Between Two Worlds

Between Two Worlds

Originally Published on the ECOreport From the beginning, Meinsje was been a prominent voice in Cortes Island’s artistic community. She taught art at the Linnaea school for fifteen years and is a director of the Old SchoolHouse Art Gallery. Meinsje’s “Dream Caravan” dance troop, her performances at Cortes Island Lip Syncs and Cabarets, puppetry and paintings continue to captivate viewers. In this morning’s interview, Meinsje describes what it was like living between two worlds.   Living Between Two Worlds “I did some courses. I bought Betty Edwards’ book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” - which is a great thing for artists to work with. It teaches you different ways of looking at the world and it makes just way more sense. I worked with it so much that I could feel the shift in my brain sides. It was like, ‘Ah, now I see like an artist; now I see like a person … That’s a beautiful moment, when you see the world as a painter  … I feel like often I am in between the worlds.” “I make art because I have to … I go crazy if I don’t make art. It’s part of who I am.  There are so many pictures in my mind. They have to come out, because once they’re out then I’m okay,” says Meinsje. “We all have our shadow sides and sometimes its the shadow side that comes out. Sometimes its another side. It tells you something about yourself. I’ve always wanted to be an art therapist, but I’ve never had the money to be one; or the patience...
The CRTC Renewed Cortes Radio’s License

The CRTC Renewed Cortes Radio’s License

Last May, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) found CKTZ to be in “apparent compliance” with our license. After months of waiting, its decision is now official. The CRTC renewed Cortes Radio’s license for another seven years. CRTC Renewed Cortes Radio’s License There is only one stipulation, “CKTZ-FM Cortes Island … shall devote no less than 40% of its musical selections from content category 2 (Popular Music) in each broadcast week to Canadian selections broadcast in their entirety.” Cortes Radio was one of eight stations whose licenses were renewed last week. Our new license takes effect on 1 September, 2018, and expires on 31 August, 2025. “This is good news. CKTZ can now move forward with its plans for the future. Among other things, we can now take the next steps towards relocating our tower to a location more suitable to fulfilling our mandate as an emergency communications resource,” said Roy L Hales, President of the Cortes radio Society. Both the  National Campus and Community Radio Association and Strathcona Regional District (SRD) supported Cortes radio’s application to have its license renewed. Emergency Communications Last August, Cortes Community Radio CKTZ signed a memorandum of understanding with the SRD stating its willingness to provide temporary usage of the station during emergencies last August. This led to the installation of a packet VHF system and associated tower at the station, connecting us to directly to the SRD. When disaster strikes, CKTZ broadcast the SRD’s emergency bulletins. The weak point in this system is CKTZ’s current reliance on the internet. Though the station has shown that it can continue to broadcast for up to 14 hours after the grid goes...
Thank You, E’mote For Your Support Of The Deep Roots Story Project!

Thank You, E’mote For Your Support Of The Deep Roots Story Project!

We are grateful for your encouraging donations, sponsorships and helping hands. With your support, in the last year we were able to give back to our community as well as raise awareness and do further outreach within our on-going collaboration. Here is a recap of some of our activities and events over the past year and what’s on the horizon for 2019. In November 2017 CKTZ hosted two workshops at Klahoose focusing on technical recording skills, interviewing basics and the craft of writing for radio. We had CBC audio producer/trainer Rob Selmanovic facilitate these essential trainings. Beginning in January 2018, Deep Roots hosted a series of bi weekly roundtables, where Klahoose story seeds were nurtured into themes and developed into specific interviewee/writer/story sprouts. The bridge between radio, podcast and millennia-old knowledge of oral storytelling was built with season 1. Season 2 was a refinement, with Island Waves goal that all stories originate from Klahoose community. Vintage Vignettes is a spin off of Deep Roots, and is a collaboration between CI Museum and Archives and CKTZ. In April 2018, we were featured in Salish Sea Sentinel, a magazine that serves as the voice for Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council http://salishseasentinel.ca/2018/03/deep-roots-radio-gives-platform-to-klahoose- voices/ In May 2018, our Klahoose Coordinator was honoured for her work with Deep Roots and language work, in the ReMatriate campaign, an Indigenous women’s collective https://m.facebook.com/ReMatriate/?ref=m_notif&notif_t=feedback_reaction_genericLearn more about ReMatriatehttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/rematriate-wants-to-take-back-visual-identity-of- first-nations-1.3029833 In June 2018, we hosted the Season 2 Launch Party, which was a wild success, with 200 in attendance to listen to stories, celebrate this community bridging project. The fundraising Bannock+Beer part of the launch party raised funds for Klahoose canoe...
Cortes Radio’s 2018 AGM

