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What happens when industries regulate themselves?

01.10.18 | Actions, Commentary, Democracy, General |  Lisa Sammartino

We have a rare opportunity to help ensure disasters like Mount Polley never happen again. Imagine this. In your small town, a company is using a local quarry as a landfill. The landfill is upstream from where your community of 12,000 people get their drinking water and you are fairly sure the water is becoming […]

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She’s not your ‘Climate Barbie’

11.15.17 | Commentary, General, No Tankers, Organizing |  Lisa Sammartino

Do not let sexism weaken us. If we want to beat Big Oil, we need to come together. Here is a reply to one of Dogwood’s tweets from yesterday: At Dogwood we try to focus on the issues. And while we differ with some female politicians on their policies, that’s where it ends. At policies. […]

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Meet Babin

11.06.17 | Organizer Profiles, Organizing |  Cheryl Cameron

Dogwood’s Cheryl Cameron chats with one our newest volunteers in North Vancouver-Lonsdale   You’ve mentioned you did some advocacy work in Nepal. Can you tell me about that? I went to a boarding school in Kathmandu. My grandfather was one of the founding members of the Nepalese Congress party, it was a democratic front. They […]

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The extraordinary power to make change

10.13.17 | Actions, Commentary, Organizing |  Guest Writer

A Dogwood volunteer, Raza Mirza, explains why he is voting in Vancouver’s October 14 by-election, and every election for that matter That night there was a special excitement in my home — everyone was jammed in front of the television waiting. We lived in a large, multi-generational family home. At some point later that evening, […]

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Podcast for October 2017: Knocktober

10.16.17 | Actions, Ban Big Money, Democracy, Organizing, Podcast |  Anna Barford

Happy Knocktober! This month Dogwood’s remote organizer, Anna Barford, takes over the podcast to talk about the month-long push to gather support for a Corruption Inquiry. Anna talks to four volunteers who have signed up to knock their block — from trophy hunting to Kinder Morgan to fish farms, they tell us how they see […]

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Meet Terry Robinson

10.02.17 | Organizer Profiles |  Arielle Houghton

Engagement is a process “I almost couldn’t believe it when I turned to Dave at our last event and said: I love this.” Meet Terry Robinson. She’s been a critical member of Dogwood for as long as a team has existed in the Comox Valley. “Dave and I were tabling together at the local Farmers’ […]

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Why we continue to organize

08.24.17 | Organizer Profiles, Organizing |  Arielle Houghton

Four Dogwood organizers reflect on victories and next steps Arielle H., provincial organizer For years I’ve listened to friends, acquaintances and colleagues say “I can feel it: we’re on the verge of a major shift.” They were talking about a paradigm shift to a more just and sustainable society. At first I agreed with them […]

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Storm’s coming

08.18.17 | Commentary, Organizing |  Kai Nagata

Climate chaos, civil strife: a guide to surviving the years ahead Disclaimer: this post contains profanity and themes that may be upsetting to some readers.   I’ve spent the last couple weeks at my family’s fixer-upper farmstead in northern B.C. In retrospect, it was probably the wrong time and place to re-read Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic […]

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