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The extraordinary power to make change

10.13.17 | Actions, Commentary, Organizing |  Guest Writer

A Dogwood volunteer, Raza Mirza, explains why he is voting in Vancouver’s October 14 by-election, and ever election for that matter That night there was a special excitement in my home — everyone was jammed in front of the television waiting. We lived in a large, multi-generational family home. At some point later that evening, […]

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Closed door climate policy

10.03.17 | Ban Big Money, Campaigns, Commentary, Democracy |  Mike Soron

B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan came from more than Big Oil — Big Money was in the room, too Imagine the B.C. government launches a new anti-tobacco campaign to discourage smoking. Health experts and doctors are assembled on an advisory panel and asked to make recommendations. An outside consultant is hired to do advanced modelling about […]

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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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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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Knock, knock – It’s your climate

09.13.17 | Commentary, General |  Dave Mills

Summer of 2017 brings climate debts home to roost “To discuss the cause and effect of these storms, there’s the… place (and time) to do that, it’s not now.” – Scott Pruitt, Director EPA “The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in, meltdown expected, the wheat is growin’ thin engines stop running, but […]

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Calling Kinder Morgan’s bluff

08.31.17 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Sophie Harrison

The Texas pipeline giant still doesn’t have authorization for their pipeline and tanker project — from any level of government As Labour Day rolls around, young people across B.C. prepare for back-to-school season. But for students at Simon Fraser University, their journeys up Burnaby Mountain will be darkened by a new threat this September: Kinder […]

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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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Storm’s coming

08.18.17 | Commentary, Organizing |  Kai Nagata

Climate chaos, civil strife: a guide to surviving the years ahead Disclaimer: this post contains profanity and themes that may be upsetting to some readers.   I’ve spent the last couple weeks at my family’s fixer-upper farmstead in northern B.C. In retrospect, it was probably the wrong time and place to re-read Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic […]

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