CLICK HERE for Podcasts From The Muse’s Garden, Spring 2019

CLICK HERE for Podcasts From The Muse’s Garden, Spring 2019

From The  Muse’s Garden with Dancing Wolf: Mondays 5 - 6 PM; Repeats Thu 12 - 1 PM 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. May 2019 Episode # 68 - From the Muse’s Garden Episode #67 - From The Muse’s Garden April 2019 Episode 66 - From The Muse’s Garden Episode 65 - From The Muse’s Garden Episode 64 - From The Muses Garden Episode 63 - From the Muse’s Garden March 2019 Episode 62 - From The Muse’s Garden Episode 61 - From The Muse’s Garden Episode 60 - From The Muse’s Garden Episode 59 - From The Muse’s Garden Click here to access more...
Spring 2019 on the Homegrown Show

Spring 2019 on 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 May 2019 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...
EASC Ignores Cortes Island Grants In Aid

EASC Ignores Cortes Island Grants In Aid

The article that follows does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Cortes Radio Society, board, staff or volunteers. Originally published on Cortes Currents An item is missing from the May 8 minutes of the Strathcona Regional District Board’s Electoral Service Committee. There is no reference to Cortes Island’s Grant-In-Aid Applications, though they were on the agenda. This was the result of a conscious decision made by three of the four Regional Directors (Jim Abram, Brenda Leigh & Gerald Whalley). The Electoral Service Committee did not acknowledge Cortes Island’s Grant in Aid Applications. What Could Happen? This means the applications will not pass on to the SRD Board for consideration.  At the meeting Cortes Island Director Noba Anderson said, “This is highly unusual. I’ve not known this to happen in ten years. We passed a [Cortes] electoral Grant In Aid just two weeks ago. This committee requested that it go to the board without a recommendation. So to do nothing here is highly, highly unusual and I will be bringing something to the board. Then we will have a bigger more awkward discussion there.” She was not the only director who mentioned the possibility of bringing this matter back at the board level. As our conversation was not intended to be an interview, I am not going to name the other board member who mentioned this. Should Director Director Anderson bring the Grants In Aid up now? Or wait until after the court case that fourteen Cortes residents brought against her is decided? The Electoral Service Committee appears to want Director Anderson’s case settled before they proceed. The Lawsuit The hearing is...
End Of The Road Show Hits The Road

End Of The Road Show Hits The Road

Originally Published on Cortes Currents As the end of his first year online approaches, Highway Hippy’s DJ days are taking another turn. His bus was parked in Manson’s Landing when I climbed on board to find out when the End of the Row Show hits the Road. On The Road “Our first stop is going to be this week-end in Parksville at the Food Truck Festival. We’re invited there, so last Friday’s I put in a couple of plugs for the Food Truck Festival. I’m going to put in a couple of more plugs for this weeks show and we thought that would be a good launching point for us because those people know where all the festivals are.” – Highway Hippy “This is a work of passion and of love. I do it because I love to do it, not because it pays me a wage – cause it certainly doesn’t.” In The Podcast What Did Greg Do Before He was Highway Hippy?Cortes Island, sailing, Lasqueti IslandHow he became a DJSome of the bands he is promoting and why.What are his plans for the immediate future? “This is a work of passion and of love. I do it because I love to do it, not because it pays me a wage – cause it certainly doesn’t.” – Highway...
BC Wildfire Service’s Visit To Cortes Island

BC Wildfire Service’s Visit To Cortes Island

Originally published on Cortes Currents There was a time when fire fighting meant just that, Things have changed since the record breaking fire seasons of 2017 and 2018. British Columbia is now paying more attention to preventive measures and education. BC Wildfire Service‘s visit to Cortes Island was May 4, 2019. Cortes Currents Radio Broadcast This is occurring across the province.  According to a press release from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, “As part of Budget 2019, wildfire management funding has increased by 58% to $101 million annually. The additional funding will help the BC Wildfire Service add to its fire response capabilities – adding more crews, enhancing aerial capacity and including innovative technology – and spending more on fire prevention activities, including a more comprehensive prescribed burning program backed by an initial $10 million.” Rob Crookshank and Jeffrey Belcher, addressed a have already visited ten fire departments from the Sunshine Coast Fire Zone, addressed a small group of us at the Cortes Island Elementary School in Mansons Landing. In the Podcast How bad were the fire seasons of 2017 and 2018, compared to other fires in BC’s past?Is this something we can can expect to see more of?A quick definition of Firesmarting your home (Click here to learn more.)Why, in emergency situations, firefighters may have to put a priority on saving the most defendable homes rather than those which have not been firesmarted. Top photo credit: Wildfires from Northern BC create an eerie haze on the waters by phil9945 via Flicker (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Tales From Quadra Island’s Past

