Posts by Katia Bannister

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John Horgan stole my right to vote

11.20.20 | #Vote16BC, General |  Katia Bannister

Amid intersecting crises, Premier Horgan made a decision to call a snap election – kneecapping young voters. By October 21, 2021 — what was meant to be the next provincial election date — I would’ve been eighteen. Instead, this past September Premier John Horgan called a snap election – the first in 34 years. My […]

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Climate activism in the COVID-19 pandemic

09.01.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary, Organizing |  Katia Bannister

Youth took to the streets in March 2019 to demand climate action. One year later, their activism looks very different. My name is Katia Bannister. I am a seventeen year-old youth climate activist, Vote16BC campaigner and community organizer in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. After months of reading about it online and hearing about […]

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Representation matters: LGBTQ+ youth deserve the right to vote

06.25.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary |  Katia Bannister

The “queerest generation yet” could change the face of justice and rights for the LGBTQ+ community As a sixteen year-old in the year 2020, I am honestly and rightly terrified of what the future holds for me. In my lifetime I will live out the consequences of inaction on climate change and long-term government debt. […]

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

05.20.20 | #Vote16BC, Actions, Commentary, General |  Katia Bannister

It’s no wonder the campaign is picking up momentum in B.C. and around the world. 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 age to 16 years old in British Columbia. […]

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