Learning To Die: As A Planet, As A Person

Learning To Die: As A Planet, As A Person

Ornithomimidae Skeleton in Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs, Ulaanbaatar by Gary Todd, via Flickr (Public Domain) Originally Published on Cortes Currents “Truth-filled meditations about grace in the face of mortality.” @MargaretAtwood “Learning to Die”: In this powerful little book, two leading intellectuals illuminate the truth about where our environmental crisis is taking us. Writing from an island on Canada’s Northwest coast, Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky weigh in on the death of the planet versus the death of the individual. For Zwicky, awareness and humility are the foundation of the equanimity with which Socrates faced his death: he makes a good model when facing the death of the planet, as well as facing our own mortality. Bringhurst urges readers to tune their minds to the wild. The wild has healed the world before, and it is the only thing that stands any chance of healing the world now – though it is unlikely to save Homo sapiens in the process.  Top Photo Credits: A Walk Through The Larches by Bernard Spragg via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Beyond Words

Beyond Words

Campbell River by Darren Kirbyvia Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) On March 20, 2019, twenty stations across Canada participated in the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s (NCRA) 2019 Rendez-vous de la Francophone marathon. Cortes Radio’s contribution was “Beyond Words,” by Quadra Island producer Francesca Gesualdi. “Beyond Words” - broadcast March 20, 2019 She writes: “The Campbell River Francophone Association celebrates its four decades of existence by presenting a play that reflects all facets of the lives of Francophones and Francophiles in a minority setting. Founded in 1978 by Yvette Brett, the organization relies on the energy committment and dedication  of community members to keep French alive in Campbell River. For this bilingual theatrical project, we are proud to unite two small francophone communities on stage, that of Campbell River and that of Comox Valley. “ “Beyond Words / Au Dela Des Mots, is a dynamic and bilingual theatre presentation on the struggle to keep French alive in British Columbia. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Official Language Act in Canada, and featuring amateur actors, Beyond Words / Au Dela Des Mots  is a collection of short stories representing, with humor, the reality of living in French in an English speaking world.” Top photo credit: Campbell River by Adriano Santini via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Way To Go – An Exploration Of Death & Dying

Way To Go – An Exploration Of Death & Dying

Originally Published on Cortes Currents In our feature radio interview this morning, Francesca is talking to Joyce Baker of Way to Go,  a group of Quadrites and Cortesians who have been exploring topics related to death and dying for over three years. They started after Dale Presly, of the former Salish Sea Hospice Society, came to Quadra. He put up a few posters in August 2015. There were seven people at that first talk, called Conscious Dying.  “We thought it was something we should be thinking about for our futures. A couple of the people who were there, including myself, invited him to come again in November of 2016. And after that, we kept the group going,” says Baker.  WAY TO GO Meetings They meet in members homes every month and talk about: Whats been happening in their lives, related to death and dyinga 15 minute talk by someone in the group (some past topics have: downsizing as we grow older, estate planning, organ donation, threshold choir, terminal dehydration, medical assistance in dying, nature burial, after death paperwork, grief and loss  etc) Questions about the topicany group business.  The group has now published a WAY TO GO GUIDE. TENDER:The Movie Way to Go is screening the movie Tender” Friday, March 22, 2019, on Quadra Island, at Quadra Community Centre, Doors open at 7:00pm with information table on local initiatives; Show starts at 7:30pm; Q & A following the movie.Tuesday, April 2, 2019 on Cortes Island, in the Lakeview Room at Linnaea Farm at 6:30pm; with information tables on local initiatives; Show starts at 7:00pm; Q & A following the...
Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles

Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles

Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles is Cortes Radio’s contribution to the NCRA’s Rendevous de la Francophonie marathon on March 20, 2018. by Francesca Gesualdi  In her written description of Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles, Francesca wrote: “During a recent visit to L’Association des Francophones de Campbell River, Francesca interviewed Francophones and Francophiles to discuss the relevance of shared community spaces that support language, culture and connection.“Over a delicious home made community lunch prepared by volunteers, particpants share their experience of the center, its resources to the francophone community, its library, and its role as a place of social well-being.” Francesca Gesualdi Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles by Francesca Gesualdi Francesca Gesualdi, lives on Quadra Island and will also be producing an exploration of the oral tradition of storytelling called IReads for CKT. The National Campus and Community Radio Association’s (NRCA)Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF)initiative had been going for three years, when Cortes Radio came on board in  2017. When the program was originally launched, it consisted of  two minute audio capsules of the Francophone experience broadcast over nine participating NCRA radio stations. Rendez-vous de la Francophonie now broadcasts half hour programs from coast to coast. Seven British Columbian stations are participating this year:  CIVL (Abbotsford); WDCR (West Kelowna), CJLY (Nelson), CFRO (Vancouver), CICK (Smithers), CFUZ (Penticton) and CKTZ (Cortes and the Discovery Islands). CKTZ’s Rendez-vous de la Francophonie Program In our first locally produced program, Danielle Arcand introduced listeners across Canada to six Francophones and Francophiles living on Cortes Island and Campbell River. After Danielle moved to Quebec, the NRCA arranged for us to sponsor Victoria Fenner’s story of an Anglo-French family which almost forgot its French heritage. On March 20, 2018, 20 NCRA stations are airing 20 documentaries to celebrate the 20th anniversary of...