Cowichan Conversations: The CVRD Has Amended Their Petition Over Bylaws To Halt SIA’s Contaminated Site Facility

Here is the CVRD’s late Friday release. In communications circles late Fridays are the time to deliver unpleasant news, firings, and the like. I spoke with CAO Brian Carruthers and he confirmed that the change Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Lake Residents — Idle No More

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Shawnigan is located at the south end of the Cowichan Valley Regional District and for a number of reasons seemed somewhat detached from the local government headquarters in Duncan. A great many of the residents are Victoria commuters, others were mainly summer time residents and so the blend even with the full ...

Cowichan Conversations: Now the CVRD Wants to Set Up Their Own Legal Department!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger The legal profession must have red circled the Cowichan Valley Regional District by now as a big red plum to be picked at will. Whenever you turn around there they go off into another legal case, suing or being sued, usually due to stubborness and stupidity. The Eco Depot debacle cost us ...

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Recycling and Waste Manager Bob McDonald Has Been Dismissed

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Longtime CVRD Recycling Manager Bob McDonald has been dismissed as the restructuring shakeup at the CVRD continues. Restructuring seems to be well underway. The CVRD Chair and Directors must share the blame for allowing the organizations rampant growth and high management salaries that brought the CVRD much criticism from taxpayers. The CVRD ...

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan’s CVRD Money Grab Designed To Slip By Unsuspecting Taxpayers

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger One of the most abusive practices of local governments is the ‘Alternate Approval Process’. In plain english it is a money grab dressed up in legalese in an attempt to make is sound legitimate and practical. It is a process designed to fail and is an update from the old’ Counter-Petition Process‘ that only required ...

Cowichan Conversations: Mr.Cliff Evans Awarded A Richly Deserved “Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal’

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger It was quite a night at the CVRD Offices where a packed house witnessed Shawnigan-Cobble Hill’s Cliff Evans receive a well deserved and hard earned ‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal ‘ graciously presented by CVRD Board Chair Rob Hutchins. Cliff has had a full military career and perhaps it was the discipline, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Why is the CVRD in a rush to sell off Eco Depot Lands on Cameron Taggart Road?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger I heard that Shawnigan’s Director Bruce Fraser held a little meeting at the Shawnigan Community Centre the other night, ostensibly to discuss the future of the old ‘Williams Farm property’ situated on Cameron Taggart Road. About 30 residents showed up to see a another farce of public process take place, thinly disguised ...

Cowichan Conversations: Out of Touch Cowichan Citizen Editorial Shows Callous Disregard For The Community

Time To Put The Past Behind Us And Move On The Citizen Friday, February 01, 2013 With the process now underway to sell off the property that was bought in anticipation of building the now-defunct Eco Depot in the South End, we hope civility can reign. The fight over the Eco Depot got ugly. Very, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Valley Residents Deserve Better!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger Our local CVRD government has often been the target of this blog. Their performance has been costly and dismal. I had a front row seat as an elected regional director representing Cobble Hill at the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board Table from 1993 until I stepped down in 2002. I offer my cut ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Supreme Court Rules CVRD Eco Depot Opponents Were Right!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger There will be much said and much written about our out of touch CVRD Politicians and their misdirected staff over their blatant misuse  of public funds and their arrogant conduct regarding the ill fated Eco Depot project. For tonight here is Peter Rusland’s account in the Cowichan News Leader. Cowichan Conversations ...

Cowichan Conversations: The CVRD Directors Are Trying To Bring the Eco Depot Back!

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger When it comes to the CVRD Directors penchant for spending our money and doing it in a deceptive and sneaky manner this group of Director’s win the prize! Does anyone recall them, any of them, pitching you on the seemingly non stop list of expenditures that they wished to make when ...

Cowichan Conversations: CT Group Comment on the CVRD’s Ill Fated Eco-Depot Controversy

Joseph (Larry) Gollner-CT Group On 27 June, Warren Jones, the Chief Administrative Officer of the CVRD finally delivered his report on the failure of the CVRD Eco Depot venture. The report largely blamed the failure on public opposition with attention paid to the Citizens Together Group (CT Group) and earlier F.A.R.M.S Group, and padded these ...