BRUCE HARRISON RECEIVES JO ANNE GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

BRUCE HARRISON RECEIVES JO ANNE GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

This January, at the Friends of Cortes Island Annual General Meeting, Bruce Harrison was awarded the Jo Anne Green Environmental Award. The Jo Anne Green award is an honour for leadership in community-based environmental awareness, protection and restoration. Jo Anne Green was a founder of the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) and an inspiration for many on Cortes to care for this place and imagine a reciprocal relationship with our ecosystems. sign at the Jocelyn rd trail entrance, at the west/end of the road – Photo by Max Thaysen The letter that nominates Harrison reads as follows: “Bruce has been a resident of Cortes Island for about 30 years. He has always exemplified what it means to have a small footprint in terms of his own lifestyle (he is often seen commuting on his bike between Whaletown and Manson’s) and over the past few years he has made significant contributions through the work he has done constructing and maintaining access trails which are now widely used by the community. His work on the trails at the Ester Rd. beach access, the Whaletown Commons, and the adjacent Crown land have all been a great benefit to the wider community and in fact have helped to secure the Crown land as protected park land. The trail access in the Whaletown Commons area has made Whaletown into a very walkable neighbourhood which has significantly decreased the need for motorized vehicles.” If you have not done so already, I encourage everyone to walk the trail and see the bridge that Bruce made on the access that goes from the stream at Whaletown corner...
Update on Cortes Island e-Bikes

Update on Cortes Island e-Bikes

Over the past couple of years, electric bikes, or e-bikes, have begun to be a regular appearance on Cortes roads. Today, we’ll hear from a few local e-bike users, ask them about their bikes and their experience riding on Cortes. Photo courtesy Max Thaysen Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Juli Nelson, Mike Brown, Chris Napper, Andrew Baskin and Barry Saxifrage about e-Bikes on Cortes Island Juli Nelson Juli Nelson is a potter, a tiny home builder and a mother of young child. She got the Rad Wagon from Rad Bikes, which has a reinforced rear seat which can accommodate an adult or a child. Juli lived in Whaletown when she first got the bike. We asked her how long it takes to get to Mansons from Whaletown – and how far her range is. She said that her child didn’t like going very fast, so it was about an hour. But on her own it was 40-45 minutes. And she could do that twice on a single charge. Juli says that the bike paid itself off in the first 10 months. She didn’t have a car during that period, so she used the bike almost exclusively. Between getting last year’s model in 2019, and the scrap-it rebate, it only cost her $1000. “Scrap-it” is a BC Government rebate program that provides funding to individuals for electric car and bike purchases when they recycle their older or more polluting vehicles. You can get $1,050 from SCRAP-IT when you purchase your new electric bike. Mike Brown Mike Brown was a cyclist and a hitchhiker, until the pandemic cancelled hitchhiking. He dislikes product research, so he called a friend who had...
Cortes Goose hunt frightens resident, excites ecologist and could be legal

Cortes Goose hunt frightens resident, excites ecologist and could be legal

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Today we hear a first-hand account of a concerning hunting episode on October 24 in Smelt Bay, Cortes Island.   We’ll hear from Conservation Officer Brad Adams, a local authority on the laws around hunting.  And then we’ll take a deeper dive with Sabina Leader Mense into the some ecological considerations of hunting around Cortes.  Photo credit: Smelt Bay by Djun Kim via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Kim Lotnik, Conservation Officer Brad Adams and local biologist Sabina Leader-Mense about the Cortes goose hunt. (Much more in podcast) Cortes Currents learned of the reports on a local facebook page, We Heart Cortes Island, that described a scary situation.  Walking her dog Kim Lotnick tells us the story.  Kim was walking on the beach with her dog.  The weather was stormy and the seas were rough.  She saw someone canoeing and thought that it was wierd that someone would be out on the water.  Through her large headphones, she heard a loud blast like a gunshot.  She turned to look and saw a flock of birds flying away from the canoe, and something flopping in the water that looked like a seal. She would later learn that another witness to the scene saw that it was a goose. Kim began filming.  And the person in the canoe was watching her as something was pulled into the boat.  Kim describes feeling terrified and many terrible thoughts flashed through her mind about what revenge the hunter might take on her for filming his actions. ...
Diet, Lifestyle and supplements to help build up your resistance

Diet, Lifestyle and supplements to help build up your resistance

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Around the globe, people are dealing as best they can with the novel coronavirus outbreak, SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID 19.  After we wash our hands, don a facemask and avoid non-essential travel and socialization – many of us are looking for ways to maximize our immune function.   A quick internet search will reveal an assortment of advice on what diet, lifestyle and supplements may increase your resistance to contracting the virus, and your resilience to illness if you do.  Photo credit: Chantrelle jackpot by Suzanne LaGasa via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Drs. Phillip Calder and Jenna Creaser about lifestyle and supplements that can strengthen your immune system Stressing foods, lifestyle and supplements – Pseudoscience? Or much more? But there are internet resources that say the opposite – supplements are unproven and those peddling them are pseudoscientists.  Cortes Currents sought to shed light on the importance of the immune system and how we can support it.   We connected with Dr Jenna Creaser from the Cortes Community Health Centre and Dr Philip Calder.   Professor Phillip Calder Professor Philip Calder is Head of Human Development & Health and Professor of Nutritional Immunology within Medicine at the University of Southampton.  He has a chair in Nutritional Immunology, his area of expertise.   His work has mostly been with omega-3 fatty acids, but has also researched pre-biotics and pro-biotics (the beneficial organisms we rely on and the conditions that support them). He authored the paper Nutrition, Immunity and COVID-19, which was published in...
Conversation with Cortes Community Forest Cooperative

Conversation with Cortes Community Forest Cooperative

This week, Cortes Currents presents a conversation with the Manager of the Cortes Community Forest, Mark Lombard, and President of the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative, Carrie Saxifrage.  The Cortes Community Forest Cooperative (CCFC) is the non-aboriginal equal partner with the Klahoose First Nation in the Cortes Forest General Partnership (CFGP). Logs in a Squirrel Cove cutblock - Roy L Hales photo Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Mark Lombard and Carrie Saxifrage from the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative Mark is a sixth generation woodlot manager… Nature, climate change & adaptation We sought to explore the ways in which the CFGP is balancing conservation of nature, climate change mitigation and adaptation, social benefit and reconciliation through ecosystem-based forestry. So what is at the heart of their conservation strategy? The community forest is 3800 hectares (ha). 31% of that is ‘netted out’ or excluded from the area that could be cut for a variety of reasons: visual quality objectives, riparian areas, old-growth.  That leaves 2700 ha for the Timber Harvesting Land-base (THLB), the area the community forest works on and cuts trees from.  The Community Forest cut-rate has averaged around 10 ha per year, or .3% of the THLB (0.0026% of the Community Forest). By our math, this means that the THLB will all be cut in 330 years with 330-year-old trees ready to be cut back where the Community Forest started. Ageing the forest Ageing the forest one of the primary methods for preserving forest ecosystem functions.  Older forests  sequester more carbon, restore soil nutrients and provide habitat for some of our threatened and endangered species. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MOFLNRORD) has aerial-photography based maps that...