 20172017-12-19 14:21:34

I would just like to let you know how I feel. Did you read the e mail where I called you a traitor. The NDP government gave you your ministry to weaken your environmental stance restrict you from coming out and saying how you personally feel like your pretending you cared about Jumbo marching with us. Seeing you wearing the BC Hydro hardhat smiling on the Site C site showed how little you care about the environment.

BruceVan TassellNelsonDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 14:26:50

My concerns with the Site C dam have not changed.

I am concerned about the loss of wildlife habitat, particularly in marshy areas.

I am concerned about the loss of prime agricultural land which will be flooded if this dam is completed.

I am concerned about the loss of tribal lands and burial grounds and potential learning through archaeological digs which would be flooded.

I am concerned about British Columbia's international image as we will be seen by the rest of the world as old fashioned, close minded and non progressive.

I am concerned about the destruction and erosion and tension cracks being created by the pressure.

I am concerned about the dust and mud created by the movement of water. If you look at the Williston Reservoir and Kinbasket Reservoir you will see huge islands of eroded mud during low water periods. As these mud islands dry they create awful dust storms when the wind blows. As the Peace valley is less stable than the areas surrounding the other 2 reservoirs I anticipate even worse problems with Site C.

I am concerned about the BC government throwing good money after bad, the costs of this behemoth are bound to go up and up as problems with instability arise.

I am concerned about the costs of the lawsuits being filed. As a taxpayer, I feel as if I am paying for both sides of the dispute.

There is much to be concerned about with the continuation of the construction of this dam and I believe we should cut our losses and stop it now.

CathyFortinPrince GeorgeDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 14:54:43

it is an unnecessary and wanton destruction of a natural habitat. Too many people to displace on first nations lands.

rocjardesswindonDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 16:09:20

I am extremely disappointed with the direction you have taken on this issue. You are ignoring many voices and sound rationale for pursuing alternative strategies. This will become a costly white elephant and you will have missed the chance to show real leadership by taking the difficult decision.

While delighting lower mainland drivers by removing tolls and the revenue that could have been used to deliver the many promised services, you have delighted Site C employees and beneficiaries while ignoring the long term costs of these related decisions.
I am appalled by your leadership and wonder if I will ever vote NDP again.
It is not too late to revisit this issue. I hope that you will.

JChurchervancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 16:20:50

This decision will go down with your party.

MalloryStifenDeltaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 16:31:08

Dear Premier,

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment over your government's recent Site C announcement. The rationale for your government’s decision is false, illogical and fiscally irresponsible.

In particular, your government's statement about the $4 billion cost of cancellation being an unacceptable burden to the Province is a complete fabrication. This money is already mostly spent! It simply becomes a long term debt added to the Hydro debt and future rates, just as the much greater amount of additional money you are now proposing to spend to complete the project will be!!

It does not and never would result in cuts to service now as you are claiming. If that were true then the $10.7 billion you have now wrongly committed us to would result in even bigger cuts!!

Premier, for all the reasons many have expressed, and all of the reasons clearly described in former CEO of BC Hydro Marc Eliesen’s article in the Times Colonist recently (13th December, 2017) your rationale is pathetically wrong-headed and will saddle future generations with a massive debt for electricity we do not need. This was very clearly shown by the BCUC report. They said the Hydro energy forecasts were too high. In addition, Canada's commitment to the Paris agreement means there must be a halt to further tar sands expansion and abandonment of massive LNG plants fueled with environmentally destructive fracking.

When I consider the monumental slight to the First Nations rights you have handed them, the missed opportunity for a distributed alternative energy portfolio and associated jobs, and the gigantic loss of farmland and damage to the environment, I despair.

I shall never vote for, or contribute to, the NDP again.

RolandAlcockSookeDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 16:34:50

Dear NDP,

I am very disappointed that you have decided that there is no choice but to move forward with Site C dam project. I am concerned about the legal costs the province will be paying to defend this indefensible decision. It is not only First Nations lawsuits that worry me: what about all the allies that are willing to put their bodies in the way of the project continuing? I am a senior citizen and I have nothing in my life to prevent me from standing up for what I believe in. And so many of my friends feel the same way.

I have voted NDP my whole adult life. Your decision to go ahead with Site C makes it very difficult for me to know how to vote in the future. Again, I am hearing this from so many friends and aquaintances, most of them involved in an activist lifestyle.

Surely you are going to prevent the Kinder Morgan pipeline? If not, you might just as well go home. There will be few ready to support the NDP party in the future.

We let you know how we felt about Site C. Why weren't you listening? Money isn't the only thing to consider in difficult times.

Yours truly,

HeatherMcLeanDenman IslandDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 16:34:54

I was VERY disappointed by the NDP government's decision to proceed with Site C construction. It has not been made clear what all the potential energy will be used for plus the cost of completion is astronomical. As Mark Eliesen said "BC Ratepayers will be paying rates amongst the highest in the country (if Site C goes ahead). I don't have to tell you that there are great opportunities to develop and use alternative forms of renewable energy. BC could be one of the leaders in this industry instead of pursuing outdated hydro technology.
Additional revenues to help offset the money already spent could be obtained by removing subsidies that still exist for fossil fuel extraction companies (e.g. fracked natural gas). I think it is irresponsible to suggest that Site C will help fulfill BC's climate targets if the electricity from it is used to power LNG projects. I really think the people of BC will rue this decision for generations to come; it is not a pretty legacy for the NDP government and shame on the previous Liberal government for expediting approvals and construction.

DoreenDewellSurreyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 16:36:30

I am very disappointed that the NDP chose to continue with the Site C dam project. I previously wrote Premier John Horgan about my concerns, and I was one of the NDP donors and campaign workers that signed a letter urging that the project be cancelled. I have read David Eby's letter outlining the financial and accounting reasons given for continuing with the project. Quite frankly, I don't buy them. I believe that there are other ways of looking at the accounting on this project--for example writing off money spent on the project and on remediation over 70 years rather than a much shorter time period. Given all the good reasons not to proceed with this project, it is hard to believe that we should continue to throw good money after bad.
Some of my friends in the NDP are willing to forgive this decision, and they do believe the accounting argument. I think that this argument is hiding the other reasons that the NDP has chosen to continue with this project. I reluctantly now feel that I have to move my support to a party that will act in good faith on my environmental concerns. I really do appreciate all the other good work that the NDP is doing, but climate change and the environment are my top priorities.

JudithHarperVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 16:44:41

Dear John Horgan,

Once again I am writing you to ask that you reverse your recent decision to support the BC Liberal Site C Dam.
It is becoming apparent this decision to support this project was actually taken long before the commissions findings.
Had that not been the case you would have halted this project in its muddy over budget tracks pending the outcome
of the commission's investigation and also rescinded the OIC to avoid any ALR hearings regarding such a massive loss
of northern ALR lands rather than being party to BC Liberal dreams to "the push it past the point of no return."
The fictional numbers game used to justify the ongoing waste of time and money on this colossal, 1950's mentality
project is a huge mistake on EVERY front. Many dams on US coastal rivers are now being REMOVED as the environmental
devastation of these rivers and their fisheries has been witnessed first hand. Trucking bull trout for the next 100 years???
Please reverse this disaster for the Peace River, Northern ALR lands, First Nations and the financial health of BC, your career
and the NDP party.

