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Where are all the women?

09.13.18 | Commentary, Democracy, Proportional Representation | 

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 | 

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 | 

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 | 

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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From cynicism to connection

09.06.18 | Actions, No Tankers, Organizing | 

Summer student organizer Maddie Hague reflects on a summer of social change This summer my friend asked how I liked my new summer job as a Dogwood Organizer. I replied, “I love it — my faith in humanity has been restored!” Like many 30-somethings in the era of climate change and Trump, I’ve felt pretty […]

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The dying of the light

08.21.18 | General, Proportional Representation | 

As democracy enters a dark age, it’s now or never for Pro Rep The Western democratic tradition is pretty long. Whether you trace its roots to the French Revolution, the Iroquois Confederacy or American Independence, it’s a project at least eight generations in the making. But in many countries the great promise of democracy is […]

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Podcast for July 2018: Money-laundering in B.C. — who is to blame?

07.31.18 | Actions, Democracy, Organizing, Podcast | 

In the wake of the explosive Peter German report which connected money-laundering in B.C. to the fentanyl crisis and housing market, we look at reactions from journalists, politicians and the public, talk about who is to blame and discuss the growing calls for a public inquiry. This episode was recorded on unceded Coast Salish territory. […]

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“Fundamentally wrong to put people at this sort of risk”

07.24.18 | No Tankers | 

Westridge resident shares her experience with the Trans Mountain 2007 oil spill On July 24, 2007, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline ruptured, spilling more than 200,000 litres of heavy crude in the Westridge neighbourhood of Burnaby, B.C. SFU business professor Karen Ruckman’s family home was just down the street. She shares their experience with the […]

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