Save Our Rivers Society urges voters to save BC's watersheds

    Conservationists say strategic voting next week will protect BC's
    environment currently threatened by provincial government policies

    VANCOUVER, May 7 /CNW/ - The Save Our Rivers Society, which came into
existence over growing concerns with the government's promotion of private
power projects in BC's watersheds, is appealing to the public to vote
strategically in next week's election - the most important provincial election
British Columbians have ever faced.
    "At Save Our Rivers Society, we're calling May 12, 2009 Our Watershed
Election because that's when British Columbians will decide whether to
preserve our sacred rivers and historic public power system, or mandate the BC
Liberals to continue giving them away to large corporations," said Rafe Mair
of Save Our Rivers, former BC Cabinet Minister, broadcaster and writer."
    At a panel discussion yesterday, presented by Save Our Rivers and the
Watershed Watch Salmon Society, five noted conservationists and environmental
scientists spoke out against the treatment of BC's rivers by Premier Gordon
Campbell's government, and indicated they believe a vote for the New
Democratic Party (NDP) would be in the best interest of all British
    Mark Angelo, Order of Canada, Chairman of the Rivers Institute at the BC
Institute of Technology, said he is concerned with the lack of an overall plan
and the lack of public consultation thus far.
    "I wouldn't say which party to vote for," said Vicky Husband, Order of
Canada, senior environmental advocate, before running through a list of
concerns that showed she thinks the Liberal government has put BC's
environment at risk. "We have the best place on earth, so why the hell aren't
we protecting it?"
    The Save Our Rivers Society has been working to bring awareness to the
public about the Premier's surrendering of BC's watersheds to private
companies in order to sell the public expensive, environmentally destructive
electric power. Enormous costs will be passed on to British Columbians through
huge rate increases that are just beginning now, while ultimately bankrupting
BC Hydro. Hundreds of rivers and streams in BC are caught in the private
power-licensing scheme. Though invaluable, these licenses cost the companies
virtually nothing.
    "British Columbians enjoy a green public power system and energy security
that are the envy of the world, providing us with the lowest power bills and
cleanest electricity in North America," said Mair. "Not only does it yield
almost a billion dollars a year in public profits, it helps keep our taxes
low, while helping us pay for health care and education. All of this will be
lost if we give Campbell and his private energy agenda another four years."
    To join Save Our Rivers in the battle to save BC's rivers and public
power, please vote strategically on May 12, 2009.

    About Save Our Rivers Society (

    Save Our Rivers Society is a group formed by British Columbians dedicated
to educating the public about the negative environmental and economic impacts
of private power developments. The society is working to bring about the
cancellation of the BC Energy Plan and its restrictions on public power
developments in order to restore the quality of BC's natural environment and
leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

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