Regards

TorSvanoeDeltaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 16:59:41

Dear BC Political Leaders and Members and the Hon. Dominic LeBlanc,

I had so hoped to be writing a letter of congratulations and gratitude after the timeline for consideration of what to do with the Site C project had passed. Apparently, your decision has made that an impossible task for me and for the rest of my fellow BC residents who truly believed you would do the right thing.

Your decision to proceed with this project has simply broken my heart and I don't even live in the Peace Region - imagine if you can, because I expect you're not out knocking on doors or holding town halls in the Peace right now, just how you have impacted the lives of so many and the fragile ecosystems of our province. Yippee for you! You have made a decision that will change the face of our province forever. Long after we are all gone from this world, your unnecessary concrete, huge carbon footprint monstrosity will continue to scar our landscape. I hope that, before too long, we will be able to hold those who are tasked with making decisions which impact the voters in this magnitude accountable for the results - and decisions of less impact, I would expect .

Where the heck can we turn to find a politician we can trust? Apparently not to the NDP any more than the Liberals. The person work hours associated with this project and the insane funding it will take could be invested in other types of infrastructure that would have a positive impact on our world and that of our children. Could you not see that or did you not want to. More than $6B could make BC the leader in the realm of alternate energy. I heard a comment the other day that has stuck with me: the Stone Age didn't end because we ran out of stones, it ended because we found something better. I believe this project will keep us from finding that 'something better' in time to make a difference in the least harmful manner.

It is not too late to review this decision.

Patricia Rokosh
Gabriola, BC

PatriciaRokoshGabriolaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 17:00:12

The Site C dam should never have been started. It is not needed for any financial or other purpose. It costs a great deal and will not serve BC or other provinces in a good way. The BCUC did a good job of listening to citizens and summarizing the results and I am very sorry that the NDP government has not followed its platform before being elected or the results of the BCUC.

There is not need for the Site C dam and it decimates a huge area of land that support farmers and First Nations. The West Moberly First Nation and the Prophet River First Nation have been taking legal action against Site C for a long time and are renewing their legal efforts now that the NDP has reversed itself and given the go-ahead for Site C.

We need to be concerned about the environment and climate change. Site C is detrimental to both. We call upon Party Leaders to Halt Site C.

Antonia Mills

Professor Emerita, First Nations Studies
University of Northern British Columbia
Prince George BC V2N 4Z9
Traditional Territory of the Lheidli T'enneh
email: [email protected]

AntoniaMillsPrince GeorgeDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 17:03:54

Please cancel the Site C dam project, a major threat to Indigenous people's rights and environmental health.

DanialAsadolahiNorth VancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 17:19:12

wrong choice ,look at the real numbers.$37.00 per kilowatt/hr new in alberta!site c will cost too much ,when done more than $100 per kilowatt,hmmm

albert hilgerdenaarmerrittDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 17:20:50

This is wrong. You know it's wrong. Bravery is what is required in the face of dramatic change.
Be on the right side of history. You promised you would try to be that party, that person.
Step up. Democracy demands accountability. The first step in the right direction is always
the hardest one. You can do it. Hear us. Hear the voice in your own head. Start.

DianneNeufeldBurnabyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 17:37:14

It is my considered opinion that long-range vision should override myopic gain.

alberthaddadconcordDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 17:46:14

Long range vision is better than myopic gain

alberthaddadconcordDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 17:48:36

A poor decision NDP/Liberals because we have to change to renewable energy - NOT more fossil fuel industries. Electricity generation from Site C is catastrophic on our Environment, we need better choices by our Provincial Government.

JohnAddisonKasloDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 17:52:37
 GloriaBesharaCanim LakeDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 18:00:46

NOW WELL OVER BUDGET AND UNDOUBTEDLY THAT WILL NEAR DOUBLE BEFORE THIS MESS IS ALL DONE. WE DON'T NEED THE POWER BECAUSE YOU HAVE KILLED ALL INDUSTRY AND ALBERTA HAS NO INTENTION OF BUYING IT. YOUR CUSTOMER IS THE USA WHO NEVER PAY THEIR BILLS SO WE LOSE AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. IT'S OBVIOUS NDP AND GREEN ARE NOT TO BE CONSIDERED BUSINESS LEADERS.

GARTHCOENABBOTSFORDDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 18:26:31

The Site C hydro project is far to expensive. It will saddle BC taxpayers with debt for decades to come.
The Site C hydro project shows a complete disregard for the rights of indigenous peoples.
The Site C hydro project will destroy some very good farmland.
I will not forget how the NDP betrayed their supporters by approving this project.

RudyFriesenComoxDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 18:42:49

The Site C hydro project is far to expensive. It will saddle BC taxpayers with debt for decades to come.
The Site C hydro project shows a complete disregard for the rights of indigenous peoples.
The Site C hydro project will destroy some very good farmland.
I will not forget how the NDP betrayed their supporters by approving this project.

RudyFriesenComoxDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 18:43:09

I was heart-sick at the news about the Site C Dam.
Disappointed and appalled.

It’s never too late to do the right thing!
Please, do the right thing and cancel this destructive and unnecessary project!!

Please, stop Site C for good!!!

Celeste Roberts

CelesteRobertsVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 19:12:04

Dear Mr. Simons,

I understand you are also disappointed about the NDP's decision to continue on with completing the Site C dam. I've read a few things that explain the financial justification for carrying on. My concerns are many and I am pretty sure we share the same concerns about it moving forward. I really would like there to be a greater vision, a more innovative solution for what to do here. There has to be another way. I wonder if there are more than two choices.

Thank you for representing your constituents. Please do what you can to turn this around.

DarcyKaltioPowell RiverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 19:13:59

Dear Mr. Simons,

I understand you are also disappointed about the NDP's decision to continue on with completing the Site C dam. I've read a few things that explain the financial justification for carrying on. My concerns are many and I am pretty sure we share the same concerns about it moving forward. I really would like there to be a greater vision, a more innovative solution for what to do here. There has to be another way. I wonder if there are more than two choices.

Thank you for representing your constituents. Please do what you can to turn this around.

DarcyKaltioPowell RiverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 19:14:18

It would be on the wrong side of history, and partially block the Y2Y wildlife corridor, further compromising the life support system of the Canadian province closest to my home state of Washington.

EricBurrMazamaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 19:16:30

Even though people will lose their homes and valuable farm land will be flooded you are pushing the project through.
A criminal amount of money has been wasted already in preparations not approved by the majority of tax payers.
Those responsible should be sued to recover some of the funds.
The current government should cut their losses even if it means hardship ahead.
It is the ethical answer to this disaster made by the Liberals.

JohnPalmerTrailDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 19:29:15

Like many of the citizens of British Columbia, I trusted my vote to my MLA with the understanding that Site C dam would be cancelled.

The BC NDP campaigned on the initiatives found in the proposed Power BC program and we support and encourage them to uphold these promises. Following through on retrofitting, updating existing energy infrastructure and developing renewables makes sense and paves the way for a bold, forward looking future for our province let by our government.

The evidence provided by the BCUC is very clear - cancelling the project is the best option for present and future generations of British Columbians. By cancelling Site C, British Columbia will position itself as a province led by a government of visionary, progressive thinkers, who embrace new technologies and value fiscally responsible decision-making.

