Forget Oregon, High-Stakes Standoff Taking Place Right Here In B.C.

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Fort St. John RCMP arrest Arthur Hadland for mischief during a Site C protest Wednesday as fellow activist Penny Boden looks on. Photo by Bronwyn Scott/Alaska Highway News. Photograph by: See Notes / Direction , Vancouver Sun Fort St. John RCMP arrest Arthur Hadland for mischief during a Site C protest Wednesday as fellow activist Penny Boden looks on. Photo by Bronwyn Scott/Alaska Highway News.
Photograph by: See Notes / Direction , Vancouver Sun

By Daphne Bramham | VANCOUVER SUN, Jan 6, 2016

Protesters here have their own battles in play

With its echoes of Hollywood movies, it’s not surprising that an armed uprising by white ranchers in the American West wanting free range over public land has gained international attention.

But while the ranchers and self-proclaimed militia are occupying an abandoned federal building in southeast Oregon, there’s a similar — albeit more peaceful — occupation taking place in northeastern British Columbia.

The unarmed British Columbians are refusing to leave the site where BC Hydro plans to clear-cut parts of the Peace River Valley and flood 57,000 acres of farmland in order to construct an $8.3-billion hydroelectric…

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