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Powering ahead in B.C.

Seizing an opportunity to stop the destructive Site C dam in British Columbia.

Y2Y's work often involves seizing time-sensitive opportunities that may allow us to make progress on our priorities.

For example, this May the $8.8 billion dollar proposed Site C dam, a controversial project that could sever wildlife connectivity in the Peace River region, became an issue during British Columbia’s provincial election.

Y2Y played a role with on-the-ground education and advertising campaigns about the negative environmental effects this mega-dam would have in northern B.C. and beyond.

From loss of habitat and agricultural land to flooding, increased costs to taxpayers and a failure to properly consult with First Nations, the message was simple: this dam is not needed on the Peace River.

Following a close election, the B.C. government is being led by the NDP and Green party, which means that this will be the first time in 16 years that the province has a government with an environmental platform.

The ensuing change means the Site C project has already been sent for review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, a body that rejected the project twice when it was proposed years ago. A decision is expected in November.

Staff at Y2Y is optimistic the new government will stand up for what is right for the environment and the B.C. taxpayers.

“I’m seeing many hopeful signs coming out of this government,” says Candace Batycki, Y2Y’s program director for B.C. and Yukon.

Elsewhere in the province, Y2Y is working with partners across B.C. on various water issues. In addition to stopping the Site C dam, we continue to push for protecting the transboundary Flathead River Valley.

We are also building coalitions of voices calling to protect the headwaters of the Columbia River and working to secure the headwaters in an area of northeast B.C. known as the Wild Harts, also helping protect key habitat for caribou here.

Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the destructive Site C dam now.