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Robyn Smith

Robyn Smith is editor in chief of The Tyee. She previously served as The Tyee's B.C. 2013 elections editor, and has worked for The Tyee since 2011. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia's School of Journalism.

Twitter: @robynchirps

Stories by Robyn Smith

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Thank You, Tyee Builders, for Showing Independent Media Matters

Almost 1,000 readers pitch in $60,000+ to fund BC in the Balance Reporting Project.

By Jeanette Ageson and Robyn Smith, 14 Dec 2016


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Almost There! Last Day to Support Tyee’s 2017 Special Election Reporting

Now’s your chance to bolster independent journalism by great BC reporters.

By Jeanette Ageson and Robyn Smith, 12 Dec 2016


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Tyee Builders Hit $50,000 Target with Days Left to Go

We’re upping the ante to support our BC election reporting, and there’s still time to join us.

By Jeanette Ageson and Robyn Smith, 8 Dec 2016


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Look What Supporting Independent Media Can Do

Tyee exclusive on Trudeau’s hidden ‘cash for access’ fundraisers shakes up Parliament.

By Robyn Smith, 5 Dec 2016


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A Tyee Series

We’re Teaming Up to Find Fresh Solutions for Homelessness

The Tyee and Megaphone Magazine join forces on a six-month project, launching today.

By Robyn Smith and Jessica Hannon, 7 Nov 2016


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Tyee Seeks Emerging Indigenous Reporter for Fellowship

We’re partnering with Journalists for Human Rights to offer this three-month paid position. Please spread the word.

By Robyn Smith, 7 Nov 2016


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A Modest Proposal for a New Media Landscape

Tyee editor Robyn Smith was asked to advise MPs on Canada’s journalism industry, and its future. Here’s what she said.

By Robyn Smith, 27 Sep 2016


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Tyee Seeks Emerging Indigenous Reporter for Fall Fellowship

We’re partnering with Journalists for Human Rights to offer this three-month paid position. Please spread the word.

By Robyn Smith, 10 Aug 2016


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Coming Soon: A Fresh New (and More Mobile-Friendly!) Tyee

Our article page redesign will improve your reading experience on phones, tablets and desktop. We hope you approve.

By Robyn Smith, 13 Jul 2016


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You Did It! Tyee Readers Fund New Series on Youth Voices across Province

We're blown away by your generosity, and excited to get started

By Jeanette Ageson and Robyn Smith, 31 May 2016


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Tyee's Andrew MacLeod Wins Social Justice Award

Honours for 'A Better Place on Earth,' chronicling stark BC inequality.

By Robyn Smith, 26 May 2016


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Tyee Nominated for CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism

Winners to be announced June 16 in Toronto.

By Robyn Smith, 15 Apr 2016


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Tyee's Most Gripping Reads of 2015

Abuses of power, Alberta's big flip, a transit showdown, and some guy named Harper. Our 'longest read' stories of the year.

By Robyn Smith, 31 Dec 2015


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Follow The Tyee on Election Night

Breaking reports. Dispatches from key ridings. And a mighty chorus of tweets.

By Robyn Smith, 19 Oct 2015


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Get and Share the Harper Abuse of Power Compendium

Seventy scams, smears and stings, now as a free PDF. A can't-miss election read.

By Robyn Smith, 25 Sep 2015


mediacheck

Tyee's Top 20 Election Stories So Far

Reader-funded coverage tackles abuse of power, swing ridings, vexed vets, fact-checked polls, and more.

By Robyn Smith and Tyee Staff and Contributors, 5 Sep 2015


blogs

New national labour leader vows return to 'grassroots' organizing

By Robyn Smith, 8 May 2014


blogs

In 2012, a CBC 'Hockey Nightmare in Canada' foretold?

By Robyn Smith, 10 Apr 2014


blogs

BC NDP election review examines 'disastrous impact' of positive campaign

By Robyn Smith, 8 Nov 2013


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BC, Alberta premiers reach truce over pipelines

By Robyn Smith, 5 Nov 2013


blogs

Fired health ministry employee's death ruled a suicide

By Robyn Smith, 10 Oct 2013


blogs

Corky Evans on BC NDP's problems: the 'movement' has become an 'institution'

By Robyn Smith, 15 Aug 2013


blogs

Jane Sterk steps down as BC Greens' leader

By Robyn Smith, 13 Aug 2013


opinion

The Summer BC's Woods Roared Back

When trees fell in the forest, the world heard Clayoquot Sound. A look back, 20 years on.

