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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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For which nation and in whose interest?

06.13.17 | Commentary, No Tankers, Organizing |  Dave Mills

Don’t be fooled by the “national interest” narrative. Trans Mountain’s expansion is for the 1 per cent. In my 43 years living in this great country, I have never seen so much meddling into the affairs of a province as the full frontal assault taking place against the soon-to-be-sworn-in government of B.C. Let’s be clear. […]

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B.C. forced to watch its own back — again

06.10.17 | Commentary, General, No Tankers |  Christina Smethurst

Trying to push British Columbians around won’t get Notley and Trudeau the pipeline they want — and neither will anything else Photo: thestar.com When England’s Model Parliament was first called in 1295, King Edward the First wrote a writ of summons calling for citizens across the land to join him. On the note it said […]

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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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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

06.07.17 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Don Gordon

Photo: goo.gl/JACPcv Healthy oceans keep humans alive — destroy them and we destroy ourselves “Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent […]

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British Columbia vs. the Deep State

06.02.17 | Commentary, Democracy, Election - BC 2017, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

A slim majority of BC MLA’s oppose TMX — cue the backlash In the dying days of his administration before the pivotal inauguration of John Kennedy, outgoing Republican president Dwight Eisenhower sounded a note of caution, the echoes of which we would do well to reflect upon today. “In the councils of government, we must […]

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

06.01.17 | Commentary, Election - BC 2017, No Tankers |  Will Horter

Twelve hours of Kinder Morgan When they walked in front of the cameras with smiles that threatened to crack their faces, my heart fluttered. As they began talking about a new era of cooperation in British Columbia and their agreement to “use all available tools to stop Kinder Morgan,” Ban Big Money and bring in […]

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