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Cowichan Conversations: BC Court of Appeal Overturns BC Supreme Court Regarding Landfill Facility

Duncan, BC – The BC Court of Appeal allowed the appeals of Cobble Hill Holdings (CHH), South Island Aggregates (SIA) and South Island Resource Management (SIRM) finding that the Province has exclusive jurisdiction to

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Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan’s ‘Dirty Dirt Pit’ Was In Non-Compliance With Permit-Failure To Comply Could Mean Fines And Jail Time.

Originally published in the South Cowichan Echo

A soil treatment facility in Shawnigan Lake is now complying with pollution- containment conditions of its provincial permit following last week’s remedial orders from the environment

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Cowichan Conversations: Steelhead LNG Make Haste With Their LNG Liquefaction Plans For The Saanich Inlet

 

Barane McCartney draws attention to the OCP that clearly prohibits LNG.

 

By Peter W. Rusland, Originally published in the South Cowichan Echo

While South-Cowichanian’s fear development of a floating liquefied natural

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Cowichan Conversations: Province will accept court ruling on Shawnigan Lake contaminated soil

 

It is hard to imagine how this could take so long to decide, but at the least, the injunction has been reinstituted allowing for some relief, but without independent monitoring what is taking

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Cowichan Conversations: Pumps readied for Cowichan River life support

The third drought in 3 years has forced Catalyst, operators of the Crofton Pulp Mill, to spend a reported 500 thousand dollars to build pumping facility to assure adequate water to keep the Mill running.

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Cowichan Conversations: Not everyone thrilled with Sunfest – “Many, including CVRD personnel have told us to just move away.”

When large outdoor music concerts are promoted, it is not unusual to hear of negative effects on locals in the communities.

Safety concerns are glibly dismissed in some cases, and locations chosen are more

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Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Must Stand Up For Lake Cowichan-Youbou-Honeymoon Bay Residents Facing BC Hydro Ripoff Rate Hikes

The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) is charged with independently examining issues connected with BC Hydro and making their views and rulings on behalf of the public interest. At least that is what they used Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Must Stand Up For Lake Cowichan-Youbou-Honeymoon Bay Residents Facing BC Hydro Ripoff Rate Hikes

Cowichan Conversations: Will The Courts Finally Uphold the Bylaws and Protect The Shawnigan Community?

  Back in court, the cards have been played, hopefully for the last time. Here is an update from the Shawnigan Residents Association.   Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Will The Courts Finally Uphold the Bylaws and Protect The Shawnigan Community?

Cowichan Conversations: The Majestic Maple Has Been Felled Early This Morning By The Island Savings Commission

This may well be about the stupidest local government action ever. The tree was safe, but the politicians chose to realign the entrances to their so-called ‘Green Parking Lot’ at our Cowichan Community Centre, Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Majestic Maple Has Been Felled Early This Morning By The Island Savings Commission

Cowichan Conversations: Come celebrate the Big Leafed Maple – Tree of Life in a creative collaboration. *August 21st 10am – 3pm*

Public News Release Come celebrate the BIG Leafed Maple – Tree of Life in a creative collaboration. *August 21st* *10am – 3pm * Leanne Hodges, West Coast Wild Activist Artist, Starts A Community Mural Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Come celebrate the Big Leafed Maple – Tree of Life in a creative collaboration. *August 21st 10am – 3pm*

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.