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SNC-Lavalin tentacles reach deep into B.C.

02.25.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry |  Lisa Sammartino

Banned internationally, jailed in Quebec, controversial in Ottawa — but it’s business as usual in B.C. It isn’t a surprise to anyone familiar with the company that SNC-Lavalin is back in the news again. The allegations coming out of Ottawa against the engineering giant are fascinating, but not shocking. SNC-Lavalin featured prominently in Quebec’s Charbonneau […]

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When the NEB says yes

02.18.19 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

The Harper-Trudeau NEB is about to issue another oil tanker approval. Here’s what I won’t do. They say there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. I’ll add one more. This week the National Energy Board will once again rubber stamp the Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tanker project. The Prime Minister’s […]

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Mayors, councillors demand corruption inquiry

02.15.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry |  Lisa Sammartino

Reeling from the impacts of money-laundering, cities look to the Premier for real action This week city councils in Richmond, Vancouver and Victoria unanimously passed motions of support for a public inquiry into money laundering. This sends a clear and significant message to the provincial government about its priorities for 2019. Together the three cities […]

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Why are taxpayers stuck with crippling climate costs?

02.12.19 | Actions, Commentary, Election - Canada 2019, Organizing |  Dave Mills

Time to shift the blame where it belongs: billionaires, bankers and Big Oil On January 28, I joined Dogwood’s Comox Valley volunteers at Courtenay City Hall. We were there to hear Andrew Gage describe why coal, oil and gas companies should help pay for the damage their products are inflicting on our communities. Andrew is […]

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How can you help launch a public inquiry?

02.07.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry, Strategy |  Lisa Sammartino

MLAs, of all political stripes, need to know how serious this is The calls are growing. The Mayor of Port Coquitlam, the BC Government and Service Employees Union, a former crown prosecutor, a Vancouver city councillor, a money-laundering expert — all clamouring for a public inquiry into money laundering. When we launched our call for a […]

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No time to waste

01.31.19 | Beyond Coal, Commentary, Corruption Inquiry, Democracy, No Tankers |  Lisa Sammartino

After Nanaimo win, BC NDP can’t take progressive voters for granted With Sheila Malcolmson’s big win in Nanaimo’s by-election yesterday, the BC NDP are no doubt walking a little taller today. After all, the governing party rarely wins by-elections. The BC Liberals poured significant resources into the riding. Malcolmson was behind in the polls. The […]

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Rotten to the core

01.23.19 | Commentary, Corruption Inquiry |  Lisa Sammartino

When did the B.C. legislature become a nest of greed and corruption? Time to find out what previous Speakers hid from the public. Isn’t it amazing what comes out when the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly is not beholden to a political party? Darryl Plecas, MLA for Abbotsford South, was booted out of the BC […]

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A citizens’ guide to the Nanaimo by-election

01.10.19 | Commentary, Elections |  Arie Ross

This is more than just a by-election. The results could decide B.C.’s future. The stability of B.C.’s government hangs on a by-election in Nanaimo later this month. Tony Harris is the BC Liberal candidate in the riding. He is a self-proclaimed real estate speculator and businessman who got his start working for his father’s chain […]

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