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The dying of the light

08.21.18 | General | 

As democracy enters a dark age, it’s now or never for Pro Rep The Western democratic tradition is pretty long. Whether you trace its roots to the French Revolution, the Iroquois Confederacy or American Independence, it’s a project at least eight generations in the making. But in many countries the great promise of democracy is […]

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Podcast for July 2018: Money-laundering in B.C. — who is to blame?

07.31.18 | Actions, Democracy, Organizing, Podcast | 

In the wake of the explosive Peter German report which connected money-laundering in B.C. to the fentanyl crisis and housing market, we look at reactions from journalists, politicians and the public, talk about who is to blame and discuss the growing calls for a public inquiry. This episode was recorded on unceded Coast Salish territory. […]

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“Fundamentally wrong to put people at this sort of risk”

07.24.18 | No Tankers | 

Westridge resident shares her experience with the Trans Mountain 2007 oil spill On July 24, 2007, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline ruptured, spilling more than 200,000 litres of heavy crude in the Westridge neighbourhood of Burnaby, B.C. SFU business professor Karen Ruckman’s family home was just down the street. She shares their experience with the […]

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Target practice

07.23.18 | Commentary, No Tankers | 

Thousands cheer online for activists to be murdered. How long before someone takes it literally? “Next time just cut the cables,” wrote 67-year old John Les on Facebook. He was reacting to a CBC News video of police arresting Greenpeace activists dangling from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. It’s tempting to dismiss Les as an old […]

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Why B.C. needs to fix its environmental assessment laws

07.19.18 | No Tankers | 

Citizens have until July 30 to comment on proposed overhaul of project reviews What do the Trans Mountain pipeline, a toxic waste dump at Shawnigan Lake, the Site C dam and the controversial New Prosperity mine have in common? Each was rubber-stamped by the BC Liberal government under a review process called environmental assessment, which […]

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Who defaced our flyers in North Van?

07.11.18 | No Tankers, Organizing | 

MPs are sick of hearing what you think about their Texas pipeline bailout Remember “Real Change, Now”? It’s what North Shore voters believed we were getting when Liberal candidates swept Stephen Harper’s Conservative MPs off the map in 2015. I suppose some things have changed. Like our parliamentarians’ positions, rhetoric and attitude toward the people […]

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SFU preps for Burnaby inferno

06.27.18 | Actions, Campaigns, Commentary, No Tankers | 

Administrators hold a “forest fire” drill. Students say the real threat is giant tanks of crude oil. Officials at Simon Fraser University held a mock forest fire drill on Tuesday, testing the University’s capacity to react to an out-of-control blaze on the forested slopes of Burnaby Mountain. “Everybody knows what this is about,” said SFU […]

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“Call in the cops” — B.C. wants action on money-laundering

06.27.18 | Ban Big Money, Democracy, Media | 

For immediate release June 27, 2018 “CALL IN THE COPS” — BRITISH COLUMBIANS WANT ACTION ON MONEY-LAUNDERING VANCOUVER — British Columbians are calling for a dedicated anti-corruption task force, like the UPAC police unit in Quebec, to investigate connections between money-laundering, drug dealers, major political donors and B.C. politicians. “Today’s release of the first German […]

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