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Why is BC Hydro blocking a renewable revolution?

01.30.20 | Climate, General, In Depth, Local Power, Op-Ed | 

Local communities could generate affordable, clean power – and free themselves from fossil fuels. To an energy monopoly, that’s a threat. In the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, groundbreaking research by one of the best scientific teams ever assembled concluded that if we act right now, we have both the time and technology to stabilize […]

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Old-school politics won’t save us from climate chaos. Here’s what might.

01.24.20 | Campaigns, Climate, Democracy, Elections, News | 

Odds favour a B.C. election in 2020. How can we force cooperation on the defining issue of our lives?   Here’s a prediction for 2020: British Columbians will head back to the polls. The NDP promised to make life more affordable, and now they’ve cut bridge tolls, daycare costs and MSP premiums. Premier Horgan still […]

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When will climate change have its Nuremberg moment?

01.06.20 | General | 

At the core of our democracy is a simple idea: nobody is above the law. Whether it’s murderous generals facing judges in the Hague’s austere courtrooms or corrupt executives on trial for bribery and fraud, the world’s worst criminals are supposed to face justice. So what about the people knowingly unleashing a global catastrophe? Over […]

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Webinar: Adam Olsen on the passage of B.C.’s UNDRIP law

12.18.19 | Climate, Democracy, In Depth, Media, Mining, Podcast | 

How might the Declaration Act affect forestry, mining, Site C or other projects on the B.C. landscape? After Bill 41 became law, we had a chance to sit down for an hour with Adam Olsen, Tsartlip Nation member and MLA for Saanich North and the Islands. Topics included: How Indigenous languages offer a different perspective […]

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Jonathan Wilkinson: the Minister of Greenwash

12.11.19 | Campaigns, Climate, Election - Canada 2019, No Tankers, Op-Ed | 

After working for ExxonMobil and Shell, it looks like his job now is to grow Canada’s oil sands After the 2019 federal election, Alberta premier Jason Kenney laid out his demands for Ottawa. He wanted Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, whom he called “anti-pipeline,” replaced with someone the oil companies could trust. Prime Minister Trudeau tapped […]

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Federal government hiding true cost of Trans Mountain pipeline

12.10.19 | Campaigns, Media, No Tankers | 

Petition Launched Demanding Full Disclosure For Immediate Release Vancouver, December 10, 2019— A growing number of voices, including First Nations, economists and environmental organizations, are demanding the Federal government release its updated cost for building the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX). The Federal government has not provided information to Canadians—who, as taxpayers, are on the hook […]

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The road to reforming mining in B.C.

12.06.19 | Campaigns, Mining, News | 

2019 brought partial victories, but the hard work lies ahead This week B.C. ministers George Heyman and Doug Donaldson announced the provincial government would end logging in the “donut hole,” an unprotected piece of the Skagit River headwaters next to Manning Park. But Imperial Metals still holds a mining tenure in the same area, and […]

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Throne Speech climate commitments dwarfed by spending on Trans Mountain

12.05.19 | Election - Canada 2019, Media, No Tankers | 

OTTAWA – The Liberal government plans to spend five times more on pipeline construction this year than fighting climate change, according to new calculations from B.C. nonprofit Dogwood. Thursday’s throne speech laid out a series of climate commitments drawn from the Liberal platform, which total $816 million in budget year 2020-21. Over the same period, […]

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