This photo was taken on Dec 18th, 2013, 3 days after this woman was admitted to Victoria General Hospital. I am advised that she remained in a coma from Dec 16th to Dec 20th, 2013.
Shortly after arriving via ambulance she stopped breathing then her heart stopped. She was revived by CDR. She awoke on Dec 20th and remained in ICU until Dec 23rd.
She spent 22 days in Victoria General Hospital, costing approximately $56,000. That could have bought eight insulin pumps.
She is only one of many in BC who end up in hospital because our BC Healthcare does (Read more…)
Cold War propaganda has been ratcheted up considerably as the US continues its efforts to gain control and influence in the region that began a decade ago. Exxon, Shell and Chevron have invested heavily.
Much of the western media has been unquestionably advancing the side of goodness and light ( the US interests) while focusing negative attention on Putin who is of course trying to sustain his control and influence through the supply of oil and gas in the region.
Here is a report from the Guardian that includes a leaked phone conversation that sheds light on the subject:
From (Read more…)
Take a few minutes to sit back and listen to this exceptional version of ‘The Boxer’
These videos, and Richard Boyce’s commentary are exceptional capturing the rugged beauty of the British Columbia Central Coast and the route chosen by Enbridge to ship bitumen from Kitimat through some of the most dangerous water channels in the world.
The risks are undeniable, the breathtaking beauty under threat incomprehensible.
Layla Zoe singing ‘Our Native Land’is haunting and impacting.
View these most amazing and beautiful videos from Coastal Tar Sands
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
The ups and downs of the battle trying to save Shawnigan from becoming home to 5 million tonnes of toxic soil being dumped in their watershed shows no signs of slowing down or losing momentum.
It is difficult to imagine how the BC Liberal Government would allow their permit issued to South Island Aggregates (SIA) to stand.
The local land use authority rests with the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) who initially misread the threat allowing SIA to gain approval from the BC Environment Minister.
Fighting to protect Shawnigan watershed
Despite the early mishandling of the application (Read more…)
The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has been appearing before the BC Environmental Board in Victoria looking for relief from the entity that might provide their best chance of overturning South Island Aggregates (SIA) permit to dump 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil in the Shawnigan Watershed.
Yesterday, the Council of Canadians Victoria chapter protested outside an Environmental Appeal Board hearing to demand that the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment reverse its decision to grant South Island Aggregates a permit to dump toxic soil near the Shawnigan Lake watershed. Council of Canadians chapter activist Ted Woynillowicz was interviewed by (Read more…)
We will miss Roberto Luongo. I wish him the best. He will home with his family at last.
The Vancouver Canucks have traded goalie Roberto Luongo back to the Florida Panthers. Luongo rejoins the Panthers after having been traded from them to Vancouver eight seasons ago. The Canucks receive prospect goalie Jacob Markstrom and centre Shawn Matthias in exchange.
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
I have criticized the CVRD politicians over their handling of the Eco Depot, contaminated sites, lack of out front debate and I stand by my posts in that regard.
However, on Friday they fired their CAO-Warren Jones from the top management position and I am relieved to hear it.
Justification could be registered over a long list of poor decisions and an absolute failure to provide the leadership and guidance that an elected board relies on to keep the ship upright.
The announcements did not give any reason for his mutually agreed upon departure.
Fired CVRD CAO (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
I just Facebook liked Lana Popham for BC NDP Leader. Now before you assess my support for her, it is beyond that.
The BC NDP needs a flat out gloves off brawl over the abandonment of anything remotely left of centre.
The inner circle has rigged the leadership race by requiring 25 Grand from candidates to enter. Even if you manage to scrape that together the spending limit has been raised to $350,000.00
This stullifys any chance of renewal by blocking a much needed broad based wide open contest that could produce ideas and a call (Read more…)
Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor
“Politics is the pursuit of power; a politician who says he won’t consider seizing it in the circumstances available is either lying (to you or himself) or derelict of duty.”
