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The dying of the light

08.21.18 | General, Proportional Representation |  Dave Mills

As democracy enters a dark age, it’s now or never for Pro Rep The Western democratic tradition is pretty long. Whether you trace its roots to the French Revolution, the Iroquois Confederacy or American Independence, it’s a project at least eight generations in the making. But in many countries the great promise of democracy is […]

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On Trudeau’s watch

05.17.18 | Commentary, News, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

 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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Crude language

03.07.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

There’s only one way to deal with intimidation and violent rhetoric “We don’t threaten, Premier Notley’s government doesn’t. We just do.”- Shannon Phillips, Alberta Environment Minister “Canada can and will do what it takes to exert its authority to have the pipeline built.” – Jim Carr, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Bastards. Slimy bastards. Hang […]

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A wall of opposition rises

02.21.18 | General |  Dave Mills

Photo credit: Dan Pauls   Welcome to the battle for B.C. There’s an old saying about the relationship between B.C. and Canada that goes like this: Victoria is 3,500 kilometres from Ottawa, but Ottawa is 5,000 miles from B.C. It’s a truism with a habit of proving itself with each generation’s passing. Today, as events […]

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Spills are an ocean away — until they’re not

01.17.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

Tragic tanker sinking lays bare the true risk Kinder Morgan poses to British Columbia Leaving an ocean of fire, and the largest oil spill since 1991 in its wake, MV Sanchi exploded and then sank to the bottom of the Pacific on January 14. As state resources from two of Asia’s most powerful countries stood […]

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Jim and Rachel’s dangerous adventure

12.05.17 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

‘Progressive’ politicians enter hazardous territory lobbying the Vancouver Board of Trade behind closed doors I find it distasteful — and disturbing — when supposedly left-leaning politicians prostrate themselves at the feet of financiers and industrialists. Last Thursday’s keynote addresses by Jim Carr, Rachel Notley and Ian Anderson to the Vancouver Board of Trade’s “Access, Partnerships […]

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Knock, knock – It’s your climate

09.13.17 | Commentary, General |  Dave Mills

Summer of 2017 brings climate debts home to roost “To discuss the cause and effect of these storms, there’s the… place (and time) to do that, it’s not now.” – Scott Pruitt, Director EPA “The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in, meltdown expected, the wheat is growin’ thin engines stop running, but […]

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B.C. is at a crossroads: which way will we go?

08.04.17 | Actions, Commentary, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

Our recent past could illuminate the path to a better future I left the office early last Friday and drove up island. My calendar said it was too early for the main runs, but not long ago I traded in my single handed fishing rod for the more traditional two hander that river fishers chasing […]

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