Posts by Kai Nagata

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Young voters key to winning Pro Rep

10.03.18 | Campaigns, Proportional Representation |  Kai Nagata

Top priority for reform supporters? Connecting with British Columbians under 35. “British Columbians split on whether to change our voting system,” announced the News 1130 headline after the latest Angus Reid poll. “It looks like the upcoming referendum on changing our voting system is going to be a toss up.” But dive into the demographics […]

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Five ways B.C. eats its young

09.19.18 | General |  Kai Nagata

Our system was built for boomers. They will fight to preserve it. My parents are 62 and 64. I love them. But sometimes I resent their generation. Baby boomers love to talk about how hard they worked to get where they are today. How they “scrimped and saved.” How they made good choices. The reality […]

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Clam scam casts a stink over other fishy decisions

09.13.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Minister’s favour to family member raises questions about lucrative DFO contract Justin Trudeau’s greatest feat to date may be his rehabilitation of the Liberal Party brand. Gone is the grubby clique of old-money frat boys, robbing the Canadian taxpayer to line the pockets of their friends and political donors. Hello, hope and change. But the […]

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Target practice

07.23.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Thousands cheer online for activists to be murdered. How long before someone takes it literally? “Next time just cut the cables,” wrote 67-year old John Les on Facebook. He was reacting to a CBC News video of police arresting Greenpeace activists dangling from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. It’s tempting to dismiss Les as an old […]

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SFU preps for Burnaby inferno

06.27.18 | Actions, Campaigns, Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Administrators hold a “forest fire” drill. Students say the real threat is giant tanks of crude oil. Officials at Simon Fraser University held a mock forest fire drill on Tuesday, testing the University’s capacity to react to an out-of-control blaze on the forested slopes of Burnaby Mountain. “Everybody knows what this is about,” said SFU […]

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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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