SIA and ‘Shemama’ Shelagh Bell-Irving-A Study In Contrasts
The South Island Aggregates (SIA) outfit is a classic example of greed driven capitalists without conscience. They have little if any concern for their
By Peter W. Rusland
Tears and heartfelt memories followed Cowichan Valley Hospice’s passionate plea for the regional board to help local folks die with dignity in a purpose-built palliative-care facility.
Steelhead LNG officials said all the right things during the press conference announcing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project at Bamberton in the Saanich Inlet. Their intention is to build respectful, relationships with their
The following is a ‘Guest Post’ from Loren Duncan, a longtime CVRD Director who represented Glenora-Sahtlam-Cowichan Station.
Notice to electors within electoral area “E”: An
We may be in the throes of a Federal Election and trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer but the Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation proposal to establish a floating LNG
Rafe Mair’s take on the state of Canada today is compelling, instructive and a reality check for those of us following the federal elections through the lens of the sad sack tattered media.
Cowichan Conversations broke the story of an impending LNG Project announcement August 9th.
Today the announcement has been scheduled for Thursday, August 20th 2015 at 10AM.
On Thursday, August 20th, 10 am, the Malahat Nation
CHEK TV and CBC News ran stories about the Island Savings Aquatic Centre (The Cowichan Community Centre Pool)- being drained and then refilled.
This is outrageous when residents and
Originally published in the South Cowichan Echo. Posted with Peter Rusland’s permission
By Peter W. Rusland
A veil of legal secrecy concerning severance of several Cowichan region staffers was lifted in documents
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
Here is the CVRD’s late Friday release. In communications circles late Fridays are the time to deliver unpleasant news, firings, and the like.
I spoke with CAO Brian Carruthers and he confirmed that the change
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
Peter Ewart offers thoughtful well researched and reasoned posts on wwwNews250.com
This 4 part series takes a look at issue of identifying those voters who cast ballots and that information is
We are living in tumultuous times and shifts can, in such circumstances, turn into tidal waves sweeping out the old and embracing the new. But new as in New
It is when events like the recent bunker oil spill in English Bay take place that the value of independent writers, thinkers, and bloggers like Rafe Mair display their real value.
Here is Rafe’s take on this mess in English Bay that has spread around the harbour.
It is a disgusting, but only a drop in the bucket to what lies ahead if we do not put a halt to the insane notion of shipping oil, refined or compressed from Tar sands products, through our coast and harbour.
Whether it be by water or rail the certain accidents will (Read more…)
Michelle Hutton-Marinier, in a letter to the Cowichan Citizen newspaper, voices her disappointment n North Cowichan Council’s decision to delay for a couple of weeks signing a contract to install an artificial turf field to replace one of the grass soccer pitches on Sherman Road.
Her son plays for the U13 team in the Cowichan Valley Soccer Association. She downplays the possible health concerns of using some artificial turf, noting only the dangers of suffering concussions.
When North Cowichan Councillor Robert Douglas requested taking a short timeout to study the health consequences for players, especially young children, using (Read more…)
MSM legislative Global TV guy Keith Baldrey is a master on Twitter. He is not without a developed sense of distortion, as is clear in this provocative deviation from reality highlighted in Charlie Smith’s memo below.
In truth, the blogosphere is multi dimensional in its coverage, much of it well researched and penetrating, going places where the MSN would be strangers.
Bloggers seldom need to pander to government or corporate advertisers. Certainly in my case as I do not carry ads, few do.
Here is a partial list of alternate sites and blogs for readers to peruse at their (Read more…)
The Tyee’s Associate Editor Shannon Rupp wrote this thorough analysis regarding the state of the media, published in August 2014.
It seems timely to post it once again when on Vancouver Island we could soon be facing Black Press papers from one end to another.
In the Cowichan Valley where two papers the Cowichan Citizen and the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial competed, more for advertising that news coverage, we could soon see Black owning both papers.
He may fold one, probably the News Leader where the staff have been on strike for over 100 days. Represented by Unifor, (Read more…)
Longtime CVRD Director Loren Duncan put his concerns about CVRD senior staff salaries on record in June 2013. As a semi recovering politician I have an appreciation for not only his insight but for stating it publicly.
The group or table dynamics are such that it is difficult to break ranks, but it is essential that elected officials remember and speak for the citizen residents who they were elected to represent. Loren did that often and for those who think that is easy, I assure you that it is not.
By Loren (Read more…)
I am beginning to detect a growing trend towards changing the capitalist economic model from one in which profit is the only priority to one in which wellness is the priority, and profit must be made within that paradigm.
The fact that this interview should appear in one of the most prestigious and influential German publications just as the European powers are meeting to address climate change, should not go unremarked.
Can we still stop global warming? Only if we radically change our capitalist system, argues author Naomi Klein. In an interview with SPIEGEL, she explains why the (Read more…)
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