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Cowichan Conversations: The Case of the Vanishing Site C Video-Includes A Revised Video

The Site C Dam project offers a number of similarities with the Dakota Access Pipeline-(DAPL) the subject of ongoing massive protest led by the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota.

It may be a

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Cowichan Conversations: Pumps readied for Cowichan River life support

The third drought in 3 years has forced Catalyst, operators of the Crofton Pulp Mill, to spend a reported 500 thousand dollars to build pumping facility to assure adequate water to keep the Mill running.

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Alberta Politics: China’s concerns about Canadian canola are legitimate, and we’re going to have to deal with them sooner or later

PHOTOS: A field of canola at its most colourful, photographed in early August near Morinville, Alberta. Below: Farmer Ken Larsen, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland and Harper-era agriculture minister Gerry Ritz. According to the Globe and Mail, or at least one of the five apparently like-minded individuals interviewed recently by the […]

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Cowichan Conversations: ‘No Need for Site C’: Review Panel Chair Speaks Out Against Dam in New Video

How many times have you been surfing the net, found something of interest that you meant to return to and then forgot? This story by Emma Gilchrist is one of those. It is a most Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: ‘No Need for Site C’: Review Panel Chair Speaks Out Against Dam in New Video

Cowichan Conversations: Corky Evans: How You can help save the ALR in 5 min

This call from Corky to help save our farmland is one to be heeded. Originally posted in the Commonsense Canadian it is followed by a Damien Gillis piece with Harold Steves, a Richmond councillor and Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Corky Evans: How You can help save the ALR in 5 min

Cowichan Conversations: Rachel Notley admits to personally starting Fort McMurray wildfire

  EDMONTON – After days of dodging important questions from Rebel Media and uncles’ facebook pages alike, Alberta premier Rachel Notley came clean today and admitted that she intentionally created the fire that has Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rachel Notley admits to personally starting Fort McMurray wildfire

Alberta Politics: Where’s the beef? Alberta’s cattle industry is only getting what it ordered from Earls

PHOTOS: Where’s the beef? Not in Alberta, if this province’s beef industry can do anything about it. One thing this story has nothing to do with is small-time ranchers like the guy on the steer or independent restaurants like the one run by the mom… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Where’s the beef? Alberta’s cattle industry is only getting what it ordered from Earls

Cowichan Conversations: Watercliff Farm-Gabriola Island–Lisa Butler Heath

Watercliff Farm#1 Seed Saving- Women Who Farm from Films For Action on Vimeo. . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Watercliff Farm-Gabriola Island–Lisa Butler Heath

Cowichan Conversations: Rob Douglas–Municipal Politics in the Cowichan Region: Year in Review

Rob Douglas Last Fall you elected me to North Cowichan Council from a ballot that featured a multitude of strong candidates. I was overwhelmed by your support in granting me a seat on Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rob Douglas–Municipal Politics in the Cowichan Region: Year in Review

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the decision-based evidence-making behind the Sask Party’s selloff of Crown land and planned gutting of publicly-operated liquor stores.For further reading…- The Sask Party’s announcement of a program to sell off farm land (and ratchet up le… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: On uncosted liabilities

So even from the sketchy details made public so far, and even leaving aside the more general harm done by limiting government action and entrenching corporate monopolies, the Trans-Pacific Partnership will cost Canada: $4.3 billion in compensation to dairy, chicken and egg farmers Up to 20,000 lost jobs in the auto sector – meaning both . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On uncosted liabilities

Cowichan Conversations: Butch the Rooster-Watch Out for Him During this Election Period. An Election Classic!

 

Butch the RoosterSarah was in the fertilized egg business. She had several hundred young pullets and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. She kept records and any rooster not performing went into the

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Cowichan Conversations: Water Shortages Dictate Changes Whether We Like It Or Not–Freeze All Residential Rezoning–Raise The Weir.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Rainy days, especially rainy summer days are but sweet memories for those of living on the ‘Left Coast.’ The reality is hitting home. Forest fires raging through areas where forest fires

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Politics, Re-Spun: 11 Weeks of Daily Harper Protests

The Harper Re-election Disaster Bus Totalitarianism: daily, for 11 weeks!

Get used to this.

People hate Harper and his Conservatives. We will see through his weak attempt to wedge oppositions parties by running a long election campaign because he has more money to spend.

Saturation will come fast.

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350 or bust: “The Changes Will Be Dramatic” Says Farmer & Climate Scientist

As both a farmer and a climate scientist, Jennifer is deeply concerned about the challenges coming for farmers. She admires their resourcefulness, but expects the changes will be dramatic. * MoreThanScientists.org

Cowichan Conversations: It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neigbourhood

Richard HughesPolitical Blogger

So many of us check our email while still half asleep and the coffee is being made, I am no different in that regard.

It can be uplifting, depressing or hilarious.

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Cowichan Conversations: Opinion: Will future of food be an election plank?

This piece comes from the Edmonton Journal and applies to all of Western Canada, very much including our Cowichan Valley. We can look back and see significant increases in our food production and array of

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Things Are Good: A New Documentary Looking Into Food Production

Voices of Transition is a new documentary film with limited release but you can buy it online now! The film examines how we grow our food and ideas around how to make the whole agriculture system make more sense.

The film deals with community building, resilience and sustainability through urban farming. It draws on . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A New Documentary Looking Into Food Production

Cowichan Conversations: West Coast Environmental Law Supports Community Action Regarding Proposed Gravel Mine on Balme Ayre Farm

A petition to the Supreme Court of British Columbia has been filed on behalf of concerned Cowichan Valley residents by Ms. McKenzie requesting a judicial review of the Agricultural Land Commission’s approval to extract

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Cowichan Conversations: The Drought Is Upon Us–This is Good News and Bad News Depending On How We Respond

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The watering restriction notices are out throughout the Cowichan Valley. The systems operated by the Cowichan Valley Regional District and some of the Water Improvement Districts have issued directives, so far

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Cowichan Conversations: Steves–BC Doesn’t Need Site C Dam

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It is incredible that our BC Liberal government, prodded along by the foreign owned LNG corporations, are still pushing ahead with building a massive Site C Dam.

We do not need

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Cowichan Conversations: Superfood Growing Super Well in Cowichan

Here is a good news, good feel story by the Citizen’s editor Andrea Rondeau. Originally published in the Cowichan Valley Citizen Friday, June 5th, 2015

Nice to see well done Della & Ron.

Della

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Accidental Deliberations: The mystery advantage

Shorter Brad Wall:

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Armine Yalnizyan counters the Cons’ spin on tax-free savings accounts. And Rob Carrick points out that raising the limit on TFSAs would forfeit billions of desperately-needed dollars to benefit only the wealthiest few in Canada: TFSAs are Swiss army knives – a financial knife, corkscrew, screwdriver and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: You Can’t Feed Your Kids Oil, But Eating Is Overrated Anyway.

It’s been here for a while.  It’s what happens when you begin to run short on something everybody needs.

It’s America’s frackers versus America’s farmers.  They both want water and there’s not enough to go around.  Frackers want it to get oil and gas out of the ground.  Farmers need it to grow food.

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