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What happened to Vancouver’s civic left?

I’m writing this column in somewhat of a daze of sleep deprivation and euphoria. Our second son, Camilo, was born a week ago. Our little family of four can’t afford to live in Vancouver. But we’re doing it anyway, with our 750 or so square feet downtown. After our first son was born, we gave…

Homeless man begging on the streets of Vancouver. | Photo by Mohammadali F.

Spike in homelessness numbers show Vancouver needs a better vision

We’re just over six months from municipal elections in BC, so it’s time to pivot this column’s focus toward city politics. Here in Vancouver, Mayor Gregor Robertson looks to be headed for a three-peat in November. Count me out of the victory party. There are serious problems in this city, namely gaping inequality and a…

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Harper’s unfair Elections Act must be stopped

Stephen Harper is trying to rewrite the rules around elections in Canada, and we can’t afford to let him get away with it. The prime minister won a majority government in 2011 with 39 per cent of votes, which were cast by a mere 61 per cent of eligible voters. He doesn’t need either of…

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An example worth following:
The life and politics of Tony Benn

It’s the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you’re mad, then dangerous, then there’s a pause and then you can’t find anyone who disagrees with you. Tony Benn The world is a little bit darker place this week, after the death of Tony Benn, a shining light of progressive politics…

Protesters brave the weather at the Salish Sea Winter gathering on Feb. 22 | Photo by Jennifer Costro

Facing off against Big Oil: Why I write

Everyone who thinks seriously about the world’s ecological crisis and in particular the threats posed by climate change must end up asking themselves some variation of these two questions: what if it is too late to avert catastrophic and runaway climate change? And, how can we possibly defeat the forces arrayed against us, starting with…

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Imagining an NDP leadership race to fill B.C.’s political void

The BC NDP leadership race got a little less interesting this week, with Point Grey MLA David Eby’s announcing that he would not be running for the job after all. Eby, a fresh face in the caucus who defeated Christy Clark in her own riding, gave a very good reason for his decision: his partner…