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Cowichan Conversations: Maple tree blues: commission says cut it down

Susan Down, Local New Eye Cowichan, covered the Commission meeting where they officially confirmed their earlier plan to cut down the old big leaf maple at the Cowichan Community Centre. Here is her report. Maple Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Maple tree blues: commission says cut it down

Cowichan Conversations: richardhughes.ca 2016-07-21 17:38:43

    To all the concerned citizens who read this page, it’s time to take our fight to the streets. PLEASE JOIN ME IN A PEACEFUL PROTEST (#1) AGAINST STEELEHAD LNG – Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: richardhughes.ca 2016-07-21 17:38:43

Cowichan Conversations: E&N Spraying Roundup-(Glyphoshate) On Railway Tracks Throughout The Cowichan Valley

It appears that lack of notice and flimsy irregular signing is the manner in which the BC Government allows the use of pesticides in our communities today. BC’s Ministry of Environment used to refer these Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: E&N Spraying Roundup-(Glyphoshate) On Railway Tracks Throughout The Cowichan Valley

Cowichan Conversations: Vancouver Islanders more depressed than other B.C. residents

Life on Vancouver Island beats the alternatives. At least that is how I feel and what I have always thought. But why the higher depression levels compared to the rest of BC? Well, in we Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Vancouver Islanders more depressed than other B.C. residents

Cowichan Conversations: No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

Photo Credit Peter Rusland   By Peter Rusland-South Cowichan Echo No LNG in the Saanich Inlet. That resounding message was handed to the Malahat First Nation, Steelhead LNG and the feds during an emotionally Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

Cowichan Conversations: Ecole Cobble Hill Parents Opposed To CVRD Selling Parkland That Would Block Students Trail Access To School

Parents and concerned residents have raised valid concerns regarding Cobble Hill Director Matteus Clements efforts to convince the CVRD Board to sell off a small piece of parkland that serves an alternate and safe access Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Ecole Cobble Hill Parents Opposed To CVRD Selling Parkland That Would Block Students Trail Access To School

Cowichan Conversations: Lehanna Green-Justice Kirpatrick Upholds Justice Mackenzie’s decision On Shawnigan

  I understand that there was some Shawnigan blowback following previous posts and reports from Lehanna Green’s blog-Stop dumping contaminated soil in Shawnigan lake. In case there remains confusion or concern perhaps her latest Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Lehanna Green-Justice Kirpatrick Upholds Justice Mackenzie’s decision On Shawnigan

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Back In Court Over Seeking To Overturn SIA’s Ability To Dump Contaminated Soil

The continuing saga over the disputed shipments of contaminated soil to South Island Aggregates Shawnigan Watershed location continued in Vancouver court action Monday. Lehanna Green an ardent opponent of the contaminated dumping travelled to Vancouver… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Back In Court Over Seeking To Overturn SIA’s Ability To Dump Contaminated Soil

Cowichan Conversations: The Angst Over The Recent CVRD-SIA Court Decision Is Manufactured. The CVRD Won!

Kevin Wallgrove In march we won and the zoning was upheld by the courts, as a result injunctions were issued shutting down the contaminated soil side of the operation. Shortly thereafter the dirt company filed Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Angst Over The Recent CVRD-SIA Court Decision Is Manufactured. The CVRD Won!

Cowichan Conversations: BC Court of Appeal Decision – Victory for Shawnigan Lake

  Here is an excellent post from Lehanna Green’s blog–Stop Dumping Contaminated Soil in Shawnigan lake Submitted by Lehanna Green, April 22nd, 2016 ‘I read the news today, oh boy.’ – Lennon/McCartney Headlines like Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BC Court of Appeal Decision – Victory for Shawnigan Lake

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Director’s Decide To Take Another Kick At Driving Economic Development

Originally published in the Duncan Free Press. Peter Rusland The CVRD board’s recent decision to hire a new economic-development manager should now be followed by surgical precision and thought. Especially since five of 15 Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Director’s Decide To Take Another Kick At Driving Economic Development

Cowichan Conversations: Cross Appeal Filed on CVRD vs Cobble Hill Holdings/South Island Aggregates

Yes, the BC Supreme Court upholding the CVRD’s oft ignored land use bylaw was a win. But what is this? More legal manouvering by SIA/CHH? More costs, distractions and foot dragging. Let this be a Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Cross Appeal Filed on CVRD vs Cobble Hill Holdings/South Island Aggregates

Cowichan Conversations: A Business Knowingly Built On Shaky Ground

Leanna Green attended the South Island Aggreggates (SIA)-Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH) BC Supreme Court Appeal proceedings in Victoria yesterday along with 30 or more Shawnigan residents opposed to dumping contaminate soil in the Shawnigan Watershed. Read… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: A Business Knowingly Built On Shaky Ground

Cowichan Conversations: Georgia Collins: “Waterproofing Our Win” — The Shawnigan Struggle

Georgia Collins As someone who has been active on the Save Shawnigan Water issue from the day it became public in 2012, I have an incredibly intimate connection with this torrid contaminated soil affair. Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Georgia Collins: “Waterproofing Our Win” — The Shawnigan Struggle

Cowichan Conversations: The BC Greens Looking For A Leg Up Over The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Fiasco’- BC Liberals Delighted.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes There has for years been the illusion that the Greens, BC flavour or federal are somehow left, sorta like the NDP with a green tinge. The common ground is that neither Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The BC Greens Looking For A Leg Up Over The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Fiasco’- BC Liberals Delighted.

