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Into the climate crisis: a British Columbia journey

08.02.19 | Climate, In Depth, News | 

While families wait for salmon, floods wash out roads – and a year-old fire smoulders B.C. Day is a chance to count our blessings. So far this summer we haven’t faced infernos racing through our valleys, scorching forests and animals, and pushing people from their homes. While Europe bakes in record temperatures and fires rage […]

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Meet the luckiest billionaire in Canada

07.30.19 | Campaigns, Climate, Democracy, General, Mining, News | 

Murray Edwards is having a very good week, thanks to your tax dollars What do the Calgary Flames hockey team, the Mount Polley mine and the Trans Mountain oil tanker project have in common? They are all propped up with public money – and they all stand to make billionaire Murray Edwards even richer. The […]

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The rise of the petro-nationalists

07.05.19 | Commentary, Democracy, Election - Canada 2019, General | 

Photo credit: Andrew Forget How long will Canadians sit back and take what the “War Room” is dishing? Over the last couple of years, the tension over how to manage fossil fuel-induced climate change within provinces and states in North America has reached a boiling point. The petro-identity Conservatives have constructed for themselves faces an […]

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Canadians warn Trudeau against building Trans Mountain with public money

06.18.19 | Election - Canada 2019, Media, No Tankers | 

For immediate release BURNABY — Dogwood volunteers are hitting the streets in key B.C. communities to show Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he is out of touch with the voters he needs to win the next election. The Canadian government bought the Trans Mountain pipeline after mounting risks made the highly controversial project unviable under private […]

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Don’t let the doorknob hit you, coal!

06.03.19 | Beyond Coal | 

After years of struggle, the door has finally closed on a controversial U.S. thermal coal port on the Fraser River (Photo courtesy of Eoghan Moriarty) Six years ago, Dogwood hired me to start a new campaign. Will Horter, Dogwood’s founding Executive Director, handed me a copy of B.C.’s Dirty Secret: Big Coal & the Export […]

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Dogwood asked, British Columbians answered

05.28.19 | General | 

According to thousands of British Columbians, youth activism and Indigenous rights are in, oil companies and Justin Trudeau are out It’s been four years since the first Dogwood supporter survey hit inboxes across B.C. What started as a “Hey, I wonder where Dogwood supporters’ heads are at? Let’s do a survey” has now become one […]

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Red Chamber could block a Green New Deal

05.23.19 | Climate, General, No Tankers, Op-Ed | 

Canada’s Senate is unelected, unaccountable – and easily swayed by Big Oil Unelected senators in Ottawa are poised to open B.C.’s North Coast to supertankers full of diluted bitumen. By the time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the next election, it’s possible Bill C-48, the crude oil tanker moratorium, will be dead. It’s a chilling […]

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One big step for democracy

05.14.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry | 

Premier Horgan has announced a public inquiry. But it was British Columbians who sounded the alarm until he had no choice. There I stood, face-to-face with the beast. Do you know that feeling? When you don’t want to see what’s staring right at you? I couldn’t shut my eyes and make it go away. The […]

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