End of the Road Show

End of the Road Show

Hello listeners, my is Gregg aka Hiway Hippy. I came to Cortes Radio with my End of the Road Show the first week of June 2018. Funny thing is the station was the first building I entered upon my arrival to the island back in May. Drawn in by the hometown ambiance and the endless volumes of music I was instantly caught hook, line and sinker.   I didn’t know exactly how I would find a space to fill but I knew in my heart that I could add my own twist into ‘Puttin the Freak into Frequency’. Fortunately I was able to meet Howie while moving a local fellow and we set the wheels in motion for a chance at becoming a D.J. 3 day’s later we had an impromptu training session and as they say, the rest is history and I’ve been spinning the tunes Friday afternoons starting at 3pm through till 7pm. On the Road Episode 46 - End of the Road Show Episode 45 - Firewood Mtn Episode 44 - Firewood Mtn Episode 43 - Firewood Mtn, Pender Island Episode 42 - Medicine Beach Episode 41 - Medicine Beach Episode 40 - Blues/Rock Special Episode 39 - Medicine Beach Episode 38 - Medicine Beach Episode 37 - (originally broadcast last April) Episode 36 - Medicine Farm Episode 35 - Medicine Farm Special Episode 34 - ETRS from Kennedy Lake Episode 33 - ETRS from Heriot Bay Episode 32 - ETRS from Fanny Bay Episode 31 - End of the Road Show Episode 30 End of the Road Show Episode 28 - End of the Road Show...
Cortes Island's Future

Cortes Island's Future

The post that follows is contains personal opinions not necessarily endorsed by the Cortes Radio Society, Board, staff, volunteers of membership. Originally Published on Cortes Currents By the time you hear this, everyone on Cortes Island will have received a newsletter from their Regional Director (or read it on the Tideline). I found it left me with more questions than answers. So I asked Noba Anderson to explain her vision for Cortes Island’s political future. A Cortes Community Council “I want to built community council, really simply put. City has a mayor and council. There is a group of people that are elected by the community to discuss matters of interest to the community and make decisions that pertain to the community and communicate the city’s will to outside agencies. First Nations, equally, have a chief and council. There’s a formalized, recognized, legitimate structure that is more than sending one person two ferry rides away to sit with twelve other reps,” says Director Anderson. The way the SRD functions: “I am inherently a minority and structurally, we don’t know things about each other, we don’t know each other’s communities – even with the best intentions, which aren’t necessarily always there.” “So I’m interested in building something here that is complementary to the Regional District structure and certainly in no way would supersede or replace it. Over time as, I believe, our systems will inevitably fray with the pressures of climate change, we will have this system to really rely on here.” “This is the inside of the Hornby Island Co-op, the largest store on the island.” – by Daryl Mitchell via Flickr...
Vinho do Porto

Vinho do Porto

This week’s Podcast Luís Represas is a Portuguese singer-songwriter. In 1976 he founded the band Trovante, together with João Gil, João Nuno Represas, Manuel Faria and Artur Costa, a group that would prove to be one of the most influential of Portuguese popular music. In 1992 Luis Represas begins his solo career.He takes refuge in Havana to compose songs, and start a friendship with the Cuban Pablo Milanés (biggest name of Cuban music), that collaborated with him in several albums, amongst other great musicians. Episode 135 - Vinho do Porto Susana’s Performances at the CKTZ LipSync August 2019 Susana performing “It’s Oh So Quiet” at the CKTZ LipSync fundraiser on Quadra island, Aug 4th 2019 Susana performing “Give Me A Band And A Bandana” at the CKTZ LipSync fundraiser on Quadra island, Aug 4th 2019 About Susana Vijaya Susana Vijaya was born in Porto, Portugal. After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, she founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing. In 2008 she sold it and moved to Brazil to learn Permaculture and live in Intentional Communities across the country. In 2012 she found Cortes Island and started to spend her Summers there, while continuing to spend her winters in Brazil. In 2016 she left Brazil for good and replaced it for Mexico - La Manzanilla, in Jalisco state. In 2019 she finally achieved her Permanent Residency in Canada. She also moved to Quadra island, but continues to stay connected with the Cortes community, and maintain her volunteer work...
The Strathcona Regional District Board Is Collectively Responsible

