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Webinar: Khelsilem on B.C. Indigenous rights bill

11.19.19 | Climate, Democracy, In Depth, Media, Mining, Podcast | 

How affordable housing, climate action and Indigenous rights can fit together We were pleased to welcome language teacher, elected councillor and Squamish Nation spokesperson Khelsilem for an hour-long chat with Kai Nagata and Dogwood supporters. Topics included: Sen̓áḵw, the Squamish Nation’s ambitious new 6,000-unit rental housing project in Kitsilano How Indigenous values can inform the […]

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Time for a Bloc Cascadien in Canadian politics

10.23.19 | Election - Canada 2019, News, No Tankers | 

With a weak federal government and hostile neighbours, B.C. needs to stand up for itself B.C. is the front line of the overdose crisis and the housing crisis. We have the most crushing ratio of household debt in Canada. Our primary industries are collapsing because of climate change, automation and corporate greed. And yet British […]

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Why I won’t be voting today

10.21.19 | Democracy, Election - Canada 2019, Elections | 

Meet three passionate advocates for social change who can’t – or don’t – participate in elections. On October 21, many Canadians will head to the polls to vote for their MP — but many people living in Canada won’t. They’re not politically apathetic. Some don’t have the right. For others the act of voting is […]

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Get to know your future MP

10.08.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019 | 

Who will be your champion in Ottawa? With ten years left to put the brakes on runaway climate change, it will be up to the next federal government to either tackle it head on – or let us all go over the cliff edge. Who do you want representing you in Ottawa as we grapple […]

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Yes, racism is an environmental issue

10.07.19 | Election - Canada 2019, News | 

Calls to ‘focus on climate’ above justice or equity are misguided, even dangerous I know what Mike Le Couteur was thinking. When NDP leader Jagmeet Singh stood in Grassy Narrows and vowed to fix the drinking water in Indigenous communities, the Global reporter was following his news instincts. “Are you just writing a blank cheque,” […]

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In Burnaby North-Seymour, a giant on the hillside

10.03.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, No Tankers | 

Trans Mountain looms large over this election. Where do our local candidates stand? “I’m really into politics,” my eight year old has declared. I guess it’s not surprising, given that his mom works for Dogwood. But Leo’s newfound interest and his older brother Henry’s growing interest in joining other youth fighting for climate action is […]

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Fishing for votes in Courtenay-Alberni

10.02.19 | Election - Canada 2019, News | 

In politics, like on the river, local knowledge goes a long way Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay. The Puntledge. The Stamp. The Englishman. Autumn is a time of reckoning in towns along the banks of Vancouver Island’s legendary salmon rivers. As the icons of B.C. return home they bring news about the state of the world. […]

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What do we do with this momentum?

09.28.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, News | 

After years of groundwork, youth have pushed climate to the top of the national agenda. What comes next? Close to a million Canadians in the street. Groundbreaking resolutions passed at the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference. Politicians tripping over each other to appear as environmental champions. The climate movement has never seen a moment like […]

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