“Considering there are active issues before the courts — and they’re not casual issues, they’re fundamental issues of whether or not the provincial and federal governments have upheld treaty and constitutional obligations — it’s astonishing to me that, in this context, any government in this day and age would plunge ahead and allow such irreversible harm to already be caused to the region,” he said.One argument on the opposition side of Site-C is the loss of farmland in the Peace River Valley that completion of construction would see.The Wilderness Committee’s Joe Foy said the valley hosts unique plant life, such as cactus, and there is a variety of produce that can grown here that can’t in many other regions of the province.Despite the construction start, Boon has hope the project can be halted. He called the recent debate of Site-C in BC legislature ‘farcical,’ but applauded the NDP for unanimously voicing out against Site-C, and cultivating their own energy policy.Advertisement “There’s a lot of better ways to put that equipment to work down there,” he continued. “We’re not opposed to jobs, and the NDP’s not opposed to jobs. But there’s a lot smarter ways to put that equipment to work, and create energy that Site-C would create in a lot smarter, greener, cleaner ways.”He believes the way to smarter energy projects is creating smaller projects at a slower pace — rather than taking on what he calls a ‘white elephant’ project.West Moberly First Nation’s Forest Technician George Desjarlais said their biggest concern is with regard to the environment: not just how the dam will impact forests, but the wildlife the First Nation has depended on for generations.He recalled the effect the W.A.C. Bennett Dam near Hudson’s Hope had on mountain ungulates — including sheep, goats, and caribou — back when construction was finished in the 70’s.“The same thing is going to happen here once this dam is constructed, and the valley is flooded,” he said.Advertisement Ken Boon calls the view from the tip of the Peace River’s north bank, where he hosted a tour for media and interested organizations, one that many people don’t see of Site-C.“After seeing reports of the BC Hydro tour, it was pretty obvious that they weren’t showing the whole picture,” Boon, the president of the Peace Valley Landowner’s Association, said.According to him, the whole picture includes sights such as a whole flat of land where he alleges trees were mulched rather cut into timber — and the island in the middle of the river, that used to be freckled with trees, completely bare.- Advertisement -“There’s 100 kilometres of river valley that’s going to get destroyed before this is going to be done, and we’re only looking at a couple of kilometres — so it’s only gotten worse.”People coming from across the province and even across the country were there to observe — from Treaty 8 Tribal Association, and other organizations, respectively.Craig Benjamin with Amnesty International said he was ‘taken aback’ by the scale of what has happened in the valley during his first glimpse of the construction in process.Advertisement
Karina Zumbrun scored one goal and assisted on the other and the Arcata Tigers shutout Fortuna 2-0 in the semifinal round of the North Coast Section Division-I playoffs, Wednesday night at Fortuna High.No. 3 Arcata (15-7-1) had fallen to No. 2 Fortuna (14-6-1) four of its previous matches against the Huskies. None of that mattered on Wednesday night as Arcata won where it mattered most and punched a ticket to the NCS D-I championship round where they will face undefeated No. 1 Eureka (18-0) …
17 July 2015The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started work on its R900-million Southern Region construction project.The national road network is the economic link between Port Elizabeth and East London, and is the west-east link between Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.In the first phase, it has begun upgrading a 47km stretch of the N2 highway between Grahamstown and the Fish River pass, in Eastern Cape.The project comprises upgrading a single carriageway through the mountainous region, and construction is in three phases. It is not without its challenges, among which are saving the protected Oldenburgia grandis trees indigenous to some places along the route, limiting delays to road users during construction and keeping the impact on adjoining property owners to a minimum.A large amount of rock has to be blasted, and the design also has to tie into the existing Fish River Bridge.Rock blasting is planned for today, 15km outside Grahamstown towards Peddie, according to Sanral. The upgrade of 16.7km of the N2 included geometric improvements, realignment, widening of existing cuttings and fill embankments, the roads agency said.Grahamstown to KingIn total, the project is expected to take six to seven years. It is part of a long-term strategy to improve roads around and between Grahamstown and King William’s Town and comprises geometric improvements to portions of the national highway.Climbing lanes to improve the level of surface will also be added.“The existing road was built in the 1960s and currently does not meet Sanral’s desired alignment and safety standards,” said the agency. An increase in traffic volumes, particularly heavy vehicles, had prompted the need for the upgrade.Improved sight distance for drivers was expected to cut road accidents and reduce vehicle operating costs, while travel times were expected to be shorter.In media reports, Sanral has that the project will improve and prepare the N2 to support increasing volumes of motorists on the national road over the next 25 years, while enabling lower fuel consumption on the upgraded road, which will also reduce carbon emissions.Regarding the rare Oldenburgia grandis, which only grows on quartzite outcrops, Sanral collaborated with Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, and funded a study and transplant programme for these plants. The project is being overseen by a postgraduate botany student.N2 Wild Coast toll roadIn other road news, the construction of the N2 Wild Coast toll road was expected to start in September 2016, said Gugile Nkwinti, the rural development and land reform minister.He was speaking in his capacity as the chairman of the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Committee (PICC) on 9 July at a public consultation meeting in Bizana, Eastern Cape.The PICC oversees bulk infrastructure projects and manages 18 strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs). Nkwinti is responsible for SIP3, which targets the South-East Node and Corridor Development. This includes the N2 Wild Coast Highway, new dam at Mzimvubu with an irrigation system.He received a Sanral report on the status of the project earlier last week. “We have made a decision. What we want to know now is where we are going to relocate people who have to make way for the road. In case of graves, we want people to indicate where the graves will be relocated. We are left with 13 months before construction starts.”The department said that if court processes against the construction of the toll road persisted, the project would start in 2017.“Before construction resumes, houses, graves, animal veld, and mealie-fields will be relocated to suitable alternative land. A survey commissioned by Sanral about the proposed new route for the N2 along the Wild Coast indicated an almost unanimous level of support for this development.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While some growers in the northern part of the State were able to begin planting due to warmer weather, most growers throughout the rest of the State continued to delay planting as their fields were too wet for planting activities, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 2.8 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 22nd. While corn and soybean planting progress moved somewhat, both are behind the five year averages. There were frosts early in the week, which raised concern about damage to wheat, fruit, and vegetables, as well as the emerged early planted corn and soybeans. Emerged corn is looking yellow and stressed, and some will need to be replanted if the weather cooperates. Hay fields were being chopped across the state, though much of it for haylage, as conditions made it too difficult for dry hay baling. Other activities included tillage, spraying, and fertilizer application.Read the entire report here
The birthday of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who turned 41 on Sunday, is being celebrated all over Uttar Pradesh by party workers as Kisan Adhikar Diwas (Farmers’ Rights Day). With Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh due early next year the opportunity is being utilised by the state unit to reach out to the farmers. The agitation at Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida on the land acquisition issue by Gandhi recently had generated a lot of heat politically. Enquiries at his residence at 12, Tuglak Lane residence revealed that the young leader is not at home and no celebration has been planned. Ahead of the birthday, party General Secretary Digvijay Singh had said Rahul has got “all the qualities and capabilities” that are required to become a “good” Prime Minister. Congress projects Gandhi as potential Prime Minister and future leader. Meanwhile, Kisan chaupals (farmer gatherings) were on Sunday organised in all the nyay panchyats in Gandhi’s Amethi constituency. The party office bearers organised chaupals in all 712 nyay panchyats in Amethi to hear problems faced by farmers. Party leader Rajesh Srivastav said this year neither cakes were cut nor sweets were distributed on Gandhi’s birthday but the party workers tried to mingle with farmers. “We will fight for the cause of farmers and get their problems redressed,” he said.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.