LETTER: Cancel the dam and move ahead with sustainable alternatives

Dear editor,

We are in the home stretch on the race to put Site C where it belongs… back in history as a project that just couldn’t happen.

It has been debated and fought against for decades. Now the NDP government is in a unique position – scary but also monumental in its long-term effect. They can stop this project in its tracks and at the same time spark the sustainable energy revolution that B.C. needs and deserves.

I wholly support the government in taking the stand to halt the construction of this dam and reclaim the land. Stopping the dam supports so many fronts – First Nations, wildlife corridors, water preservation, salmon protection, agricultural sustainability, carbon reduction, renewable energy projects, government credibility, sustainable jobs and… actually keeping our power bills from soaring.

It takes a brave party to change the direction that Christy Clark so recklessly set upon to get “beyond the point of return.” But to do otherwise simply means we sit and watch all the predictions come true.

We would have the right to say “I told you so” sitting there among the chaos of environmental degradation and provincial economic poverty. It would be an empty victory to say the least.

So please cancel the dam and let’s get on with sustainable alternatives – no more moving forward while gazing at the rearview mirror. As the prime minister has stated, because it’s 2017!

Dorothy Drubek

Courtenay

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