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Reservoir level drawdown now unlikely
Reservoir level drawdown now unlikely for the John Hart dam seismic upgrade
    Final Milestone
    John Hart project achieves final operational milestone
      JHGS Construction Update 64
      JHGS Construction Report #64 released
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        September 2018 Construction Update Released
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          JHGS Construction Update 62
          August 2018 Construction update released.
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            JHGS Construction Update 61
            July 2018 Construction update released.
              JHGS Construction Update 60
              June 2018 Construction update released.
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                Road Closure Aug 2nd
                As a follow up to the previous road closure notice, Brewster Lake Road across John Hart dam will be closed August 2, from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
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                  Road Closure-July 23
                  The road across the John Hart dam will be closed from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on July 23, a second day of closure will take place sometime between July 27 and 31.
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                    Road Closure
                    Brewster Lake Road closure Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding statutory holidays, from June 19 to July 4.
                      JHGSRP Final Tour
                      BC Hydro announce the final public site tour of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project.
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                        JHGS Construction Update #59
                        May 2018 Construction update released.
                          John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project video
                          This is our sixth instalment since we started the project construction videos in December 2014. My how far we’ve come!
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                          Water flows through the John Hart tunnels
                          Water is now beginning to flow through the underground tunnels at the new John Hart hydroelectric facility. And there are a lot of smiles of satisfaction around the project site.
                          JHGS Construction Update #58
                          April Construction Report
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                            Mar 2018 Construction update released.
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                              Feb 2018 Construction update released.
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                                Jan 2018 Construction update released.
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                                  December 2017 Community Update released.
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                                    November Community Update released.
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                                      JHGS Construction Update Report #52
                                      JHGS Construction Report - Oct 2017
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                                        JHGS Construction Update Report #50
                                        JHGS Construction Update Report #50 - August 2017 released
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                                          July 2017 Community Update released.
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                                            June Community Update released.
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                                                April 2017 Construction Report released
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                                                  March 2017 Construction Report released
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                                                    February 2017 Construction Report released
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                                                      January 2017 Construction Report released
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                                                        JHGS Construction Video #4 released
                                                        Fourth of Nine planned videos now available on Youtube.
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                                                          JHGS Construction Update # 42
                                                          December 2016 Construction Report released
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                                                                                John hart construction update for December 2015 released
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                                                                                  John hart construction update for December 2015 released
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                                                                                    Construction report for November has been posted
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                                                                                      The construction Report for October 2015 has been released.
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                                                                                        The construction report for September has been released.
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                                                                                          JHGS - Blasting
                                                                                          Blasting to begin near Campbell River's John Hart generating station
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                                                                                              JHGS Construction update - July 2015 added to site
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                                                                                                John Hart Generating Station Construction Update #24 has been added to the site.
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                                                                                                          JHGSP Project Update #19
                                                                                                          John Hart Generating Station Construction Update #19 has been added to the site.
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                                                                                                            John Hart Generating Station construction report #18 - December 2014 has been added to the site.
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                                                                                                              John Hart Generating Station construction report #17 - November 2014 has been added to the site.
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                                                                                                                The John Hart Generating Station Project Update # 16 (October 2014) has been added to the site.
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                                                                                                                  Campbell River flows to increase
                                                                                                                  BC Hydro: Campbell River flows to increase to benefit chinook salmon
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                                                                                                                    The John Hart Generating Station Project Update # 15 (September 2014) has been added to the site.
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                                                                                                                      JHGS - Construction Update #14 August 2014
                                                                                                                      The John Hart Generating Station Project Update # 14 (August 2014) has been added to the site.
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                                                                                                                        The John Hart Generating Station Project Update # 13 (July 2014) has been added to the site.
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                                                                                                                          JHGS-Opportunity pages updated
                                                                                                                          New information covering the hiring process on the John Hart Generating Station Project has been added to the opportunity section of the site.
                                                                                                                            JHGS - Opening speech
                                                                                                                            CAMPBELL RIVER – Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, helped kick off construction on the John Hart Generating Station Replacement project. The $1 billion upgrade is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by BC Hydro since the 1980s and will take five years to complete.
