My concerns about Site C damFirst NameLast NameCityEntry Date

I understand a lot of politicians get their pockets stuffed with cash to sway them against common sense, But it is time to get your heads out of your asses, forget your billfolds, as we unwillingly will look after you when you are gone..STOP THE SITE C WASTE of taxpayer dollars

garyleinabbotsford2017-05-16 09:35:02

stuff of my own production - cc shop list, fresh dumps

DarrenFexDarrenFexVXBaghdad2017-05-16 12:52:34

sell dump - cc info buy, cc 2017

JeffreyFofJeffreyFofJSToledo2017-05-16 12:52:37

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that the BCUC are listening and that they truly represent the people.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the actions they take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians.

Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider
the weight of their power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

MarkRebackLos Angeles2017-05-16 13:25:02
    2017-05-16 13:25:40

I am against the completion of Site C.
A relatively few jobs today, for unnecessary power, have no right to subject my children and grandchildren to the debt and destruction caused by this misguided project.
Please stop this project NOW.

PeterMathesonGrand Forks 2017-05-16 13:28:08

You MUST stop site C Dam now! The billions spent on this dam to no avail...We will continue to lose money on it and we do not need the hydro.
We need GREEN ENERGY...
SOLAR
WIND
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
We need;
THIS FARMLAND

JudiLucasNorth Saanich2017-05-16 13:28:57

Site is completely unnecessary and any additional power needs BC will have can be easily addressed with solar and wind renewable energy with far less impact on the environment and damage to the Peace River.

CharlieRichmondVancouver2017-05-16 13:30:01

My concerns are two fold, A) It will flood good agricultural land.
B) It will cost too much money for power
we do not need.
These reasons create the impression that something unethical is going on.

GaryDowToronto2017-05-16 13:30:08

RESPECT AND CONSIDERATION PLEASE !! This needs to be prevented ...................

DeannePalaAlliston2017-05-16 13:31:10

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. (Please ignore formatting from this point down – it should continue with the regular bullets used above)
“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

dougkrauseWinnipeg2017-05-16 13:31:26

I'm asking for the BC Mps
To honor the citizens concerns and halt site C dam. To enviromental risks and. Plus of destruction of habitats and sacred land. So please respect that and halt the project.

AngelaJensenspokane2017-05-16 13:32:26

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

KasiaRicher-JuraszekMontreal2017-05-16 13:32:32

We should be investing in sustainable energy sources that make sense. Solar and wind and other innovative less impactful sustainable technologies.

JuliaFeyrerVancouver2017-05-16 13:33:57

The power is not needed over the long term and will leave future generations with a huge tax bill. Further to this, can we afford to destroy excellent farmland when there is so little of it? I have lived in the area of Site C and in fact starting as a young boy have spent over 30 summers on the ranch that the dam will be built on so I am very familiar with what lands will be destroyed and what lands downstream that will be affected. The these lands just to the south of the dam site are some of the very best soils in BC. Much of the ranchland that will be flooded is also excellent farmland.

It's time that the Government of BC listens to the people instead of creating projects for economic publicity purposes. Governments in the US, UK and France are finding that the people are fed up with governments who do not listen to them and this backlash will come to BC soon.

This dam is not needed.

RonYippCampbell River2017-05-16 13:34:53

The dam is unnecessary
The dam ignores the destruction of rich farmland, of habitat for wildlife
The dam is too expensive
There are many better alternatives for producing energy
The majority of residents of BC do not want the dam
There is no current mandate for the Liberal government to pursue this folly
Until recounts and absentee ballots are counted this project must be put on hold
Upon clarity as to which party will govern the province the dam project needs thorough reassessment.
Two of the opposition parties are against the dam
Christy Clark has acknowledged that voters have sent a clear message about their preferences.
In deference to those messages a reassessment of this project must be top priority
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SylviaBews-WrightVictoria2017-05-16 13:35:05

I am concerned the Site C dam is unnecessary to build. Why are we not moving towards renewable energy instead of continually falling back on the destruction of farmland and fisheries to build dams?
I think it is shortsighted and lazy on the part of politicians. Wake up and be part of solution and not the problem!

PattiDixonMaple Ridge2017-05-16 13:35:26

The lands are tribal lands which makes ALL OF YOUR ACTIONS AND COMPLIANCE OF TREATY TERMS JUST A MUD PUDDLE if you cannot us alternate renewable power like wind or solar which is preferable to any dam. Please remember your promises in your treaties.

LindaTabbNorth Hills2017-05-16 13:35:36

I request that all irreversible harms association with on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

anthonyMontapertVentura Ventura County2017-05-16 13:38:05

The unbelieveable careless destruction of all land around the Site C dam has to stop. It is time politicians, including you, listen to the people who voted for you and stop this destruction. This Dam is not needed or wanted.

BertWakefieldMeadow Lake2017-05-16 13:38:06

I am concèned about the flooding of pristine farmland, the destruction of archaeological sites, and the forcing of people from their homes. DO NOT PROCEED WITH SITE C

SarahDobellNelson2017-05-16 13:38:57

Generational farm family homes are to be destroyed in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ grave sites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. The demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Please call a halt immediately and refer the project to the BCUC for a comprehensive assessment before any further work is done.

ElizabethWhiteSalt Spring Island2017-05-16 13:39:20

The justification for this project no longer exists. Local people and the remainder of the province will benefit more in the long term by preserving the few remaining non-industrialized landscapes we have left. The Peace has been dammed enough! First Nations land use and history, local food security, and wilderness conservation are far more important than any short-term job or economic benefit this project would provide.

TravisFreelandCalgary2017-05-16 13:39:47

The dam at Site C is a lemon, ecologically and economically.
Like a poison pill, this "past the point of no return" lemon has been handed down thru successive BC Hydro and Gordon Campbell administrations to the present day. But payments and its lack of profitability will continue for 70 years, three generations of our children and grand-children.

What BC and the world needs is uncontaminated clean farmland to prepare for climate change and better growing conditions in the north. The north needs Food Security not energy at three times the going rate.

So when we have this lemon of already cleared land prepared for Site C; what we need is to seize the opportunity for making lemonade. BC can use the microclimate of the Peace River Valley for agriculture. Including a new Agricultural Research Station where there is now cleared land to develop agriculture for the north.

Don't look at the cleared land for the dam as a poisoned legacy but instead an opportunity to research, develop, and grow crops very suited to extended growing season we can expect with climate change. Crops such as wheat, canola, hemp, flax, honey, vegetables. They are what is necessary to keep us fit economically and ecologically for the 21st century.

It's 2107? not forever or much longer, but the 21st century, the next 100 years can be an opportunity for BC not an financial and environmental albatross.

AndySinatsVictoria2017-05-16 13:40:52

"According to BC Hydro reports, British Columbians will pay approximately $25.5 million to build a “trap and haul” facility for Peace River fish and will spend an additional $1.5 million a year to maintain the facility. The plans are contained in information BC Hydro filed with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Migratory bull trout, listed as a threatened species in B.C., are the primary focus for the facility’s fish ladder and truck transport because Site C will block their way to spawning grounds. Arctic grayling, mountain whitefish, rainbow trout and other large fish seeking to swim past the 60-metre high dam are also expected to use the fish passage.

Three-quarters of the Peace River's bull trout population, estimated at about 8,000 fish, are present upstream of Site C, according to a BC Hydro technical report....But there is no guarantee that any bull trout successfully trucked upstream from Site C will survive their downstream journey past the dam. That’s in part because the fish will play a life and death game of fish roulette in the dam’s turbines. Up to 40 percent of bull trout and other large fish are expected to perish in the turbines, according to a BC Hydro report, while up to 10 percent of smaller fish will die."

Furthermore, the B.C. government first identified Peace-Boudreau as a place of special significance in 1969 — a legally binding declaration to conserve it for the benefit of regionally and internationally significant fish and wildlife species. Now this is to be destroyed.

When considering costs, we need to consider more than just money. We certainly need to consider more than how much profit a privatized corporation can make if we decide to go ahead and fund such a destructive project.

Destructive to fish.
Destructive to agriculture
Destructive to other wildlife
Destructive to First nations rights and title
Destructive to public opinion
Destructive to landowners rights
Destructive for generations to follow.

I do not support the Dam. I cannot find anyone outside of those who are working on it and those who are in government or BC Hydro employees, who does support it. Who is this really supposed to benefit? The people of BC are not benefiting, we're being saddled with an enormous bill, one that will last for over 100 years of trucking fish back and forth.

TamisCochraneSurrey2017-05-16 13:41:44

Site C needs to be stopped immediately. It will not only take northern food security away, it will destroy one of the most fertile valleys in BC. It will destroy the last 20% of a valley that FN's use for cultural practices. It will desecrate FN's sacred sites and burial grounds.

ShelleyOuelletteFort St. John2017-05-16 13:41:51

Site C will be a financial, social and environmental disaster. There are "greener" alternatives to this dam: geothermal and solar.
Hydro rates will go way up.

JimBeatoncourtenay2017-05-16 13:43:26

I voted for the BC NDP, a vote to stop work on Site C dam and allow what should have happened long before now, a complete assessment of this mega project by the BC Utilities Commission.

I respectfully request that all irreversible harms associated with on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until such time as the election results and party positions are known. It is NOT business and usual and work should be stopped immediately.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980s specifically to assess massive projects like Site C to ensure that they are indeed in the public’s interest and not politically driven projects.

People’s homes and ancestral grave sites are at risk. All party leaders must honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in them. Please make decisions and take actions that reflect the wishes of the majority of BC citizens.

CarolynBatemanSooke2017-05-16 13:43:45

It's not needed (an un-necessary expense). It's disrespectful of both First Nation's and other people who've settled there. It's an old-fashioned idea because as you know there are many modern alternative sources of energy. It's bad for the environment. It's ugly and I believe it will cause my hydro rates to increase.

BrentBoatesVancouver2017-05-16 13:44:18

Human rights violations! Genocide of First Nations and their land!
Destruction of farmland!
Subsidized power for Tarsands and LNG!

BrianMcKinlayVancouver2017-05-16 13:45:20

The demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. What if that was your grandmother's final resting place? What if that was where your child was buried?

The former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project.

Act honourably!
Consider every side.
Please.

TrishRainvilleMerritt2017-05-16 13:45:36

Please halt the Site C dam project, for the sake of precious First Nations lands, BC farmlands, waterways, landscapes, forest lands, historical, spiritual and archeological sites. I am a Canadian and British Columbia resident who believes long-term values shared by all are worth more than short-term profits for a few. Financial realization is not the highest and best use of these resources.

BC does not need Site C. I do not want to subsidize – through my Hydro payments – the export of hydro power sold at a discount; nor the sale of this power for LNG extraction and export.

I agree with former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, that the need for cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project.

I would rather consider a subsidy for geothermal, tidal, solar and wind power generation; and expansion of energy conservation and grid distribution in B.C, before rushing to sell off our assets, destroying land and waterways to only add wealth to a few.

SorenHenrichVictoria2017-05-16 13:47:49

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission
Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

MyronMcVeighKeokuk2017-05-16 13:48:54

Site C Dam is a violation of First Nations territory and an unnecessary destruction of farm land. The power from Site C is not currently needed and could be produced in coming years from more concerted action on energy conservation and alternative energy sources including geothermal. Site C has not been properly reviewed by the BC Utilities Commission.
All current irreversible action on the site should stop immediately to allow the full results of the BC Election to determine the will of the people with respect to Site C. this would mean at minimum a 6 month moratorium.

SusanBurnsVancouver2017-05-16 13:49:37

We do not want SiteC dam to continue, we do not want the power nor do we need the power.We destroy everything that is good for the sake of greed and a big bill for the tax payers of BC for years to come.

RuthZogasMission 2017-05-16 13:50:04

The agricultural land IS needed.
The electrical power is NOT needed in the near future.
The project should be subjected to a proper review by the BCUC, like that four decades ago.
Please do not do anything irreversible until that review is complete.
If it turns out that we need more electrical power the BCUC should consider alternatives to the dam.
One example of the latter is to figure out why my neighbour has an electricity bill of $1500 for two months, and bring it down to mine, which is about $50.

There is a much better use for 8,000,000,000.

DavidHuntleyBurnaby2017-05-16 13:50:06

Site C dam is no longer needed for economic reasons period.

LaurieRubinVictoria2017-05-16 13:51:09

The recent election results showed that close to 60 per cent of voters voted for parties that had vowed to either stop the Site C dam or to at least have it properly assessed by the BC Utilities Commission.
First Nations have not signed off on this.
There is no demonstrated need for this project, unless it's to power LNG plants, which should not be built either, with electricity that will be paid for by taxpayers and ordinary electricity users.
Site C will not be providing 'clean' energy when the impact of valuable farmland loss is considered.
Numerous economists have said this is not economically feasible. Listen to them.
It's not too late. Stop it now.

JamieBowmanComox2017-05-16 13:58:11

This project is destructive to the environment and steals from the resources of current and future generations.

It must be stopped.

Thank you,

Sincerely,

Fiona Old
White Rock,BC

FionaOldWhite Rock2017-05-16 13:58:43

YOU must not continue site C dam. It is environmentally NO GOOD & it will impact human life as well as wilderness & wildlife. NO NO NO SITE C DAM

PhylMorellowhite pine2017-05-16 13:58:50

we need agricultural land more than we need another dam. Please do the right thing for our future generations. 57 % of British Columbians voted against this by way of their ballot. We are not past the point of no return! Please play attention to the UBC Program on Water Governance, researchers who know from whence they speak, and and consider the facts. LET US STOP THIS INSANITY OF DEGRADATION TO THE PLANET AND OUR LAND WHILE WE STILL CAN.

PatriciaHirschVictoria2017-05-16 13:59:03

This project, in the vein of massive infrastructure projects of the post-war era, is an ill-advised top-down imposition on the ecologies, landscape, and homes of countless humans and non-humans, including unwelcome incursions into First Nations ancestral and legal territories. If Canada and BC are serious about 'reconciliation' and engaging in good faith, with awareness of the past and ongoing harms of colonial dispossession, this project should be abandoned. I am also not convinced BC needs the energy generated from this project (I hear most of it will be sold across the border), and the amount of irreparable harm that will come out of it will be shouldered for generations, if not centuries, but a particular region and set of people. There are other, more responsible ways to create power. Most of the residents of this province have grave concerns, as I do I.

RachelBrydolf-HorwitzVancouver2017-05-16 13:59:51

This dam is an economic, cultural and environmental disaster and must be put to a halt. Don't indebt my grandchildren with this project. Don't squelch the nascient, decentralized clean energy boom that could support First Nations people and others to produce energy for themselves and make a profit as well. Don't disrespect the ancestors of this land by flooding their gravesites. Make a common sense decision to end this boondoggle once and for all.

Hilary Henegar Vancouver 2017-05-16 14:00:29

I have had the pleasure of living my whole life in this beautiful province but I am not happy with the Liberal Governments decision to go ahead with the Site C Dam. I voted against the Liberal Government in this past election because of it. I feel like this is a gross waste of tax payers money for corporate benefit. According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C. The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.
Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C. Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment. Thank you for your consideration.

ellainasignorottokimberley2017-05-16 14:04:55

The dam is financially irresponsible, environmentally devastating, and, worst of all, it ignores the rights of first nations peoples.

KurtisPetersVancouver2017-05-16 14:05:23

Do not create this Dam. Use other forms of energy we do not need to use outdated destructive methods for getting energy. Stop this now! No one wants it except a few people who will be getting a financial benefit and we know who you are. The only reason for this Dam is to get energy for fracking natural gas which is another horrible destructive outdated waste. Just stop! Preserve our land for the future before its too late. Stop thinking like greedy dinosaurs.

A very frustrated voter

KatrinaMadsenVictoria2017-05-16 14:06:06

BC Hydro Site C will be used to produce electricity for LNG, no Site C, no LNG, no LNG? no pipelines, no pipelines? no tankers, no tankers, no Chisti Clark, all problems sold.

EduardoUrangaCumberland2017-05-16 14:07:02

The electricity from this dam is not needed.

Precious agricultural land will be flooded.

First Nations sites will be destroyed.

susanwestrenHeriot Bay2017-05-16 14:07:57

When we can't even slow down enough to consider the generational family homes of our residents and the grave sites of the ancestors of our Native people, in order to push through growth and industry that are not necessary, it makes me equally sad and disappointed to be Canadian.

Site C is NOT a feather in any Canadian's cap. It's a black mark on our environment and on our reputation for caring for our people.

Thank you for reconsidering the direction of this project and following the Site C Economics Report that states we are not past the point of no return.

I urge you to immediately halt any and all activities related to the construction of the project, and the destruction of farm lands, homesteads and Native sites.

Thank you.

StephanieHrehirchukCalgary2017-05-16 14:08:02

The Site C Dam violates one of the primary Canadian values, that of personal property rights. How DARE you destroy the property of Canadians whose rights you were elected to protect.

Equally terrible is your disregard for the First Nations, whose rights have been violated again and again since the founding of this county. To destroy their memorials and their history with this Dam, is despicable, and makes me ashamed to be a Canadian.

KaitlinWiebeSt. Stephen2017-05-16 14:08:47

Please halt work on the Site C dam and refer the project for current assessment to the BC Utilities Commission or to in independent inquiry.

Building Site C involves much destruction, including destruction of First Nations land, good farming land, and trust in government.

The electricity to be provided is expensive and , if and when needed, can be provided in less destructive ways.

ElizabethKallerVictoria2017-05-16 14:10:09

Here are a few of my concerns regarding Site C Dam
1) Destruction of First Nations rights i.e. gravesites and archaeological sites.
2) Family homes which have been on site for generations
3) The majority of British columbians are requesting that Site C dam be stopped, or have an assessment completed by the British Columbia Utilities commission to review the cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C before proceeding with the project.(this is the absolute minimum we should be doing).

Additionally, I would like to add that savings in the billions of dollars can be saved if this project is halted now, and thousands of jobs created by exploring alternative sources of energy.

As you are in a position of power and responsibility for not only the present for also future generations please look at moving forward with this project very carefully and use the BCUC.

Thank you

JoannaStapenhurstNelson2017-05-16 14:11:12

Site C is an attempt to hold on to the "glories" of the past while ignoring that the world has changed since the days of WAC Bennett.We have the technology to grow energy supply along with demand without destroying farmland and without snubbing noses at everything that got in Christy Clark's way.

There are threatened species. There is a huge economic risk as well as the environmental damage, mostly to support a fictitious LNG industry that just isn't going to happen on any scale worth this destruction, if at all.

Stop Site C. Cut the losses from a corrupt government bent on edifices rather than sound policy.

Ronvan der EerdenVancouver2017-05-16 14:11:57

Site C is an unnecessary and expensive badly conceived project that must be halted immediately. A recent independent scientific evaluation has determined the power is not needed. Economically it will force hydro rates up and saddle British Columbia tax payers with debt for decades to come.

Christy Clark said she understands the voters have told her to work with the other parties. Ms. Clark is badly mistaken. 57% of voters want no part of Site C, LNG, pipelines and her other corporate projects. If she leads a valid government, then she must respect the voters and taxpayers of BC. Otherwise I look forward to the next election where we can tell her and the other Liberals in words they cannot misunderstand: we don't want Site C or LNG or pipelines.

In addition to being economically unjustifiable, Site C will destroy valuable farm land. This is a very stupid thing to do, like many other endeavours of this Liberal govn't, when the future valuable resources will be farm land and water.

Site C violates indigenous rights. This is 2017!!!

I'm sick and tired of hearing about jobs, jobs, jobs to justify these very expensive megaprojects that are not needed. The cost per job is enormous. Furthermore more jobs will be created by supporting sustainable energy projects and companies - the energy of the future.

Stop Site C immediately. Save the Peace River.

ElizabethBorekVictoria2017-05-16 14:12:40

Please stop this absurdly wasteful unneeded destructive and probably criminal (lets investigate swiss bank accounts) exercise in egomania immediately. Greens, why are you even fucking around, she'll eat you alive.

Nicolas Robertson Vancouver 2017-05-16 14:12:56

Dear Government's
The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken!. Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission.
Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction. Generational farm family homes like the Boon's and the Meek's are slated for destruction in less than tow weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations'gravesites and significant archaeological sites.
We are NOT past the 'point of no return'! According to the Site C Economics report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the return of Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 BILLION in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.
Incoming government must use the BCUC!
The BCUC was created in the early 1980's specifically to provide a non -partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified
and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro. Unfortunately, in 2010 Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically for Site C. Yet the former Chair of the joint Review Dr. Harry Swain PHD Economics has repeatedly stated that the need for cost of and alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. Dr. Swain continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.
There is no need to worry about job loss at the Site C construction site. We understand the concern that stopping Site C will result in job losses however ten of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars resulting from lengthy transmission of power from the north to the south. With climate change this infrastructure is at major risk of being destroyed. The most recent floods and those floods that are on their way makes this project dangerously unreliable.
All party leaders need to honour the faith that British Columbian's have put in them. It is the party leaders responsibility to act in the immediate best interests British Columbians. Now is the perfect time to show British Columbian's that they are listening and that they truly represent us. Please take a moment to seriously consider the weight of your power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation and First Nation's gravesites hang in the balance. I hope to paddle the peace and I hope my kids and grandkids and their children can also paddle the peace and tell the story of when the government truly cared. ThankYou so much for reading and doing what is right. With much hope

LynnDaoustDelta2017-05-16 14:14:44

It is clear, the people of BC do not want the Site C dam. It will destroy homes and history. The cost of the power coming out of it is astronomical, we do not need the power. We will stop fracking and LNG in this province so we dont need Site C. Let Alberta create their own dam on their own rivers. We cannot destroy more of BC for others. The ground surrounding the Site C area is unstable and continues to slide. This is a bad place to try to put another dam. The costs have tripled, BC tax payers do not want to pay for another BCX Hydro fiasco. STOP SITE C NOW. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PAST THE POINT..

DeborahBledsoeChilliwack2017-05-16 14:14:45

Dear Party Leaders,
As a concerned British Columbian I implore you to curtail all irreversible harms associated with the on-going constructionof Site C dam until such time as the election rsults are known and party positions are stabiized.

57% of the electorate indicated through our votes that we want either outright stoppage of Site C or at the very least a comprehensive review by BC Utilities Commission.

BCUC was created in the early 1980s specifically to assess massive projects such as Site C to ensure they are indeed in the public's interest and not politically driven projects.
Now is the perfect time for all parties to show they are listening to us and truly represent us. Be sure to take advantage of any opportuinites now or in the near future to make decisions and take actions that refelct our wishes.

There is no need to be concerned with job loss is stopping Site C. Tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations in BC if the province pursued ecologically responsible alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal power. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructures and rduces the loss of millions of dollars due to lengthy transmission of power from North to South.

Please take a moment to consider the tremendous power you are capable of bringing to bear on this most sensitive of issues. Please act responsibly and as the electorate wishes.

Sincerely,
K.M. Baker

KathleenBakerVancouver2017-05-16 14:14:55

Site c destroys farmland that we need to create power we DO NOT need!

BonnieWedelAbbotsford2017-05-16 14:16:56

hungry
for Helen Knott and Kristin Henry

across the water
from your blockade
across the path
of river-killing machines
across the water
from your hunger strike
against this dam
that would drown thousands
of hectares of living soil
that would no longer produce
corn, melons, field tomatoes
to nourish generations
held hostage to frenzied
fossil-financed
climate catastrophe

their hunger our hunger
for a just world where
treaties are honoured where
what gnaws at us this spirit hunger
is sated this spirit thirst
is quenched to stop
this 107-kilometer reservoir
from submerging 78 sites
of sacred burial stories culture medicine
of the Prophet River First Nation
of the West Moberly First Nations

troubled waters
do not divide us
troubled we join in
rills creeks and streams
and the mighty Peace
one great force of nature
pounding against
the obscene Site C dam

RobieLiscombVictoria2017-05-16 14:18:00

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

GraceNeffAlbany2017-05-16 14:20:21

Site C is poised to contravene the UN Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

I demand that the BC Government uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples and stop construction of the Site C dam.

Any negotiation or persuasion with the citizens of BC is irrelevant when indigenous rights are being ignored.

It's THAT simple.

ValerieElliottVictoria2017-05-16 14:21:11

Honourable Premier Clark, or whoever is governing BC next,

The incoming government must use the BCUC. The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. This is the right way to go.

In addition, there are many deeply compelling reasons to reject the Site C Dam:

• Site C fails First Nations, trampling on their rights, their sacred lands and destroy or contaminate their means of livelihood.
• The Dam would flood about 100 km of the Peace River and destroy valuable and fertile farmland, much needed to grow food -- and to support Canadian food security.
• There has been no independent review of costs, and the government has never investigated alternative options.
• The dam would provide power that is not needed (see recommendations from the BC Utilities Commission), and is being pushed forward only to further the fossil fuel economy. This is the wrong direction for the Province and the Country to be going.
• With alternative energy sources coming on line, and conservation improving, BC Hydro is currently paying independent power producers NOT to produce electricity due to oversupply.
• Site C is the most expensive public project in BC history, is well over budget already, and will result in huge rate increases for power over the next several years

We can create abundant numbers of jobs in a variety of regions pursuing alternative energy and green infrastructure and retrofits. This would save the energy that the damn dam is supposed to provide!

Please do the right thing, and stop construction of the Site C Dam, and withhold all federal support for the project.

Respectfully,

Jill Schroder

JillSchroderVancouver2017-05-16 14:23:11

Let's stop this project right now! We can't afford it, we don't need the electricity and we do need our beautiful Peace Valley farmland, homes, archeological sites and the ancestral grave sites of Indigenous peoples.

SandraHartlineNelson2017-05-16 14:24:21

Energy is not needed. The project is uneconomical.

MichelleMarcusVancouver2017-05-16 14:25:47

I live in Guildford, Surrey BC. Even though I'm miles away I voted for NDP in hopes to stop the destruction of lives along the route of the Site C Dam. It's not necessary and it's an expense that will cost tax payers for decades to come. We don't need the dam. We need reservoirs to hold water and allow the over flow to do just that. Keep flowing. Please help to stop it from going ahead.

VivanneLudbrookSurrey2017-05-16 14:25:54

DO NOT BUILD THIS DAMN DAM

WE DONOT NEED IT
IT IS DESTUCTIVE.

CHTISTIE CLARKE DOESNOT CARE ABOUT PEOPLE

ALLSHE CARE ABOUT IS MONEY>

IT IS TIME TO SAY NO TO HER RECLESS BEHAVIOR>

STOP THE SITE C DAM.

LILISOLEIL GARBUTTSIDNEY.2017-05-16 14:26:58

We have to make important, brave decisions to protect the land, soil, air and waters for all life, for future generations. We cannot make devastating decisions for a few "jobs". There is SO MUCH MORE to this planet and to this province than "jobs". Please think deeply, think long term, think with the earth in mind. We who live on these lands are beholden to Creator's law, to natural laws, to Indigenous laws. To make decisions which devastate entire ecosystems and bring deep harm to the First Peoples, as well as the thousands of other people and animals who will be directly, negatively impacted is irresponsible and heartless. When the people say NO, you must respect that. Why would you want to push something ahead against the will of the people? Do you want your legacy to be the destruction of an entire ecosystem in the name of "jobs"? This project is dishonourable, this project is NOT NEEDED, and this project is in violation of Indigenous laws. Please stop it now. Our future depends on you. Thank you.

KamalaToddGibsons2017-05-16 14:26:58

1) It will not benefit British Columbians with either jobs or more importantly energy - it benefits those beyond our BC borders. Any jobs created would be far outnumbered by jobs created through alternative energy sources (geothermal, solar, wind).
2) It is NOT a fiscally responsible project that British Columbians will be paying for too many decades.
3) This project has been pushed through without consideration of alternative energy projects getting a chance to prove themselves - which would be more palatable financially than the Site C project will ever be.
4) Site C is irreversible; don't let our next generations live with what would be one of the biggest errors of our time. Aboriginal peoples reliance on the Peace River, farmers unable to grow food crops on this fertile valley.
5) STOP SITE C NOW!!!! PLEASE!!!! For the sake of our children and children's children. Think this through!

As British Columbians - these are our lands, our farms, our wildlife, our river...your are our representatives - NOT our landlords. Don't destroy for what can never be brought back again. No amount of money will bring back fertile land, wildlife's homes, and our trust!

Elisabeth ChisholmChilliwack 2017-05-16 14:29:29

I have numerous concerns about Site C, including:

- its lack of financial viability, since BC already has a glut of electric power and the old forecasts of increase on which the decision to build Site C was based are clearly no longer accurate. Why put the entire province in debt for an unnecessary mega-project?

- Its incredible destructive impact on the beautiful and highly productive farmland in the Peace River Valley.

- Its impact on relations with First Nations, whose wishes are essentially being ignored.

Please make use of the BCUC, and stop this insane project. The time for inefficient and unnecessary mega-projects is long past.

TamaraSchwartzentruberKaslo2017-05-16 14:29:56

I do not believe that the site C project will benefit British Colombians in the years to come- I request that you halt the project before taking any irreversible actions.

JulieHigginsonVictoria2017-05-16 14:30:37

I urge all parties concerned to halt the construction of this project whilst our government is in this tenuous situation. It is unconscionable that the destruction continue when the people have shown that they have no confidence in the Liberal government and its destructive projects.

Furthermore, there is the loss of homes; the destruction of good agricultural land; and Indigenous rights to consider; not to mention the loss of wildlife habitation and environmental degradation.

The biggest disgrace is that we all know the potential energy which will be generated by Site C is not necessary. All this destruction so that Christy Clark can save face rather than admit she is wrong.

SandraNelkenNelson2017-05-16 14:31:36

I am opposed to the continuation of this project. Our need for arable land is greater than the so called need of financial benefit from the power produced and the minimal jobs it will temporarily create.
The loss of genetic diversity is happening across the globe at an unprecedented rate. Contributing to this race to the bottom is not in the best interests of humanity in general and BC residents in particular. The wants and needs of indigenous peoples across this country continue to be ignored trivialized and corrupted by the big money offered. Like virginity once it is gone there is no recourse no turning back, recovery or re establishment of health in the environment. The transformation of this ecology can have a devastating affect on the inhabitants. In my eyes the risk is too great to consider it .

CMJusticeCobble Hill2017-05-16 14:32:02

I have traveled this beautiful valley and thus have first hand understanding of the effects and extent of flooding. My complaint is that the power is not needed until well into the future when new technologies will provide adequate and environmentally non-damaging electricity. Indeed, their are many better power sources available now that do not take us into the past for destructive power production. I have just returned from a trip through Portugal and saw many modern wind power generators in use. Ocean tides are another potential source. We do not need Site C. The native tribes oppose it as do the farmers/ranchers that for generations have generated their livelihood from the land that will be flooded.
The past reviews by the BCUC have found no need for Site C. The people of this province are being hijacked for political gain. The cost to go ahead will saddle future generations with debt they had no say in and they will condemn our foolishness. Examples of unneeded power projects in Eastern Canada should give our politicos ample reason to reconsider this ill conceived decision to move forward with Site C.

JockBraySurrey2017-05-16 14:32:17

Site C will take a large, very productive agricultural area out of commission, making northern communities more dependent on expensive and unhealthy processed foods. It will irreversibly damage a great northern river. It will generate large amounts of electrical power whose destination is to feed fracking for natural gas in northern BC--for export as LNG to Asia, which will soon no longer need it. That will add hugely to BC's greenhouse gas emissions--the whole project will make it certain that Canada will not meet the limits to which it agreed in Paris.

This is beyond and above the immense damage to local northern communities. It is high time this project was stopped and the environment given its proper demands--we have destroyed much more than enough already!

ChristopherHeppnerVictoria2017-05-16 14:32:59

I am 100% opposed to the Site C Dam!!

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.
According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

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

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

TrinaRowlesVancouver2017-05-16 14:33:42

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.
Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.
Let's stop this project immediately.

LindaStittToronto2017-05-16 14:34:22

May 16th, 2017

Dear Party Leaders,
I am surprised to hear that construction on the Site C dam continues at a time when the election has not been decided.

However, to hear that the construction will include the road which threatens the gravesites and archaeological sites of the First Nations as well as farm family homes, really pushes this travesty into the obscene.

The dam has ben approached with a total disregard for thorough reviews and public approval. I am appalled with the 'point of no return' attitude that has been shown throughout on this issue and it all needs to stop, NOW!

We are supposed to be a democracy. The recent election was conducted precisely through that process. Please stop destroying this very significant part of our province immediately. If it should be decided to continue after the election is fully resolved, then it must be because of viable reasons and not the dishonest ones given up to this date.

monicanelsonvictoria2017-05-16 14:36:26

1. The negative effect on the population from reassignment of the land from use by the people living there to flooding of a huge area for a highly disputed dam which will not benefit the locality.
2. Disregard of the interests of the Aboriginal people's claims for use of the land that will be affected.
3. A poor economic case in addition to the environmental concerns of moving ahead with such a high-cost venture
4. Availability of more environmentally sound methods of producing energy.
Most urgently, generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Road construction threatens First Nations’ grave sites and archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.
The ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. The actual demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Site C was the first project the BCUC assessed. In 1982 it concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro. Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C. Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.
I understand that government must consider the importance of job creation; however, tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis
I particularly request your consideration of curtailing all irreversible harms in association with on-going construction of Site C until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

JanyneSinclaireNanaimo2017-05-16 14:37:52

Why do you think " The Green's" are on their
way to becoming our next government? Simply because the electorate are exhausted by
your lies and sickening self-interest;
how can a government " elected for the people"
conduct themselves in this manner? Are
you totally unable to place yourselves in
other people's places???
This is not " idle talk" - these are fact based
statements and you in your enormous
egotistical and selfish and even Evil actions
have totally destroyed any confidence that
some of the electorate may , unwisely,have
placed in you. I will do all in my power
to see this does not transpire!!

