17 06 29 (3) Press Release – Response to SCC denial of Leave


The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear two appeals that sought to delay the Site C dam project in British Columbia.

Two First Nations — the Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations —  had sought a judicial review of the mega-project, citing problems with how it was approved by the provincial and federal governments.

The Site C dam is a controversial $8.5-billion hydroelectric project on the Peace River near Fort St. John in northeastern British Columbia.

Once completed, the dam will flood an 83-kilometre-long river valley. BC Hydro say it will provide enough electricity to power the equivalent of around 450,000 homes

The two First Nations say proper consultations were not carried out during the approval process and that adverse effects from flooding would significantly impair how they exercise their treaty rights.

The applications were dismissed with costs today.

As usual, the Supreme Court of Canada gave no reasons for its decision not to hear the cases.

The claims have been previously dismissed by the provincial Supreme Court of B.C. and the Federal Court of Appeal.

In their decision, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the federal government is allowed to issue permits for projects like Site C without first discovering if the project violates treaty rights.

Letter to Jessica MacDonald and Christy Clark from Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations regarding the impacts that further road construction will have to a First Nations’ gravesite as well as cultural sites and a sweat lodge. The Nations also point out that BC Hydro produced alternative routes that would avoid these values (plus the demolition of farm homes) and questions why the alternative isn’t being implemented.

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Candace, Galen and Andrea – thanks to all of you, things are looking great!

Dear Friends,

Look at where we are now!

We want to send a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have taken action to protect the Peace River Valley from the Site C dam! From informing friends, sharing social media posts, writing letters, taking to the streets, meeting with politicians, waving banners, to joining the Site C White Elephant and so much more – you are amazing and your efforts have paid off!

As you know, the BC NDP and Green party have now formed an alliance and it looks like they will soon form a minority government in BC. The two parties have signed an agreement that includes sending Site C to the BC Utilities Commission for the economic review it should have had years ago.
We wouldn’t be looking forward to this if it weren’t for YOU!
Working together, our allies – including over 40 volunteers and 25 canvassers pounded the pavement and burned up the phone lines, distributing 25,000 brochures explaining why Site C isn’t good for BC, and making over 5000 get-out-the-vote phone calls.

We’ve also gathered 120,000 petition signatures, which we presented to the federal government and look forward to bringing to the new government at the BC Legislature soon!

Big shout out to our allies at FightC, Rolling Justice Bus, Alliance4Democracy and so many, many more individuals and organizations – too numerous to mention — who have worked so hard to stop Site C. Together we made Site C an election issue, as well as a key negotiating issue for the NDP and the Greens in developing their cooperation agreement.

Our work isn’t completely finished but we’ve definitely overcome some huge hurdles and are so excited to see the path being laid towards stopping this dam for good.

With your help, we’ll bring it to the finish line!

Stay tuned; we will soon request your endorsement of a thorough, open and comprehensive British Columbia Utilities Commission review of Site C. We will also need you to let the politicians know that no new construction contracts or permits should be issued.

Thanks again so much and we hope you take great satisfaction in knowing through your personal experience that the actions of each person really can make a difference in our world. Thank you for protecting the Peace!
For the Peace,

Andrea Morison                       Galen Armstrong                 Candace Batycki
Peace Valley Env. Assc.         Sierra Club BC                     Yellowstone to Yukon                                                                                                                             Cons. Initiative



Many thanks to John Horgan for taking expedient action on protecting Peace Valley farm homes: BC NDP leader John Horgan wrote to BC Hydro CEO Jessica MacDonald expressing concern for families and communities impacted by the government’s decision to expropriate lands for the advancement of Site C.
Mr. Horgan states:
“I believe there is no demonstrated short term need to force these families from their homes, and because the status of the next governments of British Columbia are uncertain, the threat of imminent removal of residents from their expropriated homes and property is unreasonable.”
Mr. Horgan ended with an urgent request that BC Hydro not finalize any contracts until a new government has gained the confidence of the legislature to govern and decide future policy regarding the Site C project.
Please click here to read the full letter.

For Immediate Release – May 18, 2017

Groups send open letter for party leaders calling for immediate pause on Site C

VANCOUVER – In an open letter sent today to all recently elected MLAs and their party leaders, several non-government organizations and citizen groups are urging them to pause construction on the Site C dam and have the project thoroughly assessed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).

The popular vote numbers show over half the voters in the province supported either the BC NDP, who stated they would bring the project to the BCUC for review or the BC Greens, who stated that they’d stop the project immediately.

“The homes of multi-generational farm families are hanging in the balance as we speak,” said Joe Foy, National Campaign Director for the Wilderness Committee. “The first two homes are at risk of being destroyed if action is not taken soon.  It’s not a stretch to say that given the uncertainty of the election outcome at this time, it is simply unjust to proceed with this level of irreversible damage.”

“We don’t need to spend anywhere near $9 billion on energy infrastructure right now, even BC Hydro stated we may not need the amount of power that Site C would provide for up to 40 years from now.  It makes more sense to take that public money and build much needed public infrastructure throughout the province:  like hospitals, schools, water treatment plants, affordable housing and daycares.  Projects that all British Columbians need now,” states Andrea Morrison, Executive Director for the Peace Valley Environment Association.

Not only are the farm families bracing themselves for imminent destruction of their homes, but First Nations are also deeply concerned about the road realignment work planned in the coming weeks, which will destroy a grave site and significant archaeological sites. The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations along with the Peace Valley Landowner Association have requested the results of the Multiple Accounts Analysis that justifies why this particular highway route was chosen over other options, but BC Hydro has not released the document.

“Now is the perfect time for the elected representatives of all parties in BC to show that they are listening to the electorate by addressing Site C before any more irreversible harm is caused by the project,” says Galen Armstrong, Peace Valley  Campaigner for  Sierra Club BC.  “When people’s homes and ancestors’ grave sites hang in the balance, the time for action by the parties is now.  Our elected representatives have a huge responsibility and this is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate that they will honour the faith that the people of BC have put in them.”


For more information, please contact:

Joe Foy | National Campaign Director, Wilderness Committee

Galen Armstrong | Peace Valley Campaigner, Sierra Club BC

Additional Media Resources
 Open Letter to Hon. Christy Clark, John Horgan & Andrew Weaver

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Ken and Arlene Boon’s farm in Peace Valley in Bear Flat.  Highway realignment for Site C dam is designed to come straight through their 3rd generation family home – cream building with red roof.  (Note the 541 yellow solidarity stakes all banded along the ridge.)

Dear Friends of the Peace,

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).


Now is the time to reinforce your position!  As the parties wait for the final outcome and ponder alliances, this is the perfect opportunity for you to remind them that Site C is a priority issue.

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.

Perhaps when you look at the picture above you wonder why the road couldn’t have been moved a few feet to spare this historic family home?  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.

Visit our letter writing platform at SiteC.RealHearings.Org now to send your letter directly to the leaders of the Liberal, NDP and Green parties of BC.

Please be sure to include in your letter, a 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.

You can also remind the party leaders 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.

Remind the party leaders that now is the perfect time to show British Columbians that they are listening and that they truly represent us.  They must act responsibly given the authority and trust that they retain even during this time of uncertainty.  Encourage them to ensure that they 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.  They must honor the faith that British Columbians have placed in them.

Please send your letter now through our easy-to-use letter writing website, SiteC.RealHearings.Org.

Thank you for your continued support.


For the Peace,

Andrea Morison
Peace Valley Env. Assc.

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