This is what we want many of us want for our province. I hope your actions will help remind our elected officials to be the change that I believe all British Columbians want to see.

HelenWilliamsSurreyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 19:30:50

Continuing with the cumbersome Site C dam project will saddle our grandkids with debt and us with high power bills.
This long, long project which is not the biggest megaproject ever in BC - only the most expensive - will prevent the province pursuing renewal energy development for decades.
The important food growing area in the face of climate change will be lost as a food resource option.
Some future generation will have to decommission this cumbersome project.
There is no demand for the power produced and the timeline to production will cause loss flexibility in energy sales during construction which could be met by many other quickly constructed methods of renewable engery production.

Marilyn BelakDawson CreekDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 19:32:21

Site-C is just a BAILOUT for BCHYDRO ! WHile putting our great, great, great, great grandchildren in debt and will still be paying for site-c past 2070
Alternatively there is TRILLIONS of dollars being spent for renewable energies, and instead of investing in renewable energy that would have created 10000's + jobs , for your grandchildren well after your dead, is the future that was thrown away .
It's like the government didn't even consider the evidence of canceling the site-c dam, absolutely, mind boggling call.

MikeSpringfieldVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 19:50:12

to costly dont need it ruin valuable farmland ruins a beautiful valley that our grandchildren will not be able to enjoy will leave our grandchildren in debt for there wholelife will not cost near what THEY SAY TO REMEDIATE SITE DOES NOTHING FOR THE ECONOMY OF FORT st jOHN

T0MWOLSEYFort ST JphnDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 19:53:56

I am appalled that the construction of Site C dam has been approved.

It is an incredibly costly project not only fiscally but also environmentally, socially, culturally, agronomically.
I have expressed my concerns earlier to my MLA, David Eby, and to the Minister of the Environment, Hon. George Heyman.

I am very disappointed in the NDP and find it unacceptable that this government, who campaigned with promises of green visions has now done exactly the opposite. It is disheartening and the NDP government has again shown that politics is simply a game without principles or real concerns for the citizens who elected it in good faith.

My concerns are:

1) Environmental short sightedness at a colossal level
2) Destruction of the environment which could lead to climate alterations and further disturbances of ecosystems
3) Economic and Ecologic short sightedness
4) Disrespect of Aboriginal agreements and concerns
5) Disrespect of residents and their livelihoods
6) High cost ineffectiveness
7) Destruction of agricultural land
8) Lack of vision and commitment to green energy (which this project clearly is not!)

I urge this government to halt Site C immediately. It is not a responsible project. It is destructive. It is way too expensive. It is serving one party only and that is BC Hydro. We can do better. BC can do so much better.

Please, think again! This is NOT the way to go forward!

Sincerely, and with hope that this disastrous project will be averted.

EvaGersbachVancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 20:07:55

To whom it may concern,

I am very disturbed to hear that you plan to go ahead with the site c dam. I have heard about a massive cleared area that seems a useless area at present. It did however end up generating many jobs, and also putting the cost of the "not yet decided on" site c dam up seriously high. So high that it seems preposterous to spend that much money, and do that much damage, and then not go ahead with things. That is what the plan was all along, I am sure.
That this was done, is not anything that we can undo. That said, we now have a cleared area that may work well for, a wind turbine field, or a solar panel farm. This way we have stimulated the economy and now can go ahead with alternative energy in a positive and forward thinking way with no more damage done to the beautiful valley. Please consider that once put in motion, does not mean that it cannot be changed. This decision must have serious insight into whats best for all our futures. The preservation of such a major section of river, must be handled with a real respect and understanding for the health of our waterways. It is truly important. This decision will have a lasting effect on all our lives. Be it today or tomorrow. Bad or good. It will be ours to live with, or without, forever.
Sincerely, From a very concerned citizen
Colleen Essler

Colleen esslerpentictonDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 20:35:51

To whom it may concern,

I am very disturbed to hear that you plan to go ahead with the site c dam. I have heard about a massive cleared area that seems a useless area at present. It did however end up generating many jobs, and also putting the cost of the "not yet decided on" site c dam up seriously high. So high that it seems preposterous to spend that much money, and do that much damage, and then not go ahead with things. That is what the plan was all along, I am sure.
That this was done, is not anything that we can undo. That said, we now have a cleared area that may work well for, a wind turbine field, or a solar panel farm. This way we have stimulated the economy and now can go ahead with alternative energy in a positive and forward thinking way with no more damage done to the beautiful valley. Please consider that once put in motion, does not mean that it cannot be changed. This decision must have serious insight into whats best for all our futures. The preservation of such a major section of river, must be handled with a real respect and understanding for the health of our waterways. It is truly important. This decision will have a lasting effect on all our lives. Be it today or tomorrow. Bad or good. It will be ours to live with, or without, forever.
Sincerely, From a very concerned citizen
Colleen Essler

Colleen esslerpentictonDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 20:36:47

To whom it may concern,

I am very disturbed to hear that you plan to go ahead with the site c dam. I have heard about a massive cleared area that seems a useless area at present. It did however end up generating many jobs, and also putting the cost of the "not yet decided on" site c dam up seriously high. So high that it seems preposterous to spend that much money, and do that much damage, and then not go ahead with things. That is what the plan was all along, I am sure.
That this was done, is not anything that we can undo. That said, we now have a cleared area that may work well for, a wind turbine field, or a solar panel farm. This way we have stimulated the economy and now can go ahead with alternative energy in a positive and forward thinking way with no more damage done to the beautiful valley. Please consider that once put in motion, does not mean that it cannot be changed. This decision must have serious insight into whats best for all our futures. The preservation of such a major section of river, must be handled with a real respect and understanding for the health of our waterways. It is truly important. This decision will have a lasting effect on all our lives. Be it today or tomorrow. Bad or good. It will be ours to live with, or without, forever.
Sincerely, From a very concerned citizen
Colleen Essler

Colleen esslerpentictonDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 20:37:45

Dear Premiere Horgan,

Cancel the Site C dam. You’ve made a disastrous decision to move ahead with this unneeded dam. Flooding the Peace is a devastating blow to the First Nations communities and their connection to the land, their sacred ancestral sites, fishing rights and more. Continuing with Site C inspire if the recommendations to cancel this horrendously expensive dam, is a huge mistake. Frankly, if you don’t cancel it, you have lost my future votes. I have supported the NDP for over 40 years. No more, unless you reverse your bad decision and cancel site C now. There is still time to do it. Don’t cave in to unions. You should be doing everything to support First Nations and these ancient sacred burial and archeological sites. 13,000 years of human history will be destroyed by flooding the Peace. In addition, BC NEEDS the fertile land for future food needs. First Nations should be making this decision, not you. I am frankly shocked that you reversed your decision on Site C completely ignoring the rights of the First Nations who have lived on this land for 13,000 years or more. You owe it to them, and to the rest of the province to stop this destructive and massively over budget dam so B.C. respects First Nstoons’ communities, protects valuable farmland, protects important fisheries and the livelihoods if local communities. Cancel Site C NOW! Sincerely,

LeslieStanickSurreyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 21:23:50

