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Cowichan Conversations: Elizabeth May’s Speech to the Ottawa Press Club Will Be Tough To Beat In The Future!

A few of the conservative uptight MSM types reacted with dismay over Elizabeth May’s ‘tell it like it is’ speech at the Ottawa Press Gallery dinner.

I had mentioned in a previous post that she

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Cowichan Conversations: Canada falling behind America and unprepared to meet shared climate commitment

It is incomprehensible to realize that Canada, once the envy of many throughout the world, has after a decade of right wing neo con governments, turned its back on the environment, on our lakes and

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Cowichan Conversations: Elizabeth May’s Uncharacteristic Ottawa Press Gallery Speech Goes ‘Off the Rails’–Escorted Off Stage

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May had in many ways set the bar for other elected officials across Canada. I have been inspired by her and admired her tenacity and forthrightness.

She flew across the country

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Cowichan Conversations: Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Former PC Prime Minister Joe Clark Speak On Bill 51

And now let’s hear from Former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark

Cowichan Conversations: Omar Khadr Granted Bail After Almost 13 Years In Prison

Cowichan Conversations: You Can Change The World- Pied Pumkin-Joe Mock-Rick Scott & Sherri Ulrich- A Timely Classic

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Notley should change electoral system following Alberta NDP win…no, seriously

This post by Rafe Mair was originally published in the Common Sense Canadian


Rafe Mair

Somehow, the day after it happened, the election of the NDP in Alberta doesn’t seem quite as

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Cowichan Conversations: Thunderclap in Alberta election By Peter Ewart


By Peter Ewart

As the poll numbers came in, it was clear. The NDP have won a resounding majority government in the Alberta election. This result comes as a thunderclap in the province,

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Cowichan Conversations: The Koch Brothers Grip On Alberta Has Made Them Rich

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The National Observer’s Digital News is an off shoot of the Vancouver Observer that has been embraced on the ‘Left Coast.’

Canada is ready, change is in the air. Articles like

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Cowichan Conversations: It’s On: Bernie Sanders to Announce Bid for Presidency on Thursday

Will we look back at spring 2015 as a volatile period of immense change?

Vermont’s Independent Senator Bernie Sanders is going to pursue the US presidency. He will do it with vigour and he will

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Cowichan Conversations: We Are Being Occupied by Steve Harper–Canada’s Worst Prime Minister Ever!

Cowichan Conversations: Howard Zinn–Civil Disobedience Is Not Our Problem

Cowichan Conversations: Harper, BC Tory MPs have oil on their hands from English Bay spill

Richard Hughes-Cowichan Conversations

It is when events like the recent bunker oil spill in English Bay take place that the value of independent writers, thinkers, and bloggers like Rafe Mair display their real value.

Here is Rafe’s take on this mess in English Bay that has spread around the harbour.

It is a disgusting, but only a drop in the bucket to what lies ahead if we do not put a halt to the insane notion of shipping oil, refined or compressed from Tar sands products, through our coast and harbour.

Whether it be by water or rail the certain accidents will (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Chris Hedges Calls Steve Harper A Pawn Or Puppet Of Corporations

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The Vancouver Observer has been a most welcome edition to the media mix in the Vancouver market and beyond.

They prove, dig and unapologetically provide us with hard hitting journalism with the integrity and purpose.

‘PM Stephen Harper has turned Canada into an advanced surveillance and security state’-Chris Hedges

Now that Harper has rammed Bill C 51-the supposed anti terror bill, report like Jenny Uechi and the Vancouver Observer are of increased value.

Jenny Uechi is Managing Director of Observer Media Group, and Managing Editor of The Vancouver Observer.


Chris Hedges photo by Jenny Uechi


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Cowichan Conversations: Oh! Oh! Canada

Cowichan Conversations: Obama Vetoes Bill Pushing Pipeline Approval

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

In one of Washington’s worst kept secrets President Barack Obama confirmed earlier indications of his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. This is huge and could help bring about rejection of the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan proposals as well.

The New York Times reports on this far reaching development. In Canada all eyes will be on ‘Steve’. Could this trigger the end of Enbridge and Kinder Morgan as well?

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday rejected an attempt by lawmakers to force his hand on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, using his veto pen to sweep (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Bill C-51–Trudeau Liberals and Mulcair New Democrats Put Party First-Canada Second

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

I am a life long New Democrat and I am appalled at the ‘weak as water’ positioning that the Thomas Mulcair led NDP have offered in regard to the Harper anti terror Bill C 51, a bill that will, if passed, turn Canada into a CSIS Police State.

