2018: Greg Osoba On Radio, Music & Life

2018: Greg Osoba On Radio, Music & Life

[From the Archives: Dec 4, 2018] He helped shape Cortes Radio almost since the beginning. as one of the station’s early Presidents, as a senior producer of our Deep Roots Initiative and most Fridays he hosts the Lunchtime Locomotion. In addition to this, he is a member of Cortes Island’s original rock quartet and more recently Back Eddy and the Procrastinators. This morning’s interview is Greg Osoba on radio, music & life. In the podcast, Greg Osoba talks about … The radio station at Seneca College, in Ontario His eight years as a broadcast journalist in Toronto, Edmonton & Vancouver: in the newsroom and as host of “Bookshelf” Interviewing Guy Dauncey; Premier Peter Lougheed; Joe Clark; Wayne Gretsky … Asking tough questions of politicians vs interviewing a grieving family Ska, the precursor of Reggae How prerecording takes the soul out of music Gordy & Zoe Ryan from Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums of Passion; Island Rythm; Six Foot Johnson; Back Eddy and the Procrastinators  When Gregor Robertson lived on Cortes Island, his first campaign (as an NDP MLA) The art of creating space, in music and life Falling in love with Cortes Island Linnaea Farm, Hollyhock, Rex Weyler as a mentor in writing, Getting involved with Cortes Radio, The Friday Lunchtime Locomotion with Nat king Cono “There is something to that adage 10 years of 10,000 hours, because something starts to happen after that point. Once you put in your time, what starts to happen I’ve found – and other musicians I know who are experienced concur with this – is that you become competent  …. suddenly you are afforded the opportunity to listen. And to create good music, thats done as an...
ABRAM AGREES TO REPAY THE SRD $8,640 FOR EXPENSE PAYMENTS NOT MEETING THEIR CRITERIA

ABRAM AGREES TO REPAY THE SRD $8,640 FOR EXPENSE PAYMENTS NOT MEETING THEIR CRITERIA

When the auditor submitted his report to the Strathcona Regional District Board last Spring, it showed one director billing significantly more than his colleagues. “I received more money than other directors,” admitted Regional Director Jim Abram of Area C (Discovery Islands-Mainland Inlets) at the Strahcona Regional Dirstrict’s May 25 board meeting. Image Credit – Cover of the Strathcona Regional District 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report A subsequent reviewing of Abram’s renumeration payments for 67 meetings during 2021 and 2022, determined that 54 of the meetings did not meet the criteria laid out in the SRD compensation bylaw. Consequently, at the Wednesday September 22 meeting, Abram announced, “Without prejudice, I’d like to agree to pay back the amount in the report from the finance department of $8,640 for meetings that were said to not meet the criteria and I hope that this will put an end to this issue.  I will submit the cheque in full today. Sorry.” Tally of meetings – from Auditor’s report Mayor Andy Adams of Campbell River responded, “I want to preface this by saying that this is not personal in any way, shape or form, but more a fiduciary  responsibility. The motion will be that the CAO will be instructed that failing receipt of payment in the amount of $8,640 by September 22nd, 2023, no further monthly stipend expense or meeting pay claims be paid to director Abram until the balance has been fully repaid to the SRD finance department.” Abram objected, “The date is unreasonable. I have to mail that cheque today. It will not go out until tomorrow, which is the 22nd and it would not be received...
THE PARAMEDIC SITUATION ON CORTES AND QUADRA ISLANDS

