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Liberals move to outflank the NDP on green issues

08.31.21 | Climate, Commentary, Democracy, Election - Canada 2021 |  Kai Nagata

John Horgan, Rachel Notley make things awkward for federal New Democrats When Justin Trudeau was asked by a reporter why he dodged Indigenous youth who traveled from Fairy Creek to one of his photo ops, the Liberal leader didn’t answer the question. “We recognize there’s a real issue here locally around old growth forests, and […]

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What if B.C. had its own Climate Defence Force?

07.29.21 | Climate, Commentary |  Dave Mills

July 2021 is a good month for international cooperation in the face of the climate crisis  Last weekend a battalion of Mexican firefighters touched down into the inferno that has become the interior of B.C. They’re already on the frontlines in Osoyoos battling one of 250 fires across a province which has called fire-related states-of-emergency […]

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No Idling

06.25.21 | Climate, Commentary, News |  Dave Mills

On the road, record temperatures remind British Columbians how far we’ll have to travel to get past denial. Most every year, in the last few weeks of spring, I head into one of my favourite places in B.C. – the high country above the Thompson River we call the Bonaparte Plateau. Tucked away among hundreds […]

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At this late hour in the climate crisis, every vote matters

06.11.21 | Climate, Commentary, Democracy |  Dave Mills

A razor thin victory at City Hall reminds us how we could lose the climate fight. Late last week, Dogwood caught wind that a seemingly-routine series of staff recommendations to Vancouver City Council contained a poison pill designed to strike at the heart of the city’s Climate Emergency Plan (CEP). In short, the new city […]

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If I can’t be a child, I want the rights of an adult

01.20.21 | #Vote16BC, Commentary, General |  Katia Bannister

Society considers me a woman at the age of seventeen, I want my voting rights to reflect that Working with the Vote 16 BC campaign to lower the voting age in B.C., I hear from a lot of people with a diversity of opinions – on both sides of the debate. And debaters from both […]

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Why teachers support lowering the voting age

12.17.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary |  Guest Writer

BCTF officially endorses the Vote 16 BC campaign By: Daya Charchun, Vote 16 BC campaigner Arguably teachers know firsthand what youth are capable of. They see us at our best and worst and still believe we deserve the right to vote. Why? Because as some of the closest adults in our lives, besides our parents, […]

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The upsides of shutting down Site C

11.27.20 | Climate, Commentary, Local Power |  Dave Mills

Renewables could deliver twice the power at half the price, evening out our losses on the troubled dam Never put all your eggs in one basket. It’s a saying for a reason. Yet over and over again, governments gamble on megaprojects. Even when they know that nine out of ten giant dams and pipelines come […]

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Honey, we need to talk about Site C

11.10.20 | Climate, Commentary, In Depth |  Kai Nagata

Giant dam for fracking companies could double your Hydro bill The Site C dam was supposed to be a gift from B.C. taxpayers to international fracking companies. We would supply them with cheap electricity, they would blast methane gas out of underground shale rock in the province’s northeast. We would get jobs and revenue, they […]

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