Environmental Law Alert Blog: A solemn promise: Indigenous perspectives on the Douglas Treaties

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 West Coast's RELAW Project Lead Maxine Hayman Matilpi shares stories from a recent conference that brought together historians, legal scholars and Indigenous people who are direct descendants of the signatories to the Vancouver Island Treaties (aka Douglas Treaties). The topic spurred rich conversations about the ways Indigenous people view land and ...

Alberta Politics: Chrystia Freeland should not be punished for her grandfather’s sins, but for misleading Canadians about them

PHOTOS: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland during her visit to Edmonton in the midst of the 2015 federal election. Below: Former Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Who would ever have imagined major Canadian media companies would conclude collaborating with the Nazis when they were on a genocidal spree in your ...

Left Over: No Non-Polluting Victories on Victoria Day…

  Stephen Hume: Province’s secrecy puts people’s health at risk STEPHEN HUME More from Stephen Hume Published on: May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20, 2016 3:25 PM   Finally, the  Mayor of Vancouver, BC,  Gregor Robertson is earning the trust that voters have given him for a few years now…and possibly starting the ...

Left Over: Toxic Spills and the Toxic Con (tsk, tsk…) Response….

  James Moore fires back at ‘political jabs’ over Vancouver oil spill Industry minister criticizes rush to blame before all facts are known CBC News Posted: Apr 10, 2015 4:33 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 10, 2015 9:42 PM PT http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/04/the-bc-oil-spill-and-con-clown-james.html   As horrible as this event was, it did some good here in BC..this ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Winter That Wasn’t

I put a stand of firewood in my garage this year figuring it would spare me having to go out to the woodshed in back on cold winter nights.  I figured it would hold enough firewood to get through maybe six weeks of winter heating. As things are looking now, the modest cache in the ...

Left Over: A Bridge Too Close?

Gabriola Island Bridge project prompts new opposition from residents Bridge-Free Salish Sea group plans to mount a petition campaign to gauge concerns over proposed bridge CBC News Posted: Oct 29, 2014 11:06 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014 11:07 AM PT   I think that all of us who live on the Big Island ...

The Disaffected Lib: Another Climate Change Calamity. This One is Personal.

Island Scallops is on the ropes.  The company, which produces an astonishingly-good hybrid scallop, has just lost three years’ production to ocean acidification.  As we’ve pumped ever more CO2 into the atmosphere, our oceans have absorbed increasing amounts of it, in turn acidifying.  The more acidic water attacks the calcium in corals, mollusc shells and so ...

Left Over: The new Canadian Plague: Have We all been Infected?

Sadly, Rob Ford epitomises what Canada has become With his crack smoking and drunken misbehaviour, Toronto’s mayor personifies our crude, swaggering, bungling New Canada  Robert Hays in the Guardian Fri Dec 13 2013     Speak for yourself, Hays..truly the East seems to have adopted the crudities of the HarperCons and their (Rob)in of the ...

Left Over: Not So Special, After All?

Unemployed Doctors? 1 in 6 New Specialists Can’t Find Work, Study Says CP  |  By Helen Branswell, The Canadian PressPosted: 10/10/2013 12:01 am EDT  |  Updated: 10/10/2013 10:01 am EDT Not too surprising, I live on Vancouver Island where there are two (2) dermatologists for the entire island, with many hundreds of thousands of residents in two main areas, hours ...

The Disaffected Lib: Banking on Neptune

Researchers hope they’ll be able to give Victoria and Vancouver a 30- to 50-second warning in advance of the megaquake when it occurs off Vancouver Island. That doesn’t sound like much but it might be enough to shut down gas lines and activate emergency systems that will be needed to cope with the quake and ...

Left Over: Vancouver Island: A New Provincial Idea…

Vancouver Island To Be A Province If Separatists Get Their Way The Huffington Post Canada  |  Posted: 08/06/2013 2:43 pm EDT http://viprovince.ca/ I have often spoken and written about  Vancouver Island becoming it’s own province, and  now someone is doing something concrete about it.. I have  links, below, to both the Federal and provincial petitions being circulated (these ...

Left Over: Dazed & Confused, Depressed & Not Amused….

By now the entire country  knows what happened here in BC…the re-election of the Provincial Liberals (or Con-Lites) …to say that  I am depressed is to  state the case in an all-too delicate way. If I can derive any tiny bit of  satisfaction  from the election, it is that… a) my old home riding, Kitsilano ...

The Disaffected Lib: On Vancouver Island, Women Still Get a Taste of Frontier Justice

If you’re going to run afoul of the law on Vancouver Island, you had better hope and pray you’re not female. If a man is arrested in Victoria and goes before the court and his case is adjourned for a few days for a bail hearing, he arrives at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre ...

Bryan Crockett: Vancouver Island Needs Island Transit

Most areas on Vancouver Island already have regional transit, some areas having much more effective transit than others. Transit is environmentally-friendly, as it takes more vehicles off the road, and can be an effective way of getting around. It can also be funded in a variety of ways: through income tax by the provincial government, ...

Left Over: Droning on and On at the NDP Convention…(but no drones, please!)

Tiny socialist caucus raises ruckus at NDP convention Party forces protesting delegates to put away anti-drone banner By Laura Payton, CBC News What a bunch of middle of the road drones the NDP has become…now  there is  a muzzling of dissent? I have always voted NDP – not because I agreed with them on everything – ...

Left Over: Appointed Trustee in Cowichan. BC? East of Eden…

Cowichan school district eyes closures in wake of deficit CBC News Posted: Feb 14, 2013 8:03 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 14, 2013 9:22 AM PT Eden Hawthornwaite,the fired past chairperson of the  school trustees in Cowichan,  is being too modest in her assertions, it’s patently obvious that the BC Fiberals were planning this all ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Province of Vancouver Island

There are more than a few VanIslanders wondering why we’re not a province all unto ourselves.  If Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island qualify as provinces, why not Vancouver Island? In area, we’re five times bigger than P.E.I. and four times more populous.   Prince Edward Island is the 23rd largest island in Canada.   That’s it, a ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Joy that is Vancouver Island

It’s grey and wet and windy and cold today on Vancouver Island or what we like to call “normal.”   An ability to tolerate these conditions month in, month out, for much of the year is a prerequisite for living here.   There is a good reason the region is called the Wet Coast. We usually get ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Exxon Valdez? Child’s Play.

For decades we’ve used the Exxon Valdez incident to define oil supertanker disaster.  Yet what Harper is planning for coastal BC, south and north, will make the Exxon Valdez disaster a perversely fond memory. Let’s get one thing straight right now.   When you introduce several hundred mega-supertanker sailings through treacherous B.C. waters it’s not a ...

Orange Blood

I bet you think this is about the NDP Leadership convention. Think again. This weekend I got to attend a convention of my own. A genuine Women’s Convention of closely related Sistah’s.  Blood related, tightly knit group of women, congregating in Chemainus.  A town of history, artistry… Grace. We meet annually, before the . . ...