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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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Thank you. Now, let’s get to work.

05.30.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Election - BC 2017, General, No Tankers |  Will Horter

Dogwood’s Strategy Director Will Horter reflects on this historic day It looks like British Columbians may finally get a government ready to fight for what’s right in B.C. Today, Christy Clark announced her intention to bring back the B.C. legislature as soon as possible in June, face a confidence vote and hand over power to […]

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Even the media donates to Christy Clark

05.08.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Democracy, Election - BC 2017 |  Kai Nagata

No wonder people have a hard time trusting news, polls It’s no secret: Canada’s biggest newspaper chain is pushing hard for another Christy Clark majority government. Postmedia, which owns the Vancouver Sun and The Province, donated $10,000 to re-elect the BC Liberals. Both Vancouver papers have officially endorsed Christy Clark (neither editorial mentioned the RCMP […]

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The final piece of the puzzle

05.08.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Election - BC 2017, General |  Kai Nagata

  That corporate cash lining party coffers? It’s our money. Mother’s Day is coming up. When I was a little kid, if I wanted to get my mom a present I had to pay for it out of my allowance. Who gave me my allowance? My mother. It’s become clear over the last few days […]

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Podcast for the B.C. Election

04.30.17 | Actions, Ban Big Money, Beyond Coal, Democracy, Election - BC 2017, General, Podcast, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

In this election edition of the Dogwood podcast, Kai Nagata debriefs Christy Clark’s great flip-flop on U.S. thermal coal with Arie Ross. Lisa Sammartino breaks down last week’s leaders’ debate and discusses the role of political donations in the campaign. And Dogwood’s “resident youth voter motivation expert” Sophie Harrison talks about what Dogwood is doing […]

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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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