cowichan valley

Council Day 305: Cowichan Agriculture #FTW

I had the pleasure of joining the Cowichan Agricultural Society’s (CAS) farm tour on Friday. A bus full of farmers, Farm Industry Review Board members, municipal and CVRD staff members, Ministry of Agriculture employees, and politicians visited 5 agricultural operations around the Cowichan Valley.  (more…)

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Sustainable Valley, BC?

In December I had a job interview with Nokia. They were looking for a technical writer for the Nokia App Store, located in their Burnaby office. The office is gorgeous: The atmosphere is a mix of après-ski and Finnish minimalism. (Just to give you an idea, a fireplace sits in the center of a circle of six huge floor-to-ceiling tree trunks (possibly fake) and three sofas in the common area.) (more…)

An Education from a Stranger on How to Vote

An hour into last night’s All Candidates meeting in Crofton, I was yawning. Same old question-answer format; with 22 candidates the answers take forever. But I stayed for the duration because I received an unforgettable education from a stranger on how to vote. (more…)

Don’t Be Chicken!

I once told a Saanich cow farmer that I was too chicken to drive up a farm’s lane to buy their produce or meat, even if there were big signs urging me to stop and shop. What if I don’t like what they have to sell? Bit awkward to leave empty-handed after you see their blistered hands and dirty work jeans. (more…)