Dear Premiere Horgan,

Cancel the Site C dam. You’ve made a disastrous decision to move ahead with this unneeded dam. Flooding the Peace is a devastating blow to the First Nations communities and their connection to the land, their sacred ancestral sites, fishing rights and more. Continuing with Site C inspire if the recommendations to cancel this horrendously expensive dam, is a huge mistake. Frankly, if you don’t cancel it, you have lost my future votes. I have supported the NDP for over 40 years. No more, unless you reverse your bad decision and cancel site C now. There is still time to do it. Don’t cave in to unions. You should be doing everything to support First Nations and these ancient sacred burial and archeological sites. 13,000 years of human history will be destroyed by flooding the Peace. In addition, BC NEEDS the fertile land for future food needs. First Nations should be making this decision, not you. I am frankly shocked that you reversed your decision on Site C completely ignoring the rights of the First Nations who have lived on this land for 13,000 years or more. You owe it to them, and to the rest of the province to stop this destructive and massively over budget dam so B.C. respects First Nstoons’ communities, protects valuable farmland, protects important fisheries and the livelihoods if local communities. Cancel Site C NOW! Sincerely,

LeslieStanickSurreyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 21:23:55

Dear Premiere Horgan,

Cancel the Site C dam. You’ve made a disastrous decision to move ahead with this unneeded dam. Flooding the Peace is a devastating blow to the First Nations communities and their connection to the land, their sacred ancestral sites, fishing rights and more. Continuing with Site C inspire if the recommendations to cancel this horrendously expensive dam, is a huge mistake. Frankly, if you don’t cancel it, you have lost my future votes. I have supported the NDP for over 40 years. No more, unless you reverse your bad decision and cancel site C now. There is still time to do it. Don’t cave in to unions. You should be doing everything to support First Nations and these ancient sacred burial and archeological sites. 13,000 years of human history will be destroyed by flooding the Peace. In addition, BC NEEDS the fertile land for future food needs. First Nations should be making this decision, not you. I am frankly shocked that you reversed your decision on Site C completely ignoring the rights of the First Nations who have lived on this land for 13,000 years or more. You owe it to them, and to the rest of the province to stop this destructive and massively over budget dam so B.C. respects First Nstoons’ communities, protects valuable farmland, protects important fisheries and the livelihoods if local communities. Cancel Site C NOW! Sincerely,

LeslieStanickSurreyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 21:23:59

Dear Premiere Horgan,

Cancel the Site C dam. You’ve made a disastrous decision to move ahead with this unneeded dam. Flooding the Peace is a devastating blow to the First Nations communities and their connection to the land, their sacred ancestral sites, fishing rights and more. Continuing with Site C inspire if the recommendations to cancel this horrendously expensive dam, is a huge mistake. Frankly, if you don’t cancel it, you have lost my future votes. I have supported the NDP for over 40 years. No more, unless you reverse your bad decision and cancel site C now. There is still time to do it. Don’t cave in to unions. You should be doing everything to support First Nations and these ancient sacred burial and archeological sites. 13,000 years of human history will be destroyed by flooding the Peace. In addition, BC NEEDS the fertile land for future food needs. First Nations should be making this decision, not you. I am frankly shocked that you reversed your decision on Site C completely ignoring the rights of the First Nations who have lived on this land for 13,000 years or more. You owe it to them, and to the rest of the province to stop this destructive and massively over budget dam so B.C. respects First Nstoons’ communities, protects valuable farmland, protects important fisheries and the livelihoods if local communities. Cancel Site C NOW! Sincerely,

LeslieStanickSurreyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 21:24:08

Dear Premiere Horgan,

Cancel the Site C dam. You’ve made a disastrous decision to move ahead with this unneeded dam. Flooding the Peace is a devastating blow to the First Nations communities and their connection to the land, their sacred ancestral sites, fishing rights and more. Continuing with Site C inspire if the recommendations to cancel this horrendously expensive dam, is a huge mistake. Frankly, if you don’t cancel it, you have lost my future votes. I have supported the NDP for over 40 years. No more, unless you reverse your bad decision and cancel site C now. There is still time to do it. Don’t cave in to unions. You should be doing everything to support First Nations and these ancient sacred burial and archeological sites. 13,000 years of human history will be destroyed by flooding the Peace. In addition, BC NEEDS the fertile land for future food needs. First Nations should be making this decision, not you. I am frankly shocked that you reversed your decision on Site C completely ignoring the rights of the First Nations who have lived on this land for 13,000 years or more. You owe it to them, and to the rest of the province to stop this destructive and massively over budget dam so B.C. respects First Nstoons’ communities, protects valuable farmland, protects important fisheries and the livelihoods if local communities. Cancel Site C NOW! Sincerely,

LeslieStanickSurreyDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 21:24:18

Dear Andrew, Premier Horgan and NDP Cabinet Ministers,

Money is not a good enough reason to go forward with Site C. It just isn't. What else to say.

This is clearly a decision motivated by special interests. Not the financial well being of our province, and certainly not the highest good of all concerned. Destroy a fertile valley and family home to thousands for a few jobs??? Then incur the residual construction costs of the rest of us?

Premier Horgan, your reasoning fell absolutely flat in the media. Andrew, where do you stand??

Thank you,

Orion Carrier
Victoria, BC

OrionCarrierVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 21:50:37

I cannot believe that the cabinet, a bunch of well-intentioned, intelligent people, even though they might be ignorant of generally accepted accounting principles, would have accepted the pile of exaggerations and risks foisted on them to scare them into approving this immensely costly and damaging project. Really bad economics, foreclosure of all sorts of future options, a lousy decision. You will be scorned by the Liberals for reversing the decision, but everyone else in the province will celebrate. Quit while you're (relatively) ahead - it's only going to get worse from here.

johnkidderashcroftDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 22:28:23

it is not needed and will raise hydro rates through the roof in order to pay for it. I am sure the NDP 10.7 billion dollar figure will be low by a few billion in over runs. the NDP and Horgan will join the one term club along with Trudeau

russellpayneport alberniDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 22:35:13

It would sacrifice a huge swath of beautiful, abundantly fertile land, that we do need , to produce more electricity than we could ever need or even hope to sell.

JamieEberlePentictonDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 22:54:34

We don't need a major Billion dollar project that is killing habitat, productive farm land you idiots. While I agree with Hydro as clean energy, Site C is a travesty we should close down. Wind, Wave, Geothermal, next technologies, look too the future you people.

rongibsonNorth VancouverDecember 19, 20172017-12-19 23:53:33

Financial and environmental issues must be fully disclosed by this new government so that I can believe they are acting in the best interests of the people in BC.

The Precautionary Principle which Canada has signed with the United Nations should be followed. Give evidence that the economic, environmental and Indigenous peoples will not be harmed by the Site C dam.

Until full disclosure of an evidence-based decision has been made which reveals that all evidence has been searched and considered, I will not support BC's current path regarding this Site C dam.

