CKTZ Signs MOU With Strathcona Regional District

Cortes Island, August 29, 2017 - Cortes Community Radio CKTZ signs MOU with Strathcona Regional District, stating its willingness to provide temporary usage of the station during  emergencies. “This memorial of understanding is a significant milestone in our relationship with the Strathcona Regional District (SRD), and is fully aligned with the purposes laid down by Cortes Community Radio’s founders. Article 2.g of our constitution  states that one of the station’s purposes is “to establish an ongoing community radio station that can broadcast important information to the community in cooperation with emergency services,” said Roy L Hales, President of Cortes Community Radio. The MOU With Strathcona Regional District The ability to disseminate information to the public during an emergency is a crucial pillar of emergency response. This memorandum of understanding will allow the Strathcona Regional District’s Emergency Operations Centre to pass valuable, confirmed messages directly to Cortes Community Radio. In the event regular communications become disrupted, the SRD has supplied Cortes Island with two radio kits and a satellite telephone in order enhance the degree of redundancy that is built into our ability to communicate tactical emergency information. According to the Purpose statement of this MOU: ”  … The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to confirm the willingness of the Cortes Island Community Radio Station CKTZ to provide temporary emergency use of its broadcasting station so we may establish a direct link between the Information Officer in the Strathcona Regional District’s Emergency Operation Centre [SEP] and CKTZ personnel. This way the SRD’s EOC can disseminate first-hand information to CKTZ and we can ensure the message being spread by...

Community Radio Fund Of Canada Awarded $50,000 For Deep Roots Initiative

Cortes Island (August 1, 2017) – Cortes Community Radio, 89.5 FM, is pleased to announce that the Community Radio Fund of Canada awarded the station $50,000 for the continuation and expansion of “The Deep Roots Initiative”. These funds were made available through the Radiometres program. This year’s project will invite producers to bring in stories similar to those done under Deep Roots last year, i.e. contemporary environmental issues informed by traditional knowledge and legend. However these stories will be “snapshot” segments rather than full length narratives. Two or more brief stories on a related topic will build the more complete images we wish to convey. A specific liaison position has been created with Klahoose FN to air stories originating in traditional culture and contemporary issues.  “The Deep Roots initiative enables local producers to work under the tutelage of veteran broadcasters, with decades of collective experience with some of our nation’s top radio stations. They are also brought into close contact with Klahoose FN elders. This experience will enable CKTZ’s producers to hone their skills to a degree that would not have been possible, were it not for the generosity of the CRFC,” says Roy L Hales, President, Cortes Community Radio. The CRFC is a national not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to build and improve the campus and community radio sector for all Canadians. Through the Radiometres program, which is currently the cornerstone of their funding, the CRFC just announced that they will invest close to 1.5 million dollars in our sector in order to enrich local programming as well as to promote volunteerism and community participation. Within five years, the...

Summer Lip Syncs

Cortes Island : July 29, 2017 - Cortes Community Radio is holdings Summer Lip Syncs this year. The first will be on Cortes Island, August 12, and then there will be another Lip Sync on Quadra Island August 19. Cortes Island Summer Lip Sync The doors of Manson’s Hall open at 6:30 PM on August 12 for a fun evening followed by a free 50 Summers of Love DJ Dance. Pricing: Adults - $12; Kids 5 to 16 - $6; Families - $30 Email: Cortesradio@gmail.com 2nd Annual Cortes/Quadra Lip Sync Come and join everyone at the Quadra Community Centre for a fun family evening out while supporting the Cortes Island Radio and the Quadra Island Theatre. LET’S SEE WHOSE ROCKY SHORES ROCK MORE!! Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 7:00pm Pricing: $12/person Phone Number: 250-285-3881 Email: theatrequadra@gmail.com Website: https://www.facebook.com/theatrequadra Summer Lip Syncs Successful A postscript, added later: The Summer Lip Syncs were a success. There was a stand-up crowd on Cortes. “Great night! The dancing was over by 10:30 so I got home before 11. Perfect,” said Howie Roman, station manager of Cortes Community Radio. The lip Sync on Quadra was also a success. Whereas only 70 turned out last year, this year every seat was sold out...

