Posts from ‘Organizing’ - Page 11

Strategic voting didn’t defeat Harper. Voter turnout did.

10.23.15 | Commentary, Organizing, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

History rarely repeats itself, but it does rhyme. Long before Justin Trudeau ever contemplated a life in politics, his father stoked the embers of Western alienation that would give rise to the Reform movement. Driven by a fiery hatred for the legacy of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Reform MPs like Stephen Harper led the unified Conservative […]

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You’ve been downgraded to letter-writer!

09.14.15 | Commentary, Let BC Vote, Organizing |  Laura Benson

Revitalizing democracy is hard. Sometimes it means making hard decisions where the correct path isn’t clear. I felt that when it came time to decide whether to submit comments to the National Energy Board (NEB) on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and oil tanker proposal. I was torn. Like my colleague Kai Nagata – and tens […]

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They heard from us anyway – thousands of us

08.31.15 | Actions, Beyond Coal, Commentary, Organizing |  Laura Benson

On a late summer Friday in Ladner, even the local fishmonger was clamouring to give the port authority a piece of his mind. Seven Dogwood Initiative organizers had gathered at the shopping centre where Port Metro Vancouver has its only “community office” to round up last-minute comments from local residents on Fraser Surrey Docks’ proposal […]

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The fox guarding the henhouse

08.13.15 | Actions, Beyond Coal, Commentary |  Laura Benson

Even recent history has a tendency to repeat itself. One year ago, in the depths of August, top bureaucrats at Port Metro Vancouver approved a permit for a new export terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks to ship thermal coal from the U.S. But Fraser Surrey Docks has gone back to the port authority for a […]

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North Shore teams talk strategy, gear up for election

08.05.15 | Actions, Commentary, Organizer Profiles, Organizing |  Guest Writer

By guest writer Sandy Rubin I have been volunteering with Dogwood for close to 2 years. I love the outdoors – hiking, kayaking, biking and camping – and want to make sure our beautiful environment is protected and preserved. I am very concerned about climate change and decided that rather than complain about it I […]

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Why do Conservatives fear Dogwood?

07.20.15 | Actions, Commentary, Election - Canada 2015, Let BC Vote, No Tankers, Organizing, Strategy |  Kai Nagata

Want to make a difference in the federal election? Come work with Dogwood Initiative. At least, that’s what Conservative Party veterans like Stockwell Day and John Duncan seem to be saying. If you needed evidence that our community organizers have pro-tanker incumbents worried, you only had to pick up the local paper in Parksville a […]

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The evolution of an activist

07.15.15 | Beyond Coal, Commentary, Organizer Profiles, Organizing |  Guest Writer

By Dogwood volunteer Lorisa Schouela. Originally printed in Common Ground. One day last July, my life took a decisive turn. The day began much like any other summer Sunday; I ate breakfast and headed to the Kitsilano farmer’s market hauling a bucket of compost. At the entrance to the market, an organizer for Dogwood Initiative, […]

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The Week to End Enbridge

07.02.15 | Actions, Commentary, News, No Tankers |  Sophie Harrison

50+ community events with Pull Together in support of First Nations legal challenges to the Northern Gateway pipeline. Our Dogwood community had a jam packed week in support of this amazing effort from Sierra Club BC and RAVEN. [<a href=”//” target=”_blank”>View the story “The Week to End Enbridge” on Storify</a>]

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