The Handmaids Tale shows whos truly free eh

first_img“You get something to eat?” a male social worker asks Moira (played by Samira Wiley), who’s just escaped into Ontario from repressive Gilead. “There’s a lot to go over, but I’ll walk you through it.” Advertisement Facebook Dazed with relief, she accepts everything he hands to her. “Here’s your refugee ID card,” he says. “Here’s a cellphone, paid up for the next 12 months. And you have $200 for cabs on there, just to get you started. Here’s $470 in cash. Your medical insurance card. Your prescription drug card. Here are some clothes. OK, what next?”She is still silent. In the former U.S., women have been repressed for so long she can’t process someone treating her as a human. “Do you want more to eat? A shower?” he asks. She shakes her head. “Or grab a book, find somewhere quiet?” His next words almost do her in: “Whatever you want,” he says. “It’s completely up to you.” The Moment: Canadian immigration The Show: The Handmaid’s Tale –  Season 1, Episode 10 Login/Register With: Advertisement It should be licensed by the Canada 150 folks, projected onto Rideau Hall, played on a continuous loop at every border crossing. It makes the true north look stronger and freer than any Heritage Minute could. At this crazy moment, it demonstrates how simple civility is an act of heroism.The Handmaid’s Tale aired on Bravo and is available on demand and on CraveTV.By: Johanna Schneller LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Moira’s (Samira Wiley) escape from Gilead and into Ontario makes the true north look stronger and freer than any Heritage Minute could, writes Johanna Schneller. Advertisement Margaret Atwood’s source novel and this miniseries were both written before Trump’s presidency. But events since January have refracted this story through a new lens, one in which women’s reproductive rights and immigration are under siege. This scene now plays like a gentle but pointed flip of the bird to our neighbours to the south. Twitterlast_img read more


first_img‘Wait, There’s More’ is available for download now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castbox and all other major podcast platforms. The first episode comes out on June 10. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Global News is excited to announce the launch of its first original daily news podcast: Wait, There’s More, hosted by journalist Tamara Khandaker.Demystifying the day’s biggest headlines by providing all the context listeners need to have a deep understanding of current events, new episodes of Wait, There’s More will be available daily – Monday through Friday – starting Monday, June 10, 2019 on all major podcast platforms.The world moves way too fast and it’s easy to fall behind the news cycle. Wait, There’s More is here to change that.Khandaker, a Toronto-based journalist at Global News, takes you inside the headlines to reveal the full story, explore new angles, ask tough questions, and talk directly to the people most affected by the big stories. For the past three years, Khandaker has penned sharp, modern coverage of politics, Canada’s role on the world stage and the rapidly changing social climate around the world.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Kiefer Sutherland (Moritz Kuenster/Monster Pics) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment KIEFER SUTHERLAND CANCELS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES AFTER INJURING RIBSKiefer Sutherland has been forced to cancel a handful of European tour dates after slipping on the steps of a bus and injuring his ribs. The 24 actor-turned-country-singer was on his way to a gig in Denmark when the accident happened. READ MOREKIEFER SUTHERLAND INJURED IN BUS MISHAP, POSTPONES THREE EUROPEAN MUSIC TOUR DATESIn his role as agent Jack Bauer on TV’s 24, Kiefer Sutherland survived explosions, gunfire and all sorts of physical attacks. As the US President in Designated Survivor, he was spared from a massive explosion that took out most of the cabinet and Congress.But in real life, he was just done in by some bus stairs. READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

Top Sask chief admits driving drunk

first_imgAPTN National NewsSASKATOON-The grand chief of the biggest First Nations organization in Saskatchewan has pleaded guilty to drinking and driving.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Grand Chief Guy Lonechild pleaded guilty in provincial court Tuesday.He will be sentenced on March 23.Police attempted to stop Lonechild on Sept. 3, 2009, he continued to drive before finally pulling over. He was charged with refusing to provide a breath sample and failure to stop for police.The incident happened a month before he was elected as the top chief of the federation.Lonechild issued a statement saying he took full responsibility for his actions.last_img

