Squirrel Cove’s Bear

Squirrel Cove’s Bear

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Curt Cunningham first encountered the Squirrel Cove Bear while it was still a cub. Not knowing where the creature’s mother was, Cunningham took refuge inside the Cove Restaurant. No mother bear appeared and the cub disappeared into the woods. That was a year or more ago. Squirrel Cove Road on Cortes Island - Courtesy Google Maps Cortes Currents: Roy L Hales interviews or emails Nancy Beach, Laurel Bohart, Curt Cunningham, Sandy Hoffman, Derek and Lore Mack-Mumford,  Jason Thompson, and Conservation officer Brad Adams about Squirrel Cove’s Bear.  “There have been signs of him ever since. There is scat most nights, often all over the yard, but he’s never caused much problem,” said Cunningham, owner manager of the Squirrel Cove General Store on Cortes Island.  Areas mentioned in the story – adapted from Google Maps by Roy L Hales Some months ago Some months ago, a neighbour called Laurel Bohart over to look at some scat in their property. As she has not previously seen bear scat herself, Bohart asked Doreen Guthrie to help identify it. “Now, having seen piles of what is obviously apple scat in my yard, I know exactly what they look like: human sized, looks like someone has been eating a lot of apples,” she added.  Bear scat, after eating apples – courtesy Sandy Hoffman The Raids begin: Bohart’s & Soutch’s The number of incidents abruptly increased about two weeks ago. “The bear broke into our back yard, via our fence, leaving a belly shaped hole, where it pressed down on the wiring....
Daily News updates (13) – Nov 14th- 20th, 2020

Daily News updates (13) – Nov 14th- 20th, 2020

Friends of Cortes Island AGM LInks of Interest (Cortes Currents) Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) AGM Friend of Cortes Island website(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning FOCI Will there be a Federal election in 2021? Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Will there be a Federal election in 2021? (Cortes Currents) Annamie Paul in Conversation(CBC) Poll Tracker (Global News) 47% of Canadians don’t want federal election during 2nd coronavirus wave Rachel Blaney appointed NDP Deputy Critic for Crown-Indigenous Relations Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Rachel Blaney appointed Deputy Critic for Crown Indigenous Relations(Our Commons.ca) Rachel Blaney’s webpageRachel Blaney NDP (website)(Cortes Currents) Articles about, or mentioning, Rachel Blaney(Cortes Currents) Articles about or mentioning Indigenous Nations Annamie Paul in Conversation Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Annamie Paul in conversationAnnamie Paul’s websiteGreens of North Island-Powell River website(Cortes Currents) articles about North Island-Powell River (especially during the 2019 and 2015 elections) Friday the 13th: Vancouver Island’s Highest daily COVID total Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Friday the 13th: Vancouver Island’s highest daily total (to date)(Cortes Currents) COVID updates(Island Health) COVID 19 Daily Dashboard(BC Centre for Disease Control) BC COVID 19 dataThe British Columbia COVID 19 Dashboard Short Cortes Currents daily news updates, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Click here to access other Daily News pages Top photo credit: Newspaper textures by Elena via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Daily News updates (13) – Nov 14th- 20th, 2020