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                                                                                                                              JHGS - Museum collaboration
                                                                                                                              Museum and BC Hydro collaborate on John Hart interpretive centre
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                                                                                                                                JHGS - waiting for the digging and blasting
                                                                                                                                After seven years of BC Hydro planning and preparation, and with contractor SNC-Lavalin and their team now mobilizing to begin the construction work, there is a clearer perspective of the project impacts and relationship to the community. People ask 'what's going on?', 'when are they going to start?' but the start was years ago and it seems that without a shovel really in the ground, some are unaware of how quickly things will be happening.
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                                                                                                                                  JHGS – Business Event a Success.
                                                                                                                                  By all measures the March 31-April 1st Business Event was a huge success.
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                                                                                                                                    JHGS - BC Hydro signs major contract
                                                                                                                                    CAMPBELL RIVER: BC Hydro today signed the contract with InPower BC for the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project which includes the construction of an innovative, underground powerhouse that will enhance public safety and improve the site’s environmental footprint.
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                                                                                                                                      JHGS - Business Opportunity
                                                                                                                                      BC Hydro and SNC-Lavalin have announced the business opportunity event dates of March 31 and April 1 for the upcoming subcontractor and jobs opportunities for the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project. There will be three separate business events over two days. The first day is for construction-related companies only, the morning of the second day will be open to targeted ancillary businesses, and the afternoon will be for qualified individual job seekers. All events require online registration and space will be limited.
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                                                                                                                                        JHGS - Project Gears Up
                                                                                                                                        BC Hydro project in Campbell River gears up!
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                                                                                                                                          JHGS - SD72 & BC Hydro Education Initiative
                                                                                                                                          SD72 and BC Hydro work together on John Hart project educational opportunities
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                                                                                                                                            JHGS - Preferred Contractor Named
                                                                                                                                            BC Hydro would like to announce that SNC-Lavalin Inc has been selected as the preferred contractor to design and construct the billion dollar John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project.
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                                                                                                                                              JHGS - Interpretive Centre Opens
                                                                                                                                              New John Hart Interpretive Centre to open on November 12th 2013.
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                                                                                                                                                JHGS - Update. 100 jobs created
                                                                                                                                                Already BC Hydro has created 100 jobs
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                                                                                                                                                  JHGS - Inquiries galore
                                                                                                                                                  "BC Hydro has a set date of August 30 for the final John Hart project proposals and financial submissions from the competing bidding teams," said Watson.
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                                                                                                                                                    Hydro to build Quinsam Crossing office building and lease space at CR Common
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                                                                                                                                                      JHGS-First construction report released
                                                                                                                                                      The first John Hart Generating Station Community Construction Update has been posted. These wil be published monthly until project completion in 2018. This one covers early site preparation work now under way in preparation for major construction activities later in the summer
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                                                                                                                                                        JHGS - baby chinooks survival at 96%
                                                                                                                                                        Two months of monitoring later, it has been determined that the inadvertent lowering of the Campbell River Feb. 7 caused minimal damage to in-river salmon stocks.
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                                                                                                                                                          JHGS - Elk Falls Boundary Followup
                                                                                                                                                          Elk Falls Provincial Park boundary adjustment past vote in Legislative Assembly.
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                                                                                                                                                            JHGS-Overnight Blasting
                                                                                                                                                            Mirror reports BC Hydro is looking for an exemption from the city's noise bylaw to allow drilling through the night as part of the John Hart Dam Generating Station project.
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                                                                                                                                                              JHGS First Shovels in ground
                                                                                                                                                              BC Hydro is starting site preparation work for the $960 million John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project. It is the first actual "shovels in the ground" work to take place on the mega project.
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                                                                                                                                                                JHGS - Elk Falls Boundary Legislation
                                                                                                                                                                The BC Government introduced a bill today to amend the boundary of Elk Falls Provincial Park. The park boundary adjustment was requested by BC Hydro to allow for the construction of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project.
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                                                                                                                                                                  JHGS - B.C. Utilities Commission approval gained
                                                                                                                                                                  B.C. Utilities Commission approves John Hart generating station replacement Vancouver Island project to improve reliable power, sustain 400 jobs a year over five years
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                                                                                                                                                                    JHGS - A change in bidding team
                                                                                                                                                                    A change in one of the three John Hart bidding teams
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                                                                                                                                                                      Rent out homes to John Hart workers
                                                                                                                                                                      Riverites lining up to rent out homes to John Hart workers Campbell River Mirror Nov 16 2012
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                                                                                                                                                                        Head 'em off
                                                                                                                                                                        Hydro to head 'em off at the trail bypass Campbell River Mirror Nov 9 2012
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                                                                                                                                                                          Proponents Meeting Great Success
                                                                                                                                                                          John Hart project's 'speed dating' a success for all concerned.
