News & Updates

Sep 24 2019

The Cowichan River: loving and logging it to death

September 28 is River Day. The Cowichan River needs our help. Please read and share this article. Article and photography by: Stephen Hume – September 6 Focus on Victoria Read the Full Article Here Excerpt: The logic of a watershed, including development and forestry’s role in its demise, is playing out sadly in the Cowichan…

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Sep 12 2019

UBO Remembered – in 1955.

From “UBO Remembered”, a history of our community from the early 1900’s onward, this picture of a slide in 1955. Of the over 400 slides that have occurred in 70 years as documented in the CVRD’s Geo-Hazard Report, this was truly a devastating one. Those who think slides were “mischaracterized” or that the report would…

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Sep 3 2019

Quw’utsun Cowichan Heritage River Day Celebration

We will have a table at this event! So excited to be a part of this celebration. Quw’utsun Cowichan Heritage River Day Celebration Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 10:00am – 3:00pm Gather at 222 Cowichan Way, old VIU site near Superstore in Duncan. A short walk to a river site on Cowichan Tribes’ land. Free…

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Sep 2 2019

Patagioenas Fasciata

Dave sent a few pictures to me. The one on the left is a picture of a banded tail pigeon. “The Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) is similar to the familiar Rock Pigeon (Columba livia), but has a faster, more direct flight, white crescent on the back of the head, and a dark tail with a…

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Sep 1 2019

Global Climate Strike – 20-27, 2019

This is not a drill. The climate emergency is already here. Please stand with the young strikers as they fight for their future and the future of our planet! JOIN US IN FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURE It’s going to take all of us to end the age of fossil fuels and solve the climate crisis.…

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Aug 25 2019

No Blue, No Green, No Water, No Life.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks canning. It feels so good to take the fruits of the earth and preserve them for the gloomy winter days when a taste of sunshine can brighten up your whole day. The peaches and crab apples and tomatoes will keep for just one year. But as I wait…

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Aug 4 2019

On a recent hike, I noticed this sign.

On a recent hike, I noticed this sign. I wondered if that meant it was somehow protected by the same regulatory framework as “community watersheds” are on Crown lands. Since it was posted by the Regional Health Authority, I have requested that the Minister of Health clarify this designation and let us know what we…

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Jul 29 2019

A friend and defender of the Cowichan River.

Joe Saysell, a friend and defender of the Cowichan River wrote this letter. His knowledge and love of the river is strong. Please read and share widely. June 30, 2019 Mr. Doug Donaldson, Minister Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C. V8V 2L8 Dear Sir: I am once again writing…

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Jul 28 2019

Charred forests not growing back as expected in Pacific Northwest, researchers say.

Domenico Iannidinardo wondered why I was concerned so much about logging, when we met with him last summer. At the time, I said I was worried about the time between logging and the time that the trees grew back. Well, this article has given me cause to worry, because, it appears, they might not be…

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Jul 21 2019

Today in Lake Cowichan

Today in Lake Cowichan. The Cowichan River is designated as a Heritage River, which means it is to be conserved and protected as one of the the best examples of Canada’s river heritage, The Cowichan River is to be given national recognition and Canadians are encouraged to enjoy and appreciate it. Today, this special river…

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Jul 21 2019

Private Managed Forest Land Program Review

Deadline for responding is tomorrow! Super important to let the government know where you stand! July 22nd, 2019 Visit This Page: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/privatemanagedforest

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Jul 15 2019

We do all this because…

Why do average citizens, with ordinary lives to live, have to make the case to a logging company that their plans to log the steep slopes above their community are dangerous? Why do we have to seek out expert advice, pore over public documents, go door to door, put up signs, reach out to groups…

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Jul 9 2019

A message from Pam Jorgenson at Mosaic:

Hello All, Just wanted to let you all know that we will have geotechnical crews starting the detailed terrain stability assessments above Youbou mid next week (estimated start is July 17). They will be drilling core samples, so there may be minor noise and activity noted by local residents. This activity is related exclusively to…

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Jul 8 2019

I read this…Then I wrote this.

Premier Horgan,

I am writing from Youbou, in the territory of the Cowichan People.
In March, your Forestry Minister announced that he will allow clear cutting of ancient forests. I was incredulous, disgusted and furious then and remain so today.

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Jun 27 2019

CVRD’s Geo-Hazard report

The CVRD’s Geo-Hazard report was released to the public in May. It’s a lengthy document, but well worth diving into. READ THE FULL DOCUMENT HERE The results confirm what many of us have discovered through talking to long-time residents, gathering information from area experts and our own research of public documents. My doctorates in geoscience…

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