The current decision could be a disaster for decades to come.

sharonlawrencesaanichtonDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 00:54:03

Dear premier Horgan and Andrew Weaver,
I am very extremely disappointed in this governemt's decision to continue with the site C dam project, even though it has been shown that it doesn't make financial sense and will add to BC's debt for years. It also disregards the environmental concerns, farmers, and First Nations, who continually get ignored and taken advantage of. We expected better from and NDP/Geen coalition.
Nory Esteban

NoryEstebanInvermereDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 06:30:33

Hello
I have voted for and donated to the NDP for 50 years. I am so disappointed about the Site C decision that I will not donate to the BC NDP again and I will not distribute BC NDP election signs as I have done for elections previously.
It is disgraceful that valuable farm is to be lost. The economics do not justify continuing Site C.
I have lived with solar panels from the early 80's it past time for the province to do the same.
I am very close to not voting BC NDP again. IT is not too late to rescind the terrible Site C decision. Do the right thing.
If the BC NDP allows KM expansion they will lose my vote.
David Ham

DavidHamLasqueti Is.December 20, 20172017-12-20 06:56:37

Aside from First Nations and environmental concerns, Site C will not only be an enormous cost for today's taxpayer, but for many generations to come. When someone else foolishly spends 2 billion on a lemon of a car, you don't plow in 8 - 10 - 12 billion+ to fix it... you scrap the car. This will be the Horgan administrations' fast ferries boondoggle.

P.CaraherVancouverDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 07:10:40

I am angry about the tremendous disrespect for the Aboriginal people in the Peace, and the damage this dam is doing to their heritage. I am angry about the irreparable damage to the stunning natural environment. I lived in the Peace country for 13 years and I treasure it. I am angry that so much incredibly productive farmland is being destroyed for a project no one needs. This is a make-work project of disastrous proportions. Stop now, before it is too late!

LyndaKonradSt. AlbertDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 08:14:23

Dear Ms Redies,
I know your party likes the decision to go ahead with the Site C dam. I just want to let you know that I don’t agree. And I am a citizen of your constituency SSurrey/ WR.

GrahamMulliganSurreyDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 08:54:34

LOSS OF FARMLAND. UNNECESSARY HYDRO PROJECT. THERE IS A REASON WHY THIS WAS NEVER APPROVED IN YEARS PAST. ALSO LOSS OF WILDLIFE HABITAT.

StellaDodgeNorth VancouverDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 09:08:05

LOSS OF FARMLAND. UNNECESSARY HYDRO PROJECT. THERE IS A REASON WHY THIS WAS NEVER APPROVED IN YEARS PAST. ALSO LOSS OF WILDLIFE HABITAT.

StellaDodgeNorth VancouverDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 09:08:35

You all know the very real concerns; diminishing farm lands, relationships with Indigenous citizens, harm to the environment, unstable reservoir banks, a study that only looked at finances, and what looks like a sell-out to the "way we've always done it". I am even more discouraged by the Greens who have not put even more pressure on this government to do the right thing. WAC Bennett just smiled and smiled and smiled while he raped the province, a tradition followed blithely by Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark, we don't need an NDP Premier following that pattern!

Yours in deep discouragement,

NormWolfeCastlegarDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 09:18:38

The government made its decision based on false information. Eoin Finn, a retired partner of KPMG, one of the world’s largest auditing firms, said Premier John Horgan’s claim that terminating Site C would result in an almost immediate 12 per cent hydro rate hike is the “worst rationale I’ve heard since ‘the dog ate my homework’” excuse. Finn, along with U.S. energy economist Robert McCullough and Harry Swain, a retired bank president with expertise in project financing, told DeSmog Canada that standard accounting practice for utilities like BC Hydro is to write off the costs of a discontinued project over many years. The former CEO of BC Hydro has said the same thing. Whoever you are relying on for financial analysis is most certainly in the minority, and very likely has a stake in the project.

Secondly, you have put (false) economic interests ahead of indigenous rights. Your government continues the legacy of all preceding governments in Canada. This alone should stop the project. How can you say you are for indigenous rights while trampling on those who oppose this project?

Thirdly, energy generation and distribution is undergoing a massive transition around the world. Your decision flies in the face of this trend; it is highly likely the project will cost far more jobs and cost us far more than you can even imagine. This decision will continue to destablise families that are torn apart when workers have to travel long distances to find decent work rather than build energy generation and energy conservation infrastructure closer to home.

In conclusion I see this decision as being bad economics, bad for renewable energy, bad for first nations and bad for families.

I call on the government to do its homework and reverse its decision.

IanGartshoreNanaimoDecember 19, 20172017-12-20 09:59:36

I am very disappointed with Premier Horgan and the provincial NDP for their recent decision to continue the destruction of the Peace River Valley. The Liberal government lead by Christy Clark are no longer the ones responsible for saddling BC taxpayers with 70 years of debt from Site C. The NDP will wear the blame for the financial and environmental debacle of the Site C dam for decades to come unless they reverse their decision now. The financial cost of stopping construction is nothing compared to the financial and environmental cost of continuing on this path.

This is not the direction we need to move to address the dire problems of global warming and environmental degradation facing this planet. There are so many alternatives that could make BC a model of environmental sustainability, alternatives that other countries are moving towards at a far greater rate than BC or Canada. Wouldn't Premier Horgan and the NDP rather be remembered for their foresight and leadership towards environmental recovery and reversing global warming?

This is a historic decision of huge importance. Doesn't the NDP want to be on the right side of this? I urge the Horgan government to make the only right decision - reconsider and Stop the Site C dam.

Erna Robertson

ErnaRobertsonSalt Spring IslandDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 09:59:49

The site C dam is a grievous waste of money and will result in much undue pain for those along the Peace River. It is for these reason that I continue to oppose the Site C Dam project which never should have been approved. If anything can be done at this point by the Green party to reverse this decision developed by the liberals and approved by the NDP, I beg that it should be completed immediately. The First Nations of the area oppose this project and now once again it is left to them to defend against yet another outrageous development on vital land, taking on the cost themselves while settlers enjoy the benefits of the land that has been stewarded for thousands of years. This is unacceptable. After all that Canada has done to the First Nations, and considering the truth and reconciliation act, the development of this project is an abomination. Further, the BCUC has identified that under certain projections this project is not even necessary and will end up costing us much more than we gain. Given no sound economic argument, this old plan developed during a different time 20 years ago, should under no circumstances be actualized today. Please I beg of you, as a University of Victoria student, I see the ecological and cultural integrity of BC to be the foundation for my future. I hope it is not too late for something to be done, I know my voice is echoed by those I am close with. If not for my sake than for the sake of those families and sacred spaces that will be harmed, this project should be squashed. Thank you for your attention on this matter.

Best,
Trilby Buck

TrilbyBuckVictoriaDecember 19, 20172017-12-20 10:23:10

I am concerned that the Site C dam is unnecessary, given the availability of geothermal and other alternative energy sources, at increasingly cheaper prices. Furthermore, several studies (including one by the CCPA) indicate that the additional power generation will not be required until at least 2031, owing to increasing efficiency and other demand side measures. Given the extremely high cost - over $10 bn, this is an imprudent expenditure.

As well, the infringement on indigenous lands given the push for reconciliation, and the loss of arable farmland in an era of climate change and resulting food insecurity is unconscionable.

The government is falling victim to the sunk cost fallacy. While $4 bn would be spent if the project were now cancelled, this is still considerably less than the $10-12 bn that would be spent to complete the project.

MarkListerVancouverDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 10:26:47

You already know y concerns about the Site C Dam, as i have signed every petition stating my opposition to this energy project.

i have huge concerns about food security and climate change, and can't believe a government would ever consider flooding pristine, fertile farmland.

