Cowichan Conversations: Michael Harris – Harper On The Hot Seat!

Cowichan Conversations: Ewart-Dangerous new powers for federal government? – Part 1

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Most Canadians have heard something about the new so called ‘Anti Terror’ legislation Bill C 51 but what we have failed to hear is opposition political leaders, excepting Elizabeth May, speaking up and effectively challenging this unprecedented attack on the rights and freedoms of Canadians. Elizabeth May rings the bell over Bill C ...

Cowichan Conversations: Even the Globe and Mail is Alarmed Over Harper’s Surveillance-Anti Terror Bill C-51

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger The Liberal and NDP response to PM Stephen Harper’s far reaching attempt to  decimate  Canada’s civil rights and privacy laws left a lot to be desired. Justin Trudeau rolled over in support and showed us up close that he has a long way to go before he is ready to assume the role of Prime Minister. ...

Cowichan Conversations: Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets of New York City

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Read Lisa W. Foderaro’s comprehensive New York Times report that saw 100,000 demonstrators that hit the streets of New York city calling for action on ‘Climate Change.’ Leaders from throughout the world attended the Summit Meeting on Climate Change. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper underlined his indifference and irresponsibility by refusing to ...

Cowichan Conversations: The NDP and the Middle East-An Open Letter to Nathan Cullen

Dorothy Field, Writer, Artist, Poet, Contributor Dear Nathan Cullen, I’m writing to you because I think you are still a man we can trust, not just an NDP hack. I am in despair about the NDP’s silence on Israeli rocket attacks on Gaza. First, let me say, though I shouldn’t have to, that I write ...

Cowichan Conversations: PMO Lickspittles Could Prove Fatal to Harper

Frank Magazine has a habit of separating the wheat from the chaff and getting it right. by Andrew Douglas Unfortunately for Stephen Harper, I don’t think that old chestnut “it’s gonna get worse before it gets better” applies to his current predicament. It might just keep getting worse until the Harper Government ceases to be, and ...

Cowichan Conversations: Economic study supports ‘buy local’ as Harper tries to ban it in EU trade deal

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger Sometimes in the hurly burly of life in the late spring and summer months major issues go begging for your attention. We have been hearing about CETA for some time but I just came across this article and it is well worth a read, for those like me that missed it ...

Cowichan Conversations: Yes Mildred, The Government Is Spying On You!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger Many of you have heard of how the Americans spy on their own citizens. Certainly you have heard about the 29 year old CIA computer guy Edward Snowden who saw the grave threat to  democracy in America as so significant that he blew the whistle. He could no longer stomach ...

Cowichan Conversations: Has Christy Clark Outmanouevered the BCNDP and PM Harper on Enbridge?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Well it appears that Christy Clark may have pulled off a magnificent move leaving the BC NDP, PM Harper and Alberta Premier Alison Redford in the dust over the Northern Pipeline. If it holds the BC NDP will be able to possibly claim some credit for their part in turning BC residents against the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Canada-We Are Being Governed By Thugs in Suits

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger Canada has changed and is still changing before our very eyes. We are being governed by ‘thugs in suits’ and we are going downhill at an alarming rate. Who will stop them? Well the NDP and Liberal’s are trying, but of course joining forces to derail Harper and take Canada ...

Cowichan Conversations: Steve Harper Celebrates The Alberta Religous Ritual Of Pipeline Hugging

Cowichan Conversations: Senior Civil Servant Risks Career – Goes Public!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger Kevin Page took on the challenge of setting up and overseeing the first Parliamentary Budget Office. He managed and maintained this enormous undertaking and he did it while mourning the death of his 20 year old son. In the linked post below Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer, tells us of a Harper Government that has  ...

Cowichan Conversations: South Americans Push Back Against Anti Chavez Propaganda

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It is really amazing to watch both our PM Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama shamelessly peddling their revisionist attacks against Hugo Chavez. Perhaps they should watch this 2002 Coup De’etat Video and also read the counter to the attacks against him as carried by Human Rights watch. (see below) From ...

Cowichan Conversations: RMR-Scientists Muzzled Again!

