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Cowichan Conversations: The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External-Naomi Kline

Naomi Kline once again shares her eloquence and understanding of the challenges facing us on what is the threatened condition of ‘Planet Earth’

The climate crisis has such bad timing, confronting it not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking.

“If the ideas that rule our culture are stopping us from saving ourselves,” says author and activist Naomi Kline, “then it is within our power to change those ideas.” (Image, via The Nation)One of the most disturbing ways that climate change is already playing out is through what ecologists call “mismatch” or “mistiming.”

This (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: ‘Straight from the Horse’s Mouth’: Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe

The pressure is mounting as it well should be. The unconventional pursuit of gas and oil is a crime against nature and humanity. Water is more valuable than gas or oil!

Here a former insider speaks out in the piece from Common Dreams

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth’: Former Oil Exec Says Fracking Not Safe Retired Mobil VP confirms technology is dangerous and untested 

By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams staff writer

In a message “straight from the horse’s mouth,” a former oil executive on Tuesday urged New York state to pass a ban on the controversial practice of hydraulic (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Defiant Northern Chief Galvanizes BC First Nations Against Premier’s LNG Plans

A new leadership figure has emerged in the politics of LNG, Enbridge, pipelines and native rights. Fort Nelson Chief Sharleen Gail has blown Christy Clark and her MLA’s into major damage control mode.

It could however be too late. Chief Gail’s stand might well have spelled the turning point in this long drawn out battle over efforts to ship bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands to processing and shipping facilities in BC.

The “Fort Nelson incident” has united First Nations against speedy approvals of a $78 billion industry – potentially “destabilizing” the Premier’s entire strategy.

Read this important feature report (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: McDonalds Treating Foreign Workers Like Slaves

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

McDonalds, and several other Canadian firms are being investigated following reports of exploitation and abuse from victimized foreign workers.

I have often wondered about the staff at many different fast food outlets who might have been brought in on the foreign worker program, but did not know if they were being scammed by unscrupulous employers.

I wanted to ask but it is more than a little awkward. Hello, are you being exploted by your employer is not an easy line of chatter for anyone, when placing an order.

We have known somewhat of the shadowy existence of (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Ukraine, Through the US Looking Glass

Robert Parry-Consortium News

by Robert Parry

The acting president of the coup regime in Kiev announces that he is ordering an “anti-terrorist” operation against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, while his national security chief says he has dispatched right-wing ultranationalist fighters who spearheaded the Feb. 22 coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

The Times’ front page on Wednesday was a bizarre story by David M. Herszenhorn accusing the Russian government of engaging in a propaganda war by making many of the same points that you could find – albeit without the useful context about Parubiy’s neo-Nazi background – in (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Recycling and Waste Manager Bob McDonald Has Been Dismissed

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Longtime CVRD Recycling Manager Bob McDonald has been dismissed as the restructuring shakeup at the CVRD continues.

Restructuring seems to be well underway. The CVRD Chair and Directors must share the blame for allowing the organizations rampant growth and high management salaries that brought the CVRD much criticism from taxpayers.

The CVRD had become a monster without a mission under the guidance of former CAO Warren Jones, and the too timid by half elected representatives entrusted with providing effective and accountable governance in the Cowichan Valley.

The Chair and Directors, to their credit, finally bite the bullet (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: North Cowichan Council Faceoff Against Echo Heights Preservationists

By Don Maroc

With the public seating area of the North Cowichan Municipal council chambers filled with Chemainus residents wanting to leave the fifty- plus acres of Echo Heights forest land undisturbed, the council voted four to two for first and second reading of bylaw No. 3542, to start the process to rezone 20 percent (about ten acres) for residential use.

After six years of municipal councils slowly backing down from developing 100 percent of the site to the present 20 percent in an effort to find local support, the residents, led by the Chemainus Residents’ Association (CRA) with their (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Our Coast-Our Choice

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Cowichan Conversations: No Guarantee P3 Financing For Community Centre Will Save Money

Rob Douglas

Built almost 40 years ago, the Cowichan Community Centre (now known as the Island Savings Centre) provides Cowichan residents with a swimming pool, hockey arena, gymnasium, library, art gallery, and a performing arts theatre.