RCMP descends on Mikmaqled antifracking blockade

first_img(Elders drum pray and cry as RCMP officers move in to enforce injunction against anti-fracking barricade. Ossie Michelin/APTN)By Ossie Michelin APTN National News REXTON, NB–RCMP officers moved in early Thursday morning to enforce an injunction against a Mi’kmaq-led barricade that has trapped exploration vehicles belonging to a Houston-based firm conducting shale gas exploration in New Brunswick.An eye-witness who left the barricade after police moved in said a Molotov cocktail was thrown and that some warriors claimed they were “willing to die” holding the line. The eye-witness also said the RCMP officers moved in with guns drawn.Miles Howe, a journalist with Media Co-op, also said in a Facebook posting that Molotov cocktails had been thrown at police and that rubber bullets had been fired in the surrounding woods.“Currently still in standoff,” he wrote in the posting on wall of Facebook group, Shale Gas Alerts New Brunswick.Police arrested some of the activists as residents from the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog, which has been at the heart of the anti-fracking movement, swarmed to the site.Drumming, cursing, crying and barking dogs echoed through the air as the activists at the barricade clashed with police.The blockade against SWN Resources Canada sits just off Route 135 and about 80 kilometres north of Moncton and 15 km northeast of Elsipogtog. The blockade was the latest salvo in a battle against SWN’s shale gas exploration that raged throughout this past summer and led to dozens of arrests.The blockade has been anchored by the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society which, at one point, blocked the highway completely. The warriors opened up one lane for traffic last week.Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Anglophone residents in the area believe the discovery of shale gas will lead to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and they fear the extraction method poses a threat to the area’s water and environment.SWN received an extension to the injunction against the blockade which had set to expire on Oct. 12.Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock had been in talks with New Brunswick Premier David Alward in hopes of finding a peaceful end to the blockade.More to read more

Kahnawake engines revving on the ice

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Mohawks of Kahnawake are famous and infamous for a few things. Ironworkers, lacrosse players and the tobacco trade are all some of their major exports.But there are other things that make the community just south of Montreal unique such as their penchant for racing stock cars on ice in the winter.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

Indigenous youth visiting APTN meet with Prime Minister sit in on live

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsIt’s not every day you get the chance to run into a sitting Prime Minister.But some youth associated with Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre did just that.APTN often gives tours, especially to Indigenous students. The youth from Ma Mawi knew there was a chance they’d get to see Justin Trudeau in-the-flesh. But they didn’t expect to speak with him, never mind shake his hand.In a rare turn of events, the youth were able to sit-in on APTN’s special interview with the Prime Minister.Some even got a little emotional.dward@aptn.calast_img

Canadas hostile regulatory environment costing energy investments report

first_imgOTTAWA – Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the federal cabinet was never going to include downstream emissions as a factor when it reviewed the application for the now defunct Energy East pipeline.In a bid to stem political fallout from Energy East’s demise, Carr is on a mission to convince Canadians his government’s policies are not to blame for it.But a new research report suggests the project is just part of a trend of energy investment going elsewhere because of the high cost of additional government regulation in Canada.TransCanada cancelled the Energy East project last week citing “changed circumstances.”In response to a barrage of questions lobbed at him in the Senate on Tuesday, Carr repeatedly asserted those circumstances were not government policies.“The situation had changed dramatically,” he said, pointing to oil prices less than half what they were when the project was first proposed, and the recent U.S. decision to go forward with another TransCanada project, the Keystone XL pipeline.Opponents blame Carr’s government for changing the review process and including things like upstream and downstream emissions — that is, greenhouse gas emissions created by extracting the oil before it flows through the pipeline and those create by refining and burning it after it leaves the pipeline — as part of the evaluations of proposed projects.While the National Energy Board panel decided to look at both upstream and downstream emissions, Carr said the government had only asked that upstream ones be looked at. He said that was done in 2016 when the government approved both the Enbridge Line 3 and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline projects and it would have been the same for Energy East had it ever made it to cabinet for consideration.If upstream emissions didn’t stop approval of the other pipelines, Carr said TransCanada had no reason to believe it would stop approval of Energy East.But a new research report by the Montreal Economic Institute suggests Energy East’s demise is a growing and worrisome pattern.“People are giving up on Canada as a safe place to invest in natural resources,” said economist Germain Belzile, a senior researcher at the institute.“It’s seen as a very hostile environment now. You have a lot less certainty if you invest here (than) if you invest in many other countries where the regulatory environment isn’t changing as you’re doing things.”Four major projects have now been cancelled in the last two years, including Energy East, the Northern Gateway pipeline, and two liquid natural gas plant proposals, he noted. Together they amounted to $84 billion in investment.Belzile said new regulations in Canada, including things like the carbon price, coupled with a reduction in regulation under President Trump in the U.S. has seen investments leaving Canada and flowing to the U.S. instead.His report shows capital investments in resource projects in Canada and the U.S. rebounded this year but are expected to grow 38 per cent in the U.S. and just 19 per cent in Canada.The Liberals could face political fallout if Canadians think their policies are hurting the investments and job creation that come with them.Pollster David Coletto said Energy East alone is not likely to be the only reason the Liberals lose seats in 2019 but it could be a contributing factor, particularly in New Brunswick, which stood to gain refinery jobs had the pipeline gone ahead.“This fits with a broader narrative that is starting to develop about the government’s position on business development and business friendly policies,” the Abacus Data CEO said.However, he added Energy East could have been a political liability for the Liberals in Quebec, where opposition to it was strong.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Kelly on OReilly Abuse shaming of women has to stop

