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The revolution will be organized

11.04.13 | Organizer Profiles, Organizing |  Celine Trojand

Not long ago comedian Russell Brand took a crack at guest editing the New Statesman, a UK-based political magazine. His subsequent interview with BBC’s Jeremy Paxman saturated my social media feed. He definitely struck a chord with people under thirty – a generation experiencing the widest income inequalities in decades. His message, dripping with self-deprecating […]

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Bringing British Columbians together one conversation at a time

08.23.13 | Organizer Profiles |  Lyndsey Easton

The movement to put British Columbians’ interests before corporate interests never rests and one-on-one conversations are its lifeblood. While many British Columbians were on vacation this summer, summer canvassers Arie Ross and Alain Ndayishimiye have been hard at work hitting the streets in a continued effort to protect our coast – funded by generous donations […]

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Not Barack Obama, but close

07.26.13 | Organizing |  Eric Swanson

It’s a Friday afternoon and I’m walking into the visitor centre of Vancouver’s Van Dusen botanical gardens, a building whose unique, undulating curves of wood were inspired by the shape of an orchid’s leaves. One of the gardens’ fundraisers describes the building as an “entryway into a world of knowledge.” It’s an appropriately descriptive phrase. […]

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Taking the leap: Election team captain dishes on her experience

06.26.13 | Election - BC 2013, Organizer Profiles, Organizing |  Dogwood

I’ve always loved nature, but in my home of the U.K. we’ve pretty much removed all the wilderness we had, including 90 per cent of the forest and all of the large mammals except deer. When I moved to B.C. in 2011 to experience the big outdoors on a working holiday visa, I couldn’t believe […]

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Face-to-face with Enbridge

02.12.13 | No Tankers, Organizer Profiles |  Dogwood

Terry Dance-Bennink is a breast cancer survivor who volunteers with the Canadian Cancer Society and local environmental groups. She’s a former vice-president academic of an Ontario community college and a writer/personal historian. With some trepidation, I signed up to speak at the Enbridge hearings in Victoria last January. I felt I had a duty to […]

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Singing for our coast

01.15.13 | No Tankers, Organizer Profiles |  Lyndsey Easton

Once a month on a Sunday afternoon, Janet Silman joins about 12 other women in the living room of a Central Saanich home. They start with tea and coffee, sometimes with fruit or chocolate, and then begin with an opening: a question for the group, a political discussion or perhaps a Mary Oliver poem. Soon […]

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Knock the Vote, Victoria!

01.15.13 | Election - BC 2013, No Tankers, Organizing |  Celine Trojand

Victoria cooled to a chilly -2 C on Friday after the hottest activist-driven day of 2013 thus far: eight days of Enbridge hearings in Victoria had wrapped, rallies and flotillas occupied the harbour and Idle No More protests converged in Victoria’s Centennial Square. Dogwood, however, had one last action up its sleeve. As dusk set […]

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Presenters in Victoria tell review panel to say no to Enbridge — 253 times

01.15.13 | Actions, No Tankers |  Emma Gilchrist

“This didn’t occur to me – I mean that I would react this way. I’m an ex-Marine. I don’t do this,” Bill Gaylord said, choking back tears, as he addressed the panel reviewing Enbridge’s oil tanker and pipeline proposal last week in Victoria. It was a particularly poignant moment amongst seven days worth of poignant […]

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