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Podcast for March 2018: The dark underbelly of B.C.

03.30.18 | Democracy, Podcast |  Lisa Sammartino

With dirty money pouring into Vancouver casinos, luxury car dealers and real estate market, Attorney General David Eby heads to Ottawa to ask for help. Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating Trump Tower Vancouver. And it turns out the worldwide Facebook data scandal got its start in B.C. Sure, we live in a beautiful province – […]

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The Facebook scandal comes home to B.C.

03.21.18 | Commentary, Democracy |  Lisa Sammartino

Victoria-born whistleblower worked for Trump – and Trudeau. Did a firm linked to Wylie help the BC Liberals too? Facebook is under fire this week for a major data breach orchestrated by a shadowy firm called Cambridge Analytica. The American-British company used people’s personal information to influence more than 200 elections around the world. And […]

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The Dogwood Podcast

03.13.18 | Ban Big Money, Beyond Coal, Democracy, No Tankers, Podcast |  Dogwood

Made with love in beautiful B.C., the Dogwood Podcast brings you to the front lines of the biggest political battles around our province’s land, air and water. Through stories and strategy, our guests will give you the tools to make a difference in your community.   March 2018: The dark underbelly of B.C. With dirty […]

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Guess who’s back?

03.13.18 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Democracy |  Lisa Sammartino

No joke — Christy Clark is giving advice on feminism, Kinder Morgan and real estate. “If Kinder Morgan happens, if LNG happens, Canada – not just British Columbia and Alberta, not just Indigenous communities — every single Canadian is going to be a whole lot richer.” – Christy Clark, February 10, 2018 Look again at […]

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FBI investigates Vancouver Trump Tower money flow

03.06.18 | Commentary, Democracy |  Lisa Sammartino

Developers also major B.C. political donors Vancouver’s Trump Tower opened in February 2017, just weeks after the new President was sworn in. The 63-storey building, bearing the name “TRUMP” in gold embossed letters, soon became a beacon for protestors. But like most Trump-branded buildings, Trump and his family do not actually own the tower. They […]

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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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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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