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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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Why Trudeau better hope Kinder Morgan is bluffing

07.27.17 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Without proportional voting, pipeline backlash could hit Liberals hard in 2019 Poring over polling data from the plush confines of the Prime Minister’s Office, Liberal strategists could be forgiven for underestimating the troubles looming in the far reaches of their electoral empire. Justin Trudeau, when not posing for the cover of Rolling Stone, has settled […]

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Podcast for June 2017: Where is this ship headed?

06.15.17 | Actions, Ban Big Money, Beyond Coal, Citizens' Initiative, Election - BC 2017, No Tankers, Podcast, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

In the first episode since the provincial election, B.C. is still in rocky waters. SFU political scientist David Moscrop joins host Kai Nagata to explain what’s going on in the legislature and what could happen next. Director of Organizing Laura Benson hops aboard to explain what’s happening with the Citizens’ Initiative now that a new […]

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Kinder Morgan admits its pipeline may be doomed

05.27.17 | Commentary, General, In Depth, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Risk disclosure warns investors: be prepared to lose it all It’s a rare dose of honesty from a company with a history of bending the truth. Kinder Morgan filed a final prospectus this week with securities regulators, setting the stage for a last-ditch attempt to raise enough cash to build its Trans Mountain expansion project. […]

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Healing the election wounds

05.16.17 | Commentary, Election - BC 2017 |  Kai Nagata

The battle is over. Time to build toward collaboration. You don’t run for the Liberals or Greens in a riding like Vancouver Hastings if you intend to become an MLA. On Tuesday night, the NDP’s Shane Simpson won re-election with nearly 60 per cent of the vote. Given that reality, I was impressed to see […]

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