The reality of the vote split that Harper’s Minority supported Majority relies on is the only thing these so-called leaders are not discussing. It’s all spin and petty partisan politics. The piece below goes so far to say “It’s not even on the radar.”
By only focusing on potentially establishing a coalition after the next election they are giving the Conservatives a (Read more…)
We probably didn’t notice, during the years George W. Bush and his Flat Earth gang tried to rule the world from the Washington, D.C., beltway, how we slowly accepted their denigration of anything intellectual or scientific.
Then came Stephen Harper. In a veiled way during his minority government and then like a deluge after he turned a 37-percent popular vote into a Parliamentary majority.
Day after day he discontinued scientific research projects, permanently shut down highly regarded laboratories, threw libraries into trash containers, fired scientists and technicians by the hundreds, until the unheard of happened when (Read more…)
This is what happens when people are pushed beyond bearing by ineffectual leadership, especially when it involves far too much “collaboration.” To the point where it begins to feel like collusion.
This picture graced my inbox this morning. Apparently there were a number placed through the Shawnigan umm, downtown area.
If anyone has any more pictures, background or information feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may collaborate.
Will we see more coming? Who dunnit?
Richard Hughes-Let’s Collaborate
BTW I have heard through the grapevine that my name has been connected to the buzz.
Nice enough, but if I had done it there would have been a rooster on the sign, probably my picture and blog address.
Well at least people will be chattering about it, (Read more…)
The CBC Should Fire Peter Mansbridge And Rex Murphy
CBC’s Peter Manbridge and Rex Murphy-The Money Is Good!
Check out this Huffington Post Canada report by Michael BolenCBC anchor Peter Mansbridge was paid by a top oil and gas industry group to give a speech on energy, raising new questions about the broadcaster’s conflict of interest policies in the wake of revelations about contributor Rex Murphy’s ties to the energy sector.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) paid Mansbridge to speak at its Investment Symposium in December 2012 and a photo of him giving the (Read more…)
OTTAWA — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has changed his mind about working with the Liberals.
The Opposition leader was adamant he would never join a coalition with the Grits in an interview with The Huffington Post Canada when he was running for the leadership of the New Democrats but now he is open to the idea. Read the full story here
Finally, it has donned on NDP leader Thomas Mulcair that he and his party had better step away from their dreams of forming a federal government.
Many of us on the centre left were left bewildered by such claims when Mulcair and his (Read more…)
Facebook has been a popular but everchanging vehicle that has changed its methods to the detriment of users. Too bad, it has been useful for many of us on many levels.
Now what was free is now impeded and can be resolved by buying and paying for placement. Not good!
Here is a revealing video that delves into the changes further. Thanks to Henry M.
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger
There has been a fair amount of chatter in the comments section following recent posts about the NDP.
Rob Douglas wondered if it was time to look southward, not to the US but to South America, where bold social and economic changes have taken place in Venezuela, Equador, Bolivia and Uruguay for example.
He also queried as to whether it was perhaps time to take a look back to a forward looking document the 1933 CCF Regina Manifesto.
I cannot help but wonder what Canada would be like today if the CCF had been elected (Read more…)
CVRD Chair Rob Hutchins
Cowichan Valley Regional District Chair Rob Hutchins and Shawnigan Director Bruce Fraser initially liked South Island Aggregates’ plan to bring in contaminated soil, with board chairman Rob Hutchins calling it “a good-news story” and a potential solution to the illegal dumping in the Shawnigan area.
Shawnigan residents have been strung along by their Director Fraser from the outset and now Chair Hutchins is shown to have been more involved than previously known.
“Put a moratorium on any considerations for one year, while we get a handle on the situation — we build our relationship with [the (Read more…)
Just when you think that the BC NDP inner circle has run out of stupid they unveil a leadership race package that would look more at home in a big business Liberal or Conservative party race than what used to be a mildly left social democratic party.
The last electoral NDP victory was in ’96 when Glen Clark rolled up his sleeves and went after Gordon Campbell with a stick and a message that he was, ’On your Side.’
Seems that the conservative elements in control decided that they had better not try that approach again, too appealing, too (Read more…)