Posts by Kai Nagata

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The battle plan: make bread, phone grandma, fight Big Oil

03.27.20 | Commentary, Local Power, News |  Kai Nagata

While Canadians stay home, corporate lobbyists are working overtime to siphon off federal cash This morning my son and I tied twine to the four corners of a plastic bag. We taped the string to a dead battery and threw it off the porch. A parachute! That bought my partner and me an hour to […]

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COVID-19: Lessons from our grandparents

03.19.20 | Commentary, News |  Kai Nagata

The “greatest generation” endured WWII. Now it’s our turn to defend them – and our health care system During World War II most Canadians were not on the front lines, like health care workers are today. Instead, people supported the fight against fascism from home. Today, as COVID-19 preys on our elders and vulnerable neighbours, […]

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The dominos were falling long before COVID-19

03.10.20 | Climate, Op-Ed |  Kai Nagata

Canada needs to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on a dying industry The future of the oil industry is collapsing before our eyes. This is the worst moment in history to be plowing billions of public dollars into heavy-oil expansion projects like Trans Mountain. Albertans are right to be terrified. Their economy is being battered by global […]

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Land, money and markets: three things every pipeline needs

02.15.20 | Climate, Commentary, Local Power |  Kai Nagata

Indigenous solidarity is part of a powerful three-pronged strategy to stop fossil fuel expansion Long after the last pipeline has been dug up and recycled, Wet’suwet’en people will decide what happens on their lands through their own chosen system of governance. Chiefs’ names like Na’moks, Lho’imggin and Gisday’wa will be handed down in the feast […]

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Wet’suwet’en raids spell trouble for the BC NDP

02.11.20 | Climate, Commentary, News |  Kai Nagata

Like Idle No More in 2013, the battle for Wet’suwet’en land has set events in motion no government can control “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.” Martin Luther King Jr. wrote those […]

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Old-school politics won’t save us from climate chaos. Here’s what might.

01.24.20 | Campaigns, Climate, Democracy, Elections, News |  Kai Nagata

Odds favour a B.C. election in 2020. How can we force cooperation on the defining issue of our lives?   Here’s a prediction for 2020: British Columbians will head back to the polls. The NDP promised to make life more affordable, and now they’ve cut bridge tolls, daycare costs and MSP premiums. Premier Horgan still […]

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Webinar: Adam Olsen on the passage of B.C.’s UNDRIP law

12.18.19 | Climate, Democracy, In Depth, Media, Mining, Podcast |  Kai Nagata

How might the Declaration Act affect forestry, mining, Site C or other projects on the B.C. landscape? After Bill 41 became law, we had a chance to sit down for an hour with Adam Olsen, Tsartlip Nation member and MLA for Saanich North and the Islands. Topics included: How Indigenous languages offer a different perspective […]

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Youth climate strikers welcome North Van MP to new portfolio

11.20.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, Media |  Kai Nagata

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2019 Youth climate strikers welcome North Van MP to new portfolio Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has 100 days to show he’s serious MUSQUEAM, SQUAMISH, TSLEIL-WAUTUTH TERRITORIES – Organizers of the largest mass demonstration in recent B.C. history say Jonathan Wilkinson must show he takes the climate crisis seriously, or face […]

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