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Cowichan Conversations: 2015 federal election debate could see Elizabeth May take on Stephen Harper

Richard Hughes–Cowichan Conversations

Really, who did not see this coming. issue here is that we want to see and hear all the leaders debate.

How many times have we been through this now?

What is revealing that is none of the top three Harper, Mulcair or Trudeau had the wit, grace or acumen to demand that all leaders participate.

First past the post has to go! Bring on structural reform. Canada matters!

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is set to be included in the 2015 federal leaders’ election debates. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)


Green Party leader was cut out of 2011 (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Peter Nix-Carbon Buster Rides A Cargo Freighter To Europe

Richard Hughes–Cowichan Conversations

Peter Nix and his wife are travelling to Europe in an unusual, but probably environmentally responsible way.

Peter has offered local media updates on his adventures. Here is the first.

Imagine if this caught on. Some freighters could offer basic accommodation, others perhaps could offer transportation in exchange for work of some sort.

I love travelling but always feel uncomfortable on fuel sucking jets. So far not so uncomfortable that I have chosen to travel by freighter, but maybe I should. Maybe many of us should.

On the cargo freighter’s bridge, 25 m above a dark and (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Adbusters Launches the Meme War on National TV


Cowichan Conversations: Howard Zinn–Civil Disobedience Is Not Our Problem

Cowichan Conversations: Harper, BC Tory MPs have oil on their hands from English Bay spill

Richard Hughes-Cowichan Conversations

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…)

Cowichan Conversations: Harper’s Goal! Killing Medicare-One Policy, One Step at a Time!


Cowichan Conversations: Attention Young People-Steve Doesn’t Want You To Vote! Heave Steve!

Cowichan Conversations: Imagine-Playing For Change

Cowichan Conversations: Damien Gillis–A Primer–LNG In A Nutshell

Damien Gillis clearly explains the processes of producing the so called clean LNG fuel.

Cowichan Conversations: Freedom-Privacy – Are You Kidding Me!

Don Maroc

Last December Canada’s Supreme Court, with a thin 4-3 majority decision, ruled that even if a police search of a cell phone’s contents is illegal (no court issued search warrant), the contents may be used as evidence in court proceedings.

The majority stipulated that such a search must be directly related to the circumstances of person’s arrest and the police must keep detailed records of the search. In the case before the Supreme Court the majority agreed that the police had violated the defendant’s privacy rights when they searched his cell phone without a warrant. In spite of (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Motor Sport Resort Is Brown Not Green – North Cowichan Must Act!

Richard Hughes

Is this an April Fools joke?

Unless there is an amendment to the zoning, or a new zone is established this could end up being used year around all right.

It may already be too late.

Let’s see, what other uses than racing expensive toys for the well to do could we could add? How about motorcycles, stock cars, monster truck performances?

We have been through contentious debate over a ‘Noise Park’ not that long ago. Is this for real?

Read this Citizen report by Lexi Bainas

Motor Sport Resort piquing public concern A proving track for high-end sports (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Motor Sport Resort Is Brown Not Green – North Cowichan Must Act!

Cowichan Conversations: Give Peace a Chance – Save The River – Save The Farmland!

The Social Media is flowing with musical pushback against destructive people, like Steve, and ignorant projects like the Site C Dam proposal. The artists, musicians and comedians are jumping in and that is a good thing!

Cowichan Conversations: Heave Steve! – A Prince Albert Musical

You can view the lyrics at

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe–The reason why the NDP cannot win the next election is because of three little letters, LNG

Richard Hughes–Cowichan Conversations

Cowichan Conversations is pleased to feature this post from Rafe Mair.

Rafe has had a long and distinguished career that includes time as an MLA, Cabinet Minister and later as an award winning broadcaster, talk show host, successful author, and blogger.

Rafe is all about politics and our environment. We are all better off for his contributions to British Columbia.


I am no expert in the culinary arts – except the eating part – so I have no idea whether a cooked goose can be uncooked. The BC New Democratic Party, if it wants any chance (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Raeside-Out For A Smoke

Cowichan Conversations: CERCA, Naturalists, Politicians, First Nations, Industry Join Forces Enhancing Estuary


Here is a report from the Citizens Lexi Bainas

Cowichan Conversations: SOOKE STANDS FIRM – Face to face with Kinder Morgan

Here is a good news report from Sooke, another community standing together against the threat posed by cutting a deal with Kinder Morgan.

