The remote village of Hot Springs Cove is located about an hour and a half north of Tofino. Most people access the community by boat or plane as the community’s only road isn’t suitable for most vehicles. (Hesquiaht #First Nation) When the power goes out, the first thing Heather Campbell does is grab a flashlight and march down the road to her father’s bedside to make sure he’s still alive.
Her 66-year-old dad has sleep apnea, a condition that requires nightly use of a machine that runs on electricity to make sure he continues breathing while asleep.
Life in the remote, access-by-boat village of Hot Springs Cove on Vancouver Island means living with unreliable diesel generators as a main power source, something the community is hoping to see changed by the spring of 2019.
The Hesquiaht First Nation band put forth a proposal for a $7-million micro hydro project it hopes will improve environmental and financial sustainability while also providing relief from the 24/7 noise and pollution of generators.
For the project to happen, the province has to allow it to be placed in the Maquinna Marine Provincial Park and Protected Area or remove the section where the installation is planned from the park all together.
So far, the project hasn’t faced much controversy.
No one attended a June 27 town hall meeting regarding the proposal in Tofino and Hesquiaht #Chief, Richard Lucas, told CBC his community supports the plan.
"The good thing is nobody showed up to oppose us going through the park. I guess the bad thing is, it would have been nice to talk to some [of the] public on how they feel about it," he told Khalil Akhtar, guest host of CBC Radio’s On the Island . Burden on elders Campbell says, in January, the community was left without power for a […]
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