Tales From Quadra Island’s Past

Originally published on Cortes Currents Local historian Jeanette Taylor came to Mansons Hall, on Cortes Island, on April 26, 2019. The Cortes Island Museum invited her to present her slideshow “60 Terrific Historical Spots To Visit On Northern Vancouver Island”. I’ve taken some liberties in adapting Ms Taylor’s talk into a series of radio programs. The first one is tales from Quadra Island’s Past. Old Quadra Island “I’ve tried to have the general publics lens on and just chose stories you would especially enjoy knowing about. What I’m focusing on is not necessarily natural history, although it sneaks in there every once and awhile – because how can it not in a place like this – I’m mostly looking at human history sites where there are still remnants of people and their lives.” – Jeanette Taylor  Helen & Hosea Armenius Bull, owners of the Heriot Bay Inn, Quadra Island – courtesy Jeanette Taylor In The Podcast: Why is the Campbell River Museum interested in heritage sites throughout Northern Vancouver Island?Why is Haig-Brown House important to Campbell River?What is the writer in residence program?Why are the shell middens at Kanish Bay so important? How many 11,000 to 12,000 year old village sites are there on Quadra Island? What is the connection between the Lucky Jim Mine and logging?How did 37 people survive when the Grappler sank off Ripple Rock, in 1882?What role did miners and a Vancouver engineering firm have in the destruction of Ripple Rock?Where was the first village site Captain Vancouver saw when he arrived off Quadra Island in 1792?Why should you view the petroglyphs at Cape Mudge before 10 AM on a day the tide is out?How did the 400-year-old palisaded site...
Rust & Velvet

Rust & Velvet

All photos courtesy Dan Peters© In our first episode we present the songs “Rust” and “Velvet” from Laara, who wrote the lyrics and guided the musical composition.  “Rust” is an upbeat track which might mislead the casual listener, as the lyrics explore the theme of betrayal.  “Velvet” is a song that Laara created to sound the way that velvet feels.  See what it “feels” like to you…  Lara: Rust & Velvet Coming to you from the unceded, ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin peoples, this is Spark Point Music Radio!  We are working in partnership with CKTZ Cortes radio, Youth Voices!, and The Community Radio Fund of Canada - Radiometres program to bring you original music created by youth from Cortes Island. At Spark Point Music we believe that when we create, we explore what it is to be whole and discover more of who we truly are. In our programs we seek to spark the imagination, and a sense of what is possible, for youth on the remote island of Cortes when their voices are heard and valued. We give youth ages 8 to 18 an opportunity to create art and music in an encouraging environment, seeking to minimize judgment and increase acceptance of themselves and others. Our studio is graciously hosted at Linnaea Farm, where we provide inclusive space, instruments, recording  gear, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music.    Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either composed and performed entirely by youth, or with the guidance and support of musical mentors.  We will be airing 1 episode per...
Learning To Die: As A Planet, As A Person

Learning To Die: As A Planet, As A Person

Ornithomimidae Skeleton in Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs, Ulaanbaatar by Gary Todd, via Flickr (Public Domain) Originally Published on Cortes Currents “Truth-filled meditations about grace in the face of mortality.” @MargaretAtwood “Learning to Die”: In this powerful little book, two leading intellectuals illuminate the truth about where our environmental crisis is taking us. Writing from an island on Canada’s Northwest coast, Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky weigh in on the death of the planet versus the death of the individual. For Zwicky, awareness and humility are the foundation of the equanimity with which Socrates faced his death: he makes a good model when facing the death of the planet, as well as facing our own mortality. Bringhurst urges readers to tune their minds to the wild. The wild has healed the world before, and it is the only thing that stands any chance of healing the world now – though it is unlikely to save Homo sapiens in the process.  Top Photo Credits: A Walk Through The Larches by Bernard Spragg via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Two Key Cortes Items

Two Key Cortes Items

Originally Broadcast on Cortes Currents There were two key Cortes items at the Strathcona Regional District Board’s April 25 meeting. Chair Michele Babchuk said the SRD hopes to hold a final consultation meeting, regarding funding for first responders funding and the island’s two community halls, in early June. We may be looking at a referendum next Fall. Also, the Klahoose Nation’s Grant-in-Aid application was approved.  The Klahoose Application ”I just look at what the program is designed to do. We have the electoral area that supports it. It is their money which comes directly out of the electoral area constituents and I don’t think this should wait. Personally and as the chair of the First Nations Relations Committee, actions speak louder than words and I think it is important that the contribution be made,” said Campbell River Director Charlie Cornfield. Sayward Director John McDonald agreed, “I’m going to support this. I really think things are just carrying on too long for reasons we really aren’t sure of … Why keep waiting? Why keep stopping something where possibly they are getting a summer student to work?”  Cortes Island Regional Director Noba Anderson pointed out that if a decision is not made soon, the Klahoose will not be able to hire a summer researcher this year.    The Klahoose Nation asked for $5,000 to hire a researcher to catalogue information on artifacts, burial sites, and culturally significant sites currently held in government records. They are committed to raising another $5,000 themselves. The information derived from this study will allow the Nation to pursue repatriation where it seems appropriate. Opposition From Director Leigh The...