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Cowichan Conversations: Bill C 51 Has Passed Second Reading!

Cowichan Conversations: Forbidden Ad: Networks reject Friends’ TV spots

Forbidden Ad: Networks reject Friends’ TV spots


Toronto – All the major Canadian TV network and station owners: Bell, Corus, Québécor, Rogers and Shaw have refused to air Friends of Canadian Broadcasting TV ads that satirize Stephen Harper for his hostile agenda towards the CBC.

“The ads the networks do not want Canadians to see are meant to hold the Harper government to account for the damage it has done to public broadcasting in Canada,” says Friends spokesperson Ian Morrison.

Before being submitted, Friends’ ads were approved by the Television Bureau of Canada, an (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

In one of Washington’s worst kept secrets President Barack Obama confirmed earlier indications of his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. This is huge and could help bring about rejection of the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan proposals as well.

The New York Times reports on this far reaching development. In Canada all eyes will be on ‘Steve’. Could this trigger the end of Enbridge and Kinder Morgan as well?

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: There was and still is an unnerving, hollow energy around St. Michael’s Residential School.

Georgia Collins went back to her roots for the ceremony shutting down St Michel’s (St. Mikes)Residential School.

She kindly consented to sending it along to Cowichan Conversations.

Georgia Collins

I lived in Alert Bay when I was a little girl. I remember playing for hours on the beach with my Mum and my sister, looking for blue glass trading beads. My Mum loved to take us for walks through Gator Gardens, I remember skating there when it froze.

I got my ears pierced in Alert Bay, at the same store where Buster, my huge stuffed animal dog, was from. It (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Dear Government Spin Doctor: A Journalist’s Final Warning

One last shot at the tyranny of the talking point.

By Sean Holman, Today,

‘I don’t think you’re a bad person. But you should know a few things about me….’ Photo by Shutterstock

Dear government spin doctor,

I am working on a story about how your job is helping to kill Canada’s democracy.

I know that your role, as a so-called communications professional, is to put the best spin on what the government is or isn’t doing.

That means you often don’t respond to the questions I ask; you help elected officials do the same thing; and (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair–Exploiting Fear is ‘Wrong and Racist’

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Canada is facing a deliberate overheated racist attack against Muslims launched and fuelled by our Prime Minister Steve Harper. Steve’s latest is his attack against Muslim women wearing niqab, a veil, while taking her citizen oath.

Gutter snipe politics of division and hatred threaten not only Muslim women or any other minority he wishes to attack, but to all of us in Canada.

I was reminded early today that it was not that long ago women wore hats and veils to church. Yes, Christian women, and he told me his mother would never under any circumstances appear (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Anders Brevik Murdered 77 People and Injured 319 , Mostly Children

Cowichan Conversations: “Crazy” things Stephen Harper said to Peter Mansbridge about Oil and the Environment

Cowichan Conversations: Mother Nature Under Surveillance

Cowichan Conversations: VIDEO: Rex Murphy calls on Canada to go to war against Stephen Harper’s terror bill

Cowichan Conversations: New York Times–The Trip Treatment–Psychedelics Revisited

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

This New York Times feature is a clinical back to the future psychedelic trip in length and content.

It is well worth the read and for those great many of us who did a fair amount of tripping back in the 60’s and 70’s, an amusing reminder of the power and potential of psychedlic drugs made illegal.

Experiments conducted by trained professionals once again reveal a huge potential for beneficial change for many illnesses and addictions.

Why are all the beneficial and enjoyable drugs illegal in most jurisdictions?

Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Mulcair is Showing His Mettle In Opposing Bill C 51- Four Former Prime Ministers Join In the Fight

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It has taken some time for Canadians and the Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair to really get a grip on the severity of the so called anti terror bill C 51. There is no doubting the skilful demagoguery of PM Steve Harper and he played his threaten and rescue card like a Steinway piano.

Justin Trudeau is playing it safe, thinking that he can ride this one out riding the fence. Truth is Justin, those pickets are lethal and you really should climb down and join with Thomas Mulcair and Elizabeth May who are both standing up for Canada.

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Cowichan Conversations: Vacationing City of Duncan Councillor Tom Duncan Denies Public Input Over The Controversial Dakova Building Proposal

Never In Living Memory

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Veteran councillor Sharon Jackson appears to have been on the warpath lately regarding the proposed development on the empty lot at Canada Avenue and Government Street.

She is not anti-development; that lot has needed a building on it for over 20 years. But she is against this particular development. The height, the massing, the use of hardi-board and corrugated metal cladding are just a few of her concerns. These are shared by Councillors Michelle Staples and Michelle Bell.

They won’t win this one, though, because Duncan’s council seems to be firmly (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: We’re Still Getting ‘Huck Finn’ Wrong

By Nick Romeo

A new book reminds us that Mark Twain would absolutely hate winding up on approved reading lists. Like his most famous creation, Huck Finn, he took a dim view of civilization.

The quintessential American novel of rambunctious boyhood contains 13 dead bodies, numerous violent assaults and crimes, and a conspicuously casual deployment of the ugliest racial slur in the English language. Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn was once banned by libraries across America for its violence, coarse language, and subversive ideas on race and childhood. But the book is now the most-often-assigned novel in American schools.Do its (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: We’re Still Getting ‘Huck Finn’ Wrong

Cowichan Conversations: Robert Reich-CEO’s Do Not Create Jobs-Middle Class Consumers Do

Cowichan Conversations: Five Years of Five Years of Bucan Bucan– What A Treat!

