Posts by Lisa Sammartino

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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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How much is too much?

06.29.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

What is the gold standard for Ban Big Money laws? Nobody can accuse Christy Clark and the BC Liberals of not trying. They opened their first (and only?) week in Victoria by dangling two juicy carrots in front of the opposition parties — one bill to give the Green Party official party status and one […]

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BC Liberals vow to Ban Big Money

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

After 16 years of “legalized bribery,” a public apology and some light grovelling. Last fall I sat down and wrote out a timeline of goals for the Ban Big Money campaign. I hoped all three major political parties in B.C. would include a ban on corporate, union and out-of-province donations in their campaign platforms before […]

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Did Big Money actually influence decision-making in B.C.?

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

British Columbians deserve answers In the coming weeks, politicians — newly electeds and old hands — will get settled in Victoria and the legislature will resume. But in the wake of one of the bloodiest, hard-fought battles we’ve seen in provincial election history, there are many unanswered questions still remaining for British Columbians. As indicated […]

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Democracy, it’s your call

05.05.17 | Actions, Commentary, Election - BC 2017, Organizing, Strategy |  Lisa Sammartino

“Hello?” “Hi! This is Lisa calling from Dogwood. We are phoning our supporters today to see if they plan to vote. Are you going to vote next Tuesday?” “This is Dogwood?” “Yes…” “Great! I never answer unknown numbers, but I’m so glad I did this time. I’m going to put you in my contacts so […]

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Tax time just got more expensive

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

Filing your taxes this month? Your money isn’t going where you think. What’s worse than big money going to B.C.’s politicians to influence decision making? How about money from ordinary taxpayers — you and I — going back to those big donors? As the fastest gun in the Wild West, Premier Clark has been holding […]

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