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Cowichan Conversations: Democratic reform is the real change that must come from Canadian election

If Canadians don’t see a commitment for major change from Monday’s winner, the nastiest and most divisive election in our history, by far, will be for naught.

Change is never easy and the results

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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair: Why I’m for Massive Civil Disobedience

We are indeed in for the struggle of our lives.The Enbridge pipeline proposal is just one arm of the current energy frenzy that has gripped Alberta and British Columbia, but even alone it could cause irreperable harm on an unimaginale scale.

Rafe Mair is as knowledgable as any in BC regarding the threat that we . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair: Why I’m for Massive Civil Disobedience

Cowichan Conversations: Enbridge Pipeline an Enormous Risk for Little Benefit

Following PM Harper’s approval of the treacherous Enbridge pipeline BC NDP leader John Horgan and Environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert speak out in this NDP Media Release.

Clark still camouflaging her support for unacceptable approach to creating B.C. jobs

BC NDP Leader John Horgan

VICTORIA – The federal decision to green-light the Enbridge pipeline . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Enbridge Pipeline an Enormous Risk for Little Benefit

Cowichan Conversations: McDonalds Treating Foreign Workers Like Slaves

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

McDonalds, and several other Canadian firms are being investigated following reports of exploitation and abuse from victimized foreign workers.

I have often wondered about the staff at many different fast food outlets who might have been brought in on the foreign worker program, but did not know if they were . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: McDonalds Treating Foreign Workers Like Slaves

Cowichan Conversations: An Open Letter to NDP-MP Murray Rankin

Dorothy Field

Dear Murray,

I watched your speech on the Unfair Elections Act. Well done. Thank you. And I didn’t know about Rose Henry’s court case. She’s really something.

I am going to make another appeal to you. As I see it and I think you see it, Harper is step by step . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: An Open Letter to NDP-MP Murray Rankin

Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Reports

Cowichan Conversations: Singer Neil Young Campaigning Against Oil & Gas Dependence

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

We are living in a world dominated by the Oil and Gas industry, crooked bankers, and surveillance of citizens throughout the world.

These attacks on our rights to privacy have been driven by the Obama administration and have seen our Canadian Prime Minister Harper embrace the CIA and NSA even . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Singer Neil Young Campaigning Against Oil & Gas Dependence

Cowichan Conversations: Waltzing Matilda-Lest We Forget

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It seems that we see and hear music and films of the first and second world wars such as this moving testimony.

Not so much anymore. Prime Minister Harper has disregarded the Afghanistan Veterans having cut the meagre benefits that were in place.

It is a national disgrace!

Whether we . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Waltzing Matilda-Lest We Forget

Cowichan Conversations: North American Democracies Are Shut Down!-RMR-VIDEO

Cowichan Conversations: US and France Preparing To Attack Syria

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Here is a news report from Turkey followed below by a video report that dates back to June and certainly contradicts the line that we are being constantly fed by the Obama administration.

Turkey News reporter Tariq ep says rebels storing Sarin in Turkey: Syrian army seizes sarin cylinders from . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: US and France Preparing To Attack Syria

Cowichan Conversations: Calgary’s Manhattan Moment

Andrew Nikiforuk is one of Canada’s leading energy writers and todays offering published in the Tyee gives an in depth report on the latest flooding events in Alberta and of course he dives into the whole matter with eloquence and verve.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

In the midst of all the worries over . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Calgary’s Manhattan Moment

Cowichan Conversations: The CBC At Issue Panel : The Prime Minister Speaks

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Is Back And I Am Stealing His Posts Again!

Rafe Mair – Political Blogger

Holidays are over and Rafe is back telling it like it is. His response to the heavy handed Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handling of the ‘Idle No More’ protests are predictable and welcomed.

You can just imagine how much Harper enjoys his posts and the Common Sense . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Is Back And I Am Stealing His Posts Again!

Cowichan Conversations: The Canadian Conversation is Not One Dimensional-But The MSM Is! *Updated*

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The concentrated ownership of the corporate media has created predictable, dull and unreliable sources of news and information. Canadians have seen their once diverse ‘Mainstream Media’ devolve into a homogeneous blur too often failing to reflect the texture or variation of views that exist in our towns, cities, homes, workplaces . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Canadian Conversation is Not One Dimensional-But The MSM Is! *Updated*

Cowichan Conversations: The True Scandal of First Nations’ Funding Being Sidelined!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

The slippery manoeuvre from the Harper squad to leak dated and incomplete so called reports regarding the financial affairs of the Attiwapiskat First Nations under the political leadership of Chief Theresa Spence shows the depths Harper will go to derail the hunger striking Chief and slow down the ‘Idle . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The True Scandal of First Nations’ Funding Being Sidelined!

Cowichan Conversations: Harper Is Losing It Over Chief Theresa Spences’ Hunger Strike

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

Like night follows day the somewhat predictable PM Stephen Harper has let the dogs out regarding the growing “Idle No More’ movement and the continuing hunger strike being waged by Attiwapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.

