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2nd Legal Update to Site C Litigation


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Intervener applications

Three parties have applied to intervene in the legal challenges to the government approvals of the Site C project. Interveners generally give brief submissions to the Court to assist the Court in understanding the context and broader implications of key issues that are before the Court in a particular case.

1) The BC Public Interest Advocacy Center has asked to intervene in support of

PVLA on behalf of five anti-poverty and seniors’ groups to represent the interests of low and fixed income residential ratepayers.

2) The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) has also sought intervener status in support of PVLA.

3) Amnesty International has applied for intervener status in support of the BC Treaty 8 First Nations in their legal challenges.

BC Hydro and the federal and provincial governments are opposing all of the applications to intervene in the Site C cases.

- The judge has now set aside a full day, Monday, March 30, 2015 to hear all the intervener applications for both the PVLA and First Nations BC Supreme Court cases.

- The Federal Court applications to intervene will be determined based on written submissions, without an oral hearing.