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neilyoungmonsanto_360VIDEO: Rock Legend Neil Young Takes His Anti-Monsanto Message on the Road

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This Jan. 8, 2013 photo shows filmmaker Michael Moore at the National Board of Review Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York. More than a decade has passed since the controversial gun control documentary "Bowling for Columbine" was released and Moore says we've yet to make any strides toward ending violence in schools.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Michael Moore’s gutsy new film: Our military has not won a war since World War II

Senator Elizabeth Warren takes part in a mock swearing in ceremony with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol HillElizabeth Warren’s Book Completely Undermines Hillary’s Latest Defense Of Bankruptcy Bill Flip-Flop [VIDEO]

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Eric Portraits-151Meet the B.C. multimillionaire who has devoted his fortune to saving the sea

MMOoreFilmmaker Michael Moore is in intensive care unit

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moore20n-4-webMichael Moore's new film 'Where to Invade Next' explores socialist programs in Europe

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sanders-smile-adBombshell Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Winning The Hearts Of Democratic Voters

JianJian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial fuels debate over defence's tactics

LAR1859Looking for someone to blame, oilpatch? Find a mirror.

10008858B.C. union joins First Nations vowing to use law to fight pipelines like Northern Gateway

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89890nanaimoFeralpigOfficials want feral pigs stopped before they go hog wild

rim-balsillieTPP would be disastrous for Canada's innovators, Jim Balsillie warns

fontus_1024This self-filling water bottle harvests clean drinking water from the air

Bernie-Sanders-150x150Bernie Sanders: The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a "disastrous" deal for the middle-class-VIDEO

Thomas Mulcair smilingANALYSIS:Putting Democracy Back In The NDP

BC NDP Leader John Horgan
Shawnigan Lake residents dig in for a long fight to protect their water

philomena-alphonse1Beloved Cowichan Elder-Philomena Alphonse, Passed Away

o-HARJIT-SAJJAN-JASON-KENNEY-570Jason Kenney's Heckling Of Harjit Sajjan Angers Liberals

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2016-01-27-12.17.40-Large-702x336@2xMarijuana moguls in the Cowichan Valley

sunflower_daniella_duncanFight Depression By Growing A Good-Mood Garden

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MarinaledaWelcome to Marinaleda, the Spanish ani capitalist town with equal wages, full employment and 19 dollar housing

chrystia-freelandCanada to agree to terms of TPP but ratification not guaranteed: minister

Meat7 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat

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Christy Clark, premier of British Columbia, speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Canada's ambition to become a top LNG exporter is on track even with oil's plunge as investment decisions on two mega-projects are set to come next year, Clark said. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Vaughn Palmer: Attack ad signals shift in NDP tactics

0917-stoner-jpgNHL defenceman Stoner guilty of illegal grizzly hunting


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Trudeau announces end of Islamic State bombing mission by Feb 22

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PM Justin Trudeau has kept his promise to end Canada’s bombing mission in Syria.

Conservative opposition leader Rona Ambrose and her caucus have been very critical suggesting that we will not be pulling our weight

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Newspapers are folding, merging, disappearing and even the survivors are often becoming largely irrelevant.

Locally of course the Black Press demonstrated just why we are in the depths of void with our once locally owned

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Catalyst’s Crofton Pulp Mill Appears Headed For A Train Wreck

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Don Maroc


North Cowichan Mayor Lefebure Doesn’t Think It Is Necessary To Create A Budgetary Contingency Plan




After a century and a half of deceit and duplicity you would think

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Bogus CRA Con Artists Are Out To Scam You-***Updated***


I had a call this morning that was amusing, but only because I knew that it was a scam. The caller, with a thick foreign accent, identified himself as James Anderson from the Canada Revenue

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Even At the Local Level, Representative, Democratic Government Requires Hard Work To Understand.

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Don Maroc

Even at the local level, representative, democratic government requires hard work to understand. Every once in a while it pays to have a good conversation about how it works, or doesn’t, and

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Rafe Mair–So Long Ed Murrow and Hard-Hitting Mainstream Journalism


You can hardly pick up a paper these days without hearing of another local paper or indeed chain of papers folding up, laying hundreds off and leaving the community without a local paper, or with

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Following the Leaders Behind Us-VIDEO


This post submitted by Linda Hill honours Harold Nahanee (1953-2010) for his leadership based on “following the leaders behind him.”


Linda Hill & Harold Nahanee


By Linda Hill

Over the years since

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CVRD Directors Must Stand Up And Represent The Residents Who They Are Elected To Serve


It looks as if the CVRD, and some of our politicians, are rolling over again.

