Solid turnout for ninth annual Paddle for the Peace

first_imgPeople brought out their canoes, kayaks and boats to this years event put on by the Peace Valley Environment Association. The PVEA organizes the event jointly with the West Moberly First Nations, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and other First Nations to being awareness of the issues associated with the dam. Among those speaking before the boats were launched was Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations. He told the crowd that the joint review panel recently were critical of both B.C. Hydro and the provincial government in their pursuit of gaining approval for the Site C dam.“The joint panel review has come out. The panel themselves has stated B.C. Hydro has not clearly demonstrated the need for this power. The joint review panel called B.C. Hydro and the province out because they haven’t been looking at things like geothermal,” he said.- Advertisement -PVEA coordinator Andrea Morison said in an interview leading up to today’s event that the organization is working hand in hand with First Nations communities and environmentalists to bring awareness to the issues surrounding the potential construction.“We’re very fortunate to have a strong, collaborative working relationship with the local, provincial and federal First Nations, in addition to the support of large environmental groups throughout the province,” Morison said. “It’s also great to know that we are on the same side of the fence as a growing number of industrial and business interest in the province on this issues.”For more information on the opposition of the Site C dam the PVEA has two websites, www.stopsitec.org, and www.savebcfromsitec.ca.Advertisementlast_img

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