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Will Christy Clark’s brilliant campaigning skills survive the growing opposition to her LNG pipedreams?

Richard 'Hub' HughesWill Christy Clark’s brilliant campaigning skills survive the growing opposition to her LNG pipedreams?

When a star advisor such as Tzepborah Berman calls out the Premier, depth of discontent and disbelief  may become a serious threat to her electability.

The overinflated LNG ball is leaking truths and revelations that will only increase as we head towards a May 2017 provincial election.

Take a look at Mike Smyth’s column  including an audio message from Premier Clark.

Originally posted in the Vancouver Province.



Environmentalist Tzeporah Berman feels like she was played the fool with Premier Christy Clark’s controversial climate-change plan. Stuart McNish/Special to the Sun / Vancouver Sun



Wildfire North of Bamberton Closes Northbound Lanes of Malahat Highway

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Wildfires, the very mention is a concern. The wildfire burning south of Mill Bay serves as a reminder of what seems like an increasing threat on Vancouver Island.

Here is a recent CBC REPORT followed

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No puppies, no kittens, no coverage

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Norm Farrell digs into today’s shallow corporate media coverage and compares it with some of the real broadcasters and news reporters that used to cover the issues of the day.


Originally published

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The BDS movement is gathering momentum

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Andrew Mitrovica’s opinion piece posted on Al Jazeera’s site includes recognition of the controversial Green Party support for Boycott, Divest Sanction (BDS)

The BDS movement is gathering momentum and adherents from across the globe,

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Will The Courts Finally Uphold the Bylaws and Protect The Shawnigan Community?

Shawnigan Lake faces an uncertain future!


Back in court, the cards have been played, hopefully for the last time.

Here is an update the from the Shawnigan Residents Association.


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The Majestic Maple Has Been Felled By The Island Savings Commission

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This may well be about the stupidest local government action ever.

The tree was safe, but the politicians chose to realign the entrances to their so-called ‘Green Parking Lot’ at our Cowichan Community Centre,

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Come celebrate the Big Leafed Maple – Tree of Life in a creative collaboration. *August 21st 10am – 3pm*

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Submitted-Public News Release

Come celebrate the BIG Leafed Maple – Tree of Life in a creative collaboration.

*August 21st* *10am – 3pm *

Leanne Hodges, West Coast Wild Activist Artist, Starts A Community Mural

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One year ago today, Steelhead LNG announced their plans for their liquefaction plant at Bamberton.

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PROTESTS: HIGHWAY PROTEST #2 Sunday, September 25th at Goldstream Park 1:00 to 4:00 pm Signs and t-shirts/tank tops available.

This will be an R.C.M.P. sanctioned, peaceful, family friendly event as are all

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Canada’s Greens have been too cautious, too polite, without achieving a significant effect on environmental policies.

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The Green Party is in serious danger of tanking, and it is most certainly not because they have been too green, or too radical.

Canadians need and want a Green Party, a progressive force cohesive

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‘Zombie bees’ found in Nanaimo as scary parasite spreads to Canada

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Here is another story from CHEK TV News that is righteous of a horror flick.

Catalyst’s Crofton Mill Sprays Oily Substance Over Crofton Neighbourhood–No Assistance Offered


Crofton residents homes, gardens, vehicles, and kids toys were covered with an oily spray that resulted from a mechanical failure at the Catalyst Pulp Mill.

Catalyst Crofton environment manager Brian Houle downplayed the event and

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For the countless Canadians humiliated by anti-gay policies, healing can finally begin


Svend Robinson was Canada’s first openly gay MP. He is now based in Geneva with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Originally published in the Globe & Mail

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Green Party In Disarray-Elizabeth May Walk

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May arrives at a campaign event where she released the party's platform in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday September 9, 2015. A federal election will be held October 19. (DARRYL DYCK/CP)

There is a great deal of debate and discussion taking place following last weekend’s Green Party convention where the membership joined with other human rights forces worldwide in opposition to the ongoing seizure of Palestinian

