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What’s it going to be? Effective or "world-leading"?

10.08.13 | No Tankers |  Eric Swanson

Marven Robinson, a Councillor with the Gitga’at Nation and renowned guide, told me of a group of Europeans he recently guided into the Great Bear Rainforest. After much walking through the bush and warnings to the group that it was late in the season, Robinson successfully made one last attempt to find what they were […]

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Six things you should know about B.C.’s position on heavy oil proposals

08.27.13 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, No Tankers |  Eric Swanson

New documents from B.C.’s Environment ministry — briefing incoming Minister Mary Polak — reveal B.C. is woefully unprepared to respond to even a moderate oil spill. The sorry state of oil spill response capacity in B.C. has been widely known for some time, and the Ministry’s comments give fresh life to this old theme. Looming […]

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Not Barack Obama, but close

07.26.13 | Organizing |  Eric Swanson

It’s a Friday afternoon and I’m walking into the visitor centre of Vancouver’s Van Dusen botanical gardens, a building whose unique, undulating curves of wood were inspired by the shape of an orchid’s leaves. One of the gardens’ fundraisers describes the building as an “entryway into a world of knowledge.” It’s an appropriately descriptive phrase. […]

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BC Party Positions on Oil Tankers

06.05.13 | Election - BC 2013, No Tankers |  Eric Swanson

BC Liberals Summary: The BC Liberals have rejected Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal and are withholding judgment on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion proposal. In Detail: The BC Liberals have ‘five conditions’ upon which they individually assess each heavy oil pipeline and tanker proposal. You can read more about the five conditions in the government’s news […]

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Well, that’s not what we expected

05.17.13 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Eric Swanson

By now, you’ve no doubt heard the news about the Liberals’ surprise victory in the B.C. election. Enbridge and Kinder Morgan may be heaving a sigh of relief. However, they have no basis to feel confident. While a provincial government that is outright opposed to these oil tanker and pipeline proposals would have been helpful […]

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Tough but fair

05.02.13 | Election - BC 2013, No Tankers |  Eric Swanson

Dogwood Initiative runs a non-partisan election model. Campaign Director Eric Swanson answers some common questions about how it all works and in particular, about the May B.C. election. Are you talking about more than oil tankers this election? Nope. We think the issue is big enough and important enough to get our undivided attention. Are […]

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Oil tankers on B.C.’s coast: the party positions in a nut shell

05.01.13 | Election - BC 2013, No Tankers |  Eric Swanson

Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of democracy. As disillusioned as we can get, remember your voice counts. If you are eligible to vote, you possess a little piece of power. And during election season we come together in gymnasiums, churches and town halls to join all of our little pieces together into a […]

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In-depth: the B.C. Liberals position on oil tankers on B.C.’s coast

04.30.13 | Election - BC 2013, No Tankers |  Eric Swanson

There have been so many twists and turns in the B.C. Liberals position on oil tanker and pipeline proposals that it would be understandable if some people have lost track. Truth is, for all the huffing and puffing, not a whole lot has changed: the B.C. Liberals are the only party that hasn’t taken a […]

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