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Cowichan Conversations: Would a Social Co-operative Work in the Cowichan Valley?

Robert Douglas-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

More than two hundred unionized workers at Duncan’s Sunridge Place were recently given pink slips.

This came after the owner of the seniors care facility reached an agreement to sell the operation to a Vancouver-based firm.

Layoffs are effective in early June, when the deal should be finalized.

The announcement caught many off guard. Caregivers, residents and their families are concerned about the disruption and what it could mean for those receiving care.

Sunridge employees also fear the new owner may contract out their jobs, or re-hire them through a sub-contractor at a lower wage.

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cartoon life: Looking back on Vernazza 2

Filed under: art Tagged: Cinque Terre, italy, Popsicolor, procreate app

cartoon life: Looking back 1 v.2

I think I fixed the composition problems from the first version. Looking back on Vernazza in the Parco Nazionalle de Cinque Terre, Italy.

Filed under: art Tagged: art, Cinque Terre, good stuff, italy, landscape, light, mountains, seascape

cartoon life: S Basilio Harbour, Venice

Some interesting treatment in the buildings. The space isn’t too awful, but the surface of the piece itself is a mix of styles. There is that 3D space from the bottom edge to the horizon played against the flat abstract of the buildings. The sky is not too bad, it’s both flat and roomy. But the water spreads itself luxuriously out before you, stretching into space, rather than, like the sky, bluntly compressed and quite forward. Interesting problems.

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cartoon life: Looking back

Now, this… This is based on a photo grabbed in a glimpse of a second, looking back out of the car window. I tried working over the photo. But it was dead. Thankfully, deleted into oblivion. But redrawn fresh, and stretched into a memory, a quick remembrance of the Parco Nazionale della Cinque Terre, a promontory, looking back on Vernazza.

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cartoon life: The Pantheon 2

The 1700 year old part.

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cartoon life: The Pantheon

Raphael sleeps here.

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cartoon life: The wall outside Vatican City

All the secrets are inside.

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cartoon life: The Sistine Chapel roof

Just about the only reason, really, to see the Vatican.

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cartoon life: From the hotel at Pozzuoli near Naples

Filed under: art Tagged: italy, naples, pozzuoli

Art Threat: Blu mural tackles Italy’s Chernobyl

Italian street artist Blu has created a towering critique of the militarization of Sardinia. His latest mural depicts the devastating impact that industrialization and military bases have had on the Mediterranean island.

In the south-east near Salto di Quirra, a rocket launching site run by the Italian Air Force, electromagnetic pollution, hazardous waste and depleted uranium are blamed for disturbing health conditions.

Lambs are being born with two heads or six limbs, and local residents are suffering from an astonishingly high cancer rate — 65% of those living in the area are reportedly suffering from lukemimia, a

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The Scott Ross: Canadians Should Envy Greeks

Canadians aren’t too envious of Greeks, Italians, and Egyptians right now, but maybe they should be.

Though Canada has a relatively better economy and a stable political system, the other countries in the world facing crises have something Canada seems to be lacking, a resolve to make things better.

Facing financial collapse Greeks, who already work more hours than any other European country, are only adding more hours to their work week, some health professionals are even working for free. People across the country are becoming more informed, getting more politically active, and making their voices heard. These Greeks,

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Things Are Good: WikiLeaks Releases Syria Files

WikiLeaks continues to bring the world information that would otherwise be hidden from the masses, this time it’s millions of emails and documents from Syria. The Syria Files have been given to some media organizations to filter through (much like the last large release of documents from WikiLeaks).

This new release should shed light on the volatile situation in Syria and potential more. Already, it appears Italy was illegal helping Syria, who knows what else will be found. The more open and transparent countries are the more democratically they can function (the irony in all of this is WikiLeaks founder

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The Scott Ross: Europe’s Export of Political Integration

From democracy to banking, Europe has launched institutions that have shaped the world; with its recent financial crisis, Europe might be about to do it again.

The European financial crisis is only giving further legitimacy and urgency to greater European political integration. It is argued that with many economies dependent on each other, with a shared currency and shared markets, political decisions regarding spending and financial regulations need to be centralized or at least centrally moderated.

But if that argument has force, it stands to reason that a world financial crisis could justify a similar system of political integration, only

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Byron’s Epic Swims: The Alps

To this day, no one has been able to recreate the feat of naiant heroics that Byron managed in the dark fall of 1816. Having finished buggering Percy Bysshe Shelley senseless, Bryon decided to spend the winter in Venice. He … Continue reading →

The Disaffected Lib: Italy’s Mason-Dixon Line

Their leaders have names such as Durnwalder, Klotz, Widmann, and Mair.   Their neighbours include Swiss, Germans and Austrians.  And at the moment a good many of them are wondering why they should be saddled with the financial burden of remaining within cash-strapped Italy.