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CANCELLED – Island Savings Centre Commission, August 11, 2016

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Cowichan Valley Regional District Agenda Notification Service

CANCELLED – Island Savings Centre Commission, August 11, 2016

http://www.cvrd.bc.ca/index.aspx?NID=993 This link provides access to CVRD meetings

If clicking the link doesn’t work, please copy and

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Protesters Occupy The Old Maple At The Cowichan Community Centre-Block Chainsaw Crew -UPDATED

CVRD Director Alison Nicholson Opposed To The Chainsaw Approach

It is difficult to imagine how the issue of upgrading the parking lot of the Cowichan Community Centre, temporarily named ‘Island Savings Centre’, could have been handled any worse than it has been.

It is

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To all the concerned citizens who read this page, it’s time to take our fight to the streets.


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CVRD-Plans Set For Maple Tree Removal-At the Cowichan Community Centre

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August 3, 2016

Plans Set For Maple Tree Removal

Duncan, BC – Following a final decision by the Island Savings Centre Commission at a special meeting on July 26, the maple

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Cowichan Community Centre’s Controversial Old Maple Tree on Trial



The controversy surrounding the Cowichan Community Centre Commissions decision to remove the grand old big leaf maple on James Street to accommodate a new parking lot design continues.

Frankly, much of the problem originated

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Trudeau Government Approves Site C Dam Permits


Dear Mr. Trudeau, Ms. Wilson-Raybould, and Ms. McKenna,

I could scarcely believe my ears and my eyes at the news that your government has OKed the Site C dam permits. I am stunned, disappointed,

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Trump Claims America Should Never Have Given Canada Its Independence



DONALD J. Trump has told Fox and Friends that he believes the U.S. “should never have allowed” Canada to gain independence. The republican candidate for president freely admits to being “a little rusty”

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James Lovelock: Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change


It is really quite amazing that as we head towards a ‘Climate Change Cliff’ our leaders fiddle about as if it is of little consequence, hardly urgent and certainly nowhere as important as their political

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Days of Revolt-Letting Go of the World-Chris Hedges


We have heard from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Obama about dealing with climate change, but what they say is bogus, meaningless, their policies are in fact accelerating the doom that awaits us

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B.C. terrorism convictions overturned as judge rules pair were entrapped


In this case, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce was not buying into a terrorist plot and denounced the RCMP for their conduct.

She said police went too far, using trickery and subterfuge to

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Green Party admits to deliberately misleading Victoria voters


Green Party leader Elizabeth May arrives with candidates Jo-Ann Roberts, left, and Frances Litman to watch election results on Oct. 19. The party has admitted a senior official misled the public in a

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Maple tree blues: commission says cut it down


Susan Down, Local New Eye Cowichan, covered the Commission meeting where they officially confirmed their earlier plan to cut down the old big leaf maple at the Cowichan Community Centre. Here is her report.


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The Big Leaf Maple Tree At The Cowichan Community Centre Will Be Cut Down

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I think that I would have felt better if the politicians had stood their ground in the first place. I would not have agreed with them, but at least it would have been a more

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‘No Need for Site C’: Review Panel Chair Speaks Out Against Dam in New Video

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How many times have you been surfing the net, found something of interest that you meant to return to and then forgot?

This story by Emma Gilchrist is one of those. It is a most

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Whistling Past The Graveyard-Michael Harris


Michael Harris is an established journalist with purpose and clarity. This important piece tells it like it is. It is well worth a read.

The comments that follow are a chilling reminder of the state

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E&N Spraying Roundup-(Glyphoshate) On Railway Tracks Throughout The Cowichan Valley

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It appears that lack of notice and flimsy irregular signing is the manner in which the BC Government allows the use of pesticides in our communities today.

BC’s Ministry of Environment used to refer these

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North Cowichan & Corporate Sponsorship


As you may have heard, North Cowichan is currently considering a proposal that could ultimately lead to the municipality selling the naming rights to our public facilities to large corporations.

The proposal is to

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