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A citizens’ guide to the Nanaimo by-election

01.10.19 | Commentary, Elections | 

This is more than just a by-election. The results could decide B.C.’s future. The stability of B.C.’s government hangs on a by-election in Nanaimo later this month. Tony Harris is the BC Liberal candidate in the riding. He is a self-proclaimed real estate speculator and businessman who got his start working for his father’s chain […]

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What does the RCMP raid on Wet’suwet’en territory mean?

01.08.19 | Commentary, No Tankers | 

Thousands of people across Canada and around the world are watching and sharing updates online as RCMP officers dismantle a pipeline blockade on Wet’suwet’en territory in Northern B.C. Yesterday afternoon, police broke down a wooden gate and arrested several people at the Gidim’ten Checkpoint, a camp on a snowy forest service road along the Morice […]

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What’s next for Dogwood?

12.18.18 | Organizing, Strategy | 

Win or lose on Pro Rep, B.C. faces big battles ahead BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson isn’t worried which way the referendum goes on proportional representation. If his new plan bears fruit, Elections BC will never have a chance to implement a new voting system – even if that’s what British Columbians want. The opposition […]

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Drowning in debt

12.13.18 | Commentary, No Tankers | 

Parsing Trans Mountain’s dire financial situation for its new owners (that’s us!) Debt is a fact of life for most Canadians. If you’ve ever had to pay off credit cards, student loans or a mortgage, you know how much interest can add up — making it hard to pay off the “principal” of your loan, […]

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Meet the everyday heroes of Dogwood’s Pro Rep campaign

11.21.18 | Actions, Commentary, Democracy, Organizer Profiles, Organizing, Proportional Representation | 

Dogwood volunteers are making a real difference in this referendum. And you can too. Right now, all over the province, there are over three hundred Dogwood volunteers working towards a stronger democracy and a better B.C. These people have been working hard to make sure voters cast their ballots for proportional representation. Some of the […]

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I was never an organizer. Here’s why I stepped up for Pro Rep.

11.20.18 | Actions, Commentary, Democracy, Organizer Profiles, Organizing, Proportional Representation | 

Dogwood’s digital strategist spends most of his time behind a computer. But he came out for this important cause. I’ve always been a voter. Having emigrated from a country without a democracy to Canada, I was always keenly aware of the great promise of democracy — the radical idea that people who live in a […]

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Podcast for November 2018: Talk to your friends about Pro Rep

11.20.18 | Actions, Democracy, News, Organizing, Podcast, Proportional Representation | 

As we head into the final campaign push for electoral reform in B.C., many of us are reaching out to friends, family and acquaintances to encourage them to vote yes to Pro Rep. But some of us are wondering how to engage folks who aren’t likely to vote or dragging their feet to get their […]

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What the fax?!

11.06.18 | Media, No Tankers | 

Don’t let them silence you. Submit your comment by fax to the NEB’s oil tanker review. Look. This thing is clearly rigged. And they are trying to suppress public participation. So let’s flood ’em with letters. Again. Last month, the National Energy Board announced a one-week comment period on the scope of their new review. […]

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