Well, that just happened.
Site C is a go. Premier John Horgan announced the decision Monday morning. It was met instantly with threats of legal action, requests for an injunction, and condemnation from Amnesty International.

Let's start with the legal stuff.

Within minutes of the announcement, West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations sent out a press release saying they were asking for a court injunction against construction of the dam while they prepared a civil suit.

Next, Amnesty International weighed in.

They said the approval is a human rights violation because it fails to respect peoples' right to keep their homes.

The people being evicted tend to agree.

Before the decision came down, landowners in the Peace Valley were wringing their hands as they waited for the government to tell them if they were being evicted. Now, those landowner groups are preparing for a fight; Rob Botterell, counsel for the Peace Valley Landowners Association, said, “My clients will never surrender the Peace Valley over such a flawed process." 
In case you're wondering how this project has come together over the years, we also put together this handy timeline.

And if you're still wondering how we got here, well, you're not alone.

Editor Emma Gilchrist wrote a scathing editorial about how the B.C. corporate media dropped the ball for three straight years on Site C. 
So, yes, we were all over Site C this week. We'll continue to bring you the latest on that — and in the meantime, check out some of the other stories we were working on this week.

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