Cowichan Conversations: Supreme Court Slams Christy Clark For Illegally Stripping BCTF Contracts

British Columbian’s children have been shortchanged for 14 years through punishing illegal cutbacks administered by then BC Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell’s Education minister Christy Clark. This meant 3500 fewer teachers, special needs assistants and Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: John Horgan says NDP will target foreign owners in fight for housing affordability

It could be billed as Greed versus Need. NDP’s John Horgan has flung down the gauntlet in what could become the hot election issue in the Greater Vancouver area as we head towards a May Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: This BC Liberal Government has been mired in near criminal controversy since its inception

This BC Liberal government has been mired in near criminal controversy since its inception, the latest example being just last Thursday when Clark exempted herself, cabinet and companies from court orders demanding the BC Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy and Her Pretend Opposition To The Kinder Morgan Expansion

Our Premier Christy Clark has certainly muddied the waters regarding the Kinder Morgan expansion effort, currently before the National Energy Board (NEB). However advancing her 5 so called conditions as relevant to the process at Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation Plans Proceed While The Chief Michael Harry And Council Have Resigned!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger We may be in the throes of a Federal Election and trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer but the Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation proposal to establish a floating LNG Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy Clark’s miserable record is finally catching up with her. It is Fire Sale time in BC!

Richard Hughes–Cowichan Conversations I have always been amazed as to how the BC Liberals along with their far right conservative friends in Ottawa manage to snow the citizen taxpayers with the fabrication that they are wise and capable handlers of our economy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Premier Christy Clark-selling off our assets ...

Cowichan Conversations: Damien Gillis-BC Should Not Be Bullied or Suckered by Petronas Over LNG Taxes

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger The stakes in the fossil fuel game are high as are the risks taken by those who blindly speak of the riches coming our way from the irresponsible development of BC LNG. The bullish approach taken by the BC Liberal Premier Christy Clark and her duet of cheerleaders Ministers Rich Coleman and ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: With fracking, tankers “world-class safety” is a weasel word

It is great to read more from Rafe Mair once again. He is still on the mend but has come a long way and is reading and writing once again. I had believed every word from our Premier but Rafe has set me straight! I feel so much better now. Enjoy. BC Premier Christy Clark ...

Cowichan Conversations: CCPA Looks at BC Liberals Claims That Teachers Would Benefit With Better Economy

Here is Iglika Ivanova’s look at the BC Liberals economic rationale. The disconnect between economic growth and teachers’ wages We are being governed by an anti public education Premier  Christy Clark, who it seems has embraced her pique at being caught cheating in SFU Student elections.

Cowichan Conversations: LNG -Through a Gas Darkly

Richard HughesPolitical Blogger   Here is an excellent assessment of the BC LNG reality that, like it or not, is the dominant theme, damn near the only theme of today’s BC Government. Peter Ewart links in the LNG influenced decision to reduced protection for the ALR, exploitation of natural resources in our parks and restructuring ...

Cowichan Conversations: It is not ‘Miller Time’ Dan, Green Up or Brown Out!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-   Here is disappointing post from former NDP Premier Dan Miller. It reads like the flashback that it is. Time will tell whether Miller’s missive will be embraced, rejected or ignored by the new BC NDP opposition leader, John Horgan.   Dan Miller: How will we pay for stuff without the resource ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Ombudsperson slams province on environmental protection

Premier Clark’s chickens coming home to roost! The chickens are coming home to roost as Premier Christy Clark winds down the first year of her 4 year mandate to govern, protect and enhance life in BC. Have you noticed her low profile of late? If there are not any good news announcements to be made, ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC’s LNG Tax Structure Delayed Again-All Pain-No Gain

Kevin Logan- Cowichan Conversations Contributor British Columbians have been patiently waiting since before the Liberals were re-elected for an explanation of the financial terms that will deliver the much-vaunted 100 Billion-dollar LNG “Prosperity Fund” that will allegedly eliminate the provincial debt, lower taxes and underwrite the services we have come to rely on. BC’s Minister for Natural Gas Development Rich ...

