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The case for lowering the voting age in B.C.

05.20.20 | #Vote16BC, Actions, Commentary, General |  Guest Writer

It’s no wonder the campaign is picking up momentum in B.C. and around the world. Guest blog by Katia Bannister, Vote16BC organizer. Originally published on the blog Sowing Seeds of Change.   My name is Katia Bannister. I am an organizer with Dogwood’s #Vote16BC campaign. The goal of the campaign is to lower the voting […]

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Why B.C. should reopen clean energy opportunities for Indigenous communities

04.23.20 | Climate, Local Power, Op-Ed |  Guest Writer

Guest blog by Andy Hira, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University. A little more than a year ago, the British Columbia government launched an inquiry into the regulation of Indigenous energy utilities and ordered the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to provide recommendations on how Indigenous utilities should be regulated. The BCUC is set […]

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Op-Ed: Declaration Act a long overdue reset

11.26.19 | Climate, General, News, Op-Ed |  Guest Writer

Originally published in the Times Colonist on November 22, 2019 Re: “Indigenous Peoples bill has good goals but overpromises,” editorial, Nov. 3. I confess I was gobsmacked — and not in a good way — to read the unsigned editorial in the Times Colonist claiming that “the unifying authority of government has been fragmented by […]

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Who gets to lead?

09.12.19 | #Vote16BC, Campaigns |  Guest Writer

B.C. youth leaders get ready for the fight of their lives “Greta Thunberg is clearly mentally unstable,” tweeted Maxime Bernier, former cabinet minister and leader of the far-right People’s Party of Canada. “Not only autistic, but obsessive-compulsive, eating disorder, depression and lethargy, and she lives in a constant state of fear.” Just days earlier, a […]

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Why I want the right to vote

04.25.19 | #Vote16BC, Climate |  Guest Writer

Guest blog post by Nahira Gerster-Sim My name is Nahira and I was adopted from China. Because of the one child policy, my biological parents felt they were not able to raise me. My adoptive parents brought me to Canada when I was two years old. As a young child, I was always puzzled by […]

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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, Corruption Inquiry |  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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