Beach Clean-up: Jonas Fineman’s story

Beach Clean-up: Jonas Fineman’s story

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  “If we can go out and clean up – helping another set of communities like the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’Xais and Gitga’at – we can certainly start cleaning up our community. That’s what I’d really like to see coming out of this,” said Jonas Fineman.  He was one of nine eco-tour captains who had just returned from a beach clean up along BC’s central coast.  Jonas Fineman and his daughter MIla at home on board the Misty Isles - by Louis Bockner Cortes Currents: Roy L Hales interviews Jonas Fineman about the small ship operator’s beach clean-up this summer The Misty Isles Jonas was hired to serve as captain of the 70’ foot ketch “Island Odyssey”, but his name is associated with another vessel here on Cortes Island. He and his wife, Amy Bockner purchased the “Misty Isles” last year, but he was captain of another vessel most of that summer. They decided to officially launch their new venture in the Spring of 2020.  No one anticipated COVID 19.  “ We were able to function for two and a half months for what is normally a four and a half month season. … We had some really beautiful times out on the water, with BC residents,” says Fineman. Aerial shot of the Island Odyssey off Munro Island, Central Coast BC - by Jonas Fineman Small Ship Tourism Operators Association The “Misty Isles” wasn’t the only boat affected by COVID.   Randy Burke, Fineman’s employer for close to nine years, is in a select association of eco-captains that take visitors to remote destinations between Northern Vancouver Island...
What Matters Most? – An Exhibition

What Matters Most? – An Exhibition

This radio broadcast was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  The Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery will only have one show this year. While they cancelled their summer season because of COVID, the artists group has been mulling over some ideas for almost a year now. On September 10th, 2020, they bring the discussion to the public in a show called “What matters most?” 2019 image - courtesy Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery Cortes Currents: Roy L Hales interviews Kristen Schofield-Sweet and Oriane Lee Johnston about the upcoming member’s show “What Matters Most” at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery Sept 10 -20, 2020. A Time of Pause “I think the community, the province and the planet is in a time of pause right now,” said Kristen Schofield Sweet, one of the gallery’s directors. “We had a spectacular season last year. The gallery has grown from an artist’s collective creatively run space, which Oriane Lee [Johnston] called ‘creative chaos’ … No one was in charge … People showed what they wanted, when they wanted … Over the last twenty years, the gallery has become more professional in that larger context: in terms of exhibitions, a selection committee, a set of procedures and protocols.” She added, “In a way, this show is a return to a community based ‘just for us’ kind of exhibition.  The whole COVID-19 situation has created this pause, where we could say as board members, and community members involved in the arts, ‘What matters to us? What do we look like as artists? Who is emerging? What are some young...
Reinventing Hollyhock virtually

Reinventing Hollyhock virtually

This radio broadcast was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  In a normal year, Cortes Island’s best known learning centre needs to take in $3 million in revenues to keep operating. 2020 has been anything but normal. As a result of COVID, most of this year’s programs were cancelled and Hollyhock could not rehire most of its usual staff. This has also been a year of innovations: with courses being offered online for the first time and a day-long virtual Hollyhock-a-thon called ‘Shine the Light.’ The Cortes Island centre’s response to this year’s challenges almost amounts to reinventing Hollyhock virtually. Courtesy BIll Weaver, Across Borders Media Cortes Currents: Roy L Hales interviews Penelope Naldrett & Ling Lo about Reinventing Hollyhock Hollyhock’s future  “Hollyhock will survive, there is no doubt about that. Has it been a disaster? Well, in some ways - yes. We have gone from +$3 million in revenue to $300,000 in earned revenue through our programming.That’s pretty catastrophic,” said Penelope Naldrett, in charge of fund raising. She added, “I think the Hollyhock of the future will be different and what the world needs is different. There is no doubt in my mind that people will always gather at Hollyhock. Next year, we are already planning for less people. Until this year, we were always trying to fill the campus - 80 to 100 people [per program]. Next year, it is less. In 2021: We know we won’t be gathering in large groups, but we hope to be gathering in smaller groups.”Courtesy BIll Weaver, Across Borders Media The...
Homelessness In Our Area

Homelessness In Our Area

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Summer is here, and with it  an increase in the number of homeless people in our communities. According to Sue Moen, the Salvation Army’s representative in the Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness, this problem goes back about forty years - to when the federal government stopped subsidizing affordable housing. In the wake of the COVID pandemic, many Canadians have come to the realization that issues like this are community problems and we all need to seek solutions. In this morning’s interview, we talk about homelessness in our area. Cortes Currents: Sue Moen, from the Campbell River & District Coalition to End Homelessness, talks about homelessness in our area. BC Housing’s Definition of Homelessness “Homeless, according to the definition used by BC Housing, includes people who are precariously housed, or couch surfing, or aren’t paying rent directly to a landlord. They may be sharing a room, but their name isn’t on the rental agreement. They don’t know if they’ll have housing for the next thirty days … Also, there are a lot of people who are living in vehicles, RVs, and some even in campsites,” said Moen. “If they are off the beaten track and do not connect with services, they sometimes do even consider themselves homeless.”   Describe A Typical Homeless Person “Describe a typical homeless person?” I asked.  “There isn’t typical. People become homeless for every reason that there is a person experiencing homelessness. It could be fleeing violence, family break-down, fire, flood or an expected...
Cortes Island ZOOM Conferences

Cortes Island ZOOM Conferences

On March 24, 2020, Regional Director Noba Anderson started a series of Cortes Island ZOOM conferences that have continued down to the present. The first three sessions were with key businesses and non- profits, but on April 1 Director Anderson opened these meetings up to anyone on Cortes Island.   Tuesday June 9 Zoom Conference At the June 9th Cortes virtual Community meeting, Regional Director Noba Anderson and four guests talked about all things fire: Jessica Duncan, Wildfire Prevention Officer with the BC Wildfire Service, Jeffrey Belcher, from the Sunshine Coast Fire Zone (which includes Cortes Island),CarrieSaxifrage President of the Cortes Community Forest CooperativeShaun Koopman, who is celebrating his four year anniversary as the SRD’s Protective Services Coordinator Tuesday May 26 ZOOM Conference Regional Director Noba Anderson interviews Adam McKenty and Loni Taylor from the Cortes Community Economic Development Association. May 19 Zoom Conference In the May 19, 2020, ZOOM conference Desta Beattie of Cortes Island Family Support and Manda Aufochs Gillespie of Folk U explained what they do and what their Grant in Aid applications were for. Written Report of this meeting: https://cortescurrents.ca/may-19-virtual-community-meeting-family-support-folk-u/ May 12 Zoom Conference Written report of this Meeting - coming to the Cortes Currents website soon. Subjects Covered in the podcast above: Rex Weyler talks about Overshoot and gives a list of influential books.Max Thaysen, President of FOCI, talks about FOCI and the five components of their new proposal: Decolonization, conservation, stewardship, wild food, and eco-youth. Written Report of this meeting - https://cortescurrents.ca/may-12th-cortes-virtual-meeting-focis-larger-picture-vision/ May 6 Zoom Conference Written report of this meeting - https://cortescurrents.ca/developing-cortes-island-food-security/ Subjects Covered: No known cases of COVID on CortesCortes Island non-profits...