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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 Massey Bridge: A boondoggle bought by big money?

08.02.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Defend Our Farmland |  Arie Ross

Why did the BC Liberals prioritize a project that could harm local communities, the Fraser River and farmland? On the 601 bus to my hometown of Tsawwassen, I watch as bulldozers uproot the evergreens adjacent to the farmland along Highway 99, making way for a costly ten lane bridge built in the interests of industry. […]

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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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Where we’re going from here

06.30.17 | Ban Big Money, Beyond Coal, Commentary, Democracy, Election - BC 2017, No Tankers |  Dogwood

Four Dogwood staffers give you their perspective on next steps in the fight for B.C.’s coast, air and democracy under a new government Lisa, on Dogwood’s Ban Big Money campaign… What a week! Well, actually, what a couple of months! We launched the Ban Big Money campaign in Spring of 2016. Since then, Dogwood supporters […]

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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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Podcast for June 2017: Where is this ship headed?

06.15.17 | Actions, Ban Big Money, Beyond Coal, Citizens' Initiative, Election - BC 2017, No Tankers, Podcast, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

In the first episode since the provincial election, B.C. is still in rocky waters. SFU political scientist David Moscrop joins host Kai Nagata to explain what’s going on in the legislature and what could happen next. Director of Organizing Laura Benson hops aboard to explain what’s happening with the Citizens’ Initiative now that a new […]

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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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