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Cowichan Conversations: Obituary: ‘Old Leather Lungs,’ one of B.C.’s most colourful politicians

Old time Socred MLA and Cabinet Minister Don Phillips was from another era, a time of flamboyant speakers and keen as hell debaters.

On the Socred side, Phillips, Rafe Mair and Grace McCarthy would

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Cowichan Conversations: No puppies, no kittens, no coverage

  Norm Farrell digs into today’s shallow corporate media coverage and compares it with some of the real broadcasters and news reporters that used to cover the issues of the day. Originally published in Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: No puppies, no kittens, no coverage

Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Greens have been too cautious, too polite, without achieving a significant effect on environmental policies.

The Green Party is in serious danger of tanking, and it is most certainly not because they have been too green, or too radical. Canadians need and want a Green Party, a progressive force cohesive Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Greens have been too cautious, too polite, without achieving a significant effect on environmental policies.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Mariana Mazzucato discusses (JPG) the importance of an intelligent industrial strategy. And David Kotz argues that neoliberal capitalism has reached the point where there’s no plausible path toward sustainable … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election

The up and down world of politics has visited British Columbia driven to a large extent by the LNG plays of Premier Christy Clark and the evolving positions or near positions of NDP leader John Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Elizabeth May and the Greens should double down on BC

Well our old friend Rafe Mair has offered up a diversion, not entirely unwelcome, but highly unlikely. He does make a good point though, for many there is nobody to vote for. Now that has Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Elizabeth May and the Greens should double down on BC

In-Sights: Erik Andersen on BC Hydro debt

This devastating information from Erik Andersen, an economist and widely recognized expert on government and Crown Corporation financing:You will note the unbelievable increase in BC Hydro’s debt since Christy Clark took over, due largely to payoffs to… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Erik Andersen on BC Hydro debt

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: By backing LNG, the Horgan NDP lost election before it began

The following is the first in a two-part opinion letter series. In a sequel letter, Common Sense Canadian publisher Damien Gillis will do what he rarely does: disagree with his old pal and partner, Rafe Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: By backing LNG, the Horgan NDP lost election before it began

In-Sights: Too much cynicism?

Rafe Mair distributes commentary through Rafe Mair Online, The Common Sense Canadian, The Tyee and other places. One of those is an email distribution list.I appreciate almost anything Rafe creates because it is always worth time to read and consider. … . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Too much cynicism?

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Conversations Takes A Break

Hi Folks Cowichan Conversations has been online for over 5 years now and it is time for a break. I have enjoyed covering wide ranging issues that have been of interest and importance in the Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan Conversations Takes A Break

Cowichan Conversations: RAFE: Blatant Media Bias -Vancouver Province Partners With Woodfibre LNG

Rafe Mair

As you know, the Vancouver Province is an official partner of Resort Works, who are essentially the public relations arm of Woodfibre LNG.

That means, of course, that the Vancouver Sun and

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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe–The reason why the NDP cannot win the next election is because of three little letters, LNG

Richard Hughes–Cowichan Conversations

Cowichan Conversations is pleased to feature this post from Rafe Mair.

Rafe has had a long and distinguished career that includes time as an MLA, Cabinet Minister and later as an award winning broadcaster, talk show host, successful author, and blogger.

Rafe is all about politics and our environment. We . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe–The reason why the NDP cannot win the next election is because of three little letters, LNG

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Joe Oliver says fracking is safe, so it must be

Rafe has seen the light!

Nice to see that Rafe Mair has come to his senses and is now backing the corporate toadies, aka the Harper Cabinet and the light headed Finance Minister Joe Oliver aka ‘Chuckles’.

They are all joyfully promoting LNG and spending our money doing it.

