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October 27, 2017 4:48 pm

Paddling for the Peace

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Past Paddle for the Peace event, – image courtesy  Peace Valley Environmental Association

Prince George, B.C.-  Tomorrow,   hundreds will launch their canoes and kayaks  in  the  annual Paddle for the Peace,  an effort to stop the construction of the Site C dam  and  save the Peace River Valley from becoming  a reservoir for the dam.

The organizers of  the event are optimistic  that  despite  construction of the Site C dam being in full swing,   the project  can still be stopped. “The new government  that’s come into power in the Province  has made it their first priority to send this project to  the British Columbia Utilities Commission  for  a more  thorough  assessment” says  Paddle for the Peace  Co Ordinator Andrea Morrison.

She says  there have been plenty of  questions that  need to be answered about the economics of the project “There have been a number  of renowned experts who have  come forward over the last few years and stated this project is not in the  best interests of British Columbians.”

Participants in the event   will be launching their  crafts  at the Halfway River Bridge ( on Highway 29)   at noon tomorrow and will paddle  to  Bear Flat,  about an hour and a half  downstream.

There will be a number of speakers  including  Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May  and  Union of BC Indian Chiefs,  Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

Morrison  expects  the gathering this year,  may be one of the largest  yet  even though  the Supreme Court of Canada recently  rejected  to hear the appeal   from the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations  that their treaty rights were not considered before the  nearly $9 billion dollar  Site C project was approved.  That  ruling has done nothing to  erode the resolve of those who  oppose the Site C project “Yes, it’s very disappointing that the impact to First Nations isn’t being recognized through the courts” says Morrison “However, we feel  the economic arguments  on their own would definitely be enough to  stop the project.”

She  says  when the  initial  economic  scenarios  were developed  for the environmental assessment period,  the costs of alternative  energy  projects were too high,  but that since  then, those costs have  been reduced and are  more viable now.

The Paddle for the Peace event is now in its 12th year.




Poor Andrea she nos not what she is talking about. No understanding at all on how a power grid operates.

    And what are your credentials?

      Forty years as an electrical operator, marine and stationary.

    We have been misled about the need for Site C.

    ht tps://www.desmog.ca/2016/06/13/opposition-site-c-dam-has-doubled-and-other-facts-bc-hydro-trying-bury

    The Mica dam project: March 26, 2016

    “BC Hydro has completed a $714 million project to add two new generating units at the Mica dam. With the addition of units five and six, the facility now has six generating units.

    “BC Hydro is making investments to secure our province’s future electricity needs. An important part of this is looking at existing facilities to see if they can be upgraded to add even more power to the system,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines. “The two new units give us access to more clean power for decades. BC Hydro has also recently added one more unit at Revelstoke dam and will add another one at Revelstoke in the coming years.”

    Planning underway

    BC Hydro expects electricity demand will increase by almost 40 per cent over the next 20 years. If demand grows as currently forecast, Revelstoke Unit 6 will be needed in 2026 to cover a capacity deficit that will occur when we begin major maintenance work on four units at Mica Dam that were installed in the 1970’s. Starting in 2026, the units will be out of service one at a time for 12 to 18 months, reducing Mica’s capacity by 410 megawatts for up to six years. For contingency, BC Hydro is pursuing regulatory approvals so Revelstoke Unit 6 could be in-service as early as 2021 in case more capacity is needed sooner.

      We just lost Burrard Thermal’s generating capacity. It was expensive natural gas power

      The added generation to mica and Revelstoke mainly add peaking power and backup. These plants cannot run full output 24/7 as the reservoirs put simply will drain.

      Also if a large plant such as these trip off line and they do from time to time there has to be adequate reserve to cover. Also reserve to cover low water years.

      Generation is not built to just cover load and reserve has to be built in for system security.

      Filtered it is you that is being misled.

      Slinky the greenies in the lowermainland suffer from nimbyism.

Let’s chant ‘No Green Power. No Green Power. No Green Power.’

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