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At this late hour in the climate crisis, every vote matters

06.11.21 | Climate, Commentary, Democracy | 

A razor thin victory at City Hall reminds us how we could lose the climate fight. Late last week, Dogwood caught wind that a seemingly-routine series of staff recommendations to Vancouver City Council contained a poison pill designed to strike at the heart of the city’s Climate Emergency Plan (CEP). In short, the new city […]

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Protecting the Fraser with song, ceremony and resistance

06.02.21 | Actions, Indigenous rights, No Tankers, Trans Mountain Pipeline | 

Indigenous leaders and supporters gather in response to Trans Mountain’s plans to begin drilling under the Fraser river Cottonwood seed blew through the sky like snow and the river ran swiftly behind us as Secwépemc elder Minnie Kenoras offered sage smudging to people arriving at the banks of the Fraser. On May 29, we gathered […]

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How do we democratize a corporate resource colony?

04.23.21 | Democracy, Organizing, Strategy | 

With electoral reform off the table, here are seven ways to build people power in B.C. What do you call a place where 17 per cent of the population votes in a government – whose decisions are directed by unseen lobbyists and bureaucrats? How about a province where citizens pay taxes, which our politicians then […]

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Plan B: Decarbonize

04.16.21 | Climate, Local Power, Op-Ed | 

We can’t wait for our leaders to save us. We have to get off fossil fuels. The year was 1994. I was finishing a Bachelor’s of Science degree and chose climate change for my final paper in fourth-year physical geography. I don’t recall the grade I got, but what I learned solidified my determination to […]

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Victoria draws the line against Trans Mountain

03.30.21 | Actions, No Tankers | 

South Islanders draw a symbolic red line to say NO to the Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tanker project Guest post by Dogwood volunteer Lynn Taylor While the rest of us have had our hands tied by the COVID-19 pandemic, Trans Mountain has been pressing ahead with construction. Though only a fraction of pipe has […]

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What could it mean to decolonize “British Columbia”?

03.25.21 | In Depth, Indigenous rights, Strategy | 

Until we reckon with our history of violence and land theft, B.C. will struggle to solve the big problems we face today. In the mid-1850s American miners kidnapped Stó:lō children on the Fraser River to use as slaves, many of whom died. Then the prospectors began to shoot men, women and children to clear the […]

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The urgent battle to decarbonize B.C.

03.16.21 | Climate, Organizing, Strategy, Trans Mountain Pipeline | 

Time for emergency measures, at every level of society, to burn less oil and gas “Our government is working hard every day to build real climate action into everything we do,” Premier John Horgan wrote in fall 2019. That was after more than 100,000 youth climate strikers brought downtown Vancouver to a standstill. “I feel […]

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Families, politicians and protectors join #StopTMX day of action

02.16.21 | Actions, Climate, General, No Tankers, Trans Mountain Pipeline | 

Communities take a stand along the Trans Mountain pipeline route and online on Family Day Trans Mountain recently announced that it was re-starting construction after an extended shut-down. Alongside this project’s devastating climate impacts and Indigenous rights violations, pipeline construction threatens land, water and neighbourhoods across B.C. — including 1308 trees slated to be chopped […]

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