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Will Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Actually Debate Before The June 7th California Primary?

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The New York Times–Hillary Clinton has declined an invitation to debate Senator Bernie Sanders before the California primary election next month, but he may have found a willing replacement: Donald J. Trump.

Here is Donald Trump with Jimmy Kimmel


B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan says Kinder Morgan pipeline is not in B.C.’s best interests

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Originally published by the Georgia Straight.

He’s launched an online campaign declaring that the project cannot go forward.

B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan has offered clarity about his party’s position on the Kinder Morgan

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Clark Exempts Oil and Gas Mega Projects From BC Laws with Secret Cabinet Decree


This BC Liberal government has been mired in near criminal controversy since its inception, the latest example being just last Thursday when Clark exempted herself, cabinet and companies from court orders demanding the BC

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John Oliver – Apologize For Justin Trudeau

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CWAV Fundraiser – Wine- 3 Course Meal and Music By Ron Ingram’s Sweet Island Soul

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June 4th, 2016, Doors open at 5PM Vinoteca at Zanatta 5039 MARSHALL RD, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 6S3

Come enjoy a 3 course meal prepared by Fatima at Vinoteca Restaurant, while listening to the

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The Ruckus In Our Parliament Is Now Being Called ‘Elbow Gate’


It is instructive, even amusing to watch the reactions from the pundits, bloggers, columnists and political loyalists.

Sunday morning in our household often includes having Michael Enright join us for a look see at the

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Rafe to Justin: Kinder Morgan approval makes mockery of democracy

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Here is Rafe, originally published in the Commonsense Canadian

My Nova Scotia pen pal, the voice of common sense in this country, Silver Donald Cameron, is fond of saying “laws are made by those

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Justin Trudeau’s supposed elbow assault nothing but a set up. NDP deception.

Liberal leader Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Calgary

The media is buzzing over the rhubarb in the parliament that was more than unflattering to all participants

PM Justin Trudeau, after making a beeline to the knot of NDP MP’s that appeared to be

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Central Saanich says no to Malahat LNG proposal-CVRD Politicians Muzzled By Chair Lefebure and Senior Staff


It appears that the elected officials of the Saanich Pennisula do not seek permission from their senior staff before expressing their opinions on the controversial Bamberton based Steelhead LNG-Malahat Nation LNG facility.

The contrast with

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SAANICH INLET NETWORK UPDATE-Public LNG Meetings In Central and North Saanich


The Pennisula communities are actively investigating the impacts of the proposed Steelhead LNG facility at Bamberton. As neigbouring comunities they would face many negative impacts and they are actually acting on their residents behalf.


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Rafe: Liberals’ true economic record is appalling…that won’t stop them from winning with it

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Rafe’s political analysis is bang on. It brings discomfort to the BC Liberals, BC NDP and of course the BC Greens.

Truth is that Horgan and his BC NDP have a short time to get

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“Evil World Banking” Explained


In this animated video, John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, explains how terrorism and a “mutant, viral form of capitalism” are connected.

“If we want to get rid of terrorism,

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CVRD Official Statement On Failed Court Action


News Release


May 13, 2016

BC Court of Appeal Dismisses CVRD’s Application to Discharge or Vary Stay Order

Duncan, BC – The BC Court of Appeal dismissed the Cowichan Valley

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Lehanna Green-Justice Kirpatrick Upholds Justice Mackenzie’s decision On Shawnigan


I understand that there was some Shawnigan blowback following previous posts and reports from Lehanna Green’s blog-Stop dumping contaminated soil in Shawnigan lake.

In case there remains confusion or concern perhaps her latest offering

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CVRD’s Costly and Risky Legal Tactics Blew Up In Their Faces Again

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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

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CVRD Back In Court Seeking To Overturn SIA’s Ability To Dump Contaminated Soil


The continuing saga over the disputed shipments of contaminated soil to South Island Aggregates Shawnigan Watershed location continued in Vancouver court action Monday.

Lehanna Green, an ardent opponent of the contaminated dumping travelled to Vancouver

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If you are searching for truth, turn off the corporate media and listen to the comedians


The comedians are bringing us far more rational analysis on trade deals that our elected officials who are controlled by the forces driving the TPP and other corrupt trade deals.

You cannot accept that

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Here’s the Climate Context For the Fort McMurray Wildfire

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There will be much written and spoken about this Fort McMurray catastrophic fire. This article from Brian Kahn, a senior science writer at Climate Central is most worthwhile.

Please click ‘Read More’ to access the

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Why Just One?


Our friend Rafe Mair sent an email message regarding the fate of the sea turtles. The short video below is worth viewing.

Rafe Mair

Who cares about sea turtles, the last of the dinosaurs?

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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

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Trudeau Critical Of Elizabeth May For Tying Fort McMurray Fires To Global Warming


Green Party leader Elizabeth May has connected the raging fires that wiped out Fort McMurray sending 88, 000 residents fleeing for their lives with Global Warming.

She stated the obvious and is being critized by

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Most CVRD Directors Have Abdicated Their Responsibilities Over LNG Project Planned For South Cowichan

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What a great time of year if you live on Vancouver Island, a time that has many of us are gardening up a storm. Potatoes in, check. Tomatoes in check. Lettuce, onions, tomatillos, peppers and

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How the Corporate Media Is Ruining the US Election


Amy Goodman weighs in on the Corporate Media’s message control and snubbing of Bernie Sanders and his campaign.

Disobedience-The Rise Of Global Fossil Fuel Resistance

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It has become crystal clear that our governments will only move as far and fast as they have to.

The pressure from the corporate fossil fuel world, their bankers, their obedient politicians, the

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Site C Dam Project Means Devastation and Death In The Peace River Valley


It’s well worth it to pause for a moment, read this devastating report, think on it, and if if grabs you as it did me, demand to see your MLA & MP, and raise hell.

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Three houses destroyed or damaged in huge Cowichan Bay fire


Massive fire in the Khneipsen road area. This report was published in the Times Colonist.

By Katherine Dedyna / Times Colonist

A raging fire destroyed or damaged three houses on Khenipsen Road across from the

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NDP’s John Horgan Stuck Between A Rock and a Hard Place- Premier Notley Sells Out the BC NDP!

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We are at a crossroads. The old way got us here.

Time to discuss, consider, debate and find new ways to manage our energy needs in a way that does not contribute to climate change.

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The Recent CVRD-SIA Court Decision Is Misunderstood. The CVRD Won! ***Update***

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In today’s CVRD news release:


Much of my analysis on the decision is confirmed.

The CVRD has now decided to double down on their wins thus far and demand even more clarity on

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Honey Bees Down 50 Percent In The Cowichan Valley


I just came across this CTV story about the shortage of bees. This is not good news and we should all be doing something to help.

For those of us who garden it is

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Leonardo Di Caprio- No More Excuses on Climate Change (Video)