Cowichan Conversations: The Ends Do Not Justify the Means Stephen Harper

Richard Hughes Political Blogger A beleaguered Prime Minister Harper has shifted from the high minded guardian of all that is right to essentially fighting to protect the status of number of his Conservative Senators facing possible expulsion for fudging living expenses and thumbing their noses at the regulations. Initially Harper seemed at peace with letting ...

Cowichan Conversations: Liberal MP Justin Trudeau Could Clinch A Majority, New Poll Shows

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger PM Stephen Harper’s policies continue to divide Canadians. Much of his drop off in support has been caused by his undying dedication and promotion of the Alberta Tar Sands and his unconscionable sellout of Nexen to the China’s Communist Government State Owned Oil Corporation. The threatened pipeline routes leading to the Pacific ...

Cowichan Conversations: Harper Rigged the Game and Stacked The Deck. Natives Withdraw From Enbridge Hearings!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger You have to hand to our neocon Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He can manage a straight face and studied and affected ‘cool demanour’ as he jams ‘Omnibus Bills’ down our throats, puts Canada’s rivers, lakes and coastines up for grabs. Treaties fall to the greed of the oil and gas crooks and ...

Cowichan Conversations: It Is Time For Ottawa To Become ‘Idle No More’

Richard Hughes Political Blogger The Idle No More Movement has reopened an old problem and kicked off a new discussion in Canada regarding our relationship and responsibilities towards indigenous peoples. While it is easy to pick up on PM Harper’s desperate and racist wedge attack on Chief Theresa Spence and the Attawapiskat Nation we must ...

Cowichan Conversations: We Are In The Sights Of A Double-Barreled Shotgun. A Fish Tale

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor We are in the sights of a double-barreled shotgun. One barrel forces us to farm Atlantic salmon, while letting wild salmon die off. The second barrel will force us to raise Atlantic salmon, genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal. Based on careful documentation of government and corporate actions ...

Cowichan Conversations: Calling In The Backup: Chiefs Unite To Face PM Harper

This is Day 40 of Chief Theresa Spence’s Hunger Strike. She has reportedly lost 30 pounds while living on a liquid diet to protest living conditions and treaty infractions faced by natives across Canada. The Huffington Post featured this report by Canadian Press reporter Heather Schofield. OTTAWA – Top First Nations chiefs from across the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Whatever Harper Does Next Is Wrong!

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor Here is Cowichan Conversations contributor Don Maroc weighing in once again. This time with his views on the ‘Idle No More’ protest and a shadow boxing out manouvered Prime Minister Steve Harper. The Natives are just as diverse in their views and beliefs as we are and yet the media expects ...

Cowichan Conversations: Misguided Journalist Terry Glavin Misunderstands ‘Idle No More’

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor MISGUIDED VICTORIA JOURNALIST MISUNDERSTANDS IDLE NO MORE by Don Maroc Terry Glavin is a well know media commentator on all things cultural  and political. He claims to be left-leaning although he doesn’t always  come off that way in his books and regular column in the Ottawa  Citizen. In his latest book ...

Cowichan Conversations: Hey Steve Harper – Crunch These Numbers!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger Canadians are all going to be affected by the Harper Government handiwork on many levels. In the news right now of course the Chief Theresa Spence Hunger Strike and the ever growing ‘Idle No More’ movement are, as they say, trending. The pressure on PM Harper has actually been beneficial to ...

Cowichan Conversations: Smarten Up Stephen Harper-Leave Our Farms Alone!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger   Wendy Holm is a leading  Canadian Agrologist whose work is both inspiring and essential to representing the needs of agriculture in Canada. The threat to our agricultural sovereignty is clear and arguably more important than the threat to our energy supplies . Smarten Up Stephen! Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent bleating about protecting ...

Cowichan Conversations: Chief Teresa Spence’s Hunger Strike Now In Day 10- Treaties threatened by PM Harper

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger Driven by anguish and rejection of the Harper Government’s disregard for long established treaties and aboriginal peoples rights Chief of the Attawapiskat Nation Teresa Spence enters day 10 of her hunger strike. There are indications that this stand is being broadly supported with natives across Canada and the US expressing concern and support. ...