Other concerns are connected to first nations culture and rights, loosing canadian farmers and heritage, the risk of earth quakes, loss of habitat for essential animals in our biosphere, and putting money into a project that is not truly "green", and more.

I did not vote for the NDP, but I choose to engage with you, my elected officials, to ensure the voice of a 28 year old voting female from BC is heard.

I would normally end with a polite "thank you" for your hard work representing us, but today I am not proud of your actions.

madelinesloanvancouverDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 10:32:43

I am writing to urge you to stop the construction of the Site C Dam.

The BCUC report has made it public that there is no financial case to be made.

With costs now projected at $10.7 B, with only 2 years into a 9 year project, it is safe to assume that the cost will further spiral to 12 B or 14 B.

The $4B in lost money is a non-issue. This was the same amount that the government burdened the taxpayer by removing the tools from bridges.

If the project is allowed to continue, Indigenous rights will be trampled, and our children will be burdened for decades with a debt that will only be slowly repaid by low prices spot market electricity sales. Those billions of $$ will become unavailable for more sensible energy projects: solar, wind, tidal and geo-thermal.

We have recently learned that even the jobs argument does not hold water, as many times more jobs will be created though the pursuit of alternative energy sources. Even Union opinion on this project is divided, with the BCGEU having issued a statement in opposition of the project.

Please - can we count on you to put an end to the BC Liberals' pipe dream of building a costly monument to Christie Clark?

Or will you be the hero who decides to not throw good money after bad money for an ill-begotten project?

JurgenGoeringNanaimoDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 10:37:13

You pack of lying bastards. You approved Site C so as not to piss off the unions. You’re supposed to be acting in the best interests of all in BC, not just trying to get re-elected. My vote is now with the Green Party. You’re no better than Christy Clark and the Liberals - and that’s saying something.

TamaraHenryMeadow CreekDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 10:38:25

This project is not needed and the cost will be passed on to the Tax poor BC resident. Why support a white elephant of a project, that harms the environment in the Peace and Wood Buffalo National park our 1st Canadian Heritage Park. It will cost less to pull out now that to continue with the BC Liberal mistake.
I have voted NDP all my life but with the Site C project approval, coal exports continuing and the cutting of our last old growth forests things are not proceeding the way stated pre election. I would like to say the world is in a Major environmental mess. Why add to the problem as the Liberals are with the Kinder Morgan nightmare and the Alberta NDP and Tories?

What a Mess!
Ralph Thornton

RalphThorntonVancouverDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 10:42:24

My concerns about the huge mistake of deciding to proceed with Site C have been based on information from BCUC, Marc Eliesen and many others. Occasionally, there is mention of geological challenges and the costs that they have incurred; there is also mention of the fact that these challenges could likely continue.

Perhaps it would be advantageous for this government to look more fully at this problem and announce that it has become a reason to discontinue the environmental devastation, insult to First Nations and financial irresponsibility. Actually, can you imagine a "Mount Polley" event at Site C?

At the same time that the project discontinuation is announced, perhaps it could be announced that investments that would go nowhere on Site C will be diverted to investments in geothermal activity. The unions would be happy with that change, the environment would benefit and First Nations could prosper. (https://www.desmog.ca/2017/10/17/geothermal-would-create-15-times-more-permanent-jobs-site-c-panel-told-bcuc-hearings-draw-close)

I so hope this government comes to its senses!

SheilaPrattMaple RidgeDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 11:09:23

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EoghanMoriartySavonaDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 13:46:24

I am concerned about so many things with regards to Site C. The flooding of valuable farm land, habitat destruction, the enormous costs associated with construction and the nefarious reporting that BC Hydro seems to use in its forecasts.

These concerns are in addition to the greater issues around government conduct, reconciliation and indigenous rights. I worry about the eventual legal costs that will come from the First Nations communities who are having their Treaty rights trampled and ignored. I worry about any future for reconciliation when the government is still violating the treaty rights and refusing to negotiate and consult with First Nations communities. I worry about the loss of traditional land and territory in a region which has already seen so much industrial development and encroachment on traditional lands.

I think the last concern I have is around voter engagement and turnout. When political parties continually break promises, it is harder and harder to have any faith left in the system. Parties, leaders, MPs, and MLAs all are all running the risks of being lumped into the same category. Components of a broken system that no longer serve the people who elect them to office. This has been a really disappointing decision by the party and extremely disillusioning for future faith in the decisions the party makes.

RobbyWrightBella BellaDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 15:00:50

Stop Site C NOW. I voted NDP because you would stand against Site C, all pipelines, and thermal coal export because they hurt British Columbians and I have trusted the NDP long-term vision since I came of voting age. We will NEVER make a profit as a Province selling non-renewable resources like clean air, clean water, wild salmon, and agriculture and its local benefits.
You must stop this money-sucking or it will negatively affect your chances of reelection. I wish you tremendous strength, so that you will be remembered for the stand you took for BC.
Very kind regards.

MeganGreenbergRoberts creekDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 16:23:56

These people started construction on site C dam without the proper paperwork or approval just so that it would be 'too far along' to pull out. WE CAN NOT LET THESE PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH THIS SHIT. We do not need this dam, there are 60 others that are in the process of getting the proper paperwork and approval and doing it the right way. You are allowing bad people to get away with murder here. How could you ignore thousands of people who know this is wrong and destructive.

You are our government. You need to think harder and do better and not reward people for doing the wrong thing.

Seriously, what are you people thinking.

LinetteLoane-DerrickVancouverDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 18:40:16

We will have to sell power from Site C for less than the cost of amortization over an infinite number of years and it will never be paid off. Renewables are cheaper now and will continue to drop in price and be far more flexible than a huge mega dam and they will drive the price of electricity down as well as reduce the need for power from Site C. It will flood valuable farm land and the banks will continue to be unstable and cause potential catastrophic floods and failures. We will be caught in first nations lawsuits over this for years and have to pay billions in compensation. In short there is absolutely no compelling reason to continue building this white elephant. Even the sunk costs incurred so far do not have to be 'paid off' immediately and can be amortised over many years, just like any public works project.

CharlieRichmondVancouverDecember 20, 20172017-12-20 19:17:41

We need this valley intact, not flooded.

alexaltosaarargentaDecember 21, 20172017-12-21 05:48:07

It is not too late to stop the idiocy that is the Site C dam project. Not only is it an environmental disaster, but the dollars do not support its completion. The fact is that it will be more economically sound for BC to cancel the project now than to go to completion. And then there are the long-term costs. Why should we, who live in a truly rich agricultural area, be forced to buy our produce from the United States? Why would we decimate our own food security? The entire Site C project is such an abomination, it simply should not proceed.

