Posts by Christina Smethurst

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Rich corporations are hoarding money, and taking ours too

09.02.20 | Climate, No Tankers, Op-Ed |  Christina Smethurst

How many mega yachts will it take to completely topple society? I was at a small gathering recently and overheard someone talking about Jim Pattison — aka “Canada’s Warren Buffet” (apparently). The conversation was about his mega yacht, the Nova Spirit, and how rumour was Pattison has never himself spent a single night on the […]

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COVID-19 feels like a test. Are Canadians ready?

03.29.20 | Climate, General, Op-Ed |  Christina Smethurst

A virus has brought our economy to its knees. What happens when droughts, floods or wildfires add to the chaos? In the face of a pandemic, it’s not surprising people hoard food and supplies. Combine lizard brain with Maslow’s basic need for security and you’ve got yourself a three hour line into Costco. When I […]

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Dogwood asked, British Columbians answered

05.28.19 | General |  Christina Smethurst

According to thousands of British Columbians, youth activism and Indigenous rights are in, oil companies and Justin Trudeau are out It’s been four years since the first Dogwood supporter survey hit inboxes across B.C. What started as a “Hey, I wonder where Dogwood supporters’ heads are at? Let’s do a survey” has now become one […]

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Parenting in a climate crisis

05.09.19 | Actions, Climate, Op-Ed |  Christina Smethurst

The year I started having tough conversations about climate change with my four year old My eldest son turned four this year, and since he’s now old enough to understand that birthday parties are a thing, we threw him one. For those not in the parent bubble, kids’ birthday parties look a little different than […]

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Supporter survey – the results are in!

02.14.18 | General |  Christina Smethurst

Here’s what thousands of British Columbians had to say. In January 2018, Dogwood sent an e-mail to our folks asking for thoughts, concerns and insights around the future of B.C. and Canada when it comes to our environment and democracy. 3,608 people responded. Here’s what they told us…   1. Climate change should be THE […]

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Trolls

09.15.17 | General |  Christina Smethurst

The bigger British Columbia’s network of climate activists gets, the harder Big Oil wants us to fall Every morning when I come into the office, I see them lined up. Sometimes eight, ten, twelve, twenty. Like an egg that has hatched overnight, a small army has come marching out and is standing, waiting to be […]

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Podcast for September 2017: B.C. Throne Speech, third time’s a charm

09.05.17 | Podcast |  Christina Smethurst

After a roller coaster of a year in politics, this week British Columbians are preparing for our third throne speech of the year. What does the new government have in store for Dogwood’s campaigns? Guest host Christina Smethurst finds out what’s going on with Ban Big Money, stopping U.S. thermal coal exports and the fight […]

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B.C. forced to watch its own back — again

06.10.17 | Commentary, General, No Tankers |  Christina Smethurst

Trying to push British Columbians around won’t get Notley and Trudeau the pipeline they want — and neither will anything else Photo: thestar.com When England’s Model Parliament was first called in 1295, King Edward the First wrote a writ of summons calling for citizens across the land to join him. On the note it said […]

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