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Megyn Kelly took on her former Fox News Channel colleague Bill O’Reilly in blunt terms on Monday, revealing she had gone to her bosses to complain about O’Reilly’s behaviour and saying the size of a newly revealed $32 million settlement of harassment charges made by a Fox analyst was “jaw-dropping.”O’Reilly responded, in part, by posting a copy of a thank you note Kelly had sent to him for a gift given at a baby shower.The New York Times reported that O’Reilly had agreed to the $32 million deal to set aside allegations that include a nonconsensual sexual relationship with former Fox analyst Lis Wiehl, bringing to six the number of harassment settlements involving him. The deal was reached a month before O’Reilly signed a contract extension and three months before O’Reilly was fired because of publicity about the cases against him. O’Reilly has said he’s done nothing wrong.More than just an embarrassment that Fox had hoped was in its rear-view mirror, the story could have costly consequences. Fox’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, is awaiting a decision by British regulators regarding its purchase of the Sky satellite television company, and the issue of Fox News’ management is being considered.Kelly, on her NBC show Monday, refuted O’Reilly’s claims that no one had complained about him, saying Fox “was not exactly a friendly environment” for women who had stories to tell about abuse.She said she went to Fox’s leaders Bill Shine, who has since resigned, and Jack Abernethy, who is now president of Fox News Network, after her memoir was published last November with her anger about O’Reilly’s suggestion that people who complained about their treatment at Fox were disloyal. Kelly had written in her book about alleged harassment by Fox’s one-time leader Roger Ailes.“Perhaps he didn’t realize the kind of message his criticism sends to young women across the country about how men continue to view the issue of speaking out about sexual harassment,” Kelly said she wrote to her bosses.O’Reilly’s attitude of “shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on the grounds that it will disgrace the company” is precisely how Fox got into the mess it was in, she said.Kelly said she was told O’Reilly would be spoken to and, hours later, he said on the air that people who don’t like what is happening in the workplace should leave or go to human resources. She said it’s clearly not just Fox that handles the issue of harassment badly.“This must stop,” she said. “The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threats, the retaliation, the silence of them after the fact — it has to stop.”O’Reilly and Kelly’s shows once ran back-to-back on Fox’s prime lineup. Now those time slots are filled by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. O’Reilly, speaking Monday on the radio program hosted by another ex-Fox colleague, Glenn Beck, said he found Kelly’s comment incomprehensible.“I don’t know why Megyn Kelly is doing what she’s doing,” he said. “I helped her dramatically in her career.”His website posted notes penned to O’Reilly by Kelly in 2009 and 2012. In one, she thanks O’Reilly for publicizing a book written by her husband. In the other, she thanks him for the “darling body suit and snuggly” given at a baby shower. “You’ve become a dear friend (no matter what you say) and I’m grateful to have you in my life,” she wrote in the note.“If you still want to think I’m a bad guy, go ahead,” O’Reilly told Beck. He said the Times’ story about the Wiehl case was designed to get keep him out of the marketplace.“This is an attack on an American citizen, me, for political purposes,” he said. “It has done enormous damage to me and my family. It is a horror show and should never happen in this country.”On her show, Kelly said she’s still being victimized by Fox. She said Fox’s powerful public relations chief Irena Briganti is “known for her vindictiveness” and “to this day, she pushes negative articles on certain Ailes accusers, like the one you are looking at right now.”Briganti was not at work Monday. 21st Century Fox issued a statement saying Briganti was “a valued colleague and she has our full support.”Kelly also interviewed former Fox anchor Juliet Huddy on her show. Huddy, who appeared with her lawyer Doug Wigdor, also settled harassment claims against O’Reilly, and said she wrestled with the idea of signing non-disclosure agreements. The one she signed prevented Huddy from giving any details about her case against O’Reilly. She said she struggled with the concept, knowing that it would help other women who feel abused if they knew there were others out there like them.Huddy said she still isn’t working in the broadcast business after leaving Fox.last_img read more

