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Cowichan Conversations: Bill Routley questions the Minister on why SIA is open for business without having met the permit conditions.

Cowichan Conversations: *Big Idea No.2: Anchor Institutions*–Rob Douglas-Roger Hart On Local Economic Development in the Cowichan Region.

Rob Douglas and Roger Hart have rolled up their sleeves and prepared economic development options for Cowichan that are a refreshing alternative that makes a good deal of sense. Well worth the read and your

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Cowichan Conversations: Peter McKay to announce that he is stepping down as Justice Minister later today-Harper shellshocked!

Peter McKay has been one of the most significant players in the Harper government from the beginning. No loss to Canada but this significant departure hurts Steve’s re-election efforts.

Is Justice Minister

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Cowichan Conversations: Speculation increasing that 2015 election writ will be dropped in August

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

Steve Harper and his thugs in suits are in high gear cheating, lying, rigging the system.

They are desperate, and for good reason.

When they lose and the curtain is

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Cowichan Conversations: Dr Guy McPherson-Responding To Climate Change

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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair’s Modest Proposal: Scrap environmental assessments

The resignation of Economist Robyn Allan from the National Energy Board (NEB)underlines the futility of funding these rigged operations and what is worse is that we pay through the nose for them to jam

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Cowichan Conversations: Horgan was in Edmonton for celebrations. Here he is with a Cowichan ex pat now Alberta NDP MLA Shay Anderson.  

 

Horgan was in Edmonton for celebrations. Here he is with a Cowichan ex pat now Alberta NDP MLA Shay Anderson.

He sent this on his iPhone. I think he had better get

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Cowichan Conversations: Judith Lavoie on the Shawnigan Contaminated Soil Battle

This article was originally carried in Victoria’s Focus Online. It covers the issue well but misses the crucial matter of the CVRD Shawnigan land use bylaws that prohibit treating and processing materials from off site.

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Cowichan Conversations: Kshama Sawant: An interview with ‘the most dangerous woman in America’

Kshama Sawant: An interview with ‘the most dangerous woman in America’ There is an alternative — even in the United States

Perhaps no other elected official on the Left in the United States is

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Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan NDP MLA Asks the Environment Ministry How Much They Have Spent On Lawyers Defending Their Actions Re: Contaminated Soils Controversy

Cowichan Conversations: TOMMY Douglas–Keeper of the Flame-VIDEO

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

Tommy Douglas remains one of Canada’s most inspirational political figures. He was recognized as ‘The Greatest Canadian 2004.

We are at a cross roads in Canada today. The Alberta NDP

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Cowichan Conversations: Time To Ditch Strategic Voting

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Political turmoil generally signals a shift away from the governing parties. It is easy to assign a shift to the NDP in Alberta and apply that across the country, but is

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Cowichan Conversations: The gap between the 1 percent and the 99 percent is widening-Co-operatives could narrow that spread in Cowichan

Here is another instalment from Rob Douglas and Roger Hart regarding economic development and the potential of expanding co-operatives in the Cowicham Region.

BIG IDEA #1: CO-OPERATIVES

Rob Douglas-North Cowichan Councillor

The gap between

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Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Off To The Supreme Court To Assert Land Use Jurisdiction and Authority Over SIA Contaminated Soil Processing and Treatment

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

The CVRD has finally resurrected their stalled BC Supreme Court action attempting to have the CVRD Shawnigan bylaws regulating land use recognized, respected and adhered to.

While this is a

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Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan’s Challenges Demand Reform At The CVRD

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger

Sonia Furstenau was elected as Shawnigan’s CVRD Director last November. She inherited a horror show left by the former Doctor Director Bruce Fraser.

When news of South Island Aggregates (SIA)

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Cowichan Conversations: Director Furstenau faces the threat of 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil being dumped in the Shawnigan Watershed

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Sonia Furstenau was elected as Director, November 2014 to represent the Shawnigan community at the CVRD Board Table. She was immediately immersed in the struggle to stop the importation of 5

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Cowichan Conversations: I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff

Cowichan Conversations: Video: Conversations that Matter with John Horgan

Stuart McNish interviews BC NDP leader John Horgan carried in the Vancouver Sun (Video)

NDP John Horgan says, “everyone’s a New Democrat they just don’t know it yet”.

Horgan talks about everything from resources to

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Cowichan Conversations: Three extraordinary, but forgotten years in B.C–!972-1975

I came across this Geoff Olson piece posted in the Vancouver Courier reflecting back on that amazing time in BC when we had a government that gave a damn.

Premier Dave Barrett-1972–1975

Roberta tottered

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Cowichan Conversations: Economic development is an area of growing interest to local governments across Canada

This is the first of a five part series examining a different approach to beneficial economic development in the Cowichan Valley.

Rob Douglas-North Cowichan Councillor

Economic development is an area of growing interest to

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Cowichan Conversations: Blues Legend -BB King Dies at 89

The news is out. BB King has died, but his music will live on. He was bigger than life and yet like all mortals his day has come. Rest in Peace BB King

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Cowichan Conversations: Defeated Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard Bumps ALC Chair Out — Life Is Good At The BC Liberal Pork Barrel

Longtime Saanich mayor Frank Leonard, defeated in the November 2014 elections, has landed a Longtime Saanich mayor Frank Leonard, courtesy of his friends within the BC Liberal Party. Leonard may well have a great deal

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Cowichan Conversations: Stephen Harper: The Musical! OR How To Survive & Thrive in the Dying Days of the Empire of Oil

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Stephen Harper: The Musical! OR How To Survive & Thrive in the Dying Days of the Empire of Oil

Laughs provided by Parliament Hill? For real.

James Gordon’s fourth full-length musical

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Cowichan Conversations: Elizabeth May’s Speech to the Ottawa Press Club Will Be Tough To Beat In The Future!

A few of the conservative uptight MSM types reacted with dismay over Elizabeth May’s ‘tell it like it is’ speech at the Ottawa Press Gallery dinner.

I had mentioned in a previous post that she

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Cowichan Conversations: SRA to Lead Peaceful Rally at Victoria Legislature Today-May 13th-11:00AM –1:00PM

SRA to Lead Peaceful Rally to Present Petition & Oppose Environmental Appeal Board Decision to Uphold Permit for Contaminated Soil Dump

Where: Grounds of the Victoria Legislature

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 11:00am-1:00pm

By:

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