Posts by Dave Mills

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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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Why are taxpayers stuck with crippling climate costs?

02.12.19 | Actions, Commentary, Election - Canada 2019, 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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