SOOKE STANDS FIRM – Face to face with Kinder Morgan

By Terry Dance-Bennink

I thought you’d find this interesting. It was quite a meeting last night – polite but passionate – and Sooke Council and the entire audience stood firm! Here’s my synopsis.

Kinder Morgan has been on the road lately offering money to communities who’ll support their pipeline project. They found no buyers in Sooke last night.

‘Go home! You’re not welcome in our town!’ (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Vancouver Sun keeps shilling for “clean” LNG, Woodfibre plant

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger


Rafe Mair does not spare the horses when quite rightly slamming the Vancouver Sun for their shameless LNG boosterism. That alone would be bad enough but beyond druthers their coverage is misleading and economic with accuracy.

    By Rafe Mair

The Vancouver Sun – rapidly becoming, if it hasn’t already become the “Pravda” of Vancouver – has done it again with another article supporting LNG and the proposed Squamish plant. This one is by a father and daughter combination and they come to what to me, at any rate, is an amazing conclusion.

LNG would (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Steve is stealing our money to put on a pretty face

Steve putting lipstick on a pig, his pig!


Cowichan Conversations: Steve Has Advice For The Easter Bunny

(Brian Gable/The Globe and Mail)


Cowichan Conversations: Claire Martin, ex-CBC meteorologist, to run for Green Party nomination

At a time when Harper is being seen for the _____that he is, this is most interesting. She might just get elected.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Martin to give news conference in North Vancouver

Former CBC meteorologist Claire Martin is set to announce plans to seek the Green Party nomination in a B.C. riding for the upcoming federal election.

Martin will be joined by Green Party Leader Elizabeth May at a news conference tomorrow in North Vancouver, according to a press release by the party.

Martin is familiar to many Canadians during her time as CBC’s senior (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Toronto Symphony cancels performances by Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa for anti-war views

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger


Speaking truth about right wing extremists cost pianist her right to play.

The hatred of the pro nazi forces has ride it’s ugly head in Canada.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra — Music and peace trumps hate and war!



The following statement was released on Facebook on April 6 by the renowned Ukrainian-born classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa. It is in response to the decision of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to cancel two performances by her with the symphony planned for April 8 and 9 of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2.

The TSO said its ban is (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Senator Mike Duffy Trial Kicks Off- PM Harper Vulnerable to Disclosure

Suspended Senator Mike Duffy pleaded not guilty to 30 charges of fraud and breach of trust, and one count of bribery as his Senate expenses trial got underway in an Ottawa courtroom Tuesday.

Mike Duffy pleads not guilty as Senate expenses trial gets underway

CBC – 6 hours ago

“I am not guilty, your honour,” Duffy said after the charges were read out in court.

The trial is expected to include a rare opening statement by his lawyer, the first narrative to a defence that has revealed little about its approach.

The maximum penalty for fraud or breach of trust (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The One Percent Tax Resolution-Local Government Is Being Squeezed


NC Councillor Rob Douglas

Every year, elected officials from Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, Powell River and the Central Coast meet for the general meeting and convention of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC). They debate and vote on a wide range of resolutions to send to the larger convention of the Union of BC Municipalities held later in the year.

In February 2015, the new Board for the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD)–which took a progressive turn after last fall’s civic elections–passed a bold resolution to address the continuous downloading from (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Screw the Law! — BC Liberal Government Rides Roughshod Over Cowichan Communities

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The BC Liberal government’s Mines ministry has fully embraced a new political tactic. Screw the law, it is all about rewarding businesses to plunder at will.

South Cowichan residents face two significant challenges that has the BC Liberal government riding roughshod over local government land use jurisdiction authority.

The first is the approval of the South Island Aggregates (SIA) to import 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil and God knows what else to be dumped into the Shawnigan Watershed. This of course puts the water supply for over 8000 citizens at certain risk.

Former Environment Minister Terry (Read more…)