Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winter Work Stoppage at Site C Megaproject Prompts Layoffs: BC Hydro

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winter Work Stoppage at Site C Megaproject Prompts Layoffs: BC Hydro

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Winter work stoppage prompts Site C layoffs

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VANCOUVER - BC Hydro confirms about 200 workers at the Site C dam construction project in northeastern British Columbia have been laid off by the consortium that holds the main civil works contract.

A spokeswoman with the provincial Crown corporation says the Peace River Hydro Partners announced it is stopping some work over the winter season.

A statement issued by BC Hydro says that while such fluctuations are normal in a construction project, it believes work can continue into early winter and has asked the partnership group to reconsider its decision.

The B.C. Utilities Commission said in a preliminary review released last week that it needs more information about the $8.8-billion project in order to determine if the dam is viable.

The dam was started without the usual utilities commission review under former Liberal premier Christy Clark, but New Democrat Premier John Horgan asked the commission to look at the project shortly after taking office. …

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