Posts by Kai Nagata

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Yes, racism is an environmental issue

10.07.19 | Election - Canada 2019, News |  Kai Nagata

Calls to ‘focus on climate’ above justice or equity are misguided, even dangerous I know what Mike Le Couteur was thinking. When NDP leader Jagmeet Singh stood in Grassy Narrows and vowed to fix the drinking water in Indigenous communities, the Global reporter was following his news instincts. “Are you just writing a blank cheque,” […]

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Greta Thunberg can’t vote. The rich and powerful like it that way.

09.26.19 | #Vote16BC, News |  Kai Nagata

16-year-olds could boost turnout, revive democracy and keep climate top of the political agenda. A century ago, the people in power came up with some truly ridiculous reasons why women shouldn’t vote. Women’s brains were insufficiently developed, anti-suffragists argued. They lacked life experience outside the home. They would simply vote the way their husbands voted. […]

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First Nations head back to court to stop Trans Mountain

09.05.19 | Campaigns, Commentary, Election - Canada 2019, News, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Federal Court of Appeal tosses out cases on climate, orcas and Charter rights of youth In a rare public decision, the Federal Court of Appeal announced that six Indigenous groups can challenge Ottawa’s second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tanker expansion. At the same time, it dismissed applications from two First Nations, […]

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Red Chamber could block a Green New Deal

05.23.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, General, No Tankers, Op-Ed |  Kai Nagata

Canada’s Senate is unelected, unaccountable – and easily swayed by Big Oil Unelected senators in Ottawa are poised to open B.C.’s North Coast to supertankers full of diluted bitumen. By the time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the next election, it’s possible Bill C-48, the crude oil tanker moratorium, will be dead. It’s a chilling […]

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How do we pay for a Green New Deal?

05.08.19 | Campaigns, Climate, Election - Canada 2019, News, Op-Ed |  Kai Nagata

First, stop giving public money to oil and gas companies This week, groups across Canada launched a bold plan to fight the climate crisis. The Green New Deal would cut carbon pollution in half and create a million good-paying jobs. All in the next ten years. Some armchair critics rolled their eyes. “Impossible,” they said. […]

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Fuel supply tight? Make transit free

04.29.19 | Commentary, News, Op-Ed |  Kai Nagata

Jason Kenney is building a “war room”. B.C. needs a wartime mindset of its own During World War II motor fuels were strictly rationed across North America. Everyone pitched in to save precious gasoline and diesel for the fight against fascism. Governments lowered speed limits. Local businesses delivered by bicycle. Citizens took to public transit […]

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When mines poison B.C. waterways, taxpayers swallow the costs

03.27.19 | Commentary, General, Mining |  Kai Nagata

Outdated laws, weak enforcement leave the public on the hook for cleanup The scale of the Mount Polley mine disaster is difficult to comprehend. We’ve read that Imperial Metals dumped 25 billion litres of contaminated slurry into Quesnel Lake, most of which they never recovered. That mud was laced with chemicals including arsenic, mercury, selenium […]

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Burnaby offers a winning recipe for the Left

02.26.19 | Elections |  Kai Nagata

House people, attack billionaires, dance, fight racism. Repeat. When aging McGill debate club bro Justin Trudeau first busted out the baggy pants and Bhangra moves, a certain segment of Canadian progressives got pretty excited. Like Trudeau’s speech at the Paris climate summit, or his gender-balanced cabinet, it seemed like an encouraging sign of wokeness. But […]

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