A dedicated anti aboriginal bigot Stephen Harper’s Government UN Ambassador John McNee obediently voted against . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Harper Is Losing It Over Chief Theresa Spences’ Hunger Strike

Cowichan Conversations: First Nations Chiefs Meet With Chief Teresa Spence And March In Ottawa

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

Attiwaspikat Chief Teresa Spence is now on her 11th day of her hunger strike protesting the treatment of her people, speaking out for natives across the country that have been negatively impacted by the policies of this Harper government and the violations to their treaties. The Twitterverse is . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: First Nations Chiefs Meet With Chief Teresa Spence And March In Ottawa

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Conversations Readers Do Not Trust Harper

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Do you trust PM Harper to tell the truth about trade deals with China?

No, He just sold us out to Chinese State Interests on the Nexen takeover! (95%, 58 Votes)

Yes, Steve is a trustworthy and dedicated PM (5%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 61

On a dark chilly morning . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Conversations Readers Do Not Trust Harper

Cowichan Conversations: On the Left Side

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

A while back I added ‘On the Left Side’ a series of headlines about stories that I thought might be of interest to readers of this blog.

Let’s face it there is so much going on and only so much time to post regular blogs that I felt it . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: On the Left Side

Cowichan Conversations: Politicians Please Ponder Pot Policies Promptly!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

For decades our politicians have pouted over the question of legalization often throwing their hands in the air pointing to the US War on Drugs as evidence that they could not possibly legalize cannabis here in Canada.

Well the air has just been let out of that balloon.

Washington State and Colorado residents voted for regulated legalization and will now set out to kick the plans into gear.

This has really ruffled the feathers of our BC politicians and their Federal counterparts. What to do now? OMG the pressure is on!

I’m sure glad I have a driver! I can’t stop giggling and I have the munchies!

What are our politicans thinking?

The latest polling shows 75 percent of Canadians want the funny tobacco legalized.

It is really only a minority bolstered by those who profit in the deadly drug trade that want to see legalization blocked.

It is disappointing to see our Liberal and NDP leaders ducking the issue. They have in unison kicked the ball over to the Ottawa crowd.

 

Christy! What was in those Timbits?

Both Premier Christie Clark and BC NDP leader Adrian Dix conveniently ignore the fact that Premiers and their Attorney Generals can take steps provincially by instructing our police forces and prosecutors to lay off busting people for simple possession of marijuana.

Canada’s Premier’s should be lobbying Ottawa to listen to the strong majority desire for and end to prohibition.

I still don’t feel any different. It doesn’t seem to work for me. Can I have some timbits?

PM Harper embraces the 1930′s ‘Reefer Madness’ attitude to the devil weed and would just as soon jail pot puffers.

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has balked, flip flopped and spoken against liberalizing present laws that turn otherwise law abiding citizen into criminals.

He has sadly demonstrated that he too is out of touch with Canadian attudes towards the failed ‘War on Drug’s.’

Bob Rae, Federal Liberal Interim leader has said that what we have in place is not working and we really have to look at a different approach.

Federal Liberal Leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau appears to be poised to actually step up, but so far he has been bob and weaving. He may surprise in later rounds of the bout.

Thwer has been a clear call from the Young Liberals to end the prohibition that has failed miserably.

Most Canadian Politicans, not all, are out of touch with the mood of the nation.

It is not too late for our politicians to take a deep breath and seize the moment. It will be most revealing to watch the dance that follows.

. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Politicians Please Ponder Pot Policies Promptly!

Cowichan Conversations: Harper Calls Mulcair an Extremist! This is a Great Complement to The NDP!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

PM Harper is appearing ill at ease and showing signs of discomfort as the opposition expands to the secret trade deal with China.

NDP Leader Mulcair and for the most part Liberal Leader Bob Rae have been critical Harper’s assault on democratic processes and the sell out of our . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Harper Calls Mulcair an Extremist! This is a Great Complement to The NDP!

Cowichan Conversations: Here Is A Brilliant Examination of Harper’s Crumbling Control of Caucus

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes – Political Blogger

Those of us who fall into the news/political junkie slot scan the media in its many variations. Searching for relevance can be an exhausting effort but every once in awhile a refreshing, independent and insightful source appears and is relished.

The following is such a column written . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Here Is A Brilliant Examination of Harper’s Crumbling Control of Caucus

350 or bust: The Harper Government’s Approach To Scientists: Control The Pests

* Although Rick Mercer treats the current situation regarding control of scientists and their tax-payer funded research in Canada with humour, unfortunately it is no laughing matter when the government of a democracy goes to great lengths to suppress information that doesn’t line up with its agenda. In fact, it doesn’t sound like a democracy . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The Harper Government’s Approach To Scientists: Control The Pests

350 or bust: In Keeping With The Season

   

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tuesday At The Radio Show

I wish I could get it all together: the radio show, the podcast and the blog. Truth is I do it alone and simply run out of steam and so I keep my primary focus on the radio show and offering up an alternative to the bilge that the media spews forth daily. It’s simple, . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tuesday At The Radio Show