Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Friday, November 11, 2016

Federal approval for Site C dam ignites outrage

VANCOUVER — First Nations and environmental groups say they’re outraged after the federal government quietly issued permits last week allowing a controversial hydroelectric project in northeastern British Columbia to ramp up construction.

On Friday, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans cleared the way for the province’s power utility to move forward with the Site C dam.

The multibillion-dollar project would create an 83-kilometre reservoir, flooding farm land along with hunting and fishing territory of First Nations.

Stewart Phillip, head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, calls the move an absolute betrayal.

Ken Boon of the Peace Valley Landowner Association asks how such a complex and costly project could be given approval discreetly on the Friday before a long weekend.

Site C is the subject of multiple legal challenges, though the government’s recent authorizations mean construction of the megaproject won’t slow down while grievances make their way through the courts.

Original Article
Author: Canadian Press

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