Site C has huge environmental, social and financial costs.
It is NOT in the best interests of British Columbians!

You can help stop B.C.’s next White Elephant – the Site C dam! The federal and provincial governments will make a decision on Site C in the next few weeks. Please ensure that they are aware that a decision to proceed with this dam will be catastrophic!

The Peace Dividend, a new study by the David Suzuki Foundation, states that the benefits provided by farmland and nature in the Peace River watershed are conservatively worth an estimated $7.9 billion to $8.6 billion a year!

Action Request:
Ask the federal and provincial government to thoroughly review and consider the newly released study from David Suzuki Foundation – The Peace Dividend prior to making a decision on Site C Dam.

We have learned that template letters carry little weight; therefore we ask that you please compose your own letter. It could be as simple as one or two sentences using the information given above or you may wish to add additional facts provided below.

Please send your letter to:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900
Email: stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca

Premier Christy Clark
PO Box 9041
Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC
V8W 9E1
Email: premier@gov.bc.ca

Your MLA’s email and mailing address can be found at the following site: http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm

Supporting information for your letter:

1. The Peace Dividend report states that the economic benefits of keeping the Peace River region’s remaining farmland and nature intact are enormous.

a. These ecosystems play a critical role in providing clean air, clean water, habitat for wildlife and many other ecological benefits including flood control, pollination services, and hunting and fishing opportunities that sustain the health and well-being of local residents.

b. The disruption of these ecosystems would cause significant impacts to the cultural and traditional ways of First Nations.

c. The Peace region of northeastern British Columbia is already subject to significant ecological impacts due to hydroelectric power generation, mining, logging and planned natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure.

d. The study found that ecological services provided by farmland and nature in the Peace River Watershed are conservatively worth an estimated $7.9 billion to $8.6 billion a year.

2. “Biological diversity is a global asset of great value to present and future generations… vital to humanity’s economic and social development…Overall, the Panel’s assessment indicates a change in biodiversity…[and that] significant effects would occur in the long-term…the loss of biodiversity has a cost in terms of loss to world biodiversity and heritage…it also has a financial cost.” Report of the Joint Review Panel Site C Clean Energy Project, pg 265.

3. There are alternative sources of power, at comparable costs, such as geothermal, which would allow supply to better follow demand. This would eliminate the anticipated annual loss of $800 million during the first four years after Site C was commissioned. Report of the Joint Review Panel Site C Clean Energy Project, pg 298.

4. The Joint Review Panel concluded that BC Hydro has failed to prove that we need Site C. Further, they emphasized that because there are significant adverse effects, justification for the project must rest on an unambiguous need for the power. Report of the Joint Review Panel Site C Clean Energy Project, pg 308.

5. Hydro’s planning capability has been severely compromised by the absence of intelligent, comprehensive, forward-thinking energy strategies and legislation for BC. This policy failure should not be allowed to drive BC into an unwise and unwarranted decision to build Site C Dam.

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