Posts by Kai Nagata

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A failure of leadership

11.17.21 | Climate, News |  Kai Nagata

Faced with compounding disasters, provincial politicians are stuck in reaction mode. Who will safeguard our communities? As people lay trapped in their cars under tree trunks and mud, B.C. public safety minister Mike Farnworth had something else on his mind: building a pipeline. The Coastal GasLink project offers “jobs and economic opportunities for thousands of […]

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Jason Kenney’s Halloween house of horrors

10.21.21 | Climate, In Depth, News |  Kai Nagata

Government twists public inquiry results to spook Albertans Be afraid. And get angry. That’s the message from the Alberta government to oil and gas workers, and their families, as they face automation, layoffs and a worldwide transition away from fossil fuels. Commissioner Steve Allan’s “Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns” was supposed to identify a […]

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Liberals move to outflank the NDP on green issues

08.31.21 | Climate, Commentary, Democracy, Election - Canada 2021 |  Kai Nagata

John Horgan, Rachel Notley make things awkward for federal New Democrats When Justin Trudeau was asked by a reporter why he dodged Indigenous youth who traveled from Fairy Creek to one of his photo ops, the Liberal leader didn’t answer the question. “We recognize there’s a real issue here locally around old growth forests, and […]

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How do we democratize a corporate resource colony?

04.23.21 | Democracy, Organizing, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

With electoral reform off the table, here are seven ways to build people power in B.C. What do you call a place where 17 per cent of the population votes in a government – whose decisions are directed by unseen lobbyists and bureaucrats? How about a province where citizens pay taxes, which our politicians then […]

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What could it mean to decolonize “British Columbia”?

03.25.21 | In Depth, Indigenous rights, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

Until we reckon with our history of violence and land theft, B.C. will struggle to solve the big problems we face today. In the mid-1850s American miners kidnapped Stó:lō children on the Fraser River to use as slaves, many of whom died. Then the prospectors began to shoot men, women and children to clear the […]

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The urgent battle to decarbonize B.C.

03.16.21 | Climate, Organizing, Strategy, Trans Mountain Pipeline |  Kai Nagata

Time for emergency measures, at every level of society, to burn less oil and gas “Our government is working hard every day to build real climate action into everything we do,” Premier John Horgan wrote in fall 2019. That was after more than 100,000 youth climate strikers brought downtown Vancouver to a standstill. “I feel […]

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Honey, we need to talk about Site C

11.10.20 | Climate, Commentary, In Depth |  Kai Nagata

Giant dam for fracking companies could double your Hydro bill The Site C dam was supposed to be a gift from B.C. taxpayers to international fracking companies. We would supply them with cheap electricity, they would blast methane gas out of underground shale rock in the province’s northeast. We would get jobs and revenue, they […]

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Winners and losers in the B.C. election

10.27.20 | Commentary, Election - BC 2020, News |  Kai Nagata

Voter turnout crashes. The NDP triumphs. Who stands to gain? Winners: NDP strategists Horgan’s election timing was ruthless but effective: the BC Liberals were saddled with a weak leader, the Greens had elected theirs just days earlier – and the public was focused on surviving a pandemic. Horgan offered reassurance, a steady hand on the […]

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