Cowichan Conversations: Timberwest Still Abusing Youbou Residents As Dustup Continues!

Trish Waddington, a dust drenched Youbou resident, sent out an  an email  this morning about the dust storms that continue unabated and unaddressed. She is understandably getting testy over Timberwest’s continued refusal to take steps to address their ongoing dust assault on Youbou residents, especially those living on the main road. Part of Timberwest’s continued stubbornness and refusal to act on the longstanding ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Liberals Give Green Light To Dump Contaminants in Shawnigan Watershed.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger The BC Liberal Government announced today that the South Island Aggregates (SIA) have been granted a permit to dump 5 million tonnes of contaminated and  toxic soils in the Shawnigan Watershed. The CVRD politicians refused to ‘get political’ with their Liberal friends when faced with threats to the Shawnigan Watershed, Creek, Lake and ...

Cowichan Conversations: ‘Nobody Understands’ Spills at Alberta’s Cold Lake Tar Sands Operation

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger The pollution in Northern Alberta attributable to ‘Fracking’ and Tar Sands’ Operations is out of control. The latest seemingly unstoppable spill of significance is devastating wildlife and the environment. They cannot stop it. Nothing is being done and it seems obvious that the politicians first concern is to serve the industry, while ...

Cowichan Conversations: Our Sensitive, Caring and Responsive Premier Reverses Big Raises To Party Hacks

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Has Christy Clark’s goal to be the MLA for Kelowna resulted in her embracing the once famous WAC Bennett’s ‘Second look’? Responding to the public outcry over huge salary hikes for her political operatives she has now yanked their bonus salary hikes. OK, so now that we know what works let’s have ...

Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Political Party Leader’s Have To Much Power!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger The politics of the day are ringing in some major truths. One of the most serious is the centralised top down control grasped so firmly by the party leaders of each and every stripe. In Canada and the provinces our political party leaders wield a life or death control over ...

Cowichan Conversations: It’s a “Celebration” not for a “No” to Enbridge, but a “Yes” to the Entire Oil and Gas Agenda

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger This latest development is the result of some very skillful, strategists, schemers and spinners from Christy Clark’s stable. Others may see it as bumbling incompetency. There are so many angles that it will take some time to unwind and decipher all of the ramifications. In spite of the unorthodox methods used this latest ...

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: B.C. Liberals dropping the ‘Christy Clark’ logo in favour of a ‘team’ approach

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Check out the latest developments in The BC Liberal camp where they have shoved Premier Christy Clark to the back of the room. It is an attempt to stop the bleeding but it is a little late for band aids now. Michael Smyth’s Column has the details and they ain’t pretty.

Cowichan Conversations: Premier Christy Clark Must Step Down-Martyn Brown Says.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Martyn Brown, Former Chief of Staff for Premier Gordon Campbell, has told Jon McComb, on ‘The World Today’ CKNW 980, that Premier Clark must step down. Premier Clark told legislative reporters, this afternoon, that she will have to take more actions possibly including resigning as Premier. The last few Question Periods-available online on ...

Cowichan Conversations: The Desperation of the BC Liberal’s Campaign Knows No Bounds.

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor Which back dated paperwork is the real obstacle in the upcoming election to form the next BC government? Written by Kevin Logan The desperation of the BC Liberal re-election campaign machine knows no bounds. Oh sure, the corporate media will continue to offer a life line. It will play up improvements ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Liberal’s Election Budget Won’t Stand Up To Scrutiny

Richard Hughes PoliticalBlogger The BC Liberals Election Budget is exactly that, an election budget.  The release was met with wide eyed disbelief from many observers and straight out rejection by others. Yes there are a few plums and illusions of benefits for young families but then those gains are countered by a raised cost for ...

Cowichan Conversations: B.C. Oil and Gas Commission Lacks ‘transparency’ on Fracking Violations

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger You know we really do live in Lotus land, or is it Bananaland? We have a Premier so out of control she can’t even manage her caucus, leaks everywhere in the pointy buildings, rumours of staff being instructed to prepare for a surprise election call on February 28th and well an Oil ...