COVID-19 has put many things on hold for people’s health and safety, however there is a desire to build back with projects focused on community and sustainability. Barkley Project Group is a supporter of the Resilient Recovery movement as a signatory showing support with 2,174 companies across Canada. In recent announcements, the Province of BC has earmarked $1.5 billion for economic recovery and is looking for feedback on how the economic stimulus should be used.
As part of the recovery efforts, Dogwood BC is mobilizing BC residents to vote on their favourite projects to build back a better BC. They are featuring projects across the province ranging from energy, habitat restoration, food, housing, fuel-switching, transportation and policy initiatives.
View the map featuring these projects on the DogwoodBC website. You can also sign a petition to vote on projects you believe will put people back to work, advance our climate goals and build stronger communities.
Canoe Pass tidal turbines
Seymour Narrows, between Quadra Island and Vancouver Island, is home to the most powerful tidal flow on the whole B.C. coast. Canoe Pass is a natural choke point where underwater turbines could harness that energy, if an artificial causeway were removed. A small turbine project almost reached construction before BC Hydro pulled the plug on small-scale power generation. The Quadra Island Climate Action Network is working to revive the Canoe Pass project to electrify local homes and vehicles. Click here for more information
Clarke Lake geothermal project
The Fort Nelson First Nation has acquired the geothermal exploration rights to a depleted gas field in their territory. The Clarke Lake site has the potential to generate 15 Mw of electricity, as well as heat greenhouses. Projects like this have the potential to employ oil workers, since the drilling technology is similar. It could reduce the amount of natural gas burned in the region for electricity, and improve northern food security. Click here for more information
Hesquiaht diesel generator replacement
Like many remote communities in B.C., the village of Hot Springs Cove relies on diesel generators to supply homes with electricity. The diesel is expensive, dirty, and has to be brought in by boat. When it runs out, people are left in the dark. The Hesquiaht Nation has plans for a run-of-river hydroelectric project that would replace diesel and be safe for fish. But the project has stalled due to lack of funding from higher levels of government. Click here for more information