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Cowichan Conversations: The Angst Over The Recent CVRD-SIA Court Decision Is Manufactured. The CVRD Won!

Kevin Wallgrove In march we won and the zoning was upheld by the courts, as a result injunctions were issued shutting down the contaminated soil side of the operation. Shortly thereafter the dirt company filed Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Angst Over The Recent CVRD-SIA Court Decision Is Manufactured. The CVRD Won!

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Wins In Court-Bylaw Upheld-SIA Must Shut Down Their Contaminated Chaos In Shawnigan’s Watershed

Still awaiting details but the BC Supreme Court has recognized the supremacy of the CVRD bylaws that prohibited the SIA from hauling in a projected 5 million tonnes of contaminated soils and dumping them in Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Wins In Court-Bylaw Upheld-SIA Must Shut Down Their Contaminated Chaos In Shawnigan’s Watershed

Cowichan Conversations: The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Nightmare’- What Will It Take?

There has never been anything about the dumping of 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil into the Shawnigan Watershed that is supportable. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Will the Trudeau’s Federal Liberals step in and Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Nightmare’- What Will It Take?

Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–Why are we doing this?

The escalating threat to the Shawnigan Watershed hangs over the lives of Shawnigan residents facing an unmoving, uncaring and unconscious BC Liberal government. They did not care a fiddle over the Mount Polley disaster in Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Furstenau–Why are we doing this?

Cowichan Conversations: Contaminated Waste–Where Does It Go To? It Trickles Down, It Trickles Down!

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Cowichan Conversations: Fact–Water Runs Downhill- The SIA Contaminated Site Is Threatening Shawnigan Creek and Lake

Fact-Water Runs Downhill Part 2 Fact-Water Runs Downhill Part 3 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Fact–Water Runs Downhill- The SIA Contaminated Site Is Threatening Shawnigan Creek and Lake

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Lake Faces Metal Contaminants Higher Than Drinking Water Quality Guidelines

By Sonia Furstenau Last week, Ministry of Environment released two water sampling reports from their testing at the SIA/CHH site. In the Legislature, Minister Polak responded to question from MLA Bill Routley with Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Lake Faces Metal Contaminants Higher Than Drinking Water Quality Guidelines

Cowichan Conversations: NDP Leader John Horgan Demands That The Environment Minister Suspend SIA Operations Until Court Cases Can Be Heard

Cowichan Conversations: Malahat Chief Michael Harry and Council Have resigned!

 

Word of the mass resignation of the Malahat Nation has been directed to Cowichan Conversations.

What drove the resignations? To escape scrutiny? The relationship with South Island Aggregates?

The LNG play?

 

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Cowichan Conversations: Bill Routley questions the Minister on why SIA is open for business without having met the permit conditions.

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan NDP MLA Asks the Environment Ministry How Much They Have Spent On Lawyers Defending Their Actions Re: Contaminated Soils Controversy

Cowichan Conversations: ‘Brent at the Focus’ Reports on The Environmental Appeal Board Hearing over SIA’s Application

Shawnigan Lake faces an uncertain future.

Here is a very good report from ‘Brent at the Focus’ regarding the BC Environmental Appeal Board Hearing over South Island Aggregates (SIA) applications to dump contaminated soils in the Shawnigan Watershed.

It includes revelations of a possible conflict with Active Earth-AE, the professional engineers who assisted . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: ‘Brent at the Focus’ Reports on The Environmental Appeal Board Hearing over SIA’s Application

Cowichan Conversations: Youthful Protesters Urge Christy Clark To Step Up And Save Shawnigan From Contaminated Soil Dump

Shawnigan Lake faces an uncertain future.

While the CVRD and SIA lawyers present their views to the BC Environmental Appeal Board on whether or not up to 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil should be permitted to be dumped the Shawnigan Watershed protesters gathered on the steps of the legislature continuing their fight . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Youthful Protesters Urge Christy Clark To Step Up And Save Shawnigan From Contaminated Soil Dump

Cowichan Conversations: The CVRD Paid Off Former CEO With A $335,000 Severance Package

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The CVRD fired CEO Warren Jones and have now revealed that they wrote him a cheque for $335,000, a handsome severance designed in part to buy his silence.

