Finding Home

Finding Home

Funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  This article is the first in a three part podcast series called Finding Home. The first podcast features Sandra Wood and Ian Scott discussing the options and challenges for creating affordable housing that they have encountered in pursuing the creation of four affordable rental units for seniors and 20 units for all ages on Cortes. That podcast is almost two hours long and includes a number of questions and answers from local community members. Please listen to the podcast for more in-depth explanation of the Seniors Village expansion and the Rainbow Ridge project.  Construction of the Cortes Senior’s village - courtesy Cortes Island Senior Society Part One - Cortes Currents/Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Sandra Wood and Ian Scott about affordable housing Part two: Cortes Currents/Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Sandra Wood and Ian Scott about affordable housing Seasonal Homelessness Sandra Wood knows about seasonal homelessness. Before she moved to Cortes Island, she was one of many islanders throughout the Gulf and Discovery islands that packed and unpacked twice a year in order to free her home for summer owners. “I was lucky enough to find a property that I could rent 10 months of the year,” she says of those five years. She considers herself lucky to have been able to take her holiday during the time when the owners needed their home back, “But I got a taste of what that’s like and how much energy it takes to move in and out completely pack up your life twice a year.”  When Sandra moved to Cortes, she was...
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...