THE PARAMEDIC SITUATION ON CORTES AND QUADRA ISLANDS

There have been numerous reports of BC ambulances being understaffed recently. According to Prince Rupert Northern View, the Bella Coola ambulance was only in service for 52% of July. Quadra Island volunteer firefighter Marc Doll recently informed Cortes Currents there are times when no paramedics are available on Quadra and ‘any firefighter that currently has a class four license is basically being put on standby because they no longer have the ability to have two people scheduled to keep the ambulance going.’ After receiving a couple of anonymous tips on Cortes Island, Cortes Currents asked BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) for an update on the local situation. Man in front on headlight – Photo by Eugene Triguba Unsplash A BCEHS spokesperson named Cindy described the situation on Cortes as very different from Quadra Island. “Cortes Island is well staffed with all 4 Scheduled On-call (SOC) positions filled and 3 on call staff.  SOC shifts are 24-hour shifts. Paramedics are at the station from 8am to 4pm, and carry a pager outside those hours,” she said. The report that a ‘Cortes firefighter’ has driven the ambulance is true, but only because ‘BCEHS has a staff member who also works as a duty officer for the Cortes Island Volunteer Fire Department.’ “There have been instances where the staff member was available by pager while on duty for the Fire Department. In those instances, the staff member was paid, as a BCEHS employee, for each time he drove the ambulance.” Fire Chief David Ives added, “I can confirm that the Cortes Island Fire Department works very closely with BC Ambulance service and intends to further improve this relationship via...
HOW REEL YOUTH FLOURISHED DURING THE PANDEMIC

HOW REEL YOUTH FLOURISHED DURING THE PANDEMIC

[From the Archives: Dec 20, 2021] Reel Youth had a year of in-person programming scheduled when the pandemic arrived, in March 2020. Everything had to be cancelled. “We quickly realized that we had to try something new, to innovate,” explained Mark Vonesch. Photo: Screenshot of Cortes Island ferry from ‘What is now will soon be past‘ by Ester Stijbos In the fifth of a series about Reel Youth, Vonesch and Erica Køhn explain how this local media company flourished. They have made over 250 films since the COVID 19 pandemic started. “We had to figure out a new way to operate and zoom seemed to be the way so many people were communicating. So, we turned to some of the work that we had done before in schools and in communities with a poetry based program,”said Køhn. “Within a week of COVID we released a new program called ‘Together Apart.’ And it was bringing you people of all ages. We had people 12 to 77 years old join the program.  They made short films about their experience of COVID and the current cultural phenomenon of what we’re all experiencing,” added Vonesch. Cortes Currents has already introduced Seren Anderson’s film ‘Where I am’ as an example of the kind of film high school students will be making through the ‘Partner’s in Education program’ this January, 2022. Ester Stijbos, editor of the Tideline, produced another of the films in this series. She describes herself as being from the West Coast of BC, from Tofino, Cortes Island and Victoria. Danielle Weiss was among the other Cortes residents who made a film. “It...
Glacier-borne fossils in the Discovery Islands

Glacier-borne fossils in the Discovery Islands

Over the past 20 years, Christian Gronau has documented 149 fossiliferous rocks in our area. Fossil #144 was recently installed at the Cortes Island Museum, but the German-born and trained palaeontologist said, “Palaeontology became a question for me when I was settled here. I looked around, of course was interested in the local geology, and realized that Cortes is just a big pile of granite with very little exceptions to that rule and started wondering what I was going to do with my interest in fossils.” Image credit: The important pieces of evidence in support of Bute Inlet having been the main conduit for the transport of Buchia erratics from the Potato Range to Cortes Island. Fossil #129 found by Barry Saxifrage, Fossil #130 by Christian Gronau – photo courtesy Christian Gronau He moved to Canada in 1972 and met his partner, Aileen Douglas, while working in the mining sector. Regarding their decision to move to Cortes Island in 1978, he explained, “it’s a winding path, a complicated path, but a happy path that led me here and palaeontology didn’t feature into the decision making. More the landscape, the political climate of Canada, people of Cortes. This was a long time ago.” He and Aileen moved to a water access only property without hydro or telephone and became shellfish farmers, but palaeontology is very important to Christian Gronau. “It’s one of the major aspects of defining our existence, explaining our origins, putting us in some context and giving us an identity on this planet. It gives us a real sense of deep time, because we can trace our ancestry as far back as...