MyrleMcIntoshSurrey/White Rock2017-05-16 14:37:53

Our precious land and water needs to be preserved. Aboriginal lands need tone respected and safeguarded. Please. Save Site C

ThereseChatelainStratfrod2017-05-16 14:38:13

"Wise people do not destroy their arable land and precious water systems."
This is fundamental to the constitution of any country that offers its people the opportunity to survive.
Unfortunately, the BC Provincial Government In Power has either lost sight of this fundamental, or perhaps, been misguided by higher authorities, or hedged a bet with some offshore global entities.
The mystery deepens and, the longer this fallacy is allowed to continue, such as allowing the Peace River valley to be drowned, forever, we shall never have confidence in our current or future leaders.

PeterBaileyVictoria2017-05-16 14:38:32

The majority of BC citizens do not want this project to continue to scar our environment. It violates First Nation's interests and those of people who have lived on this land that will be devastated by construction of this dam.

The Liberals have made a very bad decision by promoting the Site C Dam and it needs to be halted before more devastation to the natural environment. In addition, it's not financially feasible and no proper evaluation of the impact has been carried out.

Christie Clark has taken too many sidesteps in moving the dam construction forward and the BCUC, as a non-partisan process must be put in place.

It's time that the government listens to the people of BC and the experts who are in a position to evaluate these projects and that large donations no longer determine outcomes.

GlenysMorganQualicum Beach2017-05-16 14:43:51

Totally inappropriate....I want to voice my opinion and say STOP Site C Dam....disrespectful to Home owners and the First Nations people.

It is time that you the elected parties listen to the people....Put a stop too it.

As a Canadian I believe we need to honor the people who stand to lose and for once take a stand against BIG Corporations.

Research has been done and the results show no need to proceed with this destruction.

This act is raping the people of all nations , I voted Green and want my vote to count for making change .

Do the RIGHT thing and stop this before its to late. We have other alternatives . research

Yours Truly,

Candice Lanes

CandiceLanesVictoria2017-05-16 14:44:06

To all BC. political parties as a tax payer and a concerned BC. resident I want to go on record as whole heartedly opposing the Site C Dam project.

It is not to late to stop this ill conceived project. This fertile land and river are far to important to sacrifice to another Dam. The First Nations concerned here must be listened to and this project is clearly not in their interest or the people of BC.
Sincerely
Jackie Campbell
Concerned Citizen

Jackie CampbellPitt Meadows2017-05-16 14:45:05

It really is my wish that some calm heads prevail on this idiotic idea of a road going through a home and gravesites. A real need too assess this whole project is required. It is so obvious that a large portion of the B.C. population is totally against this destruction, so a halt is required. The Peace River Valley is such a beautiful part of our province, let's keep that way.

Please work this out to a better environmentally correct agreement.

Thank you for all of your considerations.
Sincerely,

Lana McQueen

LanaMcQueenDuncan2017-05-16 14:46:56

I'm very tired of writing about this issue. I'm sure you've read all about it. Site C is a huge mistake and I will never vote for anyone who supports the continuation of this white elephant.

SheilaPrattMaple Ridge2017-05-16 14:48:22

destruction of agricultural land
BC can meet energy demands through energy conservation rather than Site C
It is being built to subsidize oil and gas industry and fossil fuels need to be a thing of the past!!!
It will destroy a wildlife corridor
Prices for competing energy sources have now dropped and should be explored!

LeanneFutaPort Moody2017-05-16 14:48:49

The people of B.C. have made it very clear that the continuation of the site C dam is not in the interest of the people. We demand a stoppage to all work on the dam. This was rammed through by an unthinking and anti-common sense government. The destruction of the lives of the people who live in the valley is enormous. What right has our government to displace multi-generational families from there homes and land. If you can honestly say that continuing this attack on citizens is the right thing to do, then i encourage you to look up the words common sense in the dictionary.
Ian Marsh

IanMarshDeroche2017-05-16 14:50:02

We should not flood prime agricultural land for electricity that we don't yet or, worse, to power LNG and the tar sands.

I look forward to hearing what your party plans to do about Site C.

Dianavan EykNelson2017-05-16 14:50:29

The Site C dam is an unnecessary burden on the taxpayers of BC as the electricity is presently not needed and sustainable alternative energy technologies have improved to bring clean electricity to the urban areas where it's needed without long, expensive transmission lines. The food security of BC is at stake as is the lands of the First Nations. Respect for these stakeholders is essential if BC is to bring reconciliation and food security for the future of our children and grandchildren.

Mr. RafeSunshineVictoria2017-05-16 14:55:02

The people of British Columbia have spoken! Some 57% of the electorate indicated through their votes that they support either outright stoppage of Site C, or at the very least a comprehensive review of the project by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

People’s homes and First Nations’ gravesites are hanging in the balance at this very moment! Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction and they must be out of their homes in less than 2 weeks! First Nations grave, cultural and archaeological sites will also be destroyed by the slated road realignment. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction at this time.

BC Hydro conducted a Multiple Accounts Evaluation to justify why the road had to run directly through Boon's home and through First Nations' gravesites, but to date, the findings have not been released.

I am requesting that all irreversible harms associated with on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

I'd like to remind you that the BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to assess massive projects like Site C to ensure that they are indeed in the public’s interest and not politically driven projects.

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you truly represent us. You must act responsibly given the authority and trust that you retain even during this time of uncertainty. I encourage you to ensure that you take advantage of any opportunities at this time and in the near future, to make decisions and take actions which reflect the wishes of the majority of BC citizens.

BC’s party leaders must be held accountable for their actions as well as any inaction you take at this time when people’s homes and ancestral grave sites are at risk. You must honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in you.

ChrisCarterCourtenay2017-05-16 14:58:04

May 16, 2017

Please halt all work on the Site C dam until the election has been finalized.

The dam is not something British Columbians want when they are given the actual facts about the project and construction certainly shouldn't be happening when we don't know who will be our new premier!

We need this farmland to be used for agricultural production and we certainly shouldn't be doing anything that will cause irreparable damage, such as destroying First Nation burial grounds and family farm homes at this time. I sincerely hope our premier elect will be one who is wise enough to see the folly in the project itself or if not, that Ms. Clark will adhere to the wisdom of those she will be working with in the future.

written for Shirley NelsonCharlie Lake2017-05-16 14:58:27

It is very expensive, and is unnecessary. it will destroy precious viable farmland and habitat for countless species of birds, fish, and mammals. The majority of
B.C. voters voted for change in the last election. Let's wait and see how that vote plays out in the legislature before taking any further action on Site C.

LauraDoyleBrentwood Bay2017-05-16 14:58:36

It is very expensive, and is unnecessary. it will destroy precious viable farmland and habitat for countless species of birds, fish, and mammals. The majority of
B.C. voters voted for change in the last election. Let's wait and see how that vote plays out in the legislature before taking any further action on Site C.

LauraDoyleBrentwood Bay2017-05-16 14:58:38

-don't need the power now and with Germany now at 85% of power needs being met through renewable/green alternate energy, doesn't look like we will EVER need it
-complete disrespect for the people of the area First Nations and since - there was no HONEST consultation - BCUC said power was not needed and then the BC LIBERAL GOVERNMENT SHUT them OUT and therefore SHUT THEM UP
-According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.
-Job losses are all how you SPIN IT. There could be thousands of jobs in the alternate energy sector and technology sectors (and who knows what else!) if the same amount of money was given to them as as/was DUMPED into the Site C nonsense.

-It is not too late. Use Science. Look at it, READ IT and Apply it. The Green Vote climbed in this province and would likely have been even higher if there hadn't been an "Anything But" Vote need/feeling happening. The people are speaking and will continue to do so.

KathleenSutherlandVictoria2017-05-16 14:58:50

It is NOT NEEDED! Even the experts say so! The environmental, cultural and personal destruction it will cause is not justified. Given the results of the election, which clearly shows that the majority of BC citizens do not want this dam, any work should be halted, or at the very least, postponed, until the BCUC weighs in. I have never heard a rational argument for this dam, and given the environmental problems it would cause, in addition to the fact that First Nations Peoples were not consulted and their important cultural and heritage sites will be destroyed by it, and the loss of important farm land, this project needs to be halted now.
I am not a BC resident but have relatives who live in Peace country, and as a citizen of Canada, I do not think that these types of politically driven projects should be allowed to proceed, given the lack of consultation, and lack of clarity as to why the former Liberal government wanted it to go through in the first place.

JanisWarneMontreal2017-05-16 14:59:02

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

DianeLakeVancouver2017-05-16 15:00:14

Those billions of taxpayers dollars should be invested in solar, wind, or thermal generation of power; not destroying very usable land to build a monstrosity that requires a continuous flow of taxpayers money to maintain it.get smart. Quit wasting our money.

Kimgoforth  2017-05-16 15:01:02

Additional hydro for BC is not needed now. When it is required, how about we come into the 21st century? Mega dams are yesterdays technology with yesterday's inherent footprint and obscene costs. Think about our environment complimented by geothermal, wind and solar. Get your heads turned around. Site C is wrong on so many levels.

DavidWaterhouseVictoria2017-05-16 15:01:25

I am concerned that you are putting a dam we don't need above the sacred lands. homes and environment of the people.
You are elected to serve the people not your ego at having to soothe your pride even though it is proven you are making a big mistake to continue this insane project. You know it is useless, costly and yet you continue . It does not serve our people ,, who does it serve?

This is a crime and you should be ashamed. Give it up. Have some real pride.

No One gave you permission to destroy British Columbia. The people have made it clear they do not want this . so what is your excuse to go on?

MarleneStephensGibsons2017-05-16 15:01:42

It destroys huge swaths of land and many species therein.
It destroys the territory of many people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
It is too invasive and too large.
It isn't needed.
Stop Site C Dam now.
Start learning how to live responsibly and sustainably within the natural world.

MargaretFisherPerth Road Village2017-05-16 15:01:55

One of the most fertile valleys on the planet can not be lost forever.

We do not need this project. Studies have proven that.

The First Nations and the other residents who have cared for this land know and understand its priceless value.

It is a cynical and destructive plan that is morally reprehensible and environmentally disastrous AND makes no sense economically. It must be stopped.

GaleTylerVancouver2017-05-16 15:04:29

1. The provincial election last week changed everything. The majority of British Columbians want Site C to be halted or more completely assessed by the BCUC
2. There needs to be a halt right now to all preparations for the dam until the outcome of the elections is clarified. People's homes and indigenous gravesites are threatened at this moment.
3.With the desparate need for less destructive energy projects and the alternate solutions of wind, solar, and geothermal, Site C is not needed now or in the future.
4. Millions of dollars will be saved.

PeggyMuirHazelton2017-05-16 15:07:46

Please halt the construction of the Site C dam.

The electricity is not needed except by fossil fuel extractors.

B.C. should be protecting farmland, wildlife habitat, First Nations heritage sites and putting emphasis and money into sustainable energy sources, not fossil fuel extraction.

JoPhillipsSooke2017-05-16 15:08:24

Hi,

I am opposed to site C dam for the following reasons:

1) We are NOT past the ‘point of no return’!

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

2) People’s homes and grave-sites are hanging in the balance right now!
Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ grave-sites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

3) Incoming government must use the BCUC
The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Kim

Kim Van IngenVancouver2017-05-16 15:09:13

This is a ridiculous and incredibly costly project put in entirely for LNG. The tax payers will be paying for this for years to come so one company, Pertonas, can reap the benefits
Please stop this project before it goes any further
The voters of BC voted for change. Please give it to them
Hopefully
Sally Soanes

Sally SoanesParksville2017-05-16 15:09:52

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening and truly represent us. Please act responsibly given the authority and trust that you retain even during this time of uncertainty. Please make decisions and take actions which reflect the wishes of the majority of BC citizens - which is to stop Site C Dam!

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

SarahValentinePemberton2017-05-16 15:09:57

Please cease all development at the Site C Dam!

Site C is old technology, expensive, dirty, and unnecessary, which will increase Hydro bills all over BC. Also, there are many new, cleaner 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.

We need to be developing advanced energy projects like solar, wind and geothermal to create permanent, local jobs based on building, installing and operating new technologies; technologies that would generate skills, training and apprenticeship programs.

Additionally, the Peace River Valley is such prime farmland, with the ability to produce food for a million people in perpetuity! It makes no sense to flood such amazing agricultural land!

As well, there are hundreds of wildlife species and plant species identified to date in the Peace River Valley and biologists suspect there are a many more unidentified species! Site C Dam will flood important wildlife birthing habitat, critical migratory bird habitat and rare plant species.

Please save the Peace River Valley and STOP the Site C Dam!!

MargotDeveaultGrindrod2017-05-16 15:10:23

Why not re-direct the money saved from not building Site C dam, into pursuing solar, wind and thermal alternatives? To proceed on this same path of destroying people's' homes and land, will bring irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction. Not a legacy to be proud of.

NancyDolan Victoria2017-05-16 15:14:55

We don't need it.

It would destroy large parts of the natural world.

SusanWalpCranbrook2017-05-16 15:21:56

Work should be stopped as soon as the Legislature sits with the Greens as our conscience and a comprehensive "renewable strategy" for BC reignited with full disclosure where our supposed revenue neutral carbon tax is taking us.

LindaEarlChristina Lake2017-05-16 15:22:14

I have a stake in the Peace, although I live on the coast of the Salish Sea, because I want BC to have food security in the long run and because there are so many sustainable alternatives for energy sources to this disastrous project.

DrenaMcCormackPowell River2017-05-16 15:22:48

I'm deeply concerned about the wisdom of going forward with the Site C project.

The Site C hydroelectic project was masterminded decades ago. Since then many changes, locally and internationally, in alternative technologies, demographics, business needs, lifestyles, agriculture, world food supply, ecology, climate change data and socioeconomics now significantly challenge all of the practical precepts originally supporting the Site C project and, in fact, render the entire Site C project concept as detrimental and harmful, in all mentioned respects.

For the reasons stated above, and supported by the recent timely report out of UBC, I believe the most beneficial way forward is to cut losses and end the Site C project now.

In consideration of these issues, it is realistic to expect BC to end future huge financial input into Site C. In the same way, it would be wise for BC to take the lead in developing a a world class plan to invest in alternative, sustainable energy developments and ensuing jobs creation to replace the redundant and harmful Site C project.

(Laurel)C B StranaghanVancouver2017-05-16 15:23:27

My greatest concern is the loss of valuable farmland, which we will need for future generations. We presently IMPORT most of our food.
This should not be done without the support from First Nations, over whose land we are trespassing.
We should be creating energy from wind, solar and tidal sources.
It has not been properly assessed for the outrageous cost it will entail.

This is sacred land. it is our duty to respect and keep it. IMMEDIATELY!

AnnKujundzicVictoria2017-05-16 15:25:51

Please respect the people of B.C. who do not want this unnecessary and unneeded project and prevent the irreversible destruction of prime farm land. (My heart breaks for the residents who will loose their homes and farms.)
Stop the madness now.

MelSlaterWest Vancouver2017-05-16 15:27:25

How can these precious places be destroyed under the guise of progress! What kind of progress is this and what will it lead us to as human beings. Shame on you for considering this.

SagewalkerToronto2017-05-16 15:33:43

I am very strongly opposed to the construction of this dam and find it unconscionable that the government has pushed ahead with damage to the environment in the course of preparing for construction before adequate assessments of this project have taken place. It seems foolish to me to be destroying prime farmland at a time when food security issues need to be seriously considered especially in light of climate change. There have been careful reports delivered showing that the increased power Site C would produce is not really necessary. Much of the push for this power seems to be related to Christy Clark's pipe dream about LNG development, another project about which I have major concerns. The future needs of the province would be far better met by securing agricultural land and focusing on the development of renewable energy projects to bring us into the 21st century instead of being stuck relying on fossil fuels. Exciting new renewable energy projects could replace the jobs that might be lost through abandoning Site C. Reports have shown that it is not too late to halt Site C and considerable amounts of money would be saved by doing so. The damage done to the environment plus the harm to farm families and indigenous communities whose land and heritage would be destroyed by the construction of this dam can not and should not be ignored. Although election results are not yet finalized the majority of voters clearly expressed dissatisfaction with the status quo and major projects being pushed by the BC Liberals. Now is clearly not the time to be pushing ahead with the disastrous Site C project. Call a halt now, preferably completely but at least until the project is referred to BCUC for more careful analysis and assessment.
P.S. Please also put a stop to the equally disastrous and nonsensical Kinder Morgan project.

EleanorBrownleePender Island2017-05-16 15:35:06

You will destroy land, homes, gravesites, etc for what? So a few very wealthy people will be even wealthier.

What do you say to your children, grandchildren, descendants when they have to deal with the destruction of one of the most fertile areas of the world? Why do you insist on continuing to treat our First Nations people as if they are of no importance.

POliticians have to be the most short sighted people in the world. They can think only four years ahead. We the people think of hundreds & hundreds of years ahead.

Please show some leadership.

MiriamLangleyHalifax2017-05-16 15:36:19

how many years ...how many times ..do we have to tell you to stop this insanity, this injustice, this destruction, this corporate bull----.? Listen to the people who are being affected. listen to the rest of us who stand with them, listen to their rights .. What is this government? a self satisfying gross mismanagement of public funds, rights and concerns, or are we truly a democracy that stands up for the people?

MaureenRaymondChilliwack2017-05-16 15:36:32

It is not needed.lt is not legal. Stop it now!

Kate MortimerDuncan2017-05-16 15:39:30

Studies are showing that this project will not be profitable in the long term. It seems that site C has been proceeding simply to save face for our premier and to provide temporary jobs at the expense of rich farmland and environment. An irreversible project like this NEEDS to be REASSESSED!

LeslieSmithQuathiaski Cove2017-05-16 15:45:26

1) The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

2) Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ grave sites and significant archaeological sites.
Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

3) A massive amount of highly productive farmland would be forever lost. In this day of global climate uncertainty and dwindling water resources, preserving local land for localized food production is of great importance for BC residents.

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

5) According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

EvaGersbachVancouver2017-05-16 15:45:33

Please suspend the current work on this project and have the BC Utilities Commission seriously look at other, greener opportunities for future power needs. Once this area of the Peace River is flooded and the current landscape destroyed homes, graves, natural habitats for animals will be lost forever. Surely we can do better & make smarter choices. Shouldn't this be the time to look at ways to create jobs that will enhance British Columbias'growth in the green energy field.

PDokeSurrey2017-05-16 15:47:02

People will lose their homes and this has been their homes for years and now you want to destroy it, Please wake up and take a look around, how much more destroying do you have to do before there is nothing left...Again PLEASE wake up and smell the roses not destroy it all. Thank You Winnie Cornish

WinnieCornishVictoria2017-05-16 15:50:27

We should not destroy a valuable valley for the old technology of another hydro dam. The cheapest electricity is electricity that is saved. Invest instead in energy conservation. Next, use the available power we have now. Finally, use solar photovoltaics on roofs as the cost is coming down every year and is now offered by many companies including Tesla.
Thank you.

Michael StephenVancouver2017-05-16 15:50:50

is that to destroy productive arable landed and replace it with so-called clean energy is short sighted in the extreme.
For too long, in the name of progress, we have compromised our environment and our future well being.
Please don't continue down that road. Arable land is irreplaceable.

RoyHindLondon2017-05-16 15:51:17

While I don't believe that the Site C dam is needed, I would like you assurance that any irreversible damage is not done while we are awaiting the results of the recent election. I count on you to ensure that residents houses and native grave sites are not destroyed and that work on the dam is ceased temporarily.

JamesWillisVictoria2017-05-16 15:52:17

-Over half of British Columbians do not want Site C to go forward.
-The Site C economics report by UBC recently released as well as states that it is not too late to stop this project and a savings of over 1.5 billion would be realized.
- First Nations treaties have been ignored repeatedly and this would be another bad example with the flooding of sacred sites as well as the land which they have used historically and to which they have right by Treaty.
-Farmland and water will become two of the most important commodities in the years of climate change ahead. Flooding valuable farmland when BC has very limited agricultural land is an example of human short sightedness.
- Provision of jobs by development of alternate (wind, solar and geothermal) sources would surpass those provided by building Site C and exporting technology derived from them would add another employment opportunity.
-The oversight of BCUC must be re-established so that a thorough and objective evaluation of this project in terms of environment and economic cost and need for and market for the power generated must be carried out.

MarianHargroveSalt Spring Island2017-05-16 15:54:47

I am against the building of the Site C Dam. I don't think it is past the point of no return and I don't see the value of throwing good money after bad.

I believe this project will be very bad for the environment of this region and that it would be much better to preserve this land for the people, animals and plants that inhabit it.

The project does not have the approval of First Nations in the region.

We will certainly need this land for food production given climate change.

I don't think the people of BC need the power and I believe the economic argument for this project is seriously flawed. It is not the sort of mega-project needed in this day and age.

Please stop this ill-considered project now.

AnnGrantVancouver2017-05-16 15:55:14

Construction of the Site C dam was never given proper approval, but rushed through by the Liberal government in order to ensure that there would be no way back before the recent election.

This decision ran roughshod over First Nations concerns and the concerns of Landowners in the area to be affected by the dam.

No clear case of the need for the increased electricity production has been made, and it seems to be linked to the questionable need for energy to serve the ill-advised LNG initiative of the government.

The enormous investment costs of Site C could be better spent on true clean energy projects like wind, solar, tidal, and geo-thermal.

While hydro electricity has served BC well over past decades, it is not a truly green technology and destroys forever the natural environment that it impacts.

In the current transition time between government following the May 9, 2017 election, it is cruel and irresponsible for BC Hydro to keep on with construction and destroy lives, livelihoods and cultural treasures, when the decision to build the dam might soon be reversed.

DesmondBerghoferVancouver2017-05-16 15:59:56

The great debt we are imposing on our grandchildren This project doesnt nake any economic or enviromental sense its just a waste of money and ruining our land forever We could put that money to much better use by providing insentives to upgrade our homes to be more energy efficient and develop a solar energy system province wide this could be done at less than half the cost of site C

TomWolseyFort ST John2017-05-16 16:00:17

Destruction of important Indigenous traditional territory

Waste of money, as power not needed

Destruction of valuable farmland

Ruination of river valley

Eliminating really -- many animals, birds, insects, reptiles native to the area

Very few permanent jobs

CynthiaFloodVancouver2017-05-16 16:01:28

Like many other citizens of B.C., I, too, wish to express my deep concern with this project going ahead without the much needed comprehensive assessment that must be undertaken to restore faith in the provincial government. Climate change is a very real concern and with the loss of farmland if this project proceeds, I am questioning the role of a government that is not assessing the extent of the impact this project will have on its citizens. If this project is in the best interest of the citizens of B.C., then why is the government not proceeding with the processes in place to assess and evaluate such a massive project; processes such as an assessment by the B.C. Utilities Commission and the Agricultural Land Reserve Commission. These institutions are in place to ensure that the best interests of the people of British Columbia are met.

I am deeply saddened when those in power do not follow the procedures that have been put in place so that the right decisions can be made in good faith.

FawnKnoxKamloops2017-05-16 16:01:58

It's time to save the Peace River!

FrancoisBertrandMontréal2017-05-16 16:03:40

It is not needed and will cost more money to build and operate than it will bring in.

It will destroy valuable agricultural land.

BruceRutherfordSummerland2017-05-16 16:04:01

I am completely against Site C because this project will destroy Class 1 farmland. In the light of climate change, eg. droughts and wildfires in California, this Peace Valley farmland is necessary for future food security.

Treaty 8 must be honoured. It is the law that First Nations under Treaty 8 are guaranteed the right to hunt and fish in perpetuity and also that their cultural and heritage sites must be protected. Let Canada not go back on its word with this one.

Unbiased assessments state that we don't need this power for at least another 15 years. There are already other sustainable alternatives to any power needs. Also, green energy solutions are speeding up at such a pace that similarly destructive projects will never need to be contemplated.
SiteC is not "past the point of no return". We will save over one billion dollars by stopping it now.

RhondaKirkpatrickWhite Rock2017-05-16 16:04:23

The site C project is not a project for our good future. STOP the madness to destroy our land.

EvaSvenssonVictoria2017-05-16 16:06:30

Site C will bring tremendous environmental damage. Northeastern BC is already ravaged by industrial development; we cannot allow this precious, relatively untouched jewel – the Peace River Valley – to be destroyed as well.

Site C would cause the loss of habitat for several fish species including migratory Arctic Grayling in the Moberly River, migratory bull trout in the Halfway River, and mountain whitefish in the Peace River. Habitat for several migratory birds would also be destroyed by Site C, including Canada, Cape May and Bay-breasted Warbler; Yellow Rail; and Nelson’s Sparrow.

We don’t need Site C. There are many significant, unmitigable and irreparable impacts that will occur if Site C proceeds. Alternatives such as geothermal should be seriously considered. Switzerland is proceeding full speed with geothermal experiments with the goal of replacing any further hydro-electric generation. Why is Canada and B.C. so far behind the rest of the world in continuing with large-scale hydro projects?

PeterMortonPembroke2017-05-16 16:10:39

If you really want to put people to work then they can start installing solar panels on my five acre property so I can start selling hydro to bc customers. I am so opposed to damaging another section of the Peace River. Nine billion dollars. Forget it. What if even one billion was redirected to solar conversion. This has all the marking of a politically driven mega project that we will be paying for ... for generations. Pathetic planning.

ClaireHeffernanQuathiaski Cove2017-05-16 16:12:02

If you really want to put people to work then they can start installing solar panels on my five acre property so I can start selling hydro to bc customers. I am so opposed to damaging another section of the Peace River. Nine billion dollars. Forget it. What if even one billion was redirected to solar conversion. This has all the marking of a politically driven mega project that we will be paying for ... for generations. Pathetic planning.

ClaireHeffernanQuathiaski Cove2017-05-16 16:13:37

Site C isn't going to benefit BC. It's going to cost valuable land to create and be a tax burden for years to come! Don't build Site C .

TomBurkeDelta2017-05-16 16:14:28

With 57%of the electorate indicindicating by vote to either out right stop or at the very least have a comprehensive review of the Site C dam, by the BC Utilities Commission, under the present political circumstances, it must be stopped immediately. This commission was established in the early 1980s to assess projects like the Site C dam. This has not been done.
Their are peoples home, lively hoods, archaeological site in extreme danger of being destroyed in less than 2 weeks!!! This cannot be allowed to happen. This psychological and cultural destruction must be stopped immediately!!!
It has not even need released why they feel this road course is necessary. All irrversable harm must be stopped immediately until the election results are clearly known and party positions are stabilized.
This is also the perfect time for party leaders to show BC citizens that they are indeed listening and truly represent us.
Take this opportunity to immediately make a humane, ecological, environmental and
financially responsible decision.
You must be responsible and accountable for both your actions and inaction at this time when peoples lives, homes and ancestral lands are at great risk.
Please act to stop Site C progress immediately. Sincerely. Jan and Nelson Meadows

Jan and NelsonMeadowsBamfield2017-05-16 16:15:37

1) loss of farmland, we can not eat electricity,

2) lack of respect for first nations rights

3) changes in water temperature will result in lost of habitat for fish and other species

4) loss of sediment downstream,

5) good governments should be looking at alternative forms of energy which are less damaging to our environment and food supply

Veronica DelormeVancouver2017-05-16 16:18:56

Where to begin? Stop throwing good money after bad on Site C; stop building what we don't need; start respecting indiginous rights; start this province on a course of wind, wave, solar, and geothermal power; stop wasting money on a dead end energy like fossil fuels; start looking ahead for all the citizens, present and future, instead of using strategies that were used for the last one hundred years. Stop Site C.

SimoKorpistoColdstream2017-05-16 16:21:47

We should not be flooding farm land - we will need this land in the future much more that we will need power.
I am worried and saddened about the destruction of the land - and the damage to people and the animals that call the Peace home. The entire region will be so negatively affected - there is no turning back if we go ahead with this - this is forever.

We really do NOT need this power either, it has been shown to be wasteful and is not going to be profitable - this really is a huge mistake. We must move forward and find power in a way that does not destroy our land - peoples lives, ancestral grave sites and the creatures that call the Peace home.

Please do not continue with this, we voted for change - we must stop this destruction, return the Peace to it's former beauty and move on to greener technology - this is a terrible terrible thing that you are doing.

DeanneRapacioliNew Westminster2017-05-16 16:23:09

I am concerned that this project is proceeding without the backing of the people. The demand for the power generated by this dam is uncertain. The damage to people's homes and ancestral grounds is permanent. At least put the project on hold until the BCUC has had a change to assess thoroughly!

GeorgiaRamosVictoria2017-05-16 16:31:08

Hi.

The Site C controversy has been going on almost my entire life. Enough. Make it stop now. The destruction wreaked by this project is forever. We do not need this dam. We do not need this electricity. The money put toward this idiocy would be far better used to develop non-destructive alternatives such as wind and solar projects. Please, consider the long-term future of our province and our people, not just the immediate money grab.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Donna

DonnaDeLisleVancouver2017-05-16 16:31:43

To all party leaders,

Site C is a travesty and a unnecessary assault on the Peace River Valley. The disrespect shown to the indigenous peoples that have inhabited the region for thousands of years is a disgrace and a further assault on their existing treaty rights. The families working the land for generations are having their homes taken by legal force, another disgusting display of disrespect to their lives and the residents right to live free from unjustifiable government interference.

The enormous financial burden that is being placed directly on the shoulders of British Columbia taxpayers, to provide subsidized hydro electric power for further fossil fuel infrastructure expansion is going in exactly the wrong direction for the needs of not only British Columbia, but the world at large.

This project does not have the social license to proceed. Site C was conceived and planned in secret and without proper consultation from those that will bear the burden. Expert scientific and regulatory reviews were ignored and work permits were issued while the matter was before the courts. I voted in this election for the party leader that understands that the negative impacts of this project far exceed any possible benefits it may or may not provide, now and in the future.

Stop this reckless waste of money and the destruction of the Peace River Valley. How much surplus hydro electric power do we need to create while so many other needs of British Columbian' s suffer from a lack of government will and resources?

The list is long for why this project should be cancelled. This list is short for why it should go forward. STOP SITE C.

DouglasJacksonVancouver2017-05-16 16:33:43

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing because I love the Peace River Valley. I am the mother of 4 adult children who are all Treaty 8 band members. I raised my children in Moberly Lake and we have fished, picked berries, hunted and camped up and down the Peace River Valley for many years.
It brings me deep sadness to think of the destruction of this pristine piece of paradise. It is unfathomable as to why the government would ignore all of the people's cries to stop this monster from destroying this sacred land.
Why isn't the government honouring the Treaty Agreement?
Why isn't the government listening to the scientific evidence regarding the rich agricultural area that will be lost that could feel a million people annually?
It's not too late to stop the construction of the Site C Dam.
Please do what is right and halt the dam because it is morally right and to preserve the land, wildlife and fish habitat for the future generations to come.
It is clear that the electricity generated from Site C is not needed.
It is clear that the amount of money spent to build this mega dam will never be recovered.
Why disrupt the lives of the settlers? Why rob them from their land and their livelihood? It is purely greed.
Please stop Site C Dam once and for all.

Sincerely,

Kym Gouchie

kymgouchieprince george2017-05-16 16:35:33

I am against cite c dam. Instead of flooding a pristine area where our first nations have lived on have have their grave sites plus their are generational family farms we should look for other power sources. The Peace River is so beautiful people write ballads about. Why would we put it under water and destroy it's beauty and the home of many animals.
thank you

patriciawestwoodvictoria2017-05-16 16:36:25

Why is it politicians are dumber than average citizens. They only condone stupid things like site c because they get their pockets filled with B.C. hydro money, Stop wasting taxpayers money. No to SITE C....

garyleinabbotsford2017-05-16 16:37:38

First off, I am absolutely and irrevocably opposed to the building of the Site C dam. The loss of fertile farmland is immense and very short sighted by the BC Liberal Government. Secondly, this project was never reviewed by the BCUC. Why? The fact that the BCUC was not allowed to review the necessity of this dam tells me that the reasons for building it would not have withstood scrutiny by the BCUC which means the dam is totally unnecessary and should never have been started. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of the recent provincial election the dam must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. Since some 57% of the voters against the construction of this dam the proper procedure is to STOP the construction NOW! The amount of debt that will be imposed on the BC Government by this dam is astronomical especially considering that it is totally unnecessary. The Site C Economics report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance states that we are not past the point of no return of dam construction. It also reports that there are immense savings to be realized if the dam is stopped now and that the demand for this power is uncertain and that the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C. What ever political party finally assumes governance of BC the first priority should be to stop construction of the dam and have it's need reviewed by the BCUC.

ErnieSiemensKelowna2017-05-16 16:38:34

It's not necessary. Just upgrade the turbines on the Williston Dam.

LorraineMarksAldergrove2017-05-16 16:39:03

THIS DAM IS UNNEEDED AND NOT SUPPORTED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE RESIDENTS OF B.C.
FIRST NATIONS MUST HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON THERE TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES.

JAMESMACKVAN ANDA2017-05-16 16:42:17

It is unnecessary at this time.
It is destroying a vast tract of land.
People's rights are being violated.
Better alternatives are on the horizon.

SylviaSchellSouth Slocan2017-05-16 16:43:21

It is completely unacceptable that the Site C Dam has not yet been squashed. It is un-necessary for our power supply, incredibly expensive and, worst of all it is the destruction of grade A agricultural land that BC and Canada will desperately need for food supplies in the future.
The wilful trashing of people's lives and the destruction of their homes and farms is outrageously at variance with all that the people of BC want right now.
Please make sure that Site C is stopped right away!

Raymond JamesBradburyWEST VANCOUVER2017-05-16 16:43:27

On a purely political level, the promises made by the Christie Clark Gov't are not happening. Any business case for it has long past into history. Even the past CEO of BC Hydro has indicated that BC Hydro doesn't need the Site C Project. A team of resource people at UBC agrees.

It appears as though Site C is a gigantic corporate welfare project. It is at best a very expensive vote buying scheme.

I am extremely concerned that if the project is allowed to go ahead, in spite of the fact that almost 60% of the people in the recent BC election voted against it, it will cause irreversible harm to the environment . Stop the project now!

EugeneHrushowyCourtenay2017-05-16 16:44:38

I am against the dam for those reasons mentioned.
I am also concerned about the effect on wild life.
If it is correct that 57% of BC's population are against this, why is it proceeding?

