This month has been an interesting month, to say the least!
We have major issues happening in the states along with a few game changing situations worth speaking about here at home in Canada! Hats off to an incredibly historic win for the Democrats in the state of Alabama – Poor Roy Moore… at least he can look on the bright side – He’ll be able to deal with his pedophile allegations and the many other outdated views he’s amassed over his lifetime!
Bill Morneau – Small Business Tax Changes
Bill Morneau, Canada’s Federal Finance Minister, will be unveiling his revised tax plan for small businesses shortly before the holiday season! Oh, and the effects of his plan will be retroactive to the upcoming 2018 year, despite little-to-no public consultation on his new proposal. Seems a bit like foie gras, if you ask us – no one wants this new plan shoved down their throats! At any rate, it’ll be great to watch question period when everyone reconvenes in January. Put your hard hat on Morneau, because those questions are going to be flying at you from all angles! … Oh wait… you’ll have your deflective dodge cape on – You’ll be fine, you can always answer the opposition’s questions with another question or talk about how Canadians want whatever you think they may want at the time… Sorry, you don’t speak for the small businesses here in Canada – just sayin’.
John Horgan – Site C Dam Project
And for the most interesting piece of news (happening closest to home in beautiful B.C.), we have our NDP Premier, John Horgan, who’s decided to move forward with the Site C Dam project despite the fact that those who voted NDP, voted for him because he campaigned hard against the project. Yikes – this mudslide is going to be the thing that takes out the NDP in the next election, great job, Horgan… we knew big money and politics would get you too! You can come down off your high horse now and join the rest of the lying politicians.
Check out the Premier’s address to British Columbians below:
Site C and its short-term and long-term impacts for B.C.
Well, we know that the project will create jobs and financially help some First Nations communities, such as the North Indian Band in Northern B.C. (CBC Article found here). We also know that it’ll create enough hydro power to supply the province both over the short- and long- term. We know that this issue is incredibly controversial for the many First Nations bands here in B.C., and we know that the province and B.C. Hydro have committed to utilizing a workforce that will be made up of First Nations men and women to construct the dam and maintain it once it’s built. These are all things that are important, but not the only things that we should be considering.
The NDP’s platform for the Site C Dam project was to stop it in its tracks, send the information off to the Utilities Commission, and get a thorough analysis on its anticipated environmental impacts. The NDP and those who voted NDP were largely against the project, as it infringed on First Nations’ treaty rights and was anticipated to be an ecological disaster for the region and beyond.
The review and and a few issues facing Site C
Site C was reviewed nearly 20 years ago by B.C. and the B.C. Utilities Commission and at that time it was determined to be a no go. It was at this time that the Board saw far more drawbacks than positives for going ahead with Site C. Now, 20 years later, we’re technologically more advanced in wind, solar, and geothermal alternatives, so there is no need to move forward with such a risky endeavor.
Historically, dams of this size have produced incredible ecological issues and have been over budget every time. The project is already slated to go well over budget and has already cost British Columbians nearly $4 billion. The little foundation that they have created for the dam already has structural issues. The ground that the dam is being constructed on is made up of shale, clay, and other sedimentary rock not conducive to hold this monstrous structure. This project is risky at best and flawed and dangerous at worst.
While the job creation and excess power generated by this project may seem important now, over the long term, the dam could have catastrophic impacts on ecological systems and steer the advancement of our alternative energy programs back to hydro-electric energy and away from more progressive forms of energy that have proven to be cleaner, less environmentally cumbersome, and more appropriate given B.C’s complex landscape.
Check out our previous post here.