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Yes Indeed-Math Is Difficult Jim!

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Toronto Globe & Mail Endorsement of ‘Jim’ Will Help Elect NDP’s Rachel Notley in Alberta

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The smart grey suited thin lipped editorial guys at Toronto’s Globe and Mail have once again thought it over and surprise, surprise they are backing the PC ‘s Jim Prentice for premier in Alberta.

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Will we see an NDP majority in Alberta?

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Polls have been suspect for some time, especially in BC and Alberta. However repeated polls by a number of polling outfits continue to show remarkable growth for Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP. This will

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NDP Leading–Alberta’s Vote May Be the Most Important Provincial Election in Decades

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OK, here we are with the Alberta NDP poised to form the next Alberta provincial government. Yes, as Tommy Douglas used to say ‘Politics is the Art of the Possible’ but, but Alberta going NDP!

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From Toilet to Table: Peecycling Research at U of M Investigates Urine as Fertilizer (Video)

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I tripped across this article in the Treehugger this morning. Interesting project taking place in Michigan that utilizes urine as a beneficial resource providing nitrogen and phosphorous sans industrial production.

As the population continues to

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It’s On: Bernie Sanders to Announce Bid for Presidency on Thursday

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Will we look back at spring 2015 as a volatile period of immense change?

Vermont’s Independent Senator Bernie Sanders is going to pursue the US presidency. He will do it with vigour and he will

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Cowichan Bay’s Nick Verstegg Reported To Be Safe in Nepal Following Earthquake

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Yesterday’s story in the Victoria Times-Colonist-By Sarah Petrescu and Richard Watts is being welcomed by Nick Verstegg’s wife, Elly Driessen and friends throughout the Cowichan Valley.

Cowichan Bay’s Nick Versteeg, right, and his guide

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Liberals back on top in new Nanos poll

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Canadian politics has livened up spurred on by the sluggish economic performance, the Duffy trial, the Alberta elections, and the ongoing troubles in the Oil and Gas industry.

The National Observer’s digital news site has

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Canadian stranded in Nepal says Ottawa not doing enough to help citizens go home

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It seems that ever since the mean spirited Steve Harper has been our Prime Minister Canadians who run into difficulty abroad are poorly served.

Canada’s pride and generosity had been well deserved and Canadians were

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Koch-Funded ‘Think-Tank’ Traveling to Vatican to Convince Pope Climate Change Isn’t Real

Koch Brothers have no shame.

In the previous post the matter of the Pope’s commitment to standing up for the environment and shining a light on the realities of climate change were raised.

Cowichan Conversations reader Sharon Lawrence responded

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Pope Francis Steps Up Campaign on Climate Change — Conservatives Alarmed

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Climate Change concerns have been swept under the rug as much as possible by those despoiling our planet for profit.

Resistance has been widespread and gathering credible currency as the drought in California, water shortages

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Baltimore Protests Turn Violent; State of Emergency Declared

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All hell is breaking loose in many US cities over the last few months. It seems that hardly a day goes by without reports of another black man being beaten or shot by trigger happy

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Avalanche from Nepal Earthquake Rips Through Mt. Everest Base Camp Harrowing video

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Earthquakes causing unthinkable death, damage and suffering are not such unusual occurrences, but this latest disaster in Kathmandu, Nepal hits the extreme by all measures.

Living on the West Coast, the risk of being caught

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John Oliver-The End of the World. (Video) See it all here!

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This Alberta Election Is Actually Exciting! Will A Shift to the NDP Hold?

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Rachel Notley setting the pace

We are living in tumultuous times and shifts can, in such circumstances, turn into tidal waves sweeping out the old and embracing the new. But new as in New

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BC Health officials back Vancouver’s plan to license pot shops

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PM Steve’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose sees pot as a narcotic that is an addictive substance. Where do these people come from. Are they really Martians?

It sure feels as if we are being occupied!

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Nepal tormented by aftershocks from massive earthquake that killed more than 2,500:

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‘You cannot imagine the fear’ Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake.

Nepal’s devastating earthquake was

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Albertans Leaning Left!–In Medicine Hat, Homelessness Is (Almost) Over

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Are our normally conservative full steam ahead Albertan neighbours shifting gears on social and economic issues?

Heading into the May 5th Provincial election Rachel Motley’s Alberta NDP are giving the old guard

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Cowichan Tribes Elders Gathering Fundraiser

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Woodfibre LNG: Shady PR, lobby violations, fraudulent, eco-criminal owner…Is this the kind of business BC wants to welcome?

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Rafe Mair has been gearing up for this most important LNG fight over locating an LNG facility in Woodfibre. Truth is folks the LNG game brings us nothing but heartburn.

In this case they are

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35th Annual Earth Walk Come Together For Peace, Earth and Justice

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Richard —

I hope you are well. I’m writing to encourage you to participate in this year’s Earth Walk for Peace and the Planet, happening tomorrow, Saturday April 25th at 11:00 am at the

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Toast & Roast Jean Crowder

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Saturday, April 25th, is the day to toast and roast longtime NDP MP Jean Crowder. Tickets to this event, held at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club, are available through Volunteer Cowichan. Call

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We Are Being Occupied by Steve Harper–Canada’s Worst Prime Minister Ever!

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At Cowichan Conversations I have been referring to the PM as ‘Steve’ from the outset. He apparently hates being called ‘Steve’ although his soul mate George Dubya Bush chose to do so.

