One of my favourite bloggers is longtime broadcaster, and former Socred Cabinet Minister Rafe Mair.
Here he is his going after corruption and deceit over BC Hydro Rate increases.
How do you know when a politician’s lying? When you see his/her lips move.
Bill Bennett, the BC Hydro point man in the government, tells us that there will be a 28% increase in Hydro charges over the next few years, which NDP critic John Horgan says will raise a family’s costs by $300 dollars annually.
Read the full report from the Common Sense Canadian here.
One of the most abusive practices of local governments is the ‘Alternate Approval Process’.
In plain english it is a money grab dressed up in legalese in an attempt to make is sound legitimate and practical.
It is a process designed to fail and is an update from the old’ Counter-Petition Process‘ that only required 5 percent approval.
Fact is that on too many occasions residents would manage to garner 5 percent plus and so the politicians doubled the requirement. Shameless!
The Alternate Approval Process (AAP) means they will extract the money if they can manage to slip it through.
The controversial issue of dumping 500 tonnes of contaminated soil in the watershed at SIA’s Stebbings Road site has been approved and a permit has been issued by the BC Ministry of the Environment.
The threat to the watershed, creek, lake and water supply has been strongly opposed by the threatened Shawnigan community.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) have managed to convince the BC Environmetal Appeal Board to take a closer look.
As a result of continuing and growing opposition the threat will now be scrutinized by the BC Environmental Appeal Board. A hearing will be (Read more…)
Many of us miss reading Jody Paterson’s columns and articles in the Victoria Times-Colonist. A couple of years ago she signed on with CUSO and headed down to Honduras, along with her partner and journalist Paul Willcox.
Friend and Cowichan Conversations contributor Don Maroc has been in touch with her and she points out that the story we have been told about the latest elections is not quite like we have been told.
She has started a blog -A Closer Look and it is well worth a read to catch up with her adventures and get (Read more…)
The severity of the threat facing the Shawnigan Watershed from receiving 500 Tonnes of contaminated soil has been enough for the BC Environmental Appeal Board to allow for a ‘Public Hearing’ in spring 2014.
The Cowichan Citizen’s Sarah Simpson filed this report on this long running battle.
South Island Aggregates (SIA) had previously won approval from the Provincial Environment Ministry to deposit and possibly treat the materials at their Stebbings Road property located in the Shawnigan Watershed.
Following a long drawn out ‘Keystone Cops’ like lead up to the upcoming spring hearings the full CVRD Board of (Read more…)
OMG December is coming and with it the hype and holler of consuming. For too many it is a time for loading up your credit cards to buy gifts of questionable value.
Retailers stock up with must have items to lure anxious shoppers into over spending and in many cases to buy worthless crap.
Oh, the big ticket items will be selling well, or will they?
There is a certain dread that presents itself, but there is a far more agreeable way to find meaningful gifts and support local home grown crafts people, artisans, artists, church groups, (Read more…)
It is amazing to watch and listen the new Pope Francis actually tell the truth and shame the devil. He has seized the hot button issues like homosexuality, gay marriage, and now he is laying it down in the clearest terms to the ahem, God fearing capitalists.
Pope Francis, it appears is a man of the people and as far as Pope’s go, a young and energetic one.
Will we see him throw the money-changers out on their asses as Jesus Christ had done when he was a young man.
He must be giving them fits and it (Read more…)
As we are treated to distortion, lies and revisionist BS Rafe Mair of the Common Sense Canadian steps in and tells it like it is.
The crap we’re obliged to take is becoming too odorous for these old nostrils.
We’re told by Bill Bennett that there will be big raises in our Hydro bills and puts it down to the need to upgrades etc.
If not telling the whole truth is lying, Pinocchio, move over, I have a cabinet minister for you to embrace as a colleague.
The Vancouver Province does an editorial this morning placing the blame (Read more…)
Political life and involvement has its’ ups and downs , but between the garbage and the flowers I have been fortunate meeting and being inspired by ‘fellow travellers’ of many dimensions and persuasions.
I am grateful for these kindred spirits whose paths I have crossed and was reminded of the common thread that unites so many of us when reading Corky’s latest call to speak up over the looming threat to our once sacrosanct Agricultural Land Reserve.
Don Maroc sent me the You Tube link below featuring Harold Steves and I could (Read more…)
Thanks for this Corky, we need your strong, rational voice on this extremely important issue. We hope you won’t mind if we tidy up a few of your comments.
You’re certainly right the Agricultural Land Reserve is unique, not just in Canada but the whole world. In 1972 Dave Barrett’s NDP pulled off a surprise victory over W.A.C. “Wacky” Bennett, who was anything but wacky, having created the BC Ferry system, BC Hydro, BC Rail, and an extensive highway system.
