Reducing Human Impact While Adding Housing

Reducing Human Impact While Adding Housing

By Roy L Hales Cortes has a housing crises. Young families are being forced off the island because of the lack of affordable units and there is not much room for seniors who are no longer able to maintain large lots. The Cortes Housing recently purchased 51 acres in Manson’s Landing to help address this issue, but are facing another issue as well. There are already too many nutrients draining into Hague and Gunflint Lakes. In this morning’s program we talk to Rex Weyler, Lake Stewardship Coordinator for the Friends of Cortes Island and David Rousseau, President of the Cortes Island Foundation, about reducing human impact while adding housing on the lakes In The Podcast: Cortes Island’s Algae bloom and the steps being taken to prevent a reoccurence. A global phenomenon the natural input from forests, wetlands & animals How runoff from gardens affects the lakes Cortes Island’s outdated septic systems & lack of regulations How cat tails and other plants can help take up the nutrients How far are we in the remediation process? Why is the Housing project important? How the housing crises came to Cortes Some Cortesians spend 70% to 75% of their income on housing, double the accepted level Every human activity has an environmental impact; a global biomass study found that roughly 98% of the mammal biomass are humans & their livestock, the rest is wildlife. Addressing problems that have grown up over the past 70 years, like the old logging road & ditches Ensuring that new housing has a minimal impact Type two wastewater systems In phase one: 20% of the 51 acres...
Cortes Island 2018 Election

Cortes Island 2018 Election

Noba Anderson is re-elected Director of Strathcona regional District B (Cortes Island) by a margin of 72 votes. The final count was: (Incumbent since 2008) NOBA ANDERSON - 353 - (55.7%) (Director 1996 - 2005) GEORGE SIRK - 281 - (44.3%) SRD Election 2018 by Roy L Hales | CKTZ News http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/Election+results.mp3 We have yet to hear from George Sirk, but Director Anderson says: “Great gratitude to everyone who participated in this election process and all of you who voted. Thanks to George for your continued willingness to serve this community, I trust you will find a good way of doing that. And such gratitude to my core election team who have just provided unwavering and real positive support to me in the last weeks. It has been a real treat to work with you. I really look forward to continuing to have the honour of representing this island at the regional district board, but even more importantly to continue the good work on many island projects that I think are of real great importance to this community. So thank-you to everybody and here’s to another four years.” Residents of Area B were also asked two referendum questions, both of which passed: Question 1: Are you in favour of the Strathcona Regional District preparing a bylaw to establish a service for funding community halls on Cortes Island on the condition that the bylaw would require the approval of the electors before it is adopted?  YES - 443 NO - 191 Question 2: Are you in favour of the Strathcona Regional District preparing a bylaw to establish a first responder service for Cortes...
George Sirk For Regional Director

George Sirk For Regional Director

Originally Published on the ECOreport In my second interview with the candidates for Cortes Island’s Regional Director, I became aware that they have a very different vision of how the island should be governed. The current Director, Noba Anderson, portrays herself as an instigator, who “convenes conversations that would not otherwise happen.” Many of the island’s best known projects came about through her direct intervention. Though George Sirk chalked up a similar list of accomplishments during the nine years he represented the island (1996 - 2005), he stresses the idea that there should be more of a separation between the Regional Director and specific business projects. In this morning’s episode, I ask,I ask why should we choose George Sirk for Regional Director? How A Bylaw Should Be Changed “The most important issue for Cortes is to return trust to the political process,” he says. Sirk points to Anderson’s recent attempt to push the proposed new zoning bylaw (#309) through prior to the election as an example of how that trust is being eroded. There was not room in the half hour podcast above to repeat his detailed analysis of this “half baked” legislation’s shortcomings. Encountering unexpected opposition, “the Director has consistently changed the story from ‘my and staff’s thorough review’ to, oh dear, it’s now become a ‘draft’…”  He adds that this legislation never went before the Advisory Planning Commission (APC). There were no public meetings prior to this.  “When we did the 2002 bylaw, we … [held] public meetings - not hearings. Staff came. Up went the bylaw on the wall. People got a chance to see the...
Noba Anderson For Regional Director

Noba Anderson For Regional Director

Originally Published on the ECOreport Cortes Islanders will go to the polls on October 20, 2018. There is a sense in which both candidates are seeking re-election. George Sirk was our representative from 1996 until 2005. Our current director, Noba Anderson, has been in office since 2008. In the first of two interviews with the candidates, I ask why should we choose Noba Anderson for Regional Director? HOUSING “The most important issue that I want to put to a free elective is housing. I’ve dedicated … my maternity leave year to housing and we’ve moved mountains, in a way that I have never really seen Cortes move before. We’ve raised over a million dollars and bought fifty acres of land [for the Cortes Community Housing Project],” says Noba. Last week the Housing Committee submitted an application to BC Housing for the funding that will make it possible to build four more units in the senior’s village and twenty units in the new community housing land. THE SRD’S BIGGEST INCOME GAP A study conducted by the Strathcona Regional Health Network found that Cortes has the biggest income gap, between people’s income and ability to fund housing, in the whole district. It also has lowest amount for available housing stock. “There are so many people here, who have been here for a very long time, dedicated their life of service to this community and are really struggling to be here. Costs are being driven upwards, people are increasingly seasonally homeless. I’ve know some people who moved every year for the 20 - 25 years they’ve been here … The personal instability...
The Lip Sync’s Continued Success

The Lip Sync’s Continued Success

For something like the 21st time in a row, Cortes Islanders packed Manson’s Hall to see the Lip Sync. This was a relief. Speaking as the first time “Producer” this summer, I did not want to be the man “in charge” when we break that record. There is a bit of self delusion wrapped up in this. The Lip Sync’s continued success is almost totally organic. Success Is No Accident According to the world famous soccer star Pelé, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” This is true, but it is the hard work and perseverance of our performers and support staff that make shows of this calibre possible. My job is to assist the people who make evenings like this possible. Sometimes this means getting out of the way so they can do their jobs. More often, I am a “go-for,” carrying out  any number of menial tasks that need doing. Support Staff As many of you are aware, the only rehearsal takes place the night prior to the show - but you probably didn’t know It isn’t for the performers. Rick Bockner, our MC, needs to get a feel of the kind of show we’re going to produce so that he can draw up the final line up (and get material for a few more jokes). Lella Gmiener, our Green Room Queen, circulates amongst the performers taking notes on their many and varied needs. Victor Van Buskirk, our stage manager, discovers what kind of props are needed and when....