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Report Cards are in!

09.19.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

How do you think the new Ban Big Money bills stack up against the gold standard? Here are our assessments:   Find out more about what the gold standard for Ban Big Money looks like.

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Ban Big Money laws a good first step

09.18.17 | Ban Big Money, Media |  Lisa Sammartino

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2017 Victoria — After 18 months of calling for campaign finance laws, B.C.’s largest citizen engagement group, Dogwood, is optimistic about the B.C. government’s recent tabling of legislation that bans corporate, union and out-of-province donations to political parties in B.C. Dogwood has been calling for campaign financing legislation since April […]

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Survey says: This is the gold standard

09.14.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

Dogwood launched our Ban Big Money campaign in April 2016. Since then, we have been demanding changes in campaign finance laws and holding B.C.’s governing parties to account. We were instrumental in helping campaign finance become a key election issue and we are pleased to have played a significant part in the effort to get […]

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Dogwood calls for a Corruption Inquiry

09.08.17 | Ban Big Money, Media |  Lisa Sammartino

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2017 DOGWOOD CALLS FOR A CORRUPTION INQUIRY Campaign finance laws are only the first step in restoring accountability and transparency into government decision-making VICTORIA – As the new government reaffirms their commitment to Ban Big Money laws in their throne speech, B.C.’s largest citizen engagement group, Dogwood, is demanding answers […]

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B.C.’s ‘Wild West’: Where loyalty comes to die

08.22.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

Corporate donors cover all political bases when it comes to getting what they want Political campaigns approach elections believing that 20 per cent of voters will not change their mind about which party they are going to support. But the rest — the 80 per cent of people who will spend time listening to the […]

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#StandUpForBC

08.10.17 | Actions, General, No Tankers, Organizing |  Lisa Sammartino

On August 1, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke to Global News about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, saying: “I think British Columbia’s responsibility is to stand up for the interest of British Columbia.” So we did. This past long weekend, on B.C. Day, British Columbians took to social media, telling the Prime Minister loud and clear what […]

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BC Needs a Big Money Corruption Inquiry, Fast

08.04.17 | Ban Big Money, Op-Ed |  Lisa Sammartino

Did major donors to BC Liberals reap favours harming the public interest? Time to find out. Originally printed in The Tyee. Christy Clark rounded out her final days in office with a parting gift — not to British Columbians but to a loyal BC Liberal donor, Taseko Mines. The company donated more than $130,000 to […]

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The story of #BanBigMoney

07.11.17 | Ban Big Money |  Lisa Sammartino

In February 2016 at a retreat on Gabriola Island, Dogwood staff, board members and organizers resolved to get Big Money out of B.C.’s provincial and municipal politics. Thanks to your support, all three parties have now pledged historic legislation to limit donations and ban corporate, union and out-of-province money from our elections. Here are some […]

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