Scott's DiaTribes: Political Prediction For BC

The BC Liberals and Greens have been on far more friendly terms with each other – both personally and politically – then the NDP and the Greens. NDP supporters still are attacking Greens as robbing them of winning government when it in fact appears disaffected Liberal voters went to the Greens. That said.. the Greens ...

Song of the Watermelon: What Is a Left-Leaning Green to Do?

With less than a week to go before election day and polls tightening across British Columbia, I find myself in the all-too-common predicament of dreading the electoral options before me. The Liberals, naturally, are out of the question. They have governed this province horrendously through 16 years of the wrong kind of class warfare, slashing ...

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

For what is likely to be my last letter to the editor of 2016, see today’s Vancouver Sun (fourth letter from the top). The gist of my argument is that Kinder Morgan is bad. Fun fact: this ain’t the first time I’ve responded to a pro-Kinder Morgan op-ed by former NDP Premier Dan Miller. Filed ...

Cowichan Conversations: Too Stupid For Democracy-Eileen McGann

Cowichan Conversations: The NDP and Green Parties Struggle With Their Conservative and Progressive Factions

It seems that both NDP and the Greens are struggling with who they are, and what they think. The NDP’s move to the ‘Mushy Middle’ must have former BC NDP leadership candidate, Steve Orcherton, MLA Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Must Stand Up For Lake Cowichan-Youbou-Honeymoon Bay Residents Facing BC Hydro Ripoff Rate Hikes

The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) is charged with independently examining issues connected with BC Hydro and making their views and rulings on behalf of the public interest. At least that is what they used Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Oak Bay Pilots Household Compost Program

Here is an idea whose time has come, at least for many of us. The possibilities of producing your own on site compost make a great deal of sense. Imagine diverting that much from the Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Manitoba PC’s Thump the NDP – Whither Today’s NDP!

By Éric Grenier, for CBC News The Manitoba Progressive Conservatives under Brian Pallister won a majority government in a historic fashion Tuesday night, putting up some of the biggest numbers by any party in Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Steelhead LNG’s Howe Street Executive Demands Surreal Surrender By CVRD Elected Officials

The newly implanted CVRD CAO Brian Carruthers probably thought he finally arrived when his shop received correspondence from the infamous Howe Street, the Vancouver equivalent to Toronto’s Bay Street and New York’s Wall Street. But Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Politicians, Resident Protestors, Helicopters, RCMP All Out Because The BC Liberals Will Not Yank SIA’s Permit To Pollute Shawnigan

Cowichan Conversations: Injunction Sought: SIA Attempt to Muzzle Shawnigan Folk Hero ‘Shemama’ Shelagh Bell Irving

    SIA and ‘Shemama’ Shelagh Bell-Irving-A Study In Contrasts   The South Island Aggregates (SIA) outfit is a classic example of greed driven capitalists without conscience. They have little if any concern for their Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Dr. Valorie Masuda –“If We Feel (Hospice House) Is Important, We Have To Build It,”

  By Peter W. Rusland Peter Rusland-Contributor Tears and heartfelt memories followed Cowichan Valley Hospice’s passionate plea for the regional board to help local folks die with dignity in a purpose-built palliative-care facility. Hospice’s Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Joan Baez-I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night!

Cowichan Conversations: Malahat LNG: When “Getting Things Right” Goes Wrong.

Steelhead LNG officials said all the right things during the press conference announcing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project at Bamberton in the Saanich Inlet. Their intention is to build respectful, relationships with their Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: The CVRD is trying raise the Electoral Area ‘E’ financial contribution to the Aquatic Center by 313 percent.

The following is a ‘Guest Post’ from Loren Duncan, a longtime CVRD Director who represented Glenora-Sahtlam-Cowichan Station. Director Loren Duncan warns that the taxpayers are watching. Notice to electors within electoral area “E”: An 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: Rafe Mair’s ‘State of the Union’ on Canadian environmental politics

  Rafe Mair’s take on the state of Canada today is compelling, instructive and a reality check for those of us following the federal elections through the lens of the sad sack tattered media. Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Malahat Nation and Steelhead LNG to Announce an LNG project.

Cowichan Conversations broke the story of an impending LNG Project announcement August 9th. Today the announcement has been scheduled for Thursday, August 20th 2015 at 10AM. On Thursday, August 20th, 10 am, the Malahat Nation Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: North Cowichan Prepare To Empty And Then Refill Their Massive Aquatic Centre Pool During Drought

CHEK TV and CBC News ran stories about the Island Savings Aquatic Centre (The Cowichan Community Centre Pool)- being drained and then refilled. North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure This is outrageous when residents and Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: A glimpse into the unexplainable and unwarranted CVRD firing of Bob McDonald

Originally published in the South Cowichan Echo. Posted with Peter Rusland’s permission By Peter W. Rusland Peter Rusland A veil of legal secrecy concerning severance of several Cowichan region staffers was lifted in documents Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Opinion: Will future of food be an election plank?

This piece comes from the Edmonton Journal and applies to all of Western Canada, very much including our Cowichan Valley. We can look back and see significant increases in our food production and array of Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: The CVRD Has Amended Their Petition Over Bylaws To Halt SIA’s Contaminated Site Facility

Here is the CVRD’s late Friday release. In communications circles late Fridays are the time to deliver unpleasant news, firings, and the like. I spoke with CAO Brian Carruthers and he confirmed that the change Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Steves–BC Doesn’t Need Site C Dam

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It is incredible that our BC Liberal government, prodded along by the foreign owned LNG corporations, are still pushing ahead with building a massive Site C Dam. We do not need Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Who Killed The Cowichan News Leader Pictorial?

Cowichan Conversations: *Big Idea No.2: Anchor Institutions*–Rob Douglas-Roger Hart On Local Economic Development in the Cowichan Region.

Rob Douglas and Roger Hart have rolled up their sleeves and prepared economic development options for Cowichan that are a refreshing alternative that makes a good deal of sense. Well worth the read and your Read more…