Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro

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On Point Press, 1 mag 2018 - 312 pagine

From award-winning journalist Sarah Cox comes the inspiring and astonishing story of the farmers and First Nations who stood up against the most expensive megaproject in BC history and the government-sanctioned bullying that propelled it forward.

In 2010, the BC government announced its plan to build a third hydroelectric dam on the Peace River. Although Site C would flood land of great significance to First Nations and some of Canada’s best farmland, BC Hydro, Premier Gordon Campbell, and his successor, Christy Clark, insisted it was necessary to generate jobs and clean energy.

In this powerful work, Cox reveals the true costs and hidden dangers of the project, as told to her by the local farmers, ranchers, and First Nations leaders who tried to stop the dam and the wholesale destruction of their valley in courts of law and the court of public opinion.

This modern-day David-and-Goliath story, told in frank and moving prose, stands as a much-needed cautionary tale during an era when concerns about global warming have helped justify a renaissance of environmentally irresponsible hydro megaprojects around the world.

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Sommario

Prologue
3
1 The Announcement
7
2 Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land
27
3 Slapped by Lawsuits
51
4 The Birth of a Goliath
69
5 Treaty Lands and Corporate Plans
89
6 They Call It Progress We Call It Destruction
116
7 Subdivide and Conquer
134
10 The Renewal Revolution
207
11 Fight or Flight?
230
12 The Decision
249
Acknowledgments
259
Notes
263
Selected Bibliography
283
Index
285
About the Author
296

8 The Nature of the Peace
157
9 Harnessing Political Power
184

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Sarah Cox is an award-winning journalist who writes about energy and the environment. She lives in Victoria, BC.

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