Why go back to school during a pandemic?

Why go back to school during a pandemic?

What can going back to school in a pandemic teach us about the future of education?  Five Educators from the live listening area of Cortes Radio chime in to discuss what their districts are doing to get kids safely back to school and how the future of education in our area may change forever from what we learn in this time.  Part One: Cortes Currents/Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews 5 school administrators Part Two: Cortes Currents/Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews 5 school administrators “This show is brought to you by the Local Journalism Initiative – the program funded by Heritage Canada and administered through the Community Radio Fund of Canada. Welcome to special series of Folk U Radio done in partnership with Cortes Currents that takes the Folk University model of slow learning, local knowledge sharing, and neighbours sharing with neighbours and combines it with Cortes Currents commitment to covering the news most relevant to our communities at this time.https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?visual=true&url=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F898267348&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=474&maxheight=711&dnt=1 Kids across Canada are going back to school amidst a continuing global pandemic. Indeed, Dr. Bonnie Henry, who has been widely lauded for guiding BC so well through the pandemic, has said that it’s “important for the wellness of our community to get people to go back to work and to have children return back at school.” Online Survey She also refers to a survey the province did which points to the importance of providing in class instruction to BC families. She says “we do know there have been downside impacts of children being at home. Even in families that have access to internet and computers, it has been very, very challenging. We’ve heard...
Hayley Newell talks about the Brain

Hayley Newell talks about the Brain

On the September 1st, 2020 broadcast, Manda played a recording from back in the pre-COVID days when Folk U offered a series of weekly lectures at Linnaea Farm. The Brain 101 with Hayley Newell, RTC.  Folk U: Hayley Newell explains Brain 101 Your brain - the organ central to your nervous system - is a fascinating and complex machine. There are many MANY fascinating things to learn, far too many for one talk. So, in The Brain 101 we will start with learning the four key threats to the brain; what they are, how this relates to your day-to-day life and why it is useful to understand them. As well learn tips for self regulation to improve the function of your brain, even in when it’s a challenge.  Catch past talks with Hayley Newell including the Nervous System 101, The Brain on Play, and more...
Help create a Cortes resilient to wildfire and other hazards

Help create a Cortes resilient to wildfire and other hazards

Welcome to the first of a special series of Folk U Radio done in partnership with Cortes Currents that takes the Folk University model of slow learning, local knowledge sharing, and neighbours sharing with neighbours and combines it with Cortes Currents commitment to covering the news most relevant to our communities at this time. This show is brought to you by the Local Journalism Initiative. – the program funded by Heritage Canada and administered through the Community Radio Fund of Canada . As smoke fills the air and people told to close the windows after being told to open them to air out viral loads during the pandemic, the question forefront on many minds is “Are we prepared for what’s coming?” On this special two hour live show, first aired on 9/11, a day associated with disaster across North America, Donna MacPherson from BC Coastal Fire Centre and Shaun Koopman from the Strathcona Regional District discuss how Cortes and Quadra are uniquely prepared, or not, for wildfires and other emergencies that may call for evacuation and which ones we will need to shelter through in-place.  Fire is natural on the forests of the coast. Indeed, most of the forests in this area are healthiest if they burn every ten to 20 years. When fires aren’t allowed to burn naturally, the risk is that these forests become more dangerous and susceptible to out-of-control wildfires that can burn much hotter and spread uncontrollably. The BC Wildfire Service, which is divided into six areas, is taxed “with managing wildfires through a combination of wildfire prevention, mitigation and suppression strategies” and there efforts are focused on Crown and private lands outside of organised areas such as municipalities or regional...
Cortes Economics comes to Folk U

Cortes Economics comes to Folk U

On August 21st Manda welcomed Adam McKenty, head of the Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) back to Folk U Radio to explain Cortes Economics 101. Folk U: Adam McKenty talks about Cortes Economics Cortes Economics 101 Understanding the Cortes Economy starts with understanding macro economics influences. Very quickly Adam McKenty takes us from macro economics to the very, very local situation of Cortes.  What’s a sustainable economy on Cortes look like?  This session will look at global trends and get local with Cortes statistics and results from CCEDA’s LEAP report. Don’t miss Adam McKenty discuss how to use your money to invest in Cortes using Community Investment Cooperatives.  Invest In Your Community: Using Your Money For The Benefit Of Cortes Folk University Folk University is the people’s university of Cortes Island. Where neighbours share their interests and passions with each other.  NOw it is also a radio program broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, every FRiday from 1 to 3 PM and repeated Manda Aufochs Gillespie is a writer. She’s the author of the Green Mama series of books  (https://thegreenmama.com/books/) and the publisher of the award-winning website thegreenmama.com.  She is also a mother, neighbour, and founder of Folk University...
The Mysterious World Of An Octopus

The Mysterious World Of An Octopus

On the July 10th Folk U Friday: (1) Lucretia Shanfarber talked more about the Cortes Garden Club and things she’s learned about no dig gardening from gardens on Cortes and Quadra. (2) The main feature was Michael Moore explaining the mysterious underwater world of the octopus. Diver Michael Moore Folk U Fridays: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Lucretia Shanfarber about the Cortes Garden Club and Michael Moore about the mysterious world of an octopus Imagine yourself in the distant past, as a coastal dweller, wading knee deep in the ocean’s tide pools on a summer’s low tide afternoon. Bending down, you peer through the water searching for abalone, sea urchins, sea cucumber or rockfish stranded by the ebbing tide to make your evening meal. Suddenly your leg is encircled by an arm and held by suction cups. You jerk away and feel that the grip is strong. But then it lets you go and the arm retreats, to disappear under a rock where you can just see the eye of the octopus peering out. For coastal peoples, the octopus was often personified as being evil. One of it’s monikers was the Devil Fish. It is a creature that has no fixed shape and it can change its colour and texture to hide away. It is covered with a clear viscous slime. Its eight arms are lined with hundreds of suction cups leading at the junction of the arms, to the beak that in some species like Australia’s blue ringed octopus, can deliver a lethal bite to humans. At sea, sailors in their fear inspired imaginations likely melded the octopus with its close cousin the giant...