MarlenaCharetteOttawa2017-05-16 16:47:28

I have been concerned from the beginning because of lack of study, no proof the dam is needed, First Nations concerns, lack of proper environmental and other approvals and loss of a beautiful and fertile food producing valley with a tremendous growing season and soil. The reason the BC Liberals have lost the majority is clear. The people of BC voted for change not a continuation of the Liberal policies and this project MUST be looked at again by less partisan, less corrupt officials.

LindaKempQuesnel2017-05-16 16:50:40

To the NDP, Green and Liberal parties of BC:

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of us, British Columbian citizens, voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

People’s homes and gravesites are hanging in the balance right now! Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are NOT past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

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

There’s no need to worry about job losses at the Site C construction site. We understand the concern that stopping Site C will result in job losses; however, tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars resulting from lengthy transmission of power from the north to the south.
As leaders of our political parties in BC YOU NEED to honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in them!

This is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you truly represent us. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that the actions you take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians. Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of you power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment. Listen to your constituents not large corporations. WE LIVE HERE.

JoanSchwartzenbergerVictoria2017-05-16 16:54:34

Dear Sir or Madame BC Party Leaders:

My concern with the site C Dam is that it is not to benefit the people of British Columbia or Canada at all. Corporate corruption is rampant in BC Hydro and the people of British Columbia cannot trust that the (now $11 billion up from $7 billion and $ rising), corruption will not continue. We need to do a corporate take -over and get rid of all corrupt members of BC Hydro immediately.

Instead of Site C Dam we could build 2 (two) Solar Giga factories and switch to solar that would supply every household in British Columbia.
Watch this 2.51 minute video. It costs 5 billion per Tesla giga-factory and Elon Musk will help you build it!!!

https://youtu.be/negczU4CoGY

Sincerely,

Diane Manuel

Diane ManuelCourtenay2017-05-16 16:57:30

The dam is unnecessary and insanely expensive. It's a big mistake, please stop it now. Right now.

And the access highway ... how can you allow it to be planned to go right through a family's farm and indigenous graveyard when a small reroute is all that's needed? Please take some responsibility and show some common sense if not some compassion.

NoelZeldinLindell Beach2017-05-16 17:00:04

just stop....there's no need for this dam. Look for other power sources and leave this area as a vital and protected part of BC. Generations will thank you.

KatherinEdwardsKamloops2017-05-16 17:00:17

This damage is unnecessary based on market value of electrical power. There are other options to addresd future power needs such wind power. Loss of this land is an insult to native people's rights. Our greed for electricity should not trump the wishes of our aboriginal residents. STOP!!!!!

MaryFilippelli Vancouver 2017-05-16 17:00:25

It is unnecessary, not to mention unethical to destroy people's homes, ancestral land and some of the most fertile land in BC. Stop it now, over 57% of BC voters do not support this project and do not want our money spent on building it.
It is wrong when there is no market for LNG and therefore fracking is irrelevant.
STOP IT NOW, PLEASE

NancyIssenmanVictoria2017-05-16 17:02:38

its a bad idea all around.Stop the bullshit !!

johncrossenvancouver2017-05-16 17:05:00

We don't need this power for BC and likely not even for LNG.

It is too expensive both in cost and for what will be lost on the lands.

Please reconsider and stop the Site C dam.

Thank you,

Kathy McGrenera
North Vancouver

KathyMcGreneraNorth Vancouver2017-05-16 17:06:12

I am very encouraged that a majority of British Columbians voted to either stop the Site C dam outright or to evaluate it properly before proceeding further.
This project must stop immediately until it can be properly assessed by BCUC, to ensure it does not become a multi-billion dollar millstone around the necks of future generations.
It is an outrage to destroy First Nations gravesites and significant archaeological sites. as well as prime agricultural land that will become more crucial in the future, for this project that is most likely not needed anyway.
I am totally opposed to the previous government of BC pushing this through as a political "monument" to their time in power.
It's time for BC to move to other more sustainable sources of power which will also create jobs and ensure our future.
It's time for our political leaders to listen to the voice of the people.

StanOlsonAbbotsford2017-05-16 17:07:13

Before you proceed with your maniacal plan to destroy Site C, read Psalms 2, after which you might have gained enough wisdom to not pursue destroying God's Creation for whatever stupid reason.

Karen Naiman Denver 2017-05-16 17:09:38

Site C dam is needless. It will destroy prime agriculture land and disrupt nature for what? It's time to wake up.

MichaelMillerHalfmoon Bay2017-05-16 17:10:01

NO B.C HYDRO DAM ON SACRED BURIAL GROUNDS AND SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT FORM THIS FOR POWER NOW.

johnpasquaEscondido San Diego County2017-05-16 17:17:56

British Columbia is not short of water, rivers or lakes. It is short of good agricultural land and this shortage will become all the more acute as global warming inundates our low lying agricultural lands adjacent to tide water.

The Peace River Valley is unique in British Columbia in running substantially east-west versus north-south as is the case for all other valleys. This unique orientation allows warmer coastal air inland to advance the growing and harvesting season by a couple of weeks in the spring and fall relative to nearby lands. Global warming may well increase the seasons still further, but that will be of little consequence if the fertile valley bottom is drowned by the lake that will be created by the construction of Site C.

In addition to the agricultural concerns we must also be cognizant of aboriginal rights and title, which have not been fairly provided for in the rush to build a damn we don't need, and can't afford, to produce power we can't sell to recover our costs.

Building yet another hydro electric dam will not develop our expertise any more than is already the case. To the extent we do have hydro electric expertise that might be exported to interested countries, it is very common engineering experience possessed by many other countries.

BC can and must develop renewable energy technologies through the coordinated efforts of BC Hydro and the province: geothermal, solar, wind, tidal, fuel cells, biomass and the like. Those are the technologies of tomorrow, and not only can they supply the additional power British Columbia needs, more locally and at lower cost, our developed expertise can provide international opportunities to offer that expertise as we acquire it.

We also need to develop a broad program of energy retrofits to our existing stock of residential, commercial and industrial buildings and improve the energy efficiency of all new buildings significantly.

The combined impact of renewable energy technologies and greater energy efficiencies will create tens of thousands of good, family supporting jobs across the province, far more jobs than could ever come to pass through building Site C or maintaining old energy solutions.

If British Columbia is serious about weaning our economy off fossil fuels and reserving our carbon resources for higher value uses than simply burning them, over the next 30 years, we need to start that process now, not in 29 years.

It is not too late to Stop Site C!

All political parties and all British Columbians need to be moving quickly and consciously towards our low carbon future now. Business as usual simply won't cut it if we genuinely care about the future for our children, our grandchildren and their children.

I urge all three parties to demonstrate genuine leadership in educating our people about the opportunities a low carbon economy embodies and investing in our low carbon future.

JefKeighleySurrey2017-05-16 17:22:16

There is no need for extra dams .We know technology will soon catch up with renewable forms available which will make dams obsolete.
They are too environmentally damaging.

JohnPalmerTrail2017-05-16 17:25:24

I want to see the construction at Site C immediately halted and have the BCUC review the necessity and feasibility reviewed properly.
We are not past the point of no return - the value of the land for agriculture and cultural heritage is irreplaceable.
The need for this power is also questionable.

Please, follow the democratic process and allow proper project evaluation.

JanaRonneVancouver2017-05-16 17:34:36

This project is all about politics. There are sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives. Why would we destroy this fertile valley, which has some of the richest soils in BC????? Our future food is dependent on the Peace region. Our electrical needs are not.

JuliePuetterNorth Saanich2017-05-16 17:37:28

The unnecessary destruction of a productive valley for power that we don't need nor will need since run-of-river hydro projects are a viable option instead.

KateFremlinNorth Vancouver 2017-05-16 17:40:05

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks.
Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.
It is absolutely inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible social, material, psychological and cultural destruction.
Regardless of the fact that the Site C dam is not a hydroelectric power necessary for our province, the planned placement of the highway is an unconscionable display of governmental arrogance! At least, it is a total disregard of the voices of British Columbians and other decent, voting Canadians.
Please, look at this issue once again. Use Google Earth and place yourself on this land. Then envision the Boon's home and a peaceful, sacred gravesite with a highway running through them - needlessly. Please use your position to stop such a senseless travesty.

LynnMcAfeeLindell Beach2017-05-16 17:43:19

Everything about this project concerns me. The loss of irreplaceable land, the loss of culture, the loss of habitat, the corrupt reasoning behind from an even more corrupt Christy Clark and her cronies. Stop this project and stop thinking only about your over inflated ego. Think about the future generations who will benefit far more from a natural landscape then they will from unnecessary hydro projects that are making corporations richer. Just stop.

KimKondraVancouver2017-05-16 17:47:28

I surely hope that all members of all political parties respect the wishes of the First Nations and all citizens of the Peace and elsewhere who want Site C STOPPED. We have to respect the desires of all who live and thrive in this area and have done so for thousands of years. I am hoping as a result of our election this project will end and all this wonderful class 1 soil will be retained for food production with historical sights preserved.

WendyProtheroComox2017-05-16 17:50:50

Dear Elected Officials,
I beg you to use all your influence immediately to stop any further construction or rather destruction in the peace river valley. The people of British Columbia have spoken and voted at the 60% level for parties that oppose this insane project. Our first Nations are opposed and are still contesting this business. Please, for once honour these people and do not yet again break your word by ignoring their legal claim.
That the dam is way to expensive, and will be even more expensive, because of the recently discovered unstable soil conditions on one side of the valley is undisputed. British Columbians will pay for this folly for decades.
Sincerely, Hannelore Pinder

HannelorePinderVancouver2017-05-16 17:55:04

1188 lazo rd

daaaaaaaaaaaaaa no brainer..no dam please

courtneypowellcomox2017-05-16 17:58:49

Leaders of all the parties in British Columbia government,

Please call a moratorium on ALL work on the Site C project until a comprehensive assessment has been done by the BCUC to evaluate alternate methods to produce energy which would be less destructive to the lives (human and animal) which are now being threatened with the project.

Our Prime Minister has stated an intention to honour First Nations and the terms of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The damage to First Nations because of the building of the previous dams on the Peace should not be repeated with this dam which, by many experts' reports is not now required.

It is accepted that contracts have been made to the various companies working on the project. It would be far better to stop the dam completely and pay the penalties than to proceed and have citizens owe billions of dollars for the next generations.

With climate change, the Peace Valley has the potential to produce food for residents of BC as well as to provide for those up North who have to pay great shipping costs. We cannot continue to rely on California and other drought-or flood-prone places to get our food. Please do not proceed with irreversible damage to heritage property at this time.

Carolyn L.HerbertNepean (Ottawa)2017-05-16 18:00:38

Way to much money , causing generations to be burdened with high debt. Damage done to Class A agriculture land. Irreparable damage to First Nations heritage sites. Devestation of eco-systems and the YK to Yellowstone wildlife corridors. To much damage to the MacKensie River Delta. Not enough long term jobs. displacments to long time residence.No social justice for the project,and No proper scrutiny of the mega project through the BCUC. I consider large Hydro dams as archiac development .There is much cleaner energy than methane producing, mercury infested fish infecting hydro dams.

VivianClarkeFort St. John2017-05-16 18:01:37

Just stop the desecration of this beautiful valley and do not forever deny us the agricultural productivity that it offers. AND
do not lumber our children with the massive debt to BC Hydro!

DickChudleyVictoria2017-05-16 18:02:40

I think it is a huge waste of money and land resources to build Site C dam.
It is not too late to stop this project altogether.
BC Hydro should move in alternative directions for energy needs.

TheresaHoodNanaimo2017-05-16 18:05:04

To continue at this time would be criminal in my mind. Please have the ethics and stop this.

AnnThomasParksville2017-05-16 18:06:55

This project is not necessary and will put the taxpayers of BC heavily into debt for years to come. This project will flood First Nations' lands, including burial sites and traditional hunting territory. If we truly believe in reconciliation we need to listen and respect the rights of First Nations. This project will food and destroy boreal forest, a key carbon sink. This dam will food an important wildlife corridor ––––– this makes the phrase 'super natural BC' very ironic. There is nothing super, or natural about a dam that will destroy an important wildlife habitat. This dam will flood class one farmland. We need to become more food sufficient, not destroy excellent farmland. The money for this project would be better spent on smaller projects, closer to the communities they will service (less power waste from the transmission). The money for this project would be better spent on conservation measures (reducing our energy consumption by building more energy efficient buildings, and retrofitting older buildings). The time for big, expensive, high carbon footprint projects is over. I have said over and over again a big NO to this project. Is anyone listening? I sure as hell hope so!

VernaStoneVictoria2017-05-16 18:08:47

Christy Clark is still campaigning and raising money from nameless donors. They are getting the direct award contracts.
She has little empathy for First Nations citizens, no business ethics and no guilt or remorse for destroying the environment.
She is good at kissing puppies if there is an opportunity for a photo op.
The Site C Dam is all about rewarding her donors and will never permit a BC Utilities cost/benefit analysis as she will look like a liar saying "the Dam is necessary". Liars can lead you to the gallows.
The two opposition Leaders should avoid being alone with her.
Advice: Sleep with your eyes open and carry a can of bear spray. A Premier who permits Grizzly Bear trophy hunting is a Head Hunter... your head will be framed, mounted and will rest on her mantle.
Fortunately, her days of remaining Premier are few.
Why would a person who produces fake news media events - flood miles of irreplaceable farmland, strip the forest, drown an ancestral burial ground and build an $12 Billion unnecessary Dam on a mud bank prone to earthquakes?

ArtBickertonVictoria2017-05-16 18:28:54

To the newly elected provincial government,
I have been voicing my concerns regarding Site C dam for more than a year, and need to do so again. I am hoping that you will halt this project, as it is not for the common good of the people. As is well known, productive farming land will be lost forever, and Canada is losing much of its prime agricultural land all across the country. Native Treaty Rights are not being honored, and the cultural and ancestral values of these lands are being completely ignored. Wildlife are again the victims of another development project. Development seems to be the wrong word here. When a project threatens so much and dishonors so many, it is not development, it's a tragedy.
We voted for change. We voted for hope, and a better way of doing business, rather than the same old destructive patterns. Many voters were sideswiped when Prime Minister Trudeau promised a change, indicated that we must change in order to mitigate the problems we will face, and are facing, because of climate change. However, he went ahead and did what the Conservative Party was going to do. So our B.C. government now has the opportunity to follow through on the change that we need. This mega-project will serve the needs of LNG and the fracking industry that is getting a more dangerous track record as time goes on, both in the incidence of earthquakes, and the amount of water used for the process. We cannot continue with these innocuous practices and cannot keep treating the everyday Canadian in such despicable and disposable ways. I feel such shame in these dealings.
Protect this area. Protect its people and its environment. Make use of the BCUC and lets encourage new businesses in better, more sustainable endeavors when it comes to energy use.

Sincerely,
Grace Hamilton

GraceHamiltonCanyon2017-05-16 18:35:58

this government has disrespected the wishes of the people stop this project now. lets put the money into solar and wind power

robert sundstromkimberley2017-05-16 18:36:32

I have read about studies done by specialists who deny the need of this dam, the outcome of devastation to the wet lands, to the homes of indigenous people, etc. and believe there is no necessity for the Site C Dam now or in the future. Listen to the people who are asking for justice in so many areas.

JaneTheakerArnprior2017-05-16 18:40:55

This is a project that should not ever happen. Old thinking has to go.
Stop spending tomorrow's money on yesterday's ideas, as the slogan puts it so aptly.

JudithWappNew Denver2017-05-16 18:44:40

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken!  Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks.  Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.  Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized.  This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians.  Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.
Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C.  Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.

allancrawshawVictoria2017-05-16 18:46:30

It's a waste of money, agricultural land and native territory.

The best case scenario is don't build it.

RogerRichardsonOsoyoos2017-05-16 18:48:09

First, Site C rides roughshod over First Nations treaty rights and threatens gravesites and archaeological sites.

Second, it would flood a vast swath of excellent farmland, land we will NEED in these times of climate change.

Third, we don't need the power and won't for many years, if ever. There is no economic reason for it but it will likely bankrupt BC Hydro which will then be sold off to private interests.

Third, with the billions of dollars it will cost, we could invest in green technology rather than relying on antiquated technology. The whole plan is in service of liquified fracked gas for which there is no market.

The Clark government has pushed this through despite all reasoned arguments against. It has begun decimating the land. Ongoing construction of Site C be must be curtailed RIGHT NOW until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

As you know, the BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to assess massive projects like Site C to ensure that they are indeed in the public’s interest and not politically driven projects.

The majority of BC voters voted against business as usual. There will be a great storm of protest if we see our votes are not being considered.

WE ARE WATCHING TO MAKE SURE OUR WISHES (THE MAJORITY OF BC VOTERS) AS SHOWN IN THE RECENT ELECTION ARE RESPECTED AND THAT WE ARE IN FACT REPRESENTED ACCORDING TO OUR VOTES.

We will hold your three party leaders accountable for your actions and your inaction. Too much is at stake to mess around with this. THE TIME IS NOW TO PROTECT RANCHES, HOMES, AND GRAVE SITES.

WE WILL NOT SIT IDLE IF OUR CLEAR VOTING CHOICE IS NOT RESPECTED.

DorothyFieldVictoria2017-05-16 18:49:15

It is not needed. You are not respecting Native issues. Why would you flood farm land.
You should be encouraging farms not getting rid of them.
Respect people's rights.
Stop the greed!

BarbaraLoweSechelt2017-05-16 18:52:20

unnecessary, a large step backwards environmentally, generally a bad idea

daryloneillpenticton2017-05-16 18:58:50

Please honour B.C.'s wishes to halt the Site C dam and have it assessed by the B.C. Utilities Commission.

I don't understand why you wouldn't want the utilities commission's green light on this controversial matter. Is it because you know they wouldn't give it?

Please reconsider what appears to be a very bad idea on a number of fronts, including the future success of your party.

MargaretTidswellVancouver2017-05-16 18:59:14

Site C dam needs to be stopped right now. It already went much too far!

BC needs to support the switch to wind and solar energy without further delay.

The destruction of arable land and clean water because of the Jobs Jobs Jobs paradigm has to stop. There is no Planet B.

Ankevan LeeuwenVictoria2017-05-16 19:01:09

Our society is moving away from power generated from this proposed source ~ Stop destructing and start using intelligence that tells us we must CHANGE
Hydro rates are going up and we will be shipping this power out at a huge subsidy....

The facts are available to us all. Stop this project now - and listen to the voters of BC. WE have spoken. The liberals are no longer ‘in power’. BC voters told you we want change. STOP this project

How Christy Clark can sleep at night knowing that the Boons and the Meeks will lose their family homes is beyond my comprehension.

STOP this project

*** I request that all irreversible harms association with on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized

DawnTitusWhistler2017-05-16 19:09:09

Site C Dam is not necessary. There is no business case.

The project will damage the best farmland in the Peace River.

The Project is uneconomical with short term jobs yielding long term debt for B.C. Taxpayers. Some of the jobs are for people from outside B.C. so those employees are not even paying B.C. taxes. Manufacturing of some of the required infrastructure is also contracted outside of B.C.

One of the contractors tried to advertise for temporary foreign workers but removed its ad when challenged by local workers and unions.

The BC Government is borrowing the $8.8 billion for the project. There will be no way to pay for the debt which will be passed on to future generations. As the power will have to be sold for prices lower than costs, the debt will continue to increase with no way of paying the debt.

BC taxpayers are already facing increasing hydro rates due to mismanagement by B.C. Hydro. According to the Edison Institute, the cumulative BC Hydro rate hike from 2007 to 2015 was 63.2%, more than 4 times the rate of inflation.

How much will it increase with the $8.8 billion loan?

Also the B.C. Liberals have been taking dividends out of BC Hydro to pay for the budget. They claim the budget is balanced but they have been robbing taxpayers with increased hydro rates. Since 2002, the BC Liberals have required BC Hydro to pay $6.4 billion in dividends to the BC Government to help balance the budget. BC Hydro has had to borrow some of that to pay the dividend.

The Project should have been reviewed by the B.C. Utilities Commission. The so-called independent review was anything but independent as it was contracted to Liberal donor, Frank Margitan, former vice-president of Kiewit and Sons. He picked two others, David Imper and Carl Jonasson, who had also worked with Kiewit, a company that has benefited from decades of government contracts such as the Sea to Sky Project, and the Port Mann Bridge. The company has earned billions from government contracts.

Then Gary Webster of KPMG reviewed Margitan's Review. Webster had also worked on the Sea to Sky Project and the Port Mann Bridge. KPMG is now commercial adviser on the $3.5 billion George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.

KPMG can hardly be called "independent" as it billed the BC Transportation Investment Corporation for $17.1 million and billed B.C. Hydro for $12.3 million from 2012 to 2016.

Incidentally, the Port Mann is going deeper into debt as it loses $80 million every year.

BC Hydro officials, Christy Clark's Office, and Energy Minister Bill Bennett's Office tried to suppress and discredit a news story by DeSmog Canada which exposed a 2016 BC Hydro progress report to the BC. Utilities Commission. The BC Hydro report noted that Site C had fallen behind on four out of seven key milestones and outlined project risks and reasons why Site C had spent more money than anticipated by the end of March, 2016. At the same time the BC Government keeps saying that the project’s overall forecast still remains on track.

The DeSmog Canada story, "quoted former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen saying that Site C was proceeding without due diligence, would lead to escalating hydro rate increases and was “scheduled to become a big white elephant,” a story later referenced by the New York Times.

So why are the BC Liberals forcing this unnecessary, damaging project on taxpayers? As usual, follow the money to be made by generous Liberal donors. They are reaping lucrative contracts which will grant them guaranteed income for decades.

Construction workers don't realize that the BC Liberals are sinking BC into deep debt which their grandchildren will inherit.

Christy Clark's JOBS JOBS JOBS are financed with borrowed money that can never be paid back by the project.

This Project is being forced on future taxpayers. It benefits insiders. There is no transparency. The processes have been unethical.

It is ignorant to borrow billions to destroy the rich Peace River Valley, the farmland, and the wildlife for an uneconomical project.

SusanJonesDelta2017-05-16 19:09:38

Hello elected and responsible Persons,

My name is Sean Leighland and I was born, raised and lived for decades in rural British Columbia. My disagreement with the proposed expansion of this hydroelectric work is in my very fibre/bones. The thought of such irreparable harm occurring, no matter how well intentioned the proposal, pains me to the quick.

What is BC is all about? Is this just another piece of Terra Firma to be bulldozed, exploited and permanently ruined in the quest to simply have "More"? Is there more to this than enriching, via more electricity, a majority living in the south? Or Is there no room for others to live and make an honest income in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world?

Please, please and pretty please come to your senses. The demand for this electrical power will pass soon enough, long before the demand for beautiful spaces exceeds supply - if it hasn't already>

Thank you heeding my request.

Sean Leighland

   2017-05-16 19:14:27

Too many times, projects impose destruction of peoples life, and wildlife, that were just living peacefully without disturbing us, citizens of big towns. Is this normal? I can believe this... What would we say if it was the opposite?

sylvieLefebvreBois-des-filion2017-05-16 19:17:41

I love the Peace...the beautiful valley, the people whose roots belong to this place for nigh on thousands of years and who still defend it for whom this is sacred land, the settlers who have taken a stand to save farmlands and the wild beings of this great, wide valley.
I can hardly express how much grief arises when I think that this valley will be flooded for no justifiable reason, in the supposed interest of humans who like to think that every decision has to be in their interests and in the disgraceful, money grubbing interests of Liberal politicians and their corporate buddies. There are so very many alternatives.

Stop if right now. Stop destroying BC Hydro as a useful Crown Corporation serving the needs of everyone. Stop if for the wild things, Stop it for your children and their children.
Wake up to what is possible.
Ask you heart...

JackieLarkin 2017-05-16 19:17:47

The BC election is NOT yet over . . .

Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

Shameful what's being done to people's lives and the environment . . . for a needless, monstrous mistake!

PLUS , , , ,

Tens of thousands of long-lasting, well-paying jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars resulting from lengthy transmission of power from the north to the south.

Do SOMETHING SMART . . .

STOP SITE C DAM and SAVE THE PEACE!!!

ElaineHughesARCHERWILL2017-05-16 19:20:20

Building Site C on the peace River would send a very negative message to the world about Canada. It's time to remove dams, not build them. The Elwha dams removal in Olympic National Park is illustrative of the more positive ecological and sociological approach.

EricBurrMazama2017-05-16 19:21:29

I find it extremely difficult to believe that you are actually going to go through with this! Are corporations the only thing you care about?? Is your party that desperate for corporate approval??

You will be destroying worlds. How are you able to justify any of this to yourselves?? How do you sleep at night?? or have you no conscience??

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.

Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

Stop before it is too late!!

GailMackiseyWinnipeg2017-05-16 19:21:47

I love the Peace...the beautiful valley, the people whose roots belong to this place for nigh on thousands of years and who still defend it, for whom this is sacred land. I love the settlers who have taken a stand to save farmlands and the wild beings of this great, wide valley.
I can hardly express how much grief arises when I think that this valley will be flooded for no justifiable reason, in the supposed interest of humans who like to think that every decision has to be in their interests or in the interests of disgraceful, money grubbing Liberal politicians and their corporate buddies.

There are so very many alternatives. We have the capacity to envision a different world. Let's seize it.

Stop if right now. Stop destroying BC Hydro as a useful Crown Corporation serving the needs of everyone. Stop if for the wild things, Stop it for your children and their children.
Wake up to what is possible.
Ask your heart...

JackieLarkinVictoria2017-05-16 19:23:43

Destroying people's homes, livelihoods and heritage at the whim of a government is clearly wrong. Site C must be stopped. It is an over-priced project that is not needed and will cause irreparable environmental damage as well.

Please fight to stop it!

Carlavan de VeldeVancouver2017-05-16 19:26:43

Everything I know about this project tells me that this whole thing is a bad idea and is most definitely NOT in the best interests of British Columbians:
The power generated by Site C is not necessary. Demand for power is currently flat, has been for decades, and as rates increase, the demand will fall. The LNG projects that the power was probably designed to support are not materializing (thank goodness) and we do NOT need this extra power!

Site C will create at least $5000 of debt for every household in BC.
BC taxpayers will be saddled with 70 years of debt from Site C so for a few short-term jobs in the north. Site C, even at its current cost, will not be paid off by BC residents until 2094 at the earliest.
BC Hydro is borrowing $9 billion, on top of its current debt of $76 billion to pay for Site C dam.That $9 billion could be better spent in BC: It could fund 54 secondary schools or 321 middle schools, many new hospitals and/or other green energy projects,

British Columbia has many cheaper and greener alternatives; geothermal, solar and wind are available at lower cost. Taking back the power available under the Columbia River Treaty is also an option.

The BC government did not send Site C to its own regulator, BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) even though the then chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain strongly and repeatedly advised that it should. This is completely unacceptable. At the VERY least, this project should go through a proper assessment process!!

I fear that this project was built to supply corporationswith low cost electricity, while BC ciitizens pay for it and get little to no benefit.
( Plus these corporations are mostly those who are INCREASING our carbon footprint and ADDING to the climate change problem at a time when we most definitely need to DECREASE our carbon output!)

This project will destroy (hundreds? thousands?) of hectares of valuable farmland and habitat for local species, it does not respect the ancestral lands and rights of First Nations in the area, and it is not necessary at all!

Please put a stop to this project NOW before more money is spent unnecessarily! Especially, put a freeze on further, irreversible destruction of the area until the election results are clearly decided and the legislature has a chance to review this project.

Let's put this money and energy to much better uses.

JudithLeaBurnaby2017-05-16 19:27:02

In an era of serious effects from climate change, investments for the future should be in sustainable measures to supply power and ensure food security. The idea of drowning a magnificent valley which could become the "breadbasket" of the province is SO outrageous in the year 2017 that I have no faith in the people responsible for this plan.

MarionJolicoeurRoberts Creek2017-05-16 19:27:44

Stop destroying, for power we don't need. Put the money and people into alternative energy and research.

RicMartinHouston2017-05-16 19:27:45

Its not needed. It floods a perfectly good Valley for no reason. Any power that will be needed down the road can be created with alternative methods at much less cost. UBC has studied the project and said it's not needed. It will bankrupt BC Hydro. Taxpayers will be paying for it for 50 years.

StevenSolomonCoquitlam2017-05-16 19:41:40

Not only is the surplus hydro electricity not needed in the forseeable future, but you are destroying very valuable farmland ,peoples livelihoods and destroying native heritage-their hunting and fishing grounds,heritage sites,etc. This whole matter should be taken to the Human Rights Commission and the United Nations . Alternative energy sources are cheaper and should be sought for future electric power generation !

Peter & MargaretHarsheninKelowna2017-05-16 19:43:31

People’s homes and gravesites are hanging in the balance right now!
Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.
We are NOT past the ‘point of no return’!

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Incoming government must use the BCUC
The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.
Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C. Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.

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

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

AsminChenVancouver2017-05-16 19:47:41

I believe that Site C dam is only about job creation.
We have to look at it if it serves the British Columbians in the long run.
I am worried about the rising costs of hydro for ordinary citizens of BC. I am worried about the environmental damage ( irreversible)that building of the site is is going to make.
The province should look at sustainable , environmental friendly sources of energy.

HelenaPerryNew Westminster 2017-05-16 19:52:10

It is not too late to stop the Site C dam and restore peace to the Peace. We need this farmland to grow food for the people of BC. We need this land to give homes to the animals and people who live on it. A majority of British Columbians voted for change in this most recent election and the results are still to be determined. To thie end, all irreversible harms associated with on-going construction of Site C must be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

The BC Utilities Commission was created specifically to assess massive projects like Site C in order to ensure that they are indeed in the public’s interest and not politically driven projects. Therefore, before any further work is done on Site C, the BCUS must do a review.

Now is the perfect time for you, as a party leader, to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you and your party truly represent us. You must act responsibly given the authority and trust that you retain even during this time of uncertainty.

You must make decisions and take actions which reflect the wishes of the majority of BC citizens. You must be held accountable for your actions as well as any inactions that you take at this time when people’s homes and ancestral grave sites are at risk. Please, honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in you.

KathrynRoweVictoria2017-05-16 19:52:48

BC has no need for more power and there are no prospective out-of-province customers. Rights guaranteed under Treaty 8 are being ignored. Irreplaceable farmland is being destroyed. Wildlife corridors and habitat is being destroyed. Taxpayers and Hydro rate payers will be saddled with huge hikes necessitated by a large debt.

JeanHicksChetwynd2017-05-16 19:52:57

I feel that the Site C dam is destructive to the environment, to wildlife, fish, and the rights of First Nations people. The agriculture potential of the valley is going to be critical in B.C.s future food sustainability. British Columbians know that the proposed dam power is not needed for domestic use. Building such a destructive dam for temporary benefits for offshore LNG plants is a crime against our own community.

The time to value and protect our environment is now. Stop this expensive and unnecessary project.

The flooded valley will be useless for many many years. Fish will die, the soft banks will slough off into the water creating a murky slough. The wildlife migrations will be forever interrupted. First Nations treaty rights will be violated. Agriculture lands will be lost.

Stop this destructive project now. Progressive, respectful, thoughtful and sustainable projects are possible and are what British Columbians need.

ColleenDallyDuncan2017-05-16 19:56:06

Irreversible damage & destruction of ongoing preparation associated with site C to stop immediately while there is so much controversy on its development
Is it really needed ?
What about agricultural land destruction?
Generational farms being destroyed for what reasons?
First Nations consultations and concerns?
More investigation and facts are needed!

GloriaPrescottVictoria2017-05-16 20:07:29

Hi
I have been an agriculturist my lifetime and I feel it will be a travesty if the farmland of the Peace is destroyed by flooding. There is only so much farmland on our planet so it will be a disgrace to loose it.
There are alternatives to a dam to produce electricity. I have had solar and lived off grid for 35 yrs. so I know it can be done.
Please realize that most people in BC are against Site C with the huge cost and stop construction now.
Thank you
David

DavidHamLasqueti Is2017-05-16 20:13:14

Please hold off on any further work toward the construction of the dam. In particular, avoid the destruction of homes or impingement on First Nations' gravesites.
The process thus far has not been a full hearing or disclosure of the information which led to the planning.
It is unclear that there remains a true need for this dam.
We need to hear from the BC Utilities commission and have full understanding of the ramifications of this construction.

Thank you for listening
Nancy Lanphear

NancyLanphearVancouver2017-05-16 20:14:54

To all BC Party Leaders,
According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

I request that all irreversible harms associated with on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

Please remember that the BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to assess massive projects like Site C to ensure that they are indeed in the public’s interest and not politically driven projects.

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening to the will of the people and that you truly represent us. You must act responsibly given the authority and trust that you retain even during this time of uncertainty. Please ensure that you take advantage of any opportunities at this time and in the near future, to make decisions and take actions which reflect the wishes of the majority of BC citizens.

You are held accountable for your actions as well as any inaction you take at this time when people’s homes and ancestral grave sites are at risk. You must honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in you.

SusanVanRooyKaslo2017-05-16 20:18:05

I don't live in British Columbia but I care a lot about the possibility that Site C Dam could be built. I also care about the fate Canada has condemned its First Nations people to live. It is a great shame in the eyes of the world and it makes me ashamed to be Canadian.

Please don't let it be built.

AndréeLepageMontréal2017-05-16 20:18:07

Dear Representatives,

We don't need the energy of Site C: many people are going solar, wind, or tidal. I'm installing solar panels on my roof in Vancouver and I know many doing the same. W DO need to preserve our scarce farmland, as California is not going to be able to supply all our needs in the future. Not to mention the Indigenous concerns which should be listened to. I will actively campaign against you if you support Site C!!!!!

EvelynPinkertonVancouver2017-05-16 20:20:07

Hello

I'm writing a letter to you in order to try and stop the site C power dam. For many reasons I feel it is not needed.

Building this mega dam will do many things but will not enhance the quality of life for the people of British Columbia.

