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How much is too much?

06.29.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary |  Lisa Sammartino

What is the gold standard for Ban Big Money laws? Nobody can accuse Christy Clark and the BC Liberals of not trying. They opened their first, and only, week in Victoria by dangling two juicy carrots in front of the opposition parties — one bill to give the Green Party official party status and one […]

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BC Liberals vow to Ban Big Money

06.22.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Corruption Inquiry, Election - BC 2017 |  Lisa Sammartino

After 16 years of “legalized bribery,” a public apology and some light grovelling. Last fall I sat down and wrote out a timeline of goals for the Ban Big Money campaign. I hoped all three major political parties in B.C. would include a ban on corporate, union and out-of-province donations in their campaign platforms before […]

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For which nation and in whose interest?

06.13.17 | Commentary, No Tankers, Organizing |  Dave Mills

Don’t be fooled by the “national interest” narrative. Trans Mountain’s expansion is for the one per cent. In my 43 years living in this great country, I have never seen so much meddling into the affairs of a province as the full frontal assault taking place against the soon-to-be-sworn-in government of B.C. Let’s be clear. […]

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B.C. forced to watch its own back — again

06.10.17 | Commentary, General, No Tankers |  Christina Smethurst

Trying to push British Columbians around won’t get Notley and Trudeau the pipeline they want — and neither will anything else Photo: thestar.com When England’s Model Parliament was first called in 1295, King Edward the First wrote a writ of summons calling for citizens across the land to join him. On the note it said […]

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Did Big Money actually influence decision-making in B.C.?

06.08.17 | Ban Big Money, Commentary, Corruption Inquiry, Election - BC 2017 |  Lisa Sammartino

Update: this post was written on June 8, 2017. Since then the ruling BC Liberal party received a vote of non-confidence and the BC NDP, led by John Horgan as premier, has taken power. The new government, with the support of the BC Green caucus, has stated that Ban Big Money laws will be one […]

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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

06.07.17 | Commentary, No Tankers |  Don Gordon

Photo: goo.gl/JACPcv Healthy oceans keep humans alive — destroy them and we destroy ourselves “Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent […]

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British Columbia vs. the Deep State

06.02.17 | Commentary, Democracy, Election - BC 2017, No Tankers |  Dave Mills

A slim majority of BC MLA’s oppose TMX — cue the backlash In the dying days of his administration before the pivotal inauguration of John Kennedy, outgoing Republican president Dwight Eisenhower sounded a note of caution, the echoes of which we would do well to reflect upon today. “In the councils of government, we must […]

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

06.01.17 | Commentary, Election - BC 2017, No Tankers |  Will Horter

Twelve hours of Kinder Morgan When they walked in front of the cameras with smiles that threatened to crack their faces, my heart fluttered. As they began talking about a new era of cooperation in British Columbia and their agreement to “use all available tools to stop Kinder Morgan,” Ban Big Money and bring in […]

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