Civic Voices

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DTES Local Area Plan pleases, and enrages, everyone

As the saga of our several community plans continues to unfold in Vancouver the DTES Plan proves to be perhaps the most complex and innovative, but surprisingly not the most controversial.

Cast a ballot, make your voice heard in the Vancity Board election

I should tell you straight away: I am running for re-election for the Vancity Board because I would like to continue working for an organization that makes a real difference in people’s...

We want our co-ops back

We can all help solve global problems, by taking a stand for informed democracy in our local organizations -- especially co-ops and credit unions. This month, members are voting at Mountain Equipment...

Demonizing DTES restaurants the wrong place for activists to focus their energy

While poverty activists' concerns are valid, working to bring jobs and business to the Downtown Eastside is the surest way to alleviate poverty.

RIP (Revitalization, Innovation, Progression) Waldorf Hotel

On January 9, 2013, I learned that the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver’s east end was closing in 12 days. I’m tired of cultural and community gathering places being threatened or lost in the...

Metro Vancouver's garbage plan trashed

Incinerator-based plan will create government monopoly, raise fees.

British Columbians are ready for a thoughtful conversation about taxes

Debates about taxes in BC can be as much a blood-sport as politics. But a major new opinion poll conducted by Environics Research (commissioned by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) offers...

Open letter to Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall about Uranium Development Partnership

An open letter to Premier Wall regarding recent statements about the Uranium Development Partnership agenda.

White House salaries put to shame by BC municipal paycheques

Pity Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's White House Chief of Staff, the highest ranking employee inside the Executive Office of the President of the United States. Earning a paltry $172,200 a year,...

Conservatives declare war on the environment, says Liberal MP Joyce Murray

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to gut environmental regulations shows that the Conservative government has has "declared war on the environment", according to Joyce Murray, Member...
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