Of course this raises the question of what exactly were the reasons that brought about his dismissal, mutually agreeable or otherwise. Of . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The CVRD Paid Off Former CEO With A $335,000 Severance Package

Cowichan Conversations: Opposition To The Shawnigan Watershed Contaminated Soil Threat Gains Momentum

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The ups and downs of the battle trying to save Shawnigan from becoming home to 5 million tonnes of toxic soil being dumped in their watershed shows no signs of slowing down or losing momentum.

It is difficult to imagine how the BC Liberal Government would allow their permit issued . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Opposition To The Shawnigan Watershed Contaminated Soil Threat Gains Momentum

Cowichan Conversations: Council of Canadians Seek to Protect Shawnigan Watershed From Toxic Dumps

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has been appearing before the BC Environmental Board in Victoria looking for relief from the entity that might provide their best chance of overturning South Island Aggregates (SIA) permit to dump 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil in the Shawnigan Watershed.

Yesterday, the Council of Canadians Victoria chapter protested . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Council of Canadians Seek to Protect Shawnigan Watershed From Toxic Dumps

Cowichan Conversations: An Inspiring Sign of the Times

 

This picture graced my inbox this morning. Apparently there were a number placed through the Shawnigan umm, downtown area.

If anyone has any more pictures, background or information feel free to contact me at contact@richardhughes.ca so that we may collaborate.

Will we see more coming? Who dunnit?

Richard Hughes-Let’s Collaborate

BTW I . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: An Inspiring Sign of the Times

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Chair and Directors Deception Was Covertly Recorded By SIA

CVRD Chair Rob Hutchins

Cowichan Valley Regional District Chair Rob Hutchins and Shawnigan Director Bruce Fraser initially liked South Island Aggregates’ plan to bring in contaminated soil, with board chairman Rob Hutchins calling it “a good-news story” and a potential solution to the illegal dumping in the Shawnigan area.

Shawnigan residents have been . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Chair and Directors Deception Was Covertly Recorded By SIA

Cowichan Conversations: SIA Dumps a Major Spin Job On Victoria Times Colonist

Sandra McCulloch’s Victoria Times colonist article on the latest SIA drama shows that the proponents can spin the Bullshit with the best of them.

The owners of South Island Aggregates say the three-year fight over the dumping of contaminated soil at their Shawnigan site has been as frustrating for them as it has been upsetting . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: SIA Dumps a Major Spin Job On Victoria Times Colonist

Cowichan Conversations: Brent Beach On The Shawnigan Basin Society 50K Per Year Grant

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

As we continue to look at the Shawnigan Basin Society’s attempted tax grab through the discredited Alternate Approval Process (AAP) this Brent Beach December column is being reproduced here.

It is well worth a read especially for those who may have missed it in the Shawnigan Focus.

To me there . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Brent Beach On The Shawnigan Basin Society 50K Per Year Grant

Cowichan Conversations: One More Kick at the Can For Shawnigan Watershed Supporters To Stop Contaminated Waste Dump

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The severity of the threat facing the Shawnigan Watershed from receiving 500 Tonnes of contaminated soil has been enough for the BC Environmental Appeal Board to allow for a ‘Public Hearing’ in spring 2014.

The Cowichan Citizen’s Sarah Simpson filed this report on this long running battle.

South Island Aggregates . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: One More Kick at the Can For Shawnigan Watershed Supporters To Stop Contaminated Waste Dump

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan’s Watershed Threatened By Contaminated Soil

Cowichan Conversations: Political Games Being Played Over Application To Dump Contaminated Soil In Shawnigan

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

Many worried and stressed Shawnigan residents have been wondering why Shawnigan Director Bruce Fraser and the BC Liberal friendly CVRD Board have been dragging their feet over the SIA application to dump 5 million tons of contaminated soil in the Shawnigan Watershed.

Although facing unthinkable harm to the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Political Games Being Played Over Application To Dump Contaminated Soil In Shawnigan