Openings of Playfields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts and Skateparks

Openings of Playfields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts and Skateparks

May 19, 2020 – The SRD is focusing on protocols to initiate openings of Playfields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts and Skateparks currently closed in the Region. Campbell River, BC -The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) acknowledges B.C.’s Phase 2 Reopening Plan and is currently working on a plan for the future opening of additional SRD park facilities for public use. The SRD is focusing on protocols to initiate openings of Playfields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts and Skateparks that are currently closed. “The SRD is proud to have continued to provide parks services during the provincial state of emergency with the majority of our parks and trails remaining open for public use” says Aniko Nelson, SRD Senior Manager of Community Services. “Where our facilities have been impacted by Public Health orders, the SRD is focused on working within the health guidelines and provincial directives to have these facilities open as soon as we are advised that it is safe to do so.” Timelines for opening these outdoor facilities and parks amenities will be based on guidelines and industry standards developed by the Province and the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association. These facilities will only be opened once appropriate signage encouraging physical distancing and proper self-sanitization protocols are in place.  Indoor recreation facilities, outdoor fitness equipment and playgrounds remain closed at this time, pending further guidance from the Province. SRD Parks and Trails are open, with the exception of the following which remain closed, pending further guidance from the Province: Mitlenatch Park and Playground – Electoral Area DHagel Park Playground, Fitness Equipment and Tennis/Basketball Courts – Electoral Area DBlenkin Park Facilities (Playgrounds, Swings, Tennis/Basketball...
COVID 19: Good News From Overseas

COVID 19: Good News From Overseas

Cortes Radio international news update for Monday, April 27: While the numbers of confirmed COVID cases within North America continues to rise, there is good news from overseas.  In Wuhan, China, where the pandemic began, there are no coronavirus patients in the hospitals anymore.  The reports of new cases in Western Europe peaked at the end of March and is dropping everywhere. In Italy, the high point was March 21, in Germany - March 28, in France - March 31. This morning’s New York Times suggests Europe may be doing better than the United States because of its strong response to the virus. “Germany, for example, has done much more testing per capita than the United States — and been able to contain its spread as a result. Italy suffered a horrific outbreak but then implemented a tougher version of social distancing for its residents.” Top photo credit: taken from New York Times morning briefing, Monday April 27,...
Nuevo Malibu V: Showdown On Main Street

Nuevo Malibu V: Showdown On Main Street

The Turf War At Disneyland ends with a final Showdown on Mainstreet, in the Magic Kingdom. Still harbouring those questions about behind-the-scenes strife at Disneyland?  Our time-traveling crew of earthlings Clell Landis and Doctor Shay Watt?, Mack the hologram and Narrator show up on Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom for a midnight showdown between the Walts, the characters Mister Disney personally produced, and the Non-Walts, those added to the franchise since Walt died.  Battles erupt all over the park.  Captains Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa take on Peter Pan and Davy Crockett on the waterways.  Jiminy Cricket squares off with Ant Man.  The Hulk falls in love with Matterhorn Mountain.  When all seems lost, Mary Poppins tries to play peacemaker with mixed results.  It’s such a glorious mess you’ll barely believe your ears. Nuevo Malibu: Grand finale of the Turf War in...
Cortes News Update For March 17, 2020

Cortes News Update For March 17, 2020

Originally published on Cortes Currents This is a COVID-19 news update for March 17, 2020. There are now 103 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in British Columbia. 8 of these are on Vancouver Island. The first was a Victoria. The seven most recent cases were reported yesterday. A Courtenay doctor confirmed that one of her patients is among them. While I have yet to see official confirmation, two sources have independently mentioned a case of COVID -19 in the Campbell River Hospital.  Five British Columbians have fully recovered, 6 are in acute care and 4, all in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre, have died.  How Long Will It Last? According to the Guardian, a leaked document from Public Health England (PHE) states, “As many as 80% of the population are expected to be infected with Covid-19 in the next 12 months, and up to 15% (7.9 million people) may require hospitalisation.” A more positive estimate, from a World Health Organization spokesperson, suggests life may return to normal this summer.  The American company that developed a successful treatment for Ebola has isolated hundreds of virus-neutralizing antibodies and is developing a multi-antibody cocktail that it hopes to be manufacturing by the end of summer. Confirmed Cases According to the World Health Organization, states that as of yesterday there are 182,000 confirmed cases COVID-19 and there are now more cases outside of China than in that nation. As of 6:45 PM yesterday, there were 424 confirmed cases in Canada; 74% of these were travellers and another 6% were friends of travellers. British Columbia has the second highest number of confirmed cases in the nation, there are 177 in Ontario. Cancelling Elective...