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B.C. scare tactics echo New Zealand referendum

10.29.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Guest Writer

Big business, political elites used the same playbook against Pro Rep in 1992 By Kate Williamson, guest writer   I’m a New Zealander living in Vancouver, and I’ve been watching the anti-Pro Rep campaign in B.C. with intense and unenjoyable deja vu. Before I explain that, some history: New Zealand, like B.C., used to vote […]

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From cynicism to connection

09.06.18 | Actions, No Tankers, Organizing |  Guest Writer

Summer student organizer Maddie Hague reflects on a summer of social change This summer my friend asked how I liked my new summer job as a Dogwood Organizer. I replied, “I love it — my faith in humanity has been restored!” Like many 30-somethings in the era of climate change and Trump, I’ve felt pretty […]

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Mining for support in Kamloops

10.26.17 | Ban Big Money |  Guest Writer

Are donations to politicians — and the community — going to buy Ajax Mine’s way into Kamloops? Guest writer Gina Morris is from Kamloops Moms for Clean Air   KGHM Ajax could be described as the proverbial “house guest” in Kamloops — with a “thanks for having us” gift in the form of donations, rather […]

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The extraordinary power to make change

10.13.17 | Actions, Commentary, Organizing |  Guest Writer

A Dogwood volunteer, Raza Mirza, explains why he is voting in Vancouver’s October 14 by-election, and every election for that matter That night there was a special excitement in my home — everyone was jammed in front of the television waiting. We lived in a large, multi-generational family home. At some point later that evening, […]

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The Search for Trans Mountain’s 15,000 Construction Jobs

08.28.17 | No Tankers |  Guest Writer

Economist Robyn Allan debunks Kinder Morgan’s “outrageous” jobs claims When Prime Minister Trudeau announced approval of the Trans Mountain project he said the expansion “will create 15,000 new, middle class jobs – the majority of them in the trades.”1 Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr, repeatedly points to this figure to justify Ottawa’s approval. He says, […]

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My sister and I walked from Victoria to Burnaby

06.05.17 | No Tankers, Organizer Profiles, Organizing |  Guest Writer

Guest blog by Kathryn Cass Why would two Dogwood organizers in their 60’s decide to walk 80 kilometres? Last month, my sister and I embarked on four days of walking from Mile 0 in Victoria to the Kinder Morgan Terminal in Burnaby, and three nights of sleeping in a tent or on a church floor. […]

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Victory in Courtenay-Comox

05.24.17 | Actions, Commentary, Election - BC 2017, Organizer Profiles, Organizing |  Guest Writer

Guest writer Will Cole-Hamilton is Dogwood’s volunteer team leader in Courtenay. Today the BC NDP’s Ronna-Rae Leonard was officially declared the winner here by 189 votes. Like the 43 other Green and NDP MLAs who now hold a majority in the B.C. legislature, Leonard won on a clear promise to stop Kinder Morgan and get Big […]

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Thermal coal exports in federal court next week!

05.11.17 | Beyond Coal, Commentary |  Guest Writer

Kevin Washbrook is director of the citizens’ group Voters Taking Action on Climate Change On May 17, along with our partners Communities and Coal, VTACC is taking the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (aka the Port of Vancouver) to Federal Court for judicial review of its approval of a new coal export facility at Fraser Surrey […]

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