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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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Where is the NDP?

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

By Vote 16 BC campaigner Megan Lawson Less than a year after voting in support of lowering the voting age, the party is M.I.A. In November 2019, I was at the British Columbia New Democratic Party convention. That week, an overwhelming majority of delegates, including then-MLAs and now-candidates, voted to support lowering the voting age […]

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Climate activism in the COVID-19 pandemic

09.01.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary, Organizing |  Katia Bannister

Youth took to the streets in March 2019 to demand climate action. One year later, their activism looks very different. My name is Katia Bannister. I am a seventeen year-old youth climate activist, Vote16BC campaigner and community organizer in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. After months of reading about it online and hearing about […]

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If I could vote

08.14.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary |  Jenny Tindall

How giving youth a ballot will turn the tide on climate Global warming. The rapid decline of our environment. Air pollution. Water pollution. Mass extinction of species. This all feels as though it should only ever be a horrific scene unfolding in a nightmare. We wake up and hope it’s not really happening. Unfortunately, this […]

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#StopHateForProfit

07.01.20 | Actions, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

Dogwood is pausing our spending on Facebook ads Facebook has a notorious reputation. It has undermined democracy through targeted (read: Black) voter suppression and facilitating a breeding ground for bots. It promotes climate change denialism and has been weaponized by white supremacists. It has misrepresented how it manages users’ data. Make no mistake. None of […]

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Representation matters: LGBTQ+ youth deserve the right to vote

06.25.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary |  Katia Bannister

The “queerest generation yet” could change the face of justice and rights for the LGBTQ+ community As a sixteen year-old in the year 2020, I am honestly and rightly terrified of what the future holds for me. In my lifetime I will live out the consequences of inaction on climate change and long-term government debt. […]

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I’m a Black Burnaby student. School officers make me feel unsafe.

06.11.20 | #Vote16BC, Commentary, Op-Ed |  Guest Writer

Guest blog written by Haleluya Hailu, Summit Youth Empowerment Program alum and Vote16 team member. Originally printed in The Burnaby Now.   Re: Liaison programs keep gangs away from Burnaby schools, NOW letters I have to start off and say I am a bit biased. I am black. That’s it. I’ve grown up in Burnaby, […]

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The right to decide my own future

05.20.20 | #Vote16BC, Actions, Commentary, General, Organizing |  Jenny Tindall

Why I joined the #Vote16BC campaign to lower the voting age in B.C. Guest blog by Jenny Tindall, Vote16BC campaigner My name is Jenny Tindall. I am a 16-year-old living in Vancouver, B.C. Growing up, my family has always encouraged me to use my voice and fight for what I believe in. When I was […]

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