The ECOreport started out as an environmental news website in which owner/editor Roy L Hales asks asking What Works? What Doesn’t? And what can we do about it? The site’s written articles are reposted on better known web platforms like Clean Technica, PVSolar Report and East County Magazine.

The ECOreport’s first radio broadcast was made in July 2014


Launching Deep Roots Second Season

The ECOreport (Originally broadcast Jan 10, 2018) : - According to Volunteer and Fundraising co-ordinator Odette Auger, Deep Roots is important because it is “local, regionally based spoken word programming.” Steering Committee leader David Rousseau says, “it builds capacity and connection around Cortes Radio.” Senior producer Greg Osaba explains, Deep Roots is both a skill building and story telling exercise to generate original stories from people who have something to say.” To which Klahoose co-ordinator Jacqueline Mathieu adds, “The stories that are going to be developed really do need to be told.” They were talking about Cortes Radio’s premiere documentary series. The station will soon be launching Deep Roots second season. (Read More)

Becoming Nature Boy

The ECOreport broadcast for Feb 14, 2018 - George Sirk’s newest radio program comes from a lifelong passion. He became a specialist in “tropical ecology, in places such as Australia, Papua New Guinea and tropical America,”  and later an expedition leader in the Canadian Arctic. He first brought this to the airwaves for CFUV in Victoria. George also produced seven minute clips on the Arctic for CBC’s Morning Show, before Prime Minister Harper cut back on funding. He returned to Cortes Island in 2016 and on February 1 became CKTZ’s newest talk show host. In this morning’s interview, I ask George Sirk about becoming Nature Boy. (Read More)

Economic Development While Preserving Cortes’ Core Values

The ECOreport broadcast for Feb 7, 2018: When the Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association (CIBATA) was launched, it faced some tough challenges. Some believe Cortes is still stuck in the seventies and many residents would like to preserve that. Yet there is a need for the same business sectors you find everywhere else: retail, health, building and trades, tourism medical marijuana, aquaculture, learning / professional development and social profit. On February 24, CIBATA will be unveiling the draft of Cortes Island’s Local Economic Action Plan at the Klahoose Multipurpose Building, between 10 AM and 4 PM. In this morning’s program the association’s President, Colin Funk, talks about economic development while preserving Cortes’ core values. (Read More) 

One Man’s Experience Of The Changing Antarctic

The ECOreport broadcast from Jan 24, 2018: Mike More spends six weeks in the Antarctic most winters. Since 2001, he has worked asa zodiac driver, naturalist and lecturer for 14 seasons. Up until five years ago, he found it really hard to tell how the climate was changing. Since then, the public has been barred from visiting some glaciers because of crevices. In other areas, bare rock stands where there was once ice. The once clear deep Antarctic waters have become murky. New species have moved into the area and old ones are disappearing. In this morning’s program, Moore describes one man’s experience of the changing Antarctic. (Read More)

Cortes Island Is A Proposed Recipient For Improved High Speed Internet

The ECOreport broadcast for Jan 24  2018: The Canadian government believes the internet is an essential service. Over the next three years, the Connect to Innovate” program will invest $500 million bringing, or improving, high-speed Internet to 300 Canadian rural and remote communities. A local ingredient is the sub-sea fibre optic cable, connecting communities between Prince Rupert and Vancouver, as well as around Vancouver Island.  Victoria Smith, the Strathcona Regional District’s Special Projects and Sustainability Manager, confirmed that Cortes Island is a proposed recipient for improved high speed internet. (Read More)

CKTZ Leads Northern Vancouver Island’s Emergency Communications Network

The ECOreport broadcast for Jan 17, 2018: Cortes Community radio’s new tower does not look impressive. It only rises thirty feet or so above the station, but with its installation CKTZ leads Northern Vancouver Island’s emergency communications network. (Read More)

Delores Broten & The Watershed Sentinel

The ECOreport (Originally broadcast  Wednesday, July 9, 2014): The Watershed Sentinel’s origins go back to 1990. Most of Cortes Island’s forest is second growth, which has grown up up since the turn of the 20th century. When MacMillan Bloedel came to harvest these trees, they found themselves opposed by 100 to 200 local residents. Delores Broten kept local residents abreast of of developments with a newsletter that  grew to become an award-winning environmental news magazine. (Read More)

Why Didn’t The U.S. Develop Solar Decades Ago?

The ECOreport (Originally broadcast Aug 20, 2014): - Solar technology was invented in the USA. In 1978 Dr Allan Hoffman presented President Jimmy Carter with a plan that could have let America obtain 20% of its electricity from renewables by 2000. So why didn’t the US develop solar energy decades Ago? (Read More)

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Before the ECOreport

Roy L Hales has been writing for as long as he can remember. His first stories were compilations of pictures. He has started writing books, but so far gets lost in the web expanding research possibilities before him. As a result corrections turned into restarts of the story line.

Writing for newspapers and magazines was simpler. They are short and tend to be a snapshot in time rather than comprehensive treatment of a subject. He started writing for the Fraser Valley Record (now the Mission City Record), while waiting for an archaeologist to comment on the first draft of a book, in 1982. Roy set the book aside three years later, but continued to be published in newspapers and magazines until 2006. He wrote about 500 articles for print media.

 Roy was in charge of publicity for Vancouver’s Third Cross Cultural Conference in 1987.

He was the editor of the Vine Press, a quarterly publication of the Vineyard movement, in 1992-93 and curator of the Vineyard Gallery in 1993-96. He also handled PR for the Christian artists and writers group Artistic License from 1993-96 and arranged for exhibitions at venues like the Lookout Gallery at Regent College, UBC; Langley Centennial Museum and Exhibition Centre and what is now called the Ranger Station Art Gallery at Harrison Hot Springs.

 Roy was interviewed by the late Bernice Gerrard, and profiled in BC Report as well as the Langley Times.

During this period, his artwork was displayed in numerous solo and joint exhibitions, foyer displays and group exhibitions.

 Roy entered the world of web publications as editor of San Diego Loves Green in the fall of 2012, and left that venue to building his own website (the ECOreport) in December 2013.
Top Photo Credit: Roy L Hales