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Annual General Meeting

June 11, noon - 2:00 pm @ Manson’s Hall

This years meeting will be preceded by a BBQ and ‘unveiling’ @ the radio station (or hall as raincover). Members welcome - Yes, thats YOU!

Come out and support CKTZ 89.5. There are positions available on the Board of Directors. We seek savvy individuals for 2017. If you’re media savvy, electronics savvy, finance savvy, programming savvy, sales savvy, events savvy, wannabe savvy, or just interested — There may be a chair for you at the table!!!

Email inquiries to cortesradio@gmail.com.

Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots – March Update

Deep Roots stories are coming to air!

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, Tara Warkentin discovers a rich tapestry of practical and symbolic significance found in this ancient art.


Thursday, April 6th

Where Have All The Salmon Gone?
Writer/Producer: Roy Hales

We’ve been hearing about diminishing wild salmon runs for years, but is this just part of a much bigger cycle? Find out how the answer to this question is far more complex than simply drawing a line between A and B.


Thursday, April 13th

Owl Wisdom
Writer/Producer: Annie Rosenberg

Decades after a nearly unspeakable family tragedy, family members gain insight from what  appears to be a chance encounter, later revealing itself as an auspicious message.


Thursday April 20th

The Energetic Forest
Writer/Producer: Rick Bockner

Do trees communicate? Do they look after each other and other species? Rick Bockner unearths a sophisticated network of co-dependent life forces, below and above our feet.


Thursday, April 27th

A Reshuffling Of Atoms
Writer/Producer: Mercedes Grant

Why are we so afraid of death and how do we prepare for it? For something that’s inevitable we sure do our best to avoid it. Mercedes Grant takes us on a personal journey of grief and resolution.


Thursday, May 4th

Clam Gardens
Writer/Producer: Odette Auger

History shows us that First Nations have had an elaborate shellfishery for thousands of years. What’s become of that rich food source and what lies ahead for it’s future?



Thursday, May 11th

Writer/Producer: Morgan Tams

Our material world is obsessed with acquiring and accumulating stuff. But how much do we all really need? Morgan Tams looks for options and solutions to this omnipresent conundrum.



Thursday, May 18th

Sparks Fly In The Forest
Writer/Producer: Brittany Baxter

Writer/producer Brittany Baxter reveals how an environmental challenge brings together unlikely alliances to create positive change in the Cortes Island community and beyond.





A Sense of Belogging

Deconstructing the history of logging on Cortes into a metaphor for decolonization, writer/producer Brittany Baxter presents this collage of moments from over the past 150 years, each containing important clues to how our community is transforming in response to our growing desire to belong to each other and to the land.

Episode #10: A Sense of Belogging

by Brittany Baxter | Deep Roots


Special thank you to the Cortes Island Museum and Archives for the clip of Alan Robertson talking about the early days of logging on Cortes. Thanks also to Dan Pierce (director of Heartwood) for his recordings from the frontlines of the Cortes logging blockades. Huge bunches of roses to Kevin and Georgina for sharing their inspiring love story, to Martha Abelson, and to Sheena Fayowski, Mercedes Grant, Loni Taylor, Travis Pawlak for their voices. Music from John Watts, Axletree, Blue Dot Sessions, Lauki, and Myriadar. ~Brittany


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Donate to CKTZ 89.5 FM!

Every dollar helps to keep Community Radio alive on Cortes Island. Use PAYPAL to easily and securely donate money to 89.5 FM. If you prefer not to use Paypal, send us a cheque, cash, or money order made out to the Cortes Community Radio Society to Box 210, Manson’s Landing BC, V0P 1K0.

Programmers Wanted


CKTZ is a non profit community organization that survives by the involvement of our listeners. Think about joining us- you’ll have fun! We always need more programmers. The possibilities for new shows is endless. I’ve often wondered why in a community of avid gardeners we don’t have a garden show. There are so many articulate passionate people on Cortes that we could have a truly diverse, unique radio station.

50 Summers Of Love

Sunday, August 13
Linnaea Farm, 11am to 8pm

Live music, arts, crafts, Cortes food
vendors welcome

Tickets on sale at: Cortes Market, Co-op, Gorge Marina, Squirrel Cove

All net proceeds to Friends of Cortes Island, Love the Lakes project.