Cowichan Conversations: An Anatomy of a Water Win

Dara Quast On March 21, 2016, a Supreme Court ruling confirmed the Cowichan Valley’s Regional District’s authority regarding permitted land use. Contaminated soil will cease to be dumped into the community watershed that provides Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: An Anatomy of a Water Win

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Wins In Court-Bylaw Upheld-SIA Must Shut Down Their Contaminated Chaos In Shawnigan’s Watershed

Still awaiting details but the BC Supreme Court has recognized the supremacy of the CVRD bylaws that prohibited the SIA from hauling in a projected 5 million tonnes of contaminated soils and dumping them in Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Wins In Court-Bylaw Upheld-SIA Must Shut Down Their Contaminated Chaos In Shawnigan’s Watershed

Cowichan Conversations: Time For A Shakeup At The CVRD

Longtime CVRD Director Loren Duncan served Glenora-Sahtlam-Cowichan Station for a hundred years, more or less. He offered his take on the trials and tribulations of Cowichan Bay’s CVRD Director Lori Iannidinardo. He sees her as Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Time For A Shakeup At The CVRD

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Director Iannidinardo’s Lawyer Jack Woodward QC Mocks Steelhead LNG Lawyers Irrational Demands

In a strange and unusual twist the Steelhead LNG/Malahat Nation lawyers sent a missive to the CVRD Board essentially telling them to walkaway, stand down, and not to participate in any further involvement in any Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Director Iannidinardo’s Lawyer Jack Woodward QC Mocks Steelhead LNG Lawyers Irrational Demands

Cowichan Conversations: The South Cowichan OCP Prohibits LNG Facilities In Bamberton–Senior Staff Should Read The Plan

Don Maroc Residents in the southend of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) continue their strong push-back against development they didn’t ask for and definitely don’t want in their area. Most people in the Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The South Cowichan OCP Prohibits LNG Facilities In Bamberton–Senior Staff Should Read The Plan

Cowichan Conversations: Steelhead LNG’s Howe Street Executive Demands Surreal Surrender By CVRD Elected Officials

The newly implanted CVRD CAO Brian Carruthers probably thought he finally arrived when his shop received correspondence from the infamous Howe Street, the Vancouver equivalent to Toronto’s Bay Street and New York’s Wall Street. But Read mor… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Steelhead LNG’s Howe Street Executive Demands Surreal Surrender By CVRD Elected Officials

Cowichan Conversations: Politicians Shouldn’t Be Cowed Into Keeping Mum on Saanich LNG Project, Says Eminent Lawyer

Damien Gillis has stepped up and posted this article in the Commonsense Canadian. Our Cowichan Valley challenge to turn back the slick promoters from Steelhead LNG who want to build a massive floating LNG facility Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Politicians Shouldn’t Be Cowed Into Keeping Mum on Saanich LNG Project, Says Eminent Lawyer

Cowichan Conversations: Big Meeting At The CVRD Wednesday 6:30PM – Delegation To Speak About Possible Steelhead LNG Facility For Bamberton

Wednesday’s March 9th CVRD Meeting could be a memorable one with heightened interest in the Bamberton LNG Export Facilities being touted for our region, a topic that will be addressed. The controversial Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Big Meeting At The CVRD Wednesday 6:30PM – Delegation To Speak About Possible Steelhead LNG Facility For Bamberton

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Leaning Towards Hiring A New Cowichan Economic Development Manager

The latest edition of the South Cowichan Echo is out. Another Peter Rusland article is also available right here at Cowichan Conversations. This Rusland piece demands a response. I had a pithy preamble ready but Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Leaning Towards Hiring A New Cowichan Economic Development Manager

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Senior Staff Hire Lawyer To Impede Independent Cowichan Bay Director Lori Iannidinardo

Peter Rusland’s story on the Bamberton LNG contoversy was originally published in the South Cowichan Echo. Peter Rusland Unanimous opposition by Cowichan’s regional directors to Steelhead LNG’s proposed floating facility off Bamberton is caus… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Senior Staff Hire Lawyer To Impede Independent Cowichan Bay Director Lori Iannidinardo