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 ...

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Process Hits A New Low – Elected Directors Decision Hijacked

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger When the CVRD hired former Administrator Frank Raimondo to stand in for 6 months after the firing of their CAO Warren Jones,  it seemed like a good idea at the time. Frank knew the CVRD inside out, was available and was committed to restructuring the overloaded top-heavy administration that had ballooned under ...

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Chair and Directors Deception Was Covertly Recorded By SIA

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 ...

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Heads Off To Environmental Appeal Board In Hopes of Stopping Contaminated Soil Being Dumped In The Shawnigan Watershed

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It has been a year and a half since Shawnigan residents learned of an application to dump 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil in their watershed. Until recently the CVRD Directors followed Shawnigan Director Fraser’s lead. They studied, stalled and collaborated with the BC Environment Ministry and then Minister Terry Lake in one of the most bizarre chapters ...

Cowichan Conversations: Have the CVRD Politicans Finally Woken Up?

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger I suspect that many of you are getting as tired of hearing about yet another CVRD screw up and outright failure to responsibly represent the taxpaying residents in the Cowichan Valley as I am blogging about it. Should we just ignore their incompetence and failure to even understand their own land use ...

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Director Bruce Fraser and his Colleagues Have a Great Deal To Answer For!

The CVRD has finally discovered that the land use bylaw that they insisted was of no use in blocking the proposed South Island Aggregate’s proposed contaminated site does in fact give them that authority to  act, or at least did before the Ministry of Environment staff issued the permit to SIA. Here is the CVRD  Friday ...

Cowichan Conversations: Dear Environment Minister Lake- A Letter From Larry Gollner

South Cowichan are residents facing an unfathomable threat to their Shawnigan Watershed, drinking Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger water, creek and Shawnigan Lake. They have been organizing resistance to this madness and they are doing it from many different perspectives. Residents are responding to this cynically timed decision to issue a ‘Draft Permit’ to SIA ...