Due to safety concerns following a fatal police-involved shooting at a Site C information meeting, BC Hydro has postponed a series of job fairs.
BC Hydro originally planned job fairs for the Site C project on July 28, 29, and 30 in Tumbler Ridge, Fort St. John and Chetwynd, respectively. These job fairs will be postponed to September 2015.
"BC Hydro is currently evaluating its policies and procedures for public meetings," reads a statement from the crown corporation. "The postponement of the job fairs will give us time to complete this task. Our intent is to ensure the safety of our staff and members of the public."
BC Hydro directed job seekers to visit the apply page on the Site C project website for information about jobs and contact information.
Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a disturbance at a Site C public meeting July 16. But they encountered a different person, a masked protestor who was not connected to the original complaint. Police said he came in contact with them in an aggressive manner and was gunned down.
The victim, identified by the BC Coroners Service as 48-year-old James Daniel McIntyre is believed to have been associated with Anonymous, a loosely organized international network of computer savvy activist groups. The group has condemned the shooting. It released a statement describing the masked person has having been "mercilessly shot and killed ... without provocation or cause" while protesting.
The Independent Investigations Office is handling the case. They announced this week that they are currently obtaining physical evidence from the scene, interviewing a number of civilian witnesses, designating and interviewing officers, reviewing video from the scene and from witnesses, and meeting with the victim's family.