Posts by Christina Smethurst

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09.15.17 | General |  Christina Smethurst

The bigger British Columbia’s network of climate activists gets, the harder Big Oil wants us to fall Every morning when I come into the office, I see them lined up. Sometimes eight, ten, twelve, twenty. Like an egg that has hatched overnight, a small army has come marching out and is standing, waiting to be […]

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Podcast for September 2017: B.C. Throne Speech, third time’s a charm

09.05.17 | Podcast |  Christina Smethurst

After a roller coaster of a year in politics, this week British Columbians are preparing for our third throne speech of the year. What does the new government have in store for Dogwood’s campaigns? Guest host Christina Smethurst finds out what’s going on with Ban Big Money, stopping U.S. thermal coal exports and the fight […]

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B.C. forced to watch its own back — again

06.10.17 | Commentary, General, No Tankers |  Christina Smethurst

Trying to push British Columbians around won’t get Notley and Trudeau the pipeline they want — and neither will anything else Photo: thestar.com When England’s Model Parliament was first called in 1295, King Edward the First wrote a writ of summons calling for citizens across the land to join him. On the note it said […]

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A “full frontal” assault on Kinder Morgan

03.17.17 | Citizens' Initiative, Let BC Vote, No Tankers |  Christina Smethurst

The Raging Grannies take on the #KMchallenge with their signature flair “Wearing outlandish hats & warbling witty lyrics the Raging Grannies want to have fun while addressing important issues.” This is how the Victoria chapter describes themselves on their Facebook page. Nowhere does it say “Diving into frigid water in the buff to protest reckless pipeline […]

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Trudeau dodges questions in B.C. Again.

03.06.17 | No Tankers |  Christina Smethurst

Liberal poll numbers slide as Prime Minister smiles and waves to angry voters I’m hungry. That’s what I was thinking on Thursday as I stood in the cold and rain for two and a half hours waiting for our Prime Minister to arrive at City Hall. The day before, Dogwood had gotten a call from […]

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Texas’ big bad wolf sizes up B.C.

02.08.17 | Commentary, Let BC Vote |  Christina Smethurst

Polite Canadians are easy prey for U.S. oil barons I’ve learned a lot about compromise over the last few decades. Living in the United States for most of grade school and university, I would often feel uncomfortable in combative situations, wanting disagreements to end with a reasonable outcome where both sides came to an understanding. I […]

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Safety Means Fewer Oil Tankers, Not More

11.07.16 | Media, No Tankers |  Christina Smethurst

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For immediate release 07/11/2016 Investments in response less effective than preventing oil spills in the first place, say marine safety advocates. VANCOUVER – The federal government appeared to be setting the stage today for approval of a major oil tanker expansion, with an announcement that failed to address two key platform commitments […]

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Piecing together the Kinder Morgan puzzle

10.03.16 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, No Tankers |  Christina Smethurst

Is Big Oil trying to game Alberta’s royalty structure with their risky pipeline proposal? Growing up, I spent a fair amount of time doing puzzles. I liked the simplicity and comfort of knowing each piece had its place and, given time and concentration, I could assemble the image of a unicorn or kittens in a […]

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