Non-profits collaborate to boost public infrastructure in Mansons Landing

Non-profits collaborate to boost public infrastructure in Mansons Landing

The Pod is located in the Village Commons, offering free, outdoor public Wifi. Photo by Desta Beattie. There’s a new public resource in Mansons Landing thanks to a recent joint community effort. A group of non-profits—the Cortes Island Social Profit Network, The Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA), the Cortes Island Community Foundation, and Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA)—all contributed to “The Pod Project,” now located at the Village Commons in downtown Mansons. Desta Beattie is the family support coordinator for the CCHA and the project manager for The Pod Project and explained how the project got started. “When COVID first hit, and all the public internet sites on the island shut down—that created a problem for a lot of people.” The Cortes Island Social Profit Network identified the gap in infrastructure, which they said seemed to affect those that work in the non-profit sector on Cortes especially. The Pod Project is a mobile building with outdoor covered seating, free WiFi, and other shared resources. The project was funded thanks to a grant from the Government of Canada called “Healthy Community Initiatives.” The Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA) is cooperating to offer parking for those using the pod at the Mansons Hall parking lot, next door to the Village Commons. There will be a soft opening of the pod on Friday morning, Sept. 23, at 11:30 a.m. If you would like to book the Pod, contact podcommons@gmail.com to learn more. To find out more about The Pod Project, listen to the CKTZ News Update below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Non-profits collaborate to boost public infrastructure in Mansons Landing This program...
The Still Spirits set their sights on Cortes Island

The Still Spirits set their sights on Cortes Island

The Still Spirits have been together for over ten years, based in Maple Ridge. Photo courtesy of The Still Spirits. The Still Spirits are making their way to Cortes Island next week. The six-piece yardcore band from Maple Ridge, BC, includes members Willie Navarro, David Gough, Johnny Aaron, Erik “Skiff” Kallweit, Wes Courdare, and Jeremy Addinel. They have been an ensemble for over ten years, blending bluegrass and punk rock. The musicians just returned from a regional tour that included Calgary and Wayne, Alberta. The Whaletown Community Club (WCC) will be presenting the Still Spirits at the Gorge Hall on Sept. 30. This will be the yardcore band’s first performance on Cortes Island. David Gough is the standup bassist for Still Spirits, and the only member to have visited Cortes before. “I am expecting a 50 foot Godzilla” David jested. Other members chimed in, saying “the harder you dance the harder we play.” Local musician Mike Desj will be opening for the band. Fellow standup bassist- Gough noted that he played with Mike on a tour with “Devil in the Woodshack.” While the Spirits haven’t stopped by Cortes before, they have visited the region, having played on Quadra Island several times. They also just signed with Vancouver-based “Kinda Cool Records”. In fact, Cortes Island will be the Spirits’ last show before entering the studio to focus on their new album. The Still Spirits is an all-ages show beginning at 7 p.m. in Whaletown on Friday Sept. 30. Tickets are $20 at the door. To hear more about the antics of the Still Spirits, listen to the CKTZ news update...
Handicap parking ambiguity causing sadness at Mansons Post Office, local says

Handicap parking ambiguity causing sadness at Mansons Post Office, local says

There are four signs, each one mounted in front of each parking space. From left to right the signs read, “No parking,” ”Handicap parking,” “Handicap Parking,” and “No Parking.” Photo by Loni Taylor. Cortes Island is a small rural community of three towns, all with their own post offices. In Mansons Hall, the Mansons Landing Post Office is perched on a hillside, making it a tricky place to access for those with mobility issues. Luckily, there is a well marked parking area with 4 yellow-painted cement barriers. There are four signs, each one mounted in front of each parking space. From left to right the signs read: “No parking”; ”Handicap parking”; “Handicap Parking”; and “No Parking.” This area appears to be an exclusively handicap parking area. There is a main parking lot for Mansons Hall, it is located uphill from the post office, there is both a steep ramped roadway and a staircase connecting the parking areas to the post office. But, according to some locals, the handicap parking lot turns into a free-for-all, making it a tough situation for those with mobility issues trying to access the many services of Mansons Hall. Postmaster Hélène Racine works at the Mansons Hall location and has a direct view of the parking lot from her post. She elaborated on the ambiguity of the parking area in regards to the possibility of non-handicap spaces. “I believe there is one, but it’s marked no parking because it’s for the mail truck…There are three other spots, and they may be all handicapped or at least two of the three are handicapped.” Every Friday afternoon,...
Worldwide Spin in Public Day event to be hosted by the Cortes Museum

Worldwide Spin in Public Day event to be hosted by the Cortes Museum

On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Heritage Garden will be filled with fiber artists. Photo courtesy of the Cortes Museum and Archives Society. The Cortes Museum and Archives Society is hosting an event for Worldwide Spinning Day to celebrate the art of spinning yarn. Program coordinator Laura Balducci encourages everyone to come join the various activities taking place. “We’re gonna have yarn for sale. There could be some equipment that people have their second or third spinning wheels that they might want to sell,” she said. “We’re inviting people to come and learn, observe, create, and, basically, it’s gonna be a circle of fiber artists, drinking lovely tea with lots of sweet sweets and treats.” This is the first year the event is being hosted in the Heritage Garden of the Cortes Museum. In previous years, Balducci and other fiber artists gathered at the Gorge Marina both to celebrate Worldwide Spin in Public Day and to gather regularly and spin with fellow enthusiasts. The fiber artists of Cortes have also been known to “yarn bomb” in public spaces. Balducci noted that “yarn bombing” is certainly a possibility in the future, and emphasized the importance of using environmentally-safe fibers for this random, public art activity, adding that natural fibers and plant-based dyes are ideal. Worldwide Spin in Public will be celebrated locally on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Heritage Garden. To hear more about the history of public spinning on Cortes, listen to the CKTZ News Update below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Worldwide Spin in Public Day event to be hosted by the...
Guided heart-centered ceremony with cacao: Local offers classes at Hollyhock

Guided heart-centered ceremony with cacao: Local offers classes at Hollyhock

Tanya Krahn is offering a one-hour guided ceremony with cacao at the Hollyhock sanctuary. Photo by Tanya Krahn. Tanya Krahn has been offering the Cortes community a taste of raw, wild-grown cacao for ten years. Now, the student of cacao is a teacher, guiding participants in ceremony with a specially brewed cacao beverage. Krahn will be offering guidance in bringing ceremony into participants’ lives while using cacao, and focusing on the heart-center. She emphasizes that there is no “traditional cacao ceremony” and instead, that she is focused on “open dialogue from the heart.” “When we are in a state of ceremony, it’s like a portal that opens and it gives us permission to start to feel things and to be in a place of reception to start to receive the things that we are looking for. And that changes our perception on how we get what we want in our lives,” Krahn said. “When we’re always thinking, like we have to make this huge effort. To go and get what we want when really the universe is always trying to give us what we want. We just have to work with that same energy that it is created from. So the ceremony allows us to open that possibility into our lives once again.” The program is ongoing at the Hollyhock sanctuary: each class is a stand-alone introduction to using cacao in ceremony. There is a maximum of 10 participants and pre-registration is required online. The class has a varying schedule, with one hour sessions at 8 p.m. Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 13; Saturday, Sept. 17; Saturday, Sept. 24; Tuesday, Sept. 27;...