Cortes Species At Risk

Cortes Species At Risk

Northern Goshawk - Courtesy FOCI This radio broadcast was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Helen Hall has been the Friends of Cortes Island’s (FOCI) Executive Director for close to five years. Autumn Barret Morgan came to FOCI as a summer student and continues on as the volunteer Conservation Assistant. In this morning’s program they talk about Cortes species at risk.  Not As Developed As Other Areas “We are fortunate to have so many amazing species here. Cortes is not been as developed as some of the other islands. We still have large intact areas of forest and a really good marine ecosystem,” said Hall. Some species still evidenced here are disappearing from other areas because of habitat loss and degradation.  Northern Goshawk Cortes Currents: Roy L Hales interview Helen Hall & Autumn Barret Morgan from the Friends of Cortes Island “We have the Northern Goshawk on the island … and we know they have disappeared from other parts of the province.” According to the FOCI website, “ … It is suspected that the Northern Goshawk’s numbers will continue to decline due to deforestation of mature and old-growth forests. Commercial clearcutting destroys their nesting habitat and reduces prey abundance.” Fourteen Species At Risk Fourteen Species at Risk are featured on the FOCI website. “I think that if no conservation programs are in place, they are all ultimately at risk of either extirpation (disappearance locally) or extinction, but I wouldn’t say right now.” They range from recently returned Humpback Whales to the Great Blue Heron. “We also have species like...
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.   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 and the upcoming Grant in Aid process Hopes for a 2020 tourist season. More about the Cortes Investment Co-op; growing food in shipping containers; Cortes Island’s food coupons & proposed currency.Tamara McPhail from Linnaea Farm & Loni Taylor from CCEDA talk about food storage and security, the Linnaea Farm Food Security Guild, community gardens, other offerings April 28 Zoom Conference Subjects Covered The Podcasts that follow were compiled from Cortes Radio broadcasts, ZOOM audio clips and my own recordings of these sessions. conversation with Ragina from the Regional Tenancy...
The National Observer’s Cortes Connection

The National Observer’s Cortes Connection

This radio broadcast was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Many of you probably know Linda Solomon Wood as the Editor-in-Chief of the NATIONAL OBSERVER, but the award winning investigative journalist lived on Cortes Island for five years after 9/11. While she currently lives in Vancouver, Linda returns every summer. A few months ago her publication hired a reporter to cover Cortes and Quadra Islands. In this morning’s interview I asked LInda Solomon Wood about her life, career in journalism and the National Observer’s Cortes connection. LInda Solomon Wood A Passion For People’s Stories “My biggest passion is people. I love talking to people, I love hearing people’s stories. I like the way journalism is  a passport into the interesting lives of other people and their stories. That’s really what motivates me, finding the next great story.” The first story she remembers writing as a little girl in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was about mandatory school busing.  “ … I remember there would be this guy standing in front of the high school going ‘last call for the ghetto express.’ So it was a story about that guy, and what that time was like - from the point of view of a thirteen-year-old.”  Solomon Wood obtained an intern job writing obituaries and wedding notices “in the basement of the Greenfield Recorder’s office” in Massachusetts. She studied journalism at Northwestern and later became a full time reporter for the Tennessean. She was 20 or 21 at that time.  Linda Solomon Wood with President Jimmy Carter The Big Things Journalism Can Do “A lot of...
Cortes Island’s Third Virtual Community Conference

Cortes Island’s Third Virtual Community Conference

Originally Published on Cortes Currents If nothing else,Cortes Island’s third Virtual Community Conference may be remembered for its bloopers. The first 23 minutes were not broadcast over the radio because of an unexpected technical difficulty. Consequently, I used a recording that was never intended to be made public. Community Updates Regional Director Noba Anderson started the meeting with a series of updates.  The Cortes Health Centre is still consulting with patients over the phone, or by video chat. Charmaine Enns, the Medical Health Officer for North Island, notified Director Anderson that anybody who has a worsening cough or significant symptoms in a rural or remote community now qualifies for COVID 19 testing. They are considering rolling out community wide testing in remote areas. Is this something Cortes should be seeking?The Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA) and Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA) are still discussing how they can cash in on ‘SRD Delivers’. This is a special program to fund assistance “with grocery shopping, the delivery of food, prescriptions and other essentials for the benefit of the elderly (65+) and other vulnerable persons who must self-isolate in accordance with Public Health Orders.” (The day after this meeting, Emergency Response Coordinator Shaun Koopman wrote, “To date the SRD has received applications from Read Island, Campbell River and Tahsis.”)Mary Lavelle, the manager of Mansons Hall, wants to know if the community thought it would be valuable to have a systems navigator to assist people as they wade through the various grants, assistance programs etc. that are now available.The Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) has taken over the Needs and Offers platform, which Director Anderson describes as more interactive than what we have seen up until now.  Cortes Island’s Summer Rentals Summer is fast approaching and many of...
Returning Home From Africa

Returning Home From Africa

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative. “The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa … what message I bring back … concentrate on Uganda.” – Winston Churchill, My Africa Journey,  A group of 23 Cortes residents just returned from Uganda and neighbouring Kenya. They decided to travel this year because the tour company owned by Chris Hartwick’s parents, is going out of business. Nobody anticipated there would be any complications returning home from Africa. Cortes Currents: Roy L Hales interviews Jenny Hartwick & Bruce Ellingsen: Returning home from Africa Courtesy Google Maps Kenya’s Borders Closed They were in Africa when the first cases of COVID 19 were reported. Chris and Jenny Hartwick came two weeks early, so they could do some exploring on their own, but the entire group was in Kenya by March 10. On March 13th, a 27-year-old Kenyan woman returning home from the United States tested positive. The virus reached neighbouring Uganda by March 22. Some of the Cortes Island contingent visited both countries. When Jenny Hartwick finally flew out of Kenya, there were 25 confirmed cases in that nation. She described the difficulties leaving, “It was several days of waking up to emails from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines saying that our flights had been cancelled. This was still while we were in Kenya. It was multiple re-booking days. Part of our group left on Tuesday, March 24, and the morning of the...