Posts by Kai Nagata

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The tip of an iceberg

06.06.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Trudeau thinks he’s unsinkable. So did the captain of the Titanic. Justin Trudeau needs to lose just 14 votes in the House of Commons to seriously complicate his dreams of Liberian-flagged oil tankers carrying cheap, toxic bitumen across the Salish sea and off to foreign refineries. On Monday, angry voters stormed more than 100 MP […]

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If I had eight billion dollars

04.16.18 | Commentary, General, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

The Trudeau government won’t rule out full public financing for the Trans Mountain pipeline. What else could Canada buy? The news shocked conservatives and oil tanker opponents alike: Ottawa is considering a full taxpayer bailout for Kinder Morgan. The Texas company – run by former Enron executives – hit pause on its B.C. pipeline project […]

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Classic 1953 pipeline for sale. Some rust.

04.11.18 | No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta is willing to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline. Here’s what taxpayers would get. For sale by owner: one antique oil pipeline. Plenty of mileage on her but she’s still running. Built in the good old days, before “Indians” were allowed to hire lawyers. Pipeline includes a right-of-way through 15 B.C. […]

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The siege of B.C.

04.09.18 | Actions, Commentary, No Tankers, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

Ottawa has eight weeks to break the backs of oil tanker opponents. Here’s how they’ll try. Texas pipeline company Kinder Morgan issued an ultimatum yesterday: give our shareholders confidence that we can build the Trans Mountain oil tanker project, or we’re walking. Politicians in Ottawa and Alberta leapt into action, only too eager to give […]

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R.I.P. Big Money in politics: 1858-2017

11.29.17 | Ban Big Money, Democracy, General, Media |  Kai Nagata

For Immediate Release November 30, 2017 R.I.P. Big Money in Politics: 1858-2017 VICTORIA — After more than a century of unlimited donations, corporate cronyism and declining public faith in institutions, Big Money was finally banished from B.C. provincial and municipal elections today as bills 3 and 15 officially became law. “Nineteenth century reformers like Amor […]

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The creepy double meaning of ‘Sunny Ways’

11.29.17 | General, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

No consent from communities? Too bad, says Trudeau. “Sunny ways, my friends. Sunny ways!” For most people, that line in Justin Trudeau’s victory speech two years ago heralded a return to “positive politics” after 10 years of Stephen Harper’s icy glare. It’s also a reference to tricking someone into taking their clothes off. As the […]

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Podcast for November 2017: Illegal construction, grassroots resistance

11.19.17 | Campaigns, No Tankers, Podcast |  Kai Nagata

A jam-packed month in the Kinder Morgan fight. Back in the host chair, Kai Nagata talks with Sophie Harrison about illegal construction, the Squamish Nation’s Supreme Court case, massive stockpiles of pipe coming to a town near you, and what the heck our governments are doing about it all. Emily Glass brings an update on […]

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Storm’s coming

08.18.17 | Commentary, Organizing |  Kai Nagata

Climate chaos, civil strife: a guide to surviving the years ahead Disclaimer: this post contains profanity and themes that may be upsetting to some readers.   I’ve spent the last couple weeks at my family’s fixer-upper farmstead in northern B.C. In retrospect, it was probably the wrong time and place to re-read Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic […]

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