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Victory in Courtenay-Comox

05.24.17 | Actions, Commentary, Election - BC 2017, Organizer Profiles, Organizing | 

Guest writer Will Cole-Hamilton is Dogwood’s volunteer team leader in Courtenay. Today the BC NDP’s Ronna-Rae Leonard was officially declared the winner here by 189 votes. Like the 43 other Green and NDP MLAs who now hold a majority in the B.C. legislature, Leonard won on a clear promise to stop Kinder Morgan and get Big […]

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Bonus Bias at the Port of Vancouver

05.17.17 | Actions, Beyond Coal, Commentary | 

Would you trust a judge whose salary is paid by the accused? Our partner groups Voters Taking Action on Climate Change and Communities and Coal are in court this week, arguing bias in the Port of Vancouver’s decision to approve the controversial Fraser Surrey Docks coal project. What does this bias look like, you ask? […]

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Healing the election wounds

05.16.17 | Commentary, Election - BC 2017 | 

The battle is over. Time to build toward collaboration. You don’t run for the Liberals or Greens in a riding like Vancouver Hastings if you intend to become an MLA. On Tuesday night, the NDP’s Shane Simpson won re-election with nearly 60 per cent of the vote. Given that reality, I was impressed to see […]

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Rest up, gather your people, stay organized

05.12.17 | Organizing, Strategy | 

  Kai & Emily debrief the election outcome in the Dogwood Burnaby kitchen. Whatever the final seat count, we’ve got this. Reactions? How’re you doing post-election? Share in the comments below!

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Thermal coal exports in federal court next week!

05.11.17 | Beyond Coal, Commentary | 

Kevin Washbrook is director of the citizens’ group Voters Taking Action on Climate Change On May 17, along with our partners Communities and Coal, VTACC is taking the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (aka the Port of Vancouver) to Federal Court for judicial review of its approval of a new coal export facility at Fraser Surrey […]

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Chaos is a ladder

05.12.17 | Commentary, Democracy, Election - BC 2017 | 

Hung parliament gives B.C. citizens huge power, if we play our cards right Political watchers wringing their hands over B.C.’s uncertain election outcome would do well to heed Lord Petyr Baelish on HBO’s Game of Thrones: “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.” Under a minority government, a coalition or even a razor-thin majority, […]

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It’s a new day in B.C.

05.11.17 | Actions, Commentary, Election - BC 2017, Organizer Profiles, Organizing | 

Dogwood’s Courtenay-Comox organizer reflects on the election and the work ahead I can’t explain why, but over the past couple of weeks I had this feeling in the pit of my stomach that this election was going to come down to the place where I have spent most of my time organizing with Dogwood — […]

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Even the media donates to Christy Clark

05.08.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Democracy, Election - BC 2017 | 

No wonder people have a hard time trusting news, polls It’s no secret: Canada’s biggest newspaper chain is pushing hard for another Christy Clark majority government. Postmedia, which owns the Vancouver Sun and The Province, donated $10,000 to re-elect the BC Liberals. Both Vancouver papers have officially endorsed Christy Clark (neither editorial mentioned the RCMP […]

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