Quadra Island resident Robyn Mawhinney vying for Area C seat in SRD election

Quadra Island resident Robyn Mawhinney vying for Area C seat in SRD election

Area C candidate Robyn Mawhinney. Image courtesy of Robyn Mawhinney campaign/photo by Lime Soda Photography. With British Columbians heading to the polls on Oct. 15 to elect municipal governments, two candidates are running to represent Area C of the Strathcona Regional District. Marc Doll and Robyn Mawhinney have thrown their hats in the ring to represent the area which includes Quadra and Read islands, as well as smaller islands and inlets off Vancouver Island. Mawhinney is hoping that her longtime residency on Quadra Island, the connections she’s made within all age groups over the decades, and her people skills appeal to voters. The candidate says she’s been a farmer, community activist and graphic designer for several years. She feels that she’s developed skills that make her a good listener and collaborator. She adds that her work as a graphic designer has not only provided interaction with many local business owners, but has also helped her to tackle problems from different angles. Mawhinney discusses her campaign in the interview below with CKTZ News: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Quadra Island resident Robyn Mawhinney vying for Area C seat in SRD election This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Land donated to housing society being sold to help affordable housing crisis

Land donated to housing society being sold to help affordable housing crisis

The Cortes Community Housing Society received two properties by donation this year. Image courtesy of the Cortes Community Housing Society. The Cortes Community Housing Society received two properties by anonymous donation this summer. Executive Director Sandra Wood said they were to be sold under the condition that they were used to create affordable housing options. She added that the nearly one-acre parcel in the Mansons Landing area has a potential buyer, while the 80 acre property in the Whaletown area is still for sale. Wood says there are no quick solutions to address Cortes Island’s affordable housing crisis. She encourages groups and individuals to come up with creative housing ideas, such as the construction of a tiny home park, or pooling resources to create co-housing or cooperative housing initiatives. Meantime, Wood is hopeful that construction will begin next year on the society’s 24 rental town homes on its 51 acre Rainbow Ridge property in Mansons Landing. However, she adds that units won’t be habitable until at least 2024. CKTZ News gets the details in the interview below with Sandra Wood: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Land donated to housing society being sold to help affordable housing crisis This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Quadra island resident Marc Doll running in SRD municipal election

Quadra island resident Marc Doll running in SRD municipal election

Area C candidate Marc Doll. Image courtesy of Marc Doll’s campaign. Marc Doll is running to represent Area C in the Strathcona Regional District, covering some of the Discovery Islands and mainland inlets between Vancouver Island and the Mainland, in BC’s upcoming municipal elections. Quadra and Read Islands are part of Area C with a large concentration of population. Doll and his family moved to Quadra island in 2017, leaving city life for a rural lifestyle. They operate a 40 acre mixed farm based on sustainable agriculture practices. The former school teacher and realtor has been active in community organizations and politics since he was a teenager and feels he can bring his experience and skills to “empower community,” as his campaign slogan states. He sees potential to bringing diverse community groups together to find common ground and to apply for available resources to affect change where needed, especially when concerning affordable housing and climate change. BC voters go to the polls on Oct. 15 to elect municipal governments. Doll elaborates on his ideas and intentions in the interview below with CKTZ News: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Quadra island resident Marc Doll running in SRD municipal election This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Boat garbage removal service at local government dock ending

Boat garbage removal service at local government dock ending

Improvised waste bin on a Cortes Island government dock. Photo by Greg Osoba. A garbage removal service at a Cortes Island dock is being suspended after this summer season due to boaters failing to follow conditions, rising costs and more. It’s been challenging for the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island to keep up with waste removal from the five government docks it operates, manager Jenny Hartwick told CKTZ earlier this summer. In a recent interview, Hartwick says the authority stopped removing garbage this spring from its docks due to rampant dumping of items such as car parts and furniture. She adds that boaters who reserve births or make inquiries are told they can take their garbage and pay a fee at the Gorge Harbour dock or to Refuge Cove on West Redonda island, or Lund on the mainland. This spring, Billie Fleming was contracted by the harbour authority to look after garbage at the Gorge Harbour government dock as a pilot project. Despite signage indicating when she’d be on hand each week and her rates, Fleming feels discouraged by how some vessel owners fail to adhere to conditions for her service. She says a lot of dumping occurs and she’s not equipped to deal with large items, some of which is household waste and furniture. In addition, uptake from boaters for her service has not been enough to make her effort financially viable, and she rarely makes enough money to pay her fuel costs, Fleming added. As a result, she’s decided to discontinue the garbage collection after this summer. But she feels that dealing with boat trash should be an essential...
Tiny home park development is complicated: local housing society

Tiny home park development is complicated: local housing society

A tiny home on Cortes Island. Photo by Greg Osoba. As Cortes Island wrestles with demand for affordable housing, the creation of a tiny home park is being considered as one short term solution. Sandra Wood, executive director of the Cortes Community Housing Society, says creation of a tiny home park was something the society looked in to in detail, on its centrally located Mansons Landing Rainbow Ridge property. She says bringing such an idea to fruition is complicated, so the society opted to create 24 affordable town homes as its main initiative. Wood acknowledges that it will be 2024 until any of the units are built and available. Wood sees changes to Cortes Island’s Official Community Plan to allow for increased density as a first step for creating a tiny home park. She believes such an initiative is one component for addressing the local housing need. Wood provides details in the interview below with CKTZ News: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Tiny home park development is complicated: local housing society This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....