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In Burnaby North-Seymour, a giant on the hillside

10.03.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, No Tankers | 

Trans Mountain looms large over this election. Where do our local candidates stand? “I’m really into politics,” my eight year old has declared. I guess it’s not surprising, given that his mom works for Dogwood. But Leo’s newfound interest and his older brother Henry’s growing interest in joining other youth fighting for climate action is […]

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Fishing for votes in Courtenay-Alberni

10.02.19 | Election - Canada 2019, News | 

In politics, like on the river, local knowledge goes a long way Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay. The Puntledge. The Stamp. The Englishman. Autumn is a time of reckoning in towns along the banks of Vancouver Island’s legendary salmon rivers. As the icons of B.C. return home they bring news about the state of the world. […]

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What do we do with this momentum?

09.28.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, News | 

After years of groundwork, youth have pushed climate to the top of the national agenda. What comes next? Close to a million Canadians in the street. Groundbreaking resolutions passed at the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference. Politicians tripping over each other to appear as environmental champions. The climate movement has never seen a moment like […]

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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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