Cowichan Conversations: A Lively Time Ahead For the Race To Be Cowichan’s Next MLA

With the remarkable US election looming and the Standing Rock Sioux Nation Dakota Access Pipeline protests, we must not forget the lively run for the MLA spot left open by the retiring BC NDP MLA Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD’s Costly and Risky Legal Tactics Blew Up In Their Faces

The Cowichan Valley Regional District directors have just blown another wad of your cash attempting to double down on the original BC Supreme Court win that upheld the 4 yr old CVRD land use zoning Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Judith Lavoie on the Shawnigan Contaminated Soil Battle

This article was originally carried in Victoria’s Focus Online. It covers the issue well but misses the crucial matter of the CVRD Shawnigan land use bylaws that prohibit treating and processing materials from off site. Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: CHEK TV Breaks News That A Stop Work Order Has Been Issued for Shawnigan Contaminated Soil Dumping

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger Could this be the BC Liberal’s exit strategy? The opposition is broad, deep and committed. The CVRD has dusted off their BC Supreme Court action to have their land Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Screw the Law! — BC Liberal Government Rides Roughshod Over Cowichan Communities

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger The BC Liberal government’s Mines ministry has fully embraced a new political tactic. Screw the law, it is all about rewarding businesses to plunder at will. South Cowichan residents face two significant challenges that has the BC Liberal government riding roughshod over local government land use jurisdiction authority. The first is the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Community Fights Against Contaminated Soil Dump

  More than 200 residents from Shawnigan Lake showed up to discuss last week’s decision by the provincial government to allow a company to dump contaminated soil near Shawnigan Lake CHEK  TV reports Shawnigan area residents jammed into an overflow room at the Community Centre to get updates on their failed effort to reverse the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Shawnigan Basin Society Director Blaise Salmon Resigns In Protest

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Blaise Salmon, a former Director of the Shawnigan Basin Society, has resigned due to his concerns over CVRD Director Bruce Fraser’s financial mismanagement of the Society’s affairs. Blaise Salmon- Resigns in protest. Although Bruce Fraser is not named as a Director on their website it is one of several political fronts in play under ...

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 (SIA) had ...