Posts by Lisa Sammartino

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Who’s afraid of Pro Rep?

10.19.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

 And what exactly are they so worried about?   “A proportional representation system will elect neo-nazis and right-wing extremists.” “This system is too confusing for regular people to understand.” “Under Pro Rep, rural communities will have no representation.” There is a lot of misinformation about Pro Rep flying around right now. (We’ve debunked these myths […]

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We are the company we keep

10.17.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

Radical right-wing extremists are elected under first-past-the-post. Huh. You’ve probably heard this: proportional representation will elect more far-right extremists, white supremacists, sexists and general bad guys. It’s the No-to-pro-rep side’s favourite (only?) argument. They cite recent examples of Poland, Hungary and Austria to prove their claims. Part of this is true. Poland, Hungary and Austria […]

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One simple way to make politics suck less

09.19.18 | General |  Lisa Sammartino

Elect women. Especially young women. Look at these people:   To me, apart from Christy Clark, they all look like my dad and three of my uncles. None of B.C.’s former premiers look like me, and I’m going to guess they don’t look like you. Call it another form of manspreading. When it comes to […]

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Where are all the women?

09.13.18 | Commentary, Democracy, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

There is one simple way to make politics better: elect more women. Look at these people: To me, with the exception of Christy Clark, B.C.’s former premiers all look the same. None of them look like me — they don’t reflect more than half of B.C.’s population. Not enough has changed since the “founding fathers.” […]

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No consequences

09.07.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

Why lying politicians love first-past-the-post Court rulings have a funny way of cutting through political talking points. Last week the Federal Court of Appeal made it clear: Justin Trudeau was bullshitting all along. His government did not honourably or adequately consult B.C. First Nations, and it approved a major oil tanker project without considering the […]

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“Call in the cops” — B.C. wants action on money-laundering

06.27.18 | Ban Big Money, Democracy, Media |  Lisa Sammartino

For immediate release June 27, 2018 “CALL IN THE COPS” — BRITISH COLUMBIANS WANT ACTION ON MONEY-LAUNDERING VANCOUVER — British Columbians are calling for a dedicated anti-corruption task force, like the UPAC police unit in Quebec, to investigate connections between money-laundering, drug dealers, major political donors and B.C. politicians. “Today’s release of the first German […]

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Podcast for June 2018: Trans Mountain Q&A

06.19.18 | Actions, No Tankers, Organizing, Podcast |  Lisa Sammartino

Do you have questions about the government’s buyout of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker expansion project? We hosted a live Trans Mountain Q&A on Facebook to address Dogwood supporters’ most pressing Trans Mountain questions. This episode was recorded on unceded Coast Salish territory. Take Action Because the Trans Mountain deal was negotiated behind closed doors, […]

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Podcast for April 2018: When pipelines and tankers spill…

04.27.18 | Actions, No Tankers, Podcast |  Lisa Sammartino

The B.C. government filed a reference case to the province’s highest court to prove their jurisdiction to protect local people from diluted bitumen. And they want to hear from you (yes, you!) about oil spill response. Your hosts Lisa and Sophie are joined by two very special guests — West Coast Environmental Law’s Stephanie Hewson, […]

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