NAMRA Webinar Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:00 p.m. Pacific Coast Time 3:00 p.m. East Coast Time One hour webinar plus 30 minute Q & A
Hear the latest about the Sinking Site C Megadam in British Columbia, Canada: an environmental, humanitarian, and economic disaster
Across Canada, destructive megadams are under construction and being promoted as clean and renewable energy for U.S. export markets and to power mining and other extraction industries. These megadams destroy rivers and forests and are a climate and social justice disaster. In recent breaking news, leading experts are calling on B.C. Hydro to immediately stop construction on its Site C megadam even though $5 billion has been spent (out of likely $12 billion budget).
In this webinar you will hear from knowledgeable leaders about the politics behind Canada’s hydropower development and the impacts of Site C on biodiversity and the economy.
Welcome & Overview of Canadian hydroelectricity and U.S. export corridors.
Presenter: Meg Sheehan, Coordinator,North American Megadam Resistance Alliance (NAMRA), attorney specializing in environmental and energy law.
From Site C through Keeyask to Muskrat Falls: Canada’s current megadam boondoggles and the Crown corporations and politics behind them.
Presenter: Sarah Cox, Investigative Journalistand award-winning author of Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro. Sarah’s articles and opinion pieces have appeared in a variety of B.C. national and international news outlets, including business magazines, and her writing accolades include two Western Magazine Awards. Sarah writes for The Narwhal and has a MA in political science from York University, where she studied comparative politics and economic development. When she’s not writing stories for The Narwhal you can find her enjoying nature with a pack on her back or a paddle in her hands. @sarahcox_bc
Canadian megadams and biodiversity: Peace River megadams and Site C’s impact on continued habitat fragmentation
Presenter Candace Batycki, Program Director, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) The Y2Y’s mission is “Connecting and protecting habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive.” Batycki has been a conservation advocate for more than 30 years, with a focus on protecting ecosystems for threatened and endangered wildlife. She began her career with maritime protection campaigns, but since 1990 has focused on BC’s Columbia and Rocky Mountains and the inland temperate rainforest. She is interested in governance and served a term on the city council in Nelson, BC. She is fascinated by Indigenous-led conservation, applied road ecology, and social process technologies. Candace loves to hike, ski, and paddle the Yellowstone to Yukon region. Y2Y_Initiative
Megadam Economics: Undermining local renewable energy solutions and jobs while saddling residents with debt
Presenter Norm Farrell, writer with background in accounting and small business management. In 2009 he started the blog In-Sights (initially called Northern Insights) www.in-sights.ca, covering Canadian public affairs with a focus on British Columbia. He has written extensively about the Site C dam’s economic impacts, BC Hydro’s financial issues, private power contracts and hydropower exports. He studied economics and political science at the University of B.C. and has lived for more than 40 years in North Vancouver.