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BC Liberals vow to Ban Big Money

06.22.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Election - BC 2017 | 

After 16 years of “legalized bribery,” a public apology and some light grovelling. Last fall I sat down and wrote out a timeline of goals for the Ban Big Money campaign. I hoped all three major political parties in B.C. would include a ban on corporate, union and out-of-province donations in their campaign platforms before […]

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Podcast for June 2017: Where is this ship headed?

06.15.17 | Actions, Ban Big Money, Beyond Coal, Citizens' Initiative, Election - BC 2017, No Tankers, Podcast, Strategy | 

In the first episode since the provincial election, B.C. is still in rocky waters. SFU political scientist David Moscrop joins host Kai Nagata to explain what’s going on in the legislature and what could happen next. Director of Organizing Laura Benson hops aboard to explain what’s happening with the Citizens’ Initiative now that a new […]

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For which nation and in whose interest?

06.13.17 | Commentary, No Tankers, Organizing | 

Don’t be fooled by the “national interest” narrative. Trans Mountain’s expansion is for the 1 per cent. In my 43 years living in this great country, I have never seen so much meddling into the affairs of a province as the full frontal assault taking place against the soon-to-be-sworn-in government of B.C. Let’s be clear. […]

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B.C. forced to watch its own back — again

06.10.17 | Commentary, General, No Tankers | 

Trying to push British Columbians around won’t get Notley and Trudeau the pipeline they want — and neither will anything else Photo: thestar.com When England’s Model Parliament was first called in 1295, King Edward the First wrote a writ of summons calling for citizens across the land to join him. On the note it said […]

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Did Big Money actually influence decision-making in B.C.?

06.08.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Election - BC 2017 | 

British Columbians deserve answers In the coming weeks, politicians — newly electeds and old hands — will get settled in Victoria and the legislature will resume. But in the wake of one of the bloodiest, hard-fought battles we’ve seen in provincial election history, there are many unanswered questions still remaining for British Columbians. As indicated […]

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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

06.07.17 | Commentary, No Tankers | 

Photo: goo.gl/JACPcv Healthy oceans keep humans alive — destroy them and we destroy ourselves “Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent […]

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Celebrating our behind the scenes victories

06.06.17 | Election - BC 2017, Organizing | 

How we continue to make a big difference in B.C. What a whirlwind of a month. From candidate debates, canvassing and back-to-back get out the vote phone banking, to waiting weeks to hear the election results only to wait even longer to find out which two parties would be forming government. Our fingers were on […]

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My sister and I walked from Victoria to Burnaby

06.05.17 | No Tankers, Organizer Profiles, Organizing | 

Guest blog by Kathryn Cass Why would two Dogwood organizers in their 60’s decide to walk 80 kilometres? Last month, my sister and I embarked on four days of walking from Mile 0 in Victoria to the Kinder Morgan Terminal in Burnaby, and three nights of sleeping in a tent or on a church floor. […]

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