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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 as a Jew who strongly believes we must be both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian. If not, we are part of the problem, not part of the solution. By pro-Israeli, I mean I support Israel’s right to exist, not these horrendous policies.

Nathan Cullen MP

I will (Read more…)

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 that would be nobody’s fault but his own.

 

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 earlier.

Pleased to see the City of Duncan bailed on this phony trade deal designed only for the benefit of the larger corporate players at the expense of our local communities and residents.

”In a timely reminder of where the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement goes (Read more…)

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 the government’s undemocratic freedom threatening behaviour.

Snowden is now hiding in Hong Kong as the US government freaks out about traitors in their midst.

On the other hand they are making a mockery out of their celebrated freedoms through the chilling realities of the gross invasion into the (Read more…)

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 Enbridge proposal, but as the old scorekeeper would tell them, I will you credit, but no points!

The points go to Ms Clark fresh off an election victory where clear opposition to the threat of oil tankers plying our waters along the coast was a (Read more…)

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 back seems not to be as enticing as pretending that one or the other could become PM one day.

Their ‘Canada can wait policy’ is worrisome and could play into the Harper crowds hands.

Well in any case it seems as though ‘Harper and his Wrecking (Read more…)

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 hidden the truth about serious and significant fiscal matters that must be disclosed to parliamentarians if parliament is to function with accountability and transparency.

It seems that major decisions are taken with far reaching impacts by the MP’s when essentially they are being blindfolded by an

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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 the comments section we received this from Chris Bowers. Definitely worth a look. Thank you Chris.

In an open letter to the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, over 100 experts on Latin America criticized the organization’s recent report on Venezuela, A Decade Under

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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 Senator Brazeau twist in the wind over his indiscretions but now we have a full blown scandal that rocks the very Senate that Harper had sworn to dismantle when he was a younger Reform Party keener.

Canadian Press Reporter Joan Bryden filed this report where

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 Coast where Oil super tankers could carry bitumen to China added more fuel to the fire.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair

It is becoming apparent that the Tom Mulcair led NDP stand little chance of repeating their last unprecedented electoral success. The NDP foolishly moved to

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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 they wonder what it is that the natives and non natives have had enough.

The overkill which he sees as um, process, is no process at all and everyone knows it. The BC Coastal First Nations are calling a spade a spade and they are

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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 take deep breaths and get down to the reality of the situation. This cuts both ways.

The chartered accountants facts and figures do not factor in the abuse of native peoples through forced day and residential schools. The horrific reality that native parents faced while

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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 salmon researcher Alexandra Morton established that Ottawa and Victoria decided in 1984 that, “the days of common property fishing are over.”

Pushed by Norwegian fish farming corporations our governments – Socred, NDP, Liberal, Conservative – have promoted and helped finance open netpen salmon farming.

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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 country have set aside their differences for now and signed on to a request for yet another meeting with the prime minister — all in an attempt to bring the protest by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence to an end.

The Assembly of First Nations’ executive

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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 them to present one leader and speak with one voice. Our Parliament shows the folly in that.

How in the devil do we deal with this Idle No More bunch? There’s no leaders, there’s no policy, no organization, no tent camps.

How’s our Prime Minister

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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 about contemporary Afghanistan, Come from the Shadows, his claim to authenticity is his access to the story line of the northern Tajik provinces.

Like many others who have never been to Afghanistan, I sort of accepted Glavin’s version, in spite of concern about believing the

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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 all Canadians because we are seeing up close what a mean spirited dishonest asshole our Prime Minister really is.

Leaking that highly suspicious report from Deloitte Touche has set the neocon scribes loose.

Led by Sun Media’s neocon attack dog Ezra Levant and complemented by

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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 Canada’s resources from takeover by foreign state investors (Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation’s $15 billion-dollar takeover of Nexen) is not only disingenuous; it is also hypocritical.

Disingenuous because FIPA, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement, will give existing investors – be they state or private

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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.

Look at this video report from APTV.

Here are updates and background from other news reporting agencies starting with the CBC. Attawapiskat chief’s hunger strike part of wider movement.

There is a history of difficulties between her Band and the Federal Government as shown in

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Cowichan Conversations: We Must Restructure Canada To Save It!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

How long is it going to take before some of the Conservatives MP’s wake up and stand up for Canada?

Our PM Steve Harper lies to us with an ease uncommon, even for politicians.

Canada is being drained and our nation is up for sale, but why?

What drives Harper? He is hurting Canadians, farming out our jobs to Chinese workers and selling off our raw resources with little, damn little benefit to Canadians?

Even stupider, the extraction processes harm our country’s land, rivers and people.

It is time that our elected representatives put Canada ahead of

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Cowichan Conversations: Murray Dobbin calls for NDP to get back to where they once belonged. Get Back Joe-Joe!

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger Murray Dobbin’s latest opinion piece in the Tyee has rankled some and cheered up others. Dobbin has the audacity to question to challenge the Federal NDP’s drift to the centre, more like centre right actual… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Murray Dobbin calls for NDP to get back to where they once belonged. Get Back Joe-Joe!

Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Outs PM Harper Over Treatment of our Vets!

Why is it that it is our comediens who tell it like it is while PM Stephen Harper’s performance is so sadly laughable? . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Outs PM Harper Over Treatment of our Vets!

Cowichan Conversations: Harper Rolls Over-Welcomes Foreign Ownership With Some Tinkering

Oilfields for Sale or Rent-Politicians -only 50 cents

 

While PM Stephen Harper is in India trying to sell off more of our sovereign resources an announcement informs us that he is preparing to approve the CNOOC and Petronas deals, after a bit of tinkering. Ahem.

I will bet that when his officials try to set up a foreign visit receive the warmest of welcomes.

Here comes Steve, Woo Hoo!

The Financial Post story on this sellout is available right here.

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