The Common Sense Canadian: BC Hydro’s real debt has grown 1337% under Liberals…Shouldn’t someone call the cops?

The Keystone Kops (1914) I start this exercise with a couple of general comments. The detailed information available on the “progress” of BC Hydro since the Liberals took over in 2001 would be very difficult to pull together if we were left to government confessions of error or sleuthing by the NDP opposition. In fact, ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Liberal pals plundering BC Hydro for tens of Billions

By Norm Farrell Until the mid-twentieth century, much of British Columbia lacked reliable and affordable electricity. To resolve the privation, W.A.C. Bennett created BC Hydro, a publicly owned utility. The province’s leader acted because the private sector had refused to meet growing needs for electricity. Unlike less effective successors, Premier Bennett was a pragmatist, not ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Site C Dam shows how broken our democracy is

BC First Nations Chiefs Roland Wilson, Liz Logan and Stewart Phillip took their anti-Site C message to Ottawa – to no avail (Liz Logan/ Twitter) This week I said I would talk about Site C but little did I know what I had taken on. I spent nearly a day and a half with stuff that ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Justice for Peace Caravan tells Trudeau: Keep your promises to First Nations 

Members of the Treat 8 “Justice for the Peace” Caravan (Photo: Gary McNutt) Submitted by Andrea Palframan On September 12, the Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal will hear the latest legal challenge to the massive Site C hydroelectric dam already under construction on Treaty 8 territory in northeast British Columbia. First Nations community members from ...

The Common Sense Canadian: BC Hydro being used to funnel tens of billions to Liberal friends

By Norman Farrell – republished from In-sights Readers may tire of reports on BC Hydro but the more I examine this public utility, the more convinced I am that citizens of BC are victims of massive financial deception. In 20 years leading up to 1996, BC Hydro’s average annual revenue from trading in North American ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Weaver, BC Greens should quit backing private river power sham

Dr. Andrew Weaver, leader of the BC Green Party, has long supported IPPs It’s been a disappointing week. We all have them. In a moment, I’ll get to my frustration with the BC Green Party and its leader Dr. Andrew Weaver – but my disappointment started with a letter from Fair Voting Canada (FVC) in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Suzuki, Phillip lead support for Peace Valley land defenders as Hydro seeks injuction

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip will join David Suzuki and other supporters of the Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land Monday morning at the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver  (Damien Gillis) David Suzuki and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip be in attendance to show their support for protest camp at Rocky Mountain Fort in opposition to the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Ex-Hydro CEO: Injunction vs. Site C campers “Fundamentally flawed”

Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen testifying at National Energy Board hearing Republished with permission from Desmog Canada By Sarah Cox Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen says BC Hydro’s claim that a one-year delay in Site C dam construction will add $420 million to the project’s $8.8 billion cost is “effectively illusionary” and based ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Shame on Premier Clark for playing Site C politics at Bill Bennett’s funeral

BC Premier Christy Clark speaks at former Premier Bill Bennett’s funeral (Province of BC/flickr) You will, I hope, overlook my coarse language, because I am really pissed off and have been for some time, the slow burn reaching a raging conflagration when I read a quote from the premier which I will give you in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: How the BC Liberals killed WAC Bennett’s dream of affordable public power, ferries, rail

Longtime BC Premier WAC Bennett’s dream is dead, says former Socred Minister Rafe Mair Well, it’s all over but the shouting. WAC Bennett’s dream of cheap power, cheap rail, and cheap ferry sevice has been murdered. Yes it’s murder – pre-meditated murder – not manslaughter. To compound this catastrophe, the mainstream print media, especially Postmedia ...

The Common Sense Canadian: The next Burnaby Mountain? Site C Dam opponents dig in their heels

A Treaty 8 Steward of the Land at Rocky Mountain Fort camp (facebook) It may prove the missing ingredient in a long, intense battle over Site C Dam: Civil disobedience. After seven different lawsuits by landowners and First Nations, harsh criticism and tough, unanswered questions from the Joint Review Panel, the prospect of cancellation by ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Let’s quit pretending dams like Site C are good for the climate

BC’s WAC Bennett Dam (Photo: Damien Gillis) There are many good reasons not to build Site C Dam: destruction of farmland and wildlife habitat, the violation of First Nations’ rights, the likely $15 Billion tab for taxpayers, and the fact that we simply don’t need the power. But you can add one very important item to ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP Leader Horgan’s Site C Dam opposition is a game-changer