It is a comfort . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Joe Oliver says fracking is safe, so it must be

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Tessa Jowell writes that we need to treat inequality as a disease which can be cured through effective public policy, but the Star points out that the Cons have instead gone out of their way to make it worse. Fair Vote Canada interviews J. Peter Venton about . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

 – Emma Woolley discusses how homelessness developed into a social problem in Canada in large part through public neglect. Judy Haiven is the latest to emphasize that charity is no substitute for a functional society when it comes to meeting people’s basic needs. And Ed Lehman is rightly concerned . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Monica Potts responds to the big lie that increasing inequality and perpetual poverty are necessary – or indeed remotely beneficial – as elements of economic growth: Hanauer and Piketty inspire these broadsides because they are challenging, in a far more aggressive way than plutocrats and economists usually do, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe asks: Is ‘lying’ too strong a word for Clark Libs’ LNG fibs?

 

Rafe Mair has struggled with our Premier’s lack of ‘truthiness’ when it comes to the straight goods on LNG. If it were not so serious it would be downright hilarious. Most are not prepared, especially on big issues, to face fabricated stories from the make believe ‘Christy Clark World of Pretend.’

Here is . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe asks: Is ‘lying’ too strong a word for Clark Libs’ LNG fibs?

Cowichan Conversations: Super Industrial BC

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Positively Political

Rafe Mair is back in the saddle and zoning in on issues of significance to all British Columbians.

Mair is calling out to BC NDP Leader John Horgan to stand up to the powerful oil and gas corporations, in part because if he won’t, who will?

Horgan is our . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Super Industrial BC

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Took A Spill Downstairs and Broke His Neck-But Not His Spirit!

Richard Hughes Political Blogger

Yes, it has been sometime since we heard from one of BC’s frontline voices and advocates but Rafe took a spill downstairs and broke his neck.

He has been in hospital until a few days ago and is now back at home and on the mend.

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Cowichan Conversations: The Government of Canada Must Respect the First Nations Rights and Treaties

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Hardly a day goes by without hearing of another environmental disaster. In most cases they are easily traceable back to the doorsteps of greedy ‘Oil and Gas Corporations’ combined with reduced or eliminated federal and provincial regulations.

Do we hear outrage and a call to action from our Prime Minister . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Government of Canada Must Respect the First Nations Rights and Treaties

Cowichan Conversations: BC Hydro Rate Shock Powered By Lies

Rafe Mair

 

One of my favourite bloggers is longtime broadcaster, and former Socred Cabinet Minister Rafe Mair.

Here he is his going after corruption and deceit over BC Hydro Rate increases.

How do you know when a politician’s lying? When you see his/her lips move.

Bill Bennett, the BC Hydro point man . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BC Hydro Rate Shock Powered By Lies

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Rants About BC Hydro Lies From BC Liberals, But Hydro Is Blameless

As we are treated to distortion, lies and revisionist BS Rafe Mair of the Common Sense Canadian steps in and tells it like it is.

Rafe Mair

The crap we’re obliged to take is becoming too odorous for these old nostrils.

We’re told by Bill Bennett that there will be big raises in our . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Rants About BC Hydro Lies From BC Liberals, But Hydro Is Blameless

Cowichan Conversations: Save our BC Farmland-Kindred Spirits Speak Out!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Political life and involvement has its’ ups and downs , but between the garbage and the flowers I have been fortunate meeting and being inspired by ‘fellow travellers’ of many dimensions and persuasions.

I am grateful for these kindred spirits whose paths I have crossed and was reminded of the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Save our BC Farmland-Kindred Spirits Speak Out!

Song of the Watermelon: Referendums on Pipelines?

The longstanding “will they or won’t they” dynamic existing between BC premier Christy Clark and Alberta premier Alison Redford took a turn for the depressing recently when they announced they had come to a framework agreement on pipelines. While short on specifics and not making any firm pledges, the deal appears intended to bring Enbridge’s . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Referendums on Pipelines?

Cowichan Conversations: A Little Common Sense Goes A Long Way!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

Our friends over at the Common Sense Canadian, Rafe Mair and Damien Gillis are putting out some of the best journalism available in Canada today.

Running independent blogs helps keep the MSM and our politicians at all levels on their toes. It is important to all of us.

Rafe, . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: A Little Common Sense Goes A Long Way!