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


Along the side of the highway in Mill Bay at the intersection of the Highway and Deloume Rd. (in front of the SHELL and A&W).

Dress for the weather and bring a chair if you like. I will have signs and t-shirts for sale or you could make your own. Park at Thrifty’s mall or in the vacant lot across from the SHELL. Everyone is welcome as this will be a family friendly event – no slowing or stopping of traffic – just smiling and sign waving!


Thank you all,
Barane McCartney

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

Harry Swain Site C Panel Chair

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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Well I Think That All Lives Matter-Satire

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Vancouver Islanders more depressed than other B.C. residents-CVRD Highest

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Life on Vancouver Island beats the alternatives. At least that is how I feel and what I have always thought. But why the higher depression levels compared to the rest of BC?

Well, we have

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Natives Developing Sustainable Programs for the Central Coast

Government Explained

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See part two ‘The Special Piece of Paper’

Major Cheer Leading For Obama By Our Star Struck and Obedient MP’s


There has been much hype about the Obama visit and his great speech to our parliament. Wild clapping and chanting ‘Four More Years’ from our MP’s and others and not one utterance of concern over

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Northern Gateway pipeline approval stymied after court quashes approval


This a good news story I guess, well until it is appealed, dragged on until they finally win an unobstructed right to jam their pipeline through an appeal or whatever.

Cynical, you betcha, but I

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BREXIT THE MOVIE is a feature-length documentary film


This film is absolutely pro Brexit and was released May 12th, 2016

It is well worth a look see as to the drive to leave the EU. Did this film have an effect? Probably. How

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Under Liberal govt, BC is drowning in hidden debt


Rafe Mair knows his onions when it comes to the BC legislature and balanced budgets. Here are an analysis and critique that you will not read elsewhere.

Read this and then ask why we

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Brexit: Norway option is most realistic hope for Britain


This opinion piece carried in the Irish Times brings up an optional strategy that would probably not please many of the ‘Leavers’ but it might be an option for those trying to hold onto some

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Europeans Contest US Anti-Russian Hype

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Brexit certainly has focused political minds throughout the world and in spite of the corporate media message of gloom, there may well be some good comes out of it.

Here is a compelling look at

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Hillary Clinton will return to Ohio on Monday with Elizabeth Warren in tow.


Hillary Clinton will return to Ohio on Monday with Elizabeth Warren in tow. As Democrats sharpen their general election argument against Donald Trump, it will be their first joint appearance on the campaign trail.

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Margaret McMillan This Could Be A Turning Point

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Oxford Historian Margaret MacMillan talks about the possible implications of the Brexit vote and the anger and fear that fuelled it.

The Votes Have Been Counted – Will The European Common Market Unravel Further?


The shock will take some time to wear off, especially in Britain or what may be left of Britain as a result of the referendum vote to leave the European Union.

Of course, they remain

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Bernie Sanders- This Is A Speech For Our Time!


Yes, this is about the Democratic Party nomination, but it holds true for Canadians as well.

Bernie tells it like it is, a rare and refreshing exception from the spin doctor packaged talking points that

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This Mother Spoke Up When Her Son Was The Only One Not Invited To A Birthday Party

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This is a busy time of year and I have not posted much on my blog lately, but this piece posted on ‘Buzzfeed’ jumped out at me and I decided to post it.


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The NDP’s LNG dithering and insistence on housing becoming the election issue, is a recipe for failure

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The BC liberals offer a target rich environment the NDP could readily attack, based entirely on their dreadful governing record, which would work to move votes into their column and out of the BC liberals

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Climate change and the inevitable collapse of the over priced housing market


The ever increasing housing prices in Greater Vancouver and to a somewhat lesser extent Greater Victoria will eventually fall to the physical reality that what goes up must come down.

The hot market cannot last

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Tsartlip Elder Takes Gordon Wilson To Task At North Saanich-Steelhead LNG Meeting

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Independent film maker Gary McNutt captured this exchange at the Sidney LNG meeting a couple of weeks ago. Tsartlip Elder Fraser Smith was not taking any bullshit from Premier Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson.

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The BC NDP’s so called ‘Gender Equity Mandate’ is an ‘Orwellian Distortion.’


Originally published in the Duncan Free Press. We are soon approaching the ‘Silly Season’ in political circles throughout British Columbia. We will go to the polls in May 2017 but in many cases, the real

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Orlando Remembered-Local Eye Online


Nice to see Duncan City Council’s response to the massive deadly attack that took place at “Pulse’ a Gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The here, there and everywhere blogger Susan Down covered the event

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Rafe: Clark getting free ride from media, Horgan just dropping ball


Rafe is going after Christy, John Horgan and the mostly missing in action corporate media.

It will be damn interesting to see how Horgan rolls out his election campaign in what can be described as

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John Horgan says NDP will target foreign owners in fight for housing affordability

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It could be billed as Greed versus Need.

NDP’s John Horgan has flung down the gauntlet in what will become a hot election issue in the Greater Vancouver area as we head towards a May

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BC’S LNG Plans- Is Shell’s Decision This Week The Beginning Of The End?



No one wants to see our economy flounder in BC, but without divestment, it will crawl to a halt. The plan for BC to invest so much of its future on LNG has

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The shine on the B.C. Liberals’ liquefied natural gas dream has dulled considerably


It was a comfort to read this Times Colonist editorial driven in part by the appalling behaviour and economy with accuracy of Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson.

The former leader of the BC Liberal’s,

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Farm advocates take Future of Farming on road


There are some meetings that you just do not want to miss, but somehow I missed this one.

One of the main drivers to create the ALR was Harold Steeves MLA Richmond. Harold was a

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