Julie AliI find it really surprising that this government ignores the needs of the poorest citizens in order to provide for the private sector's needs. Heck, I thought this junk only happened in Alberta. But now I see it happens with the PCs, the NDPCs, and the Liberals. This is all about DeMockracy.
Dave CrosbyBritish Columbia residents need a political party that will actually listen to the challenges people face and work with local communities to come up with solutions for the future... Time to get rid of those who are beholden solely to corporate interests and funding...
Joel StrawetsI knew it all along. Site C Dam is for mega corps that pay little taxes while we the people have to fork the bill. BC should be the richest province, but instead we are one of the poorest because of backdoor deals like these. Let's face it, Crusty wants a good job when she leaves office!
Liz AdamsBC Hydro has already confirmed rate increases between 2014-2018 of 28%. It is anticipated that cumulatively, rate increases over the next 10 years will be about 45% without Site C. If Site C is approved, BC Hydro intends to increase rates even further to recover the costs of Site C. In fiscal year 2016, the company bought 14,329 GWh of power from private power producers. It paid $1.23 billion to acquire the electricity and paid additional collection and distribution costs to move it through the grid.
In the same period, BC Hydro exported 14,732 GWh of power from the province and received only $460 million. The utility’s export markets have returned less than 3.6¢ a KWh since 2003 so there have been no significant profits from exporting surplus power for 13 years. The cost of power from independent power producers (IPPs) now averages 9.8¢ a KWh.
But, despite no growth in consumption by residential, commercial and industrial consumers in British Columbia and no profitable export marketplace, BC Hydro substantially increased purchases from IPPs.
In the last five years, the delivery of cash to IPPs totaled $4.6 billion. If the established trend continues, the amount will be $8.3 billion in the next five years.
Amounts flowing to IPPs and the necessary write-off of more than $6 billion in deferred costs means in the next five years, consumers will pay rates 60% higher than they’ve paid in the last five years.
John SlamenFor the total cost of site c, every single home in b.c. can be equipped with solar panels. All extra power created could be sold down south. As well as the extra power created by our present dam systems that will not have to power the homes now equipped with solar power. I am open for discussion with members of the SOS Club. Thats the stuck on stupid club. Just sayin.
John SlamenUnfortunately our so called leaders are soley run by big corporations. The sheeple have the great ideas but dont have any power to make those ideas happen because our choices of leadership are too busy distracting, dividing us through racism, homophobia, religion, immigration, and many more technics. By the way burying power would work in many areas.
John SlamenAnd vote for who? I have voted for 30 + years. When I do,I add a box on bottom which reads none of the above and put my x in it. I will not take responsibility for the state of society that will be there for my unborn grandkids and there kids. There should be a box for none of the above. That way if that is the majority then those people should be banned from politics till next election. Also minimum pensions and 2 term limits. So who is worthy of representing the people ?
Lynn OsterBuy your own and tell us how good it's working. I just bought one for my rv. It cost me $1,300 and i still need propane for my fridge. Not sure how many i will need to operate the air conditioning. How long do you think these panels and batteries will last.
John SlamenThanks you in advance Lynn for your reply. Unfortunatley your education in solar energy needs more research than just buying a cheap probably (chinese) rv Off Grid System. Im talking an on grid made in Canada with Canadian jobs home system. I will leave it to you to research ON GRID HOME SOLAR ENERY SYSTEMS. Batteries and panels will last a minimum of 25 years. Thanks for your condescending post and representing the SOS CLUB.
James Blake GoldfarbSo May 9th will be our chance to finish this freak before she does anymore damage. Then she can go on to be paid directly by her corporate overlords but at least she won't be taking our money too.
Paul HutchesonThe neo-liberals will come up with unlimited ways in which to transfer money from the people to the corporations. And despite the evidence to the contrary, the majority will continue to elect these thieves, believing that free enterprise always acts in the best interests of the people. Nothing has changed since the middle ages--we're all forelock tugging serfs grateful for the odd scrap tossed from master's table.
Gwen MorrisHey, Paul, I read somewhere that when a government owes its power to the corporations, and not to the people, why, that is the essence of Fascism!!!! Personally, I would just like to call them Fascists, and not go to all the bother of such vague labels as "neo-liberals," "neo-cons," etc. You are not quite right with referencing the middle ages. THEIR masters felt SOME responsibility for the SERFS, like a meagre cottage roof, table scraps. Crusty's answer to the lunacy of real estate prices is to offer first time buyers an opportunity to take on even bigger debt. No interest loans towards buying your first home! So the buyers lose their jobs - then what? Indentured serfs is very appropriate, but I doubt whether the lords of the castle will be offering anything beyond a bad credit report.
Garcie PollonBC hydro rates raise by thirty percent and expected to go much higher...icbc raised by thirty percent and expected to go much higher...msp premiums just raised at Christmas time ...we are the only people in the country being robbed monthly...natural gas raised by thirty percent...the mount polley mine disaster...the river is green running into the lake which is turning green ...and no cleanup at all...back to work nothing to see here folks...it is time to get rid of this den of liars and thieves...vote out your local liberal mla...vote anything but liberal ..vote abl..
Larry LingleEnough of this subsidy crap ! The LNG plants have probably already gotten tax incentives and can afford to pay for the electricity they use ! The government here is as corrupt as the US in this regard !
Julie AliPoliticians behave this way because they can. We can however, fire them at the end of every four years until we get better representation. The worst thing we did in Alberta was to vote the PCs in for 44 years. The NDPCs will be out after four years.
Christopher R. Shackleton"Residential electricity rates in B.C. have risen 51 per cent over the last 11 years and are on track to rise an additional 30 per cent over the next eight years. And rates will continue to rise sharply after that if B.C. Hydro proceeds with multi-bill...See More
Bryan Stevensonsuper easy to privatize power in BC....step one.....run Hydro into the ground....step 2 claim it can't be operated successfully by the province - use step 1 as proof - step 3 - sell to Liberal supporter buddies and rake in all the "gifts" from them...and eventually take your seat once out of office on the board of the now privatized company.
Doug RawnHydro up..solar down hmm it is reaching the point where the economics of alternative power is going to make sense. I know its hard for the urban population that have to rent and have no control over the way their rental units are heated etc. Maybe strata units and and co ops could lead the way.
Bob MclachlanIt's all bullshit, site C-5 dahm is not needed,the LNG could be run on the LNG their creating, your hydro is going to go skyhigh to pay for the cost to create the power they need to cool the LNG. So no to site C-5 dahm and yes to big oil and gas covering there own costs to do business in B.C. not us paying them to make bigger profits
Maurizio BassoWe all need power Barry. Gotta love how we all bend totally to business. Here is what I think business needs cheap labor too and no taxes so let's open up tfsa and cut taxes to zero and let's see how that works.
George ChristouTricky Christie's plan is to electrify all the fracking operations so it reduces BC's overall carbon footprint. Site C is probably connected somehow. The taxpayers will pay for something that's all BS with no net benefit to the consumer.