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Where are all the women?

09.13.18 | Commentary, Democracy, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

There is one simple way to make politics better: elect more women. Look at these people: To me, with the exception of Christy Clark, B.C.’s former premiers all look the same. None of them look like me — they don’t reflect more than half of B.C.’s population. Not enough has changed since the “founding fathers.” […]

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Clam scam casts a stink over other fishy decisions

09.13.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Minister’s favour to family member raises questions about lucrative DFO contract Justin Trudeau’s greatest feat to date may be his rehabilitation of the Liberal Party brand. Gone is the grubby clique of old-money frat boys, robbing the Canadian taxpayer to line the pockets of their friends and political donors. Hello, hope and change. But the […]

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Lies and losses

09.11.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Sophie Harrison

Trudeau’s broken promises loom large in federal court decision Last month’s Federal Court of Appeal ruling dealt a crushing blow to the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion. The decision was a huge victory for the First Nations — in particular, the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Sto:lo (Aitchelitz, Skowkale Shxwa:y Village, Soowahlie, Squiala, Tzeachten, Yakweakwioose, Skwah, Kwaw-Kwaw-Aplit […]

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No consequences

09.07.18 | Commentary, Proportional Representation |  Lisa Sammartino

Why lying politicians love first-past-the-post Court rulings have a funny way of cutting through political talking points. Last week the Federal Court of Appeal made it clear: Justin Trudeau was bullshitting all along. His government did not honourably or adequately consult B.C. First Nations, and it approved a major oil tanker project without considering the […]

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Target practice

07.23.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Thousands cheer online for activists to be murdered. How long before someone takes it literally? “Next time just cut the cables,” wrote 67-year old John Les on Facebook. He was reacting to a CBC News video of police arresting Greenpeace activists dangling from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. It’s tempting to dismiss Les as an old […]

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SFU preps for Burnaby inferno

06.27.18 | Actions, Campaigns, Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Administrators hold a “forest fire” drill. Students say the real threat is giant tanks of crude oil. Officials at Simon Fraser University held a mock forest fire drill on Tuesday, testing the University’s capacity to react to an out-of-control blaze on the forested slopes of Burnaby Mountain. “Everybody knows what this is about,” said SFU […]

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The Great Divide

06.13.18 | Beyond Coal, Commentary |  Mike Soron

 A geographic rift is emerging between two competing visions for the future. They can’t both win. The fight between B.C. and Alberta over the Trans Mountain oil tanker project may seem unique to Canada’s confederation. It’s not. Across North America, coastal cities bracing for a century of climate chaos are finding themselves at odds with […]

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The tip of an iceberg

06.06.18 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Kai Nagata

Trudeau thinks he’s unsinkable. So did the captain of the Titanic. Justin Trudeau needs to lose just 14 votes in the House of Commons to seriously complicate his dreams of Liberian-flagged oil tankers carrying cheap, toxic bitumen across the Salish sea and off to foreign refineries. On Monday, angry voters stormed more than 100 MP […]

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