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Dear Friend of the Peace,

I know you care deeply about the fate of the Peace Valley and the people who live there.

Now is the time to show it! 

Site C is officially a major election issue, and the outcome of this election will impact our ability to protect the Peace.

Luckily, our team has been working hard for the last several months to sign up voters. Now, we’re trying to phone them all and get them out to vote! We have a real chance to make a difference with this, but…

…WE NEED ALL OF YOU!

We have hundreds of people to call and just one week to do it!

You can phone from home on your own time or join us in Vancouver, Victoria or Salt Spring Island.

Here our full schedule: 

Tuesday, May 2

Sierra Club BC (2994 Douglas St. Victoria)

9am – 1pm & 4pm-7pm

4pm – 7pm

Wednesday, May 3

Salt Spring Island (location TBA)

9am-8:30pm

 

Wednesday, May 3

Vancouver Wilderness Committee Offices 46 E 6th Ave, Vancouver,

9am-1pm

 

Thursday, May 4

Salt Spring Island (location TBA)

9am-8:30pm

 

Friday, May 5

Vancouver Wilderness Committee Offices 46 E 6th Ave, Vancouver,

9am-1pm

 

Friday, May 5

Sierra Club BC (2994 Douglas St. Victoria)

9am-1pm & 4-7 pm

4pm-7pm

Saturday, May 6

Sierra Club BC (2994 Douglas St. Victoria)

9am-1pm & 4-7 pm

4pm-7pm

Monday, May 8

Sierra Club BC (2994 Douglas St. Victoria)

9am – 1pm

5pm-8pm

Monday, May 8

Vancouver Wilderness Committee Offices 46 E 6th Ave, Vancouver,

9am-8pm & 5-8 pm

 

Tuesday, May 9

Sierra Club BC (2994 Douglas St. Victoria)

9am-1pm & 3-5 pm

3pm-5pm

Learn how to use CallHub and sign up for a training here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/rt/2575456836112142594

In Vancouver, call Ariel for any support needs: 604-351-8324 or a.martzoberlander@gmail.com
In Victoria, call Galen at 778-679-3191 or galen@sierraclub.bc.ca

 

For the Peace,
                        

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

A new report is calling for the suspension of B.C.’s Site C dam project, saying it’s no longer going to benefit the provincial economy as once expected and that power from the hydroelectric station will likely be exported at losses of up to $1 billion.

The report on water governance released Tuesday looks at which option would be best for B.C. from a business standpoint: cancelling, suspending or finishing the $8.5-billion project.

Ultimately, it recommended the project be put on hold and reviewed by the BC Utilities Commission.

A statement from the UBC researchers said several key changes that have happened since the project’s initial approval mean it isn’t the most cost-efficient option for producing power anymore.

Read full story here.

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Here’s a super entertaining and informative video from the independent news agency, DeSmog Canada. They dig deep and bring you the facts and details so you know exactly what’s really happening. Please share far and wide!

Does the Site C Dam make Economic Sense?  Interview with one of the authors of the UBC economic report on Site C, Dr. Karen Bakker here.

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Photo:  On the banks of the Peace River at Hudson’s Hope Museum, Andrea Morison

Dear Defenders of the Peace,

Our campaign to make all British Columbians aware of the issues associated with Site C at this critical time is going strong – thanks to so many of you!  Thank you so much for ordering JustTheDamFacts brochures from Ariel, writing letters through our SiteC.RealHearings.org website, asking Site C related questions at events, and so much more!

What else can you help with?

Ask Site C Questions at Election Forums

  • Many of you will be heading to election related debates and forums over the next couple of weeks.
  • To assist you with posing informed questions about how candidates intend to address Site C, we have prepared a helpful list of suggested openers/preambles and questions on the key issues:


Endorse the Site C Economic Report

  • Site C is a very hot topic following the release of ‘Reassessing the Need for Site C(report #5) by UBC’s Program on Water Governance.  Our allies at LeadNow are pulling out the stops to make sure that the provincial government knows Site C is uneconomic and must be sent to the BC Utilities Commission for a full economic review.
  • Send your letter endorsing this action here.

Help Get Out the Vote!