Local officials anticipate the facility will require significant renovations or replacement within the next decade-and-a-half, and the Cowichan Valley Regional District has already begun setting aside cash.

Replacing the Island Savings Centre will not come cheap, and could cost upwards of $60 million. It should come as no surprise that some of our municipal politicians are already discussing a private-public partnership, or P3, as (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Six pieces of ID and still not allowed to vote-Elizabeth May

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The controversy swirling around the democratic right to vote has been increasing in its velocity. Canadians are recognizing that this plan targets voters who are unlikely to vote for the Conservatives.

This abomination is right out of US Republican Karl Rove’s playbook and has no place in a democracy.

Ironically the illegal activities of Harper Conservatives resulted in toughening up election procedures but in truth this act handcuffs Election Canada Officials and allows the lawbreakers free rein.

Here is Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s take on it as was published in the Victoria Times Colonist.

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Cowichan Conversations: The Vanishing Kinder Morgan Hearings

A lawyer representing the City of Burnaby says the National Energy Board (NEB) has turned its review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline into a “mere paperwork exercise” by cutting all cross-examination from the process.

“We were expecting that there would be public hearings and cross-examination of the evidence,”Gregory McDade said at a City of Burnaby information session last week. “There are no hearings … There will be no public examination of Kinder Morgan’s evidence whatsoever.”

Reporter Emma Gilchrist reports for Desmog Blog Read More

Cowichan Conversations: More Maroc Messaging For BC NDP’s John Horgan

An Addendum to A Public Letter to John Horgan, MLA, Next Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

Don Maroc

You’re right John. the original letter was loaded with enough responsibilities without adding more but a couple of your potential friends pointed out omissions.

Alexandra Morton, the indomitable champion of B.C.’s wild salmon runs, pointed to the lack of mention of salmon farming.

She is particularly interested in open net pens filled with Atlantic salmon, often sick and covered with lice, located in the path of young wild salmon just leaving their river birthplace headed for the open ocean.

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Cowichan Conversations: Jessica Ernst Exposes Drilling and Fracking Crimes in Alberta

Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Rants About The ‘Fair Election Act’

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc’s Public Letter to John Horgan Probably The New Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

It looks like the power brokers have decided that you are the NDP’s last hope for revival. Of course no one is saying anything like that John, but that’s what’s being bantered back and forth out here among what was once the NDP backbone.

Don’t be complacent when the party’s fixers hand you the mantel of leadership, that’s an empty shroud unless you can re-establish the NDP/ CCF link with the working people of B.C., the folks who built and maintained our once vibrant culture.

They are also the folks who have to get (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Gets Funding for Elder Care Co-op

Good news for valley seniors. Recognizing the need for a cooperative approach to Elder Care funding has been received to kick the project into play.

We are pleased to announce that Cowichan Co-operative Connections and Volunteer Cowichan will receive a $35,000 grant to build an elder care co-op in the Cowichan region over the next two years.

The funding will be used to begin business and organizational planning, consultations with stakeholders, and incorporation. Once established and fully functional, the new co-op will help seniors with day-to-day tasks so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes and (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Horgan Leading A One Man Race-Farnworth Pulls Out!

Horgan leading a one person race

Following the amazing election victory for Christy Clark and the BC Liberals it was pretty obvious that Adrian Dix blew the election and would have to step down.

John Horgan-Juan de Fuca’s MLA and NDP House leader was a clear leader in this latest round and that has been firmed up with Mike Farnworth announcing that he is dropping out of the race.

Justine Hunter reports on the latest bombshell.

 

 

 

 

Cowichan Conversations: Child Arthritis Cases Spike As Lyme Disease Pushes Further Into Canada

As the ticks that spread Lyme disease push ever further into Canada, doctors are starting to notice an unusual fallout from the growing threat: a spike in the number of people seeking help for arthritis triggered by the bacteria.

A new study from Halifax , to be presented at an American College of Rheumatology conference in Florida this weekend, documented 17 child arthritis patients, most of whom surfaced over the last two years just in Lunenburg county.

