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Greta Thunberg can’t vote. The rich and powerful like it that way.

09.26.19 | #Vote16BC, News | 

16-year-olds could boost turnout, revive democracy and keep climate top of the political agenda. A century ago, the people in power came up with some truly ridiculous reasons why women shouldn’t vote. Women’s brains were insufficiently developed, anti-suffragists argued. They lacked life experience outside the home. They would simply vote the way their husbands voted. […]

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Jason Kenney’s Un-Canadian Witch Hunt

09.13.19 | Climate, Media, News | 

Alberta premier announces crackdown on climate groups In September 2019, oil evangelist Jason Kenney launched a witch hunt – complete with a snitch line, a bully pulpit and a taxpayer-funded public inquiry. Kenney isn’t targeting women suspected of using black magic, like the Puritans of the 1600s. Or supposed Cold War Communists like infamous U.S. […]

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Who gets to lead?

09.12.19 | #Vote16BC, Campaigns | 

B.C. youth leaders get ready for the fight of their lives “Greta Thunberg is clearly mentally unstable,” tweeted Maxime Bernier, former cabinet minister and leader of the far-right People’s Party of Canada. “Not only autistic, but obsessive-compulsive, eating disorder, depression and lethargy, and she lives in a constant state of fear.” Just days earlier, a […]

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A crisis of imagination

09.10.19 | Campaigns, Climate, Commentary, Election - Canada 2019 | 

The spirit Canada needs to fight climate change is missing in action On September 10, 1939, Canada officially declared war on Germany. The vote to support that declaration occurred in Parliament two weeks earlier. It could not have been easy. The Canadian economy was only just recovering from the Great Depression. There had been no […]

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First Nations head back to court to stop Trans Mountain

09.05.19 | Campaigns, Commentary, Election - Canada 2019, News, No Tankers | 

Federal Court of Appeal tosses out cases on climate, orcas and Charter rights of youth In a rare public decision, the Federal Court of Appeal announced that six Indigenous groups can challenge Ottawa’s second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline and oil tanker expansion. At the same time, it dismissed applications from two First Nations, […]

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Into the climate crisis: a British Columbia journey

08.02.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, In Depth, News | 

While families wait for salmon, floods wash out roads – and a year-old fire smoulders B.C. Day is a chance to count our blessings. So far this summer we haven’t faced infernos racing through our valleys, scorching forests and animals, and pushing people from their homes. While Europe bakes in record temperatures and fires rage […]

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Meet the luckiest billionaire in Canada

07.30.19 | Campaigns, Climate, Democracy, General, Mining, News | 

Murray Edwards is having a very good week, thanks to your tax dollars What do the Calgary Flames hockey team, the Mount Polley mine and the Trans Mountain oil tanker project have in common? They are all propped up with public money – and they all stand to make billionaire Murray Edwards even richer. The […]

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The rise of the petro-nationalists

07.05.19 | Commentary, Democracy, Election - Canada 2019, General | 

Photo credit: Andrew Forget How long will Canadians sit back and take what the “War Room” is dishing? Over the last couple of years, the tension over how to manage fossil fuel-induced climate change within provinces and states in North America has reached a boiling point. The petro-identity Conservatives have constructed for themselves faces an […]

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