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Cowichan Conversations: Jian Ghomeshi: One woman, actor Lucy DeCoutere, alleges she was slapped and choked without her consent.


Like so many Canadians I jumped on the bandwagon in defence of Jian Ghomeshi. It was a knee jerk reaction and my earlier comments mocking the CBC management were out of line. I apologize.

‘Q’ was one of Canadian Radio’s best and I mourn its’ passing but it is over and so is Jian.

His carefully structured Facebook disclosure was a signal that crisis management was in play. His attempts at marginalizing the women speaking out to reporters underlined a powerful, wealthy male power play, but it was too slick.

Now my concern has shifted to the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair–Shell Game: Public being fooled by great BC LNG illusion

By Rafe Mair

We are allowing ourselves to be mesmerized over Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

Perhaps we’re doing this to ourselves but the sad fact is that the government’s total ineptitude is not the only story. Not that that isn’t a big story. In fact, it was magnified last week when the Liberals set their tax regime for LNG companies.

It was not 7% or anything near it. It was not even 3.5% as reported – at least in the short term. In fact, for years it will be just 1.5% and assessed, to use the vernacular, on the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Ghomeshi is out of luck says Employment Lawyer Levitt

Cowichan Conversations: Four to Elect School District 79-Barrett, Buckner, Foster, Oxman

Cowichan Conversations: Elizabeth May Defends Jian Ghomeshi Amid Allegations Of Violence Against Women

Richard Hughes-Politically Speaking

The CBC fired Jian Ghomeshi and now they are facing a 55 million dollar lawsuit for defamation and breaking confidences.

This may rank as the bonehead mover of the decade for the CBC, who have also had problems with Don Cherry in the past.

I have not been able to come up with anything that resembles evidence or even identifiable sources of the complaints. It is very difficult to fully land on this until evidence is made available.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

Until then the CBC Brain Trust are in for a very rough ride stemming (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Island Savings Takeover — A Bad Deal-Vote No


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…)

Cowichan Conversations: Island Savings Credit Union Merger Is Bigger Better? Not In My Experience.



Island Savings Credit Union Merger

By David Ridley

Is bigger better? Not in my experience. The directors of Island Savings tell us that we will all benefit by being absorbed by a larger conglomerate on the mainland.

The advantages, we are told, are numerous. We will get free checking accounts, we will be able to compete more efficiently with the big banks and there will be no jobs lost.

On top of this we will still control Island Savings. Not so!

Make no mistake, this is a merger not a partnership, despite the glib advertising. This (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Dave Haywood Joins A Crowded Field Of North Cowichan Hopefuls


David Haywood





Dave graduated from Dartmouth High, Nova Scotia in 1960 and then attended Dalhousie University for 2 years in engineering programs. Shortly after relocating to Victoria in 1962, he started working full time for B.C. Forest Products as a sawmill labourer.

Promoted to staff as Employment clerk later that year, he advanced to more senior employee relations positions at Renfrew Logging, Crofton Pulp and Paper and to the Vancouver Head Office in 1978. Returning to North Cowichan in 1983, Dave’s new position in senior (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Deb Foster Candidate–Your Choice For Cowichan Public Schools

Cowichan Conversations: Rob Douglas–Upcoming North Cowichan Campaign Events

Rob Douglas


Upcoming Events

With the November 15th election just around the corner, there are several upcoming events in the North Cowichan campaign.

I will be holding meet and greets in Chemainus and Crofton this week to hear from residents about their concerns, and next week there will be an all candidates meeting in Chemainus.


Chemainus Meet and Greet – Wednesday, October 29, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., Book Nook Cafe, 2958 Oak St.

Crofton Meet and Greet – Saturday, November 1, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Mike’s Cafe, 1578 Joan Avenue.

Chemainus All Candidates Meeting (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Jian’s Ghomeshi’s Facebook Message About His CBC Firing

Dear everyone,

I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.

This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more. Today, I was fired from the CBC.

For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Michelle Staples Seeks Re-election to Duncan City Council

Welcome to!!! 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…)

Cowichan Conversations: Jon Lefebure Takes on the Tax Issue

Here is Jon Lefebure’s pushback on Taxation, the dominant theme of Election 2014 in North Cowichan Municipal Election.  

Jon Lefebure


Taxes, we all wish we they weren’t neces­sary, but they are. We have to main­tain our infra­struc­ture, roads, pipes, build­ings, or they will fail. We have to invest in our com­munity or we stand to lose our oppor­tun­ity to build a diverse, sus­tain­able economy.

We have driven tax increases down over the last 3 years from 3.85% to 3.05%. We have worked hard to get our house in order and my goal is to be (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Jian Ghomeshi Has Left The CBC Building-But Why?

Richard Hughes-Politically Speaking

Jian Ghomeshi has been fired, resigned, was forced to resign, chose to leave of his own free will or just what the hell has really happened?

Arguably Canada’s top broadcaster does not just bolt as it appears. Was he pushed?

The social media may reveal more but for now this is the story being released.

Here is the CBC’s release, so far.


CBC’s relationship with Jian Ghomeshi, host of the cultural affairs radio show Q, has ended, the network announced Sunday.

“The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: A ‘Yes Vote’ Will Mean That Island Savings Will Cease To Exist–’VOTE NO’

Don Maroc

Currently all attention is on the November 15, local government elections for municipal councillors and mayors, plus regional directors for nine districts, plus a Board of School Trustees, but there is another equally important, if much less known, “election”.