This time we face a proposed LNG facility in Saanich Inlet and unelected Planning Manager Ross Blackwell has reportedly been

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What are your elected representatives there for anyway?


Here is a strongly worded post from Duncan councillor, Sharon Jackson, one of the longest serving politicians in the Cowichan Valley.

I have been elected about a thousand times probably because I have strong opinions

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CERCA Bridge and Log Removal Project


Video produced by Boon Collins and Thomas Shandel for the

Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation Association

Thomas Shandel Moderator

Cumberland Mountie Loses it Takes Down 14 Year Old For Riding Bike On Sidewalk In Cumberland

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CTV Video of Mountie taking down teen sparks police brutality claims (VIDEO)

Newsman calls it as Mountie restraining 14 year old.

That is not the way local residents saw it. Will it be another

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Cindy Blackstock on the Tribunal Ruling Affecting Native Children in Canada

Adam Olsen’s eloquent summary presentation before the National Energy Board


Adam Olsen’s eloquent summary presentation before the National Energy Board provides a moving expression of his values and understanding regarding what the Kinder Morgan expansion means to him, to his family, his people and our

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TPP should not be ratified unless the interests of Canada are fully and fairly represented, in open, transparent deals.


During the past federal election Thomas Mulcair promised to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Unfortunately, under the influence of and Hill and Knowlton advisors he also advanced another promise and that was to assure

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The Halalt First Nation Sue Crofton’s Catalyst Pulp Mill For 2 Billion Dollars For Polluting Their Land And Water


By Don Maroc and Richard Hughes

The Halalt First Nation has had enough of the Crofton pulp and paper mill polluting their land and water, damaging their fisheries.

The Mill has knowingly polluted the

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Sneaker Wave-Coos Bay Oregon-Caught On Video


Alaska Threatened By Canadian Mining Operations


In far too many cases our mining industry has a disgraceful record wherever they have gone, certainly in Central and South America.

The Alaskans are also threatened by our environmentally ruinous copper and gold mining

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Woody’s Wisdom Lives On

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Poor Reed Elley, former Cowichan MP, never did understand economics.

Conservative Reed Elley

The Cowichan Valley Citizen courteously printed a letter from Mr. Elley severely criticizing the recently elected Alberta NDP and its charismatic leader Rachel Notley.

Although Premier Notley’s crew have been running things for only

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COMER Lawsuit Claims That Canadians Have Been Swindled Out Of Trillions Since 1974


Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati’s lawsuit on behalf of Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER) has cleared another hurdle of opposition and headed to the Supreme Court.

Bill Abram

Many of you will

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Budget: North Cowichan Council Town Hall Meetings

Rob Douglas

Pot and Politicians- A Curious Blend That Is Hard To Keep Lit.


I’m not holding my breath!

Justin Trudeau, our newly elected Prime Minister and occasional pot smoker, has set the cat out amongst the pigeons with his announced legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes.


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American Voters Swing Over To Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders


Canadian voters tossed out the entrenched PM Steve Harper and chose change by shunning the conservative offerings from the Conservative Party and the NDP.

We were inundated with messaging that Justin Trudeau was just not

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Mayor Corrigan–Stop The Trans Mountain Pipeline Review, Trudeau Urged


Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan

VANCOUVER — The mayor of a Vancouver-area city is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend National Energy Board hearings into the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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Premier Christy and Her Pretend Opposition To The Kinder Morgan Expansion-VIDEO

Umm, the thing is that I have 5 conditions.

Our Premier Christy Clark has certainly muddied the waters regarding the Kinder Morgan expansion effort, currently before the National Energy Board (NEB).

However advancing her five so called conditions as relevant to the process at

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Christy Clark Tells NEB That Her BC Government Rejects The Kinder Morgan Expansion


Richard Hughes

When BC NDP leader Adrian Dix announced, during the last BC election campaign, that he would stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion the MSM went ballistic.

They said that he should have

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How Many of These Security Mistakes Are You Making?

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It is so easy to relax and get sucked into malicious links, emails and other inducements.

Time to update, add protections and pay attention to some of the pitfalls as mentioned in this Jeff Fox

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Could Truckers Bypass the Koksilah Dumpsite Favouring The Closer To Victoria SIA Location?


Post submitted by Loren Duncan

Former CVRD Director Loren Duncan

Could there possibly be a silver lining to the dark cloud of the SIA “dirty-dirt” dump that is operating under sanction of the Provincial

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Peter Nix’s Solar Farm Near Maple Bay – A Model for Community Owned Energy Utilities?

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In our wonderful hi tech world of efficiency I managed to lose this story from Carbon Buster Peter Nix.

However, it is not date specific and worth a read and your consideration.



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