TraceyCarlisleSurreyDecember 21, 20172017-12-21 09:06:47

The reason for not cancelling Site C are incorrect.
Scooping down to fear mongering with the false 12% rate increase is shameful.
The real cost of cancelling Site C is $0.
The project is not needed today or in the future.
The decision does not take into account the Columbia river power that will be available early 2020.
The decision does not take into account the IPP that BC Hydro is basically now paying to not produce electricity.
Site C would produce electricity at somewhere between 8-12¢ / Kw selling price is 2-3¢ / Kw
The destruction of the Peace vallee unconscionable.
The estimated cost of $10b is overly optimistic reasonable estimates are between $12-15b, if no cost overrun occurs.
The operating costs appear not to be included in any estimates from the NDP.
The risk of a MuskRat project type runaway cost are very real.
The destruction and disrespect of our obligations to First nations should be a criminal act.
The Vallee is a mix of clay and other soft material with no solid ground even 50M deep, this project will be engineering firms wet dreams as constant repairs will be necessary.
Site C appears to be an excuse for authorising future LNG and Fracking projects, more betrayals.
The reservoir would produce large amount of methane for decades.
The river is the last migratory space for many species, and the area is home to wild life and endangered species.
The river downstream from the dam will toxic, fishing, tourism the FN way of life would be destroyed.
With California ablaise we need to secure our food source not destroye it.
The BCUC, ex-CEO of BC Hydro as well as many other experts have stated the project is unnecessary, behind schedule, the contingency money already spent, better cheaper technology are available.
While south of the border decisions are made to remove dams and rebuild areas destroyed by Dams the NDP decision is clearly backward.
Lets be clear, there is no dam at the site. a road was built that can be use to the community, some power lines were installed, some trees were cut and some dirt was moved around. Walk away and the boreal forest will reclaim the space.
The NDP ran on a campaign and was elected to send the project for review to BCUC commission AND to follow BCUC recommendations.
This is clearly a political decision and the NDP pretending otherwise is simply insulting.
Michelle and George should at the very least be removed form their portfolios and, if they had a conscience, they would move the Green or as independent or resign.
John's decision will send the NDP into a political desert for the foreseeable future,

Alain PascalRouthierVancouverDecember 21, 20172017-12-21 11:08:22

As an NDP voter I feel betrayed by your recent decision to continue construction on Site C dam, despite the evidence of the BCUC and despite the opposition of many First Nations peoples and the farmers whose valuable agricultural land will be destroyed. Premiere Horgan's comments about betraying Indigenous people yet again were insulting. I will not be donating to the NDP in the future.

This could have been an occasion for thinking into the future regarding renewable energy sources and funding them. How is this decision any different from the policy of the so-called Liberal party here in B.C.?

DaphneMarlattVancouverDecember 21, 20172017-12-21 11:15:48

I am extremely disappointed in your government's decision to continue with the Site C dam, an unnecessary, destructive and costly project.

The money that is being spent on this travesty is wasted money, and is definitely not an investment in the public interest.

I support the call of the Peace Valley Land Association and PVEA that you publicly release the detailed , un-redacted, information and advice and analysis on which you based the finding regarding a $3-4bn public charge on either hydro ratepayers or BC taxpayers from the cancellation of Site C. Eoin Finn, a retired partner of international accounting firm KPMG, U.S. energy economist Robert McCullough, and Harry Swain, retired bank president with expertise in project financing have all come out criticizing the conclusions you have drawn from the financial advice you were given.

I will no longer be supporting the BC NDP financially or working on election campaigns.

KathieWoodleyCourtenayDecember 20, 20172017-12-21 11:21:09

So many of our waters have already been ruined by mining, development, drilling, pollution, and other man-made harm.
Enough is enough!
Our waters are supposed to be a place of peace and quiet for us, and the fish and wildlife which live in them and/or rely on them!
The animals are running out of places to live and be safe. Our fish and wildlife are under threat from so many angles. They desperately need to be protected, mainly from humans.
Life is hard enough for people, let alone the animals.
Can't we please offer them some much needed help?!
PLEASE protect the SITE C waters for all future generations before they are permanently ruined. Some damage cannot be undone!

So much of our wilderness has already been ruined by development, drilling, pollution, and logging.
Enough is enough!
The wilderness is supposed to be a place of peace and quiet for us, and the wildlife which live in it!
The animals are running out of places to live and be safe. Our wildlife are under threat from so many angles. They desperately need to be protected, mainly from humans.
Life is hard enough for people, let alone the animals.
Can't we please offer them some much needed help?!
PLEASE save the SITE C wilderness for all future generations before it is permanently ruined. Some damage cannot be undone!

Many of the citizen of British Columbia trusted their vote to their MLAs with the understanding that Site C dam would be cancelled. The BC NDP campaigned on the initiatives found in the proposed Power BC program and we support and encourage them to uphold these promises. Following through on retrofitting, updating existing energy infrastructure and developing renewables makes sense and paves the way for a bold, forward looking future for our province let by our government.

The evidence provided by the BCUC is very clear - cancelling the project is the best option for present and future generations of British Columbians. By cancelling Site C, British Columbia will position itself as a province led by a government of visionary, progressive thinkers, who embrace new technologies and value fiscally responsible decision-making.

This is what we want many of us want for our province. I hope your actions will help remind our elected officials to be the change that I believe all British Columbians want to see.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Jake Hodie
Toronto

JakeHodieTorontoDecember 21, 20172017-12-21 11:47:17

I implore this government to reconsider their decision to proceed with development of Site C dam.

While the actions listed in your response to mitigate and manage the effects of Site C are commendable, they inadeqautely address the concerns of the West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation and completely ignore other significant, less-discussed issues:

- the huge ecosystem values of an intact Peace River valley, especially in climate change mitigation
- the value of the high quality farmland lost to the dam (Q: Where does BC expect to get its food 30 years from now? A: It won't be California)
- the values of an intact rocky mountain corridor for species movement and adaptation to climate change
- the carbon footprint of this infrastructure and construction, relative to other renewable energy options
- the cost to the renewable energy industry of lost support due to the expenses made on this old style infrastructure
- the long-term costs to BC taxpayers of this dam vs more affordable options
- downriver environmental effects (eg to Wood Buffalo National Park)

I frankly dont believe (or trust) your reasoning that the debt cost to BC to stop is a worse financial choice than proceeding, there are far too many factors you are not accounting for. Please employ more rational, financially responsible solutions that take us into a modern future rather than following in the missteps of the past and caving to business and union lobbies that are not looking far enough into the future. Infrastructure of this size is a long-term investment and requires long term thinking to manage it.

It is never too late to turn back when you're on the wrong road.

WendyMcLeanSavonaDecember 21, 20172017-12-21 12:55:22

To: Premier John Horgan and the NDP Cabinet,

As a life-long NDP voter, I am beyond dismayed at your government's decision to proceed with the Site C dam. My wife and I felt that a principled NDP government, would be more concerned with our children's future, than political expediency. We have never been single-issue voters, but with the devastating impact of climate change on our province, country and planet, the most important issue ahead is environmental sustainability and moving our away from all fossil fuels and hydro-electric mega projects, like Site C. Alternative sources such as wind, solar and geothermal energy are the way forward.

Premier Horgan promised a different way of doing business, but what is the point of electing an NDP government if they are going to carry out Clark's corrupt legacy?

How can an NDP government be so tone deaf when it comes to BC's indigenous people who've been loud and clear about how the Site C dam would wipe out First Nations’ cultural sites and infringe on their right to hunt and fish in their traditional territories?

How can an NDP government pursue a policy that seriously threatens Wood Buffalo Park, Canada’s largest national park? The dam will flood 83 kilometers of the Peace River Valley, wiping out 13,000 hectares of vital farmland and critical wildlife habitat.

