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Breaching the Peace

The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro

Breaching the Peace tells the story of the ordinary citizens who are standing up to the most expensive megaproject in BC history and the government-sanctioned bullying that has propelled it forward. Starting in 2013, journalist Sarah Cox travelled to the Peace River Valley to talk to locals about the Site C dam and BC Hydro’s claim that the clean energy project was urgently needed. She found farmers, First Nations, and scientists caught up in a modern-day David-and-Goliath battle to save the valley, their farms, and traditional lands from wholesale destruction. Told in frank and moving prose, their stories stand as a much-needed cautionary tale at a time when concerns about global warming have helped justify a renaissance of environmentally irresponsible hydro megaprojects around the world.

312 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / Alex Neve, Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada


1 The Announcement

2 Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land

3 Slapped by Lawsuits

4 The Birth of a Goliath

5 Treaty Lands and Corporate Plans

6 They Call It Progress, We Call It Destruction

7 Subdivide and Conquer

8 The Nature of the Peace

9 Harnessing Political Power

10 The Renewal Revolution

11 Fight or Flight?

12 The Decision

Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

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