There has long been a secessionist movement in the northern Italian province of South Tyrol.   The southern border with the rest of Italy is called, by der Spiegel, Italy’s Mason-Dixon line.  The Tyroleans are the south’s rich cousins and they’re less than happy about having to pick up their share of Rome’s

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Politics, Re-Spun: Yas A., Kagan Goh and Carmen Aguirre: Monday at 6pm on COOP Radio

Monday night at 6pm on The Rational on COOP Radio [livestreamed], 102.7fm in/around Vancouver:

Yas A with another instalment on Italian political song writers. Alnoor Gova interviews Kagan Goh and Imtiaz Popat about the world television premier of their documentary Stolen Memories on Sunday, March 4th at 9pm on OMNI TV. Alnoor Gova also has the sublime opportunity to interview the renaissance woman Carmen Aguirre, who was recently the winner of CBC’s Canada Reads. And you should definitely watch this excerpt from her time on Strombo, and you can see her in IMDB here.

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Bill Longstaff: News flash—country rejects Olympic Games!!!

Hard to believe, but true—a country has rejected the possibility of hosting the Olympics. Rome had intended to bid for the 2020 Summer Games, but the Italian government has nixed the application. Italian Premier Mario Monti said it would be irresponsible to use taxpayer money to fund the Olympics with a guarantee that the government would cover any deficit, as required by the International

Drive-by Planet: Trenitalia ad blasted as ‘racist’

Italy’s state-owned railway Trenitalia has decided to replace first and second class on its high speed trains with four categories – executive, business, premium and standard.

The move by Trenitalia raised a few eyebrows because the passengers in fourth-class are so obviously at the bottom-end of the passenger pecking order… according to a Guardian article not permitted to use the on-board cafeteria and prohibited from even venturing into the more upscale carriages. The new arrangement drew complaints that the company was promoting segregation.

Matters took a turn for the worse when Trenitalia’s web commercial appeared. Executive class showed a group

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Drive-by Planet: Trenitalia: new ad criticized as ‘racist’

Italy’s state-owned railway Trenitalia has decided to replace first and second class on its high speed trains with four categories – executive, business, premium and standard.

The move by Trenitalia raised a few eyebrows because the passengers in fourth-class are so obviously at the bottom-end of the passenger pecking order… according to a Guardian article not permitted to use the on-board cafeteria and prohibited from even venturing into the more upscale carriages. The new arrangement drew complaints that the company was promoting segregation.

Matters took a turn for the worse when Trenitalia’s web commercial appeared. Executive class showed a group

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DeSmogBlog: LNG Groundhog Day: Cheniere Energy Signs Yet Another Gas Export Deal on Gulf Coast

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Another day, another unconventional gas export deal signed. Nascent North American LNG (liquefied natural gas) export deals are happening so fast and furiously that it is hard to keep track of them all.

The latest: On November 21, Cheniere Energy Partners signed a 20-year LNG export deal with Gas Natural Fenosa, an energy company which operates primarily in Spain but also in such countries as Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Morocco. Cheniere will maintain the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal located off of Sabine Lake between Texas and Louisiana, which feeds into the Gulf of Mexico,

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Impolitical: Speech of the week

A must see speech from the European parliament, November 16th. It’s Nigel Farage a member of the UK Independence Party who holds nothing back. It’s entertaining, sure, but they’re not laughing much in the EU these days.

It is a good point that he raises, about the democratic legitimacy of the successors installed in both Greece and Italy. Will they have support in coming months as austerity measures start to really hurt? Can professors run a government? That will be an interesting experiment in Italy, for sure.

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Impolitical: Every leader gets their day

Mr. Berlusconi is departing as leader of Italy and the citizenry reacts: From the New York Times’ coverage: “This is the most dramatic moment of our recent history,” Ferruccio de Bortoli, the editor of the Milan daily newspaper Corriere della Sera,… . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Every leader gets their day

Trashy's World: Stooopid stuff du jour

This is crazy. Stupid. And a whole bunch of other words I won’t use here. Seriously. Have you ever heard of such idiocy? Wait! Yes, I have! Those who think that vaccines cause autism! THEY are just as moronic! Wait again…. think you that th… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Stooopid stuff du jour

Art Threat: Politics play prominently at the 54th Venice Biennale

Water is the political motif for a significant number of works and death stalks the corridors of the Venice Biennale. . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Politics play prominently at the 54th Venice Biennale