  • Only 56% of BC voters bothered to vote in 2013, so Organizing for Change’s campaign to Get Out the Vote is essential this year.
  • Phone banking starts on Thursday, April 27th and runs through to election day, May 9th.  Phone bank training is happening this week!
  • If you are interested in assisting with this important endeavor, please contact Galen at galen@sierraclub.bc.ca so he can include you on his list.
  • Additionally, please sign up for a training session now with Organizing for Change’s interactive calendar here.  Be sure to select the date and time that works best for you at the top of the page.
  • You can do as much or as little phoning as you wish.
  • These calls are made to members of our organizations encouraging them to make sure they get out and vote.  They are completely non-partisan and there is no need to get into a discussion about any specific topics.


Join the White Elephant in Kelowna this weekend

  • Sunday April 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Stuart Park Ice Rink, 1435 Water St. Kelowna
  • Bring signs, placards and banners – ideas for placards and banners can be found here.
  • Invite your friends in Kelowna to join the rally through the Facebook event here.


Reminder:
  Please be sure to follow us on Facebook at Peace Valley Environment Association for news, activities and events associated with our campaign.  There are all kinds of things happening throughout the province every week!

Thank you for your support! 🙂

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As we draw closer to the May 9th provincial election, we continue to work with supporters like you to promote action and awareness about Site C throughout the province in hopes that this devastating and unnecessary project will be put to a stop. We believe that if the British Columbia Utilities Commission is given the opportunity to assess the need for, cost of and alternatives to this project, they will determine that it is not in the best interests of British Columbians to continue construction of Site C.

How can you help make this happen?

We urge you to take action starting NOW (there are less than 4 weeks till election day)!

  • Go to our new RealHearings.org letter-writing website where all you have to do is write a letter expressing your concerns and by entering your postal code, the site will automatically identify and send your letter to all the BC election candidates in your riding, the Prime Minister as well as the federal environment and justice ministers. Please use the social media buttons on this site to share on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.
  • Visit our new, informative website, ca where you will find factual information clearly and succinctly laid out. Please share this site with your friends to help them get informed.
  • Help us draw attention to this looming disaster by joining and sharing posts from the Facebook and Twitter sites (White Elephant Sez) for the Stop Site C White Elephant. Brought to you by our friends at Alliance 4 Democracy, the White Elephant is popping up at events across the province. If you’d like the White Elephant to attend an event in your community, contact George Smith (georgesmith@telus.net or 604-989-5094).
  • Contact Ariel Martz-Oberlander (a.martzoberlander@gmail.com or 604-351-8324 ) to request copies of our Justthedamfacts brochures for distribution at events, public gathering places and/or to your friends, family and co-workers. These brochures clearly lay out the common questions and answers about Site C and we need as many people as possible to understand this before election day!
  • For those living in the Peace, mark your calendars for Sunday, April 23rd and join us at Boon’s farm on Bear Flat from 2-4 p.m. Folkactivist Luke Wallace looks forward to having supporters join him as he makes a video of his song, Give a Dam among the hundreds of Yellow Stakes standing in solidarity to defend the Peace! Visit and share the Facebook event here. Hope many of you will make it!

If you’ve ever wished you could do more to help, now is the time!

Even just doing one of the actions above will make a difference. 😊

Thank you!

Thank you!!

 

Alliance4Democracy

BIG WHITE ELEPHANT ALERT!

On April 1, an enormous White Elephant is coming to Vancouver to remind British Columbians that BC Hydro’s Site C Dam project for northeast BC’s Peace River is a looming economic disaster – and can be stopped.  Come meet the White Elephant and friends on Georgia street just west of Denman Avenue between 9:00 AM and noon on April 1.

White elephants are traditional symbols of useless gifts that cost needless expense and are burdensome to maintain.

Alliance 4 Democracy has done the research.  We strongly believe BC needs a sober second look at the question of Site C Dam.  A4D has studied research that came to light after the Joint Review Panel about the need, costs and alternatives for the dam. We learned that the economics just don’t work for BC!   The risks to our future prosperity are unacceptable:  from a dam that will need to sell power below the cost of production and create a massive Hydro-planned debt burden for at least 70 years.

