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What are we willing to sacrifice to meet our energy needs? A debate about Site C

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Recommendations on the future of Site C have been released. A Joint Review Panel has assessed the environmental impact of the controversial hydroelectric project and released to the federal and provincial governments. 

"The benefits are clear. Despite high initial costs, and some uncertainty about when the power would be needed, the project would provide a large and long-term increment of firm energy and capacity at a price that would benefit future generations," said the panel's summary.

However, the report also points to costs.

"Replacing a portion of the Peace River with an 83-kilometre reservoir would cause significant adverse effects on fish and fish habitat, and a number of birds and bats, smaller vertebrate and invertebrate species, rare plants, and sensitive ecosystems. The Project would significantly affect the current use of land and resources for traditional purposes by Aboriginal peoples, and the effect of that on Aboriginal rights and treaty rights generally will have to be weighed by governments."

We spoke to people on both side of the issue. Ken Boon is a farmer who would lose his land if Site C goes ahead. Dan Miller is a former cabinet minister who says he understands the concerns, but believes the positives outweighs the negative. Listen to them make their case below, and let us know where you stand:

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