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Cowichan Conversations: Even At the Local Level, Representative, Democratic Government Requires Hard Work To Understand.

Don Maroc Even at the local level, representative, democratic government requires hard work representative, democratic government requires hard work to understand. Every once in a while it pays to have a good conversation about Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Even At the Local Level, Representative, Democratic Government Requires Hard Work To Understand.

Cowichan Conversations: CERCA Bridge and Log Removal Project

Video produced by Boon Collins and Thomas Shandel for the Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association Thomas Shandel Moderator . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CERCA Bridge and Log Removal Project

Cowichan Conversations: What are your elected representatives there for anyway?

Here is a strongly worded post from Duncan councillor, Sharon Jackson, one of the longest serving politicians in the Cowichan Valley. I have been elected about a thousand times probably because I have strong opinions Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: What are your elected representatives there for anyway?

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Directors Must Stand Up And Represent The Residents Who They Are Elected To Serve

It looks as if the CVRD, and some of our politicians, are rolling over again. This time we face a proposed LNG facility in Saanich Inlet and unelected Planning Manager Ross Blackwell has reportedly been Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Directors Must Stand Up And Represent The Residents Who They Are Elected To Serve

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Protests-Helicopter Rides To View the SIA Contaminated Landfill-Wednesday, January 6th between 9 am and 3 pm

On Wednesday, January 6th between 9 am and 3 pm, the #SaveShawniganWater Community Action Group has arranged to provide aerial tours by helicopter from Shawnigan Village to the south end of Shawnigan Lake. Politicians Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Protests-Helicopter Rides To View the SIA Contaminated Landfill-Wednesday, January 6th between 9 am and 3 pm

Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark Government Inaction Over Contaminated Soil Dump Threatens Shawnigan Real Estate Values

Shawnigan Residents Perseverance Remarkable While Facing Government Sanctioned Dumping In Their Watershed The BC Liberal government sanctioned attack on the Shawnigan communities watershed continues. RCMP enforcers are out in ever increasing numbers to… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark Government Inaction Over Contaminated Soil Dump Threatens Shawnigan Real Estate Values

Cowichan Conversations: Rob Douglas–Municipal Politics in the Cowichan Region: Year in Review

Rob Douglas Last Fall you elected me to North Cowichan Council from a ballot that featured a multitude of strong candidates. I was overwhelmed by your support in granting me a seat on Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rob Douglas–Municipal Politics in the Cowichan Region: Year in Review

Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–Why are we doing this?

The escalating threat to the Shawnigan Watershed hangs over the lives of Shawnigan residents facing an unmoving, uncaring and unconscious BC Liberal government. They did not care a fiddle over the Mount Polley disaster in Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–Why are we doing this?

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Conversations Takes A Break

Hi Folks Cowichan Conversations has been online for over 5 years now and it is time for a break. I have enjoyed covering wide ranging issues that have been of interest and importance in the Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Conversations Takes A Break

Cowichan Conversations: Fact–Water Runs Downhill- The SIA Contaminated Site Is Threatening Shawnigan Creek and Lake

Fact-Water Runs Downhill Part 2 Fact-Water Runs Downhill Part 3 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Fact–Water Runs Downhill- The SIA Contaminated Site Is Threatening Shawnigan Creek and Lake

Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–Every Morning the Trucks Arrive, Bringing More Soil Laden With Sulphur, Sodium, And Chlorides To Our Shawnigan Watershed.

By Sonia Furstenau-Shawnigan CVRD Director It’s raining, and I can’t sleep. I can’t sleep for all the images in my head. Images of water running off the ever-growing mountain of soil that’s coming from Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–Every Morning the Trucks Arrive, Bringing More Soil Laden With Sulphur, Sodium, And Chlorides To Our Shawnigan Watershed.

Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–When Will Enough Be Enough?

By Sonia Furstenau-Shawnigan CVRD Director This was the image that accompanied a message that arrived in my inbox at 7:32 am this morning. This is what it has come to in Shawnigan Lake. A Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–When Will Enough Be Enough?

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Mother Assaulted By Truck Driver At SIA’s Contaminated Soil Dump Site!

Protecting your water supply is an absolutely defensible act. The BC Liberal government has refused to do so leaving beleaguered Shawnigan residents to protest. They have been partially blocking and protesting at the SIA site Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Mother Assaulted By Truck Driver At SIA’s Contaminated Soil Dump Site!

Cowichan Conversations: Stand Together, Shawnigan, Stand Strong

  Shawnigan Director Sonia Furstenau Dear Shawnigan A few nights ago I posted on Facebook about the weariness that we all feel – the weariness that comes from having to fight so hard and Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Stand Together, Shawnigan, Stand Strong

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Leader John Horgan Demands That The Environment Minister Suspend SIA Operations Until Court Cases Can Be Heard

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan residents deserve clean, safe water. Protest 7-9AM Near SIA Entrance-Stebbings Rd.

Shawnigan residents deserve clean, safe water.

Please join Area Director Sonia Furstenau and Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver.

Let’s stand together to protect the place we live and love.

7-9am Monday November 16th near the

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Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Politicians Can Improve The Despised Alternate Approved Process (AAP)

Don Maroc

So the politicians who claim to dislike the AAP can with a simple decision at the Board table, make the forms much easier to use by allowing multiple signatures on each page.

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Cowichan Conversations: Have Cowichan Politicians and Residents Had Enough Of The Discredited Alternate Approval Process-AAP?

Don Maroc

Process, the steps through which government bylaws and regulations must pass to become the law of the land, are both the boon and the bane of government bureaucrats as they guide

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Cowichan Conversations: Injunction Sought: SIA Attempt to Muzzle Shawnigan Folk Hero ‘Shemama’ Shelagh Bell Irving

 

 

SIA and ‘Shemama’ Shelagh Bell-Irving-A Study In Contrasts

 

The South Island Aggregates (SIA) outfit is a classic example of greed driven capitalists without conscience. They have little if any concern for their

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Cowichan Conversations: AAP Confusion – Lake Cowichan speaks

Here is a report originally posted on Local Eye Online. Susan Down adds a new voice and presence to the Cowichan Valley community media choices. BY SUSAN DOWN ON NOVEMBER 6, 2015 NEWS NUGGETS

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Cowichan Conversations: Exact reasons for the firing of the CVRD’s former manager of water management, David Leitch, may never be known

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

Peter Rusland

Exact reasons for the 2014 firing of the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s former manager of water management, David Leitch, may never be

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Cowichan Conversations: Freedom the press is sadly being trumped by freedom of information policies in play at our Cowichan Valley Regional District.

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

Peter Rusland

Freedom the press is sadly being trumped by freedom of information policies in play at our Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Reporters are

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Cowichan Conversations: Curbside Collection Survey-What’s Happening?

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD’s CAO Carruthers Hires A Spin Doctor Despite Board Rejecting Such A Post

Richard Hughes

It looks as if the CVRD’s CAO Brian Carruthers has settled in nicely and is running affairs at the CVRD as he sees fit in spite of direction from our elected officials.

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Cowichan Conversations: Dr. Valorie Masuda –“If We Feel (Hospice House) Is Important, We Have To Build It,”

 

By Peter W. Rusland

Peter Rusland-Contributor

Tears and heartfelt memories followed Cowichan Valley Hospice’s passionate plea for the regional board to help local folks die with dignity in a purpose-built palliative-care facility.

Hospice’s

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