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Podcast for September 2018: We quashed the Trans Mountain pipeline. Now what?

09.20.18 | Actions, Campaigns, Democracy, No Tankers, Organizing, Podcast, Proportional Representation | 

On August 30 2018, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled on fourteen different court cases brought forward against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion’s NEB review process. And they all won. The court invalidated the permit approval on the basis of two claims: 1. The NEB under Trudeau’s government did not adequately consult First Nations and […]

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Five ways B.C. eats its young

09.19.18 | General | 

Our system was built for boomers. They will fight to preserve it. My parents are 62 and 64. I love them. But sometimes I resent their generation. Baby boomers love to talk about how hard they worked to get where they are today. How they “scrimped and saved.” How they made good choices. The reality […]

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One simple way to make politics suck less

09.19.18 | General | 

Elect women. Especially young women. Look at these people:   To me, apart from Christy Clark, they all look like my dad and three of my uncles. None of B.C.’s former premiers look like me, and I’m going to guess they don’t look like you. Call it another form of manspreading. When it comes to […]

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Where are all the women?

09.13.18 | Commentary, Democracy, Proportional Representation | 

There is one simple way to make politics better: elect more women. Look at these people: To me, with the exception of Christy Clark, B.C.’s former premiers all look the same. None of them look like me — they don’t reflect more than half of B.C.’s population. Not enough has changed since the “founding fathers.” […]

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Clam scam casts a stink over other fishy decisions

09.13.18 | Commentary, No Tankers | 

Minister’s favour to family member raises questions about lucrative DFO contract Justin Trudeau’s greatest feat to date may be his rehabilitation of the Liberal Party brand. Gone is the grubby clique of old-money frat boys, robbing the Canadian taxpayer to line the pockets of their friends and political donors. Hello, hope and change. But the […]

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Lies and losses

09.11.18 | Commentary, No Tankers | 

Trudeau’s broken promises loom large in federal court decision Last month’s Federal Court of Appeal ruling dealt a crushing blow to the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion. The decision was a huge victory for the First Nations — in particular, the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Sto:lo (Aitchelitz, Skowkale Shxwa:y Village, Soowahlie, Squiala, Tzeachten, Yakweakwioose, Skwah, Kwaw-Kwaw-Aplit […]

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No consequences

09.07.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation | 

Why lying politicians love first-past-the-post Court rulings have a funny way of cutting through political talking points. Last week the Federal Court of Appeal made it clear: Justin Trudeau was bullshitting all along. His government did not honourably or adequately consult B.C. First Nations, and it approved a major oil tanker project without considering the […]

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From cynicism to connection

09.06.18 | Actions, No Tankers, Organizing | 

Summer student organizer Maddie Hague reflects on a summer of social change This summer my friend asked how I liked my new summer job as a Dogwood Organizer. I replied, “I love it — my faith in humanity has been restored!” Like many 30-somethings in the era of climate change and Trump, I’ve felt pretty […]

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