Photo: Site C dam protestors started their trip to Victoria with a small rally in Fort St. John on Friday./Andrew Tylosky.
Update – Other media now state the crowd was more like 300 or 400. The number provided to Energeticcity.ca came from event organizers.
Over 1,000 people joined the convoy from Northeastern BC to protest the Site C dam in Victoria.
The protest Sunday morning saw a group from the Peace region paddle along the Gorge Waterway from the Selkirk Waterfront to Victoria’s inner harbour. The protest at the B.C. Legislature, saw speeches from Sierra Club’s Susan Howett, Liz Logan, Roland Wilson, chief of the West Moberly First Nation and Green Party leader Jane Sterk. David Suzuki was scheduled to speak at the event, but was his plane was cancelled by fog.
On Friday, Sandra Hoffman, co-ordinator for the Peace Valley Environmental Association, stated protestors now feel it’s time to take their message to the people in the southern part of the province.
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The Premier was invited to the event, but did not attend and has not responded to the group.
The Site C dam project is currently in Stage 3 – the environmental review – of a five step evaluation. According to the BC Hydro website, if the project passes the regulatory review phase, the dam is expected to be completed and generating electricity within 10 years.
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