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Cowichan Conversations: “World-Class” BC LNG brings Third World deals with the likes of Petronas

Kevin Logan’s latest post from the Commonsense Canadian is reproduced here with permission.

Kevin Logan-Contributor

It’s possible that the majority of British Columbians would agree with developing our natural gas resources – even for export – if our own energy security was guaranteed, the economic benefits accrued to British Columbians and we did it all in such a way that we are able to maintain our international reputation as an environmental leader and awe-inspiring tourist destination.

However, contrary to the BC Liberal election campaign rhetoric, the government’s LNG development model offers none of this and with the Malaysian state- owned (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: Damien Gillis-BC Should Not Be Bullied or Suckered by Petronas Over LNG Taxes

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The stakes in the fossil fuel game are high as are the risks taken by those who blindly speak of the riches coming our way from the irresponsible development of BC LNG.

The bullish approach taken by the BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark and her duet of cheerleaders Ministers Rich Coleman and Bill Bennett defies logic.

Recall their reckless approach allowing China and Malaysia to dominate our natural resource extraction on their terms in a process starved giveaway at bargain day prices.

We should call for a limo to drive Petronas CEO Shamsul Abbas to the airport (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan’s Sonia Furstenau Has Thrown Her Hat Into The CVRD Ring!

Sonia Furstenau has declared for Shawnigan

As we await the Environmental Appeal Board’s verdict on whether to uphold South Island Aggregate’s permit to put five million tonnes of contaminated soil in our watershed, we need to be clear and direct with the BC government: No matter what the EAB decides, the people of Shawnigan Lake will never give up the fight to protect our watershed.

Much of my adult life has been committed to advocacy and fighting for justice. As a long-time volunteer and board member of Results Canada, I have written articles about global issues, met with MPs, Cabinet (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: SUZUKI-It Makes No Sense To Elevate Economics Above The Biosphere

Cowichan Conversations: Naomi Klein-This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate


The tide is turning as citizens stand up and speak out on a global scale. 360 thousand hit the streets in New York City and thousands more protested in cities throughout the world.

At the same time our ignorant neo con PM Steve Harper, the ‘Fearless Defender of the Overdogs’, is in complete denial and has not even bothered to show up at the UN Summit on Climate change in New York.

What must people think of Canada now?

Naomi Klein. Photo by justine warrington (CC BY 2.0)

By Alexander Reed Kelly

Every week the Truthdig editorial staff (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Opposites Attract: The New Conservative Love Affair With Canada

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Canada and the US share the world’s longest undefended border, speak the same language approximately, and as is engraved on the ‘Peace Arch’ in Blaine Washington we are ‘Children of a Common Mother’.

We have a great deal in common and yet there are social and cultural differences that remind us that we are not quite the same, not yet anyway.

This article by Josh Barro appeared in the New York Times and is worth a look to see how we are now seen from an American perspective.

Oh, and take a look at what Americans are (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets of New York City

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Read Lisa W. Foderaro’s comprehensive New York Times report that saw 100,000 demonstrators that hit the streets of New York city calling for action on ‘Climate Change.’

Leaders from throughout the world attended the Summit Meeting on Climate Change. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper underlined his indifference and irresponsibility by refusing to attend this important Climate Change Summit.

It is a national disgrace and further diminishes Canada’s reputation throughout the world.

By LISA W. FODERARO-New York Times

Legions of demonstrators frustrated by international inaction on global warming descended on New York City on Sunday, marching through (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Tom Mulcair and His Centralized Control Leaves NDP Democracy Begging

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

NDP Federal nominee Ian Morrison sent out this email to many Cowichan-Malahat-Langford members as well as our MP Jean Crowder-National Vice Chair of the Federal Campaign.

Ian’s email followed yet another top down decision from Ottawa delaying the second scheduled nominating convention without explanation.

Clearly the centralists in Ottawa want to control the nomination to decide who that will be, democratic process and membership be damned.

This may well be happening right across Canada. Democracy in the NDP today has been reduced to sit down, shut-up send money.

I have included nominee Ian Morrison’s email below followed (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Tara Ehrcke-BC Teachers Strike-Lessons Learned

Victoria Teacher-Activist Tara Ehckre


Tara Ehrcke

Teacher, Activist, Citizen. Currently on the executive of the Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association – 1400 dedicated and hardworking professionals.

Victoria BC



Read this informative opinion piece from Tara Ehrcke’s Blog-‘Staffroom Confidential.’BC Teacher strike – Lessons learned

On the evening of the vote results, I found myself, with great difficulty, repeating the tried and true advice: “Don’t mourn, organize.” Because it is correct. There is much to do. And there are always setbacks and disappointments on the way to a better world.

That said, it (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Election Issue-CVRD Senior Staff Out of Touch Pay Formula Stalled For Now

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

CVRD Chair Rob Hutchins is an old pro at dodging bullets. Sending a resolution, calling for changes in the way senior staff compensation is determined, back to committee until after the upcoming round of local government elections mid November signaled that perhaps, change is in the wind.

Few if any want to be seen supporting the discredited formula that has guided them for a decade plus.

CVRD Director Bruce Fraser

CVRD Director Loren Duncan .

This effort was designed to allow the politicians a reprieve of sorts as long as it does not become an election issue, but (Read more…)

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Cowichan Conversations: BC Teachers Should Reject Tentative Settlement

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

While initially enthused about the marathon bargaining sessions with the experienced Vince Ready mediating, the reality is beginning to sink in. This is not a good deal for students, teachers or the province of BC as a whole.

The 80 million advanced by the BC Government is only a 5 million dollar increase.Three times that amount is needed and was identified by the BCTF.

