The article you just read was brought to you by a few thousand dedicated readers. Will you join them?

Thanks for coming by The Tyee and reading one of many original articles we’ll post today. Our team works hard to publish in-depth stories on topics that matter on a daily basis. Our motto is: No junk. Just good journalism.

Just as we care about the quality of our reporting, we care about making our stories accessible to all who want to read them and provide a pleasant reading experience. No intrusive ads to distract you. No paywall locking you out of an article you want to read. No clickbait to trick you into reading a sensational article.

There’s a reason why our site is unique and why we don’t have to rely on those tactics — our Tyee Builders program. Tyee Builders are readers who chip in a bit of money each month (or one-time) to our editorial budget. This amazing program allows us to pay our writers fairly, keep our focus on quality over quantity of articles, and provide a pleasant reading experience for those who visit our site.

In the past year, we’ve been able to double our staff team and boost our reporting. We invest all of the revenue we receive into producing more and better journalism. We want to keep growing, but we need your support to do it.

Fewer than 1 in 100 of our average monthly readers are signed up to Tyee Builders. If we reach 1% of our readers signing up to be Tyee Builders, we could continue to grow and do even more.

If you appreciate what The Tyee publishes and want to help us do more, please sign up to be a Tyee Builder today. You pick the amount, and you can cancel any time.

Support our growing independent newsroom and join Tyee Builders today.
Before you click away, we have something to ask you…

Do you value independent journalism that focuses on the issues that matter? Do you think Canada needs more in-depth, fact-based reporting? So do we. If you’d like to be part of the solution, we’d love it if you joined us in working on it.

The Tyee is an independent, paywall-free, reader-funded publication. While many other newsrooms are getting smaller or shutting down altogether, we’re bucking the trend and growing, while still keeping our articles free and open for everyone to read.

The reason why we’re able to grow and do more, and focus on quality reporting, is because our readers support us in doing that. Over 5,000 Tyee readers chip in to fund our newsroom on a monthly basis, and that supports our rockstar team of dedicated journalists.

Join a community of people who are helping to build a better journalism ecosystem. You pick the amount you’d like to contribute on a monthly basis, and you can cancel any time.

Help us make Canadian media better by joining Tyee Builders today.
We value: Our readers.
Our independence. Our region.
The power of real journalism.
We're reader supported.
Get our newsletter free.
Help pay for our reporting.
News

Site C Protest Campers Hit with Civil Claim

Protesters fire back: 'We've been nothing but peaceful and reasonable.'

By Bob Mackin 21 Jan 2016 | TheTyee.ca

North Vancouver-based journalist Bob Mackin, a regular contributor to The Tyee, has reported for local, regional, national and international media outlets since 1990. Find his Tyee articles here.

BC Hydro is targeting the protesters aiming to stop the Site C dam from being built with a lawsuit.

The Crown corporation filed a B.C. Supreme Court application for an injunction Jan. 19, claiming it will suffer significant expense and delays to the project if it can't proceed with clearing the Peace River Valley for the $8.3-billion dam.

The claim accuses Peace Valley Landowner Association members Ken and Arlene Boon, Verena Hofmann, Yvonne Tupper, Helen Knott and Esther Pedersen of trespass, nuisance, intimidation, interference and conspiracy by occupying, blocking and impeding or delaying access.

Hydro wants a judge to ban anyone from "physically interfering with, counselling others to prevent, impede, restrict or physically interfere with any person or vehicle travelling to or accessing the Lower Reservoir Area."

It claims that since New Year's Day, Hofmann, Tupper, Knott and Arlene Boon "have been seeking volunteers to join the protest camp and 'man the camp on shift schedules' through online postings." Hydro claims they have blocked equipment and workers from doing their jobs.

"By reason of the conduct of the defendants, Peace River Hydro Partners will not be able to meet its obligations under the contract causing BC Hydro loss, damage or expense and is itself incurring loss, damage and expense," according to the court filing by Charles Willms of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin.

None of the claims have been proven in court.

Hofmann told the Alaska Highway News that protesters have not been "obstructing or standing in the way."

"We've been nothing but peaceful and reasonable and orderly in our interactions with BC Hydro's contracted security people," Hofmann said.

The protest at Rocky Mountain Fort began in November and now includes two cabins flown in by helicopter.

Construction began July 27, 2015 for the planned third dam on the Peace River. It is slated for service during the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

The lawsuit said the project has government approval and has withstood B.C. Supreme Court and Federal Court legal challenges. The landowner's B.C. Court of Appeal case is to be heard April 4 to 5.  [Tyee]

Share this article

The Tyee is supported by readers like you

Join us and grow independent media in Canada

Facts matter. Get The Tyee's in-depth journalism delivered to your inbox for free

LATEST STORIES

The Barometer

Tyee Poll: Are You Preparing for the Next Climate Disaster?

Take this week's poll