Debate continues on Site-C construction model

Site clearing equipment leaving the site on the north bank of the Site C dam site, with log stock pile in the background.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Building Trades Council and BC Hydro are still feuding over the Site C work force construction model, following a Freedom of Information Request by the Council to obtain the amounts spent by Hydro on Job Fairs, over the last two years.

Executive Director Tom Sigurdson still objects to Hydro’s decision to abandon the model put in place in the early sixties by former Premier WAC Bennett.

Hydro counters that the job fairs held as far north as Fort Nelson, right across the Peace, and as far south as Quesnel, spread awareness of the work opportunities across the entire region hard hit by the economic downturn in other sections of the economy.

It also continues to argue, that as a Crown Corporation owned by the people of British Columbia, it’s responsible for providing job opportunities for union and non-union workers across the province.

So while Mr. Sigurdson is still hoping Hydro will change construction model course, with the project work already in its second year, changing to what would arguably be a more unionized friendly model doesn’t sound like it’s in Hydro plans.