Do We Even Need the Site C Dam?

Recent data suggests we don’t. Decreased load forecasts give us more time to consider less costly energy options. Do we need the $8.9-billion Site C dam? When we promised to dig deep into the megaproject and asked what you wanted to know, that was one of your big questions. And it’s an issue that’s been […]

First Nations members on Site C: ‘You don’t consult after you make the decision’

Despite many meetings, some Treaty 8 members say the consultations should’ve focused less on compensation and more on protecting treaty rights. “There’s spiritual sites all over this place,” says Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation. “Anywhere around here you put a shovel in the ground and start digging, you’ll find arrowheads, remnants […]

After years of decline, caribou herd shows signs of recovery

A caribou cow in a pen near Chetwynd. The new mother was one of 17 animals released back into the wild July 15 as part of a program to restore caribou populations. Garrett Napoleon and Harley Davis walk up from their cabin with several bags of lichen, collected by community members from under the rock pines between Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge, where there are hoards of the food stuff.Over the last few weeks the herd has been weaned off a diet of pellets of fats, minerals and protein back to plain

Brewing a burgeoning business in Peace Region

GP Brewing president Matt Toni and head brewer Jim Lague in their newly opened tasting room.Grain Bin Beer and GP Brewing Company both opened early this year into a market previously untested for its appetite for local craft beer. Both teams did what research they could to make sure there was enough interest to sustain a business, but ultimately opened their doors on faith. Both have already surpassed early sales expectations.“We’re where we thought we’d be one to one and a half years in,” said

Paddle for the Peace takes on new political urgency

Green leader Elizabeth May calls Site C ‘a monstrosity,’ says Trudeau must seek new advice on damDipping a paddle in the Peace River, the red-orange canoe glides down the water. Hundreds of other boats float beside, behind and ahead towards Bear Flat, where BC Hydro is working to purchase farmland to realign Highway 29 in preparation for the Site C reservoir.It’s cold and quiet, this peaceful river, but powerful currents boil from under the surface, rushing from the Rocky Mountains all the way e