Posts by Lisa Sammartino

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Why are B.C.’s carbon emissions still climbing?

01.18.18 | Commentary, Democracy |  Lisa Sammartino

Big polluters gave big donations to B.C. politicians Rumour has it, during one winter vacation in Hawaii, Premier Gordon Campbell read Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers. That, combined with an eye-opening trip to China and the stark realization about the challenges (storms, pine beetle, forest fires) his province was facing, initiated a change in thinking […]

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What happens when industries regulate themselves?

01.10.18 | Actions, Commentary, Democracy, General |  Lisa Sammartino

We have a rare opportunity to help ensure disasters like Mount Polley never happen again. Imagine this. In your small town, a company is using a local quarry as a landfill. The landfill is upstream from where your community of 12,000 people get their drinking water and you are fairly sure the water is becoming […]

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Podcast for December 2017: The year in review and the battles ahead

12.20.17 | Ban Big Money, Beyond Coal, General, No Tankers, Podcast |  Lisa Sammartino

For many British Columbians, 2017 was challenging. So why are we filled with optimism for the new year? From Kinder Morgan to U.S. thermal coal exports to democratic renewal, tune in to find out what opportunities we see for British Columbia in 2018.   Invest in Dogwood. Become a monthly donor.   Subscribe to our […]

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She’s not your ‘Climate Barbie’

11.15.17 | Commentary, General, No Tankers, Organizing |  Lisa Sammartino

Do not let sexism weaken us. If we want to beat Big Oil, we need to come together. Here is a reply to one of Dogwood’s tweets from yesterday: At Dogwood we try to focus on the issues. And while we differ with some female politicians on their policies, that’s where it ends. At policies. […]

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After the smoke clears

11.14.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

As climate crises threaten our home more and more frequently, British Columbians need to know — does the government have our back? As a teenager, I used to jog every day. Then, during one run, I got so sick, I stopped running altogether. The smoke was so thick that summer, I became physically ill from […]

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British Columbians demand urgent action to clean up local politics

10.26.17 | Ban Big Money, Media |  Lisa Sammartino

For Immediate Release October 26, 2017 BRITISH COLUMBIANS DEMAND URGENT ACTION TO CLEAN UP LOCAL POLITICS Legislature has until November 30 to bring in much-needed reforms VANCOUVER — Voters across British Columbia want to see corporate, union and out-of-province donations banned in municipal campaigns before next year’s election, a new survey by Insights West has […]

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BC Liberals rolled the dice with taxpayers’ trust

10.23.17 | Ban Big Money |  Lisa Sammartino

From money-laundering casinos to sweetheart deals for donors, B.C.’s last government left a lot of unanswered questions on the table In July 2015, B.C.’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) grew suspicious after noticing some sketchy activity at River Rock Casino and Resort. The Richmond gambling facility had been accepting huge bundles of $20 bills […]

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Report Cards are in!

09.19.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

How do you think the new Ban Big Money bills stack up against the gold standard? Here are our assessments:   Find out more about what the gold standard for Ban Big Money looks like.

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