2016/17 Was A Breakthrough Year

2016/17 Was A Breakthrough Year Cortes Island - Cortes Community Radio’s 2017 AGM was held at the station, in Mansons Landing, B.C., on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The key message was delivered by outgoing President Sheryl Thompson, who said 2016/17 was a breakthrough year. 2017 was a Breakthrough Year by Sheryl Thompson | CZTK's 2017 AGM https://cortesradio.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/A-Breakthrough-Year.mp3 2016/17 Was A Breakthrough Year Because: the “Deep Roots” and “Vintage Vignettes”  programs were launched. CKTZ also produced “Rendezvous,” a French Language series for the National Community Radio Association that is now available across the country. CKTZ Initiated partnerships with the Klahoose First Nation, Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI), Cortes Island Museum and Theatre Quadra. An emergency back-up for the radio station tower, for power outages of up to 36 hours, was funded by a BC Gaming Grant. CKTZ held its very first cabaret (licensed adult night). CKTZ held 3 Lip Syncs: 2 on Cortes and 1 on Quadra Island. And Much more…. Proposal For Operating Committees To keep up the momentum, a proposal to set up operating committees was brought forward. This is meant to spread the work load out from the board to the membership. Some Proposed Committees: Program Committee - oversees broadcast content, DJ conduct, recorded messages etc, Receives proposals for new shows Major Projects & Grants Committee - Guides “Deep Roots/Island Waves” other projects & major grants Emergency Preparedness Committee - Guides emergency training, public outreach & equipment upgrades Re emergency, liaison with ESS, CIVFD Ham Radio Society etc Listener Relations Committee - Guides website content, membership drives, sponsorship, newsletters, etc. The Board for 2017/18 The Cortes Community Radio’s 2017 AGM ended with the election of a...
Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots Stories To Be Aired The shows will start being aired at 9:00am on Thursdays, with the first one on March 16th. They will be repeated on Saturdays at 2:00pm. Each week a new program will be featured. In addition to the Deep Roots staff introduced in these pages, Cortes Radio would like to thank the volunteers and story producers who made this initiative happen: Deep Roots Steering Committee Odette Auger, fundraising advisor Shannon Jonasson, education and youth advisor Kate Maddigan, Friends of Cortes Island board liaison Jacqueline Mathieu, Klahoose First Nation liaison David Rousseau, project lead and Cortes Community Radio Society board liaison Max Thaysen, Friends of Cortes Island president Sheryl Thompson, Cortes Community Radio Society president Deep Roots Story Producers Odette Auger Brittany Baxter Rick Bockner Mercedes Grant Roy Hales Sobhana Dilani Hippola Natalia Nybida Annie Rosenberg Morgan Tams Tara Warkentin Deep Roots Schedule and Story Synopses Thursday, March 16th Who Speaks For Brother Wolf? Writer/Producer: Natalia Auger Nybida Western culture paints wolves with a dark brush as evil characters in myths and fairytales, but perhaps that’s because they’re more like us than we care to admit. Natalia Auger Nybida takes a deep look at the essential role wolves play in our ecosystem.   Thursday, March 23rd Finding Gilean Douglas & The Protected Place Writer/Producer: Sobhana Dilani Hippola A powerful examination of the life and legacy of pioneering ecologist Gilean Douglas and the impact her vision has had on present day conservation efforts and attitudes.     Thursday, March 30th Secrets Of The Cedar Weavers Writer/Producer: Tara Warkentin By tracing the history and stories behind two hats,...

Deep Roots Initiative – News

Introducing the Deep Roots Initiative Logo! This rectangular Coast Salish design depicts two Coast Salish guardian spirit dancers singing the song of their power. The subtle circle between them is a drum with Salish sound waves emanating from it. In contemporary Canadian visual culture, crescents are utilized to symbolize sound waves. This is a cultural commonality that Coast Salish and Canadian cultures have in common. In Coast Salish art, crescents are used to create a real rhythmic rippling, a real fluid flowing feeling. SOUNDWAVES Artist: LessLIE Sam, Coast Salish Visit the Alcheringa Gallery website for more information on the artist. THE STORIES:  Greg and Rob continue to mentor and support story producers’ progress – with draft scripts all submitted, and with insightful reviews thereof. Our story writers have been given training in interviewing techniques, recording equipment and guidance in First Nations protocol. Some of the most interesting moments so far were the training sessions on critical listening skills offered by CBC veteran Rob Selmanovic. THE WRITERS: Initially conceived as a youth [ages 16-30] project; we found ourselves with high calibre skill sets; and years of experience with writers ranging in age from 15 to 70. We have a well rounded set of writers representing Aboriginal youth, local elders, radio writers, aspiring journalists and environmentalists including: TARA WARKENTIN NATALIA NYBIDA BRITTANY BAXTER DILANI (Sobhanā) HIPPOLA MERCEDES GRANT ANNIE ROSENBERG ROY HALES RICK BOCKNER ODETTE AUGER THE STEERING COMMITTEE: Our volunteer board includes representatives from each partner in this project: Kate Maddigan and Max Thaysen [Friends of Cortes Island -FOCI], David Rousseau and Sheryl Thompson,President [Cortes Community Radio Society], Jacqueline Mathieu [Klahoose First Nation]...