Catching English Fish And Chips

Originally Published on the ECOreport Bernie Anderson and Leila Gmeiner had big expectations in the Spring of 1978. For the past two years, they had been homesteading in the wilderness of Toba Inlet, British Columbia. Then a friend offered them the use of his fishing boat. They had to make the monthly payments to the bank of course, but any profits beyond that were theirs to keep. Nobody could foresee they would be catching English Fish and Chips. What Do We Do? According to Lella, at the beginning of the season: “We set our net out and a big school of dogfish hit the net - thrashing it to laced ribbons. We hadn’t yet made any money. So we had this net that was virtually destroyed. We came back to [our homeport of] Lund and said ‘What do we do?’ “Most of the fishermen said you just have to buy a new net. People just threw away their nets.” “We said ‘No, we can fix this.’” They found a retired fisherman. He gave Bernie and Lella the necessary tools and showed them how to use them. “We set up saw horses on a grassy spot and stretched the net out - much in the way you set a piece of embriodery on an embroidery hoop to stretch it taut. Then we began to recreate the webbing with what was effectively a very large darning needle.” They used the net for the rest of the season, catching a lot of salmon. Catching English Fish And Chips Finding a buyer for the dogfish was more difficult. The local fishermen claimed they...
Queen Of CKTZ’s Greenroom

Queen Of CKTZ’s Greenroom

Originally Published on the ECOreport Her artistic roots go back to Vienna, while Russian troops still occupied part of the city. Years later, cast as the female lead in “As You Like It,” she found a much more fulfilling role than centre stage. She will be performing it again at this summer’s Lip Sync. Lella Gmeiner is the Queen of CKTZ’s Green Room. “I’ve had my turn onstage. I don’t particularly want to be on stage, but I do want to help other people to shine and look good,” she says. Her First Performances Her first performances were at the ad hoc parties around the piano in her family’s home. “My parents were very proud of me and in a very Viennese Shirley Temple way … I would sing a song, or recite a poem that I’d learned.” As her mother wrote radio plays for Radio Free Europe, Lella was also called upon to broadcast at a very young age: “Whenever they needed a child’s voice, they would bring me into the radio station with that old British accent that I had at the time and I would lisp whatever they told me to lisp.” Lella’s parents also seized the opportunity for their daughter to become a child model: “My parents were cobbling together a living in postwar Europe and did many things. One of their friends said, ‘Oh, there is a position for a very young child modelling clothes with this American clothing house called Brooks Brothers, you should take Lella down there. Maybe they will take her on. So they took me on and four times a...
From The Muse’s Garden

From The Muse’s Garden

Long have I had a Dream of combining Poetry and Music into a radio show and now sure seems like the time. Please tune in early Monday evenings on Cortes Community Radio CKTZ 89.5 FM from 5:00 - 7:00 for From The Muse’s Garden. 2 hours of local and international readings dovetailing with reflective music to perhaps enjoy your supper to. Recent Podcasts Aug 20 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From the Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+32.mp3 August 13 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From The Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+31.mp3 Aug 6 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From The Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+30.mp3 July 30 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From the Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+29.mp3 July 23 by Victor Van Buskirk | From The Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+28.mp3 July 16 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From the Muses' Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FMTG27.mp3 July 9 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From the Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FMTG+26.mp3 July 2 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From the Muses Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FROM+THE+MUSE%27S+GARDEN+25.mp3 March 26 Program by Victor Van Buskirk | From The Muse's Garden http://rest.s3for.me/muses-garden/FTMG+March+26+2018.mp3   Sound Meditation In The Great Pyramid On Norm Smookler’s 3rd recording in the Great Pyramid he received permission from Antiquities Minister Hawass to stay overnight in the building and this gave more time to explore the exceptional acoustics using flute, flute percussion, chant and mallet. Victor Van Buskirk made the video, mixed the sound on it and used photos from the Creative Commons. Natural Majesty A tribute to a massive fir, 160 feet tall and hundreds of years old that fell naturally during a winter storm. She did not break anywhere but at her...
The ECOreport

The ECOreport

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. In July 2014, the ECOreport also became a radio program on CKTZ. RECENT BROADCASTS: Catching English Fish And Chips (The ECOreport broadcast for Aug 22, 2018)Bernie Anderson and Leila Gmeiner had big expectations in the Spring of 1978. For the past two years, they had been homesteading in the wilderness of Toba Inlet, British Columbia. Then a friend offered them the use of his fishing boat. They had to make the monthly payments to the bank of course, but any profits beyond that were theirs to keep. Nobody could foresee they would be catching English Fish and Chips. (Read More) The Greenroom Queen (The ECOreport broadcast for July 18, 2018) Her artistic roots go back to Vienna, while Russian troops still occupied part of the city. Years later, cast as the female lead in “As You Like It,” she found a much more fulfilling role than centre stage. She will be performing it again at this summer’s Lip Sync. Lella Gmeiner is the Queen of the Green Room. (Read More) Laura Balducci’s ART (The ECOreport broadcast for July 25, 2018) The audio version of this story opens with a clip from Laura Balducci’s art installation “The Other-Side Presents That Wall,” which was at the Old School House Art Gallery on Cortes Island in the summer of 2016. The video of another of her multi-media performances, “Sense That Sin”...

Language Warrior

Language Warrior is a story about Jessie Louie, and her life’s work preserving and revitalizing ʔayʔaǰuθəm a distinct dialect of Northern Salishan. Jessie knows the value of reclaiming language as a source of strength; a treasure to preserve, and a key to survival. There is only one fully fluent speaker left who speaks this at Klahoose, and less than a dozen fully fluent speakers in total left on our planet. This is why the name Language Warrior truly is fitting. Language Warrior by Odette Auger | Deep Roots Island Waves http://rest.s3for.me/deep-roots/13+Language+Warrior+mp3+Master.mp3 The good news.. Linguists say even endangered languages can revive, if people have a choice, and an opportunity to learn. Jessie shares her story on how residential school attempted to stifle her language, and how she lived a life working to hand her language down to younger generations… “there is hope… I know it will carry on through these young people who put their heart and soul into it”. Odette Auger, Sagamok Anishnabek: The past 5 years have been focused on fundraising and project management, youth programming. With Deep Roots and Island Waves, I have thoroughly enjoyed the collaborative process, and am excited to have facilitated new and ancient talent, skills, specialists and voices to our community. The opportunity to also write and produce in this series is an...