By Geoff D'Auria, Colleen Kimmett and Robyn Smith, 10 Aug 2013


blogs

Missing woman's brother says BC gov't has 'unfinished business' on Pickton inquiry

By Robyn Smith, 25 Jul 2013


blogs

Money raised to buy alleged Rob Ford crack video donated to harm reduction orgs

By Robyn Smith, 18 Jul 2013


blogs

Doc about whipped BC MLAs now free to view online

By Robyn Smith, 12 Jul 2013


blogs

Christy Clark wins Kelowna seat

By Robyn Smith, 10 Jul 2013


blogs

Panel to review BC NDP's election flop announced soon

By Robyn Smith, 10 Jul 2013


blogs

CARTOON: Outsider Clark vies for Westside-Kelowna seat in byelection

By Robyn Smith, 10 Jul 2013


blogs

Clark hammered on hydro rates at second byelection forum

By Robyn Smith, 5 Jul 2013


blogs

Check out your riding page for live-ish results

By Robyn Smith, 14 May 2013


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Tyee Launches Afternoon Edition

Check us at lunch time for double our daily coverage until election day.

By Robyn Smith and David Beers, 30 Apr 2013


blogs

Readers respond to Tyee's election forecasts, predicting winners riding-by-riding

By Robyn Smith, 22 Apr 2013


blogs

Pester your BC election 2013 candidates with Tyee's searchable list

By Robyn Smith, 18 Apr 2013


blogs

Setting the stakes: 18 groups on what matters this election

By Allison Griner and Robyn Smith, 16 Apr 2013


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BC Election 2013: A Tyee Update

What you might've missed on our pages, and what's to come.

By Robyn Smith, 15 Apr 2013


blogs

VIDEO: Candidates debate fracking, LNG and climate change policy

By Robyn Smith, 5 Apr 2013


blogs

BC Conservatives add slew of new candidates

By Robyn Smith, 4 Apr 2013


blogs

VIDEO: BC Conservatives talk mavericks, carbon tax, and women candidates

By Robyn Smith, 3 Apr 2013


blogs

VIDEO: BC auditor's carbon neutral report, the slideshow edition

By Robyn Smith, 27 Mar 2013


blogs

Government aide with front seat to BC Liberal controversies to run in Saanich South

By Robyn Smith, 25 Mar 2013


blogs

VIDEO: Paul Simon lends 'The Sound of Silence' to anti-tanker TV spot

By Robyn Smith, 25 Mar 2013


blogs

VIDEO: So you want to be an independent candidate in BC

By Robyn Smith, 20 Mar 2013


blogs

Marketer, investments researcher join BC Liberal election roster

By Robyn Smith, 18 Mar 2013


blogs

VIDEO: Green-NDP vote-splitting a 'non-issue': Weaver

By Robyn Smith, 15 Mar 2013


blogs

Yoga, real estate and restaurant moguls to host BC Lib fundraiser

By Robyn Smith, 11 Mar 2013


news

Know Your BC Ridings? Take This Quiz

Use Tyee's election guide to find answers, get informed, and perhaps win a prize package.

By Robyn Smith, 9 Mar 2013


blogs

Campaign pressures Point Grey candidates to discuss climate views

By Robyn Smith, 8 Mar 2013


blogs

New BC Conservative candidate quit as party VP in 2010

By Robyn Smith, 7 Mar 2013


blogs

BC info office may investigate Haakstad's use of private email to send outreach plan

By Robyn Smith, 5 Mar 2013


blogs

BC budget passes key vote, 45 to 38

By Robyn Smith, 5 Mar 2013


blogs

VIDEO: Rich Coleman on what it's like to work for Premier Clark

By Robyn Smith, 4 Mar 2013


blogs

New BC Liberal candidates hype balanced budget

By Robyn Smith, 1 Mar 2013


blogs

Retired RCMP and trapper acclaimed by BC Liberals to vie for Pat Bell's district

By Robyn Smith, 28 Feb 2013


blogs

BC Conservatives unveil candidate to challenge Clark in Vancouver-Point Grey

By Robyn Smith, 28 Feb 2013


blogs

BC Liberals planned to use gov't resources to win ethnic votes

By Andrew MacLeod and Robyn Smith, 27 Feb 2013


blogs

New voter? New address? Elections BC asks: Are you on the list?

By Robyn Smith, 26 Feb 2013


blogs

BC Conservatives add new candidates to election roster

By Robyn Smith, 25 Feb 2013


blogs

Watchdog lists drawbacks of BC's big bucks campaign spending

By Robyn Smith, 25 Feb 2013


news

Jump on The Tyee's Election Hook!

