Ultimate Frisbee celebrates 32 years on Cortes, fights to play on

Ultimate Frisbee celebrates 32 years on Cortes, fights to play on

Claudia Raaen has been playing ultimate for 42 years, enthusiastically leading drop-in games on Cortes since 1990. Photo by Loni Taylor. Recreational ultimate frisbee has been a regular activity on Cortes since 1990 and a local is working to keep the sport alive. Claudia Raaen has been playing ultimate frisbee for 42 years, and brought the spirit of the sport to the island, initiating games at the Cortes Island School field. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, regular players have experienced a hiatus of the gatherings. As sport leagues have re-started this past summer, so has ultimate frisbee, but the sport is struggling to revive: Raaen is now determined to increase community interest and gain new players. Currently, the turnout has not exceeded six players: Raaen says, ideally, ultimate is played with around 10-14 people. The culture of the sport encourages a high level of comradery and guidance, Raaen says, which makes it fairly approachable for newcomers. “You can have quite a multi-level, because the people that are really good cover each other and the people that are new cover each other…so you’re not feeling so intimidated by your opponent. Of course, there aren’t any opponents in ultimate: it’s all one…So when you play together, there’s a real feeling of just play and supporting each other to do our best.” Raaen will continue to host games at the school field throughout the winter; all ages and abilities are welcome to join in on Sundays at 11 a.m. To learn more, contact claudia@sacredgardening.com. To hear more about ultimate frisbee on Corte listen to the CKTZ News Update below: Cortes Radio ·...
Coffee collaboration supports local businesses, brings new products to Cortes

Coffee collaboration supports local businesses, brings new products to Cortes

Med-Man Brand has produced Chiapas coffee beans, locally-roasted by Becca’s Bean Coffee Roastery. Photo by Thaddeus Conrad. Food processing infrastructure is limited on Cortes Island. There is only one coffee roasting facility, and, up until recently, there was only one food business producing roasted coffee beans on Cortes. Thanks to a collaboration with Becca’s Beans, local business Med-Man Brand is now offering coffee made from Chiapas-sourced Mexican beans. Med-Man Brand is a college and medicinal cannabis enterprise that recently relocated to Cortes Island. Becca’s Beans also went through a major transition exactly one year ago, when Doug and Melanie McCaffry purchased the business from Becky and Scott Knudsen. Doug and Med-Man Brand owner Thaddeus Conrad began discussing the coffee collaborations this summer. Both business owners are excited about sharing the infrastructure and are open to more coffee-roasting collaborations in the future. CKTZ asked Doug if he was concerned about helping his competition through the partnership, and the local businessman said “no.” “Not at all—that would be like General Motors supplying wheels for a German automotive company or something. We can work together quite happily, I think, and maybe we can explore more possibilities down the road.” To hear more about Becca’s Beans and Med-Man Brand collaborating with coffee, listen to the CKTZ News Update below:   Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Coffee collaboration supports local businesses, brings new products to Cortes This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Mass boat removal by BC Parks changes, only 15 ‘unseaworthy’ boats to move

Mass boat removal by BC Parks changes, only 15 ‘unseaworthy’ boats to move

Clytosin, also known as Mansons Spit, is an eroding beach located in Mansons Landing Provincial Park. Photo by Loni Taylor. The mass boat removal on Cortes Island scheduled for this month has been changed by BC Parks. Last month, BC Parks left notices on dozens of boats on the beach at Mansons Spit. slated for removal by mid-November. The notices referred to the Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulation and gave owners 30 days to remove the boats or else the vessels will be removed and destroyed. On Nov. 7, CKTZ reported that BC Parks media representative David Karn confirmed that, “57 boats in the area have been identified for removal.” On Nov. 9, Karn updated the media upon request, clarifying that less boats would be dealt with in November: 15 boats, instead of 57 vessels, will be removed in the coming weeks “BC Parks is taking a phased approach …will be focused on the approximately 15 boats identified as unseaworthy…Information will be communicated through community engagement,” he stated. Karn also suggested that it is BC Park’s intention to engage the community and First Nations directly moving forward on the erosion mitigation concerns at Mansons Spit, also know by its Indigenous name “Clytosin.” Lisa Ferentinos, a local to Cortes, received the notice on her kayak last month. Ferentinos has a boat moored in Mansons Lagoon and uses her kayak to access the moored boat often. She has commented publicly on cortesisland.com about the notices and she also wrote a letter on behalf of local residents to a BC Parks officer, Thomas Porsborg, asking for a cooperative solution to the issues of erosion and...
Local PhD offers art education at Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery

Local PhD offers art education at Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery

Kristen Scholfield-Sweet is offering a second series of art classes this winter. Photo by Laura Balducci. The Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery is expanding new programming beyond the regular gallery season this fall. Kristen Scholfield-Sweet is a local with a PhD in Art Education and has been a board member for the gallery for 20 years. Scholfield-Sweet offered a four-part “Drawing in Nature” course this past fall which sold out. Since the educational opportunity was so well-received, the Schoolhouse is offering another round of courses. This next course is titled “Painting flowers with watercolour pencils.” There are two sets of this course being offered simultaneously. Students have the option of attending classes for the next four Fridays or the next four Saturdays. The courses begin Nov. 18-19.  There is possibility that the courses will be video-recorded for others to benefits from the instruction in the future. Though it’s just a “pipe-dream” right now, Scholfield-Sweet hopes to develop a video library of art courses for the local community. To learn more, contact Bianca at schoolhouseartgallery@gmail.com. There is a limit of eight students for each class. Art supplies are not included, so Scholfield-Sweet is encouraging those interested to get signed up and source supplies by this Thursday, Nov. 17. To hear more about these art education offerings, listen to the CKTZ News Update below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Local PhD offers art education at Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....
Local poet organizing winter gatherings for creative community

Local poet organizing winter gatherings for creative community

English PhD Soma Feldmar published a book of poetry in 2009. Photo by Loni Taylor. As the first snow falls on Cortes Island, two creative groups are being formed for regular gatherings through the winter. Soma Feldmar, a local poet, is the artist initiating the groups and hopes to create a group for writers, poets, and lyricists to gather to share and support each other in their work. The other group Feldmar is initiating is for poetry enthusiasts. “It’s just about loving it and wanting to hear it and read it out loud. Poetry has a life in sound, not just on the page,” she elaborated. Feldmar is a PhD of English and has a BA and MFA in writing and poetry from Naropa University. The local poet said there is a core creative wellness that drives the reason behind the winter gatherings, “It helps make me a better human and I wanna share that. I wanna create spaces for other people to engage in language that can make them a better human. Language is how we construct our reality, how we communicate, how we leave self and go to other.” The location and format for the gatherings has yet to be determined: Feldmar hopes to get feedback on both from those interested in participating. The poet says she is open to all location options, and a rotation of locations. She is also hoping to keep the gathering low or no cost. To learn more, contact sfeldmar@gmail.com To hear more, listen to the CKTZ News Update below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - Local poet organizing winter gatherings for creative...