If you would like me to give you more details I will be happy to provide them if you require me too.

Cheers!

Geoff

GeoffGerhartWhistler2017-05-16 20:27:12

We are strongly opposed to construction of the Site C Dam for the following reasons:
1. It would transgress on traditional First Nations territory and violate commitments that were made to First Nations under Treaty 8.

2. It would destroy some of BC's most valuable farmland and displace farmers, some of whom have farmed in the area for three generations. We would be doing this when climate change is poised to destroy the possibility that we can continue to import food from other countries while neglecting the need to retain and develop our own food resources.

3. Construction of the dam would cause irreversible environmental harm to fish and wildlife habitat.

4. There is no need for the electricity that Site C dam would produce and it would have to be sold on the market at a price lower than the cost of production.

5. The jobs produced by construction of the dam would be short term, while, at the same time our province was ignoring the need and possibility for developing long term jobs that would be much more environmentally sustainable.

6. The cost, estimated at some $9 billion would create a taxation burden for generations to come.

7. Thos project has not been referred to the BC Utilities Commission which is mandated to examine such projects before they are given government approval.

We know that none of these objections originate with us; they have been repeated over and over and over again. It is time for the government of B.C. to pay attention and cancel plans for this expensive, wasteful and destructive project.

Jim & EvaManlyNanaimo2017-05-16 20:35:02

I cannot believe the BC government keeps pushing this plan through. There is so much blatant evidence that it is NOT WORTH IT and the taxpayers of BC will be paying for it for decades.

Stop Site C Dam NOW before it's too late.

ShannonMcAllisterNelson2017-05-16 20:37:18

Mega projects destroying land that has more value as it is and has been for generations.

Please stop and await the results of the election. At the very least put this project to a comprehensive assessment by the BC Utilities Commission, which should have been done originally.

The number of jobs created through investment of alternative energies far surpasses what would be created long term on Site C.

Please pause and weigh your power and responsibility to ensure that your actions are in the best interest of British Columbians. Third generation homes and First Nations' gravesites hang in the balance right now.

SharonCrossCranbrook2017-05-16 20:37:30

People’s homes and gravesites are hanging in the balance right now!
Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. It is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

There’s no need to worry about job losses at the Site C construction site. Tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars resulting from lengthy transmission of power from the north to the south.

I ask you to please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of your power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

Anna LouiseFontaineLantier2017-05-16 20:43:17

The 'Peace' speaks for itself: peace in nature.

The Site C is a concern because it is not economically feasible, removes valuable agricultural land and a natural method of sequestering CO2. Why destroy it for the profits of corporations in the construction of a damn that provides cheap electricity for private enterprise and raises hydro rates. BC Hydro has a bad enough history; it doesn't need this albatross around its corporate neck.

Nature and its resources aren't a balance book, a ledger sheet. We can live in the area and preserve it for future generations.

Get back to 'Peace.' Those who live there, Indigenous and settlers, live more in harmony with the ecosystem. You don't know what you HAVE until you have LOST it.

Don't dismiss my concerns because I live in North Vancouver, too far from the Peace. My province is known for nature and beauty; preserve it that way.

ByronBonaNorth Vancouver2017-05-16 20:50:24

At least 57% of British Columbians want the Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC). The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro. Unbelievably (or not), in 2010, Site C was removed from the oversight of the BCUC. Generational farm family homes are slated for destruction. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. And if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. The demand for the potentially generated power uncertain, and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C. Tens of thousands of jobs could be created throughout BC if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. It is unconscionable to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

DianeMcNallyVictoria 2017-05-16 20:50:57

Please stop the ravaging of the Peace River valley for hydro electric power BC does not need. The destruction of a significant amount of agricultural land which BC will need is unacceptable. Add to those two critical points, the human cost which will be exacted -- the denial of First Nations' rights to consultation on the use of their land, as well as the loss of settlers' homes and livelihoods -- and it becomes clear that the Site C project is more than unacceptable, it is unconscionable.

The majority of voting British Columbians do not want this project to proceed. And since it has not gone beyond the point of no return, it can and should be stopped.

Please obey the will of First Nations, British Columbia's voters, and the settlers of the valley, both Aboriginal and others -- cancel this project. Future generations will thank you for it!

MayPartridgeNanaimo (Cedar)2017-05-16 20:51:48

We cannot keep developing farmland or else we will go hungry.

There are species at risk and endangered species. We are obligated to protect their habitats.

There are protected sites on both sides of the Canadian border. We should be expanding the protected area and not contaminating the land around it.

We are supposed to be repairing our relationship with First Nations peoples. Business as usual is no longer an option.

KatherineTalbotPrince George2017-05-16 20:58:07

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

People’s homes and gravesites are hanging in the balance right now! Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

We are NOT past the ‘point of no return’!

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Incoming government must use the BCUC
The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

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

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

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

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that they are listening and that they truly represent us. Remind them that it is their responsibility to ensure that the actions they take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians. Ask them to please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of their power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

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KennethRokKennethRokSXMadagascar2017-05-16 21:00:08

I am just stunned by the magnitude of this mistake. If a publicly traded company (and I know ,as I work for one) were to look at a project like this, there would be no justification, as the level of oversight and transparency at least within the company would bring it to a very quick end. From all I have read, there neither the financial or environmental justification for proceeding with this project. Flooding caused by a dam of this type will NOT provide clean energy, as the greenhouse gas emissions released over time by flooding the valley will more than offset any benefits (all you need to do is Google an article on this in the Washington Post to get the scientific background.

The lack of accountability on mega projects such as this is truly unfathomable. Politicians are rarely around to be held accountable for their mistakes, however the public will pay for years, and the ramifications to the communities, particularly the native population, will permanently alter the fabric of their lives for years. This project should be stopped.

MarcBrackenToronto2017-05-16 21:07:10

Site C dam is not going to create a lot of employment in the long run, neither will it be needed for electricity . the Site C dam will destroy peoples homes and wildlife . All for naught. Please reinstate the BCUC for assessment and oversight, in 1982 it was concluded that a big hydro dam like that was not justified.
Please listen to the people of British Columbia , the majority does not want this Site C dam . Please respect the wishes of the indigenous people and listen to the chiefs.
there is a lot of renewable energy available with wind and solar, please expand these options.
With hope, for a new government of BC for the people,

Josefine SinghEdmonton2017-05-16 21:09:28

Site C dam is not going to create a lot of employment in the long run, neither will it be needed for electricity . the Site C dam will destroy peoples homes and wildlife . All for naught. Please reinstate the BCUC for assessment and oversight, in 1982 it was concluded that a big hydro dam like that was not justified.
Please listen to the people of British Columbia , the majority does not want this Site C dam . Please respect the wishes of the indigenous people and listen to the chiefs.
there is a lot of renewable energy available with wind and solar, please expand these options.
With hope, for a new government of BC for the people,

Josefine SinghEdmonton2017-05-16 21:09:31

Site C dam is not going to create a lot of employment in the long run, neither will it be needed for electricity . the Site C dam will destroy peoples homes and wildlife . All for naught. Please reinstate the BCUC for assessment and oversight, in 1982 it was concluded that a big hydro dam like that was not justified.
Please listen to the people of British Columbia , the majority does not want this Site C dam . Please respect the wishes of the indigenous people and listen to the chiefs.
there is a lot of renewable energy available with wind and solar, please expand these options.
With hope, for a new government of BC for the people,

Josefine SinghEdmonton2017-05-16 21:09:31

Dear Premier Clark and party leaders Andrew Weaver andJohn Horgan,
I am writing you to express my concerns about the continuing devastation occurring in the treasured Peace River Valley because of needless Site C project.
The election results have made it very evident that a majority of BC citizens are opposed to this project and want it halted or at the minimum referred to the BCUC which should have happened before any construction proceeded. As you know the Joint Review Panel also made this recommendation.
A growing number of people across the Province are expressing concerns about how Site C will eliminate the last section of the Peace River that is running free and result in flooding a vast area of prime agricultural lands that have been farmed for generations.
In this age of climate change and global warming it is essential that we protect and preserve these vital and treasured ecosystems.
I am very concerned that by approving this project we are missing out on opportunities to be developing new technology's around renewable energy such as wind , solar and geothermal.
Finally, I believe it is essential that in this time we are following through with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which means we are having meaningful consultations with Treaty 8 First Nations and that without their consent this project should not proceed!
If you do decide to refer Site C to BCUC then I urge you and BC Hydro to halt construction until a final decision is rendered.
Respectfully,
Mike Gildersleeveto

MikeGildersleeveMission2017-05-16 21:10:03

We don't need it and we don't want it. Let's keep this magnificent part of so-called BC intact.

JoanJanzenVancouver2017-05-16 21:10:06

I am very concerned about the Site C dam. Concerned about its poor economic underpinnings. Concerned about the destruction to people's lives and cultures. Concerned about the loss of #1 topsoil, which will be needed as climate change results in the loss of arable land in the U.S. and elsewhere. Concerned about what the resulting excess electricity is going to do to small-scale solar and medium-sized local truly clean energy sources when BC Hydro refuses to buy it.
Please, restore some sanity to our province! At least delay this project until it is properly scrutinized by the BCUC or scrapped altogether. There are less monitarily and environmentally expensive sources of energy that will create more jobs, and closer to where people live, while simultaneously reducing transmission losses and less risky due to terrorism or natural weather events.

IanGartshoreNanaimo2017-05-16 21:15:18

- The environmental impact
- the fact that this project hasn't gone before the BCUC or other governing bodies
- the fact we are pouring BILLIONS of dollars into outdated technology for energy we don't need
- the fact we are continuing to erase the Native voice by literally bulldozing and flooding their land to an unrecognizable level.

and finally the fact that over 50% of this province voted for a change AND WE MAY STILL NOT GET ANY IF CHRISTY CLARK HAS HER WAY

TamaraHarveyVancouver2017-05-16 21:15:25

This dam seems to be politically driven and has not been given a comprehensive review as to whether it is needed and its true cost.

Over half of British Columbians opose the Site C dam. It would be nice to have a government that actually listens to the people it is purported to represent.

Rather than investing in a doubtful mega-project that will have taxpayers on the hook for decades, we should be investing in alternative green energy.

LornaRobinCrawford Bay2017-05-16 21:22:35

To the Leaders of the Liberal, NDP and Green Parties,

This is a time when the leaders of the parties representing the people of British Columbia must start to work together , must listen to the people of BC, must consider the longterm insanity of the project called Site C dam.

Please stop destructive action now until the new government can reassess the need, cost and environmental, cultural and historical impact of this project.
Please use BCUC as it was clearly meant to aid in these assessments. It should not be ignored because it gives you an answer you do not wish to hear.

Please do not push something forward at this time that will forever
tie your names to a destructive project that should be a thing of the past and that the citizens and the rest of the world frowns upon.

BettinaGemeinhardtDelta2017-05-16 21:28:47

No for site C no more wasting money and destroying our enviroment.

HussainAbboudCoquitlam2017-05-16 21:31:21

I am opposed to the Site C dam because of the enormous damage it will cause to habitat, wildlife, First Nations sites, farmable land and possibly the global climate.

Chris KolmelNelson2017-05-16 21:31:49

Too expensive. Destructive to the environment.
We should be forward thinking and using new, more environmentally friendly technology.

CaroleMortonCoquitlam2017-05-16 21:39:37

The environmental costs!

BradJonesEdmonton2017-05-16 21:42:56

It is totally unnecessary. We need more sustainable resource development like wind power. No fracking.
No bitumen travelling in our ocean. And flooding lands that are good agricultural lands but also the sites of sacred First Nations grave sites.

NaidaHydeVictoria2017-05-16 21:44:37

The B.C. Liberal government, in the past, has not listened to the grievances nor the protests of it's citizens.
Hopefully our recent election has sent a message to the Liberals that we would like to be heard and have a voice in the happenings of our province.
I have been against Site C dam since it was proposed.
I consider the Peace to be the most beautiful river in our province.
It will be a huge, irreversible mistake to flood it and I truly believe we will regret this mistake.
Our children and Grandchildren do not need us screwing up this province any more.
I realize most city dwellers don't have a clue about this great part of the province, but I beg the current governments to put this project on hold until it can be studied more thoroughly.
Christy Clark pushed this project through as quickly as possible in order to avoid opposition.
The year is 2017. Surely, there are more environmentally friendly ways to produce electricity rather than building another dam and screwing with Mother Nature.
For example, right before our government approved this project; there was a large amount of wind turbines being installed in the Peace Country; but, no, Christy dismissed those.
It is difficult to believe that a thorough environmental study was conducted.
I am hoping that, you, the N.D.P. and Green Parties will halt the project and conduct a study to collect all the information on the environmental impact of flooding this section of the Peace River.
With the flooding of the old highway, will there not be oils and pollutants seeping into this new lake for years to come?
How will that effect the fish and wildlife?
The soil under and surrounding the existing road can never be cleaned well enough to ensure no pollutants will enter the new lake.
(The regulations of building on old service stations make it nearly impossible to cleanse the soil, but apparently our government is above this).
Why is the government immune to regulations regarding the "Reparian Act?"
Citizens of B.C. have to follow extremely strict rules when it comes to living on or near a waterway.
These rules were supposedly put into effect to protect our streams, lakes, and rivers.
The Liberal government is not following any of the new laws they made law.

Our government has also ignored the voices of the pioneer farmers, local residents and First Nations who have protested this project from the beginning.
It will destroy their farms, burial grounds and archaeological sites.
These sites can never be recovered and we had just begun to uncover the archaeological sites.

Please research the disaster of the Williston Lake which was created by the W.A.C. Dam.
The flooding of this section of river was a "cruel" disaster to First Nations in the area and the lake is absolutely NOT recreational.

You now have the power to research this project in depth before making the decision to erase a gorgeous river forever.

Hopefully you will listen to the citizens who have elected change in our province.

Lena Jensen

LenaJensenOsoyoos 2017-05-16 21:49:02

Flooding precious farmland, putting at risk our food security in light of climate change.

Massive release of methane gas from the flooded and rotting vegetation.

The huge white elephant/boondoggle that this will be.

The massive hikes to our hydro for this unneeded energy project.
Much better to have smaller renewable energy projects on an as needed basis.

Money should be going to retrofits, energy efficiency projects, subsidizing solar panels.

The approval of this project was corrupt and should have gone through the BC Utilities Commission.

Flooding of sacred FN burial grounds. How would you feel if you grandparents burial grounds were to be desecrated and inaccessible?

A 2 billion dollar loss if preferable to a 9 billion debt and growing! The economics of this are flawed.

No social license! Where are human rights?

Please stop this madness.

JaneDevonshireVictoria2017-05-16 21:53:36

The site C dam has shown itself to be an ecolgic and economic disaster. The people voted against Site C. Don't deny us.!

Richard Bridge

RichardbridgeNelson2017-05-16 21:54:54

HI there,
Thanks for your work for our province.
I would like to ask you to please halt the work on the Site C dam, which is doing massive ecological damage for a dam that doesn't appear to be needed by British Columbians at all. Please insist that an assessment be done by the BCUC and that work be halted until this takes place. OR, better still, stop the project indefinitely and look to solar, or other sources of power-AND encourage British Colombians to conserve electricity and all forms of energy. When we lived for a while in Arizona, there were lower power rates for electricity use outside of peak hours and other incentives to avert the need for greater electrical generating.
Please do what you can to save the Peace.
Many thanks again for your public service,
Cathie

CathieMakaroffVictoria2017-05-16 21:57:03

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia UtilitiesGenerational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction. Commission (BCUC).According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.
The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.
Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C. Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.

AndreaLeeRichmond2017-05-16 21:57:24

Please discontinue work on Site C, at least for the time being, until the election results are completely known. Even if the Liberals obtain a majority, Site C needs to be stopped or at least referred to an independent commission.

We don't need the energy from Site C, and it will use prime agricultural land. Moreover, people's homes and aboriginal gravesites will be destroyed. Amnesty International is campaigning to stop Site C for these reasons.

TerryBridgesKelowna2017-05-16 22:03:19

Bulding a Dam in a Mud
Puddel a Very low IQ
better warn the People
down stream Christy's
Wet Dream may be
she can put her finger
in the dike

dennismoorecowichan bay2017-05-16 22:05:45

its time to wake up and use common sense, stop destroying this beautiful land there are other ways to get energy and you all know very well the energy that is out there.

RodInnespowell river 2017-05-16 22:08:21

This project is not needed and will result in higher costs for taxpayers for years. I'm concerned about the destruction of First Nations gravesites and the loss of critical agricultural land.

Stop this destruction NOW!

JanetFairbanksCourtenay2017-05-16 22:10:34

The environmental impacts of dams are too many to name, when you factor in the cultural impacts, the financial costs and that we do not require this extra power the dam would generate. It is irresponsible and unnecessary for the government to continue support of his project. The election has made it clear there is a very distinct divide and it would be prudent to listen to the millions of concerned British Columbians.

JerricaSheaAbbotsford2017-05-16 22:12:10

It is completely unnecessary and inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

Do the right thing for British Columbia.

MarciaBrownHalfmoon Bay 2017-05-16 22:20:58

It is unconscionable to flood these farms and First Nation gravesites without any evidence for the demand for the power produced by Site C Dam. There has not been an adequate environmental assessment nor is there ssocial licence for the project. Organic farmland has a tremendous value and we can ill afford to lose any more fertile land.

I urge all party leaders to take a step back from the precipice of the boondoggle of Site C before irreparable damage is done.

Yours truly,

HeatherMcLeanDenman Island2017-05-16 22:21:02

the dam will flood the most fertile farmland in BC and destroy 1st nations gravesites.

I fervently oppose Site C.

Trevor Greene

TrevorGreeneNanaimo2017-05-16 22:26:03

This project must be halted. It is old technology devised in an age when no one realized the harm that dams do to fish migration, wildlife corridors, sediment movement, endangered species, and the environment in general, not to mention long-standing communities. Now that we know so much more about these issues we have no excuses for wasting huge amounts of taxpayer money on mega projects like this. The money would be much better spent invested in alternative energy such as solar and wind, or in education on reducing our electrical usage.

Electricity is not green energy! Stop Site C immediately - preferably for good, but at least until an assessment by the BCUC. Independent scientists at UBC have declared Site C as being a boondoggle - a project that is not needed now, and probably not in the future if we can develop less ham-fisted ways of securing energy for our homes.

KarenDrysdaleSkookumchuck2017-05-16 22:39:06

Please, new government of British Columbia, save our province's most beautiful river.
We, the citizens, of this province, have voiced our disappointment in the past leadership.

Please put a stop. To a huge environmental mistake that can never be reversed.

My Grandchildren deserve to enjoy what I perceive to be the most beautiful river in our province.

LenaJensenOsoyoos 2017-05-16 22:53:34

My concern is the dam does not take into account the environmental or fiscal cost of the operation. We are not leader in green technology and we need to be. With strong diversity in other energy these concerns would be gone.

ScottRusselNanaimo2017-05-16 23:00:34

It negatively affects First Nations, local ranchers and farmers, floods valuable ag land, is already creating environmental damage to salmon habitat, and on and on. It is just a bad idea! There are alternative energy sources that need to be explored.

WhitneyLaughlinVictoria2017-05-16 23:03:10

I am alarmed at the arrogance of our human willingness to think that it is our right to rearrange this earth to serve our purposes. Especially when there are alternatives for this energy and it is not even clear that it is needed or makes sense economically. Most of us have accepted that climate change is a reality, but as soon as there is a tough decision to be made, we cave in the name of short term jobs and profit. We will all pay the price sooner or later.

RhondiHurlbutValemount2017-05-16 23:04:53

Site C is the epitome of what is wrong with BC.
Corruption in it's most brutal sense.
Destruction of the environment, disrespect to first nations, bankrupting the publicly owned BC Hydro...

It is time to STOP SITE C

JeremyWilliamspowell river2017-05-16 23:57:48

You know all the arguments. There can be no justification for this white elephant, this environmental obscenity. A few jobs for a few people for a few years, and then what? It's time we invested heavily in the green technologies that already exist.

STOP IT! NOW!

HilaryKnightVictoria2017-05-16 23:58:30

!) We don't need the power.
2) My grandchildren will be in their 80's by the time this dam is paid for.
3) There are better choices in 2017 than mega-dams to produce clean energy. Putting all our eggs in this basket has slowed the development of wind, solar, tidal, and geo-thermal energy.
4) It will destroy valuable farmland and in a province with so little agricultural land, that's extremely short-sighted.
5) Without these lands and waters, First Nations will be unable to practice their culture and many of their sacred sites will disappear forever.
6) The devastation of this watershed will result in the disappearance of many rare plants and animals.
7) The jobs created by this construction are short-term. We want sustainable economic development in the heartlands of BC- not the roller-coaster ride that government usually promotes.

I've visited the Peace Valley watershed and have paddled the river. I know what kind of a loss this dam will mean to the lives and the spirits of the people who have lived there for generations. It must be halted.

SusanDraperVictoria2017-05-17 00:13:43

My support to everyone and everything everywhere, to those who are defending our beautiful planet and cultures who live with deep respect for nature and wildlife

- we are in the process of destroying it

- money, greed and power is 'man-made' - it never came to any good at all!

suzanneaagaardboston2017-05-17 00:17:13

I am very concerned about the site C dam because it is destined for failure:
The silty soil is not a solid foundation
The Bennet dam is already showing signs of detoration which is essential for the Site C
Dams are dinosaurs and modern technology has replaced them so why push it
Fossil fuels are destructive to the planet so why use our water for fracking to squeeze out natural gas
Safer ways to save the planet....solar and tidal wave energy,geo thermal etc technology is always advancing
Why not use the wisdom of Dr Harry Swain as promised?
Why don't you honour your commitment to First Nations?
This is supposed to be a democracy and yet you expropriated the Boones land
Why are you destroying habitats for animals and a fertile productive land?
This is diabolical and destructive
Stop Site C

RosemaryPhillipsCharlie Lake2017-05-17 00:25:32

I am very concerned about the site C dam because it is destined for failure:
The silty soil is not a solid foundation
The Bennet dam is already showing signs of detoration which is essential for the Site C
Dams are dinosaurs and modern technology has replaced them so why push it
Fossil fuels are destructive to the planet so why use our water for fracking to squeeze out natural gas
Safer ways to save the planet....solar and tidal wave energy,geo thermal etc technology is always advancing
Why not use the wisdom of Dr Harry Swain as promised?
Why don't you honour your commitment to First Nations?
This is supposed to be a democracy and yet you expropriated the Boones land
Why are you destroying habitats for animals and a fertile productive land?
This is diabolical and destructive
Stop Site C

RosemaryPhillipsCharlie Lake2017-05-17 00:25:33

stop killing Mother Earth! stop destroying the lives of all the humans who live in northern BC

gailpiferVernon2017-05-17 00:31:33

the need for the power was not justified and further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

Sincerely,

Kalinke ten Hulzen

Kalinketen HulzenEde, Netherlands2017-05-17 00:41:57

I think this dam is unnecessary and destructive. It will, once again, flood First Nation's land and destroy valuable farmland. BC has limited fertile land and we should protect what we have.
UBC has written a report against the dam and at the very least, it needs to be assessed by the BCUC.
We need to be promoting and developing renewables, not creating massive destruction.

MarleneTriggsVancouver2017-05-17 01:04:12

2340 Arbutus Road

Please stop the Site C Dam and save the Peace River! Alternative sources of energy must be found. In this day and age it makes no sense to carry out an environmentally destructive project of this scale that also would destroy people's homes and gravesites. Most British Columbians voted for the Site C Dam to be either stopped, or at least comprehensively assessed by the BCUC. Please listen to them!

LindaRyallVictoria2017-05-17 01:33:01

Site C Dam is being built against our will with borrowed money to produce power we don't need. The interest over the next 70 years that it is expected to pay this off make the cost astronomical ! My great grandchildren will still be paying for Site C out of their old age pensions when they are in their 70s. This is absolutely irresponsible. Only the foreign banks will benefit.
But the obvious cost in money is only a small part of the true cost to us of Site C Dam. This rare and precious ecosystem with enough farm land to feed a million people, growing food in the north where it is greatly needed, should not be drowned to serve multinational exploiters and/ or the tar sands. The impact of Climate Change on California is already impacting thousands of acres every year, turning them to desert. The world needs food, we need food, half the world is already starving. To destroy this irreplaceable farmland in the Peace River Valley is inexcusable.
And the other outstanding reason, the other great cost to us of Site C Dam is the impact on the First Nations People for whom this has been home and heritage for thousands of years. It isn't just their home, it is their food, their medicine, their very life and identity. It is who they are. In Manitoba Hydro flooded first Nations land. Whatever compensation First Nations got didn't begin to replace what they have lost. Now the people there are no longer able to sustain themselves. They are dependent on aid, with high suicide rate among young people, drugs, alcohol, despair, overcrowded houses, they can't even drink their water there now. Is that what will happen to our indigenous people? I'm outraged! It's not just grave sites, its their whole life. It's also the wildlife habitat and migration corridors for countless birds and animals.
The brutal destruction of this beautiful valley and the impact on farm families, indigenous people and nature itself should stop immediately.
The money wasted so far is not nearly as great as the waste if Site C Dam continues to be built.

n  2017-05-17 02:09:30

The people of British Columbia have spoken! Some 57% of the electorate indicated through their votes that they support either outright stoppage of Site C, or at the very least a comprehensive review of the project by the British Columbia Utilities Commission. Besides the negative environmental impacts the site C dam will cause, precious farm land owned by families for generations will be lost. The road construction for this project also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Therefore, for these reasons, I believe this project should not proceed.

JustinQuannMount Pearl2017-05-17 02:48:37

Site C Dam is being built to produce power the people of BC. don't need, don't want, and can't pay for.
It's being financed with money borrowed from foreign banks.
The interest on that money over 70 years make the cost astronomical.
My great-grandchildren will still be paying for this out of their old age pension when they are in their seventies !!!
Climate Change is real, it is now, and the building of Site C Dam makes it worse, changing the climate in that arrea, and by serving the continued extraction of oil and fracked gas, to serve foreign corporations.
The flooding will increase the amount of methane released for years as drowned vegetation rots, making global warming worse.
The violation of the rights of First Nations and farmers for whom the Peace River Valley is home is scandelous. Canada should be ashamed.
The agricultural land being flooded could provide food for a million people. As temperatures rise and more of Californian farm land turns to desert we are going to need this irreplaceable northern farm land to grow our food.
In fact we need it now. Northern communities shouldn't have to truck food from California at high cost and emitting truck fumes, (GHG)
The Peace River Valley is important habitat and migration corridors for many birds and animals, and fish. It is important wildlife habitat. The brutal destuction of this beautiful valley is inexcusable.
The money so far wasted on dam preparation is far less than the waste which will result if it continues. Site C Dam should be stopped imediately.
The relocation and retraining of workers into clean energy jobs will be a bargain compared to continuing with Site C Dam.

Nancy WigenSalt Spring Island2017-05-17 03:00:38

People’s homes and gravesites are hanging in the balance right now!
Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

DawnOdonnellGreenfield2017-05-17 04:00:27

No government has a mandate that can affect other generations like this. No future generations should be locked into our current technology. I do not want this. I do not want LNG or our water resources to be taken my multinationals. I do not want more agricultural land or wilderness lost.

RiverGlenVancouver2017-05-17 05:52:30

Please stop the Site C dam, a comprehensive assessment by BCUC should be done before building the dam. There are other options and possible savings, as well as saving people's homes and tribal sites.

kathyhaverkampgeneva2017-05-17 06:12:14

In 1974 I got to travel on Williston Lake Reservoir and experienced a massive log jam in Omineca Reach. At that time the elevated temperatures in the region due to the vast area of the reservoir were not unwelcome, unlike the winds. Two decades on, the Pine Beetle infestation and Global Warming prove that mega project manipulations of landscapes have repercussions over many generations. Sandstorms now blow across the lake and surrounding lands from the eroding bluffs on Peace Reach. Nearly half a century after flooding Williston Lake has not yet naturalized or stabilized. Lake-shores slump and erode, surrounding forests are still falling into the reservoir and erosion bluffs expose loose silts and sands to wind storms. Site “A” WAC Bennett Dam is a costly abomination.
In investigating Peace Canyon Dam (Site “B”) and Dinosaur Lake, (Peace Canyon Reservoir) in 2012 I discovered that more than 30 Km. of reservoir banks are so unstable to be dangerous to approach. These are the most stable of the Peace River banks, dammed or not.
From Ft. St. John to Hudson’s Hope the Peace River Banks are mainly soft benches of unstable clays on top of shale. This is for the entire distance of a proposed ‘Site C’ reservoir of greater than 60-70 Km. Continual landslides, erosion & slumping is guaranteed here.
The flooding of the three main river valleys of Parsnip, Findley and Peace and countless tributary estuaries has introduced methyl-mercury into the food chain of the Peace River from its headwaters in Williston Reservoir. For those who are sensitive to mercury poisoning no amount of fish is safe to eat in Peace River. For others willing to take a chance there is a limit to the safe amount of fish that can be ingested. Wildlife corridors, farm land, archeological sites and fossil remains are all lost flooding this valley. The Peace River estuary into Athabasca Lake is degraded from altered flow rates from Site A and B dams.
Peace River Headwater power projects are a long way from the markets they serve. It has been estimated that 10 – 30 % of the power produced is wasted in transmission.
As a conservationist and I understand the need for sustainable energy for the future of Canada. I also understand the need for a healthy environment to support Canadians through wild fisheries, hunting and wild-craft gathering. I am aware of the services to humanity that healthy ecosystems provide at very least of clean air and water. Site C Dam proposal is never green and compromises these values.
I have been to Peace River at Hudson Hope and downriver every year since 2012 in support of Peace Valley Environment Association (PVEA), Hudson Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson, West Moberly and Halfway River First Nations and a host of others. I am a lifetime member of PVEA.
It is a grave error to proceed with Site C Dam. End it now.

JohnDafoeHalfmoon Bay2017-05-17 06:15:48

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

We are NOT past the ‘point of no return’!

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

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

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

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

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you truly represent us. It is your responsibility to ensure that the actions they take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians. Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of your power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

Janinebandcroftvictoria2017-05-17 06:40:45

Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment. Generational farm family homes are slated for destruction and imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. It is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

The ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C. The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

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

Finally, we need this rich fertile valley to produce food for BC. Why be dependent on imports? We could put people to work growing domestic fruits and vegetables to become a more self-sufficient province.

Carla ThiessenVancouver2017-05-17 06:54:55

Food security. Other places are tearing mega damns down. BC liberals have lied and % of people opposed to this project. Big $ in BC politics and corporate and government corruption. That's enough, but there is more.

EvelynHunterYoubou2017-05-17 06:56:00

The electricity from this dam is not needed now and may never be needed. It looks to me that the only ones to benefit from it will be the tar sands and the LNG operations, not the people of BC.

This project is so expensive that our children and grandchildren will be paying for it on their Hydro bills far into the future.

The Peace River Valley is a unique micro-climate in which fruits and vegetables can be grown that cannot be grown in many other parts of BC. This area is important for our food security and should not be flooded for a dam that isn't even needed.

Generational family homes and farms should not be destroyed to make way for this insane project.

It was unconscionable that the BC Liberals did not use the BC Utilities Commission to assess whether this was a good project for BC. Their authority was removed so that this dam could be built against all reasonable logic.

This flooding will destroy First Nations gravesites. This should not be allowed.

There are many other reasons this dam should not be built. It is not too late to stop this project.

EllenRainwalkerCumberland2017-05-17 07:18:30

Questions for all BC provincial MLA candidates
Is the Site C Dam proposal in the best interest of British Columbians?
Question #1 Do you think that the Site C Dam is a poor deal for taxpayers and ratepayers?
Background:
• More electricity than the current supply is not needed for residential or commercial use by British Columbians.
• Hydro rates for residential and commercial ratepayers will have to go up and BC Hydro debt will almost double if the government commits to build the Site C Dam project.
• Billions of taxpayers’ dollars will subsidize the liquid natural gas (LNG) industry for decades for Malaysian Oil and Gas Conglomerate (Petronas) or Shell Oil to profit.
• BC would lose important and necessary agricultural land, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, cultural and historic values in a region of the province that already shoulders more than its share of the burdens of development in this province.
• Losing a rich farm valley to flooding is neither “green” nor “clean” energy.
Question #2 Do you think nearly doubling BC Hydro’s debt while the corporation is unable to do anything but get further and further in debt just maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure is in the best interests of the taxpayers and ratepayers of BC?
Background:
• BC Hydro already has a huge debt of approximately $14 billion and a deferred debt of $4.2 billion as of Dec 31, 2012 according to their financial statements.
• BC Hydro is already burdened “…with $40 billion in signed contracts to purchase private power,” (Van. Sun, June 20, 2012). This is power that that BC Hydro does not need and the “…BC Utilities Commission would not have approved,” (Marvin Shaffer, Van. Sun, June 7, 2012).
• BC Hydro have committed to pay independent power producers over 2 times the market value of the energy, according to BC Hydro’s latest forecasts and the result will be significant losses each year, which will require rate increases (ibid).
Question #3 Should taxpayers and ratepayers be required to foot the bill for infrastructure and subsidize power rates for very lucrative large oil and gas companies?
Background:
• According to the provincial government, the Site C dam is needed because proposed liquid natural gas (LNG) projects require this energy (Vancouver Sun, Feb.15, 2012). “…we are embarking on the first liquefied natural gas plants in the world powered by clean energy,” Terry Lake (BC Minister of Environment), Times Colonist, September 25, 2012. To provide that energy, BC Hydro will incur further huge losses.
• “You can’t power up these huge [LNG] facilities without more power, so BC Hydro’s going to have to build Site C – we’re in favour of making that happen,” Christy Clark, Global TV, March 27, 2013
• “British Columbia’s power would be required to power up the [Enbridge] pipeline, from B.C. Hydro – a Crown corporation,” BC Premier Christy Clark said while speaking to students from University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy,” The Globe and Mail, October 2, 2012. This was not revealed at the environmental assessment hearings on the Enbridge project.
• BC ratepayers already subsidize hydro rates and will continue to do so – to the tune of $1 billion dollars over the next 4 years. We know that we can’t produce power anywhere near existing rates and it’s highly unlikely that industries, especially the liquid natural gas industry, can be cost competitive using hydropower over their own gas generated power.
Question #4 Shouldn’t the companies/industries be responsible for taking on the costs and risks associated with any electricity for their projects rather than taxpayers?
Background:
• BC Hydro annual reports show domestic demand for electricity has decreasedon average by about 5% since 2008 and could drop significantly more with a good energy conservation program that includes incentives.
• Recent government announcements have stated that increasing demand for energy from BC Hydro is to come from large LNG and provincial mining projects.
• SFU economist Marvin Shaffer has pointed out, “BC Hydro will lose tens of millions of dollars per year at each new mine if it provides power to them at the standard industrial rate,” (Van. Sun, June 7, 2012)
• There is extreme market volatility and uncertainty associated with these types of industries.
• Currently home and commercial businesses pay double the rate of large industrial projects like mines, mills and energy operations.
Question #5 Shouldn’t we bring back the oversight of the independent British Columbia Utilities Commission before we commit at least $7.9 billion from taxpayers for Site C?
Background:
• In 1982, the BC Utilities Commission examined the Site C dam proposal and rejected it as a poor investment for BC taxpayers and ratepayers.
• The Liberals also prevented public hearings into Hydro’s proposed rate increases (and decided to cap rate increases at significantly reduced rates) all without the oversight of the BCUC.
• Former BC Premier Gordon Campbell removed oversight of Site C by the BCUC in 2010, thus avoiding a rational review and possible rejection of Site C.
• There has been no independent, comprehensive economic analysis done for the current Site C proposal.