Launching today, your one-stop check-in for all things related to BC's provincial election.

By David Beers and Robyn Smith, 25 Feb 2013


blogs

Liberals choose former mayor Sam Sullivan for False Creek fight

By Robyn Smith, 20 Feb 2013


news

Vancouver's Pioneer Youth Clinic Turns 40

Long after hippie era, formula endures: 'non-judgmental, confidential care' for teens and up.

By Robyn Smith, 14 Feb 2013


blogs

Douglas & McIntyre imprint sold to BC-based Harbour Publishing

By Robyn Smith, 7 Feb 2013


blogs

More Enbridge hearing mischief: 'Quick fix' installation

By Robyn Smith, 4 Feb 2013


blogs

Vancouver Sun and Province get new president, discuss content-sharing

By Robyn Smith, 28 Jan 2013


blogs

Liberals tap veteran councillor to win back Delta South from indie MLA Huntington

By Robyn Smith, 25 Jan 2013


blogs

BC NDP stays strong while Liberals creep up in latest poll

By Robyn Smith, 21 Jan 2013


blogs

Enbridge panel gets 'überdropped' in downtown Vancouver

By Robyn Smith, 18 Jan 2013


blogs

BC Liberal MLA John Slater quits party, will sit as independent

By Robyn Smith, 14 Jan 2013


blogs

BC Conservatives leader John Cummins confirms bid for Langley seat in May election

By Robyn Smith, 7 Jan 2013


blogs

D&M Publishers awarded 45-day extension for creditor protection

By Robyn Smith, 20 Nov 2012


blogs

BC coalition appeals to Facebook to address 'security failures'

By Robyn Smith, 20 Nov 2012


blogs

BC trial lawyers withdraw services to draw attention to 'dire' legal aid funding

By Robyn Smith, 15 Nov 2012


blogs

David Eby to again challenge Premier Clark in Vancouver-Point Grey

By Robyn Smith, 9 Nov 2012


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Learn to Break Investigative Stories with a Master

This Saturday, Public Eye's Sean Holman teaches how to find great scoops in docs, records and more at Tyee Master Class. Fewer than 10 seats left.

By Robyn Smith, 7 Nov 2012


books

A Tyee Series

Ten Ways Activists Can Make 'Beautiful Trouble'

TYEE LIST #26: Tips from a book that helps modern changemakers create serious mischief.

By Robyn Smith, 27 Oct 2012


books

'The Devil's Curve'

Chasing a story of 'power and profit at the Amazon's edge', BC's Arno Kopecky cast off on a wild adventure.

By Robyn Smith, 24 Oct 2012


blogs

Federal cuts to non-Christian prison chaplains 'not just': United Church leader

By Robyn Smith, 18 Oct 2012


news

How Bullies Thrive in a Hypersexualized Kid Culture

Betrayed online like Amanda Todd, a teen speaks out on 'wanting to be loved' as pop culture verges on porn culture.

By Robyn Smith, 16 Oct 2012


culture

'No Job for a Woman'

Director Michele Midori Fillion on brave women war reporters and her doc about them. At VIFF this week.

By Robyn Smith, 8 Oct 2012


blogs

Advocate files complaint with info commissioner over gov't FOI non-responses

By Robyn Smith, 13 Sep 2012


news

A Tyee Series

The Spirit of Hartley Bay's People

The little village that saved the ferry passengers honoured by People's Order of BC. Fourth in a series.

By Robyn Smith, 7 Sep 2012


news

Boy Mayor on a Roll

How Smithers' Taylor Bachrach skidded into politics and ran straight into one huge pipeline controversy.

By Robyn Smith, 20 Aug 2012


books

'Fatty Legs': A Residential School Story Kids Love

Tales of Inuvialuit girl's resistance and triumph become best selling sensation among 'middle' readers.

By Robyn Smith, 30 Jul 2012


blogs

Metro Vancouver was more 'middle class' in 1970: study

By Robyn Smith, 10 Jul 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Vancouver's New Frontiers of Creative Space

An abandoned car rental joint may become an artistic oasis. And other positive signs.

By Robyn Smith, 19 Jun 2012


news

She 'Wasn't Going to Die in the Goddamn Hospital'

But Dale Kerr lived in remote Tatlayoko Lake. In rural BC, how to better support those who wish to die at home?

By Robyn Smith, 7 May 2012


culture

Does a Bear Pose in the Woods?

And more ideas raised by 'Bear 71', the interactive documentary kicking off this year's DOXA. Plus more fest picks.

By Robyn Smith, 2 May 2012


books

'Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter'

Lloyd Kahn's new compendium on the marvelous little world of scaled-back housing.

