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That ship has sailed: federal review of Massey Bridge denied

02.21.17 | Commentary, Defend Our Farmland, Election - BC 2017 |  Arie Ross

Federal intervention on Massey Bridge replacement called for by local electeds denied once again, disappoints locals Maybe this is blatantly obvious given the federal approval of Texas oil giant Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, but so much for “only communities grant permission”, Prime Minister Trudeau. Regional governments asked the federal government to conduct an Environmental Assessment […]

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Dogwood now accepts bitcoin donations

02.17.17 | Commentary, General |  Aiden Abram

We’ve caught up with 2014 (ha, ha) and Dogwood now accepts Bitcoin donations through BitPay! What IS Bitcoin? Basically, it’s an online currency not attached to a government or a bank, using cryptography to secure communications instead. To prevent cheating, all transactions are recorded on a public ledger verified by many computers around the world so […]

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Christy Clark’s secret plan?

02.14.17 | Actions, Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

Rumours are swirling about the BC Liberals’ strategy to kneecap their opposition This week Victoria welcomes a group of people it hasn’t seen in some time: our MLAs. Yes, 85 elected representatives are coming together from all corners of the province, just as the political game is getting interesting — BC Liberal cash-for-access fundraising dinners […]

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Broken Trust, Renewed Resolve

02.10.17 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, No Tankers |  Guest Writer

North Vancouver volunteer team leader responds to provincial Kinder Morgan approval By Nadine Sheppard As a longtime Deep Cove local I have been actively watching the Kinder Morgan expansion proposal unfold, and am deeply dismayed to observe the authorities consistently and systematically “get to yes” on this unwanted project — in the face of enormous […]

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Texas’ big bad wolf sizes up B.C.

02.08.17 | Commentary, Let BC Vote |  Christina Smethurst

Polite Canadians are easy prey for U.S. oil barons I’ve learned a lot about compromise over the last few decades. Living in the United States for most of grade school and university, I would often feel uncomfortable in combative situations, wanting disagreements to end with a reasonable outcome where both sides came to an understanding. I […]

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B.C. is overdue for a corruption inquiry

02.01.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

Heads rolled in the federal sponsorship scandal, and politics is better for it Dinner parties with foreign billionaires, charter flights, private islands, selfies with Bono and Kevin Spacey  – it might sound like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, but to Canadians it hits a bit too close to home, or rather a bit too […]

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Trudeau’s climate plan: made for the oil patch

01.31.17 | Commentary, General, No Tankers |  Sophie Harrison

“New pipelines to transition to clean energy” is Canada’s own form of climate denial Watching Prime Minister Trudeau celebrate President Trump’s executive order reviving the Keystone XL pipeline got me thinking: how is it that our ‘progressive’ Canadian leader is siding with the climate-denying U.S. president on major fossil fuel expansion? It’s a scary reminder […]

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Bid-rigging and political bribes: how Quebec taxpayers lost millions

01.25.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

The same companies donate to the BC Liberals With Premier Clark’s approval of Kinder Morgan this month, British Columbians learned a bit more about the rules of the game of B.C. politics: if you want a major project approved in B.C., you are going to have to pay for it. Kinder Morgan certainly did. Updated […]

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