UPDATE:

Here is an article about the government meeting that took place the day after the Forum:
Times Colonist

I got this from Stuart Smith today:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CITIZENS FOR PUBLIC POWER TO HOLD FORUM ON THE SELLING OUT OF BC’S WATER

Public forum comes on Tuesday, the eve of UBCM vote on Bill 30
(VICTORIA) Citizens for Public Power will be holding a public forum October
24, 2006 - 7:00pm at the Marriot Hotel in Victoria on the threats to public
ownership of BC’s natural resources, namely hydropower. The forum will
engage the public, local officials and stakeholders on the eve of a vote by
the Union of BC Municipalities in support of the provincial government
repealing Bill 30.

“The privatization of our run-of-the-river water power resources by the
provincial government is happening under the radar screen,” said John
Calvert, an SFU adjunct professor and Board Member of Citizens for Public
Power. “But it will result in ratepayers being forced to pay billions of
dollars more for their energy in the coming decades”. There has been no
public discussion of the long-term implications on future prices, community
impacts, the environment or the ability of citizens in BC to maintain
control of their hydro-electricity system in the future.”

The public forum is being held during the week-long UBCM convention in
Victoria, where run-of-the-river projects and water licenses will be hot
topics. “The timing is deliberate, as the UBCM will consider a resolution
to repeal Bill 30, which is a cynical and manipulative attempt by the
provincial government to gut the authority and jurisdiction of local
governments

Tom Rankin (1-800-354-8624), Trafford Hall and Grace MaGregor will speak on
their struggles against energy privatization in their communities of
Squamish, Kitimat and Christina Lake.

“Hopefully the UBCM realizes the negative impact that Bill 30 has on local
democracy, and will vote to demand the province repeal it,” said Calvert.
“Corporate interests cannot ride roughshod over our environment and our
communities. Citizens need to be aware that the province is giving away our
energy and environmental rights, and if the silence continues they’ll get
away with it.”

To arrange advance interviews, please contact:
Dorothy Clippingdale 1-250-595-1701, speakers will be available at the
event, to be held in the Pacific Ballroom at the Marriott Hotel 728 Humbolt
St., starting at 7:00pm.