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B.C. is at a crossroads: which way will we go?

08.04.17 | Actions, Commentary, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

Our recent past could illuminate the path to a better future I left the office early last Friday and drove up island. My calendar said it was too early for the main runs, but not long ago I traded in my single handed fishing rod for the more traditional two hander that river fishers chasing […]

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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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Why Trudeau better hope Kinder Morgan is bluffing

07.27.17 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Without proportional voting, pipeline backlash could hit Liberals hard in 2019 Poring over polling data from the plush confines of the Prime Minister’s Office, Liberal strategists could be forgiven for underestimating the troubles looming in the far reaches of their electoral empire. Justin Trudeau, when not posing for the cover of Rolling Stone, has settled […]

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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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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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