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Meet the everyday heroes of Dogwood’s Pro Rep campaign

11.21.18 | Actions, Commentary, Democracy, Organizer Profiles, Organizing, Proportional Representation | 

Dogwood volunteers are making a real difference in this referendum. And you can too. Right now, all over the province, there are over three hundred Dogwood volunteers working towards a stronger democracy and a better B.C. These people have been working hard to make sure voters cast their ballots for proportional representation. Some of the […]

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I was never an organizer. Here’s why I stepped up for Pro Rep.

11.20.18 | Actions, Commentary, Democracy, Organizer Profiles, Organizing, Proportional Representation | 

Dogwood’s digital strategist spends most of his time behind a computer. But he came out for this important cause. I’ve always been a voter. Having emigrated from a country without a democracy to Canada, I was always keenly aware of the great promise of democracy — the radical idea that people who live in a […]

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Podcast for November 2018: Talk to your friends about Pro Rep

11.20.18 | Actions, Democracy, News, Organizing, Podcast, Proportional Representation | 

As we head into the final campaign push for electoral reform in B.C., many of us are reaching out to friends, family and acquaintances to encourage them to vote yes to Pro Rep. But some of us are wondering how to engage folks who aren’t likely to vote or dragging their feet to get their […]

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What the fax?!

11.06.18 | Media, No Tankers | 

Don’t let them silence you. Submit your comment by fax to the NEB’s oil tanker review. Look. This thing is clearly rigged. And they are trying to suppress public participation. So let’s flood ’em with letters. Again. Last month, the National Energy Board announced a one-week comment period on the scope of their new review. […]

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Big donors, developers desperate to stop Pro Rep

11.02.18 | Commentary, Democracy, Proportional Representation | 

British Columbia’s political elites line up behind the status quo In November 2017, British Columbia finally banned corporate and union donations in politics. This was not an easy feat. Many politicians, donors and lobbyists worked very hard to make sure that ride did not come to an end. But everyday British Columbians won that battle […]

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Podcast for October 2018: The case for Pro Rep

10.30.18 | Actions, News, Organizing, Podcast, Proportional Representation | 

In this Pro Rep deep dive, Seth Klein, the director of the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, dispels the myths of the No side, explains what proportional representation really is and how it will fix our democracy, and describes what your three Pro Rep options on the ballot are. This episode […]

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B.C. scare tactics echo New Zealand referendum

10.29.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation | 

Big business, political elites used the same playbook against Pro Rep in 1992 By Kate Williamson, guest writer   I’m a New Zealander living in Vancouver, and I’ve been watching the anti-Pro Rep campaign in B.C. with intense and unenjoyable deja vu. Before I explain that, some history: New Zealand, like B.C., used to vote […]

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Who’s afraid of Pro Rep?

10.19.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation | 

 And what exactly are they so worried about?   “A proportional representation system will elect neo-nazis and right-wing extremists.” “This system is too confusing for regular people to understand.” “Under Pro Rep, rural communities will have no representation.” There is a lot of misinformation about Pro Rep flying around right now. (We’ve debunked these myths […]

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