Posts by Dave Mills

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When will climate change have its Nuremberg moment?

01.06.20 | General |  Dave Mills

At the core of our democracy is a simple idea: nobody is above the law. Whether it’s murderous generals facing judges in the Hague’s austere courtrooms or corrupt executives on trial for bribery and fraud, the world’s worst criminals are supposed to face justice. So what about the people knowingly unleashing a global catastrophe? Over […]

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Casey Jones

11.21.19 | Climate, Commentary, Election - Canada 2019, News |  Dave Mills

Trudeau’s centrist cabinet on the track of no return There’s an old song from the popular folk-rock album Working Man’s Dead about the infamous train conductor Casey Jones. As Trudeau’s new cabinet was sworn in at Rideau Hall, the lyrics wormed their way into my brain. The song retells the story of how an engineer […]

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Fishing for votes in Courtenay-Alberni

10.02.19 | Election - Canada 2019, News |  Dave Mills

In politics, like on the river, local knowledge goes a long way Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay. The Puntledge. The Stamp. The Englishman. Autumn is a time of reckoning in towns along the banks of Vancouver Island’s legendary salmon rivers. As the icons of B.C. return home they bring news about the state of the world. […]

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A crisis of imagination

09.10.19 | Campaigns, Climate, Commentary, Election - Canada 2019 |  Dave Mills

The spirit Canada needs to fight climate change is missing in action On September 10, 1939, Canada officially declared war on Germany. The vote to support that declaration occurred in Parliament two weeks earlier. It could not have been easy. The Canadian economy was only just recovering from the Great Depression. There had been no […]

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Into the climate crisis: a British Columbia journey

08.02.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, In Depth, News |  Dave Mills

While families wait for salmon, floods wash out roads – and a year-old fire smoulders B.C. Day is a chance to count our blessings. So far this summer we haven’t faced infernos racing through our valleys, scorching forests and animals, and pushing people from their homes. While Europe bakes in record temperatures and fires rage […]

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The rise of the petro-nationalists

07.05.19 | Commentary, Democracy, Election - Canada 2019, General |  Dave Mills

Photo credit: Andrew Forget How long will Canadians sit back and take what the “War Room” is dishing? Over the last couple of years, the tension over how to manage fossil fuel-induced climate change within provinces and states in North America has reached a boiling point. The petro-identity Conservatives have constructed for themselves faces an […]

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Canada’s Green New Deal starts here

04.18.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, General |  Dave Mills

How do we save 20,000 jobs and kick-start a green economy? Posties and auto workers have an idea Auto workers at the GM plant in Oshawa, on the shore of Lake Ontario, have been cranking out Cadillacs, Buicks and OIdsmobiles since 1953. Could they build a made-in-Canada electric vehicle? Workers say yes. Without a bold […]

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Mayday, mayday

04.02.19 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

Will Big Oil’s lobby succeed in reversing Trudeau’s North Coast tanker ban? At first it was refreshing, uplifting and hopeful. The come-from behind election campaign which caught pollsters and pundits by surprise. The warm embraces, locked-eyes and inspiring mandate letters as action-oriented cabinet members took charge of their files in the spirit of progress, openness, […]

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