The management of Island Savings Credit Union, who’s head offices are in Duncan, have decided to “merge” with First West Credit Union, an amalgam of three former independent credit unions on the mainland.

Only four years ago the three credit unions pooled their resources to form First West.

It is now the intention of management that Island Savings be (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: NDP MLA Bill Routley Takes Cowichan Family’s Desperate Pleas to the Legislature

Richard Hughes

Many of you have already heard about the desperate pleas of a family in a life and death struggle to save a Lake Cowichan woman, a mother, a wife desperately seeking medical help.

‘Brother Bill’ came through once again showing the passion that he brings to the legislature on behalf of those in need.

Bill’s Constituency Assistant, Doug Morgan, sent this along

From this speech the family received the attention of the media and it was on CHEK 6 four times and the family has now raised over $9000.

Please pass this on to anyone you think would (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Save Island Savings- This not a Merger–This is a Takeover- VOTE NO!

Well they managed to get the logo right! “It’s good to be here”


Richard Hughes-Vote No! Save Island Savings

Vote No to this takeover attempt so that we will be able to keep our Credit Union based here in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

The Board of Directors and the CEO are about to sell us down the river through being taken over by First West Credit Union based in Langley BC.

The benefits for the top executives include a sizable yet undiclosed retirement package for CEO Little wonder he is pitching with such enthusiasm. This is a (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan News Leader Candidate Coverage for Election 2014

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger



The Cowichan News Leader is doing a good job with their Election 14 Coverage. I have posted their profile feature here. This is worth keeping around as we all try to sort out this amazing series of local elections.

ELECTION CANDIDATES Election News Election Candidates Candidate Q&As Election Information Electoral Region : —- All —- City of Duncan Municipality of North Cowichan Cowichan Valley Regional District Cowichan Valley School District 79

Click here to find your area

Mayor: Meet Phil Kent

City of Duncan: Kent, Phil — Mayor candidate (incumbent)

Meet John Koury

Municipality of (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: CKNW-Former BC Premier calls for a frank discussion of Canadian values

Former BC NDP Premier Ujjal Dosanjh

A former BC Premier says Wednesday’s terror attack in Ottawa is another sign of Canada losing the war on values.

Ujjal Dosanjh says it is time to forget being politically correct and have a frank discussion about our youth being radicalized.

“I think it has start in our schools. It has to start with every political and public leader being conscious of these issues and not pandering for votes and not being politically correct and I think that we need to speak to our children at home and we need to speak to our (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: North Cowichan Candidates Pitch Voters at Maple Bay All Candidates Meeting

Don Maroc-Political Blogger

by Don Maroc

A couple of hundred people jammed the Maple Bay Firehall for the election season’s first all-candidates meeting Wednesday evening, getting their first look at all 23 candidates competing for North Cowichan’s six municipal council seats and the mayor’s chair.

The issue on top of most candidates’ list was taxes, principally municipal property taxes. The voice that rang out the loudest and clearest was big Al Siebring, one of only two sitting North Cowichan councillors standing for re-election.

NC Councillor Al Siebring

The weight of Siebring’s pitch came in two promises to be kept within (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Lori Iannidinardo Has Been An Active, Committed Director for Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay’s Lori Iannidinardo

For six years, Lori Iannidinardo has been an active, committed Director of Area D – Cowichan Bay. She serves on the Cowichan Watershed Board and the Parks Board, where she was Area D Chair for 11 years. For 18 years Lori has been a coordinator for Cowichan Community Kitchens and is a founder of the Vancouver Island Logger Safety Support Group.

Ms. Iannidinardo wants to continue her work and be a strong voice on issues that people tell her matter: water, a sustainable economy, fiscal responsibility and respectful relationships. For that reason, she is standing (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Forestry Rezoning Flies in the Face of The Community Plan — It Should Be Tabled Until After the Election

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Shawnigan’s Advisory Planning Committee unanimously rejected the plan to rezone F-1 Forest Land to Residential allowing the developer to develop 28 lots in exchange for protecting some wetlands that are already protected by the Ministry of Environment.

Outgoing Director Bruce Fraser plans to advance this rezoning at the ‘Special Board Meeting’ this Wednesday.

If the scheduled order of meetings had been maintained then the new board would be dealing with this controversial issue. It will be special alright. Strategically planned to allow time to jam this through and who knows what other surprises await us on (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Amy Matamba Is Running For A Position On the Cowichan School District Board

Cowichan Conversations: Janice Macalister – Running for CVRD Director Area E

Janice Macalister

Running for CVRD Director Area E Vote November 15th at the Eagles Hall


I have lived in the Cowichan Valley for 22 years, the last five in Sahtlam (Area E). I work part time at Volume One books in Duncan. My previous political experience was as a Trustee, Vice-chair and Chairperson on the Cowichan Valley School Board from 1999-2005. During this time I sat on many committees including the joint committee with the CVRD that explored, and recommended, the changes to the original Fairgrounds and the relocation of VIU. I have been on a variety of Boards (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Balme/Ayr Gravel Pit Proposal Panned-Public Meeting

Davis Indge

By David Indge

After attending Thursday nights meeting on the Balme/Ayr pit proposal, it is clear they have a plan, they just do not know how they are going to execute it and what to do if things go wrong. That bodes ill for the entire community.

Mr. Brian French stated in his PowerPoint there has been a lot of miss-information spread about the Balme/Ayr proposal. As things progressed, we quickly learnt where some of the miss-information was coming from.

Mr. French stated they were derailed by a “legal technicality” which is at best, obfuscation of the facts. (Read more…)