Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Director Bruce Fraser and his Colleagues Have a Great Deal To Answer For!

The CVRD has finally discovered that the land use bylaw that they insisted was of no use in blocking the proposed South Island Aggregate’s proposed contaminated site does in fact give them that authority to  act, or at least did before the Ministry of Environment staff issued the permit to SIA. Here is the CVRD  Friday ...

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Director Bruce Fraser Reports: SIA Permit For Contaminated Soils Will Be Approved!

Breaking News on SIA Permit Shawnigan CVRD Director Bruce Fraser At a meeting this morning (June 19th) between the MOE, Ministry of Mines and the CVRD it was confirmed that a final permit will be recommended for issue for the SIA Contaminated Soil Facility “within the next few weeks”. MOE staff members are convinced that ...

Cowichan Conversations: Dear Environment Minister Lake- A Letter From Larry Gollner

South Cowichan are residents facing an unfathomable threat to their Shawnigan Watershed, drinking Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger water, creek and Shawnigan Lake. They have been organizing resistance to this madness and they are doing it from many different perspectives. Residents are responding to this cynically timed decision to issue a ‘Draft Permit’ to SIA ...

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Love In With BC Liberal’s Terry Lake Turns Sour!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger   You may recall the enthusiasm our CVRD Directors had after their meeting with then newly appointed Minister of the Environment, Terry Lake last spring. The ‘CVRD Liberal Friendlies’ who attended the meeting were overcome with partisanship. That is a dangerous indulgence for local politicians who allow provincial political leanings ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Liberals Put The Shawnigan Lake Watershed Under Threat!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger   The threat to the Shawnigan Watershed, Creek, Lake and Drinking Water has been before the South Cowichan Community for over a year. Local government efforts collaborating with Environment Minister Terry Lake have proven to be a cruel and ineffective diversion that saw the CVRD sleepwalking into this crisis instead ...

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Watershed Threatened While Director Fraser Fiddles

The CVRD has the authority over land use. They failed to enforce their bylaw or draw up another to protect the Shawnigan Watershed. Word has it that the Ministry of Environment has announced that a draft approval of the SIA proposal to dump five million tonnes of contaminated soil into the Shawnigan Lake Watershed is about to ...

Cowichan Conversations: Why is the CVRD in a rush to sell off Eco Depot Lands on Cameron Taggart Road?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger I heard that Shawnigan’s Director Bruce Fraser held a little meeting at the Shawnigan Community Centre the other night, ostensibly to discuss the future of the old ‘Williams Farm property’ situated on Cameron Taggart Road. About 30 residents showed up to see a another farce of public process take place, thinly disguised ...

Cowichan Conversations: Why Has The CVRD Failed To Protect the Shawnigan Watershed?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Make no mistake folks the CVRD movers and shakers have been absent in voice and action regarding the threat facing Shawnigan residents over the application to dump 5 million tons of contaminated waste on South Island Aggregates property in the Shawnigan Watershed. Yes I know they went through the motions, which I ...

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Sends message to the BC Government.-Keep your contaminated soil out of our watershed.

Shawnigan CVRD Director Bruce Fraser Well that is what this lengthy treatise says, here and there, when you search for it, sort of. So now staff must cobble together a bylaw which should not take them long, and jam it through with the same force that was employed with their Eco Depot effort. Every effort ...