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Before and after photos of the destruction already caused by BC Hydro logging in the fall of 2015. Photo Garth Lenz


The Federal government
A number of important permits are currently before the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. However, the federal government response to repeated calls to reject, suspend or rescind federal permits necessary for Site C to proceed remains non-committal.

The federal NDP has taken up the issue, raising Site C during question period last week. The response from Environment Minister Catherine McKenna ducked the question of whether the federal government will intervene to uphold Treaty rights:

“The project is now at construction phase and BC Hydro must meet the requirements set out in the environmental assessment decision as well as other regulatory requirements.”

Asked for a more specific response by the Hill Times, the Minister’s office said it would be inappropriate to comment while the case is before the courts.

http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/site-c/no-trudeau-veto-for-site-c-1.2183509#sthash.eMoCuhTr.dpuf
http://www.hilltimes.com/news/2016/02/29/liberals-have-yet-to-walk-the-talk-on-renewing-nation-to-nation-indigenous-relationship/45445

Rocky Mountain Camp

On Monday, a BC court granted an injunction against the cultural camp organized by the Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land at the Rocky Mountain Fort site. The cultural camp has been the only thing standing in the way of BC Hydro’s plans to log the valley floor in preparation of construction of the Site C dam. If the camp is removed, it’s expected that BC Hydro will move quickly to clear cut large areas of old growth and other unique forest habitat in the Valley. In the injunction hearing, BC Hydro told the court it intends to complete logging before migratory birds return this spring.

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Legal challenges

There are presently 3 court appeals and 1 judicial review pending regarding the Site C dam.

  • West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations and the Peace Valley Landowner Association continue to pursue judicial reviews of the approval of the dam. The Landowner’s case is at the appeal stage before the provincial courts and will be heard on April 4th & 5th. The First Nations case is also at the appeal stage before both the federal and provincial courts. The dates for the First Nations appeals have not yet been set.
  • Additionally, West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have requested a judicial review of the licenses issued in association with construction of the dam.  Arguments concluded on February 2, 2016 and a decision is pending.

Online actions

Fundraising

Donations to support the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations in their legal challenge to the Site C dam can be made through RAVEN Trust and will be matched:
http://raventrust.com/join-the-circle-no-site-c/

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