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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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Spills are an ocean away — until they’re not

01.17.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

Tragic tanker sinking lays bare the true risk Kinder Morgan poses to British Columbia Leaving an ocean of fire, and the largest oil spill since 1991 in its wake, MV Sanchi exploded Sunday, January 15, and sank to the bottom of the Pacific. As state resources from two of Asia’s most powerful countries stood by […]

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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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An attack on local decision-making

12.08.17 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Sophie Harrison

Trudeau government teams up with Texas pipeline company to try to crush Burnaby, B.C. jurisdiction Kinder Morgan thinks it’s above the law. What’s far more disturbing is that apparently the Canadian government does too. It began this summer, when the Texas pipeline company illegally installed anti-spawning nets in B.C. riverbeds. The National Energy Board did […]

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Jim and Rachel’s dangerous adventure

12.05.17 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

‘Progressive’ politicians enter hazardous territory lobbying the Vancouver Board of Trade behind closed doors I find it distasteful — and disturbing — when supposedly left-leaning politicians prostrate themselves at the feet of financiers and industrialists. Last Thursday’s keynote addresses by Jim Carr, Rachel Notley and Ian Anderson to the Vancouver Board of Trade’s “Access, Partnerships […]

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Video: Kinder Morgan’s razor wired fortress

11.17.17 | Commentary, General, No Tankers |  Sophie Harrison

Image source: Twitter, @BCSeaWolves No Tankers campaigner, Sophie Harrison, with an update on Kinder Morgan’s plans to move forward with their oil tanker expansion.  Take action to protect B.C. from Kinder Morgan now by sending a letter to Premier John Horgan demanding he hold the company accountable for their illegal salmon spawning mats.

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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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