Question #6 Wouldn’t it be better to stimulate the economy by spending $8 billion on truly green energy with more long term jobs and cost effectiveness, if indeed there is a proven need for more power in the province?
Background:
• BC has developed little of its alternative energy (geothermal, tidal, wind, solar) power, which is rated as having some of the highest potential in North America.
• Conservation through retrofitting houses, businesses and industry can save massive amounts of electricity.
• Alternative energy projects provide a greater number of long term jobs than hydro development.
• There is an enormous need for education and training in many of the alternative energy areas, for example, plumbers skilled in designing and constructing geo-exchange systems.
• Wind power have been shown to cost less than 25% of the same amount of new hydro with a smaller amount of land impacted.
• Alternative energy and conservation projects can be built one house and one business at a time on an ‘as needed’ basis which makes more sense than incurring a huge debt up front for industries with uncertain markets.
Question #7 Do you support the largest removal of agricultural land in BC history and the loss of potential local food production for northerners forever?
Background:
• The Peace Valley has a unique microclimate that allows for food production in the North. It warms up about a month earlier than the uplands and is capable of producing valuable vegetable crops, even tomatoes and melons.
• Approximately 16,000 acres of prime agricultural land will be lost if Site C is built; including 6,500 acres of class 1 and 2 farmland, the only prime farmland north of Quesnel.
• This land would have to be removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and would be the largest removal a government has ever made from the ALR.
• Northerners would like to access to locally produced food, just like southerners in BC.
• Removing such excellent farmland from production would eliminate the potential of a 100-mile diet and its economic benefits for northerners.
Question #8 Do you think we should be destroying thousands of acres of boreal forest for the massive Site C Dam?
Background:
• Approximately 15,000 acres of boreal forest will be cleared if Site C is built; impacting wildlife and birds.
• Heavy oil and gas development has already had drastic cumulative environmental effects in northeastern BC; building the Site C Dam will serve to add to the fragmentation of wildlife habitat in the region. This has been demonstrated through the research conducted in The Natural Capital Analysis, Phase 1, recently completed by Global Forest Watch and the David Suzuki Foundation.
• The Peace River Valley is one of the only relatively ‘untouched’ areas left in northeastern BC. Retaining the valley in its natural state provides protection to wildlife including birthing habitat and wintering grounds.
• The Peace River Valley is home to over 20 threatened species, including grizzly bears, bull trout and red and blue-listed species like fishers and Northern Myotis bats as well as Canada, Cape May and Bay-breasted Warblers, Yellow Rail and Nelson’s Sparrow. These select migratory birds are considered species at risk.
• This part of the Peace region is also one of the most important wildlife corridors in the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Corridor Initiative (Y2Y).
• Loss of migratory Arctic grayling in the Moberly River, migratory bull trout that spawn the Halfway River and the mountain whitefish that rely on Peace River will also occur if Site C is approved.
• Mercury levels in fish in the reservoir will also rise, as they did in the Williston Reservoir behind the WAC Bennett dam upstream. This will affect the ability of local people, including First Nations to consume their catches.
Question #9 Do support going against the wishes of the majority of residents and First Nations in northeastern BC and spending $7.9 Billion of taxpayers’ money to build to Site C?
Background:
• The majority of people living within the vicinity of the proposed Site C dam are against the project.
• The Peace River waters and adjoining lands are critical as part of Treaty 8 First Nations’ historical, social, cultural and spiritual identity and provide vital resources to them.
• In September 2010, 33 First Nations signed a joint declaration in opposition to the Site C dam. Given this strong opposition one might consider the likelihood of extended and expensive legal and court challenges as a real possibility if Site C is approved by government.
Question #10 Do you think we should create a geologically unstable reservoir with banks that will erode and slide for decades, just as they do at the Williston Reservoir upstream?
Background:
• A recent geotechnical study stated that “The valley’s steep slopes make it prone to landslides like the one that blocked the river… in 1973”. Local residents are concerned about slope stability, sinkholes and landslides.
• There have already been 4 major slides as outlined in a BC Hydro report, Peace River Development Site C Project: Review of Upstream Axes.
• Since the beginning of the century the following significant slides are known to have occurred in the Site C project area:
• In the early 1900’s, movement or reactivation of the Cache Creek Slide at Mile 51 (Site C is located at about Mile 39, measured from BC-Alberta border);
• In 1957, failure of the north bank at Taylor Flats resulting in collapse of the previous highway bridge. The slide occurred in shale;
• In 1973, the Attachie Slide on the south bank at Mile 62. The slide occurred in the overburden and blocked the river for 10 hours; and,
• In 1974, failure of the north bank at Mile 31, cutting off the B.C.R. main line.
• An additional 25,000 acres is within proposed erosion boundaries and will be affected through designation as statutory-right-of-way. Much of this land is farmland whose potential productive capacity will be inhibited due to the instability and uncertainty of the land base.
Question #11 Do you think that the proposed Site C Dam project is in the best interests of British Columbians given that the need has yet to be assessed and confirmed by an independent agency? And, if the need were proven, then shouldn’t a range of alternatives be examined, rather than just focusing on hydropower?
Background:
• We need to reduce our carbon footprint by using our existing resources more prudently.
• Hydroelectric dams are not carbon neutral and produce huge volumes of methane gas and other pollutants.
• In terms of concerns about climate change, dams and their subsequent methane release is a very significant concern that, in the case of Site C, is completely overlooked.
• “Methane is not only the second most important gas contributing to global climate change but traps heat energy in the atmosphere more effectively than CO2. It is 33 times more potent than CO2 over a 100 year period or 105 times more powerful over a 20 year period. In other words, short term releases of methane can do more damage than CO2 emissions,” The Tyee, Andrew Nikiforuk, Jan 10, 2013.
• Megadams increase debt, result in double-digit rate increases to residential customers and destroy prime farmland, heritage sites, First Nations’ lands and wildlife habitat.

JohnDafoeHalfmoon Bay 2017-05-17 07:20:08

This project is a continuation of First Nations' rights violations and environmental destruction that this country has somehow normalized. Let's not make decisions now that we will be apologizing for later. May your conscience guide you to the right decision for the thousands of animals, human and otherwise that will be harmed by the creation of the Site C Dam. Please stop Site C immediately.

LoriFletcherPrince Albert2017-05-17 07:35:07

Please review the building of the Site C dam. It is very cost expensive and there are other options like geothermal projects and wind energy to produce the power we need.
Site C will destroy precious agricultural land as well as family farms, first nations grave sides and not to forget the wildlife corridor. Should we not think about to produce more of our own food than to import so much from California?

UrsulaKundRose Prairie2017-05-17 07:37:39

- some 57% of Bcers voted to stop Site C dam or be assessed fully by BCUC
- people's homes and grave sites hang in the balance right now
-- not oast no return point because by June 30 up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized, e.g.,demand for power uncertain
- job losses could be met with development of wind, solar and geothermal sources of power

JohnConnollyNelson2017-05-17 07:50:20

This project is not only a waste of taxpayer dollars that will leave us in debt for 70 years but a complete waste of valuable farmland and vital ecosystems. Flooding this valley will destroy the homes of families that have lived there for generations and destroy important and rare habitat for thousands of threatened wildlife. I urge you to reconsider and stop this project!

Sincerely,
Karen Wilson

KarenWilsonGolden2017-05-17 08:13:11

Dear BC Leaders,

I request that all irreversible harms associated with on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to assess massive projects like Site C to ensure that they are in the public’s interest and not politically driven. This assessment has never happened and a project of this scale should not proceed without it.

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening truly represent us by acting responsibly to maintain British Columbians trust during this time of uncertainty. I encourage you to ensure that you take advantage of any opportunities at this time and in the near future, to make decisions and take actions which reflect the wishes of the majority of BC citizens.

Sincerely,
Shelley McKeachie

Shelley McKeachie Denman Island2017-05-17 08:21:28

We do not need the power, the cost is astronomical, the environmental and social damage is huge and irreversible and so un-needed!

Pay attention!

"The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. "

RuthRiddellSaltspring Island2017-05-17 08:29:27

In this time of climate change which will bring drastic change to farm lands throughout the world it seems stupid in the extreme to drown prime agricultural lands in an area that is more likely to become more productive as the world heats up.

The analysis done using Hydro's own data that demonstrates that Site C is at best a while elephant whose debt will become a further burden to the children of today and tomorrow who will have to face the destruction of the world because of said climate change.

There is no justification to continue this boondoggle which the BC Liberals pushed through for their own gain and not that of the province, the country, or the world.

Of course, the primary reason to stop the building is because the First Nations, upon whose land the dam would be built, have not given their permission and therefore it should be dead in the water (bad pun) from the get-go if we are to honour either our own constitution and decisions of the Supreme Court, or the international treaties.

DaphneKelgardCranbrook2017-05-17 08:37:11

I am deeply troubled about the Site C Project. The massive environmental Damage being done to the area is unnecessary. This project will be supporting a dirty energy project, natural gas.
This is such a short sighted solution to our energy needs.
Please use the moneys diverted to the Site C project, to renewable, clean sources of energy. This would provide more, widespread, permanent employment without the massive destruction of habitat and continued pollution from the natural gas industry.
The effect this hydro project is having on the people, wildlife and vegetation in the area is unfathomable. The changes to the environment are permanent. It is a disgrace.
Please put a halt to this project immediately and start repairing the damage already done.
Thank you for your consideration.
Marion Bouchard

MarionBouchardAgassiz2017-05-17 08:41:24

- Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks.
- Imminent road construction threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.
- Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

- We don't need the power and I don't want to have to pay for this unnecessarily expenditure for decades to come.
- Alternative energy sources are cheaper to build and more environmentally responsible.
- Developing wind and solar energy will create jobs (more sustainable jobs).
- The dam sacrifices important agricultural land (especially considering the future of climate change, droughts in California).
- How can we take this land from the local First Nations people during a time of reconciliation? We cannot be seen as "all talk, no action". This is an international embarrassment (see Amnesty International Report: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/site-c).
- Methyl mercury will be elevated in fish in the reservoir. This has health impacts for First Nations people.
- UNESCO is warning that the dam could impact our World Heritage Site Wood Buffalo National Park (Canada's largest park). https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/03/13/UN-Calls-for-Site-C-Review/

- NO SMART PEOPLE THINK THIS PROJECT IS A GOOD IDEA. AND IT'S STILL CHEAPER TO STOP!

SarahGibsonVancouver2017-05-17 08:43:43

The dam will go significantly over budget to produce Hydro /electric at a higher cost than it is projected to be sold at the current LNG Processing arrangement. The LNG project has been in the tank for quite a while now, so stop the bleeding of taxpayer money.

charlesbakerSurrey2017-05-17 08:52:39

I and my neighbours stood on the defoliated banks of the Arrow Lakes in the Columbia River Valley in the 1960s and watched as BC Hydro burned our homes to the ground. I vowed at that time that if this were to happen in the future anywhere else in B.C., I would be there to stand and fight with the people who were faced with the same life-altering situation.

I recall how the Social Credit party of the day disinterred all the graves from our cemeteries along the lake and moved my father's and all others' remains to cemeteries near where their families had been displaced. However, in many instances, the very cemeteries that were excavated were nowhere near the elevation that floodwaters would have affected them. As usual, the B.C. taxpayers funded all this unnecessary waste of government resources.

People's homes and grave sites are hanging in the balance right now along the Peace River. Generational homes are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Road construction also threatens First Nations' gravesites and archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

VirginiaSmithSummerland2017-05-17 08:57:36

I am very concerned about the building of Site-C dam. I want it stopped completely. It is not financially viable, it is not environmentally sound, it is cruel and disrespectful to the indigenous peoples of BC and the local farmers. It ruins a lot of very valuable farming land and it is not needed electricity. It will cost rate payers a lot of money for no benefits to us while hurting many people, animals and natural terrain. It is a stupid political plan and should just be scrapped. Period...

DulcyWilsonSalt Spring Island2017-05-17 09:03:03

As a taxpayer of British Columbia, I am deeply concerned about the Site C dam. In this day and age of checks and balances this project has not been given a thorough investigation nor has there been any consideration regarding the best interests of all British Columbians.
I am disgusted by this current government's 'ram-rodding' of the site C dam. Due diligence in the form of a thorough review of taxpayer financial load, displacement of wildlife, first nations rights, not to mention that we are supposed to be working toward green energy that is not destructive on our environment, has not been investigated with the time and energy deserving of a project of this magnitude.
57% of British Columbians do not want this project to go ahead!
I do not want to foot the bill of Site C dam, it is a huge waste of time and energy and money. I want money to be put to better use, looking at green energy solutions. Not the same ole, same ole. I want a vision for British Columbia that will benefit our children and grandchildren and not burden them with astronomical electric bills.
I want to leave the Peace River Valley intact so that it can continue to provide agriculture, be home to the fauna and flora that belong there and leave the sacredness of First Nation people's graveyards in peace.
Please put a stop to the site C dam.

CindyWhiteheadSalmon Arm2017-05-17 09:16:40

Dear Premier Clark, Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver,

Please add my name to the growing list of BC citizens who are alarmed at the process by which the Site C dam has been decided. The BC Utilities Commission is a critical component in these types of large provincial projects and must not be side stepped by individual political people.

The current procedure is a destruction of our hard-fought-for democracy.

Please initiate an assessment of the Site C project by the BCUC.

Sincerely,
Ross McCoubrey

RossMcCoubrey150 Mile House2017-05-17 09:25:02

In my opinion this dam is not necessary.

At this time there is no need for the dam and doubtful that it would be needed in the future. To destroy the agricultural land and land used by many species is inconceivable in my mind.

As you are an elected official, you should be listening to the people of this nation. They include Indigenous people who are have been actively fighting in the courts to protect their land for many many years, farmers, activists, nature seekers, and all travellers to that region. The imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.

It is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

Hear my voice which is one of many!

SusanSheehyVictoria2017-05-17 09:43:08

I don't believe that British Columbia needs the site C dam. we don't need it because we have plenty of power. with the way that resources now are going "green" we should implement better managed resources like solar power, wind power, etc instead of destroying thousands of acres of land.

The generation of farms that are slated for destruction because of this ridiculous project needs to be stopped immediately.

Stop the destruction and look at other options.

NathalieGirouxHope2017-05-17 09:45:56

This project is not right for BC or Canada.
Proper assessment and re-evaluation is needed before moving one step forward.
At an estimated cost of 9 billion this dam is not necessary and is old thinking.
One of the the most important dwindling resources is farmland and the issue of food security is much more important for BC than the already abundant power generation.

Furthermore hydroelectric dams generate huge amounts of methane gas, a greenhouse gas approximately 40 times more potent than carbon dioxide over 100 years.

BC should more toward cleaner more modern energy technologies thus creating far more green energy jobs (Geothermal, hydrothermal, solar).

Lastly the changes this dam will create to the ecosystem and biodiversity in the area will be disastrous.

WarrenBranderVancouver BC2017-05-17 09:46:47

907 Graythorpe Place

Freeze all work on Site C construction until the final provincial votes are counted.

Then look again at the costs and benefits of building the dam.

As a former resident of Ft. St. John, who was involved in the first Site C hearings, I know that the a proper public hearing conducted under the oversight of the BCUC is the democratic way to proceed on assessing this project.

To date we have seen "act first" "ask permission later".

We are not past the point of no return.

The world energy picture is changing rapidly. BC needs to reassess energy production based on shifting technologies, especially the dramatic drop in the cost of solar power.

Food self sufficiency is becoming a larger issue all the time.

We need the Site C lands for food production. We also have an obligation to consider the First Nations issues in the area.

MaryBomfordVictoria2017-05-17 10:01:45

When a person can't actually afford the new vehicle or home they have borrowed money to own, the assets are repossessed.

We the people of BC believe it is time to "repossess" Site C.

We can't afford it and to saddle ourselves and future generations with a scheme that may or may not entice off shore interests to locate in BC is not looking like a very wise move.

Flooding agricultural land as well as increasing impacts to the larger ecosystem capable of feeding so many British Columbians, when we only need to look as far as California to see what is happening globally to food supplies, would be "stupid". The fact that it is actually proceeding in such a hurry means that it needs to be "stopped"; even if the hole already questionably preempted is considered to big to be stopped.

That such productive land is located in northern BC must be seen and respected as the boon it is for British Columbia's ability to adapt to future, predicted regional climate change.

Please reconsider our grave mistake.

Thank you,

Linda WilliamsSechelt2017-05-17 10:03:28

Stop this dam! I was born and raised in this community and the first memory I have is hauling water on the Bentley farm with my grandmother, and my grandfather worked. We do not need this dam. We all vote and pay our taxes, and the BC Liberals have not taken our concerns into consideration at all. Wildlife, archaeological sites, medicine plants, farm land, burial grounds are all going to be decimated, not to mention the human level of anxiety that this atrocious monstrosity levels against the people who have lived on the land for generations. Peace River has already been raped and pillaged with two dams! ENOUGH leave her alone. Leave us alone and let us live in peace with the Peace River. The money alone to build this dam is appalling. My granddaughter is five, she will be paying for this dam!!!!! I work for non profit housing and the bills my low income clients are trying to pay for is outrageous. BC Hydro muscles' them into paying all of it or getting cut off. Even with young children. Is that what the BC Government has come to "Mob mentality" Pay up or we will cut you off!!. Makes me sick that this is where our Government has the BC tax payers. and consumers are forced to pay for already expensive hydro. STOP THIS DAM!!!!!!! It's not to late to make it right.

Maxine MeaseFort St.John2017-05-17 10:06:59

My husband and I live in Victoria - mild winters, right? Middle class, middle-aged couple, no dependents, we shouldn't be worrying about Hydro bills. Yet our Hydro bills are eating an ever larger portion of our income, despite the fact that we have all the bells and whistles - double glazing, insulation, the works. And we only heat one room through the cold season!

Now imagine how tight things must be for a working-class family with children, or for a single parent!

And this is before we even start paying for Site C!

It is unbelievable that this white-elephant project has gotten this far - but you now have the best chance in years to stop it! Please work together to heal the relationship with Treaty 8 First Nations, save farmland that can provide food security in an era drought and climate change, save B.C. families from sky-rocketing Hydro bills, and reduce the humongous provincial debt that Site C would cause.

Jobs, I hear you say? Well, here's the math: 50-60 long-term jobs (according to BC Hydro's own figures) will cost the province $9+ billion! Imagine what you could do with this money if you put it into renewable energy. Or education. Or health care. Or retrofitting buildings, building a world-class transit system. Any of those things would create many, many more jobs right where we need them - across the province, not concentrated in the north-east.

Study after study has demonstrated the high values of Peace valley farmland, and the lack of an economic rationale for Site C.Have you seen the most recent UBC study about SIte C economics? Damning!

Now is your hour. You have a historic opportunity. It's in your hands.

AnaSimeonVictoria2017-05-17 10:18:45

* We do not need it for starters...
* We have excess energy - specifically electricity - anyway
* Remember the Columbia River Treaty anyone? - we are not even anywhere using that source and in fact are selling it back to the US as reduced prices! Would someone like to do a study on how poorly this is being managed when we are selling our EXCESS at a discount yet wanting to build another site and sell the energy to us at a higher price... Will someone please get sensible economists, and accountants on the job here!
* Use the money budgeted for this poorly considered project to promote and expand alternative green energy means and methods.
* Here is an option - start promoting solar energy and make it mandatory for every house / building to have solar. Not only does this create jobs - loads of them - we move that much closer to being green in actuality.
* And we cannot forget the potential loss of significant land - land that is not only farmland, it is home to people, wildlife - if we go ahead with this dam.
* We need to stop this relentless and mindless march to destroy and decimate all for the sake of votes.
PLEASE STOP THIS DAM. I stand firmly and forever against it.

JenniferLittleRichmond2017-05-17 10:26:20

Please halt Site C Dam.

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.

Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

Thank you.

Mark MGieseRacine2017-05-17 10:29:13

Dear BC Party Leaders:
Site C is proven to be a waist of TaxPayer funds and is NOT needed for more power!! It is imperative that we invest in alternate ways of generating power instead of destroying precious agricultural and indigenous land!
NOW is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you will truly represent us. It is your responsibility to ensure that the actions you take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians. PLEASE take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of your power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

ParisVoykinSouth Slocan2017-05-17 10:37:01

My first concern is that the past Liberal government felt it was perfectly OK to flood acres and acres of arable land, land that would be able to feed thousands of people, in order to generate electricity to power LNG projects. It would appear at this time that these projects will never get off the ground, so this land would have been flooded for no good reason.

People have lived and farmed in this area for many generations, land having been passed down from generation to generation. I ask, How would you feel if this were your inheritance being ruined? First Nations grave sites and other archaeological sites are destined to be desecrated. Again, I ask, How would you feel if your loved ones' remains were to be treated in this way? The First Nations put great store in their ancestry and the resting places of their ancestors. It is unconscionable for this work to proceed when this damage is irreversible. The graves can not be replaced and the archaeological artifacts can not be retrieved. This is, indeed, shameful on the part of the present Liberal government.

It is not too late to stop this lunacy, for lunacy it is. According to the Site C Economics' report, $1.65 billion could be saved if this project were brought to an end by the end of June 2017. So it is not too late to stop this project. With LNG not going ahead the demand for the power that would be generated by Site C is doubtful. I have read that this would be extremely expensive power and that it might have to be sold at a loss. So the taxpayers would once again have to pick up the tab for the folly of a government. (I refer here to the fast ferries ....)

I find it remarkable that the past Liberal government did not heed the findings of the BCUC, who in 1982 concluded that the need for the power from Site C was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal or wind should be undertaken by BC Hydro. In 2010, then Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C. Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of, and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment. At this point in time the government of BC MUST refer to the BCUC and all aspects of Site C must be examined before any further work is done.

There is a claim that Site C provides jobs. Be that as it may. How many of the current work force are actually BC residents? Any jobs that do not materialize from Site C can be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar, and geothermal were pursued. Tens of thousands of jobs can be created this way. These new technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction, and can be built on an as-needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars resulting from lengthy transmission of power from the north to the south.

Now seems to be the perfect time to rethink this project. The actions taken by present government must be in the best interest of all British Columbians. Acres of arable land are threatened; homes that have been in families for generations are threatened; First Nations territories and grave sites are threatened; wild life is threatened.

In conclusion, it is not too late to put a stop to this construction. We are not past the point of no return. We can save the beautiful Peace Valley and its agricultural base. We can save homes that have been in families for generations. We can save First Nations grave sites. We can save archaeological sites and artifacts. We can develop better and cleaner energy by the use of geothermal, solar, and wind. Jobs can be created using these new technologies. We can save billions of dollars and put this money to better use in the creation of better energy production. The current government must consult with the BCUC and abide by their findings. It is high handed, arrogant, and disrespectful to British Columbians not to do so.

JeanettePaisleyLangley2017-05-17 10:44:59

If we put our resources into getting a country of renewable energy, we would have no need to have a dam and the native burial places would be reserved and the farms would be able to feed people. How about so,e vision for now and for our children and their children.

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JudiMorinVictoria2017-05-17 10:45:07

My concerns about Site C... are the same as everyone else's,who live up here in the Peace Country. It was not needed 45 years ago.and is not needed for Millenniums to come...Christy Clark and her Liberal Peons are attempting to shove this useless project down the throats of the B.C. tax payers at a cost that is so enormous..that our Children's children will be paying for it for most of their natural lives..!! Environmental damage at this point is huge !! but reversible.B.C.Hydro and the liberals have attempted and failed to get this Huge Boondoggle to the point of no return!! Native grave sites will be washed down stream..and countless others will be displaced for NO LOGICAL REASON..!! The BCUC was designed specifically for the reasons Cristy Clark,Hydro are ignoring..!! And this has to STOP NOW !! All active construction that is happening as of this day!! MUST CEASE!! Until a proper investigation by the BCUC has been conducted,and information is made Public into the short sighted decisions that were made by B.C. Hydro and the Liberal Shills...We love our peace Valley..MORE THAN YOU IDIOTS LOVE YOUR JOBS..!! We will stand and fight for Democracy..!! and our Mother earth..you remember her don't you??She is that Ball of dirt that you sick bastards keep raping and pillaging for profit.

RichardCooperChetwynd2017-05-17 10:59:26

It's not necessary. It's destructive. It is inhumane and will cause irreversible damage to the environment and many, many people's lives. It is wrong to proceed. It is right to STOP the Site C dam NOW!! Please do what's right before it's too late. Please listen to the majority of the people in this province.
Thank you.

CelesteRobertsVancouver2017-05-17 11:08:34

BC taxpayers have a right to be concerned about this desecration of prime farm land. Not to mention the cost that we are going to have to bear for a project that is not needed. This should have gone to a referendum or at least been assessed by the BC Utilities Commission When people are saddled with a loan of this magnitude they usually go to their banker and apply and agree to pay back what they have borrowed. People do this to improve their lives in some way. This is a loan that we are expected to pay back without any consultation from us. Wayyyyyyy too dictatorial. So Ms. Christie Clark the last election gave you a message about what people of BC think of you and your dictatorship and dishonesty. People of Canada are starting to speak up against politicians for not doing the will of the majority and making bad decisions in spite of what Canadians want It's our money you are spending carelessly.

MarieClarkTaylor2017-05-17 11:11:06

No need to reiterate allthe reasons i have already written about...lack of need for power, boondoggle mess for C Clark and wealthy supporters, loss of valuable farmland, destruction of First Nations hunting and fishing and of a world heritage park Wood Buffalo Park and on and on. No more evaluation, just STOP CONSTRUCTION IMMEDIATELY and take this white elephant off the books o we never have to go through this again! And get busy developing wind, solar and geoyhermal ASAP!
Susan Quipp, Victoria and Mayne Island, BC

SusanQuippVictoria2017-05-17 11:17:44

this project is not financial responsible

AnneFredetteSooke2017-05-17 11:21:55

First Nation's grave sites and archeological sites are threatened by the construction of Site C Dam. Please stop this project and hear the concerns of the first peoples of Turtle Island. We are human beings and have every right to be taken seriously when projects do more harm than good to Earth, and the answer is "No", respectfully. I pray for blessings to the company and the decision makers to close this project.

LenaHinkHanceville2017-05-17 11:53:21

We should be exploring new energy alternatives. There are other ways to create energy, there are no substitutes for ancestral lands, people's homes and graves. Not to mention farmland, soil that has taken thousands if not millions of years to form, and habitat for countless flora and fauna. Do we need this energy right now? Apparently not. We need to quit supporting outmoded technology, and move into more sophisticated thinking. This area cannot be recreated and will be lost forever.

SherrySooleWhite Rock2017-05-17 12:45:21

I am dead set against the Site C dam for so many reasons. Here are the top 10:

1. It will destroy large areas of unique and irreplaceable habitat for wildlife.

2. It will interrupt the life cycles of many species of fish, including completely cutting off the salmon run.

3. It will flood valuable farmland.

4. It is against the wishes of the indigenous people who have lived there for millenia.

5. It is against the wishes of the farmers and other land owners who live there.

6. It is unecessary - BC doesn't need the power.

7. It is insanely expensive. There are cheaper forms of non-fossil fuel energy that should be developed instead.

8. The power generated will most likely be sold to the US and Alberta for cut rate prices which means all that environmental devastation won't even be making BC any money.

9. It is undemocratic to carry on with a project that so many BC citizens and tax payers are opposed to.

10. We are not past the point of no return. The land could be reclaimed, creating many jobs in the process.

Please scrap this ill-conceived and illogical project.

TamaraHenryMeadow Creek2017-05-17 12:48:03

Please respect the wishes of the people and give them and their land respect.

NorisNunezJersey City2017-05-17 12:50:25

I attended meetings with B.C. Hydro in Dawson Creek at least 10 years ago where 99% of the people were against the dam being built. If Hydro had listened to people back then we wouldn't be facing the dilemma it is in now.

Because it has dumped millions into it at this point the powers that be are considering going ahead with the project so that all that money won't be "wasted".

I'm sure you have heard the saying about throwing good money after bad, and this is one of those situations.

At this point the Site C Dam has been reviewed by most of the world and has been deemed to be an extremely bad project that is not needed and will create huge debt for future generations of B.C.ers.

STOP THIS PROJECT NOW before it goes any further. Listen to the people, the scientists and the intelligent people of the world like Dr. Harry Swain.

The Incoming government must use the BCUC to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of the dam and return the oversight of the BCUC to Site C.

STOP listening to the people that want to make a profit from completeing this insane project.

LaurieEmbree108 Mile Ranch2017-05-17 12:58:02

This project is not needed for our future power supply. The oil sands are over. So it will not be needed there. Please consider a future without fossil fuels and then we won't require a Site C dam.

MaryMartensChase2017-05-17 13:27:49

The fact that we are submerging arable land is insane. Utterly totally psychopathically insane.

OLammToronto2017-05-17 13:48:58

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.Family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks.

Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural harm this project poses.

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that they are listening and that they truly represent us. Remind them that it is their responsibility to ensure that the actions they take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians. Ask them to please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of their power and responsibility when the destruction of First Nations’ gravesites and third generation family homes hang in the balance at this very moment.

ChloeSpeakmanVancouver2017-05-17 14:07:38

- loss of farm land and people's homes
- loss of First Nation's gravesites
- impact to the environment
- the power is not needed
- the dollar cost of the build

The election results should that 57 % if BCites voted for the Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, have a comprehensive assessment of the impacts by the BC Utilities Commission.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

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

MirandaWilliamsArmstrong2017-05-17 14:26:55

I do not believe in destroying people's livelihoods, their history and their economic well being for the benefit of corporate greed. This dam needs to be stopped.

As we suffer terrible flooding and historically hot summers, the production of food will become ever more difficult. Destroying fertile farmland in order to build an outdated dam is just wrong. Other countries are decommissioning their earth dams as inefficient and dangerous.

Other methods of producing power are becoming cheaper and less invasive by the year. We are late to the idea of geothermal energy and need to take our cue from other "ring of fire" nations that use it so effectively. If Germany can use solar and wind power for a significant percentage of their needs, so can we! Our energy use has flatlined for years so we have the opportunity to investigate and invest in less destructive and more efficient methods of power production. It is time for the common good to prevail over corporate insensitivity.

Please stop this dam now.

CaroleEylesSAlt Spring Island2017-05-17 14:55:36

I am opposed to continuing the Site C project because it threatens our precious agricultural land and gravesites and archeological sites inherited by First Nations.

Let us not believe that we are dependent on a point of no return financial story. There are other points of no return including the destruction of the land and promoting the production of hydroelectric power beyond the needs of today and the foreseeable future.

IreneWrightSalt Spring Island2017-05-17 15:06:13

As a Canadian, I am concerned about the following issues in regards to the Site C dam:

People’s homes and gravesites are hanging in the balance right now!

We are NOT past the ‘point of no return’!The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Incoming government must use the BCUC. The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

There’s no need to worry about job losses at the Site C construction site. Tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars resulting from lengthy transmission of power from the north to the south.

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

Party leaders must honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in them! Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that party leaders are listening and that they truly represent us.

Alison MerkelOak Park2017-05-17 15:19:58

John Horgan
Andrew Weaver
Christy Clark

The site C dam will destroy some of the most fertile land that British Columbia has. It is one of very few rivers that flow west to east and that is of importance when you consider the capability of the alluvial soils to produce food. With the thousands of people that are on the verge of starvation in this world and the knowledge that we cannot simply find "more land" it is imperative that our leaders work together to stop the Site C dam from proceeding any further down this path of destruction.

The removal of this land from the protection of the Agricultural Land Reserve without following due process and the lack of independent and thorough examination and cross examination of the BCUC is a travesty of justice and shows a weakness of the presiding government who give the appearance of not trusting the processes put in place to examine projects such as this. What are they afraid of?

In closing I want to stress the need to halt the building of this dam at least until the open and transparent examination and cross examination have been forth coming.

Karen GoodingsCecil Lake2017-05-17 15:40:20

Please stop Christy Clark's crime against the people and the environment of the Peace River. It is well documented that this project is unnecessary, and bad economically, and for any attempts at reconciliation with First Nations.
It appears that the majority of voters in the last election clearly opted for the 2 parties that were against the devastation of the Peace River Valley.
In my opinion those 2 parties must now work together in the interests of the voters who supported them. First priority must be for this illegal work on Site C to stop.

John HillianVictoria2017-05-17 16:08:02

Please stop this reckless project that is destroying homes, gravesights and valuable farmland. I voted Green in this election because I want Site C not to go forward and I believe we don't need it to meet our energy needs.

