Community seed exchange this Sunday in Whaletown

Community seed exchange this Sunday in Whaletown

The event will run rain or shine and organizers are hoping it will repeat in the future. Photo by Anastasia Avvakumova. Cortes Island gardeners can bring their saved seeds to the Whaletown Garden Centre this Sunday, Mar. 20, 11 am - 2:30 pm, to exchange with neighbors for new varieties. Organizer Chelsea Chernobyl told CKTZ News she saw people asking online if a seed swap would happen this year. A relatively new gardener herself, she was excited by the prospect. “It’s just such a great idea as part of food security and having extra varieties and species of seeds to share,” she said, adding that saved local seeds would already be better adapted to this specific climate. All types of non-GMO seeds are welcome and small envelopes will be provided. This is a free, outdoor event. For more information, email chelseachernobyl@hotmail.com. Listen to the CKTZ News report below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Community seed exchange this Sunday in Whaletown This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Cortes Food Co-op updates by-laws in preparation for AGM

Cortes Food Co-op updates by-laws in preparation for AGM

The newly changed by-laws allow an interested board member to reapply for election after reaching the previous maximum of 6 years. Image courtesy of Cortes Natural Food Co-op. A unanimous vote by the attendees of the Cortes Natural Food Co-op‘s general meeting approved several changes to the organization’s by-laws on Tues, Mar. 15. The changes included: allowing a board member to reapply for election after serving 6 consecutive years acknowledging that the Co-op is a members’ co-op and does not require 50 percent of directors to be employees requiring 10 (instead of 5) member signatures to appeal a board decision The first point was the most significant and generated discussion around how to best reword the update. Current Chair of the Board Amy Robertson said that for one, there are many organizations on the island competing for board members. Additionally, once a director is well versed in the workings of the Co-op, it is to everyone’s advantage to have a dedicated person continue in their position. The Co-op’s new General Manager Mary Lavelle expressed relief that there would be less turnover of senior board members at the upcoming AGM in June. There is hope that the AGM can happen in person. Listen to the CKTZ News report, which includes an interview with CNFC’s Board Chair Amy Robertson, below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News -Cortes Food Co-op updates by-laws in preparation for AGM This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Original high school program on Cortes Island accepting applications for fall and winter

Original high school program on Cortes Island accepting applications for fall and winter

The program will kick off with outdoor adventure leadership. Photo by Tatum Bergen on Unsplash A unique high school program is coming to Cortes Island this fall, created in collaboration between School District 72 (SD72) and Cortes parents and volunteers. The program, called Cortes Island Academy (CIA), will provide BC’s core curriculum augmented with place-based education that includes Indigenous learning approaches, hours of outdoor hands-on lessons and direct learning from local experts and entrepreneurs. Facilitators will come from organizations like Reel Youth and Cortes Kayaks. The pilot program will consist of two 10-week sessions called Our Oceans: Marine Conservation, Leadership and Stewardship in the fall and Elevating Youth Voices in the winter. According to the program’s website, Cortes Community Economic Development Association as well as Cortes Island Parent Advisory Committee, have reported that the previous lack of high school programming was a major barrier to a resilient local economy and youth continuing in their education. Listen below to the CKTZ News report with comments from Jeff Lontayao, SD72’s Coordinator of Student Options and Opportunities, and Manda Aufochs Gillespie, who works for both of the program’s partnering organizations — Folk University and Cortes Island Community Foundation :  Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Original high school program on Cortes Island accepting applications for fall and winter This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Managing director transition at Cortes Museum

Managing director transition at Cortes Museum

The Cortes Museum’s primary location at 957 Beasley Road also houses tourist information. Photo by Anastasia Avvakumova. After four years of running the Cortes Island Museum and Archives as managing director, Jane Newman is currently training her successor, Melanie Boyle. Jane Newman installing the Listening to Bees exhibit, currently viewable at the Cortes Island Museum. Photo courtesy of Jane Newman. The transition is taking place over several months, as the museum has many types of offerings. These include exhibits at its flagship location as well as the Wild Cortes natural history center at Linnaea Farm, naturalist-guided outdoor events, physical and online archives, and many partnerships in the local community and beyond. Both women are artists, and Newman is looking forward to more time for her personal creative projects, just in time to kick off the 2022 season at the Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery on July 1. Listen to the CKTZ News interviews with Jane Newman and Melanie Boyle below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Managing director transition at Cortes Museum This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Cortes Museum’s upcoming AGM to be a special event

Cortes Museum’s upcoming AGM to be a special event

  Falling Boundary by David Ellingsen. Image courtesy of Cortes Museum. Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society is planning for their first in-person annual general meeting in two years, which will feature a presentation by fine art photographer David Ellingsen. The AGM will be held at Manson’s Hall on Sunday, March 27th, with doors opening at 12:30 pm. There is no cost to attend but donations are gratefully appreciated for the event and towards memberships. David Ellingsen is a fine art photographer based in Victoria. Image courtesy of Cortes Museum. Ellingsen was born and raised on Cortes, with a lineage that traces back all the way to some of the first settlers on the island. Manson’s Landing is named after his great-great-grandfather. He is planning to speak about several projects, including one called Falling Boundaries, which will also be on display at the Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery this summer. It explores the last century of industrial logging in British Columbia. The Museum has permanent and current exhibits, as well as tourist info at its primary location at 957 Beasley Road. In 2017, a satellite natural history location called Wild Cortes opened at the Linnaea Farm Education Center, and features exhibits on the three top predators on the island, as well as its songbirds, the water cycle and more. Listen to the CKTZ News interview with Cortes Museum’s Managing Director Jane Newman below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Cortes Museum’s upcoming AGM to be a special event This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....