Daily News updates (12) – Nov 7th- 13th, 2020

COVID 19 cases: 8 more in Campbell River during October Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID 19 cases: 6 more in Campbell River during October(Cortes Currents) articles citing data from the BC Centre for Disease Control(Island Health) COVID 19 Daily Dashboard(BC Centre for Disease Control) BC COVID 19 dataThe British Columbia COVID 19 Dashboard The quathet Regional District’s Beach Clean-up Program Photo is Abby McLennan of Lets Talk Trash - taken from the Lets Talk Trash website Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) quathet Regional District’s Beach Clean-up Program (Cortes Currents) BC’s First Ocean Plastics depot(Cortes Currents) articles on, or mentioning, beach clean-ups(DFO press release) Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces 26 recipients of $8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of “ghost” fishing gearThe Ocean Legacy Foundation websiteLets Talk Trash (website)(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, ocean plastics(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Powell River CPTED: Reducing crime and enhancing public spaces in Campbell River Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Reducing crime and enhancing public spaces in Campbell River(City of Penrith) Crime prevention through environmental control planInternational CPTED Association(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the City of Campbell River(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Campbell River 8 active cases in North Vancouver Island Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) 8 actives cases in North Vancouver Island SRD passes Rainbow Ridge application Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) SRD passed Rainbow Ridge Application(SRD website) A link to the minutes of this meeting will be added after they are published(SRD website) Staff report for this project, with attachments(SRD website) Public Hearing report(SRD website) YouTube of Nov 4, 2020 Board Meeting (Rainbow Ridge audio is...
Daily News updates (13) – Nov 14th- 20th, 2020

Daily News updates (11) – Nov 1st- 6th, 2020

BC’s First Ocean Plastics depot Image above: Abby McLennan - courtesy Lets Talk Trash Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) BC’s First Ocean Plastics depot(DFO press release) Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces 26 recipients of $8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of “ghost” fishing gearThe Ocean Legacy Foundation websiteLets Talk Trash (website)(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, ocean plastics(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Powell River High Expectations for this year’s Chum returns Chum salmon in front of Basil Creek culvert - Roy L hales photo Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) High expectations of this year’s Chum returns (Cortes Currents) articles about Chum in Basil Creek(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Streamkeepers SRD Released hall tax funding Cortes residents waiting to enter Mansons Hall - Roy L Hales photo Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) SRD released funding for Cortes Island’s community halls (Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes Island’s hall tax(Cortes Currents) De Clarke’s 2018 study on hall tax funding(Cortes Currents) articles about the SCCA(Cortes Currents) articles about the WCC Campbell River’s proposed property tax increase & service cuts Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Campbell River’s plan to increase property taxes and cut services (Cortes Currents) articles about the city of Campbell River’s finances(City of Campbell River) COVID-19 Cuts into proposed 2021 City Budget – Final Decisions confirmed NOV. 30The city of Campbell River website(Cortes Currents) articles about, or referring to, Campbell River Chum salmon have returned to Basil Creek Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) The Chum have returned to Basil Creek(Cortes Currents) articles about Chum in Basil Creek(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Streamkeepers(Cortes Tideline) The return...
Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Gorge and Mansons Halls still haven’t received any funding Links of interest: (SRD) 2019 Assent voting - official results(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island hall tax(Cortes Currents) articles about Mansons Hall(Cortes Currents) articles about Gorge Hall Preliminary voting results, as of Wed Oct 28 Photo courtesy Roy L Hales Links of interest: (SRD) 2019 Assent voting - official results(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island hall tax(Cortes Currents) articles about Mansons Hall(Cortes Currents) articles about Gorge Hall Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) Update to the preliminary voting results for Vancouver Island (includes numerous graphs and photos) (Elections BC) Preliminary Voting Results (last update, as of this writing, was made October 28, 2020, at 2:53 p.m.(Cortes Currents) articles and podcasts about the 2020 provincial election Cortes Natural Food Co-op’s best year ever - for sales Photo courtesy Cortes Natural Food Co-op Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) The Cortes Natural Food Co-ops best year ever in terms of sales(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes Natural Food Co-op(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Gorge Marina and General Store(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Squirrel Cove General Store(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes MarketCortes Natural Food Co-op websiteGorge Harbour websiteSquirrel Cove Trading Co. websiteCortes Market website Provincial order limiting gatherings in homes Screenshot from Island Health Daily update Links of interest: (Cortes Currents)- Limiting gatherings in homes to immediate family and six others (BC Government News) - Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates (4:30 PM, Oct 26, 2020) (Cortes Currents) - articles using data from the BC Centre for Disease Control Election 2020: Green Party...