Letter: Fletcher’s Site C column not reality

As things stand now if the Site C dam proceeds, First Nations’ rights are not being respected?

To the editor:

In response to Tom Fletcher’s column, (In 2018, ideology meets reality, Capital News. Dec. 29), I am wondering whether, in the example he uses of the Site C dam, the reality he refers to is that vast amounts of valuable farm land would be flooded, land that could feed a million people—a good backup to have for a food source considering the problems California is facing with its huge environmental problems.

Is it a reality that as things stand now if the Site C dam proceeds, First Nations’ rights are not being respected? Is it a reality that expensive power will be sold at a loss while alternative sources are neglected and is it a reality that the poisoning of fish for at least a generation will happen if the dam proceeds? If these are not realities then he should explain what they are. Is a farming family not wanting to be forced off the land being ideological by trying to stay on their land? Is the same true of a First Nations’ group wanting to maintain its traditional way of life or of people worried about wildlife corridors being blocked by the water in the dam?

Perhaps Fletcher could answer these questions or else use different language when trying to make his point.

Peter Kerr, Kelowna

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Reel Reviews: Fear or love

We say, “Once again, one worth seeing, one not.”

Two people safe after falling through ice

Kelowna Fire Department urges caution around icy waters during warm weather

Missing Kelowna woman sought

RCMP are asking for assistance in locating Christine Olsen-Meissnitzer

Plane lands safely after takeoff issue

An airplane departing Kelowna International Airport had an issue with a landing gear, landed safely

KSS rocks and rolls for 37th straight year

Kelowna secondary students let loose with annual Air Bank competition

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Captain Cal Foote is Rockets’ MVP

The Rockets hand out their annual team awards Sunday at Kelowna Community Theatre

Some surprises in new book about B.C. labour movement

“On the Line” charts history of the union movement back to the 1800s

Cancer fundraiser takes to Okanagan Lake

Penticton and Naramata joining growing fundraising event

Elke’s Garden Tips: Good time to prepare

Lake Country garden columnist talks about what to do at this time of the year

Letter: Crying fowl over goose cull witness

Kelowna letter-writer says Canada geese come with many issues

Letter: I was born in Kelowna in 1930…

Kelowna letter-writer has some ideas on how things should run nowadays

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read