Over 40 protesters stood in the rain to rally against the Site C dam today in downtown Vancouver.
Organizer Jennifer O’Keeffe was among a variety of speakers sharing their stories about why fighting the project is important to them and their communities.
“Site C is clearly not in the public or the province’s best interest. Site C violates international and federal law through breaking treaty rights.”
The group gathered outside BC Supreme Court and gave an honorable mention to hunger striker Kristin Henry who was taken to hospital after starving for 19 days.
“I want to acknowledge our sister Kristin Henry. She is probably one of the bravest young women I have ever met, with a huge heart, who cares so deeply.”
The rally was planned alongside today’s court challenge against the Site C project.
Meanwhile, just days after she was taken to hospital amid reports her heart rate dropped to dangerous levels, a hunger striker has returned to the Site C protest site at BC Hydro headquarters.
Kristin Henry was taken from the protest by ambulance on day 19 of her strike, but today she returned vowing to continue her opposition to the controversial project.
Henry says she’s lost 25 pounds in the strike, about 20% of her body weight, and she says that did have doctors concerned for her.
“They’re not impressed obviously. It’s not a tactic they support. But I went into this a very healthy person, and I’m confident I’m going to bounce back.”
She says doctors told her her heart and kidney had been seriously affected.
But she says she’s surprised not to have heard any concern about her health from the B.C. government.
“I guess I was a bit optimistic in thinking the government might care enough to actually intervene before it got to that point, so it was quite heartbreaking to know my health was jeapordized and I had not been able to communicate with them the urgency of this issue.”