The Strathcona Regional District Board Is Collectively Responsible

Originally Published on Cortes Currents The opinions expressed in the following post are not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its’ board, staff, volunteers or membership. A quick perusal of the Agenda was sufficient. I knew I had to attend the next meeting. Chair Michele Babchuk was bringing a Cortes Island resident’s complaints before the SRD Board. On Thursday December 4, more than a half dozen Cortesians filed into the new SRD Boardroom to listen. Though seemingly humbled, Babchuk pointed to the SRD’s accomplishments and stated that Sue Ellingsen was wrong to single out Directors Jim Abram and Brenda Leigh for criticism: the SRD Board is collectively responsible.  Chair Babchuk’s Report “I want to thank Ms Ellingsen for writing. I think it’s important that our constituents hold us accountable and give us the ability to give us their clear perspective. It’s never easy to read some of the stuff that’s in there around constituents feeling we act in an unprofessional or ineffective manner, especially when issues from that area have consumed our agenda for the last year. I actually think that, although there has been some historic issues, we’ve actually been able to cover off quite a few in the last year – with the fire service and of course the hall tax. I want to add that, from the Board’s perspective, a lot of the issues in this letter are now done …“ says Chair Babchuk, in the podcast above.  She adds, “ … The only piece that I would really like to take a little pause with is that, as a board, we work by via resolution – whether that is in camera or out of camera. All of the resolutions...
From The Muses Garden-1

From The Muses Garden-1

From The  Muse’s Garden with Dancing Wolf: Mondays 5 - 6 PM; Repeats Thu 12 - 1 PM (SCROLL DOWN FOR PODCASTS) Long have I had a Dream of combining Poetry and Music into a radio show and now sure seems like the time. Please tune in early Monday evenings on Cortes Community Radio CKTZ 89.5 FM from 5:00 - 6:00 for From The Muse’s Garden. 1 hour of local and international readings dovetailing with reflective music to perhaps enjoy your supper to. DECEMBER 2019 Solar Blossom by Dancing Wolf Episode #98, Dec. 9, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #97, Dec. 02, From The Muse’s Garden NOVEMBER 2019 Episode #96, Nov 25, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #95, Nov 18, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #94, Nov 11, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #93, Nov 4, From The Muse’s Garden OCTOBER 2019 Isis, Goddess of Life” by Auguste Puttemans Episode #92, Oct 28, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #91, Oct 21, From The Muse’s Garden THANKSGIVING OCT. 14, 2019, EPISODE #90, FROM THE MUSE’S GARDEN Charles Crossland October 7, From The Muse’s Garden SEPTEMBER 2019 Episode #88 Sept 30, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #87 Sept 23, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #86 Sept 16, From The Muse’s Garden Episode #84 Sept 2, From the Muse’s...
Vinho do Porto

Vinho do Porto Fall/Winter 2019

Bonga is a folk and semba singer and songwriter from Angola. He begun his singing career at the age of 15. From 1972 on he dedicated solely to his music, and immediately became famous in his native Angola, as well as in Portugal. After the Carnation Revolution in April 1974, he would become a hit both with immigrants from the ex-Portuguese colonies, and Portuguese of both African and European descent. He has released over 30 albums, singing in Portuguese and traditional Angolan languages. His tracks are a mixture of Portuguese folk sounds, semba, kizomba and latin elements. Photo: “Bonga (Angola)” by Aujourd’hui c’est gratuit . Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence) Episode 134 - Vinho do Porto Ivete Sangalo is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and occasional actress and television show host. She is one of the most popular and best-selling Brazilian female singers, with six albums released with Banda Eva, and seven more albums in a solo career. Sangalo is most often recognized for her powerful voice, charisma and live performances. Wanna know more? Photo: “Ivete Vedete” by Capitu. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence) Episode 133 - Vinho do Porto Pedro Abrunhosa is a Portuguese singer, musician and songwriter. Aside from his music, he is known for always wearing sunglasses in public. With his band (Bandemonio) they attained triple platinum, a challenging achievement in the Portuguese market, with over 160,000 copies sold of their first album - “Viagens”, as well as performing over 120 concerts across Portugal, the United States, Brazil, Macau, Spain, Luxembourg, France, and Italy, amongst others. And there is more… Episode 132 -...
The Homegrown Show

