Posts by Lisa Sammartino

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How lucky we are in B.C.

04.25.17 | Commentary, Election - BC 2013, Election - BC 2017, Organizing, Strategy |  Lisa Sammartino

I fought to stop Trump in Pennsylvania. I never want to feel that way again. “Why is a Canadian taking her vacation to go down to work on Hillary Clinton’s campaign?” The customs agent at the airport wasn’t the first person to ask. For a moment I thought about all the reasons I’d accumulated over […]

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Christy Clark’s tricky tax talk

04.06.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Election - BC 2017 |  Lisa Sammartino

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin At this point it’s hard for anyone to justify that B.C.’s ‘Wild West’ of political finance is a good thing. A few weeks ago, I went to a panel at UBC on the Ban Big Money campaign and there […]

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Take the Plunge: #kmchallenge

03.03.17 | Actions, Let BC Vote, No Tankers, Organizing |  Lisa Sammartino

Stop Kinder Morgan. Sign up to be an official canvasser. Step 1: Find a body of water in B.C. that you love — could be freshwater or ocean. Then, jump right in. Step 2: Sign up to be an official canvasser this summer for a Citizens’ Initiative to stop Kinder Morgan. Step 3: Nominate your […]

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One last chance before election to Get Big Money Out Of Politics

02.16.17 | Ban Big Money, Election - BC 2017, Media |  Lisa Sammartino

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2017 One last chance before election to Get Big Money Out Of Politics Dogwood encourages constituents to contact MLAs in support of reform VICTORIA — B.C.’s largest citizen engagement group today applauded the introduction of election reform bills from MLAs John Horgan and Vicki Huntington. “86 per cent of British […]

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Christy Clark’s secret plan?

02.14.17 | Actions, Ban Big Money, Commentary, Election - BC 2017 |  Lisa Sammartino

Rumours are swirling about the BC Liberals’ strategy to kneecap their opposition This week Victoria welcomes a group of people it hasn’t seen in some time: our MLAs. Yes, 85 elected representatives are coming together from all corners of the province, just as the political game is getting interesting — BC Liberal cash-for-access fundraising dinners […]

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B.C. is overdue for a corruption inquiry

02.01.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

Heads rolled in the federal sponsorship scandal, and politics is better for it Dinner parties with foreign billionaires, charter flights, private islands, selfies with Bono and Kevin Spacey  – it might sound like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, but to Canadians it hits a bit too close to home, or rather a bit too […]

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Bid-rigging and political bribes: how Quebec taxpayers lost millions

01.25.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

The same companies donate to the BC Liberals With Premier Clark’s approval of Kinder Morgan this month, British Columbians learned a bit more about the rules of the game of B.C. politics: if you want a major project approved in B.C., you are going to have to pay for it. Kinder Morgan certainly did. Updated […]

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More Kinder bucks for Christy Clark

01.17.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Let BC Vote |  Lisa Sammartino

Real-time disclosure reveals ongoing oil patch payments to BC Liberals Last week we added up the payout to Christy Clark and the BC Liberals from Kinder Morgan and friends, which greased the wheels for the province’s flip-flop on the dangerous oil tanker expansion project. We found that Kinder Morgan, its shippers and allied pipeline and […]

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