Environmental Law Alert Blog: #BCElxn2017 is good news for the environment

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 There will be a lot of discussion for weeks, maybe months, about who won the 2017 BC election (and who lost). But regardless of which party won, we think we can say that the environment is a big winner. Yawn.  Late last night, I watched the election results come in during ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Climate in the 2017 BC Election

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 In an earlier post we compared the BC Liberal and BC NDP Climate plans in advance of the upcoming election. Now that the BC Green Party has released its climate plan, Staff Counsel Andrew Gage provides an update to our scorecard evaluating the platforms of all three parties. In an earlier ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Offers the BCNDP A Basic Primer On Campaigning and Politics

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It is hard to imagine how things could be much worse for British Columbian’s now that the BC NDP tanked in the May 14th election. Yes, the party is now officially on its’ ass but that is the good part. The really bad news is the people that needed the NDP to stand ...

Left Over: Strength in Numbers, or Just Numb?

Unifor: CAW, CEP Merger Creates Largest Private-Sector Union In Canada Posted: 05/30/2013 11:59 am EDT  |  Updated: 05/30/2013 5:12 pm EDT Considering that CUPE, the largest public sector union, seems to be powerless when it really matters, I’m not sure what difference this is going to make to the private sector…the same things apply to both sectors – if ...

RedBedHead: I Heart Rob Ford

Well, well, well, it’s been quite a week or two. Rob Ford supposedly smoking crack on video. Doug Ford’s past as a supposed hash dealer exposed – along with the drug related charges and violence connected with his other siblings. This follows and endless string of scandals, foibles and general foolishness on the part of ...

RedBedHead: I Heart Rob Ford

Well, well, well, it’s been quite a week or two. Rob Ford supposedly smoking crack on video. Doug Ford’s past as a supposed hash dealer exposed – along with the drug related charges and violence connected with his other siblings. This follows and endless string of scandals, foibles and general foolishness on the part of ...

RedBedHead: I Heart Rob Ford

Well, well, well, it’s been quite a week or two. Rob Ford supposedly smoking crack on video. Doug Ford’s past as a supposed hash dealer exposed – along with the drug related charges and violence connected with his other siblings. This follows and endless string of scandals, foibles and general foolishness on the part of ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: ND-phobia?

Well, the blog has been quiet for awhile; work tends to do that now and again. We have an endless myriad of topics to talk about, and while the Mike Duffy scandal is a tempting topic, we’ll save that for a moment and talk about another interesting political story: The BC Election. There has been ...

Left Over: The Uneducated Masses Strike a Blow for…?

Middle Schools Closed In Cowichan Valley, School Bus Fees Implemented CP  |  By The Canadian PressPosted: 05/16/2013 10:48 am EDT  |  Updated: 05/16/2013 11:14 am EDT (found  in Huffington Post)   And this action was  signed off on instantaneously,  about 2 seconds after the results of the dismal election were announced…viva the People’s Republic of Vancouver Island! If ever we ...

Northern Reflections: That Vision Thing

Tom Walkom’s analysis of the BC election is interesting.  In the end, he writes, British Columbians were asked to choose between two negatives: On Tuesday, B.C. voters were left with two negative questions: Did they hate the Liberals enough to get rid of them? Or did they fear the New Democrats enough to avoid them? ...

CuriosityCat: The most plausible reason for the NDP loss in BC

Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in BC I think Gordon Gibson’s take in the Globe & Mail on the vote-shifting caused by the position-shifting of Dix in the last week of the campaign is the most plausible explanation of why the polls were so different from the actual results: The NDP looked way ahead before voters ...

350 or bust: B.C. Votes Against Its Future

I don’t live in Canada’s most westerly province, but I know that British Columbians pride themselves in their slogan, “Beautiful British Columbia”. It is a province of vast wilderness, ancient mountains, and pristine waters, although its beauty has been marred in recent years by the pine-beetle-destroyed pine trees covering vast regions of the Rocky Mountains. ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Takes It To The Liberals Over Their Economic Incompetence!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger I steal more from the ‘Common Sense Canadian’ than most other sites and am happy to continue my larcenous behaviour in that regard. Rafe was a Social Credit Cabinet Minister of Environment in the Bill Bennett and he knows of what he speaks. Along with Damien Gillis they hit the Hinterlands and ...

The Canadian Progressive: On climate change, a clear distinction between the major BC parties

By: Pembina Institute | Press Release: VANCOUVER — An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. Prepared by the Pembina Institute, the assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its […] The post On climate ...

Cowichan Conversations: Environmental Issues Separate the BC NDP from the BC Liberals

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger Environmental issues rank at or near the top for the first time in BC’s history. This could well be the difference when the Provincial Election ballots are counted, May 14th. Adrian Dix has greened up. Christy Clark had donned brown and it could cost her not only the election but her ...

Left Over: That’s Crude, Dude, not Chocolate….

B.C. NDP leader slammed for opposition to pipeline Liberals call Dix’s new position the “Kinder Morgan Surprise” CBC News Posted: Apr 23, 2013 7:28 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 23, 2013 10:00 PM PT I’m guessing that right about now the NDP is kicking back and relaxing…obviously, they don’t have to do a thing to ...

Cowichan Conversations: Let’s Vote For Better Schools! BCTF TV Advertising Is Pathetic!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger   I have watched the BCTF campaign ads over the years. They squander hundreds of thousands of dollars on some really well produced ads and then choke and say stupid things like ‘Vote for Education’ or ‘Vote for Smaller classrooms.” The BCTF’s latest is ‘Let’s Vote for Better Schools!’ This is brilliant. Now, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair’s Prediction-Nothing Can Save The BC Liberals-Except Maybe The NDP

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Rafe looks back at his own time as a Cabinet Minister in the Social Credit Government of the 80′s, past elections and endorses the BC NDP. It is not a without reservations love-in,  just that compared to the alternatives in a first past the post election it is a no brainer. He ...

Cowichan Conversations: John Horgan Itching For An Election!

Call an Election now Christy!   Christy Clark said this last night  on the evening news.”You know I think British Columbians elected me leader because I am different.” British Columbians didn’t elect her leader.  Election!!!!- John Horgan BCNDP House Leader