Grain producers still pushing for improved rail service

first_imgThe Senate is being urged to pass Bill C-49, ensuring long term solutions to rail transportation, to improve farmers’ ability to get their grain to market.A group of farmers recently made a presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications explaining the impact of rail service problems.They are not pleased with the ongoing situation and want to see the system fixed long-term.The passing of the bill, which will include reciprocal penalties, was delayed before Christmas.Alberta Wheat Director Warren Sekulic said the rail service has been poor and seems to be collapsing.“CN right now has only delivered on the last — the latest shipment — it’s only delivered on 17 per cent of their car orders,” he said.“So, what that means for farmers is that the grain is sitting in storage on farms, or in elevators and it’s not being moved to port.”Sekulic said they felt their concerns were met by a lot of sympathetic ears, although he said he still does not have a clear timeline on when it will be passed.last_img read more

Nunavuts Lupin gold mine fined for not filing environmental reports on time

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut – The owner of an inactive gold mine in Nunavut has been fined for filing environmental reports three years late.Lupin Mines Incorporated has pleaded guilty to the charge and faces a $100,000 fine.Daniel Smith, regional director of environmental enforcement for Environment Canada, says the mine failed to produce timely reports on impacts to fish habitat.He says those reports were filed last year and no impacts were found.Smith says the mine did not conduct the study as required for financial reasons.The Lupin Mine opened in 1982 but has been mothballed for more than a decade.The company that owns it is controlled by Mandalay Resources of Toronto.last_img

Irans president seeks to downplay US oil sanctions

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s president on Sunday tried to downplay U.S. sanctions targeting the country’s vital oil and gas sector that are set to be restored next month.Speaking in Tehran University to mark the start of the academic year, Hassan Rouhani said the Nov. 4 sanctions “will have no effect,” because “the U.S. has already done whatever it wanted to do.”President Donald Trump’s administration has been steadily restoring sanctions on Iran since he withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord in May. Iran has been grappling with an economic crisis in recent months, with its currency plunging to historic lows and sporadic protests breaking out.The U.S. has said it will press other countries to halt imports of Iranian oil, which would cut off a key source of revenue for Tehran.Rouhani said the current U.S. administration is the “most hostile” ever toward Iran, but that his country will overcome the sanctions through “unity and integrity.” He said his administration has allocated some $15 billion to purchase basic goods in the current Iranian year, which ends next March.Rouhani said the U.S. sanctions are aimed at “regime change.” The Trump administration insists its aim is not to overthrow the Iranian government, but to pressure it to radically alter its policies, including its development of ballistic missiles and support for regional militant groups.last_img read more