Bucan Bucan, the #1 Balkan Brass Band out of Victoria BC, celebrate 5 years of playing together! Visit for more info, or to take a listen!

Cowichan Conversations: We Must Not Be Afraid-Elizabeth May -This Legislation is Sweeping, Dangerously Vague and Likely Ineffective-Mulcair

Project Democracy

Elizabeth May and Thomas Mulcair have both shown great leadership in standing up against Harper’s reckless, vague and unnecessary Secret Police bill.

Send them a thank you by tweeting at them.

Tweet at Mulcair by clicking here:

Tweet at May by clicking here:

Cowichan Conversations: Mulcair: Anti-Terrorism Bill’s Wording Makes It Easier For Government To Spy On Foes













Recent story in Huffington Post–CP | By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Information-sharing measures in proposed anti-terrorism legislation are so broadly worded they would allow the government to spy on its political foes, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says.

Mulcair took exception Tuesday to the bill’s mention of interference with infrastructure or economic stability as activity that undermines the security of Canada.

The wording is sufficiently vague to permit a Canadian Security Intelligence Service investigation of anyone who challenges the Conservatives’ social, economic or environmental policies, the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Bank of Canada Court Case Won in Federal Court-Huge Ramifications Claimed

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

A great many Canadians have heard various rumblings about the wealth transfer scheme that kicked in shifting a great deal of control and profit from the Bank of Canada to the private banks. Money for nothing is a sense.

There has been a fair amount of chatter floating about on Facebook, Twitter and of course landing in our email inboxes.


Here is what is purported to be a “Good News” story for Canadians.

Cowichan Conversations: Wallener– Maroc– They Don’t Share the Same View For Economic Development For The Cowichan Region

Here is a guest post from Damir Wallener responding to Don Maroc’s earlier Column regarding Damir’s proposal to include hi-tech when looking at econmic development for the Cowichan Valley.

Damir Wallener

I recently shared my thoughts on economic development with the CVRD board. I am grateful for the delegation opportunity, and appreciate the chance to address some rather bizarre misrepresentations that were subsequently floated.

Here’s the tl;dr version of what I presented:

Our kids are leaving, and the first major trigger point is graduating from high school.

If we want our kids to stay, we must increase educational opportunities (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair-How Quickly Politics of Fear Could Transform Canada

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

We are indeed at a crossroads in Canada as we face a clever and devious PM Steve Harper who has spooked both Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and NDP leader and opposition leader Thomas Mulcair. Bill C 51 is a bone chilling attack on our rights and freedoms. It extends far and wide unlike anything most of us could not even imagine.

Demagoguery has succeeded with other desperate leaders.It is a card often played but seldom as far reaching as what Canadians face today.

Here is Rafe Mair’s assessment of it. It is a sobering must read.

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Cowichan Conversations: Code of Silence Surrounding Canada’s Health Care System

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Canada’s healthcare system was once a matter of national pride. It was a reassuring to know that the best care possible was available regardless of the patience financial circumstances.

During the Stephen Harper reign funding has been reduced dramatically and the stresses on the system has compromised service and treatments available.

Further the system is shrouded in secrecy leaving Canadians in the dark regarding the real state of our healthcare.

The Eye Opener has drawn this disturbing matter to our attention in this article below.

By Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi

The Faculty of Communication and Design presented a panel (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Ed Broadbent and Roy Romanow Call For Strong Opposition To Anti Terror Bill–Mulcair Had Better Listen Up

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

In recent posts on ‘Cowichan Conversations’ and on ‘Facebook and Twitter’ I have been critical of the Federal NDP’s failure to take the gloves off and go after Harper over his so called anti terror measures that would strip away civil liberties and turn CSIS into a secret police force.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

I had repeatedly pointed out that Green Party leader Elizabeth May has provided the opposition at the political level. Ms May had a free run in a field that was wide open. That may soon change.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau turtled and although Mulcair stated opposition (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc-Is the Cowichan Valley Ready For the High Tech Sector?

Don Maroc – Cowichan Conversations Blogger

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s Board (CVRD) Damir Wallener delivered a very professional presentation extolling the financial virtues of a hi-tech industry cluster for the Cowichan Valley.

Wallener claims that some years ago he moved to California, probably the famed Silicon Valley, where he learned details of the establishment of a hi-tech sector.

Although Wallener said he has no desire to recreate Silicon Valley here. If that is what he wanted, he explained, he would move to Silicon Valley. He emphasized what he is promoting is on a much smaller (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Bill C-51–Trudeau Liberals and Mulcair New Democrats Put Party First-Canada Second

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

I am a life long New Democrat and I am appalled at the ‘weak as water’ positioning that the Thomas Mulcair led NDP have offered in regard to the Harper anti terror Bill C 51, a bill that will, if passed, turn Canada into a CSIS Police State.

Mulcair has said he opposes Bill C 51, but so far lacks the passion and commitment necessary to have his concerns registered as significant.

Justin Trudeau just choked and offered his support right from the beginning.

PM Steve Harper salutes Canada

If Mulcair and Trudeau not going to go to (Read more…)