More from the National Post

David Cubberly, former MLA and former Saanich Councillor has written and spoken out about this for some time. (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The so-called “Fair Elections Act” is so bad for democracy in so many ways it’s hard to wrap your head around it all.

All Canadians concerned with democratic elections and all political parties must cooperate in the next election. Canada’s future trumps short term political ambitions. Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May must structure a cooperative model to defeat Steve Harper in the public interest. It can be done. There is too much at risk!

This was posted to Facebook by Cupe New Brunswick and is reproduced below.

The so-called “Fair Elections Act” is so bad for democracy in so many ways it’s hard to wrap your head around it all. Most people have already heard about how it will prevent some (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: North Cowichan Councillor Jennifer Woike Is Suddenly Flush With Creative Ideas

Don Maroc

North Cowichan Councillor Jennifer Woike is suddenly flush with creative ideas meant to save money for municipal taxpayers.

First she wants to amalgamate North Cowichan and Duncan as the first step towards a unified regional government.

Ona a different tack she wants to study the use of Public-Private-Partnerships (P3) for municipal infrastructure projects in general and building a new Cowichan Community Centre (now known as the Island Savings Centre) in particular.

NC Councillor Jennifer Woike

Woike’s efforts to get a non-binding amalgamation referendum on the November ballot failed to get the support of her fellow council members.

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Cowichan Conversations: North Cowichan Councillor Jennifer Woike Is Suddenly Flush With Creative Ideas

Don Maroc – Cowichan Conversations Contributor

NC Councillor Woike wants amalgamation with Duncan and to do away with the CVRD

North Cowichan Councillor Jennifer Woike is suddenly flush with creative ideas meant to save money for municipal taxpayers.

First she wants to amalgamate North Cowichan and Duncan as the first step toward a unified regional government.

On a different tack she wants to study the use of Public-Private-Partnerships (P3) for municipal infrastructure projects in general and building a new Cowichan Community Centre (now known as the Island Savings Centre) in particular.

Woike’s efforts to get a non-binding amalgamation referendum on the (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Act Now To Save The ALR

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The message below arrived via email this morning and I am reproducing it for you.

News of the unthinkable has become the norm as the corporate handmaidens that run Canada and certainly BC accelerate their quest to serve the oil and gas thugs that dominate the agenda these days.

Dave Barrett Premier of BC 1972-1975

Do yourselves, your children and families a turn and share your inner thoughts, ever so politely, with Premier Clark and her ministers that are salivating over the destruction of BC’s limited farmland.

The Agricultural Land Reserve was perhaps one of the greatest (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: BC Environment Ministry Bully Local Government

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Earlier this week the CVRD held ’Public Meeting’ of sorts to hear response from locals regarding efforts by Fisher Road Recycling to expand their operation to sync with the compost facilities capacity.

The elected officials were unable to weigh in this a land use issue that is very much a part of their responsibility as elected representatives. They were limited by Bylaw 2570.

Locally regulations were first tweaked through Bylaw 2570 to deal with illegal operations with a local waste hauler, since departed.

It is important for taxpayers to know that once again our BC Liberal government has (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Bill Dumont Is Unhappy With CVRD Spending

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Bill Dumont, a South Cowichan watchdog scrutinizes government spending and shares his latest thoughts in this offering.

Mr.Dumont has had broad experience as a Forester and is well aquainted with budgets and financial matters.

Like many of you who will read Bill’s analysis I find myself both in agreement and at odds with some of the points raised.

However the general message is for an increased level of financial accountability from government and on that point a great many will agree. I know that I do.

Dear Editor

Bill Dumont is financial watchdog of government spending

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Cowichan Conversations: Windmills Are Things of Beauty

Here is a David Suzuki post on the controversy over wind power

By David Suzuki

I have a cabin on Quadra Island off the British Columbia coast that’s as close to my heart as you can imagine. From my porch you can see clear across the waters of Georgia Strait to the snowy peaks of the rugged Coast Mountains. It’s one of the most beautiful views I have seen. And I would gladly share it with a wind farm.

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