Steve

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Our Wood–Our Oil — The Case For Public Democratic Ownership

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Mitchell Anderson is a Vancouver based freelance writer and frequent contributor to the Tyee. Among a wide range of social and political issues, his research has also focused on resource management in the best

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Premier Christy Clark’s miserable record is finally catching up with her. It is Fire Sale time in BC!

Premier Christy Clark-selling off our assets to cover hers.

Richard Hughes–Cowichan Conversations

I have always been amazed as to how the BC Liberals along with their far right conservative friends in Ottawa manage to snow the citizen taxpayers with the fabrication that they

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Nanos Latest Polling Shows Race Tightening Up

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The ups and downs of political party popularity is getting a real workout as we head towards the October 2015 federal election. The NDP has edged the Harper conservatives out while Justin Trudeau’s Liberals ride

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2015 federal election debate could see Elizabeth May take on Stephen Harper

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Really, who did not see this coming. issue here is that we want to see and hear all the leaders debate.

How many times have we been through this now?

What is revealing that

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Peter Nix-Carbon Buster Rides A Cargo Freighter To Europe

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Richard Hughes–Cowichan Conversations

Peter Nix and his wife are travelling to Europe in an unusual, but probably environmentally responsible way.

Peter has offered local media updates on his adventures. Here is the first.

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Adbusters Launches the Meme War on National TV

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Help us air our Spill Harper spot during the NHL Hockey Playoffs on CBC this spring. We’re taking aim at the Canadian Prime Minister and his continued support of pipeline projects that put our

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Howard Zinn–Civil Disobedience Is Not Our Problem

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Harper, BC Tory MPs have oil on their hands from English Bay spill

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It is when events like the recent bunker oil spill in English Bay take place that the value of independent writers, thinkers, and bloggers like Rafe Mair display their real value.

Here is Rafe’s

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Harper’s Goal! Killing Medicare-One Policy, One Step at a Time!

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We are being ruled by an uptight twisted sicko, aka ‘Steve.’ His main concern is delivering the best possible setup for the already wealthy, the corporations and of course the Oil and Gas crowd.

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Attention Young People-Steve Doesn’t Want You To Vote! Heave Steve!

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Longtime Canadian journalist and broadcaster Linden McIntyre has pretty much nailed it with this video message. Recognizing the disconnect between youth and the dull grey irrelevant offerings available that fail to resonate…’Heave Steve!’

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Imagine-Playing For Change

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Political expression can come in many forms. John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ has had an impact from the minute the original was released. It has been covered by many performers. This rendition would warm John Lennon’s

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Damien Gillis–A Primer–LNG In A Nutshell

Damien Gillis clearly explains the processes of producing the so called clean LNG fuel.

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Freedom-Privacy – Are You Kidding Me!

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Last December Canada’s Supreme Court, with a thin 4-3 majority decision, ruled that even if a police search of a cell phone’s contents is illegal (no court issued search warrant), the contents may be

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Motor Sport Resort Is Brown Not Green – North Cowichan Must Act!

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Richard Hughes

Is this an April Fools joke?

Unless there is an amendment to the zoning, or a new zone is established this could end up being used year around all right.

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Give Peace a Chance – Save The River – Save The Farmland!

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The Social Media is flowing with musical pushback against destructive people, like Steve, and ignorant projects like the Site C Dam proposal. The artists, musicians and comedians are jumping in and that is a good

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Heave Steve! – A Prince Albert Musical

You can view the lyrics here

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SOOKE STANDS FIRM – Face to face with Kinder Morgan-John Horgan-“BC Deserves Better”

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Here is a good news report that has been circulating around the social media, Sooke, is yet another community standing together against the threat posed by cutting a deal with Kinder Morgan.

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Rafe–The reason why the NDP cannot win the next election is because of three little letters, LNG

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Cowichan Conversations is pleased to feature this post from Rafe Mair.

Rafe has had a long and distinguished career that includes time as an MLA, Cabinet Minister and later as an award winning broadcaster,

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Raeside-Out For A Smoke

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CERCA, Naturalists, Politicians, First Nations, Industry Join Forces Enhancing Estuary

 

Here is a report from the Citizens Lexi Bainas

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Rafe: Vancouver Sun keeps shilling for “clean” LNG, Woodfibre plant

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Rafe Mair does not spare the horses when quite rightly slamming the Vancouver Sun for their shameless LNG boosterism. That alone would be bad enough but beyond druthers their coverage

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Steve is stealing our money to put on a pretty face

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Steve Has Advice For The Easter Bunny

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Claire Martin, ex-CBC meteorologist, to run for Green Party nomination

At a time when Harper is being seen for the _____that he is, this is most interesting. She might just get elected.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Martin to give news conference in

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Toronto Symphony cancels performances by Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa for anti-war views

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Speaking truth about right wing extremists cost pianist her right to play.

The hatred of the pro nazi forces has raised it’s ugly head in Canada.

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Senator Mike Duffy Trial Kicks Off- PM Harper Vulnerable to Disclosure

Suspended Senator Mike Duffy pleaded not guilty to 30 charges of fraud and breach of trust, and one count of bribery as his Senate expenses trial got underway in an Ottawa courtroom Tuesday.

Mike

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The One Percent Tax Resolution-Local Government Is Being Squeezed

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NC Councillor Rob Douglas

Every year, elected officials from Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, Powell River and the Central Coast meet for the general meeting and convention

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