Posts by Dave Mills

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Canada’s Green New Deal starts here

04.18.19 | 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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Why are taxpayers stuck with crippling climate costs?

02.12.19 | Actions, Commentary, Organizing |  Dave Mills

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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A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

09.27.18 | Campaigns, Democracy, Proportional Representation |  Dave Mills

An ode to the beautiful mix of rural and urban voters that make B.C. unique “All you spoiled brats in the city know how to do is spend the resource riches generated by hardworking rural B.C.” “Oh yeah? Who pays for all that highway infrastructure so you rednecks can drive around in your big trucks?” […]

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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 | Climate, 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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