Why Site C dam? We are deeply concerned that the facts have not been independently reviewed by the public body responsible for that task, the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC). The BC government refused to allow this independent verification process in the public interest to occur.  So we risk making a huge mistake with massive economic, indigenous, social, and environmental costs without having answered one simple question:  Do we really need this dam?  70% of people in BC want this project reviewed before it continues.  70 % of people want the simple question Do we really need Site C Dam? to be answered before the so called “Point of No Return”.

The Big White Elephant is coming to warn people about the costs of Site C Dam to their families and future so they can vote accordingly.  May 9, 2017 is an important election for the people of the Peace River Valley. We in the South owe them, at the very least, the verification that we need Site C dam BEFORE we destroy their priceless valley and their ways of life. It’s a question of human decency.

 Alliance 4 Democracy is a Sunshine Coast community group, formed in 2011, dedicated to the practice of democracy as the means by which our society resolves the important questions of our day.

 Contact:  George Smith:  (604) 989-5094

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Dear Peace Defenders,

We’re pulling out all the stops to educate voters about Site C over the next month. We’ve produced a new website (www.justthedamfacts.ca) and accompanying brochures. Please go check it out!

Y2Y has also hired a full-time field organizer, based in the Vancouver area. Meet Ariel Martz-Oberlander, who has been knocking on doors and attending events for a little over a week now. Ariel is a graduate of the drama program at Victoria College at the University of Toronto. She’s also a very active volunteer, a seasoned activist, and a published author. Welcome Ariel!

A big part of Ariel’s job is to help volunteers province-wide help spread the word about Site C in their areas.

WE NEED YOU NOW!

Please contact Ariel directly – a.martzoberlander@gmail.com604-351-8324 – and she’ll be happy to help by sending you brochures and supporting you in whatever ways you wish to get active in your community. You can share the brochures with your friends, put them out at work or drop them in local waiting rooms.

You can also help educate British Columbians about this massive boondoggle by hosting a table at an event, hosting your own event, attending all-candidates meetings or by going door-knocking. We’ve got resources to help you with all of that here, but the best resource is a human, and that’s Ariel! She’d love to hear from you!

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Photo:  Jeff Jackson

Dear Peace Valley Defenders,

As you are aware, campaigning for the upcoming provincial election in British Columbia has begun.  This is a crucial election for the fate of the Peace River Valley. If this valley is destroyed because Site C dam is not stopped, we will lose tens of thousands of acres of critical wildlife habitat, a good chunk of BC’s precious and rare food-producing land and thousands of First Nations cultural and archaeological sites. Not to mention, we — and our children and grandchildren — will pay for all this destruction for the next 70 years!

You can make a difference!

Starting now, we are asking our supporters to help spread awareness of the many critical issues of concern associated with this boondoggle of a project. We need you to help ensure that Site C is a priority election issue that all candidates are aware of and must answer to. You can help spread the word to candidates in the upcoming election and at the same time ensure that all British Columbians are made aware of the significance of this project and the long term effects it will have on our province and its people.

Actions you can take:

  • Attend events where there are opportunities to ask questions of the candidates. Use the opportunity as a platform to educate others in the audience. Start with a statement about a concern regarding the project and follow up with a question that requires an open-ended response. (Facts to support your comments and questions, can be found here.)
  • Write a letter to your local paper (and send copies to the bigger publications like the Vancouver Sun, The Province or Times Colonist) outlining your concerns about Site C. Include a variety of examples, starting with the increase in cost of every British Columbians’ hydro bill. Then you can include other issues such as cheaper alternatives, loss of prime food producing land, environmental and First Nations impacts.
  • Tell your friends about the issues and invite them to join our Facebook page and to get involved.

For more ideas and ‘Campaign Fact Sheets’:

If you (and your friends) are interested in doing more, check out this Resources link with information to facilitate a variety of actions such as:

  • Banner creation and waving (including a design for your own White Elephant)
  • Hosting a film night
  • Hosting an information table at an event
  • Hosting a presentation of the newly released book ‘The Peace in Peril’, and more

You’ll also find campaign fact sheets on this site with key information and messages you can use to make your points.

This election presents an opportunity to stop BC’s biggest boondoggle in history!  Make your voice heard and make it count. Help us work to ensure that those around us do the same. Thank you for your dedication and energy.

For the Peace,

Andrea Morison
PVEA