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…)
by Don Maroc
Damir Wallener is a charming guy, he’s hip to high-tech, understands high-risk financing, and is currently busy pushing Silicon Valley type development for the Cowichan Valley.
No one in the Cowichan area would disagree with him about finding ways to keep our kids near to home after they complete secondary school.
We may have trouble competing with educational institutions like Stamford, Cal Tech, UC Berkeley, and hyper-high-tech jobs like those at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab but UVic, VIU, and Camosun could give it their best shot.
Like Damir, most everyone would like to see our (Read more…)
I am a life long New Democrat and I am appalled at the ‘weak as water’ positioning that the Thomas Mulcair led NDP have offered in regard to the Harper anti terror Bill C 51, a bill that will, if passed, turn Canada into a CSIS Police State.
Mulcair has said he opposes Bill C 51, but so far lacks the passion and commitment necessary to have his concerns registered as significant.
Justin Trudeau just choked and offered his support right from the beginning.
If Mulcair and Trudeau not going to go to (Read more…)
Two North Cowichan municipal councillors, who some consider to represent the opposite ends of the left-right political spectrum, are proposing ways to ease the residential property tax burden.
Council veteran Al Siebring suggested a direct assault on the tax rates, while council freshman Rob Douglas wants a workable but indirect solution.
Douglas made his move as a notice of motion for the February 18, regular council meeting.
Siebring dropped his two motions on the table at the February 4, meeting and was met with diluting amendments and a motion to send them to the (Read more…)
The wind and rain challenged the scheduled rally to support striking News Leader workers but it seemed to have little if any effect. Local citizens, trade union leaders and politicians gathered and offered their support for the folks that put out the paper, under increasingly stressful conditions. That, thanks to their tightwad owner David Black media tycoon.
Black is trying to tighten their belts further and impose two tiered salary caps on future employees. He has refused to budge or negotiate unless the bargaining unit, represented by the powerful and progressive union UNIFOR, roll over.
Last I (Read more…)
This just in. The picket lines are up at the Cowichan News Leader. Black Press is trying to impose a two-year wages system on new employees.
Here is the CHEK TV NEWS Report
The LNG Tax Bill currently winding its way through the BC legislature will impact the very fundamentals of this Province and paves the way for a massive transfer of wealth extending decades into the future.
It’s an unprecedented time.
The BC Liberals had to prorogue the house and start anew with a Throne Speech that completely rewrote everything they built their re-election campaign on.
In other words, they were forced to halt proceedings, rewind the clock on their election platform and instead of delivering prosperity, strong arm British Columbians into accepting the dictates of foreign oil (Read more…)
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has gone to court challenging Kinder Morgan’s efforts to proceed contrary to Burnaby’s bylaws. If the court upholds the by-laws then Kinder Morgan will have to cease their work and leave the area.
This is going to be a war-says Corrigan.
Appallingly, robo-calls have come to the City of Duncan.
The calls, in a voice that no one recognizes, allegedly say,” Please vote for our friends, Mayor Phil Kent, Martin Barker, Rodger Bruce, George Nielsen, Travis Peterson and John Horgan.”
The problem being that Mayor Phil Kent never gave his permission to be included in either the recent ads in the paper or in the robocalls.
Apparently the Mayor will be contacting Elections BC after the election and will be making a formal statement.
by Don Maroc
The Nanaimo-Duncan Labour Council organized a debate for the three candidates vying for the North Cowichan mayor’s chair, at the Cowichan Community Centre Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.
Maybe it was because the Cowichan Valley’s unreformed political pitbull Richard Hughes was the moderator, or maybe it was because North Cowichan’s irrascible councillor John Koury made a quick statement and bailed out of the debate. More likely it was a result of two very honourable and respectful men debating issues facing residents rather than taking cheap shots at one another that (Read more…)
Please cast a vote against the takeover. Vote No!
With three days left in the voting for the proposed merger of Island Savings and First West, many questions remain unanswered for Island Savings members. It remains unclear just exactly how a larger credit union will actually benefit Vancouver Island communities if they lose control of their credit union in the process.The key to local investment in a credit union is always local control. This is the heart and soul of a truly successful credit union – one that lives its co-op principles. Lose this and all bets (Read more…)
The following information was waiting in my inbox this morning. It is of significance to all Island Savings Credit Union members and staff who value job security and the benefits of working with a collective agreement.
Although voting has already begun and will continue until November 12th at all Island Savings locations, this information is still useful, especially for those who have yet to vote..
Island Savings staff are constantly being fed the fairy tales of how First West Credit Union is such a great employer.
The BC Labour Relations Board ruled that First West had engaged in unfair labour practices (Read more…)
While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high officials around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” says the Senator. “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we’ll do (Read more…)
by Don Maroc
Seventeen candidates vying for seven seats on the Cowichan School District Board of Trustees took the Quamichan school stage before about 75 residents on Thursday (Oct.30th) evening.
There were 17 individual pitches made by the candidates for the audience’s votes. But a majority of the candidates have aligned themselves in two slates. Seven candidates (Keith Chicquen, Barb de Groot, Rob Hutchins, Joanne de Lure, Cathy Schmidt, Candance Spilsbury, and Joe Thorne) make up the Students First Team. Opposite them the Group of Four includes Kayla Barrett, Connie Buckner, Deb Foster, and Ellen Oxman.
Deb Foster and (Read more…)
Keep Island Savings Local
By Don Skerik
Regarding the take over of Island Savings by First West. I have attended three of the ISCU membership meetings and at each it seemed there were more staff than members attending. At one meeting on two occasions I was in conversation with other members and had my conversation intruded upon by management. I wonder if this is the new culture being introduced by First West.
The information provided at each meeting seemed to consist of threats to the members and staff that if this merger does not go through (Read more…)
Welcome to staplesforcity.ca!!! This site is designed specifically for the re-election campaign of Michelle Staples, a long term Cowichan Valley resident living in the City of Duncan, a mother and self employed entrepreneur with a long history of bringing people together on projects that are important to the Cowichan Valley. Our hopes for this site is to provide people with information about Michelle, so enjoy the site and finding out why you should mark her on your voting card this coming November 15th!
If you have any questions for her, comments, concerns about the City or would just like to (Read more…)
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