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Last November I attended a very interesting presentation by Dr. Richard Beamish at Vancouver Island University in Duncan.  This was one of the monthly Cowichan Watershed Board Speaker’s series and Dr. Beamish was talking about his new book The Sea Among Us, co-written with Gordon McFarlane.  The book is subtitled The Amazing Straight of Georgia and it chronicles every aspect of life in and around the Straight.

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Guest Blog: How's the News Leader Strike Going?

by Eric Morten

How's the strike going?”

I'm asked that question often–several times a week.

Ten weeks ago, 12 employees voted unanimously to strike after negotiations stalled over a two-tier wage proposal for new hires at the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial. The idea is that new people coming into the company start at a lower rate than the current lowest rate.

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Water Temperatures

I have had my feet in the river almost every day for the past few weeks, enjoying our great winter weather and river conditions while pursuing the elusive winter steelhead.  The river is very busy again this year with anglers travelling from all over the Island as well as the Lower Mainland and beyond to try to catch and release one of these magnificent creatures.  BC Outdoors magazine just named the Cowichan one of the top ten steelhead rivers in the province.

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