Mulcair has said he opposes Bill C 51, but so far lacks the passion and commitment necessary to have his concerns registered as significant.

Justin Trudeau just choked and offered his support right from the beginning.

PM Steve Harper salutes Canada

If Mulcair and Trudeau not going to go to (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan-Malahat Langford Green Party Nominate Fran Hunt-Jinnouche-Elizabethg Presses For Parliamentary Reform

Don Maroc

The Green Party of Canada gives at least two meanings to the colour in it name. It stands, of course, for environmental respect and for ecology before corporate economy.

In addition it is a collection of political neophytes, exemplified by the party leader Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. Acutely intelligent, massively knowledgeable, broadly respectful, economically savvy, hometown charismatic, and she is politically charming and naive.

Last week at the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford Green Party gathering to select their candidate to run in this November’s federal election Elizabeth — it’s difficult to not use her first name, she (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Alistair MacGregor Won the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford NDP Nomination Today.

Alistair MacGregor will represent the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford NDP in the Upcoming Federal Election

Four hundred and fifty-five New Democrats filled up the Cowichan Secondary Gymnasium this afternoon, while another 30 or so gathered at the Langford Legion to nominate Alistair MacGregor to represent the NDP in the upcoming Federal Election.

More to follow.

Cowichan Conversations: Paul Manly Now Seeking Green Party Nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The Federal NDP has turned their backs on many NDP values and shifted to the centre under the leadership of Thomas Mulcair.

A disturbing number of NDP member activists have been blocked from even seeking nominations.

What has happened to today’s NDP federally and provincially was once unthinkable.

Is this a harbinger of what lies ahead ?

Paul Manly


On Facebook Paul Manly was asked “What has changed?”


I will tell you what changed for me. You will know from my film work and my community organizing that I am solid and unequivocal on a (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Prime Minister Harper’s Ugly Evangelical Capitalism

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The transformation of our country that Steve Harper foreshadowed has been underway for sometime and the results have been devastating. The war on science, scientists, the environment and environmentalists has been ruthless and unrelenting.

Canada, once an internationally respected nation that excelled at peace keeping and demonstrated to the world that solid environmental stewardship and a kinder, gentler approach to governance was both possible and achievable.

PM Steve Harper-The Ugly Canadian

That was some time ago. Today the term ‘Ugly Canadian’ has become a valid description of our Prime Minister and applies equally to the obedient supporting (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Socialist Stephen Lewis Roars Once More in Takedown of the Stephen Harper Government

By: Tim Harper National Affairs, Published on Sun Nov 23 2014

At the age of 77, Stephen Lewis describes himself as being “happily in his dotage,” a man free to bare his soul and dispense with diplomatic niceties.

He did just that in Charlottetown last Friday. The one-time lion of the left unleashed a withering roar over eight years of Stephen Harper government that deserves to be moved from the relatively tiny confines of the Confederation Centre of the Arts and into a larger forum.

Lewis focused on five fronts of perhaps irreversible decline in this country, five only, because (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Kinder Morgan Slaps Burnaby Residents With A Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit

Richard Hughes-We are being occupied!

Whoever thought that in Canada our Prime Minister and the Premier of BC would sell us out as is being done by Harper and Christy Clark?

They have made a deal with the devil eager to play in the LNG game and we are all being taken to the cleaners.

We are being overrun by foreign oil and gas interests and our governments have signed agreements with them that discount our rights in our own country.

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has dared to stand and fight the likes of Kinder-Morgan but the cards are stacked (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Politics, Hockey, Fall Sitting at the BC Legislature and Local Elections-Game on!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

We are moving into autumn, our glorious climate change driven summer is wrapping up even though our confused tomato plants refuse to stop providing even more ripe tomatoes.

Last night our beloved Vancouver Canucks warmed our hockey deprived souls with a win in the season opener against the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

BC NDP Leader John Horgan is determined even as he is smiling.

Our BC Legislature has been a scene of activity featuring accusations and highly partisan posturing in a rare fall legislative session is in gear. NDP’s new leader John Horgan finally has the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Canadians deserve more honesty than Prime Minister Harper is willing to give them.

Canadians deserve more honesty than Prime Minister Harper is willing to give them.

He’s too busy defending Big Oil to tackle climate change, or even tell the truth about it.

And that’s what has Dr. Jaccard — and many other Canadian scientists — so upset.


Read his whole essay here