BC NDP and Official Opposition Leader John Horgan (BCNDP.ca/youtube) I suggest that everyone listen to this immediately – it is John Horgan, leader of the BC NDP, promising to shut down Site C and make up the energy difference through conservation, wind and solar power (listen here yourself to his CBC Daybreak North interview from ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Fracking, Site C and the mystery of Hudson’s Hope water contamination

Five year-old River Summer looks on at Brenot Creek landslide (Photo: Leigh Summer) A series of landslides above the northeast BC community of Hudson’s Hope has been dumping contaminated soils into several local creeks, extending now to the Peace River. Local landowners whose water supply has been affected are demanding answers. But Mayor Gwen Johansson, who ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Site C not needed until at least 2029, BC Hydro’s own numbers show

Early Site C construction in the Peace River, despite Hydro’s own numbers showing the project is unnecessary (Donald Hoffmann) BC likely won’t need the power generated by Site C Dam until at least 2029, according to recent projections from BC Hydro’s Rate Design proposal, submitted to the BC Utilities Commission. Graph from BC Hydro’s Rate ...

The Common Sense Canadian: BC Hydro breaks promises in logging eagle’s nest for Site C Dam; May have lacked permits

As the fog lifted on the Peace River Monday morning, it revealed this clearcut island (Donald Hoffmann) BC Hydro’s clearcut logging this past weekend at the location of the proposed Site C Dam appears to have broken a promise about care for active eagles’ nests and may have lacked federal permits, critics charge. See no eagle, ...

The Common Sense Canadian: UBCM calls for delay to Site C construction as clearcutting set to begin

Location of proposed Site C Dam – slated for imminent clearcutting (photo: Damien Gillis) The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) passed several resolutions at its annual gathering this week calling on BC Hydro and the BC government to stand down on construction of the controversial $9 Billion Site C Dam, pending more review and consultation ...

The Common Sense Canadian: BC Hydro rushes to cut down eagles’ nests for Site C Dam, First Nations seek injunction

Treaty 8 First Nations are seeking an injunction as BC Hydro rushes to cut down a number of Bald Eagles’ nests along the Peace River, starting next month, for Site C Dam. The news came by way of a 30-day notice issued to Treaty 8 representatives on June 30 (read here). Hydro received a package of ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Media let Liberals get away with murder on IPPs, now LNG

Construction of a private power project on the Ashlu River (Photo: Range Life) A flash of anger came over me when Ian Jessup of CFAX 1070, Victoria, asked me to come on his show and talk about so-called independent power producers (IPPs), euphemistically referred known as “run of river”. No, I sure as hell wasn’t mad ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Cowboys and Indians keep gaining powerful allies in Site C Dam battle

Battle lines are being drawn and sides taken in what is shaping up to be an epic fight over the the $9 Billion proposed Site C Dam. On one side is the “Cowboy and Indian” alliance, which continues gathering strength against the project, said chiefs and landowners at a recent press conference in Vancouver. The Peace Valley leaders were in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Why British Columbians should get a say on $9 Billion Site C Dam

Part of the 80 km stretch of the Peace Valley that would be flooded by Site C Dam (Photo: Garth Lenz) Reprinted from the ECOreport. Such large segments of the province’s population have made their opposition to the proposed Site C Dam known, that this has become a defining moment of our “democracy.” Premier Christy ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Peaceful Paddle lands Site C opponents on terrorist watch list

2012 Paddle for the Peace (Damien Gillis) The following letter was written by the Paddle for the Peace Planning Committee in response to an article in the Toronto Star which stated that events like the upcoming Paddle for the Peace (July 11th) were on terrorist watch lists. Dear Editor, According to the Toronto Star (March 30, 2015), ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Halt Site C construction until courts have ruled, First Nations demand

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is among the First Nations leaders demanding a halt to Site C construction (D. Gillis) BC Hydro is intent on bulldozing ahead with Site C Dam construction in the coming weeks, despite seven different federal and provincial court cases currently in progress over the $9 Billion proposed project. That attitude is rubbing First Nations leaders the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair’s Modest Proposal: Scrap environmental assessments

The 3-member NEB Joint Review Panel for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline (Damien Gillis) Do you enjoy being a raw hypocrite? Well, if you’re a taxpayer in Canada that’s what you are because you support raw hypocrisy every day in the various hearings on environmental matters that take place. I’ve written in the past, ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Justice for the Peace: Site C Dam goes to court

While the BC Liberal government and BC Hydro are vowing to break ground on the controversial $9 Billion Site C Dam this summer, the projects faces numerous legal challenges – one of which got a boost from the federal court recently. The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis discussed the issues with Ian Jessop on Victoria’s CFAX 1070 ...