GabrielaHirtVictoria2017-05-17 16:18:37

The destruction of valuable agricultural and environmentally irreplaceabe land, fauna and flora/trees, plants. Wildlife and waterways. Go the love of ours and your children, grandchildren step away from this destructive, economically and energy unnecessary generationally debt burdening project

JennaLaFranceBurnaby2017-05-17 16:19:03

I understand this dam is not required and will be a drain on taxpayers of BC for many years. The construction should be stopped now, remediation begun, and the project submitted to BCUC oversight.
I request that party leaders consider the information about this dam, and that a solid majority of BC voters voted to stop dam construction or have it assessed by BCUC, transparently and publicly.

RowanKeegan-HenryVictoria2017-05-17 17:05:35

Dear BC Party Leaders,
I'm asking you all to stop the Site C Dam development, now.
I think it's clear that the electricity generated will not be necessary, that other ways to generate electricity will become more cost efficient in the near future, and that resources can still be developed if that is the will of the people of BC.

Most importantly, development of Site C Dam would undermine our relationship with the First Nations, whose traditional territories would be destroyed, and whose means of remaining close to the land and their traditions would be jeopardized. Treaties we have signed would be broken, I believe, regardless of recent court decisions.

Please, let us move beyond the Big Project/Resource Extraction model of buying votes in the guise of creating economic prosperity.
Here, with Site C ,all we will have is tremendous debt, in billions, and a tragic, anachronistic monument to politic hubris.

Please,please, think again and let wiser heads prevail, for the sake of all our futures,

Sincerely,
D. Woodward

Dorrance`WoodwardDenman Island2017-05-17 17:13:40

This is a deplorable state of affairs that this is carrying on despite the studies showing showing all the reasons that it is a collolso waste of money and the most pristine farm land in the province it is unbelievable to me that with all the studies that have been done it is proceeding Christy Clark only purpose is to have it provide power for her ridiculous projects that are not wanted incredibly destructive and only serve her corporate government nothing more these projects need to be stopped and First Nations and people of area need to be supported with all the care their concerns are putting forward

SusanEvansSaanichton2017-05-17 17:14:29

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.
Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.
According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.
We need to save our planet one step at the time and governments have an inherent responsibility to act in the interest and well being of all concerned, not the interest of greedy corporations etc., enough corruption has already been taking place and it's time for us to turn things around and save ourselves from ourselves. Enough is enough, stop the nonsense. We can do so much better and create a safe and clean environment for beings on this planet. Whatever individual politicians do to add towards the destruction of our planet, will have to deal with their conscience one way or another, no human being can escape their own karma, regardless of who they are.

sincerely

Franziska

FranziskaNonnenmannToronto2017-05-17 17:28:09

Dear newly elected leaders,

I am writing to request that the Site C dam's destruction of the Peace River be immediately halted and the dam to be sent for review by the BC Utilities Commission, as should have happened before any trees were clearcut in the Peace.

As people’s homes and ancestral grave sites are imminently threatened, all harms arising from the violent imposition of Site C should be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are clarified.

As you know, the BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to assess massive projects like Site C to ensure that they are indeed in the public’s interest and not politically driven projects that mainly benefit party donors at the expense of the taxpayer.

Now is the time to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you truly represent us. I ask you to act responsibly given the authority and trust that you hold, and I hope you will honour the faith that British Columbians have placed in you.

RitaWongVancouver2017-05-17 17:42:36

Generational farm family homes will be destroyed. Imminent road construction threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. A large percentage of BC residents have very strongly indicated they are against the Site C Dam.

Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this provincial election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction - particularly since it has been shown that building the Site C dam is NOT necessary for the production of more hydro power. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro
The $1.65 billion in savings from stopping the building of the Site C Dam can be put towards many needed things such as affordable housing, alternative energy projects, affordable childcare, etc.

Tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars. A win-win situation for all!

LynnBurrowsNanaimo2017-05-17 17:46:37

This dam is completely unnecessary.

DianeToddNanaimo2017-05-17 17:55:25

57% of British Columbians just voted for the Site C dam to be stopped or at least assessed by the Utilities Commission. Projects of this magnitude must be in the public interest - not advanced for political ends.

The need for the power generated by this dam has not been demonstrated. If we actually need the power that will be generated, less destructive alternatives must be examined.

In less than two weeks, the homes of the Boons and the Meeks are scheduled for destruction. Road construction also threatens First Nations grave sites and significant archaeological sites.

All irreversible harms association with on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

A thorough non-partisan assessment must be carried out.

KathieWoodleyCourtenay2017-05-17 18:23:25

This dam is based on old data, and is threatening First Nations' sacred land and family farms! Pull the plug!

BobbiBartle-ClarVictoria2017-05-17 18:44:34

There is absolutely no need for this damn. Research has shown that BC residents will be paying off this unnecessary dam fir decades. We have enough hydro sources, according to scientists, economists and other experts. To destroy this furtive land is pure evil and completely wrong. Please reconsider this dam and educate yourself without party ideology poisoning your decision.

* a former Victoria BC resident who had to move from BC to AB for a heart/lung transplant. Would be great if the gov't invested more in health care.

LoriWebberEdmontin2017-05-17 18:58:12

My committment to work to stop Site C Dam construction is still alive especially considering the results of our election in BC. I still an convinced there are less destructive ways to meet our energy needs and thereby conserve habitat and our beautiful Peace River Valley.

ColleenCampbellGold River2017-05-17 19:12:12

This dam is not required. The cost of it has not been made public, with the Liberal government pretending they have balanced the budget, when in fact the money for Site C is listed as a capital project and we are not given the facts about its cost. It will flood thousands of acres of prime farm land which may be desperately need in the future - especially if drought conditions, due to climate change in California continue to weaken production in that state. It is being built in the name of jobs, when in fact we could be using the money to provide real sustainable energy, without such irreversible damage to our environment. We fought against this dam, and won, over 40 years ago. Now we are put in the same position again, only the plan this time is to make the dam even larger! It sickens me that we are about to destroy a huge area of B.C., destroy even more animals and their habitat for the sake of putting big equipment to work. And this even as earthquakes are often started when large dams are filled. Stop this idiotic project - for everyone's sake.

LindaHarringtonNakusp 2017-05-17 19:28:17

If we want energy for future generations then it is time to think about other options.
Solar
Wind
Tidal

William Droeske New Westminster 2017-05-17 19:46:01

Please halt the Site C project in order to benefit our economy, our agricultural lands and our neighbours.

The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

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

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

The Site C project has no merit. I do not want to be saddled with the economic and environmental ruin this project ensures.

Please stop this project now.

ChristineHoVancouver2017-05-17 19:50:10

I ask you to take the Site C dam to the BCUC to be reviewed. They are the body that is in the publics interest and the decision to build this dam should not be politically driven. The BCUC was created in the early 80's specifically to access massive projects like Site C and that is what should be done this time around.

I request that all irreversible harms associated with on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

If you are listening and truly represent the people of BC, then I ask you to act responsibly, given the authority and trust that you hold with the people during this time of uncertainty. Please make decisions and take actions that reflect the wishes of the majority of BC citizens.

As a leader to BC, you must be held accountable for your actions as well as any inaction you take at this time when people’s homes and ancestral grave sites are at risk. Honor the faith that I have placed in you.

DanielleLaymanFort St. John2017-05-17 19:58:55

Please stop Site C now, it is not too late. This is not what most thinking British Columbia voters want, nor is it what generational farm families want, nor what the First Nations' people want. Listen to the voices of the people - consider our future, your future.

RobertMulvinVancouver2017-05-17 20:04:13

I am a Canadian citizen, and I am very concerned about the Peace River inhabitants and it's importance in providing food for Canadians, for the North and the South Canadian population. It si essential for Canada's economy to be more self-sufficient.

FrancinePortelanceKelowna2017-05-17 20:35:21

I am a Canadian citizen, and I am very concerned about the Peace River inhabitants and it's importance in providing food for Canadians, for the North and the South Canadian population. It si essential for Canada's economy to be more self-sufficient.

FrancinePortelanceKelowna2017-05-17 20:36:43

I have many concerns about the Site C Dam. I am also continuously inspired and reminded of courage when I think and hear about the individuals, families and communities who have worked so hard to protect their rights and self-determination, as well the land and wildlife of the Peace River Valley.

First and foremost, the Site C Dam project is in violation of Treaty 8 and the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed consent.
The legacies of the existing dams on the Peace River have shown the effects of large reservoirs on wildlife, as well as the rights of peoples to hunt, trap, and fish. We know many of the same effects will occur in the reservoir formed behind the Site C Dam. Further, we know that due to cumulative impacts the dam and reservoir further endanger species at risk.

People working to stop the Site C Dam have raised concerns over the imminent loss of their homes and of important cultural sites. I cannot understand how our governments can continue to prioritize industry and ignore people.

I also believe that the Site C project is an irresponsible project for the BC and federal governments to support. The project has previously been assessed by the BCUC on more than one occasion and deemed unnecessary and unwise. The project needs to be assessed again by the BCUC, or alternatively terminated because of the wealth of information that has already been gathered through government and independent study, and which has shown that the project is not needed and will cause significant environmental and social harm. Finally, I continue to be concerned that BC Hydro has only been allowed to pursue development of Site C, to the exclusion of all other energy developments for the past 15 years.

In 2013, I conducted my master's research with children and youth living in the Peace River Valley to learn about what they knew and wondered about the proposed Site C project. By now, many of these children and youth will either be in high school or even graduated.
As an educator, I am disheartened that children and youth are being raised alongside a project that directly threatens the environment and cultural heritage of the place where they live. I am also disheartened that children and youth across the province will bear the legacy of a project which they did not choose and which has undermined potential innovations in sustainable energy and social development that we need.

LisaDumoulinNanaimo2017-05-17 21:18:16

It is unnecessary for power generation in B.C. It would supply power to the tar sands in Alberta and to fracking projects in both Alberta and B.C. This is also unnecessary, especially since we should be eliminating use of fossil fuels, and cannot meet our targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction if we continue to use these outmoded fuels. We signed the Paris Accords. We must honour our commitments.
The land that would be lost if the dam were to be built is prime agricultural soil, desperately needed in a world of growing populations and increasing droughts.
There are many endangered species in the area in question. All that would be lost.
The land in question is unceded territory of many indigenous people, with great cultural significance to many tribes. They have said clearly that they don't want the dam.
There are very few long-term jobs to be gained from this project.
The BCUC was set up to monitor this project . It was against it 35 years ago. It should be reinstated and allowed to determine whether it is any more necessary now.
The tax-payers of this province would reap none of any dubious potential rewards, but would be saddled with the exorbitant costs for generations to come, even though there are many more effective and much cheaper alternatives.
We must stop raping our country in attempts to sell resources that would be better left undisturbed.

AgnesWattsVancouver2017-05-17 21:21:58

This project is an exercise in insanity. Period. Not one whit of economic, environmental, or social sense. Christy Clark's payment to her political party supporters is not a good enough reason to dig a trench let alone this multi-billion dollar boondoggle. Grow up, political leadership. It's time to put the bigger picture in place now.

RobynLawsonPort Coquitlam2017-05-17 21:28:44

It violates First Nations rights. It is not necessary. It will destroy habitat for wildlife & humans.

DawnBrightAbbotsford2017-05-17 21:36:21

I have voted for the Green Party during BC's Provincial Election because they have promised to close down the Site C dam. I am concerned about the loss of precious farmland, how can anyone ignore First
Nations' gravesites! How can the Liberal Government decide that jobs
on the site are more important than the future of our coming generation
who are in dire need of farmland.
The Economics are also a sore point to us consumers. It is our Tax money that is being wasted on the construction and to know that
all that power eventually created has little likelihood to be sold for a
profit to other countries makes me shake my head in disbelief.
I urgently request a re-assessment of the whole project before it
proceeds with the project.

NachikoYokotaNorth Vancouver2017-05-17 21:42:09

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DavidSauttDavidSauttFKJbeil2017-05-17 21:54:55

3535 old Okanagan Highway my concerns are the vast amounts of land that will be flooded and the.

I work in the Kinbasket Reservoir outside of golden BC and Valmont to the American border the USA

and the vast amount of damage this system has done to the environment for the benefit of the Americans.

It is managed by BC hydro and the benefits are supposed to be for all those living in BC the unceded land of the First Nations people.

so if this dam goes thru who will it really benefits with the rates are paying today for electricity.

so I can't see why we need this expensive project if we can't afford the power today. Dixon terbasket

DixonTerbasketWest kelowna2017-05-17 22:06:03

* wanton ecological destruction - loss of habitat
* loss of rich farmland
* violation of First Nations' land rights and sacred sites
* failure to have BCUC assess the need for power
* temporary job creation is no excuse to ignore these other issues.

Stop Site C now. Please.

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VirgildodiaVirgildodiaZBLa Primavera2017-05-17 22:18:41

I have many concerns about site C...

1) it is not needed and seems to be nothing more than a legacy project for BC liberals/ Clarke

2) Harry Swain, the chair of the joint review panel, has come out publicly saying that site C is a bad idea, he doesn't go any farther than the economics because he doesn't have to. Hydros own numbers show they will never make our money back on this project. Harry Swain should know, hydro was supposed to give him all their info, either they didn't give him everything, or they are lying now to get this project happening. Either way, that's fraud towards our province. Someone should make hydro execs testify under oath so see what they actually have to say then. I'm willing to be it will be a completely different tune.

3) BC Hydro can't afford it, and neither can BC. It will break our province, leaving future generations to pick up the tab.

4) it has has been exempted from BCUC scrutiny because they have already said NO to it twice. BC liberals also had to dismantle, weaken, and destroy the ALC and remove large amounts of class 1 farmland from the ALR, just to make this thing look legal, seems like a hidden agenda somewhere.

5) it is being built into mud and shale slides, it can not, and will not hold for its expected life. (the other two dams up stream are both built into solid rock, and one of them stands a chance of collapsing already)

6) the only people who have ever said it is a good idea have staked their careers on it and therefore are now trying to push it past the point of no return. Only people who are associated with the BC liberals or work for BC hydro think its a good idea. Those same people are all hoping to work there until they retire, while the rest of us pay the bill. KPMG and SNC Lavallin both of which did reports for the government and hydro about site C are massive donors to the Liberals, they also happen to be among the worlds most corrupt companies. So I wonder who's best interest they have in mind.

7) many people who work for hydro think that it is a horrible idea, but are scared to speak publicly.

8) there is a giant sink hole in the WAC Bennett dam, although hydro says publicly that they have solved the problem, I have talked to many dam experts and engineers (some of which worked on trying to fix that particular sinkhole) who say that that dam is not stable, it will eventually collapse and wash out. So why build another much smaller dam downstream?

9) we have cheaper and better ways of producing power now, but the industry will never innovate or expand if site C is built as they will all be pushed out of the market. Large hydro electric dams are 1950's technology not 2017's

10) What is left of the Peace river valley is very precious and needs to be preserved. We can grow all sorts of vegetables and fruit down in the valley that simply will not grow anywhere else this far north. We grow cherries, plums, apples, watermelon, peppers, eggplant, giant pumpkins, corn and many other foods that simply won't grow just a few miles away and out of the valley. Scientists say that this valley will feed 1 million people, destroying it will be a huge blow to future food security in the north.

11) hydro doesn't have a clue what they are doing, we watch them all the time. they are so unorganized its not even funny. It seems as if not even they can believe what they are getting away with. They seem to be just trying to spend as much money as possible to get "past the point of no return."

12) when they came onto our land they started mulching right through Archaeological sites, in some places they mulched the ground over a foot deep. the contractors told me they would be bringing archaeologists in to dig up the sites at a later date. Ask yourself, honestly will any graves, arrow heads or any other artifact be left in tact after they have run a mulcher through them? Nope, that is cultural genocide at its finest!

13) the current highway 29 realignment is the worst possible route that could have been picked for a highway. Let me explain... if site c is built, my house would eventually fall into the reservoir, but bc hydro has decided to realign the highway through my house... from a taxpayer prospective, that makes no sense, why would we want to rebuild a highway every ten years as it continually falls into the lake? why not put it farther away? hydro doesn't care, they only have to pay to build it once, and look after maintenance for 10 years, they won't even have the valley flooded by then, then they will turn over all responsibility to MOTI (the taxpayer) and MOTI will have to pay to rebuild the highway the second, third and fourth times.

14) the hills around the actual damsite are sliding every day, they are unstable, you cannot build a massive dam there, the water will simply start leaking through the banks and cause them all the slide, which will cause dam failure.

15) the people in charge of designing and building this dam are incompetent. Remember in the news a couple years ago? the cost went up $500 million dollars overnight, simply because they had forgot that they were going to have to pay taxes at some point on this stuff.

16) there are way better ways to spend over $10 billion dollars on job/ energy creation. Honestly though, BC shouldn't be spending that kinda money on any projects.

17) building site C will cause everyones hydro rates to increase out of control, hydro themselves hasn't even got a clue how high they will have to go to pay for this white elephant. (28% so far)

18) we don't need the power, BC hydro is currently paying over $500 million to independent power producers to NOT produce power.

19) look what has happened in New Foundland/ Labrador with muskrat falls. it shares alot of commonalty with Site C although it is farther ahead. Pretty much everyone associated with that project has come out expressing regrets about the whole thing. They also exempted it from independent scrutiny.

20) i sat through a chamber of commerce meeting where Brad Bennett did a presentation, his justification for building the dam was that BC hydro expected their customer base to grow at a rate equivalent to 2 Vancouvers a year. (BC hydros current customer base is only 4.5 million) is he dumb or a liar to project those kind of numbers? obviously noone can believe him or anyone speaking for BC hydro.

In conclusion, I would like to point out that Site C is the biggest issue currently facing our province, even if most of the people in the lower mainland have not heard of or do not care about it. If Site C is allowed to go ahead, we run the risk of causing our credit rating to be downgraded, and possibly breaking our province as BC hydro (who we the people have cosigned for) is already something like $70 billion in debt, that's on top of our provincial debt. The fact that it has the ability to break our province is what puts it at the top of the list.

Site C will likely cause BC hydro to go the way of BC rail (privatization). It also will cause renewable energy innovators and industries (as well as the jobs associated with them) to abandon our province as they will simply be pushed out because 1100 mega watts will flood the grid with no space for anything else. The fact that climate change is here and happening means that we need to keep all of our best farmland to feed people and look at alternative ways to generate electricity (if we even do need to generate more).

This travesty must be stopped, and the flood reserve lifted so that some other corrupt government can't try it again in the future. Work must be halted in the meantime to minimize the damage that is being caused.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, I've written it hastily and therefore I'm sure I've missed some things, but I bet you get the just of it.

Colin Meek

ColinMeekBear Flatts2017-05-17 22:27:58

All of our time and money should be spent on alternative energies and should have been for the last 30 years. Stop enriching yourselves and start being the progressive nation we should be. Stop destroying this country.

PennyElliottTrois-rivieres2017-05-18 03:52:23

I'm concerned because the power that this expensive project will generate is not even needed for our province. It is not worth the environmental destruction to continue building this project.

ryanmacdonaldabbotsford2017-05-18 05:26:57

The Site C Dam is not needed for any reason related to energy requirements within BC. It is a construction benefit to large contractors and equipment suppliers.
Construction of this dam jepardizes First Nations and agricultural futures in the area. Further harnessing the flow of the Peace River will further impact Wood Buffalo National Park a UNESCO world heritage site.

DuaneWestGabriola2017-05-18 06:37:14

HAVING SPENT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OPPOSING THE SITE C DAM AND THOUSANDS OF HOURS SINCE 1974 IN TRYING TO PROTECT OUR 1810 ACRE FAMILY FARM IN THE PEACE RIVER VALLEY AND PREPARING AND PRESENTING SUBMISSIONS TO THE BCUC AT THE HEARINGS IN FT.ST. JOHN IN THE EARLY 1980'S WE WERE THREATENED WITH EXPROPRIATION BY BC HYDRO IF WE DID NOT SETTLE WITH THEM ON THE TERMS AND PRICE THEIR APPRAISERS PUT ON THE FARM BACK THEN. I WAS ELECTED THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BY THE MAJOR LANDOWNERS AFFECTED IN THE VALLEY. WE FINALLY SETTLED WITH THEM WITH AN AGREEMENT THAT IF THE DAM WERE TO BE CANCELLED IN THE FUTURE WE COULD ALL BUY BACK THE LAND AT THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE PAID BY HYDRO. MY WIFE AND I RE PURCHASED SOME OF THE LAND THAT WAS LOCATED ABOVE THE FLOOD LINE AND RELOCATED AND BUILT OUR NEW HOME WHERE WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE SAFE IF AND WHEN THE DAM WOULD BE APPROVED. WITH THE PROJECT BEING ON AGAIN OFF AGAIN IN THE YEARS SINCE THEN WE HAVE RETIRED AND MOVED TO ALBERTA. WE ARE STILL LEASING BACK PART OF THE LAND WITH AN OPTION TO PURCHASE BACK SUBJECT TO THE FINAL RELOCATION ROUTE OF HYW. 29 WHICH RUNS THROUGH THE PROPERTY. THIS IS TO BE OUR RETIREMENT PROPERTY. THE PROPOSED RE ROUTING AND LOCATION OF THE NEW HWY. WAS CHANGED NOW TO RUN RIGHT THROUGH OUR NEIGHBOURS HOMES (BOONS, MEEKS, ETC.,) AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL HELL PUT UPON US WE WANT TO SEE THIS PROJECT HALTED AND RESTITUTION MADE TO US ALL.

JAMES LARRYPETERSONcardston2017-05-18 06:39:03

The construction of the Site C dam will be a tragic loss of excellent farmland, and precious wilderness. More and more evidence now shows that it is also economically unfeasible as we will not this need this energy. This could also cost us for generations to come. At the very least I urge you to have this project comprehensively reviewed by the BC Utilities Commission.

ChristineTurnerVancouver2017-05-18 07:53:56

There is insufficient proof that this dam is either needed, profitable or beneficial. It's bypass of the utilities review is shocking.
Please put it on hold until unbiased review by those who don't wish to push it onto our great grandchildren for current political gains.

BenjaminScholtenFort St. John2017-05-18 07:56:52

This dam needs to be stopped. Not only has it been proven to be economically and financially unsound, but people's livelihoods and homes are at stake. To my mind, the biggest loss that we will see if this monstrosity of. Mega-dam goes through is the loss of the only class 1 Agricultural land North of Quesnel. As a resident of the Peace Region, food security in the North is a huge issue that will only become more important as our climate changes and global food production shifts to more regional economies. The Peace River Valley is called "the Okanagen of the North" for a reason! The micro-climate and fertile, silty soils allow us to grow crops that can't be grown up on the plains around Fort St. John.
Speaking of silt - The unstable silty, banks of the Peace in this area are absolutely no place for a dam (as Hydro is finding out with the tension crack and sediment issues they've seen during this initial construction phase. Throw in the loss of First Nation's traditional lands and archaeological sites, increased mercury in fish populations, animal habitat loss, and the fact that the reservoir won't be recreationally useable for at least 10 years after flooding due to sediment and debris, then it seems that the downfalls of Site C far out-weigh the economic gain (if there even is any). I voted for change and against Site C this election so please don't make me regret my vote!

CaitlinVinceHudson's Hope2017-05-18 08:03:06

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

It is time that our voices are heard!

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

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

Show British Columbians that we are being listened to and that you truly represent us. Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of your power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

RhondaMarkelSooke2017-05-18 08:09:02

I really do not feel BC needs this dam and am concerned about environmental and cultural degradation.

JosephineSigurgeirsonPender Island2017-05-18 08:16:34

Stop Site C for good.

JanetteTsylorHudson's Hope2017-05-18 08:20:52

It demonstrates complete lack of foresight to flood prime agricultural land on this planet in this day. It is our responsibility to develop alternate sources of electrical energy and to reduce our use of electrical energy consumption for the sake of this and future generations of humans and other living beings on this planet.

AlfiEldenLillooet2017-05-18 08:21:37

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken!  Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

People’s homes and gravesites are hanging in the balance right now!

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks.  Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.  Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

We are NOT past the ‘point of no return’!
 
According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized.  This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.
 
Incoming government must use the BCUC 

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians.  Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.
Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C.  Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.

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

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

You need to honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in them!

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you truly represent us. It is your responsibility to ensure that the actions taken in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians. Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of their power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

VirgilPaulsWinnipeg2017-05-18 08:21:58

Stop site C dam. It will destroy far to much excellent farm land . It will bury the land I was born on. It is Not needed and will be far to expensive for the people of BC to pay.
Along with the fact the hills will all sluff in as there is no hardrock along that portion of the Peace River.

SandraVinceCreston2017-05-18 08:27:52

If Site C goes forward, it means that the people of British Columbia will be going backward. We need to move to the future. No one but frackers need this dam. Frackers pollute the environment. The water that is used for fracking is lost forever - clean water, clean air are more important than anything else.

We need the land that the dam will take - we need farm land.

The people who live in that area will lose their homes.
FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE will lose their homes, their traditional lands. We can no longer disrespect the rights of the First Nations people.

This project is not beyond the point of no return - we can still stop where we are at, and try to restore the land to where it was.

Please STOP SITE C.

Diane RaeVancouver2017-05-18 08:39:45

One of my many concerns regarding the Site C dam is the off gassing of methaneous gases from the decaying vegetative materials, further contributing to greenhouse gases and global warming.
Quite frankly, I'm fed up with the hypocracy of politicians going on and on about democracy but ignoring the wishes or the people. That is NOT democracy.
In my opinion, BCHYDRO is out of control.

JaneCurrieVictoria 2017-05-18 08:58:28

This essential wildlife corridor must not be flooded.
Mega projects like site C are technologies of the past and must be reviewed to the BCUC, as per laws of this land.

david fboehm,B.Sc.,Gabriola2017-05-18 08:59:47

I have been involved with the battle to stop Site C since the start, and one thing is for sure. It's wrong on so many fronts. I don't think I've met anyone, having looked into the situation and researched it even a little. who does not agree that this is a very bad idea, and should be thoroughly reviewed and ultimately stopped.

GuyArmitageHudson's Hope2017-05-18 09:08:19

I'm writing this letter because I acknowledge the industry experts and people who are living in the area who say this is a terrible idea. Stop Site C.

This is not what B.C. needs or wants. Shame.

Jennifer Nichol

JenniferNicholVictoria2017-05-18 09:21:44

This dam is not needed and will only add to global warming, and loss of valuable arable farm land! It was a complete boondoggle from the start, to entice LNG companies to come to B.C., and we don't want them destroying our environment!

JohnStocktonSurrey2017-05-18 09:22:34

My biggest concern about the Site C dam is environmental. Little by little developers are buying up agricultural land for housing and commercial development. It has become increasingly expensive to import produce that could be grown right here in B.C. Construction of the Site C dam will flood thousands of acres of farmland where it is needed most. And the fact that existing farmers and ranchers are being evicted from their homes to make way for a highway relocation, to me is reprehensible.

Another concern is economic. According to a UBC economic report, we are not 'past the point of no return' on Site C. I think most British Columbians would rather bite the bullet for $2 - $3 billion than be stuck with paying $9+ billion for an unnecessary hydroelectric dam for 70+ years.

I understand the concern that stopping Site C will result in job losses; however, tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar, geothermal and tidal were pursued.

Now is the time to put an end to construction of Site C until the BCUC has had a chance to assess the costs. Both the former chair of the JRP and a former executive with BC Hydro have repeatedly stated that a review of the cost of, and comparison of alternatives must be done before proceeding with the project.

RobertBunyanSummerland2017-05-18 09:38:49

Environmental impact and native grave sites.

ReneeGagneVictoria2017-05-18 09:51:09

So much of our wilderness, waters and public lands have already been ruined by mining, drilling, development, and man.
Enough is enough!
The wilderness, waters and open lands are supposed to be a place of peace and tranquility. The Site C dam will harm all of them, not to mention the residents of the area.
The Site C dam is a tragedy in the making. PLEASE stop the very idea once and for all and stand up for the people and NOT Big Business.

Thank you for your time.

JakeHodieToronto2017-05-18 10:15:38

PLEASE, put an immediate stop to the Site C dam project before it goes any further.

Spending such an ENORMOUS amount of money on an uncertain outcome is madness to put it lightly, not to mention the loss of critical farmland that can sustain so many in a province that is short on farming land opportunities.

This project has been rammed through against the obvious will of the majority of citizens of BC. The outcome of the election is an opportunity for you all to work together for BC.

STOP IT NOW.

JessicaMeertensVictoria 2017-05-18 10:18:03

UBC researchers have determined that continuing this project is a collosal waste of taxpayer money. I'm thinking of the opportunity cost -- think of the really beneficial projects we could fund, rather than this Site C white elephant.
The destruction of precious farmland (and when the planet is losing so much arable land due to climate change!), the disregard of indigenous people and their claims to the land, the fact that there is no projected demand for the energy this dam will generate, all of this makes Site C a reckless, irresponsible project that harms all B.C. citizens. Stop it!

HelenGlavinaBurnaby2017-05-18 10:46:07

It's cost is inasane while we don't even need the power it's going to produce while all that nice flooded land will emit methane for decades

CorbinChristofferson Castlegar 2017-05-18 10:53:57

I am hoping that the Green Party and the New Democratic Party can stand behind the need for a thoughtful economic analysis of Site C. This pet project of the Liberals has violated so many of the long standing development policies in BC, so many of the imperatives for a sustainable society, and so much of what a democratic process should look like, that it is unpardonable. This turkey has to be stopped and the sooner the better.

The impacts on First Nations peoples, and farmers in the valley, and future generations has not been recognized in that decision making process. Justification of the project was not proven in the process. Rate impacts are still anybodies guess and that is not acceptable. This combination of shortfalls is enough to stop this project immediately in any ones mind but the Liberals

We need a comprehensive approach to energy planning, as part of a public involvement, as a remedy to the public exclusion that the Liberals and hydro have practiced. I understand that there are many issues to be looked at in determining policy directions. The stoppage of the Site C dam destruction is a common goal, and should be our highest priority.

RandalHadlandDawson Creek2017-05-18 11:12:16

This valley is an important major ecosystem that provides fresh air and clean water for all the living animals and people in the region. The land to be flooded is Class A agricultural land in a rare EAST-WEST valley where food can be grown for generations to come. We must NOT allow this terrible flood to go ahead.

ElisabetThor-LarsenVancouver2017-05-18 11:22:14

C'mon, leaders ... please *lead*!

And though many "leaders" on the world stage seem to think leading equates with doing whatever you like, and that what you promised pre-election is irrelevant, the idea of political office is that you institute what the public desires. We elect based on what we desire to be done, and therefore on what you promised ... I know you all know that!

We do not want Site C. All the unbiased experts have stated it's unneeded power, that it's going to go far over budget. That it's against treaties is clear. That the water that is intended to be stored is really meant for fracking is debatable, but in my view quite likely. I suspect "gifts" (bribes) are one of the reasons that Site C has been pushed--even while triggers have been squelched and proper procedures detoured around.

It's just shameful that rare environmental situations and regions are being targeted, that FN graves are to be recklessly inundated--yet another perversion of the white power of the day (read Herriott's A Prairie Atonement for just one example of another jurisdiction's battle with its lying overlord past)--and, most ludicrous of all, fish are to be TRUCKED past the dam barrier! Woodland caribou the nominally Liberal government feigns concern about will face an unmigratable route, as will many other animals.

BC needs to cease its wholesale abandonment of democracy, of environmental anti-stewardship, of selling out to corporations (Mount Polley disgrace; Norwegian fish farms killing off dishonoured wild salmon; and there are many more examples of payola).

I have doubts about the integrity of all parties' promises. Christy Clark is shameless and does not deserve a serious word; Weaver of the Greens admits to a fiscal conservatism that I hope does not mean continuation or all that illegally commenced work must be seen to its conclusion (after all, Weaver seems fencesitting on the trophy bear issue); and I hope John Horgan will stop this Boondoggle (Boons being one of the farmers fighting this). Moe Sihota, whatever he speaks for, has been quoted by the CBC as being wishy-washy, and I hope that is not the party's stance.

Stop this!!! Make BC respect nature and democracy. Heavily fine Mt Polley, get rid of Norwegian fish farms, respect treaties ... and stop perverting nature.

MurrayMunnwhitehorse2017-05-18 11:23:35

Cost
Cost overruns
Lack of review of project feasibility
Destruction of fertile ground that will be needed in future
No consideration for the displaced people or flora/fauna
Many experts opposed and their opinion ignored
Site "C(risty)" a legacy in-the-making that will only be remembered as the biggest boondoggle ever put over BC taxpayers
carrying this huge debt at a point in time when it is not necessary makes no sense

GerryPilonChristina Lake 2017-05-18 11:25:54

The potential for local food production is far more important to the future than expensive and surplus electricity production. Our grandchildren should not forgive us if we build this thing.

DavidBoweringTerrace2017-05-18 11:30:57

This dam is unnecessary and ultimately it will cost us the taxpayers billions. Please source other less destructive forms of energy such as the sun, the wind and the tides.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

Charles CullenKelowna2017-05-18 11:31:48

Why destroy BC? There is no positive outcome for destroying our provinces lands, waterways, and habitats for a promise that has not truth. BC will never see any benefits ever - the taxpayers will be paying for this unneeded project beyond their great- great-grand children's lives.
Stop Site C dam project - NOW! I don't want it - nor does 57% of BC's.

cynthiamcneilAgassiz2017-05-18 11:35:42

Outdated technology, cost over runs! Our need to protect agricultural lands and western cultures including First Nations.

Please stop Site C

PatriciaGerhardi150 Mile House2017-05-18 11:53:35

It is time to cut our losses on this project. We don't need this dam. Any purported benefits are outweighed by the negative impact on the people, the environment, and the province's finances. Every objective report I have read indicates that the costs have ballooned and will continue to rise leaving the citizens of BC with a massive debt that cannot be paid off through electricity sales. Please recognize that a mistake was made when this project was approved. Thank you.

