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Wilson-Raybould shows us how power really works in Ottawa

03.05.19 | Commentary, Democracy, No Tankers | 

SNC-Lavalin held 89 meetings with government. Guess how often oil companies lobby Trudeau? I, like many Canadians, sat in awe during the testimony of former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould last week. I was impressed by her courage, her commitment to ethics, her attention to detail and her perseverance. I was not, […]

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Burnaby offers a winning recipe for the Left

02.26.19 | Elections | 

House people, attack billionaires, dance, fight racism. Repeat. When aging McGill debate club bro Justin Trudeau first busted out the baggy pants and Bhangra moves, a certain segment of Canadian progressives got pretty excited. Like Trudeau’s speech at the Paris climate summit, or his gender-balanced cabinet, it seemed like an encouraging sign of wokeness. But […]

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SNC-Lavalin tentacles reach deep into B.C.

02.25.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry | 

Banned internationally, jailed in Quebec, controversial in Ottawa — but it’s business as usual in B.C. It isn’t a surprise to anyone familiar with the company that SNC-Lavalin is back in the news again. The allegations coming out of Ottawa against the engineering giant are fascinating, but not shocking. SNC-Lavalin featured prominently in Quebec’s Charbonneau […]

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Are you ready to vote on Monday?

02.20.19 | Elections | 

Your guide to the election in Burnaby South Do you live in Burnaby? Is your home near the Burnaby Hospital, Deer Lake, Burnaby Lake, Metrotown or Marine Drive? If so, you’re probably eligible to vote on Monday. On February 25, residents of Burnaby South will choose a new Member of Parliament to represent them in […]

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When the NEB says yes

02.18.19 | Commentary, No Tankers | 

The Harper-Trudeau NEB is about to issue another oil tanker approval. Here’s what I won’t do. They say there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. I’ll add one more. This week the National Energy Board will once again rubber stamp the Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tanker project. The Prime Minister’s […]

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Mayors, councillors demand corruption inquiry

02.15.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry | 

Reeling from the impacts of money-laundering, cities look to the Premier for real action This week city councils in Richmond, Vancouver and Victoria unanimously passed motions of support for a public inquiry into money laundering. This sends a clear and significant message to the provincial government about its priorities for 2019. Together the three cities […]

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Why are taxpayers stuck with crippling climate costs?

02.12.19 | Actions, Commentary, Organizing | 

Time to shift the blame where it belongs: billionaires, bankers and Big Oil On January 28, I joined Dogwood’s Comox Valley volunteers at Courtenay City Hall. We were there to hear Andrew Gage describe why coal, oil and gas companies should help pay for the damage their products are inflicting on our communities. Andrew is […]

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How can you help launch a public inquiry?

02.07.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry, Strategy | 

MLAs, of all political stripes, need to know how serious this is The calls are growing. The Mayor of Port Coquitlam, the BC Government and Service Employees Union, a former crown prosecutor, a Vancouver city councillor, a money-laundering expert — all clamouring for a public inquiry into money laundering. When we launched our call for a […]

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