Variety show fundraiser taking stage on Cortes Island in March

Variety show fundraiser taking stage on Cortes Island in March

February 28, 2024 Originally scheduled for February, Mansons Hall is hosting a Variety Show on March 9. The event is kickstarting new performing arts programming at the hall. Cora Moret is organizing the event but wouldn’t spill what the lineup has in store. “I wouldn’t want to ruin any of the surprises but we will have some live music, we’ll have some original music, we’ll have some comedy, we’ll have some unexpected guest MCs,” Moret shared. There are still a couple slots open for performers, who must attend a rehearsal on Saturday, March 2. To hear more on this story, listen to the CKTZ News...
Cortes local appeals recent BC property assessments, seeks information

Cortes local appeals recent BC property assessments, seeks information

February 27, 2024 BC Assessments released 2023 property values of over two million properties in January. Now, some Cortes Island homeowners are appealing those assessments. Cortes Island local Brian Scott is currently going through the process for the second time in two years, having won his first appeal last year. Scott is seeking more answers about the evaluation, he says. “What I’d really like would be for BC assessments to provide more detail in how they arrive at an assessed value. The [web]site is relatively easy to navigate, but a little sparse on information.” Deputy Assessor for BC Assessments Maurice Primeau gave a presentation Feb. 13 in Nanaimo to offer insight into the process. He noted that the North Island Region of Vancouver Island did see higher than average increases in value, but did not provide an explanation for the difference. CKTZ contacted BC Assessments repeatedly for comment but did not receive a response. Listen to the CKTZ News Update....
North Island choir group provides community for 2SLGBTQIA+

North Island choir group provides community for 2SLGBTQIA+

February 16, 2024 Fieramente is queer choir which is about to embark upon its 4th series, an impressive accomplishment considering that the choir is less than two years old. This year, they have begun reaching out to the rural islands to expand their group and offer community. The choir began with a facebook inquiry that led to a not-for-profit taking shape. It is called North Island Queer and Trans plus song society or for short, the NI Cuties. Fieremente operates under the umbrella of the Society. Fieremente runs a 14-week long series for a multi-generational membership, including 2SLGBTQIA+ allies. There are showcases at the end of each series but the main focus of the group is creating community for the participants who range in age from 19 to people in their 70’s. Co-director, Ali Romanow, emphasizes what the choir is all about, “There’s this really beautiful sharing of knowledge and terminology and experiences and new concepts back and forth through the different...
Newcomer Hungarian couple has big ambitions for community theatre on Cortes

Newcomer Hungarian couple has big ambitions for community theatre on Cortes

February 14, 2024 Newcomers to Cortes, Áron and Beatrix Beczásy, are starting a weekly theater group at the Om Studio. The Hungarian pair have a robust background in theater, directing, set and costume design. They hope to train a group of willing locals into full-fledged actors, offering two months of training before diving into a production through the summer. Áron Beczásy will lead the training on Friday and Saturday afternoons from 4:30-7:30pm. Anyone over the age 15 is welcome to join and no previous experience in the theatrical arts is required. Though the fee for the program is $30 per week, Beatrix clarified that if money is an issue, people are welcome to join free of charge. The duo also has ambitions of directing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the...
‘Collaboration with neighbors’: update given on Village Commons development

‘Collaboration with neighbors’: update given on Village Commons development

February 13, 2024 An update on the development of the land that is known as the “Village Commons” in Mansons Landing was given to the community on Feb. 1. The Cortes Community Economic Development Association passed the stewardship of the Commons to the Cortes Island Community Foundation (CICF) last year. The land came with an established trail system, hydro, and $850k worth of grants to continue into “Phase One” of development. At the presentation, several announcements were made and many collaborators were in attendance. Manda Aufochs-Gillespie, Bruce Haden, Richard Andrews, Sadhu Johnston, and Coret Moret all spoke at the gathering about various grants awarded and projects underway to improve and develop community land in downtown Mansons, including land stewarded by the Southern Cortes Community Association, CICF, Cortes Housing Society, and the Cortes Island Fire Department. To hear more, listen to the CKTZ News...