Posts by Gordon O'Connor

We won! Lessons learned from the campaign trail

September 19, 2011 | 

Last week, after two years of controversy, an application to build nearly 300 houses along the Juan de Fuca trail was denied by the Capital Regional District (CRD) board. ...

We did it!

September 15, 2011 | 

It’s been two years. Thousands of people have joined the campaign to stop urban sprawl in the Capital Regional District (CRD). Now it’s time for all of us to ...

Tip of the iceberg

August 16, 2011 | 

Ender Ilkay’s application to build nearly 300 vacation homes next to the Juan de Fuca trail is a blessing in disguise.  It’s not a blessing because it’s a good ...

The New Battle for Vancouver Island

Vancouver Islanders have a long and proud history of standing up for our home. The struggle to save Clayoquot Sound captured national attention and spawned dozens of other initiatives ...

A Dangerous Precedent

January 14, 2011 | 

In land use planning there is no such thing as a one time exception: every rezoning amendment and every extension of municipal services to a rural area sets a ...

Moratorium Now

December 15, 2010 | 

Guest Blog By Saul Arbess What’s wrong with this picture? On Dec. 2nd, I attended a meeting on the proposed resort development on lands adjoining the Juan de Fuca ...

Averting Crisis

November 18, 2010 | 

Think twenty years into the future and imagine the type of community you’d like to be living in… The Our Home is Not For Sale campaign asked that question ...

Whose Voice Counts?

October 14, 2010 | 

Municipal and regional governments are uniquely participatory structures.  Small constituencies and the proximity between elected officials and the public offers people a chance to have significant influence on the ...

Boreal Boycotts Return

October 6, 2010 | 

Dogwood Initiative often posts reports related to our work on community land reform and resource use from across Canada and the world in Blogwood. Grassy Narrows renews boycott of ...

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