Metro Vancouver board calls for a moratorium on Site C

By on July 8, 2015
Hudson's Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson. File photo

Hudson’s Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson. File photo

HUDSON’S HOPE – The Greater Vancouver Regional District board voted overwhelmingly in favour of writing a letter to Premier Christy Clark requesting a two-year moratorium on the construction of Site C on Fri., July 3.

Of the 38 directors on the board, only 3 were opposed.

The delegation was comprised of ten individuals, including three from the Peace region. Hudson’s Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson addressed the board, as did Karen Goodings, director of Electoral Area B, and Brad Sperling, director of Electoral Area C.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, was also part of the delegation, as was Wendy Holm, a professional agrologist, Joe Foy, national campaign director with the Wilderness Committee, and Rob Botterell, legal counsel to the Peace Valley Landowners Association.

They were asking the board endorse their request of asking Premier Clark to hold off on building Site C until the B.C. Utilities Commission could review it.

An amendment was made to the motion asking that the Agricultural Land Commission also conduct a review of the project.

The Greater Vancouver Regional District, also known as Metro Vancouver, represents 21 municipalities, one electoral area, and one Treaty First Nation. As such, the board represents 2.5-million British Columbians.

“The erosion of public processes are a real concern,” said Mayor Johansson, in an interview with the Northeast News. “There’s a lot of support out there for having it go through the B.C. Utilities Commission.”

Despite the support of the board calling on the premier to subject Site C to review, the provincial government issued construction permits on Tues., July 7, that gave B.C. Hydro to green light to start work on the dam.

Bronwyn Scott

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