Cortes Radio’s 2018 AGM

It was billed an an AGM like none other. Close to two hundred people attended at least one of the three events, a significant turnout on a rural island like Cortes. Some went to the thank-you party/potluck for volunteers on May 26, in Whaletown. The biggest crowd gathered in the Klahoose Multipurpose Building in Squirrel Cove, for the official launch of Deep Root’s second season. The grand finale was Cortes Radio’s 2018 AGM on June 3 at Manson’s Hall.  Cortes Radio’s 2018 AGM This was the first time a Cortes Radio AGM was preceded by other radio events. It is also the first time there was live entertainment. In Whaletown they watched a video of the recent cabaret. The first two new Deep Roots programs were aired in Squirrel Cove. Cortes Island’s own Improv troop, the Laughing Mussels, performed at the AGM. Also, CKTZ’s Secretary Rochelle Baker, who acted as the MC, sent Howie out to give everyone kisses (the chocolate kind).   The Laughing Mussels at Cortes Radio's 2018 AGM - Rochelle Baker photos Looking back over the past 13 years, Howie says “Overall I feel like this (2017/18) was our smoothest running year yet.” To which CKTZ’s Treasurer, Julia Rendall, adds, “Working with this board has been a breeze.  We communicate well and have been respectful of each others sometimes varying opinions.” The 2017/18 Board - Rochelle Baker (now Vice President), Barry Glickman (Emergency Communications) , Roy L Hales (President), Julia Rendall (Treasurer), and Leonard Woywitka (Member at Large) - was returned. In addition, Paul Fournier (now Secretary) was nominated from the floor and will join them...
Fourth Day Mopping Up The Read Island Fire

Fourth Day Mopping Up The Read Island Fire

Monday June 4, 2018 - Though BC Wildfires is continuing to monitor the site, there is no longer an immediate threat and firefighters have been withdrawn from Strathcona Provincial Park. To the east there are still 21 people working within a 8 hectare burn site in the Discovery Islands. BC Wildfire spokesperson Donna MacPherson describes the fourth day mopping up the Read Island fire. Fourth Day Mopping Up The Read Island Fire “What they are doing is that slow meticulous work that they do to mop up a fire. They are moving through the land, looking for hot spots. They are feeling with their hands. They are looking for smoke. If they find anything they dig it up, break it apart, wet it down and rebury it again.” She added, “We are finding that a fair number … [of fires] are burrowing underground because the ground itself is dry. There is not a lot of moisture down below.” “It is fairly common to spend days mopping up after a larger fire, especially one that is close to people’s homes - as is the case at Read Island. “A fire that could be smoking ground in the morning, if it gets a lot of heat on it and a bit of wind - it can pick up and start to show flame. So whether it is burning underground or burning with a flame, it is still a concern to us.” The Cost The fires on Read Island and in Strathcona Provincial Park were both caused by humans and preventable. “Of course there are dollar costs here - which can be...
BC Wildfires Asks The Public To Exercise Caution

BC Wildfires Asks The Public To Exercise Caution

The fire in Strathcona Provincial Park is under control. A crew is mopping up on Read Island today. Both fires are believed to have originated from human activity. BC Wildfires asks the public to exercise more caution. BC Wildfires Asks The Public To Exercise More Caution “We are asking the public, as they are using the forest, to realize it is really dry out there. Our fire danger is basically the same today [as it normally] would be a month later. We are as dry on June first as we normally would be on July first,” says spokesperson Donna MacPherson. She added, “While we have an obligation to respond, and we do, people have an obligation to not start the fires.” The fire in Strathcona Provincial Park is believed to have originated with an unextinguished campfire. The Mopping Up On Read Island Ten people are mopping up the fire on Read Island and an additional nine are coming in to help. “We are working in from the perimeter, towards the centre of that fire to mop it up completely … As the crew is moving through the area they are looking and feeling for hot spots. They are looking for smoke; they are looking for heat. If they find anything they break apart whatever fuel is during. It could be stump, or a root underground or a tree. They would bring the tree down, dig it up and then wet it down; get it cold … We are doing that because of the fire’s close proximity to people’s homes,” say McPherson. Though rain is expected, so are stronger winds...