Plan to Vaccinate British Columbians

Plan to Vaccinate British Columbians

More than 24,000 people have already received vaccines. At the government’s January 4th press conference, Dr Bonnie Henry unveiled the plan to immunize British Columbia. 150,000 people by the end of February “From December to February, we aim to immunize approximately 150,000 individuals,” she began. The focus, until the end of January, is: 70, 000 residents and staff of long term care facilities13,000 people in assisted living facilities and their visitors30,000 health care workers around the provinceIndigenous peoples living in remote communities. (Approximately 60 members of the Klahoose village, on Cortes Island, are expected to be among them.) In Phase two of this first quarter, Provincial health authorities will focus on: community based seniors over the age of 80; the age limit is lower for people of indigenous backgroundspeople experiencing homelessnesspeople in correctional facilities, group homes, mental health residential carethey are also trying to identify people who have home care and home support and making sure both recipients and staff are immunizied.More vaccinations in First Nations communities When Vaccines become more available “The contracts for Pfizer and Moderna will scale up in March. So we are expecting to have way more more of those vaccines once we get into April/May,” continued Dr Henry. “we also expect approval in Canada of additional vaccines. We heard that the AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. We know that Health Canada has received some of the data and has started the expedited review process both for AstraZeneca and and Janssen … We’re hopeful that those will be approved for use in Canada sometime during the first quarter of this year.” These vaccines might be in use by...
Daily News Updates (16) Dec 5 – 11, 2020

Daily News Updates (16) Dec 5 – 11, 2020

Drug Bust: Over 1,000 oysters harvested illegally on Cortes Island Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) The humble Cortes Island shellfish farmer(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Cortes Island Aquaculture(CTV News) DFO says dangerous practice of illegally harvesting shellfish on the rise(Cortes Currents) Stop recreational boaters from polluting Cortes Island’s protected areas(Cortes Currents) Early warning system for farmed oysters(Cortes Island Oysters.ca) A History of Cortes Island Shellfish(Cortes Currents) The 1960s and 70s – A time of Transition Discovery Island Salmon Farms - A 60 Day window Photo credit: Cermaq’s Raza Island farm, just north of Read and Cortes Islands – Courtesy Cermaq Canada Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Articles about, or mentioning, salmon farms(Cortes Currents) The Canadian Government has until December 18th to decide: 18 salmon farms(Cortes Currents) articles about, or referring to, salmon farms in the Discovery Islands(Wild First) First Nations Support for Transition to Closed Containment(Cortes Currents) A closer look at sea lice on 15 salmon farms(DFO) Average number of lice per fish on BC salmon farms 2011-2020(DFO) Industry sea lice counts at BC marine fin fish aquaculture sites(Globe and Mail) Scientist at Department of Fisheries and Oceans says Ottawa is too beholden to fish farm industry(Cortes Currents) The DFO responds to questions about Minimal risk(DFO) Summaries of the risk assessments for the Discovery Islands area(Cortes Currents) articles, pro and con, about salmon farms(Cortes Currents) Articles about, or mentioning, the DFO Coexisting with Black Bears Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Coexisting with Black Bears(FOCI) Learning to Live with Bears on Cortes Island (Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Squirrel Cove Bear(Cortes Currents) Frequency of bear raids decreasing in...
Stone Soup

Stone Soup

Catriona Vega’s first Cortes Radio program consisted of live performances into a single mic. She launched “Stone Soup” after returning to Cortes Island about 2012. It is:& “A cup of folk, a cup of world, a dash of Hip Hop, a splash of the jazz and blues with a healthy dose of Canadian artists.” Stone Soup: Monday, Dec 7, 2020 Stone Soup: Monday, Nov 30, 2020 Stone Soup: Monday Nov 9, 2020 Some of her global perspective may come from having taught English as a second language in both Eritrea and Ecuador. Catriona named her program Stone Soup because the ingredients are coming from many people. “At the beginning it was a jumble. Then I decided to separate it out: folk the first hour and world the second and I do throw in some jazz and some blues and some funk and whatever…” One of her favourite songs: Interview: How the world got into Stone Soup In The Podcast How Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM has changed since she first became a DJ, around 2006, and what she misses from the station’s past. Growing up in North Vancouver;Travels, Eritrea, Ecuador and World music;Working at both Hollyhock and Linnaea on Cortes Island;Some of the challenges & people behind CKTZBeing a mom and a DJMany more stories & annecdotes Songs Played In The Audio Catriona singing the first Spanish language song she ever learnedHer favourite Ethiopian hitHer favourite Andean hit Stone Soup is on Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 PM; repeating Mondays 12-2 PM. Top Photo Credit: Stone Soup by Jen Lemen via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Quinsam Road Camp’s last day

Quinsam Road Camp’s last day

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Friday, Oct 30th, was the last day for Quinsam Road camp in Campbell River. There were only three residents remaining and all left peacefully when the RCMP and Ministry of Natural Resources went up to clean the site.  A campsite at Quinsam road - courtesy a neighbourhood complaint to the Strathcona Regional District. Cortes Currents: Some local material (dealt with more extensively in the article below); More than 50 minutes taken from two Vancouver Co-op Radio programs about the recent election and a Vancouver solution to homelessness. Quinsam Road camp “At one point, there were about twenty people living in four or five different camps,” said Cst. Maury Tyre.  During the 5-6 months the property was occupied, the RCMP opened more than 50 case files: for theft; assault; fires. Tyre added, “The biggest one was environmental issues, which is probably why the Ministry of Natural Resources got involved – plus it is their property.” Adapted from Google maps by Roy L Hales Nunns Creek Park Some of the people from Quinsam Park are now camping in Nunn’s Creek Park, others have found different housing options. In what some regard as the first step in establishing a right to housing in Canada, a 2015 BC Supreme Court ruling recognized that homeless people have the right to sleep in public space.   Constable Tye explained, “That’s part of the reason you see tent cities in many cities. There is no allowance for permanent structures. In Campbell River, I believe they have said people have to have their tents taken down by 9:00 AM....
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...