Reality 102 With Rex Weyler

Reality 102 With Rex Weyler

The podcast and article that follow expresses opinions not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its board, staff, volunteers or membership. Editor’s note: Reality 102 with Rex Weyler was the conclusion of a two part series at Cortes Island’s Folk University. This session was recorded and broadcast over Cortes Radio in the regular Cortes Currents slot on November 13, 2019. Rex asks what are realistic responses to the problem of overshoot. He asks the same question in the article below; the embedded podcast is Rex’s Folk U presentation. Originally published on Cortes Currents At the University of Minnesota Dr. Nate Hagens teaches an honours course called “Reality 101: A Survey of the Human Predicament.” Hagens operated his own hedge fund on Wall Street until he glimpsed, “a serious disconnect between capitalism, growth, and the natural world. Money did not appear to bring wealthy clients more well being.” Hagens became editor of The Oil Drum, and now sits on the Board of the Post Carbon Institute and the Institute for Integrated Economic Research. Reality 102 with Rex Weyler – a presentation at Cortes Island’s Folk University Reality 101 addresses humanity’s toughest challenges: economic decline, inequality, pollution, biodiversity loss, and war. Students learn about systems ecology, neuroscience, and economics. “We ask hard questions,” says Hagens. “What is wealth? What are the limits to growth? We attempt to face our crises head on.”   Some students feel inspired to action, and some report finding the material “depressing.” One student shared the course material with a family member, who asked, “So what can I do?” The student struggled to answer this question, and the listener chastised her: “why did you explain all...
Reality 101 With Rex Weyler

Reality 101 With Rex Weyler

The podcast and article that follow expresses opinions not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its board, staff, volunteers or membership. Editor’s note: Reality 101 with Rex Weyler was one of the lunchtime lectures at Cortes Island’s Folk University. This session was recorded and broadcast over Cortes Radio in the regular Cortes Currents slot on November 6, 2019. The theme is overshoot, and what this means to the future of humanity and our planet. Rex also writes about overshoot in the article below; the embedded podcast is Rex’s Folk U presentation. Originally published on Cortes Currents I’m in Vancouver, riding the skytrain, the metro-region’s elevated and underground public transport system. In a crowded cabin, I gaze above the seats and see this advertisement:  “By 2050 sea levels have risen. Would you rather:  A: Build higher dikes to fight it?B: Develop underwater transit technology to embrace it? Reality 101 Reality 101 with Rex Weyler: a lunchtime lecture from Folk University for Cortes Island Slide from the Folk U presentation Reality 101 with Rex Weyler Embracing Technology There is no “C: Change your lifestyle to prevent it.” This little ad is a pitch by Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, TransLink. They clearly want the public to choose “underwater transit technology” since this means bigger budgets for them. They dress up this choice with the hot term “technology” and invite us to “embrace” this. They don’t mention that dikes also require “technology,” and they certainly don’t mention the taboo topic of changing lifestyles.  Embracing the crisis with technology feels good, it means growing our economy, advancing, having more, not giving up anything. This blind...
The Lesser Royals

The Lesser Royals

Episode 7 brings us the songs “Summer Breeze” and “Click” from The Lesser Royals! “Summer Breeze” is a relaxing track that reflects on the band members’ experiences of summer on Cortes Island. Some enjoy it- some don’t! “Click” is a deep diving track that carries powerful, contemplative concepts nestled amongst explorative, freestyle jam vibes. See if you can decipher the deeper meaning of this track and then listen to the band interview that follows to get the final word! Episode 7 of Spark Point Music: “The Lesser Royals” Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio! We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording gear, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music. Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either composed and performed entirely by youth,...
Anything Goes

Anything Goes

The Battery, St Johns Newfoundland by Emmanuel Milou via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0) Anything Goes with Howie Roman & Paul the K- Sat: 10:30 AM-1 PM; Repeats Thu: 8-10:30 PM In the Saturday, October 26th, edition, Howie talks about his month long visit to the Atlantic provinces and plays some of the music he brought back. Anything Goes To The Atlantic Provinces Podcasts Howie Roman and Paul the K are old friends, both originally from New York though they met on Cortes almost 50 years ago. For many years they’d get together for dinner and to share music. When everyone started talking about a radio station, in 2004, they decided to take part “Paul the K” of Anything Goes March 31, 2018 - Anything Goes Anything Goes To Church! From CKTZ’s archives: Howie Roman and Rick Bockner interview Dorien Baxter, known to many as “Elvis Priestly,” the Bishop of Beal Street in Memphis,Tennessee. In addition to his duties as an ordained an Anglican Priest, Baxter is known for his rendition of the legendary “King of Rock and Roll”. Anything Goes to Church! Anything Goes To Church Howie Roman Howie attended the meeting at Manson’s Hall, when the possibility of starting a radio station on Cortes Island was first discussed. Six months after CKTZ was launched, he and Paul became DJs. Howie went on to become a board member for five years and is now the station manager. However, he explains, “My prime interest in Cortes radio is [that] I really enjoy having a show.” Howie Roman of Anything...
CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

All photos taken during the original inspection of our tower. Cortes Radio replaced the old antenna on top of its’ broadcasting tower on October 9, 2019. We had no choice in the matter. Our old antenna was no longer functioning and we could no longer broadcast over 89.5 FM. However compliments about the sudden clarity of our signal been flowing in ever since the new antenna was installed.  We have new listeners in Comox, who were not previously able to receive our signal. Our techie, Sean, reports that the signal is 50% to 60% stronger in Mansons Landing.  I live in Squirrel Cove, where most residents have not been able to receive Cortes Raadio. Sean told me that my house might be an exception because we are also on a hill and the signal is bouncing back from West Redonda Island. I was visiting family in the Lower Fraser Valley when the new antenna was installed. Returning last night, we were delighted to find CKTZ broadcasting with far greater clarity than before. (It is not even affected when I turn my computer on!)  Nick Gagnon spent almost six hours at the top of our tower on Thunder Road to install the new antenna. John Murvin assisted him, packing heavy boxes up and down the hill. The repair was made possible through a combination of Gaming Grant Funds and contributions from local listeners. (Thanks again to the Above The Tide Motel, in Campbell River, for its generous donation of...