Almost Daily News: Week of April 12-16, 2021

Almost Daily News: Week of April 12-16, 2021

COVID update from April 17, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboardIsland Health’s school exposure page (BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data SRD welcomes first Indigenous Nation to the board Links of Interest: (SRD) Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations join regional district board(SRD) tasii a path forward: An Orientation Guide to Support Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h First Nations – Strathcona Regional District Cooperation Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations  website(Cortes Currents) articles about the SRD Board The Discovery Islands Sea Star monitoring program Kelly Fretwell – photo by Koby Michaels, Hakai Institute Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) The Discovery Islands Sea Star monitoring program(Hakai) iNaturalist in the Discovery Islands(iNaturalist) Hakai: Discovery Islands – Recent Observations(Hakai) How an Epidemic Exposed the Ecological Importance of Sea Stars(Cortes Currents) Sea Stars: Wolves of the Ocean floor(Cortes Currents) Sea Star Wasting Disease(Cortes Currents) articles about Sea Star Wasting Disease(Hakai video) How many Sea Stars live in British Columbia?(FOCI) Sea StarsFriends of Cortes Island websiteThe Hakai Institute website(Cortes Currents) articles with Kelly Fretwell(Cortes Currents) articles with Helen Hall Sea Stars: Wolves of the ocean floor Kelly Fretwell – photo by Koby Michaels, Hakai Institute Links of Interest (Hakai) How an Epidemic Exposed the Ecological Importance of Sea Stars(Cortes Currents) Sea Stars: Wolves of the Ocean Floor(Cortes Currents) Sea Star Wasting Disease(National Geographic video) Sunflower Sea Stars: Terrifying Predators(National Geographic) As Sea Stars Die, New Worries About Urchins(NOAA video) Urchin barrens in West Coast Sanctuaries(Cortes Currents) articles about Sea Star Wasting Disease(Hakai YouTube) Sunflower Sea Stars Now Critically Endangered(Hakai video) How many Sea Stars live in British Columbia?(FOCI) Sea Stars(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Kelly Fretwell(Cortes Currents) articles about, or...
Almost Daily News: Week of Apr 5-9, 2021

Almost Daily News: Week of Apr 5-9, 2021

How Cortes Island could benefit from a Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Water tanks used by the superior tanker shuttle service – –courtesy Hornby Island Fire Department Links of Interest (Fire Underwriters Survey) Superior Tanker Shuttle Service(Comox Valley Record) Hornby Island fire department receives additional protection accreditation(Hornby Island Fire Department) Water Supply Assessing-the-danger-of-sea-level-rise LIDAR of H.J. Andrews Forest by Oregon State University via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of Interest: (NOAA) is sea level rising?(UVic) Living with Water: Rethinking coastal adaptation to climate change(UBC News) Sea Level Rise(CBC) B.C. lacks plans for rising seas and flooding, coastal adaptation researcher says(City of Vancouver) Sea Level Rise(City of Campbell River) Sea Level Rise – FAQs(City of Campbell River) Sea Level Rise – Background(Cortes Currents) articles about Sea Level Rise in Campbell River(Cortes Currents) articles about sea level rise on Cortes Island(Cortes Currents) articles about sea level rise on Quadra Island 32 active cases in North Vancouver Island Screenshot from BC Centre for Disease Control Geographic distribution by Local Health Area map for the week of Mar 28 – Apr 3. Released on Apr 7th, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data BC Ferries virtual meeting: New info about the e-Ferries While most of the discussion was about the Campbell River -Quadra route, there were also reference to Cortes. Links of Interest (BC Ferries) BC Ferries works with communities on sailing schedules for upcoming two-ship service(Cortes Currents) Campbell River-Quadra Island’s second hybrid electric ferry launched (BC Ferries) BC Ferries’ fourth battery electric-hybrid vessel launches(Cortes Currents) Campbell River trial run of the new Island class hybrid-electric...
Cortes Radio’s first Reporter’s Roundtable

Cortes Radio’s first Reporter’s Roundtable

In partnership with Cortes Community Radio & Cortes Currents, Folk U Radio offered its first Reporter Roundtable: Fish farms and seaweed production.  Clockwise from top left: Binny Paul, Ashley Zarbatany, Rochelle Baker and Roy L Hales The panel: Binny Paul (LJI reporter for Campbell River Mirror), Rochelle Baker (LJI reporter for Cortes and Quadra Islands, National Observer), Roy L Hales (editor of Cortes Currents) and Ashley Zarbatany (Folk U Radio’s new political and climate commentator).  Wild salmon advocates celebrate Discovery Islands fish farms decision by Rochelle Baker, National Observer (reposted on Cortes Currents here) The Discovery Island’s fish farms “By June 20, 2022, the whole region must be free of open net salmon farms. After that, no licenses will be issued. On one hand this issue can look like environment versus industry, but as one looks deeper, it is more complicated,” began moderator Manda Aufochs Gillespie of Folk U Radio.  “Everything folks argue from opposite sides of the debate is true to an extent, the issue, like most issues, are simply more nuance entangled than they appear to be,” said Rochelle Baker.  Fisheries minister and MP Blaney talk about economic transition plans for Vancouver Island re: fish farm decision by Binny Paul, Campbell River Mirror Was the fish farm decision made correctly? “In my personal opinion, the writing has been on the wall for a very long time for everyone: the Federal Government, the Provincial Government, the aquaculture companies,” said Binny Paul. “The question that everyone needs to be asking is, was it done correctly?” Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan claims this decision was made in consultation with the seven First Nations that hold title in the Discovery Islands. This is the beginning of a...
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...
Almost Daily News: Week of Apr 5-9, 2021

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...