By Robyn Smith, 19 Apr 2012


blogs

Protest to save Katimavik program planned for Heritage Minister's BC office

By Robyn Smith, 18 Apr 2012


opinion

The Orchard Spy

Tyee photo pool contributor Jeremy Hiebert, on days spent lurking among Okanagan fruit farms. A visual essay.

By Robyn Smith, 7 Apr 2012


news

Libraries of the Future!

Ebooks are driving momentous changes. In Vancouver, librarians are inviting the public to help reinvent their mission.

By Robyn Smith, 5 Mar 2012


blogs

BCTF calls legislation to end labour dispute 'bullying', will seek mediation

By Robyn Smith, 23 Feb 2012


news

Mediate, Don't 'Bully,' Teachers Union Urges Province

Decision to legislate wage freeze on teachers will 'make matters worse' says BCTF's Lambert.

By Robyn Smith and Andrew MacLeod, 23 Feb 2012


blogs

Critic calls Vancouver police statements on Bill C-30 'misleading'

By Robyn Smith, 21 Feb 2012


opinion

BC, You Love You

Your submitted photos of one lovely province. Readers, you make our hearts sing.

By Robyn Smith, 11 Feb 2012


blogs

Tent-pitching protestor in Victoria receives jail time

By Robyn Smith, 8 Feb 2012


news

Let's Get Young and Old to Solve Problems Together

That's the idea behind Re:Generation and Bring Your Boomers, experiments in sharing power and ideas across age lines.

By Robyn Smith, 23 Jan 2012


books

Scott McIntyre, Worker of 'Miracle' Books

D&M Publishing's co-founder talks about literary idealism, digital realism and why 'it's the wild west' now.

By Robyn Smith, 15 Dec 2011


blogs

Six Canadian youth kicked out of Durban climate talks after protest

By Robyn Smith, 7 Dec 2011


blogs

Abbotsford P3 water project rejected by voters

By Robyn Smith, 20 Nov 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Abbotsford Councillor's Lonely Stand Against P3 Water Deal

Patricia Ross is sole incumbent opposed to mixing water with 'high-power corporations.'

By Robyn Smith, 10 Nov 2011


blogs

Vancouver doctor ordered to stop use of psychotropic plant brew in addictions treatment

By Robyn Smith, 9 Nov 2011


books

'Eating Dirt'

After 20 years of tree-planting, Charlotte Gill was ready to sprout a book as complex and crystalline as the forest itself.

By Robyn Smith and Fiona Tinwei Lam, 21 Oct 2011


opinion

Meditate on What's Next for Occupy Vancouver, Then Tell Us

As the movement builds, so does discussion about how to make an impact. What's your idea?

By Robyn Smith, 20 Oct 2011


news

Why They Joined Occupy Vancouver

Peaceful and boisterous, Vancouver's occupiers joined a global outcry that it's time to redistribute out-of-whack wealth.

By Ben Christopher, Justin Langille and Robyn Smith, 15 Oct 2011


blogs

Handful of BC cities set to be 'occupied' on Saturday

By Robyn Smith, 14 Oct 2011


blogs

Tyee receives four online publishing award nominations

By Robyn Smith, 30 Sep 2011


news

BC Flunks Freedom of Info Audit as Officials Go into Email Frenzy

Seven hundred pages of internal chatter reveal handwringing as BC proves slowest to fill FOIs.

By Robyn Smith, 30 Sep 2011


blogs

BC's response to FOI requests slowest in Canada: audit

By Robyn Smith, 28 Sep 2011


mediacheck

Joel Bakan's 'Tornado Warning' to Protect Kids

Author of 'Childhood Under Siege' says digital media gives corporations fearsome power over the young.

By Robyn Smith, 19 Sep 2011


blogs

Lines of work in BC, 1860 and beyond

By Robyn Smith, 5 Sep 2011


news

HST Is Dead, 'Public Has Spoken'

Reaction from Premier Christy Clark and more key players in BC's great tax revolt.

By Robyn Smith and Tyler Harbottle, 26 Aug 2011


blogs

Results of HST vote expected Friday: Elections BC

By Robyn Smith, 24 Aug 2011


blogs

UBC librarian elected new 'global voice' for libraries

By Robyn Smith, 23 Aug 2011


news

Tributes to Jack Layton from BC Admirers

Fond memories and accolades from Carole James, Adrian Dix, Christy Clark, Elizabeth May, and many more.