Decathlon to replace Saks Off Fifth store at Montreal Eaton Centre

first_imgTORONTO – European sports chain Decathlon is replacing Saks Off Fifth in a spot over two floors at the Montreal Eaton Centre.Hudson’s Bay Company says it and mall developer Ivanhoe Cambridge have mutually agreed to no longer open a Saks Off Fifth location.The Toronto-based department store chain owner tells The Canadian Press that plans for the location have been abandoned “due to a number of factors,” but refused to reveal what those factors are.A spokesman for the Montreal Eaton Centre owner confirmed that the store would not be opening, but also did not provide a reason why.France-based sporting goods store Decathlon will open in the Saks space next fall, the first for a downtown location in Canada.“This location in the downtown core, which is a relatively new approach for us, will enable us to deliver even more effectively on our brand promise, which is to make sport accessible to as many people as we can,” Tristan Vende of Decathlon Canada said in news release.Ivanhoe Cambridge leasing vice-president Jean Landry said the opening of Decathlon is one of the highlights of its $200-million revitalization project for a property that once housed the Eaton’s department store and adjacent mall.Decathlon operates more than 1,400 stores in 42 countries and generates almost $13 billion in annual sales.In addition, European-based Time Out Market will open in Canada for the first time in the mall. It will offer 16 food options, two bars, a demo kitchen, cooking academy and retail shop.HBC announced in late 2015 that the purveyor of discount designer clothing and other goods would open at the centre in 2018, as part of the brand’s Canadian expansion.The company said that the store would take over about 4,165 square meters (44,850 square feet) in the Montreal Eaton Centre and Complexe Les Ailes spaces that merged in 2016.HBC says it operates 18 Saks Off Fifth locations in Canada in cities including Ottawa, Winnipeg and Niagara-on-the-lake, Vaughan and Pickering, Ont.Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC)last_img read more

NewsAlert Altria investing 24B in Cronos cannabis producer

first_imgThe Canadian Press Canadian cannabis producer Cronos Group says it will receive a $2.4 billion equity investment from Altria Group, one of the biggest tobacco companies in the world.The maker of Marlboro cigarettes would acquire a 45 per cent ownership stake in Cronos under the initial investment.Altria can also invest up to a further $1.4 billion to increase its ownership stake in Cronos to 55 per cent, under the arrangement.More cominglast_img

Another Caribou Recovery Discussion Postponed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The scheduled Caribou Recovery Discussion hosted by the Resource Municipalities Coalition for January 11th, 2019 has been postponed.This discussion was an opportunity for the Provincial Government and First Nation leaders to come together and to speak to Caribou Protection. A roundtable discussion would follow this conversation and would be based on the plan discussed to find a balance between protecting Central Caribou herds and economic development. Following the roundtable discussion would be a panel discussion with Government, First Nations and other Stakeholders regarding the findings of the roundtable discussion to be able to provide recommendations for a Private Members Bill for our MLA’s and MP to address.The West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations are willing to have an open discussion with Stakeholders as soon as all sides are willing. At this time, without a draft agreement in place, the Federal Government and Provincial Government prefer to not discuss this issue. With this in mind, the Coalition felt it best to postpone the Caribou Recovery Discussion.The Resource Municipalities Coalition is working to develop Private Members Bills that focus on a process with respect to future dialogue concerning issues that impact our region and continuing to work with Government, First Nations and industries to promote the interests of our communities.To learn more about the Resource Municipalities Coalition CLICK HERElast_img read more

Food safety training program on March 9

first_imgFoodborne illnessReceiving and storing foodPreparing foodServing foodCleaning and sanitizingThe cost of registration is $148.50, plus tax, per person.The food safety training program is taking place this Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the first-floor meeting room at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.To register, you can call 250-787-8178 or online at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding a food safety training program on March 9.This is a food handling, sanitation, and work safety course designed for food service establishment operators and front line food service workers.According to the City, this course will cover important food safety and worker safety information including:last_img

Be brave and shave Bluey Day

first_imgDonations from this event will be allocated to the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. Donations to this fund are used to purchase equipment that helps to enhance comfort, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer.Monies the Foundation receives also ensures that both long term and emergent needs of the hospital are met as medical staff work on early diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer at the hospital.The foundation’s desire is to have a complete set of equipment here in FSJ, so patients do not have to endure the extra stress of travel and allowing patients to stay close to home where they can receive the support of their friends and family.To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The FSJ Hospital Foundation is hosting the Bluey Day Fundraiser where participants collect pledges from the community and then shave their heads.People wanting to show their support for cancer patients, survivors, or remember those lost to cancer can participate by visiting the FSJ Hospital Foundation or registering HERE Saturday, May 25th from 10 am to 2 pm, the FSJ Hospital Foundation welcomes the community to come and watch the family-friendly event as there will be henna and prizes.last_img read more

