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The road to reforming mining in B.C.

12.06.19 | Campaigns, Mining, News | 

2019 brought partial victories, but the hard work lies ahead This week B.C. ministers George Heyman and Doug Donaldson announced the provincial government would end logging in the “donut hole,” an unprotected piece of the Skagit River headwaters next to Manning Park. But Imperial Metals still holds a mining tenure in the same area, and […]

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Throne Speech climate commitments dwarfed by spending on Trans Mountain

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

OTTAWA – The Liberal government plans to spend five times more on pipeline construction this year than fighting climate change, according to new calculations from B.C. nonprofit Dogwood. Thursday’s throne speech laid out a series of climate commitments drawn from the Liberal platform, which total $816 million in budget year 2020-21. Over the same period, […]

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Op-Ed: Declaration Act a long overdue reset

11.26.19 | Climate, General, News, Op-Ed | 

Originally published in the Times Colonist on November 22, 2019 Re: “Indigenous Peoples bill has good goals but overpromises,” editorial, Nov. 3. I confess I was gobsmacked — and not in a good way — to read the unsigned editorial in the Times Colonist claiming that “the unifying authority of government has been fragmented by […]

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Casey Jones

11.21.19 | Climate, Commentary, Election - Canada 2019, News | 

Trudeau’s centrist cabinet on the track of no return There’s an old song from the popular folk-rock album Working Man’s Dead about the infamous train conductor Casey Jones. As Trudeau’s new cabinet was sworn in at Rideau Hall, the lyrics wormed their way into my brain. The song retells the story of how an engineer […]

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Youth climate strikers welcome North Van MP to new portfolio

11.20.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, Media | 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2019 Youth climate strikers welcome North Van MP to new portfolio Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has 100 days to show he’s serious MUSQUEAM, SQUAMISH, TSLEIL-WAUTUTH TERRITORIES – Organizers of the largest mass demonstration in recent B.C. history say Jonathan Wilkinson must show he takes the climate crisis seriously, or face […]

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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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