DavidO'KaneVancouver2017-05-18 11:57:28

Site C dam will flood First Nations' sacred sites, burial grounds and hunting areas. This is unacceptable. Trudeau promised reconciliation and respect to First Nations. Instead, he approved the dam giving Christy Clark the go-ahead to proceed with this hugely expensive dam which will provide electricity we don't need in BC. The dam will flood the rich soil of the Peace River, where farmers have been farming for generations. Ecotourism jobs will be lost, valuable farm land that BC will need as temperatures rise due to global temperature rise. Wildlife is being displaced. We DO NOT need the dam to provide cheap power to independent LNG companies, whose projects will increase global emissions. BC will be stuck with this hugely expensive dam, which is destroying ecosystems and sacred archeological sites that need to be protected. Stop the Site C dam.

RoxanneStanickSurrey2017-05-18 12:01:00

Stop Site C Dam Now!!!!

AliciaWoodsFort St. John2017-05-18 12:10:37

The Peace River, its canyon, is a world-class jewel of natural beauty and a vital resource for the people who live there and for the First Nations population who honour it as a sacred site. Destroying such a beautiful place is so short-sighted. It will be gone forever. It is also an essential location for water supply and agriculture, which we are losing at a rapid pace. Why can we not use our local areas to supply water and food for local people?
The Site C dam needs to be stopped. It makes no sense on any level, even for the "economic|" reasons given by people who have been "bought" by big multinational companies, run by uncaring, greedy individuals who do not understand the most basic tenets of humanity.
Please stop this insane project which is not needed for the reasons the destroyers of it say, but is absolutely needed as it is naturally. Please stop before it is too late.

FauneJohnsonVancouver2017-05-18 12:26:27

Please, please send this project to the Utilities Commission for review before the destruction is too great. We DO NOT need this Dam. We DO NOT need this power. We DO NOT need this debt. We are begging you, STOP SITE C NOW!!!

KatyPeckCharlie Lake2017-05-18 12:40:33

The most recent reports indicate that since the commencement of the dam construction our outlook for the future of BC's economy has changed. The reasons for the dam no longer hold true.

So please stop throwing good money after bad to destrol some of the important farmland and First Nations sacred burial sites for no practical reason.

This dam despite the amount of money already invested is not at the point of "too big to fail" so please - heed the research reports such as the one that just came out from UBC - that indicate this is not a project to continue on with spending more billions on for energy that is not needed. And if we are smart and invest in technological development and advances to create homegrown alternative energy and petroleum efficient industries within our province will never ever be needed.

Please for our grandchildren's grandchildren. Please stop wasting money on an unnecessary project simply to save face or show that the economy is being "boosted".

PamelaSmithVictoria2017-05-18 12:55:23

Peace River Valley area is a beautiful agricultural productive area.

Flooding the Peace River Valley for a dam is not necessary and not needed.

A dam will destroy people's home, grave sites, and it is in the traditional territory of the West Moberly First Nation and Prophet River First Nation.

West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations are trying to stop the construction through a legal battle against Site C in federal court, arguing the project infringes on their treaty rights by flooding their traditional land, affecting hunting, fishing and trapping.

Please do not build a dam in this beautiful area. People do reside and make their livelihood there. A dam is not required.

FrancyElkinsWilliams Lake2017-05-18 13:01:57

Site C needs to be stopped.
What a enormous waste of tax payer money!

MaitreyiSalmonDelta2017-05-18 13:04:42

Too expensive in price and land. Horrible injustice!! We don't need or want it. Find alternative more land friendly ways to produce power.

CqrreenForrestFort st john2017-05-18 13:21:06

This dam is not needed. We have enough hydro power already. We have done a good job in BC of reducing our consumption of hydro power and we don't need to be adding capacity at this time.
This dam is trashing some of BC's best farmland at a time when climate change is threatening our traditional sources of food (e.g. the drought in California). We should be encouraging more of our food to be grown in BC, not ruining good farmland where it could be grown.
The people of BC are going to be paying for this needless boondoggle for generations to come.
We should be investing instead in developing solar, wind, and geothermal power in this province.
This project has not respected the landowners' property rights nor the rights of the First Nations of the area.

KatherineMaasVictoria2017-05-18 13:26:16

The banks of the river are unstable! You are violating treaty rights! Flora and fauna peculiar to that region are being endangered! Stop the dam construction!

GailWebbEdmonton2017-05-18 13:27:32

This was an election issue. We need site c stopped. It has been an issue since the start. We do not need this power and we do not want our valley and farmlands destroyed for nothing!!!!!

BarbaraFrocklageHudson's Hope2017-05-18 13:27:42

Stop Site C
In the North we do not want it!!!
Site C will destroy the river valley and it cannot be reversed!
Please don't let it go forward! It willbe a huge mistake

JaimeHotteFortSt. John2017-05-18 13:42:50

It is clear that the people of BC do not want to continue the ill fated and poorly planned and unnecessary site c dam project. If the people had wanted to continue with your governments policies you would have won the election. There must be a stop to the project immediately.

LindaKempQuesnel2017-05-18 13:44:46

My Concerns about the dam are :

Financially irresponsible- we don't need the power and have other options (less environmentally and culturally destructive).. eg hydro-thermal (as recommended by the National Energy Board in the early days of the review of this project decades ago. The cost will be shouldered by Hydro rate payers.. and who will use this engergy? Sold at a discount to fracking operations? or to the USA? Not a good idea.

I'll repeat- we don't need the power- we should not incur the cost.

Environmental and cultural destruction. Why, given the above would we destroy a fertile valley, home to humans and animals alike and a site of historic sites for local First Nations?

JenWeihVancouver2017-05-18 14:46:08

We are NOT past the ‘point of no return’!

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Incoming government must use the BCUC
The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

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

sandraharrisGibsons2017-05-18 15:21:56

I am concerned that this project is fiscally and ethically unsound, and has very little, if any, social license from those immediately impacted. Canada, and BC, cannot talk of reconciliation while ignoring the lack of First Nations' support for this (and other) project.
Certainly BC can do better. We want to be a leader in LNG? Let's be a leader in respecting indigenous rights on energy projects instead. Let's look at building capacity in geothermal (which would cost less and create more permanent jobs while destroying significantly less land and wildlife habitat). This project is flawed on many levels and it is time to fix it.

KarenMason-BennettFort St John 2017-05-18 15:40:01

Hi there!

We need the money for public transit and housing.
Not wasting it on some politician's silly mega project!
Stop committing financial suicide.

The so called reconciliation is clearly a sick joke!

Stop building these ridiculous mega projects and invest the money in things we actually need such as transit and housing.
This will create far more long term jobs.

Cancel this silly dam once and for all right now!

BarryMonaghanVancouver2017-05-18 15:40:17

It's like an urgent need to win it's all policy and blah blah. Cashing in earth future. Stupid stupid. Don't do it

KenSullivanVancouver2017-05-18 15:47:42

I am very much against the construction of the Site C dam. We don't need the power, the people of BC cannot and should not be forced to pay for this monstrosity that will never pay for itself, and destroying the Peace River Valley is a stupid, shortsighted, and dangerous plan.

I was born and raised in the South Peace, and I object in the strongest possible terms to the desecration of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

STOP CONSTRUCTION NOW!!!

Eve LaurieMcClartySurrey2017-05-18 16:13:46

With so many other less invasive ways to generate power, this dam is not needed. We have barely tapped into wind power and solar power in this province. Why would anyone want to flood this wonderful countryside? British Columbia needs to become more self sufficient in food production and the Peace Valley is good farmland that should not be flooded! We should also be honouring First Nations who have lived in the area for centuries instead of trying to destroy their lands.

Another example of waste from this government. Just follow the money.

Save the Peace River!

BevAllenLangley2017-05-18 17:01:57

It is ludicrous to continue even one more step in building the Site C dam: unneeded energy, wrong location, over-priced construction, a bill that will have to be re-paid for generations to come....even when it has all become a construction zone wasteland.

In the meantime, we do need natural rivers flowing freely as they were meant to. We do need agricultural land, close to home, to feed the ever-growing population of B.C. We do need to invest in the livelihoods of our first nations, and of all those that currently make a living from the land. We do need to invest in alternative energy sources that don't change the natural flow of the earth.

It is unclear who signed up for this monstrosity, but it is not too late to back out of it. Newly elected leaders; you were given your position because British Columbians want this halted NOW.

As a hard-working citizen of B.C., born and raised here, and devoted to preserving its beauty and wonder, I know that there are a myriad energy solutions for our province's needs, and enough to sell to others, when that time arises. The statistics are out: Site C was never a good idea past that first meeting, and it must stop now.

It is your job to listen to B.C.'s citizens, First Nations, scientific experts, economic leaders, and stop giving into those that have been listening to corporate entities, especially those that have been subsidized by our tax dollars all along. Many thanks.

LorraineNygaardVictoria2017-05-18 17:25:19

Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of your power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

JudyGoodmanSalt Spring Island2017-05-18 17:26:12

The Site C Dam is not necessary It is a fiancial &ecologial disaster It tramples on the rights of the Treaty 8 Nations and may be a major step towards shipping our water to the USA Stop the Site C Dam The majority of people in BC waaant the Dam stopped Please honour their wishes and Stop Site C

RogerCrowtherDuncan 2017-05-18 17:42:09

Dear BC part leaders:
Site C must be stopped.
-flooding valuable agricultural lands
-home to many native antiquities
-will damage the watershed in NE BC and northern Alberta
-many alternative energy sources coming on stream. These must be investigated and implement rather than flooding land unnecessarily.

Thanks for cooperating to move BC's energy agenda into the future.

LauraAndersonDuncan2017-05-18 18:12:36

To the Government of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Christie Clark, and anyone else who has any say,

In this uncertain time when topsoil is being depleted at an alarming rate, why go ahead with this insane project of yet ANOTHER dam to gain more power and hike our power bills. If our power bills keep rising we could look at a future of being homeless due to the fact that we can't afford this power even if we have a job made by this DAM.. I also feel strongly that as a government taking away homes from people who have lived there for many generations with a rich history and lively hood, sounds a lot like that which was done in China under a communist rule. If we are looking forward to a green sustainable future then we should put money towards things like fusion, solar, massive incinerators that create energy from the heat, energy created from composting, energy from the waves in the ocean. These are the things of the future that will be as much of a job creation as anything. We can then still have this beautiful valley full of rich topsoil and a river that is left for the fish and animals who inhabit it. The mass destruction of our Mother Earth doesn't have to be so complete... I believe this Dam is a lazy way of making a bottom line look good. I have listened to the reasoning behind Christie Clark pushing this forward. It doesn't make any sense to do all this then go ahead with an outrageous hike in electricity bills in a very short time period. Peoples lives will not get any easier with this way of thinking. Let this be an opportunity for us to reflect and change at this critical juncture. Our future can be green without so much destruction.....

Sincerely
Colleen Essler

ColleenEsslerpenticton2017-05-18 18:34:19

It is remarkably foolish to remove farmland in such quantity when climate change is going to lessen food security. Drastically. Further, it is a grave injustice to several First Nations and to many farmers.

Mercury contamination will affect the water. The electricity is not needed. And BC residents will be paying for this for generations.

The age of vast, expensive mega-projects is over.

Time to stop this cynical exercise. BC deserves much better.

DonnaSinclairNorth Bay2017-05-18 18:45:46

Hi,

RE: Site C Dam

I have some concerns about the Site C dam:

- it was reported in the media that a freedom of information requests about the costs and consideration of the Site C Dam came back with no information; this is not believable and smells of corruption and deception, not to mention a lack of transparency and accountability; this is very concerning to many including myself

- The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro. Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C. Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.

- The lack of any transparency in having the BC Utilities Commission consider if the cost of Site C should be born by ratepayers given alternatives such as waste-to-energy plants, solar power, wind power, wave power, geo-thermal power and other power sources which could be accessed to generate renewable reliable power at the same or much lower costs and not burden ratepayers.

- According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

- Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ grave sites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

Could you please have second sober look at the Site C Dam and have the BC Utilities Commission review the plan and contracts to ensure that ratepayers are getting the best value for our dollar and ensure that no corruption or kickbacks are occurring?

Could you post the invoices online to ensure that no political kickbacks are occurring including the elimination of any appearance of bribery given the amount of money involved? Thanks.

FaizelDesaiSurrey2017-05-18 18:47:39

2157 Waterside Ave time to go Green. Don't destroy a beautiful River & Valley. Put the $$$ into re-newable Energy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KeithBlaisVancouver2017-05-18 18:58:31

Please do the right thing and stop this unnecessary and massive financial, offensive, and hurtful cluster. I'm confident that you all know and are fully aware of the numerous reasons for this not to proceed. Please have the courage to make this bold decision while we move forward in BC.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

respectfully,

Steve Wood

SteveWoodCampbell River2017-05-18 19:09:18

We don't need more dames in BC. Especially since we have had companies build poorly constructed fans, That haven't followed government construction and safety rules.

MaureenBennettCalgary2017-05-18 19:16:41

It is never too late to stop a bad idea. The Site C dam does not make economic or environmental sense. To willfully destroy prime agricultural land could be called criminal.

We should be putting the money into renewal energy as is being done in European countries. we must preserve farm land. We may not want to but we can live without power but we cannot live without food.

The Peace River is one of Canada's iconic rivers and should be protected from assaults like the Site C.

As leaders, be brave, stop this project. A small portion of the voting public will be temporarily outraged but future generations will look back on such a courageous decision and thank the leaders who made it.

LeeMcFadyenCawston2017-05-18 19:17:49

Dear Sir or Madam,
I am gravely concerned about the continuing construction on the Site C Dam.
Not only is the prohibitive expense of the project unjustified by the current estimates of its fiscal returns but the irrevocable loss of an agriculture land base that could feed millions upon millions of British Columbian citizens for millennia is also an unacceptable loss should the dam be completed.
I am a resident of the Peace region and have seen first hand the alarming decreases in our fish stocks as well as the decline of many other wildlife species in the area due to the rampant disregard for the value of our natural resources as the industrial advances of oil and gas operations cut further into areas that were once pristine and healthy habitats.
Furthermore, the machinations of the BC Liberal party in abetting BC Hydro to bypass legal channels such as the BC Utilities Commission and the muzzling of the Agricultural Land Reserve former board is completely unacceptable behaviour from the body of people tasked with being leaders and stewards of BC's resources.

Please consider that the decisions that government makes today regarding an unnecessary third dam on Canada's most endangered waterway will have ramifications that will echo throughout future generations of humans and the ecosystem for millennia. This river and its valley cannot be rehabilitated once dammed and no citizen as yet unborn in this province should be saddled with a debt for an unneeded commercial project that will take 70 years to pay off if Site C does not overrun its estimated 8.8 billion dollar budget.

We must think in centuries where our natural resources and food security are concerned - not in 4 year political platform agendas.

With conviction and respect,
S. A. Harris

StefanieHarrisDawson Creek2017-05-18 19:24:51

It's not necessary for the electrical needs of this Province. The distruction and loss if class 1 agricultural land is worth do much more than cheap 3lectriciry to the US and big pouring corporations in the oil & gas sector. Let's be honest...in the end...it's really about water. Water for the US. Isn't it.?

Brenda Slade Clinton 2017-05-18 20:18:00

Dear Andrew Weaver, John Horgan, and Christy Clark,

I believe the Peace River Valley should remain as it is, with no further irreversible work proceeding, until the outcome of the election is known.
This means no destruction of people's livelihood and homes, and no destruction of First Nation's archeological sites and graves.

I am in favour of the work being stopped permanently. I feel the cost to our fellow humans, to the animals and birds, and to the land in the Peace River Valley is too high.

I support alternative initiatives that could include wind, solar and geothermal energy. I believe these will better meet our needs now and into the future.

Please take the time to reflect. Please have the courage and resilience to stand for what is truly important.

Sincerely,
Mary Jane Collins

Mary JaneCollinsVictoria2017-05-18 20:27:02

My concerns about Site C dam in include the following:

- First Nations treaty rights and land claims
- flooding of good agricultural land that will be needed in the future, especially with climate change affecting our current sources of imported food from Mexico and Califorina
- injustice of expropriation of land that has been farmed for generations
- Site C is not needed for power now and will unlikely be needed in the future considering the growth of solar and wind power
- geothermal power is a proven source that is under utilized in BC
- unstable geology makes Site C dam construction a very risky venture
-displacement of wildlife if Site C is completed
- between 9 and 13 Billion debt incurred by Site C will cripple economy for generations to come

Stop this nonsense now. Site C is an unnecessary and reckless project.

Burtt FidlerGabriola, 2017-05-18 20:47:40

Site C was a stupid idea there decades ago and it's even more stupid now.

Just say no, elected people. Say no to endless resource exploitation, ecosystem ruination, and destruction of real life for both wildlife and humanity.

We need the land destined for ruin by Site C to stay the way it is We need it for self-sufficiency. We need it for self-respect.We need it for the trees that breathe our life back to us. We need it to preserve what is left of First Nations' culture.

If you think there's a need for the power this dumb project could produce, you're right-but the need is not here in Canada. A mere 37 million people don't need Site C. The overpopulation of the planet is occurring elsewhere: if we sell our resources to overcrowded nations, the agony of the human population boom is merely prolonged, while our mission, which ought to be the preservation of our great forests and the wild for the benefit of the entire planet, that purpose will be frustrated.

Besides, we've heard what you really want Site C for--to power the equally stupid LNG project. A reasonable person would think that LNG could use its own product to power its plants, right? But no. LNG plans to use electricity--which would justify Site C!

Can we spell e-x-p-l-o-i-t-a-t-i-o-n? G-r-e-e-d? S-h-o-r-t-s-i-g-h-t-e-d-n-e-s-s?

Evavan LoonPowell River2017-05-18 20:58:49

we will not be past the point of no return till it is finished ..... please honour our wishes ......from a voter

lilliancareyprince george2017-05-18 21:03:41

So many concerns that have already been put forward by many people and organizations. In no way..even if we needed this power which is questionable since this power is not for the publics use but earmarked for other major projects that also are being pushed through quickly and without proper review..in no way do I feel that it is right to forcibly take Canadians property away from them. I am ashamed that this is somehow deemed okay..in today's law..in Canada. And then the impact to that entire region..the impact to BC..to the environment. .to the taxpayers. The lack of due diligence..the lavk of impartiality and lack of review...the fact that the government is proceeding even while this is in court. Why are mega projects being pushed through in such a shady shamefull manner? Is the BC Liberal govt that scared that a proper review would shut this project down? And there is much much more that could be said about the mismanagement of BC Hydro...
The government is hired to make decisions for the publics best interests to ensure our quality of life and improve our country...not private corporations, not foreign corporations. Enough with taxpayer funded private corps...enough with a complete lack of trust in the entire system. Show us that we can trust our government...make the right decisions! How is this a hard task? Protect Canadians...that is your job.

SarahBrownPrince Rupert 2017-05-18 21:09:48

To: All BC Party Leaders, Elected Officials and Senior Civil Servants

It is important that all of us remember who is paying for the governance and care of British Columbia. The taxpayer - the voice and the heart of this province. A voice that you are paid to listen to and a heart that you must also listen to.

Until such time as it is deemed that the Site C dam is unquestionably necessary and a smart financial, economic and environmentally safe project, it needs to be put on hold. There is still time to reverse some of the damage that has been done, so stop the presses and do the right thing.

As our representatives and voices in Victoria, we expect that you will always make decisions that stand the light of day. With Site C, it is apparent that this is not happening. Your integrity is your destiny, don't carry on with a project that is not required, that is obviously only serving specific agendas. Stop living in the past and get with progress, especially when it comes to energy production. $8B would install a lot of solar panels, wind turbines, tidal energy production.

If Site C development continues, everyone involved in that decision is granting the people of BC the right to expropriate property without following rules and procedure. If that is the case, please publish your home addresses, so that we may consider where the next parking lot, half-way house, liquor store, nightclub, cell tower, roadway, landfill, homeless shelter, highrise (that's a good one, we need more housing in urban areas...) or storage facility can be constructed.

You who have the authority must also stand and accept the accountability of these decisions.

Do the right thing and stop Site C.
Thank you
Patricia J Rokosh

PatriciaRokoshGabriola2017-05-18 21:11:59

You are lying, we do not need this make work project.

kevinjamesSunshine Coast2017-05-18 21:22:34

The Site C dam will destroy the gravesites and important archaeological sites of our Fist Nations People.
At least 57% of people in BC voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at least, comprehensively assessed by The BC Utilities Commission

HelenPonceletQualicum Beach2017-05-18 21:40:19

I am not convinced that flooding this area is going to be an economic necessity. Losing the arable land and not listening to the West Moberly and Treaty 8 First Nations in their vigorous objections to this project, are 2 good reasons to stop the construction. It has been shown that this hydro project is going to produce energy that will be sold at a loss to the US and foreign corporate businesses, and that British Columbians will bear the cost of these losses.
I feel strongly about the farmers lands and the First Nations loss of hunting habitat are issues that have not been heard as well. BC Hyro should be turning to renewables and not damming rivers.

Nancy CrozierGAbriola2017-05-18 22:06:11

In my opinion , site C is NOT needed now and in the future. Alternative sources of energy are available at lower costs. Solar power is usually always available in the north peace .
Family farms should never is destroyed for any reason

JulieJardineFort st John2017-05-18 22:39:54

You need to stop thinking about LNG and start thinking about eco-tourism. The future is not in burning fuels. The future is is renewable energy. Your toady acceptance of big oil money won't be tolerated. Get with the program. BC can be a leader, but you aren't acting that way. Start now.

BobMcPhieVictoria2017-05-18 23:18:56

I understand the concern that stopping Site C will result in job losses; however, tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis.
What is untenable to me though is the unnecessary and irreversible effects of habitat and cultural destruction, the loss of unknown numbers of animals as a result. All for a very dubious short term project that the latest data shows cannot pay for itself, now or in the future. It's time to cut the losses and walk away.
Kath

KathChapmanPender Island2017-05-18 23:50:01

We may well need the agricultural land. Where I live in Burnaby the highrises are multiplying! Where are we going to get food for all of these people? Import it? From China?
Site C has not had a proper environmental review.
We do not need it. It is to provide energy for LNG. Stop fracking and causing earthquakes.

MarianneLightfootBurnaby2017-05-19 00:08:35

This has got to stop. You keep saying you are sorry for what history has recorded we did to the First Nations people, yet you still keep going down the same road. Live up to your word, your promises. Move forward with alternatives that will be better for everyone in terms of the environment, jobs and people.

AnnKristoffToronto2017-05-19 06:15:45

This dam is unnecessary - British Columbia's needs would be far better served by increased WIND power, than hydroelectric. This dam was part of a very old and outdated plan devised in the days before better, less destructive, renewable energy options existed. This land is of FAR more value to Canada as rich and productive farmland, than as part of an archaic system of ugly dams and unintended consequences! I have also heard that constructing this dam may be a stepping-stone to increasing oil flow out of Canada, and down through the United States; if that is correct, then this project truly MUST be stopped!

To destroy and desecrate First Nation lands, traditional hunting and fishing grounds and burial grounds would be inexcusable. To also render a beautiful, pristine valley of much-needed, valuable, and very fertile farmland unusable would be unconscionable. The Peace River Valley should be left intact.

Mary AnnMcDonaldSacramento2017-05-19 06:43:33

I absolutely do NOT agree with this site C dam site!
It is not right to go in and take or destroy what does not belong to you. This is exactly what bullies do. So back off and sow some respect to these people and fellow Canadians.

LindaByronSechelt2017-05-19 07:41:28

Please put all plans on hold until this project can be re-evaluated.
It would be foolish to go ahead and spend such an enormous amount of money without second, third and fourth thoughts!

MeredithRodgerOttawa2017-05-19 08:13:04

It is long past time to honour First Nations long history of habitation in this area and return their land to them, by cancelling the woefully "out of date" Site C project.

Its true that several decades ago, "hydro" power was automatically thought of as being "clean" , and therefore to be preferred to coal-fired, nuclear, or most other non-hydro projects.

BUT, times have changed! We no longer need the electric power from the proposed "Site C" dam, and we no longer need the fossil fuels that this dam was proposed to help extract, process and ship.

It is clear that , worldwide, we should no longer should be extracting , refining and/or shipping any fossil fuels. None of them are "Clean" no matter what we may tell ourselves. The cost to the planet of continuing to do this is simply TOO HIGH!

We all need to learn to resist temptation and to leave fossil fuels in the ground from now on.

the fact is that modern "RENEWABLE, SUSTAINABLE" methods (eg. solar, wind, etc) of cost-effective power production are now available, and have now over-taken fossil fuels.

These newer methods are not only cheaper to build, but, more importantly, are much better for the planet than an outdated hydro project (such as "Site C") which will flood huge areas of potential farmland as well as destroy first nations heritage sites, only to generate power that is not needed anyway!

Its time to pay more than "lip service" to the concepts of "Reconciliation and Forgiveness" between the First Nations and the rest of us, by cancelling this outdated and highly-polluting Site C project which is simply one more in a long line of "slaps in the face" towards our First Nations peoples. We do not need to take this land from them, and we should not do so.

Any jobs lost by doing so can be replaced by an equal number, if not more, jobs in the new, rapidly growing sustainable energy sector.

BarbaraCorryVictoria2017-05-19 09:47:37

Wetlands will be damaged and families will be uprooted,. This is unforgivable and unnecessary. British Columbia will not benefit from this dam . The only thing that will benefit us is renewable energy. The dam is not cost-effective despite the lies that we have been presented with.
I am adamantly opposed to the construction of this dam and insist that you listen to the majority of the population of British Columbia.

Anne Kramer North Vancouver 2017-05-19 09:49:28

It is not needed! What we do need is a complete and final stoppage of Site C; we need for The Boons and the Meeks and others homes to not be bulldozed for highway reassignment. The Boons home and land is a third generation home! There are close to 700 yellow stakes on their property, including one that my husband and I bought, from people all over the world who have purchased one in solidarity against the proposed Site C dam. What the Boons and others will loose is irreplaceable! The animals, birds, plants and most of all their rights as legal owners of that home and property will be gone forever! We want the Site C dam stopped forever. There are so many better and sustainable methods for getting electricity; wind and solar among others! Watson Slough, which is not far from the Boons is going to be destructed, this must not happen either. Wetlands are valuable and irreplaceable, they are supposed to be conserved and protected. There are many species of animals and bird, including trumpeter swans, and others that are rare. The sloughs are very valuable to our environment and man making one to replace is not the answer. It has been proven that does not work very well. Natural ones are the best for all species that call it home. Please help us stop Site C, the money that will be saved totals in the millions. Please stop Site C now, it is imparative to the land, the things that are growing there, the animals, birds and the rights of the people. Thank you!

ValerieFieberFort St. John2017-05-19 10:09:30

First of all I cannot believe that we live in a country where the government runs rough shod over the constituents. There is no need for this Dam and there are so many more ways to generate power.
This Liberal Government is a disgrace, from blatant disregard for procedure to handouts from big business.

ChrisLamoueuxFort St John2017-05-19 10:24:52

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

SeanMoriartyMount Pearl2017-05-19 10:29:58

I am concerned about all the surrounding farm land and First Nations land and the fact that we don't need this dam built. Such a beautiful area and there are peoples whom do not want to leave. I don't trust BC.Hydro. Thank you, A RESIDENT OF B.C.. Born and raised in Victoria, B.C.

RichardClemensVictoria2017-05-19 10:31:48

Site C is not needed as a power source in B.C. as demand for more power is not there. As the promised LNG industry is also not viable at this time, or potentially ever, Site C is not needed to power this non-existant industry. Site C will wipeout valuable farm land at a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to produce enough food for B.C.'s population.

Now is the time to make the right decission and cancel Site C.

BryceLeighWhistler2017-05-19 10:46:13

Site C damned dam is an abomination on human life, plant and animal life on earth. BC has native ancestral burial site protection laws. Why are these ancestral burial sites being flooded & destroyed? Why are BC residents farms being flooded & destroyed? Why have the Federal environmental assessment recommendations not been applied for Site C Dam? What are the true reasons for Sute C dam? How wi Sute C dam help and protect British Columbians? Who will py off the massive Site C Dam construction debt and when? I am against thw terrible destructive impacts to land, wildlife & people living in the damned dam's flooding areas.BC does not need Site C Dam!

LyndaIwanikProcter2017-05-19 11:21:56

we do not need the power this will create

it is way too expensive

the land is more valuable as crop land

people's homes and the archaeological sites are far more important than the false 'need for more power'

we are not beyond the point of no return -dont throw more money down this wasteful hole!

we could be producing solar and wind power which would provide jobs and power without causing such devastation!!

ruthRiddellSaltspring Island2017-05-19 12:50:39

This project seems to fly in the face of common sense. Its true purpose is unclear as studies have indicated that the power that will be generated is unneeded.
Please stop now before any more irreversible damage is done and before any more unnecessary debt is incurred for future generations.

Jean ElizabethOkeWilliams Lake2017-05-19 13:38:09

BC families cannot afford to pay billions for the Site C dam, particularly those of the poorest 10% who have no wealth but are in debt. These people can't afford a proper diet, dental work or medications. As it is hydro rates will have to go up to pay for the BC Hydro debt. Increased hydro rates will be a burden on the entire bottom one half of BC rate payers who hold a whopping 3.1 % of wealth. It would be flagrant irresponsibility to continue the Site C dam.

We are,not at the point of no return.

Meanwhile people's homes, First Nations gravesites and significant archeological sites are being destroyed. The construction of Site C is an act of colonial crime. It is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

It would be appropriate to empower the BCUC to do an independent assessment of Site C, but we must suspend construction immediately.

I got a message from someone about "respecting the feelings of worker's who wanted to be able to put food on their children's tables". We could spend our money putting people to work on something USEFUL, to decide to go ahead with a destructive project as the only way to give people jobs is ridiculous. It will take more food from children's tables than it will provide.

RosemaryPogueShawnigan Lake2017-05-19 13:43:42

There are just so many arguments against this project and few for it.

1. The need for this power has not been proven, in fact it has been shown in several studies to be unneeded, especially if BC was to invest in more grid-tied solar and wind power at both residential and commercial scales.

2. First nations in the area are not supportive with course cases against - I shouldn't need to say more on that - lack of proper consolation and support.

3. The value of the ecological services of this land and its agricultural output, particularly in this current time of need of active local climate change challenges far outweighs the expected gain of electrical production that would be gained by this project.

4. The fact that construction has started on this project while it is highly contested, court cases stand against it and the fact that the economics have not been proven makes the physical work done to date particularly arrogant and unlawful on the part of the BC government.

5. Some/most of the power this project would have produced was intended for fracking projects that are just not viable in the current world economy and that fracking in and of itself is debatable as economically justifiable in a modern era of carbon taxes and active climate change events.

I voted [ABC] in this election - strategically - primarily because of this and other climate change issues that the past BC government have been blatantly and arrogantly ignoring which will cost our economy dearly in the long run. the new government coalition or members MUST stop this project - it is waste of tax dollars in the least and any one of the the other costs/arguments against it, listed above, should be enough to say no to this project.

wendy  2017-05-19 14:58:43

There are just so many arguments against this project and few for it.

1. The need for this power has not been proven, in fact it has been shown in several studies to be unneeded, especially if BC was to invest in more grid-tied solar and wind power at both residential and commercial scales.

2. First nations in the area are not supportive with course cases against - I shouldn't need to say more on that - lack of proper consolation and support.

3. The value of the ecological services of this land and its agricultural output, particularly in this current time of need of active local climate change challenges far outweighs the expected gain of electrical production that would be gained by this project.

4. The fact that construction has started on this project while it is highly contested, court cases stand against it and the fact that the economics have not been proven makes the physical work done to date particularly arrogant and unlawful on the part of the BC government.

5. Some/most of the power this project would have produced was intended for fracking projects that are just not viable in the current world economy and that fracking in and of itself is debatable as economically justifiable in a modern era of carbon taxes and active climate change events.

I voted [ABC] in this election - strategically - primarily because of this and other climate change issues that the past BC government have been blatantly and arrogantly ignoring which will cost our economy dearly in the long run. the new government coalition or members MUST stop this project - it is waste of tax dollars in the least and any one of the the other costs/arguments against it, listed above, should be enough to say no to this project.

wendy  2017-05-19 14:58:44

Dear Sirs and Madams,
Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

We are NOT past the ‘point of no return’!
according to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance.
The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Incoming government must use the BCUC.
The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.

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

The need for the rich farmland is obvious; with the droughts in California increasing, we will not be able to import the food we need in the future.
There are existing technological alternatives, such as wind, solar and tidal.

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

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you truly represent us. it is your responsibility to ensure that the actions you take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians.
Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of your power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

Sincerely,

JaneBarrollVancouver2017-05-19 16:12:47

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

People’s homes and gravesites are hanging in the balance right now!
Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.
Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C. Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.

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

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you truly represent us. It is your responsibility to ensure that the actions you take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians. Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of your power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

Thank you for your consideration.

CATHERINEGORDONVancouver2017-05-19 17:31:23

The power is not needed now and may never be on account of solar and wind projects.
The valley is home to people and animals--the quality of the land will be lost forever.
STOP SITE C!

MaryMageeVictoria2017-05-19 19:18:35

Loss of farm land

Sympathy with First Nations

Fish not able to return to spawning grounds

Annoyance at despoiling of area ahead of approval

Reports from UBC that power not needed and would lose money

Against fracking so don't need dam

MarilynSuddabyCoquitlam2017-05-19 21:16:27

To all elected officials
It is time to stop Site C Dam now.
Peoples generational homes and farms, some of the most productive land in BC. Which could feed our grandchildren and their for years to come. This land will be needed with ongoing climate changes we need to think clearly make decisions for future generations that will support their lives with food not ongoing financial debt!

You were elected to do the best for the people who elected you not for the corporations buy your favouritism.

Make the right decision for our future and that of our children's children.

DlaeSankeyRoberts Creek 2017-05-19 23:20:15

Common sense. Stop this corporate nature raping for profit. Listen to First Nations. Listen to science. Stop putting nature in peril. FUCK OFF CHRISTY CLARK.

JennyMcDonellVancouver2017-05-20 00:58:15

Totally wasting farm land. Don't need the power. People are loosing their homes.