Province to boost Climate action tax credit to help BC families

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Starting July 5, the Government of B.C. will be giving a boost to the Climate action tax credit in order to help families across the province.According to the Government, nearly 50 percent of B.C. families will receive more for their climate action tax credit this week, putting money back in their pockets and helping make life more affordable.The Province says, on July 5, eligible families will see the first of four instalments of the newly expanded credit. Families of four will receive up to $400 over the next year and up to $500 starting in July 2021 when the credit will be nearly 70 percent higher than it was in 2017.This is the second increase to the climate action tax credit since it was last expanded in September 2017.$223 million was invested in the tax credit as part of Budget 2019.For more information on the CleanBC plan, you can visit the Province’s website.last_img read more

BC Hydros generating stations receive upgrades

first_imgAdditionally, we’ll update controls for intake systems; controls for plant auxiliary systems; GMS plant central control room; and remote operation controls for GMS and PCN generating stations. When completed in 2024, Site C Generating Station will also be controlled from GMS as part of this upgrade. Upgrade work has been completed for generating units 1 to 5 and generating units 9 and 10. The unit controls upgrade and governor retrofit work for generating unit 6 is scheduled to be completed in October 2019. All upgrade work for this project is expected to be completed by mid-2023. GMS HVAC System Upgrade At GMS, we’ll be upgrading the 50-year old heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The HVAC system provides conditioned air to building occupants and temperature regulation for generating equipment.  To ensure increased reliability and system stability, we’ll be upgrading the protection and control equipment for PCN generating units 1 to 4. The current electromechanical systems, which were installed in the 1980s, are past their useful life and will be replaced with modern, state-of-the-art systems. The work will include installation of new digital protection and control panels for the generator exciter and transformer systems. There are two stages for equipment replacement timed to fit with annual maintenance schedules; the construction for generators 3 and 4 started in April 2019 and will be completed this year, and construction for generators 1 and 2 is planned to start on March 2020. June/July 2019 Peace River Generating Stations Projects Update GMS G1-10 Control System Upgrade We’re replacing unit controls for generating units 1 to 10 and retro-fitting governors for generating units 6 to 10. These control the water flow through the turbine to regulate the shaft speed of the generator. Also due for replacements are the exciters for generating units 9 and 10 – these control the current through the generator field winding to regulate the output voltage of the generator.  Targeted replacement of components of the current system is expected to improve reliability, maintainability and safety, and is currently planned to take place between 2022 and 2023. PCN HVAC System Upgrade At PCN, we’re also strategically upgrading the HVAC system as the heating, cooling and ventilation needs aren’t being efficiently met by the existing system. Major components need to be replaced and this work is being sequenced after the GMS HVAC project to enable transferring of lessons learned. We’re planning for construction at PCN between 2024 and 2025. GMS G1-5 Exciter Transformer Replacement Exciter transformers are necessary to power the exciters which control the magnetic field in the generator and the output voltage. The exciter transformers in generating units 1-5 needed to be replaced. Exciter transformers for units 1 and 2 were replaced in 2018 and units 4 and 5 this year, with unit 3 scheduled for replacement in August 2019.VISITOR CENTRE W.A.C. Bennett Dam – open until September 2 The W.A.C. Bennett Dam is one of the world’s largest earth-fill structures. It holds back the Williston Reservoir, which is so large that it can be seen from space. To enjoy the spectacular view, we welcome you to our visitor centre. It offers fun and educational exhibits that showcase dam construction, wildlife in the area, how we turn water into electricity, and a First Nations Gallery. HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Two of BC Hydro’s largest generating facilities the GMS Generating Station and nearby Peace Canyon Generating Station will be receiving upgrades.According to BC Hydro, a number of projects are underway to ensure continued reliable, affordable and clean power. These projects are part of our investment of over $2 billion per year to upgrade our ageing assets and build new infrastructure. PCN Protection Upgrade Project last_img read more