Tara Ehrcke, a Victoria teacher and activist appeared on various media outlets this morning calling for this tentative deal to be rejected.

She blogs on ‘Staffroom Confidential‘ and astutely asks:

(Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: RMR Rick’s Rant Against Harper’s Secret Trade Deal (FIPA)

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Valley Political Scene Shows Signs of Heating Up

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Municipal elections in November and Federal Parties seeking nominees for next years Federal election have brought some new life to politics in the valley. Say goodbye to the ‘Dog days of summer’s is time to reshuffle the deck in political circles.

Locally there looks to be changes ahead at both the CVRD and North Cowichan political tables.

Sonia Furstenau has declared for Shawnigan

Word has it that present Shawnigan Director Bruce Fraser will not seek re-election. Sonia Furstenau has declared her intention to seek the Shawnigan Director’s seat and she may be joined in the contest by (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The Mbira Spirit and Our New Journey

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger


I found this on Amy Matamba’s Facebook page.

Amy & Tafadzwa were playing music in Trout Lake.

What wonderful music, enjoy.



Great trip to Vancouver! Loving the Mbira Spirit and our new journey. A very thoughtful passer-by sharing a video he took of us playing music in the most natural setting we could find…. Trout Lake! In such a big city, we were happy meet new friends and old, too! Life is good.

Cowichan Conversations: Obama Begs for More War

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

From the outset we have been lied to and misled by US President Barack Obama, and our tag-a-long Prime Minister Steve Harper, operating through NATO and facilatating the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Ukraine just two weeks before the election.

Now many credible reports are surfacing that clearly demonstrate that this is one more failed US mission in a long list of military excesses and intrusions. You will not see or hear much about the in the corporate media but NATO’s bagging of right wing thugs and Nazi’s is not going well.

CounterPunch – Obama (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved — Paul Craig Roberts

Dr. Roberts was associate editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He was a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate in Los Angeles. In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States.


The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved

Paul Craig Roberts

Some Western commentators interpret the cease fire in Ukraine obtained by President Putin as a victory for Russia. The reasoning is that the cease fire leaves (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Deep Green Resistance

Deep Green Resistance is a pro-woman, social-justice environmental organization. As radicals, we hold a class analysis on injustice, and we are fighting enmeshed systems of oppression.

Industrial ecocide & misogyny are inherently connected. The way the land is treated and the way that women are treated are both part of a male-oriented domination culture of exploitation and abuse.

The freedom of women as a class cannot be separated from the resistance to the dominant culture as a whole.

We are enmeshed in overlapping systems of sadistic power built on stolen wealth, white privilege, misogyny, and human supremacism. As individuals, it (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Independent Legal Perspective on BC Liberal Government’s Proposal E 80-VIDEO

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Peter Fassbender is beginning to show the stress of pretending to negotiate all summer. Added to that he is now facing shutdown classes throughout British Columbia. He tell us us that the BC Teacher’s Federation’s misinformation campaign over the contentious E 80 clause that the Premier insists be included in any negotiations is driving him crazy!

Here is Global TV’s report that includes an independent legal analysis of proposal E 80.

Cowichan Conversations: 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford encountered an angry mob when she attempted to enter Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A Mighty Girl

On this day in 1957, 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford encountered an angry mob when she attempted to enter Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Eckford was one of nine teenagers, known as the Little Rock Nine, who became the first African American students to attend the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled school segregation unconstitutional in its famous Brown v. Board of Education decision.

While the nine students had planned to enter the school together, the meeting place was changed the night before and Eckford, whose family (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: More Misinformation Than Facts on Mount Polley Disaster

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Kevin Logan accompanied Alexandra Morton on a trip to the disaster area shortly after the tailing pond disaster hit. Mystery Film on Quesnel Lake!

They were the first to really bring us any pertinent information on what happened and what the impacts were from possibly the worst mining based disaster on record.

Prior to their visit and reports there were only the vaguest of reports and the beginning of a major disinformation campaign.

Here Kevin Logan’s post sheds light and perhaps more importantly raises questions that Imperial Metals and the Christy Clark BC Liberal Government would (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Clark Government Out To Bust Teacher’s Union and Usher In Charter Schools

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

There is lot at stake in British Columbia. This is so much more than a collective bargaining issue. The public education system itself is on the block and this struggle could lead BC into a ‘General Strike’ showdown before it is through.

There may not be a choice if public education is to survive the attack from Christy Clark!

Here is an insightful ‘Opinion Piece’ by Tom Kertes, carried in the Tyee.


Why Teachers Fear the Worst From Clark Government

By Tom Kertes

Today, public school teachers in British Columbia will vote to end their job (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rob Douglas – North Cowichan Council Campaign Launch

Campaign Launch For Rob Douglas

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As many of you know, I am running for North Cowichan Council this November. We need new voices in municipal politics, and I want to bring a co-operative approach, fresh ideas and a long-term vision to local government.

Please join me for my campaign launch on Tuesday, September 9th at the Duncan United Church. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. There will be live music, opportunities to chat with like-minded people, and a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share, and feel free to bring your kids and grandkids as (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Russia Wants War!


Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

There is an abundance of information out there showing that the US purposely funded extreme right wing militants to over throw the elected Ukrainian government, a task that they accomplished a mere two weeks before the scheduled election.

The map above pretty much tells the reality of the Americans real goals of achieving world dominance while blaming the Russians of aggression.

The MSM media for the most part just parrot the spin and talking points without question or challenge.

Take a look at this and see if it makes more sense than the pabulum fed to (Read more…)