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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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Changing the way people approach decision-making

11.10.20 | Commentary, General, Organizing, Strategy |  Laura Benson

Outgoing Dogwood Board Chair Jennie Milligan reflects on where we have come from and where we are headed next In 2006, recent law school graduate Jennie Milligan was working for the Attorney General’s office, sorting documents in a basement room in downtown Victoria. On her lunch break one day, she went to the Victoria Public […]

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Winners and losers in the B.C. election

10.27.20 | Commentary, Election - BC 2020, News |  Kai Nagata

Voter turnout crashes. The NDP triumphs. Who stands to gain? Winners: NDP strategists Horgan’s election timing was ruthless but effective: the BC Liberals were saddled with a weak leader, the Greens had elected theirs just days earlier – and the public was focused on surviving a pandemic. Horgan offered reassurance, a steady hand on the […]

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We are the official opposition

10.23.20 | Climate, Commentary, Election - BC 2020 |  Alexandra Woodsworth

Under a powerful majority government, it’s up to the people to defend Indigenous rights and the climate The fiery attacks on Mi’kmaq people by commercial fishers in Nova Scotia – and another police raid on Haudenosaunee land defenders in Ontario – could trigger a political crisis for B.C.’s new government on the scale of the […]

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Why labour groups support lowering the voting age

10.16.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary, Election - BC 2020 |  Guest Writer

By Theresa Mah, Vote 16 BC campaigner Already vulnerable workers deserve a voice, and a vote Workers under the age of 18 balance a lot — family time and responsibilities, academics, extracurriculars — on top of one or more jobs that may or may not cover their expenses. One in five British Columbians under 17 […]

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BC Liberals struggle to revive campaign

10.16.20 | Commentary, Election - BC 2020, News |  Kai Nagata

A political dynasty implodes. Where does this leave progressive voters? The right-wing coalition that dominated B.C. politics for the last two decades is in disarray, with no realistic pathway to winning the election on October 24. The party is stalled in the polls. One candidate has been ejected – more may follow. One party official […]

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