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JamestogueJamestogueQRBoston2017-05-20 02:11:22

Site C is being built to facilitate an LNG industry that doesn't exist and very likely never will.

We will be placing power into the grid at an ever increasing revenue loss just to get something in return.

Our grandchildren may never pay off this Liberal boondoogle in their lifetimes.

There exist several less expensive and more productive ways to generate power, but it doesn't reward friends and donor's of Liberals.

RobertBlairSurrey2017-05-20 04:09:26

The need has not been proven
The real environmental impacts not admitted to
The end costs still unknown
Building huge infrastructure for the egos of Campbell Clark and Neufeld(to name a few)unacceptable

DougSummerHudson's Hope2017-05-20 08:55:04

Of the last 30 large dam projects constructed worldwide, they have come in at an average, an average! of 70% over budget. Muskrat Falls Dam in in Newfoundland is a travesty that only keeps getting worse. Will you allow the destruction of peoples' homes? Of sacred native burial sites? Of your own seat in government? Just to ram through this utterly corrupt project which will sink BC in entirely pointless debt for decades to come?

Viable growing land suitable for crops is rising away from the equator as climate change worsens. BC is on the precipice to become the new Oregon and then California for bountiful farming production.

AND we are on the verge of a mass climate refugee influx. We are sitting on great soil and crystal clean water that will be worth more than its weight in gold. We have every piece in place to become the most valuable province in the country; the next boom town of North America. One of the last great havens of sufficient food and water.

Do what is right and cancel Site C immediately. It is unwanted, unneeded, unhelpful and unconscionable to come in and destroy this opportunity. Site C is a Donald Trump-level of stupid project. It's a border wall. It's going back to coal exports. It's a Muskrat Falls, for gosh sakes.

Your electorate urge you to do more research into the paltry benefits and astronomical punishments that Site C would bring us. I have to believe that you want to see a vibrant BC, too. Our lives and livelihoods depend on your ability to see logic and the long-term here. Keep fighting the good fight. Thank you.

CherylMcEachernVancouver2017-05-20 09:29:10

Site C dam project represents a genuine failure to consider the near and distant future of British Columbians.
The decision to undertake such a project was made without due process. BCUC review avoided. Public input denied.

The estimated power needs for the province can easily be challenged and do not consider the option of conservation.

The future costs to the rate payers has not been openly discussed or honestly presented.

The cost to aboriginal groups, farming communities and traditional land users will be paid in real dollars now and terms of relationships and trust for generations into the future.

We loose food security through loss of agricultural land

We set BC Hydro up for HUGE debts on top of present debts and risk loosing it and the assets to private corporations with the potential for bulk water sales to the USA
You must act to halt Site C to allow for full costing and discussion of the project before a decision is made to move forward or cut our losses

PennyHackingcourtenay2017-05-20 09:31:29

Ridiculous. The myth that we need more power has been debunked even by those originally tasked to promote this. IT also damages our ability to keep up with the rest of the world in developing safer cleaner energy sources.

RobertMckenzieSaltspring Isl.2017-05-20 10:13:55

Studies show it is not needed. We do not want to pay for it. New tech will allow all of us to be independent of power services.
We will all fight this get ready to see BC citizens unite over this debacle

KrishnaMattuVancouver2017-05-20 10:16:19

Please stop Site C.

This project is a huge mistake. We all read the UBC report and no matter how you spin it, the damn is an albatross.
Not to mention the environmental impacts and the loss of sacred Indigenous land. I can't comprehend how anybody is ok with flooding the burial grounds of these tribes. How would we like it if they suddenly decided they were entitled to some of our land where our ancestors were buried and built overtop of our graveyards? We'd be outraged.
Or the Boon's and Meek's whose homes have been stolen by the government. I don't think anyone at BC Hydro or in the legislature would take too kindly to their homes being stolen from them, whatever the circumstance.
It's time to take a step back, take a deep breath and seriously re-evaluate this project.
It's not necessary we do not need the power.
BC Hydro and the Province of BC do not need the debt, the dam will not make any money for the foreseeable future and by then its technology will be even more obsolete than it is now.
It's time to be forward thinking and be innovators and use renewable and less damaging ways to get power (even though we still don't need it).

Please, I implore you to halt this project.

KateHanenDawson Creek2017-05-20 10:40:16

It's time to save our environment! We DO NOT NEED SITE C!!!
Please save this valuable ecosystem now.

LindaLinemanVancouver2017-05-20 14:42:40

This is a poorly planned hugely expensive environmental disaster that no one wants. STOP IT.

SarahStrange Van2017-05-20 17:19:37

Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of your power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

KimHanenVictoria2017-05-20 20:21:06

Site C dam is damaging, destructive, completely unnecessary and BC tax payers will be paying for it for generations to come!

STOP Site C NOW!! It is NOT past the point of no-return!

STOP Site C NOW!!

DebraHerstVancouver2017-05-21 13:21:32

To the BC Government and Opposition Parties:
As a concerned resident, voter and taxpayer I would like to see the Site C project be put hold and subjected to the BC Utilities Commission for assessment and oversight. Ideally I would like to see it stopped! The Peace River Valley should be considered a provincial treasure for its incredible agricultural value, indigneous culture, and pioneer spirit, a place where future generations may view and experience the incredible landscape.
ALSO I would also like BC Hydro to be able to engage in energy development of geothermal, solar and wind, in responsible ways that minimize the destruction of the environment.
The current election shows that people in BC are not happy with the current status quo. As our elected representatives please pay attention and act accordingly. Stop pandering to corporate interests!!

ChristieHeronNelson2017-05-21 18:40:25

STOP SITE C NOW NOT NEEDED NOT WANTED

LEONARDLIGHTFOOTComox BC2017-05-21 22:41:07

Generational farm family homes are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites.

This is not necessary. Tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars resulting from lengthy transmission of power from the north to the south. Not to mention, it would allow the sacred sites in question to remain intact.

Please stop the construction of Site C Dam or at the very least allow it to be comprehensively assessed by the BC Utilities Commission.

Thank you.

TeganMarieRoberts Creek2017-05-21 23:23:56

Dear B.C. party leaders,

You each have a wonderful opportunity to do the right thing—by halting the construction of the Site C dam, you can make a significant step in the direction of justice, equity and kindness for all the people of B.C.

I urge you to do what is clearly and plainly in the interests of all the people of B.C.: halt the construction of the Site C dam until a thorough review has been done by the BCUC that honours and listens to the desires of all the people of B.C.

Very best wishes to you and all your work,

Graham Lettner
Black Diamond, AB

GrahamLettnerBlack Diamond2017-05-22 09:41:35

Site C makes no economic sense for the citizens of BC and will result in the destruction of valuable farm land and habitat. Stop Site C before it becomes a further drain on taxpayers and a disaster for farmers in the Peace.

AllanGallupeVictoria2017-05-22 10:34:35

I am opposed to the Site C dam for the following reasons
-The power is not needed
-It is another subsidy to the energy industry
-It is going to increase rate payers' bill who will not see any benefit from it
-The Clark government cancelled the BCUC hearing on it, meaning it is an authoritarian decision, not a balanced, objective decision
-BC Hydro is a cash cow for the Liberals and its books are so adulterated, it will sell for cheap to private interests to absorb the enormous financial wrong doings
-We need MORE agricultural lands and the Peace is an important agricultural area
-Even the hearings recommended against it and the panel recommendations were rejected by the Clark's government
-People like the Boon's and the Meek's are being bullied and their lives made unbearable by workers
-important environmental values like the slough BC Hydro wants to fill are ignored and slated to be destroyed
-archeological values will be destroyed
I request that all irreversible harms associated with the on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.
Thank you.

JosetteWierSmithers2017-05-22 13:03:41

The Site C dam has not been proven to be economically needed without political interference. The BC Utilities should remain non-partisan and should be given the ability to look at the economics, the effect on native people and farmers and decide if this project should go ahead.

It would flood indigenous lands and the valley bottom favored by people and animals and life in general. The construction of access roads will impact their gravesties and archeological sites. This should never be allowed. Justin Trudeau said that he would be the prime minister to respect indigenous people and look for a communities support before advancing with projects that impact them. The native people have suffered enormously from Canada's treatment and the stealing of their land and resources. We have to stop doing this now!

As the lower mainland has allowed building on the Fraser Delta there is less and less productive farm land around. The Peace River area of BC has supported farmers for generations. As climate change turns more and more of the US west into desert, we may be hard pressed to feed our population easily. This is a critical issue that all political leaders should be concerned about.

It is not too late to stop the building of Site C. Though money has been spent, much more money is required. It is not economical to continue spending money on this white elephant.

BarbaraBradburyVancouver2017-05-22 15:32:22

The Site C Dam would destroy critical ungulate habitat that has sustained wildlife that has supplied generations of First Nations people with food and cultural sustenance for thousands of years. It will destroy one of the largest and most important wildlife corridors on the continent, and submerge valuable carbon sinks instead of promoting food security and the need to adapt to climate chan

laurenrobertsScarborough2017-05-22 17:41:47

To the esteemed leaders of the Liberal, NDP and Green Parties,

Please do not allow the Site C dam to proceed. Why?

1) it will destroy valuable productive farmland. We're already loosing too much farmland to urbanization.
2) First Nations will loose burial sites. We (settlers) have already done enough to mess up our relationship with the First Nations

It's not too late to turn back. Please say NO to Site C.

Sincerely,

Heather Ramsay
Metchosin, BC

HeatherRamsayVictoria2017-05-22 18:22:30

Dear elected leaders,
please listen to the wishes of the people who elected you.

A majority of voters has requested be stopped or wish to have the BC Utilities Commission more thoroughly assess the situation for it's relevance and possibility of permanent damage to the Beautiful Peace River Valley area.
Please consider the destruction to homes, gravesites and archeological sites which would be devastating to all concerned.
Do you really want to continue with the destruction for questionable /possibly useless results?
Your constituants will not forget the results of this decision and will vote accordingly at the next opportunity

Patricia Gail HarrodOttawa2017-05-22 20:48:37

1) We should not be destroying farm land in B.C. It is too valuable, and necessary for future generations.
2) We should respect First Nations' gravesites, and stewardship of the land.
3) The electricity is not required, and will be too expensive anyway, if this dam is built.
4) It should be comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utiiities Commission.
5) I heard Dr Swain speaking on the economics of this project; it is totally out of sync with our needs.

AnnKujundzicVictoria2017-05-22 22:06:33

Dear NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver,

I know that you both are very familiar with the Site C question, and that you have taken stances that call for a halt to construction of the Site C, in order for the BC Utilities Commission, and/or other designated experts, reconsider the facts behind the Site C Dam. This project is not needed, is going to add a long term debt load to the people of BC, is going to destroy existing farms and top quality agricultural land, will cover First Nations gravesites and archaeological sites, will have an impact on the First Nation hunting, fishing and gathering of the Peace River, and will impact the water supply and traditional lands of First Nations downstream in Wood Buffalo National Park and UNESCO Heritage Site.

I believe you should make every effort to HALT this project now, and respond to the wishes of a high percentage of the people of BC.

This project was pushed forward on false premises, that we needed the electricity, which many experts state we do not at least for decades. This is a vanity project that was undertaken by Premier Clark, pushed by Ministers Bill Bennett and Rich Coleman, in support of the LNG development craze that has not materialized, and makes no economic sense.

Please consider that the Treaty Rights of the First Nations, the potential use for agricultural land and food supply, and the maintenance of a unique river system with its special ecosystems, in the context of an overheating world owing to climate change, are much more important considerations than continuing to push the production of the fossil fuel, greenhouse gas producing fracked natural gas and LNG systems that Premier Clark and her followers favor. Hers is the choice of planetary overheating and species extinctions, we should be going in the direction of stabilizing temperature and earth ecosystems, and establishing stable, steady state sustainable systems to promote maintenance of reasonable lives for all people.

JohnJeglumDuncan2017-05-23 03:19:59

Stop the Site C dam!

TomasErssonHigh River2017-05-23 04:01:49

It seems hard to imagine any explanation for the BC government's continued intention to build Site C other than the Liberal Party's continued adherence to their economic development plans. So here we are, removing forever from agricultural production the best land in northeast BC. Also, we are placing another blockage to the Yellowstone to Yukon wildlife corridor and ignoring First Nations treaty obligations, all this to supply electricity to an LNG industry that will double BC's carbon dioxide contribution. It just seems crazy in the long run. The recent UBC report on BC Hydro's demand projections demonstrates that we just don't need the dam for decades to come, if ever. There's uninstalled capacity at existing hydro sites. There's rapidly expanding innovation in utilizing other renewable electricity sources. So maybe we get a few thousand jobs for a few years. What happens after that? In the meantime, recognizing the end of the big dam era could be leading us into new fields of energy production that help meet the world's obligation to get us off hydrocarbons, including LNG. Site C just doesn't make sense if one is thinking in terms of decades rather than 4 year electoral terms.

LarryDykeRutherglen2017-05-23 08:58:56

I live in Victoria, BC. I was raised in the Peace country region. I am profoundly affected by the decision to proceed with Site C and deeply invested in the outcome of this issue.

The proposed dam is an antiquated project and an economic, cultural, environmental, food security disaster. As well-documented in the media, it is NOT an economic winner. It is unjust and represents a way of thinking and approaching serious problems that the world is rapidly moving away from, as evidenced in the dismantling of mega-dam projects throughout the U.S.A.. My children and grandchildren will be saddled with the costs (beyond simply 'financial' burden - there are cultural, environmental and social costs that will continue to compound by proceeding with this mistake).

PLEASE step back from entrenched partisan politics and come together to stop this project. It is not too late. You CAN do this. This is a moral issue and it will not go away by simply pushing it through in such an anti-democratic, belligerent way.

Please do the right thing and halt this project now.

Gravely concerned,
Narda Nelson

NardaNelsonVictoria2017-05-23 12:16:34

Dams are a hazard to fish wherever they exist. Dam removals in the U.S. have dramatically improved fish runs.

Philip RatcliffFort St. John2017-05-23 13:27:41

Please stop this destructive madness! We don't need the power - and we really don't need to pay more for our Hydro! The days of huge power utility initiatives are long gone. This has already gone too far.

There are so many reports that say we don't need the power and that it will financially / economically jeopardize the province if we move forward. The need for power has been declining and a focus on conservation would be a much cleaner way to spend these dollars. If the province is looking for jobs, they can just pay people and we still stand to lose less money than if they move forward with this madness.

We should be preserving the Peace Valley so we can have valuable land to grow our food.

Please stop this now before these homes get ruined and the first nations burial grounds are destroyed!

Continuing on with this project in the face of this adversity is irresponsible and reckless.

JodieBergeronNorth Vancouver2017-05-23 15:18:19

Dear Elected Leaders in BC:
I am really concerned about what we are doing in BC with the Site C dam, breaking a treaty with first nations people, losing so much wonderful arable land, losing so much important wildlife habitat, all for electricity which we don't need now and which will probably be more effectively produced soon with alternative energy sources. It seems like a huge mistake and I feel desperate about it. Please reconsider and STOP the project.
I have a stake in the Peace because this is a really important decision.
Thank you

SusanMacRaeVictoria2017-05-23 21:02:25

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

People’s homes and gravesites are hanging in the balance right now! Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ gravesites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

There’s no need to worry about job losses at the Site C construction site. We understand the concern that stopping Site C will result in job losses; however, tens of thousands of jobs could be created in various geographic locations throughout the province if alternatives like wind, solar and geothermal were pursued. These technologies can be produced for less money, result in far less destruction and can be built on an as-needed basis. This significantly reduces the risk of overbuilding energy infrastructure and reduces the loss of millions of dollars resulting from lengthy transmission of power from the north to the south.

Let the party leaders know that they need to honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in them! Tell them that now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that they are listening and that they truly represent us. Remind them that it is their responsibility to ensure that the actions they take in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians. Ask them to please take a moment to pause and seriously consider the weight of their power and responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

Kraig and ValerieSchweissSterling2017-05-23 22:23:49

Please ensure that all irreversible harms association with on-going construction of Site C be curtailed until such time as the election results are known and party positions are stabilized.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to assess massive projects like Site C to ensure that they are indeed in the public’s interest and not politically driven projects.

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you truly represent us. You must act responsibly given the authority and trust that you retain even during this time of uncertainty. Please ensure that you take advantage of any opportunities at this time and in the near future, to make decisions and take actions which reflect the wishes of the majority of BC citizens.

BC’s party leaders must be held accountable for their actions as well as any inaction they take at this time when people’s homes and ancestral grave sites are at risk. You must honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in you.

FionaYorkVancouver2017-05-23 22:32:10

I am horrified that the BC Govment is going ahead with this. It is not in anyones best interests.

kerryknettlePrince George2017-05-24 05:23:52

I am writing about the concerns myself and thousands of British Columbian citizens have over the Site C dam project.
The recent report by the UBC Program on Water Governance clearly showed in considerable detail how uneconomic the project will be. In addition the report showed how cancelling the project even now will save the Provincial taxpayer $1.65 billion.
With this evidence it is very suspicious that the project was removed from BCUC oversight in 2010. Could this be because the Liberal Government was making deals with the tar sands and LNG investors for subsidised power to keep their climate altering industries going?
Only by restoring the project to BCUC review and oversight will integrity be returned to the process and dangerous vested interests be caged.
Finally the current project will mean the destruction of many First Nations grave and cultural sites, the loss of which cannot be monetised or mitigated. This consequence, in and of itself, makes this project unethical and inhumane. When you add into the mix the very real loss of thousands of acres of valuable farmland and the economic livelihoods of hundreds of agricultural workers, this project looks like a disaster for the Province and for all Canadians.
The only responsible and ethical course for any new government is to set a new course for the Province by scrupulously reviewing the Site C under BCUC, considering cancelling the whole 19th century oriented civil engineering project and instead diverting all the proposed investments into solar and wind power and new technologies. Far more jobs will be created with such a vision than any huge environmentally and economically destructive white elephant project.

RolandAlcockSooke2017-05-24 13:00:08

The results of the recent BC election are in the air but it is clear the majority has spoken! Some 57% of British Columbians voted for Site C dam to either be stopped or at the very least, comprehensively assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

Generational farm family homes like the Boon’s and the Meek’s are slated for destruction in less than two weeks. Imminent road construction also threatens First Nations’ grave sites and significant archaeological sites. Given the uncertainty of the outcome of this election, it is inhumane to proceed with this level of irreversible material, psychological and cultural destruction.

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

The BCUC was created in the early 1980’s specifically to provide a non-partisan and thorough assessment of large infrastructure projects to ensure that they were in the best interests of British Columbians. Site C was the first project they assessed. In 1982, the BCUC concluded that the need for the power was not justified and that further research into alternatives such as geothermal should be undertaken by BC Hydro.
Unfortunately, in 2010, Premier Campbell removed the oversight of the BCUC specifically from Site C. Yet the former Chair of the Joint Review Panel, Dr. Harry Swain, PhD Economics, has repeatedly stated that the need for, cost of and comparison of alternatives to Site C must be more thoroughly examined before proceeding with the project. He continues to urge the province to utilize the BCUC to conduct this comprehensive assessment.

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

Now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that you are listening and that you represent us. It is your responsibility to ensure that the actions taken in the immediate future are in the best interests of all British Columbians. Please take a moment to pause and seriously consider your responsibility when the destruction of third generation family homes and First Nations’ gravesites hang in the balance at this very moment.

AnnFilbertWest Vancouver2017-05-24 13:23:05

Stop all irreverable work on the Site C dam until the election results have been decided and government is formed. This dam is not needed and the LNG farce is too damaging to our environment to be completed. Stop all fracking in BC!
Sincerely,
Sally AJ Abraham

Sally AJAbrahamVancouver2017-05-24 21:40:06

Site C is a political project because it was not viewed by the UCBC to ensure that it was in the public interest. Alternative energy source comparisons were not to be considered by the Joint Review Panel. When I hear e statement "beyond the point of no return" it only confirms the fact that there is something amiss and the record needs to be set straight do the right thing and have this project reviewed by the UCBC. The govt abused the proper process, there was no transparency and where the heck is this power going? Homes? LNG? California? (Wait, we paid a 750 million dollar settlement for BC ' s part in ENRON), electrifying the tars ands? Homes again?

JohnBearFSJ2017-05-25 01:15:53

There is no reason for this dam, there are a multiple number of alternative power sources that are a lot more cost effective and that do not wreak our beautiful province. The cost of such an endeavor could be put to better uses to the highest good of the British Colombian people and this beautiful land that we all share.

terriMcLeodCharlie Lake2017-05-25 09:41:59

Pending a joint government decision, please immediately suspend further irreversible destruction of environment, family homes, and First Nations cultural lands and gravesites.
Final decision must respect and reflect a mandatory BCUC assessment, and the findings of the recent 'Site C Economics' report issued by UBC.
It is imperative that unbiased facts and expert opinions not be overridden by personal preconceptions or Party egos!

martyennskelowna2017-05-25 12:56:31

This dam is both a financial and environmental disaster in the making.
This dam doesn't not make financial sense and I refuse to be saddled with paying for something we don't need or want. Hydro prices are already too high. We can't handle the increase cost to the taxpayer to make power to sell at a loss.
More importantly though, is that you do not have the support of the people to destroy our province, our environment, our land. Indigenous land, agricultural lands, salmon stocks. Too much is at stake to let this proceed. It must be stopped. It's time to do what is right for British Columbians. It's time to transition to alternative energy options. Let's not miss the boat on this too.

ShanleyPittsKamloops2017-05-25 15:32:59

Dear Christie Clark, John Horgan, Andrew Weaver,

The results of the recent election indicate considerable discontent with the way the Liberal party was governing the province. The Site C dam is one of the contentious issues that affected the election outcome. Begun without proper consultation or environmental and social impact assessment, this project should be terminated. There are many reasons why this project is unacceptable including:
1) It is not economically viable as the recent economic evaluation of the project issued by the Program on Water Governance at UBC shows.
2) There are alternative, less environmentally and socially damaging, opportunities for renewable energy development in BC, including geothermal, for which BC has great potential, as shown by the Geological Survey of Canada.
3) The reservoir will flood thousands of acres of valuable farm land, a limited resource in BC. Furthermore, northern agricultural land will become increasingly important to food production as climate change unfolds.
4) Seasonal flow patterns in the Peace river coupled with intermittent ice damming in the Slave River causes the intermittent flooding of the Peace-Athabasca Delta, flooding that is critical to sustaining the unique ecosystems of this world heritage site. Changes in the flow patterns of the Peace River that will result from Site C further endanger the Delta.
5) Neither First Nations nor local land owners were properly consulted nor were their voices heard in the decision to proceed with the project.
Site C is a bad project. I urge you to abandon it before further environmental damage is caused and money wasted.

MichaelHealeyPeachland2017-05-25 17:53:53

I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed Site C dam project, on the grounds that it will damage the interests of BC citizens while giving a free ride to the exploiters of natural gas resources.

I believe the purpose behind the proposed Site C dam is to allow a huge expansion of hydraulic fracturing, which is an environmental nightmare in itself.

This project has not been adequately discussed by the taxpayers of British Columbia, whose hydro bills are already promised to rise exponentially. In addition, the expansion of LNG extraction makes no sense in a market where there is an oversupply already. I consider the (former) provincial government's support for this dam project irresponsible, short-sighted and deceptive.

The proposed project would have wide-ranging environmental, social and financial impacts both for the communities of the Peace River Valley and for all British Columbians, who will end up paying the costs while receiving nothing but desecration of our province in return.

Site C would flood more than 52 square kilometres of agricultural land, completely unnecessarily,
including B.C.‘s only prime farmland north of Quesnel. Family farms that have been passed down for generations would be under water, and farmers would be forced to leave their productive land against their wishes. The loss of agricultural land combined with the losses of boreal forest, biodiversity and ecosystem services and functions including carbon sequestration are unacceptable risks that cannot be mitigated.

Site C would severely impact First Nations, flooding 78 First Nations heritage sites, including burial grounds and places of cultural and spiritual significance.

The proposed dam would eradicate wetlands that support migratory bird flocks and negatively impact at-risk species such as grizzly bear and wolverine. The loss of important wildlife corridors would contribute to genetic isolation and the potential loss of species.

Site C electricity is not needed for domestic consumption. Residential and commercial customers in B.C. have actually reduced their power consumption since 2008.

The cost of Site C Dam to BC ratepayers and to our environment is simply too high and I urge the party leaders to work together for the benefit of BC citizens, and not to continue the sellout of BC's assets.

AnneBaumanCumberland2017-05-25 19:20:03

That the farmland is needed to feed people - for local food security. It is an unusually fertile and protected area - must be saved.
That indigenous nations downstream do not want this dam.
That BC does not need the power.
BC is blessed with tons of untapped renewable energy potential including geothermal.
And conservation can also save money and help to protect the environment. There is no need and no justification for the Site C dame.

LynAdamsonToronto2017-05-27 00:36:06

Cite C. is ver5y bad for the common people in BC. We will not need more pore for a long time and if it were built, we would have to pay the enormous cost of building it for many years. Environmentally, it would destroy the productive farm lands and hunting ground, and destroy the first Nation people and other people's lives. It must be stopped immediately.

hisaoichikawavancouver2017-05-27 10:39:04

Dear B.C. Premier & BC's MLA'S:

Please DO NOT GO AHEAD with building Site C dam. Please make the BIG CHANGE OVER TO ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FORMS OF ENERGY, WHICH ALSO PRODUCE GOOD PAYING JOBS FOR CANADIANS.

Thank-you,

Mrs. M. Kent &
Mr. T. Kent
Langley, B.C.

Margaret & ThomasKentLangley2017-05-27 13:34:16

Unnecessary.
In breach of First Nations rights.
Inappropriate use of BC tax payer moneys.
Destructive to remaining Peace River Valley ecology and precious needed agricultural land.

Bat-AmiHensenVictoria2017-05-27 22:18:42

Drowning farms to make way for a dam we don't need?
No.
Drowning farmland that has supported generations of families?
No.
Ignoring the wishes of First Nations people?
No.
Ignoring alternative power technologies being used worldwide?
No.
Please. NO SITE C DAM.

RobertMcCandlessVancouver2017-05-28 00:27:08

1) Loss of wildlife habitat.
2) Loss of valuable agricultural land.
3) Lack of convincing economic benefits.
3) Lack of long term jobs.
4) Lack of convincing arguement as to need for hydro created electricity.
5) For these reasons I am strongly opposed to construction of the Site C dam and it should be stopped now.

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NancyBenNancyBenAPNewark2017-05-31 07:06:54

Stop Site C. It is economically unsound and environmentally inappropriate and devastating. Investing in alternative energy sources such as tidal, wind and geothermal are preferable for a clean future.

RobinDel PinoVancouver2017-05-31 10:23:05

Please follow through with the re-assessment of the wisdom of building Site C dam. It is a critical time to take actions with consideration of the real impact on the future of the British Columbia environment.

Thank you.

LynnYipVictoria2017-05-31 22:50:26

Unessary need for more hydro electric power. Consumption is down. No real consultation with first Nations who historically own the land. There are better ways to create power through many green energy sources. The land is prime agricultural land which we will need to feed our population.

MicheleDickinsonMaple Ridge2017-06-01 17:01:17

I believe this is a plan that is outdated and that the Peace River Valley is now and definitely in the future will be a " food basket" for our Western Canadian region.
As weather patterns shift we have to think ahead to where our food will be grown. I believe this land is better saved for this purpose.
We should be looking at the alternative sources of energy and advancing ahead of the "game"
Please save the PEACE!

MarilynSwallowLadysmith2017-06-02 21:10:09

Please reject the Site C Dam, as it is exceedingly damaging to the environment, biodiversity and First Nations rights. Destructive projects like dams have disrupted and destroyed healthy biodiverse systems across the globe.
Preservation of natural resources and sustainable energy alternatives are urgently needed in this region, rather than another dam.
Additionally, the Site C Dam is economically unsound in that it is
cost ineffective to build this dam and alternative clean energy options are preferable.

RobinDel PinoVancouver2017-06-06 08:45:15

Clark claims it will cost 600 million to quit site c ,She needs to pull her head out of her arse, it will cost a hell of a lot more to continue with this massive boondoggle.Shut it down immediately, Then turn it into a tourist draw..

garyleinabbotsford2017-06-07 08:48:00

According to the ‘Site C Economics’ report issued by the UBC Program on Water Governance, we are not past the ‘point of no return’ on Site C. The report clearly states that if the project were to be stopped by the end of June 2017, up to $1.65 billion in savings could be realized. This is due in part by the fact that the demand for the power is not certain and the cost of alternatives has dropped considerably since BC Hydro first compared them to Site C.

Ashley PrinceBurnaby2017-06-07 10:01:39

Hello
My concern is the flooding so much valuable land, and this originally was all Traditional Land of the First Nations. Damning of Rivers and waterways is an old and dangerous out dated way to produce electrical power. Damns came from an old technology when there were no viable alternatives. Now we have the ability to harvest solar energy, sea wave energy and wind energy. These are viable working solutions to the need for power. Instead of flooding thousands of acres of beautiful land. Harness the sun, wind and ocean instead. It's time for British Columbia to join other countries in finding more sustainable and viable solutions to our resource needs.

LeonardHowellAbbotsford2017-06-07 15:24:26

Destruction of our beautiful province. Encroachment on Native land. Pollution. Lack if concern for the environment.

These are but a few of my concerns.

Please stop site C.

BreeFergusonChilliwack2017-06-08 07:35:52

From what I understand Site C is an economic boondoggle that is unnecessary for British Columbia in terms of power.

It will cost a lot of money and destroy some important First Nations heritage sites, as well as much needed farmland that would greatly benefit us in terms of Food Security.

There are better ways to get clean energy that are less destructive of farmland and the unique ecosystems of the Peace River Valley.

Stop this project now.

BernadetteKeenanSurrey 2017-06-09 15:55:54

Now is the time to stop construction on the Site C dam and to let the Boon and other family on the banks of the Peace River near the Site C construction site stay where they are.
All parties should support a critical review of the Site C Project by the BC Utilities Commission.
This is necessary to analyze the current and future need for the power which Site C is promised to produce and the cost of producing that power to the BC taxpayers.
BC Hydro has done considerable damage to the environment - the river, riverbanks, islands in the river and that should end.
What will be very important in the near future is food sustainability - we need the good quality farmland in the BC Peace River Valley to produce more food for northern BC residents.
We don't need more power to sell to another country at the expense of BC taxpayers.

MargaretKeithPeace River Regional District2017-06-09 21:15:20

There is no need for this dam. There is no market for the power.
These big dams are totally outdated. It seems that solar and wind power were not considered. It is totally disruptive to bird and animal life and local occupants of the land. The First Nations protests have gone unheeded in regard to the effect on their traditional way of life and flooding of burial grounds and Heritage sites. It was the Liberal agenda to not listen to protests and put the project past the point of no return. It is not past the point of no return and this kind of attitude is not democracy. It seems that no one listened to Harry Swain who headed up the Joint Review Committee and had major concerns about site C going ahead. Amnesty International is concerned. There are concerns about the effect of water flow or lack of it in the delta of the Peace as this is an important area for animal and bird life. This is a World Heritage site. Is this not important. Do we have to destroy everything in the name of jobs which will be short term.
The Peace is a beautiful river I have canoed on it. Lets protect what we have left and stop this unnecessary destruction.

ValerieWrightTerrace2017-06-11 13:15:30

Please stop the Site C dam.

AmyPatzCoquitlam2017-06-13 18:22:39

Destruction of prime farm/agricultural land. Disregard of First Nations rights & treaties. Cost of production will exceed and sale benefit meaning BC taxpayers will be subsidizing foreign use of the power. Liberal government of BC had proven that they are corrupt to the core and are in collusion with major energy companies to promote profit over the welfare and well being of BC residents and our future. The liberals record of lies and deceit proves they cannot be trusted and any, and all, statements made by them are suspect to the extreme. Alternative methods are available.

PeterWhiteDelta2017-06-14 10:20:27

Site C, if allowed to
be constructed, would cause massive, irreversible damage to precious ecosystems, some of the best microclimate agricultural land on weary, and above all, desecration to Native ancestral territories that have never been ceded. This land has been the source of cultural strength, traditional foods and medicines, a gathering place, and a ancestral burial ground for thousands and thousands of years.

When every faction in the area (ranchers, farmers, First Nations, etc) are unified in their fierce opposition to the Site C Dam, and every study has determined that the balloonig cost will bankrupt our entire province, and require the draining of budgets for health care, education, and other vital services - not to
mention that the energy is not needed (by anyone's estimation), the question hangs heavy in the air: who profits by this proposed desecration? And why are they so hell bent on their own illusionary self interest? Enough of this madness! Halt the Site C Dam project immediately, and herald in decisions made for the benefit of the people, and the land that sustains us, once again. Thank you.

RudiLeibik Vancouver2017-06-15 19:27:52

If construction is completed, it will take 70 years for generations of British Columbians to pay off! This for a project that has no market and BC Hydro says isn’t needed for potentially 40 years!

Save the Peace River!

Thank you,
Gina

GinaRogersVictoria2017-06-16 08:42:43

The site C dam would flood the most valuable farmland in the north which could possibly supply over a million people with food. It is comparable to the Fraser valley. B.C. currently imports half its food supply from California and Mexico but with frequent drought due to Global warming this source is not sustainable. The Peace valley is closer than California and could well supply Northern B.C. Yukon and North West Territories.
The cost of this outdated mega proposal according to B.C. hydro is $8.8 billion but this does not include transmission costs and distribution which could bring it up to 11billion.The most absurd reason for not building the dam is that we do not need the power and that if we did the cost of generating power at Site C would be double that of buying elsewhere!
Site C would permanently damage Treaty 8 rights to live a traditional way of life as guaranteed in the treaty signed in 1899. This is a total betrayal by the provincial and federal government after recent "reconciliation" promises.

MichaelMylesTerrace2017-06-20 15:29:05

It just doesn't make sense on any level. Stick to your promises and stop the Site C dam. Make this one of your top priorities.

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