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Harper v. Canada and Koch bros in Canada: top Vancouver Observer stories of 2012

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U.S. funding helped to re-open the Canadian abortion debate

 by Sacha Lakic


As the abortion issue made headlines south of the border, Canadians saw a political push to re-ignite what many considered to be a closed case: a woman's right to choose. Investigative reporter Sasha Lakic spent hours looking up records of the anti-abortion movement, and uncovered funding from powerful U.S. religious groups driving the anti-abortion movement in Canada. 

More guns, more shootings, more profit

by Linda Solomon

Less than a month before Christmas, the world was shocked by the news of 26 young children and adults shot to death in a senseless mass killing in Newtown, Connecticut. And even as citizens mourned the loss of innocent life, gun sales spiked -- even in Connecticut, where the tragedy took place. Vancouver Observer Publisher Linda Solomon wrote an incisive piece highlighting the billion-dollar arms industry in the U.S. and who benefits from the perpetuation of gun violence.  

Encyclopedia of Canadian pipelines: Keystone XL and Northern Gateway 

by Alexis Stoymenoff

The year 2012 was a big one for oil pipelines: both in Canada and the U.S., pipeline proposals for Enbridge Northern Gateway, Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain dominated the headlines. This helpful explainer gives the basic information about pipelines for the public to understand the issues.

Disabled adults and families devastated by province's proposed group home closures

by Jenny Uechi

You can judge a society by the way it treats its most vulnerable, the saying goes, and the developmentally disabled in BC was cause for much concern this year. After being contacted by the concerned parents of a developmentally disabled woman, The Vancouver Observer reported how disabled residents were being moved out against their will from their group homes, despite authorities' claims to the contrary. Media coverage and public pressure led to the resignation of then-Social Development Minister Harry Bloy and led to calls for a "culture change" in the treatment of the developmentally disabled. 

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