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Cowichan Conversations: Maroc-It would be reasonable if the Malahat Nation put the LNG proposal on hold until they sorted out their internal problems

Don Maroc

by Don Maroc

Thanks to Adam Olsen, of the Tsarslip Nation and the BC Green Party for his preceptive chronicling of the proposed partnership between the Malahat Nation and Steelhead LNG to

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Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a group of foreign event logistics consultants while travelling abroad (Government of Canada photo). Below: Pierre Trudeau does suppressed fury the right way; Mr. Harper does it with considerably less appeal. Clearly, the continuing uproar about Stephen Harper’s “event logistics team members” tells us something fundamental about the increasingly […]

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Cowichan Conversations: Malahat LNG: When “Getting Things Right” Goes Wrong.

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

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Cowichan Conversations: Harper’s Crew Suspend Scientist For Folk Song About Prime Minister

I ran this on the blog when it first appeared back in June. Now scientist Tony Turner has been suspended.

It is OK Tony, we are going to fire Steve, no suspensions or probation for

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Cowichan Conversations: Enough of Politics and Election Talk-It’s Time For A Beer!

Alberta Politics: NDP deftly picks royalty review panel while media freaks out about low-key welcome for ‘lightweight’ U.S. politicians

PHOTOS: U.S. President Lindsey Graham, left, is welcomed by a Wildrose Government colour party of Alberta Legislature security officers sometime in the imagined future. Actual circumstances may not unfold exactly as illustrated. Below: Former finance deputy minister Annette Trimbee, energy economist Peter Tertzakian and Beaverlodge Mayor Leona Hanson, as they were being introduced at the […]

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Cowichan Conversations: Activists Warn That The RCMP Are Planning Mass Arrest of Indigenous Activists Under Bill C-51

Conservative Leader Steve Harper!

The website ‘Thinkpol’ has posted a warning that the RCMP are preparing to move against the the Unist’ot’en clan blockade.

It certainly would raise the temperature politically. Perhaps that is

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In This Corner: The Pain Campaign, week 4: Nothing happens, so I make some stuff up

The interminable Canadian election campaign is now one-month old. In the pre-Harper days, the election would have been over by now, and we would all be celebrating the end of the Harper horror show (let us pray). But thanks to Harper’s shameless manipulation of the system, the campaign has barely begun, and I am deeply regretting my decision to write a weekly recap. Oh, stuff is happening, alright. But we are into the melancholy last days of summer, as the nights get cooler and last longer. Back to school shopping kicks into high gear and Canadians begin to worry about (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe:–The Christy Clark Excuse For a Government and The BC NDP’s Lack Of Opposition Vigour

Rafe Mair

 

Dear Richard

Your article of yesterday is very disturbing in a number of ways. Quite by coincidence, the following story appears on the CBC

A leading seismic scientist says B.C.’s energy

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Cowichan Conversations: I am in total sympathy with the Malahat First Nation’s desire to create a solid financial base.

Dorothy Field

By Dorothy Field

In my Cobble Hill days, I spent about five years fighting David Butterfield’s proposed “village” at the Bamberton site on steep shores above the Saanich Inlet.

With dedication

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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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Alberta Politics: NDP strength in Calgary-Foothills riding suggests May 5 election was no fluke – and could rattle federal Tory narrative

PHOTOS: A Chinook arch moves across the sky of Calgary in 2007, bringing warmer temperatures and, for some people, headaches. The same kind of thing happens in politics. Below: NDP Calgary-Foothills candidate Bob Hawkesworth, Conservative Blair Houston and Wildroser Prasad Panda. So, what happens if the Alberta NDP wins the Calgary-Foothills by-election on Sept. 3, […]

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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair’s ‘State of the Union’ on Canadian environmental politics

 

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.

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centre of the universe: How to get engaged in Canadian politics: an educational resource

Here is a handy guide that will help you, disenfranchised Canadian, get engaged with and get involved in the upcoming (eventually, at the end of several more weeks of pre-election hell) federal election! The first step, as the number to the left would indicate, is to click every single link you see in social media […]

Canadian Dimension: Federal leaders must come up with a substitute for oil

Photo by Dawn Ellner

The longest election campaign in recent Canadian history is an opportunity to point to the contradictions of the major parties on the question of ecology. If there is one issue that touches simultaneously on economic development, the protection of ecosystems, public health, climate warming, transportation and the legitimacy of public institutions, it is the exploitation of the tar sands and the many pipeline projects for exporting the most polluting oil in the world.

Let’s say it straightaway: No federal party at this time has a credible plan to get out of hydrocarbons. They have not said (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Margaret Atwood column pulled, re-posted on National Post website

One of the advantages of the second longest campaign in Canadian history is that there is more time for voters and pundits to observe and comment on the various leaders, parties and issues. What Harper

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Cowichan Conversations: Green Parties Interim President Responds to Steelhead LNG -Malahat Nation LNG Announcement-Audio

The BC Greens Interim leader came out shortly after the Steelhead-Malahat Nation public announcement. Here is a release from Adam Olsen Interim BC Green Leader.

 

Malahat LNG by Adam Olsen Interim President BC Green

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Cowichan Conversations: Thomas Mulcair To Hecklers-Show A Little Respect To First Nations!

centre of the universe: Standing there tongue tied 

I have never voted for a Conservative candidate in my entire life. Sometimes it’s because I don’t like the candidate themselves or what they stand for (looking at you, Maurice Vellacott, Brad Trost, and Tom Lukiwski), and sometimes it’s because I don’t like their party’s platform. It’s true that I’m a firm believer in socialism, […]

Cowichan Conversations: Malahat Nation- Steelhead LNG Deal Suspect!

 

There is an odious smell emanating from this deal. The BC Government’s involvement through this via Treaty negotiations raises many questions. The LNG deal has been under negotiation for 13 months.

I see that

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Alberta Politics: The #AngryCon: he learned those attitudes about the media from the party he supports

PHOTOS: A screen shot of the man identified by the Toronto Star as Earl Cowan at the moment he informs a reporter she’s a lying piece of … something. Below: Tory operative Fred DeLorey and Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick. I have to confess I felt the tiniest bit of empathy for the aged Harper […]

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Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney sails close to the wind on Anti-Terrorism Act at picnic visit

PHOTOS: Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan’s photo of the Kurdish Peace and Cultural Festival in Toronto Saturday, with an image of PKK founder Abdullah Ocalan visible in the background. (Grabbed from Twitter.) Below: Defence Minister Jason Kenney, who bragged about being at the event, and Mr. Vaughan. Jason Kenney, who notwithstanding the dissolution of the House […]

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centre of the universe: Get to know

I’m pretty sure some of my local candidates in the NINE WEEK ELECTION CAMPAIGN (thanks for wasting taxpayer money on THAT) have me on all of their “do not call” lists. Ever since the great debacle of 2011 in which I asked the man who became my MP what his party’s platform was for supporting […]

Alberta Politics: Is there enough Orange Wave left in Alberta to propel more Dippers to Ottawa?

ILLUSTRATIONS: A typical Alberta conservative voter, with orange hair, flirts with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair while Prime Minister Stephan Harper, in the background, tries to warn her to stop. Actual Alberta political figures may not appear exactly as illustrated. With apologies to Normal Rockwell. Below: Alberta political commentator Duane Bratt. Could there be enough momentum […]

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Cowichan Conversations: John Koury Withdraws From Tory Nomination Process

John Koury

News Release August 17, 2015

John Koury Withdraws From Tory Nomination Process

Duncan BC – Recent North Cowichan Councillor and Conservative Candidate hopeful, John Koury, announced today that he is withdrawing his

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