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                                                                                                                                                                            John Hart environmental assessment process ends
                                                                                                                                                                            BC Hydro has been advised by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) that the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project is no longer within the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) review process. Under the new CEAA regulation, the project does not qualify because the new criteria has an increase in generating capacity of 50 per cent or more, and 200 MW or more.
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                                                                                                                                                                              Meet the three teams bidding for the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project
                                                                                                                                                                              Business opportunity to meet the three teams bidding for John Hart Generating Station Replacement contract
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                                                                                                                                                                                Shortlisted bidders for the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project announced
                                                                                                                                                                                Campbell River – BC Hydro has shortlisted three companies to design and construct a replacement for the 65-year-old John Hart generating station on Campbell River. The replacement facility will improve power reliability and seismic safety, and make it easier for BC Hydro to protect fish habitat in an area of the world renowned for its salmon.
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                                                                                                                                                                                  We Wai Kai Nation and Wei Wai Kum Nation sign agreement for John Hart project
                                                                                                                                                                                  BC Hydro is pleased to announce the signing of an impact benefit agreement with the We Wai Kai Nation (Cape Mudge Indian Band) and the Wei Wai Kum Nation (Campbell River Indian Band) for the proposed John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project.
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Elk Falls Boundary Adjustment
                                                                                                                                                                                    BC Hydro is submitting today a Stage 2 Detailed Proposal to adjust the boundary of Elk Falls Provincial Park for the proposed John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project.
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Certificate of Public Conveyance and Necessity (CPCN) application for the proposed John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project filed
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Project Update from BC Hydro - May 2 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                        General update on the regulatory, procurement and project cost facits of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project.
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Maximizing Economic Opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                          The John Hart Project and Maximizing Economic Opportunities through the Major Projects Portal
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Linking Island Business event April 11 2012 - Qualicum
                                                                                                                                                                                          Maximizing Economic Opportunities through the Major Projects Portal
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Businesses prepare for proposed John Hart project
                                                                                                                                                                                            BC Hydro has initiated the procurement process for the proposed John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project with a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Hydro open house well attended, announcement expected soon
                                                                                                                                                                                              Last week's public open house concerning the massive $1.35 billion John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project went well, says BC Hydro spokesman Stephen Watson. Meanwhile an announcement from Hydro on the go ahead or not is expected any day.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Massive economic impact
                                                                                                                                                                                                BC Hydro's proposed $1.35 billion John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project could have a massive economic impact on the local economy but it will also require considerable adjustments from Campbell River residents.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hydro ignites Hart dam project; Utility issues information request, wants replacement by 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                  B.C. Hydro is responding to "strong market interest" by issuing a request for information about equipment and services that would go into a proposed $1.35-billion replacement of the John Hart Generating Station at Campbell River. - Times Colonist (Victoria)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Interpretive concept plan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    BC Hydro to develop interpretive concept plan for John Hart property. Questionnaire available upon request.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Timeline back six months
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aug 26th, 2011 - Campbell River Courier-Islander Byline: Dan MacLennan :BC Hydro is pushing the timeline back six months for its billion dollar John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project, but the change doesn't have anything to do with the recent government review of BC Hydro rates, a spokesperson said last week.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        River's in the Pink, to Hydro's Delight
                                                                                                                                                                                                        June 22nd, 2011 -- Campbell River Mirror: Dye testing will allow officials to accumulate data required for future environmental assessments and how to plan for various levels of flow when excess water is spilled into the river system.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hydro Preparing for Key River Testing June 21
                                                                                                                                                                                                          June 17th, 2011 -- Courier-Islander (Campbell River): The controlled flow tests are required to better understand total gas pressure (TGP), fish presence, fish habitat at various flow levels, and canyon gravel movement thresholds.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Companies Urged to Bid for Jobs on Big Hydro Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                            March 30th, 2011 -- Campbell River Mirror : Local companies need to get going quickly to capitalize on the billion-dollar hydro revitalization project.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Electrifying Numbers
                                                                                                                                                                                                              March 11th, 2011 -- Courier-Islander (Campbell River): The numbers are staggering, from the $1.35 billion estimated cost, to the 2,000 person-years of employment and the 40,000 truck loads of rock and concrete to be removed.
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