At the time Fraser Valley farmland, some of Canada’s finest and highest producing, (Read more…)
Cyberspace delivered these words of concern and a call to speak up from Corky Evans
Imagine that you might, someday, want to farm for a living. Or imagine your kids might want to farm, or your grandkids. All over the world such dreams become harder and harder to achieve as land capable of supporting crops is paved over for roads or built into shopping centers or houses or is used for industry.
In B.C. during the 1960’s and early 70’s, we lost 6,000 acres of farmland every year to subdivisions and other non-farm activities. In 1972 there (Read more…)
Here is another substantial post from the keyboard of Kevin Logan, a seemingly indefatigable researcher, writer and analyst. This piece was originally published in the Common Sense Canadian and is being reproduced here with permission of the writer.
Asian investment explodes in BC’s LNG market, rivalling the scale of resource development in the tarsands, as new trade deals threaten to entrench foreign state ownership of Canada’s key energy assets.
“The relationship is suffering,” or so goes the mantra in our mainstream press.
For the last number of months, politicians, media and the talking heads have repeated (Read more…)
Cowichan News Leader reporter Peter Rusland tells this real life story of an extreme level of violence against a young woman right here in our community.
Heidi Mendenhall with type of ‘sugar skull’ her team will make Monday to help fight abuse of women and children. Cowichan’s rate of violence against women is about double B.C.’s average.
By Peter Rusland – Cowichan News Leader PictorialHeidi Mendenhall thought she was dead. Her drunk boyfriend’s fists kept pounding her, knocking out her front teeth. Some of her (Read more…)
Can Steve Harper really hang on much longer?
He lied repeatedly over the entire Senate scandal from the beginning especially about the details of his firing Chief of Staff Nigel Wright and the payoffs to Senator Mike Duffy.
Somehow he has managed with the unquestioning obedient corporate media, until now, to convince Canadians that he was competent to handle the economy and in fact he has sold us and control of our resources out to China, Malaysia and who knows what else.
The death knell will be that his economy with accuracy will not stand scrutiny any (Read more…)
Rob Douglas penned a article published in the Cowichan News Leader that focused on the need for a’ livable wage’ and the difficult time many residents are having making it month to month.
Following this column was the this notice;
Rob Douglas is the President of the Cowichan Valley NDP Constituency Association.
He writes monthly or the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial and can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the NDP.
Just a minute. Where did that curious caveat (Read more…)
Like so many of us I have had a few turns at the colonoscopy cha-cha-cha.
The gallon of what seemed like discount liquefied bubble gum that we had to drink and then the ‘nobody else go in the bathroom for a few hours’ purging that followed.
Emerging at last when all was done leaves you with that walking on air sensation, lighter and renewed.
Well it turns out that along with many others I get to do it again. My ‘poop test’ was positive. Oh happy day!
I had heard somewhere that (Read more…)
Recall the promises of prosperity heralded by now Premier Christy Clark. The LNG fracking and pipelines will deliver untold goodies, wealth and benefits the shameless BC Liberals proclaimed.
Well folks it ain’t necessarily so! The hacking and slashing of all public funded services is underway. Routes will be cut back and the seniors has been targeted for a new cash grab.
Not only that but the hapless Libs are also going to lighten your wallet further by installing gambling opportunities on the ferries!
Here is the updated report from the CBC.
If there would have been a reason to attend, even as an observer, it would have been to hear Stephen Lewis, a distinguished political veteran of the left.
Fortunately You Tube makes it possible to see and listen to him in the comfort of your home or office.
It is instructive to hear him speak of carbon discharge and climate change.
He takes aim at present policies that put the planet at risk.
His unrestrained commentary was compelling considering that the BC NDP leadership has unabashedly embraced fracking, itself a far greater threat than that posed from the (Read more…)
This weekend is a pivotal weekend for the future of British Columbia.
The stars seemed to have aligned as overlapping events occur simultaneously all of which pivot around the future of oil and gas for which our dear leader has tied our fortunes.
Another Round of secretive oil and gas meeting
First up PNWR is occurring against the scenic backdrop of Banff Alberta. PNWER is a secretive regional gathering that has a long history of forging political , legislative and economic leadership agendas.
At the top of this weekends agenda is an update on BC LNG, (Read more…)
Dave Sim posted this on Facebook. It was so cool, I had to share it.
Here is a video regarding a law suit being launched challenging the water approvals for the massive fracking operations throughout Northern BC-Courtesy of Damien Gillis from the Common Sense Canadian.
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