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Welcome to the Build it Underground DDO (BIUDDO) newsletter regarding the activities of our group over the last few months. There have been many signiﬁcant developments:
BIUDDO Judicial Action Before the Regie de L’Energie
On July 14, 2017, BIUDDO’s Lawyer Me. Ricardo Hrtschan presented our case before the Régie de l’Énergie.
The grounds for this action are based upon a legal technicality regarding how the public was originally consulted about the Poste Saint-Jean Hydro Quebec project. Mr. Hrtschan argued that the hundreds of residents living in the impacted area of DDO, some of them as close as 18 meters from the proposed line, were never properly informed of the Régie’s public hearings that would have permitted them to voice their concerns. These concerns include property value depreciation, possible health risks, and environmental impacts.
In essence, the legal demand for the revision of the Régie’s decision states that the Régie de l’Énergie did not respect the rights of citizens to be heard on a matter that greatly aﬀects their lives by not providing access to fair hearings, and therefore the Regie’s decision is against the rule of law and is illegal.
The Régie de l’Énergie is supposed to deliver a ruling within 90 days of the hearing. To date, our legal team has not yet received the verdict from the Regie.
You can compare the 2 files on the Regie site…
The original application, as filed by Hydro Quebec in 2015. Note the total absence of statements from the “Intervenants” (us, the population of DDO). In this file Hydro Quebec/TransEnergie is the “Demandeur”
The request for revision, as filed by BIUDDO. Note the content in all the sections including the “Intervenants” (in this case Hydro Quebec / TransEnergie) as BIUDDO is the “Demandeur”
Upcoming Municipal Election
The BIUDDO team would like to take this opportunity to thank councilors Zoe Bayouk and Morris Vesely for their unwavering support of the BIUDDO team. They have worked tirelessly with the BIUDDO team and have devoted countless hours to this cause.
Please remember to vote on November 5th. Make sure your voice is heard!
Uniting with Other Jurisdictions Fighting Hydro Quebec
Over the last year, the BIUDDO team has continued to work closely with 3 other Quebec citizen groups that are ﬁghting proposed Hydro Quebec projects in their jurisdictions. The 3 citizen groups are Citoyens Sous Hautes Tensions (Eastern Townships), Comité aviseur de St-Adolphe (in the Laurentians), and SOS Mont Hereford (Eastern Townships).
The objective of this alliance is to draw more attention to the Poste Saint-Jean project – by aligning ourselves with a larger group of citizens and to show the government that their unilateral decisions are deeply impacting many residents and that the voices of residents throughout the province are not being heard.
In October, BIUDDO team members attended a meeting of Le comité aviseur de Saint-Adolphe D’Howard and presented the Poste Saint-Jean project to the residents of St. Adolphe. During this meeting, our team was made aware that several weeks prior, Manon Masse of Quebec Solidaire launched a motion in the Quebec National Assembly to review the St. Adolphe and Hereford projects for underground solutions. Quebec Solidaire received the support of the CAQ and the PQ. However, the motion was overruled by the Liberals.
The outcome of this meeting is that BIUDDO and these other citizen groups are planning some sort of joint action in the coming month. Additionally, we are banding together for press/media coverage of our respective projects. BIUDDO is leveraging the experience and media reach of these other groups to maximize the exposure of the Poste Saint-Jean project.
BIUDDO believes that it is imperative that we continue to keep the project in the press. With a Provincial election only a year away, and recent polling showing voter discontent with the liberals, we must continue to apply pressure through the press and collective actions with other citizen groups.
More information coming soon about proposed collective actions.
Not for Proﬁt Incorporation
The BIUDDO team has applied for a “Not for Proﬁt” incorporation. Once this is complete, BIUDDO will start to approach the community for ﬁnancial donations to help ﬁnance the legal cases we are mounting against Hydro Quebec and the Government.
We Could Use More Help
We could use the help of citizens and professionals. Speciﬁcally, we could use the help of a lawyer(s) who would be interested in helping us with the judicial process. We could also use the help of volunteers who can commit to 4 hours per month in support of our continued actions.
Please stay connected with BIUDDO. You can see what’s new on our website at www.biuddo.ca, check us out on Facebook (Construisez-la sous terre/Build it Underground), or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The BIUDDO Team