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Farewell, Burnaby office!

06.18.18 | General | 

We moved out of our home above the carwash, and into a new community space downtown After three years in our office at 6123 Hastings, at the back of the Tim’s parking lot — we’ve moved! As many renters have no doubt experienced, there were trials (eg. the “meat-locker” episode during the snowpocalypse of 2017, […]

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The Great Divide

06.13.18 | Beyond Coal, Commentary | 

 A geographic rift is emerging between two competing visions for the future. They can’t both win. The fight between B.C. and Alberta over the Trans Mountain oil tanker project may seem unique to Canada’s confederation. It’s not. Across North America, coastal cities bracing for a century of climate chaos are finding themselves at odds with […]

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The tip of an iceberg

06.06.18 | Commentary, No Tankers | 

Trudeau thinks he’s unsinkable. So did the captain of the Titanic. Justin Trudeau needs to lose just 14 votes in the House of Commons to seriously complicate his dreams of Liberian-flagged oil tankers carrying cheap, toxic bitumen across the Salish sea and off to foreign refineries. On Monday, angry voters stormed more than 100 MP […]

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Five things you should know about Morneau’s Trans Mountain buyout

05.31.18 | Commentary, No Tankers | 

Now that you, as a Canadian taxpayer, are a pipeline owner… For months, Texas-based pipeline giant Kinder Morgan has been hinting their pipeline and oil tanker proposal on the B.C. coast was not worth the risk. Many of the risks disclosed to investors — from the opposition of a new B.C. government to construction efforts […]

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On Trudeau’s watch

05.17.18 | Commentary, News, No Tankers | 

 As the waters rise, politicians double down on heavy crude Last week the seaside community of Qualicum Beach hosted a packed screening of Directly Affected, a film about pipeline opposition. Home to retirees from across Canada drawn by the mild climate, nice golf courses and sandy beaches, Qualicum is not exactly a hotbed of radical […]

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One step closer to stopping Kinder Morgan

05.11.18 | Commentary, No Tankers, Organizing | 

Dogwood organizing director Laura Benson reflects on the past two wild months Over the last two months Dogwood supporters have sent 20,800 personal messages to our governments asking B.C.’s premier to stand strong, supporting better provincial protections against oil spills, and warning federal MPs not to use Canadians’ tax dollars to bail out a Texas […]

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Podcast for April 2018: When pipelines and tankers spill…

04.27.18 | Actions, No Tankers, Podcast | 

The B.C. government filed a reference case to the province’s highest court to prove their jurisdiction to protect local people from diluted bitumen. And they want to hear from you (yes, you!) about oil spill response. Your hosts Lisa and Sophie are joined by two very special guests — West Coast Environmental Law’s Stephanie Hewson, […]

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Six reasons Kinder Morgan’s pipeline won’t be built

04.25.18 | General, No Tankers, Organizing | 

Six reasons Dogwood’s director of community organizing is feeling hopeful about beating Kinder Morgan My sons and I pass the Kinder Morgan tank farm on our way to school in the morning and on our way home in the evening. Every day we get a glimpse of the work the company is continuing to do […]

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