How can an NDP government turn a deaf ear to experts such as Marc Eliesen, former CEO of BC Hydro, who said, “There never was a business case for the startup of construction of Site C, and there is not a business case to support its continuation or postponement.” Or the UBC report that suggested the Site C project would become an economic boondoggle and that hydroelectric power would end up being sold at a loss.

We know corporate - Christy loved projects that would enhance BC Liberal coffers from the corporate contractors involved in Site C, but we expected more from Premier Horgan, much more! Unlike the fight against Kinder Morgan, which is far from over, the Site C dam's future was entirely in the hands of the NDP government. And, in our opinion, you choked! Yes, it would have been a very difficult decision. I'd like to believe most British would have come around as more facts about the devastating impact of Site C would have gained traction.

In our view, the Premier and government did not spend enough time listening to the people of British Columbia, experts and all. Sometimes it makes more sense to stop a project, even after billions have been spent, because future losses will far outweigh the monies spent to-date. The Liberals were wrong to start it. You are wrong to continue it. And unfortunately, IMHO, you will pay a hefty political price for that. The world has now come to a point were our public policy MUST reflect the wishes of all people to sustain the biosphere.

Sincerely,
Steven Bushell

StevenBushellPitt MeadowsDecember 21, 20172017-12-21 13:37:58

Please read Prof. David Shindler's column in the Vancouver Sun, Thursday, Dec 21, expresses my thoughts entirely, except that I would add that the present Site C construction site is now an open-pit mine site, and the rain runoff and other leachate must NEVER be allowed to enter the river bed untreated, not EVER, for eternity.

RobertMcCroskeySurreyDecember 21, 20172017-12-21 23:56:25

. broken promise to we, the voters
. a slap in the face to all First Nations
. loss of sacred sites to First Nations
. loss of precious land to home owners
. environmental damage
. increased costs
. ignoring more economical methods of supplying energy

This has really shocked me and all the others I've spoken to who voted for you.
Please, please, please reconsider. History will prove you right if you do.

Margaret Tidswell
#10 - 1075 Gilford St.
Vancouver, B.C.
V6G 2P3

[email protected]

MargaretTidswellVancouverDecember 22, 20172017-12-22 18:05:39

The project was a Liberal party scam from the get-go. Just look at Muskrat Falls for proof that mega projects don't deliver on their promises. And to destroy some of the best farm land in Canada, while ignoring First Nations rights, is just TOO much. Wind, solar, thermal, take your pick, any of these green energy choices are much better.

Deborra AdkinsParksvilleDecember 23, 20172017-12-23 11:05:25

I cant believe the NDP are going ahead with this project.
Industry and big business dictate policy and procedure. When are we going to see investments in renewables and resources that do not destroy our wild areas.

Lin HeidtVancouverDecember 23, 20172017-12-23 17:16:51

Many of the citizens of British Columbia trusted their vote to their MLAs with the understanding that Site C dam would be cancelled.

The BC NDP campaigned on the initiatives found in the proposed Power BC program and we support and encourage them to uphold these promises. Following through on retrofitting, updating existing energy infrastructure and developing renewables makes sense and paves the way for a bold, forward looking future for our province let by our government.

The evidence provided by the BCUC is very clear - cancelling the project is the best option for present and future generations of British Columbians. By cancelling Site C, British Columbia will position itself as a province led by a government of visionary, progressive thinkers, who embrace new technologies and value fiscally responsible decision-making.

Site C is an unnecessary, destructive and costly project.

All I want for Christmas is a better decision for British Columbia's energy future.

Thank you,

GwennGuthrieVictoriaDecember 25, 20172017-12-25 06:34:57

I wish the NDP and Green Party BC Government Coalition to know that I find the decision to allow the development of the Site "C" dam to be unacceptable. The decision needs to be reversed. Site "C" steals land from the indigenous people, local farmers and future agricultural needs.Climate change will likely make this a most regrettable decision. As in northern Manitoba and Quebec, and previously with the building of dams in BC, both mercury and methane will be released to further poison our atmosphere, land and waterways.

When will humans learn to live in harmony with nature? When it is so blatantly obvious that we are dying from poisoning and destroying our home, Mother Earth?

Lavonne Garnett

LavonneGarnettNanaimoDecember 27, 20172017-12-27 11:46:28

1. It is not economically viable.
If built, it will constitute a waste of many billions of dollars which could be used for many needed projects including BC Hydro directed (NO IPPS) alternative energy projects which will produce better, cheaper power and more & better paying jobs.
2. Site C will produce no revenue for many years and will need to have several billions poured into this uneconomical project before it happens. It will NEVER pay for itself. It is old technology.
3. Even if you intend to press forward with LNG - We do not need Site c to produce the needed power.
4. Like the Site C projects - Tieleman, Sihota, et al are also outdated and will not deliver any benefits. They are not worthy of your support.
5. Pulling the plug on Site C would be a positive affirmation that you intend to honor your commitment to the Indigenous people of BC.
We need to start over on this one.
As you know, I supported Site C before the new technology had advanced as much as it has - with the proviso that we first compare the Sit C costs with alternative options. The original proposal to build Site C was postponed because by spending only the interest we would have paid promoting POWER SMART we were able to save more power than the dam would produce. That potential still exists, but building alternatives like wind, solar, tidal and geo-thermal have even greater potentials.
BC Hydro is loaded with Liberal-appointed crony executives. There is at least half a billion a year in parasitic salaries & expenses. Purge this once efficient Crown Corporation and cancel Site C and you will never look back.

BrianFisherNanaimoDecember 27, 20172017-12-27 19:26:37

I voted for NDP but will not trust or vote for the party next time, if you approve Site C
This project is not needed and is out of date.
Please stand up to corporate pressures and do what is right.Thank you, Lynda Kerr

LyndaKerrHeriot Bay December 29, 20172017-12-29 09:01:57

We voted for you because we believed that you might be "honest". Lol
What a joke. This province does not belong to you, even though your ego, or perhaps a corporation, has told you otherwise.
The must be reversed & you politicians must stop thinking with your little heads i.e. money from corps. in your back pocket & think of the people that HIRED you to do your job!
You were hired to do a job not what you want to do. You must be brave & stand up to the bully corporations & say NO.
This will not get you anywhere behaving in such a cowardly way.
And while you are at it get rid of ICBC & let us buy our car insurance from whom we want to buy from. Last time I looked we were supposed to be a democracy. Look it up in the dictionary.
I don't want some namby pamby letter back from you either. With your hand wringing & a beleaguered look on your faces. You are cowards!

ShaunaHughesSalt Spring IslandJanuary 1, 20182018-01-01 05:18:28

We can invest in other ways to create electricity without disturbing this beautiful land that nourishes so many. It's not too late to say NO.

Isabelle LapalnteQuathiaski CoveJanuary 1, 20182018-01-01 12:01:54

Site C is totally unnecessary in my view because BC's needs are better met by promoting green energy sources. The Kemano Completion Project was much further advanced when it was cancelled, compared to Site C. That decision did not cause any serious financial issues for the BC economy, so cancelling Site C is still the right thing to do. Site C is also a slap in the face to the West Moberly First Nation and the landowners affected by this project.

JohnStevensDeltaJanuary 1, 20182018-01-01 12:06:49