The Homegrown Show

“Welcome to the Homegrown Show, and I am your host, Hurricane Rena. The Homegrown show is a radio show played on CKTZ Cortes Island Community radio, 89.5 fm. It’s on from 1-3 Sunday afternoons and features local musicians from Quadra, Cortes, and Vancouver Island. A lot of Canadian music is played, songs that celebrate our unique lifestyle in the islands of the BC Coast and Western Canada in general. You can hear music on my show that you don’t often hear anywhere else, as well as poetry. The Homegrown show began celebrating our unique lifestyle in song during March of 2011, around the time of the super moon, closest the moon will be to the Earth in 27000 years.” – from Hurricane Rena’s website Dec 8, 2019, Program Dec 1, 2019 Program Nov 24 Program Nov 10 Program The Halloween Program Fall Oct 20, 2019, Program October 6, 2019 Program Summer 2019 Aug 11, 2019 Program July 28, 2019, Program July 14, 2019, Program June 2019 June 30, 2019 Program June 16, 2019 Program June 2, 2019, Program May 2019 May 26 , 2019, Program May 12, 2019 Program April 2019 April 28, 2019 Program April 14, 2019, program March 2019 March 31, 2019 Program March 24, 2019 Program March 10, 2019 program March 3, 2019 Program The Homegrown Show’s other Podcast Pages Homegrown Show - Winter 2018/19Homegrown Show - Fall 2018Homegrown Show - Summer...
Cortes Island's Cat Rescue

Cortes Island's Cat Rescue

Originally Published on Cortes Currents According to the definition at neighborhoodcats.org, “A “feral” cat is unsocialized and tends to be fearful of people and keep a distance.” This may once have been true of the sixteen cats Samantha Statton is currently looking after but, speaking as a former cat owner, a few of these are among the friendliest cats I have seen. It was hard to take a picture because they were constantly sniffing my lens, or trying to smooch, and one adorable youngster liked to jump up onto my shoulder for a nuzzle. In this morning’s interview Samantha explains how Cortes Cat Rescue came into being, what they do and ways you can help out.  Cats Kill Birds “Some people don’t like cats; they kill birds. Well, yes they do and that’s one thing I do not like about cats, but that’s one of the things they do. You can keep your cat in the house. Some cats, right from day one, are happy to live indoors. In the same breath, if there is an overabundance of cats, there is just that many more to kill more birds,” she said.  “They’re out there struggling and trying to catch some food … They’ll get predated [by] eagles, hawks, wolves, cougars and racoons even … They will perish, but still they have this tough hard life and in my view it is just not a good scene.”  Samantha was referring to Cortes Island’s feral cats, which were originally pets. She has a suggestion: “If you get your cat spaded and neutered, you’d cut down that problem as well. Its a win-win situation I think: for the cats, for...
Augmented Home Support Program

Augmented Home Support Program

Originally published on Cortes Currents In October, 2019, Cortes Island’s Augmented Home Support (AHS) program was looking at the very real possibility that they may have to shut down. They had enough funding to continue until the end of the year, after which they could not pay their part-time employees. Some of you may have read their appeal in the Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA) Newsletter and made a donation. The immediate concern is over, but it prompted me to reach out to the Augmented Home Support program’s organizer, Ron Croda.  How Augmented Home Support Started “Augmented Home Support came into being about six years ago when the board at CCHA realized that elderly people who wanted to age in place, here on Cortes Island … couldn’t stay if they began to falter and had problems maintaining their home, transportation and that sort of thing … People on the board were concerned that people were essentially being forced to move to town and give up their homes and friendships. We felt this was not necessary in every case. We could do something about that. We organized the Augmented Home Support program to provide minimal assistance to people who only needed minimal assistance in order to remain on Cortes as long as they wanted,” he explained.  What Augmented Home Support Does Some people ask for AHS. Others enter the program after AHS, acting on a recommendation from someone in the community, asks if they are needed.   Each client is interviewed by a Registered Nurse, who recommends services and how much time someone might need to utilize them.  AHS has four part-time workers...
2020 Winter Lip Sync

2020 Winter Lip Sync

With the holidays coming up I thought I should let folks know that this winter’s show will be on Feb. 1st with the rehearsal the afternoon before.Why not use some of your holiday time with friends and family working on...