By Robyn Smith and Carrie Swiggum, 23 Aug 2011


news

A Tyee Series

Renovictions, Rentals, Reality: A Reader-Funded Series

Can a city be 'most livable' if you can't afford to live there? Tyee readers empowered Jackie Wong to investigate.

By Robyn Smith, 8 Aug 2011


blogs

Committee meets to decide fate of B.C. child and youth rep

By Robyn Smith, 21 Jul 2011


mediacheck

India's Ace Investigative Editor: Survival Secrets

Tehelka magazine's Tarun Tejpal on how to stay afloat while 'policing power and money.'

By Robyn Smith, 21 Jul 2011


blogs

Success of B.C. open data initiative will depend on 'momentum': Eaves

By Robyn Smith, 19 Jul 2011


blogs

Boost in B.C.'s red light cameras to reduce rising traffic fatalities: province

By Robyn Smith, 8 Jul 2011


mediacheck

Battle of the Stickmen over HST Tax

Labour launches video parody, vowing to 'stick it' to pro-HST side.

By Robyn Smith, 23 Jun 2011


blogs

Revamped Save-On-Meats subject of Oprah network series

By Robyn Smith, 21 Jun 2011


blogs

Cleaning up the mess: you're invited

By Robyn Smith, 16 Jun 2011


blogs

Health care lacking for homeless BC youths

By Robyn Smith, 14 Jun 2011


news

Saviours in the Shadows: Grandparents Raising Kids

In BC alone, 10,000 children live with grandparents, many struggling for support. A special report.

By Robyn Smith, 3 Feb 2011


blogs

Anti-homophobia consultant's hours cut at Vancouver schools

By Robyn Smith, 30 Jul 2010


blogs

Canucks star defenceman joins the salmon protection brigade

By Robyn Smith, 26 Jul 2010


news

Protect Us from Assaults, Say Psych Nurses

BC mental health workers and their unions pressing for new safety measures.

By Robyn Smith, 20 Jul 2010


blogs

The buck stops here, says Grand Forks mayor

By Robyn Smith, 15 Jul 2010


news

Politicians to Artists: Go Fund Yourself!

As BC's government pulls gaming funding, artists are forced to rethink survival strategies.

By Robyn Smith, 13 Jul 2010


blogs

Cohen Commission hearings delayed over document hold up

By Robyn Smith, 9 Jul 2010


blogs

Enbridge pipeline 'risks a culture,' says First Nations alliance

By Robyn Smith, 6 Jul 2010


blogs

Hibernia iceberg crash tops list of likely energy nightmares

By Robyn Smith, 2 Jul 2010


news

BC a Fast Growing Gas Hog

Gasoline use per person in province leapt 10 per cent in one year, says Sightline study.

By Robyn Smith, 1 Jul 2010


blogs

BC Conservatives VP resigns over HST

By Robyn Smith, 30 Jun 2010


blogs

City council takes on rising oil traffic in Vancouver's port

By Robyn Smith, 29 Jun 2010


blogs

B.C. First Nations take HST concerns to the province

By Robyn Smith, 25 Jun 2010


blogs

Minister shows 'complete disregard' for indigenous mining rights, says group

By Robyn Smith, 16 Jun 2010


blogs

BC parrot refuge loses critical gaming grant

By Robyn Smith, 14 Jun 2010


news

Final Days for the Last Great Bingo Hall?

The likely slot machine invasion of Planet Bingo will mean victory for BC's gambling pushers. And the end of a world.

By Robyn Smith, 10 Jun 2010


blogs

Student transit pass goes province-wide

By Robyn Smith, 9 Jun 2010


blogs

Canadians want climate change to top G8/G20 agenda

By Robyn Smith, 3 Jun 2010


blogs

Cyclists finish first in Metro Vancouver

By Robyn Smith, 26 May 2010


blogs

‘We earn an A, not F’: Crystal Cruises fires back at Friends of the Earth

By Robyn Smith, 20 May 2010


blogs

Cruise lines flunk environmental report card

By Robyn Smith, 19 May 2010


blogs

Conservation agreement responds to demand for green products

By Robyn Smith, 18 May 2010


news

The Occupation of the Carnegie Remembered

Seventy-five years ago today, Vancouver's Carnegie Centre found itself the sudden epicentre of a movement to end unemployment relief camps in Canada.

By Robyn Smith, 18 May 2010


blogs

Province's push for school surveillance challenged

By Robyn Smith, 14 May 2010


blogs

Parents can't afford to get their kids back, say civil rights lawyers

By Robyn Smith, 12 May 2010


blogs

Downtown Eastside health centre closure leaves gap in late-night services

By Robyn Smith, 11 May 2010