The Midi File

The Midi File

The Midi File, with your host Charlie is a weekly (english hosted) French music show that presents curated playlists from Quebec, France and other parts of the Francophonie. Recorded & Aired LIVE at CJMP studios (Powell River) Thursdays at Noon and rebroadcast on Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM at 11:00 also on Thursdays. Episode 5: C’est quoi ton petit nom_ - April 2, 2020 Episode 4: Salut Les Animaux - March 26, 2020 Episode 3: Du Bon Punk - March 19, 2020 Episode 2: En Hiver - March 12, 2020 Episode 1: En Région - March 5, 2020 Every week the show will play songs from all eras that fit a chosen theme. Every song is introduced in English with little snippets of the lyrics get translated so you get a sense of what you’re listening to.  The Midi File hopes to create a more accessible way for folks to discover French music. A bit more about the host: Charlie was raised in Northern Quebec in the region of Abitibi - Temiscamingue and now lives across the water from Cortes, in Lund. You can follow the show on Twitter @TheMidiFile  and reach the host...
In These Dark Times

In These Dark Times

Let Cortes Radio bring you some light. Literally. We are now selling LED light bulbs that have a rechargeable battery in them. You use them as regular light bulbs in a lamp and when the power goes out they stay on for up to 4 hours. They use the ground in your receptacle to complete the circuit. They also come with a hanging cap and on/off switch so that you can carry them around as shown in the picture. This can really change your experience during power failures. 4 hours of real light! They cost $15.00. Due to Covid-19 we have no markets to sell them at so send me an email or call me at home (935-6405) and will arrange a way to get you some light...
Eclectic Selection

Eclectic Selection

The Eclectic Collection reflects my love of music, in itís many forms. The rock and roll and blues and folk songs of my youth, jazz, classical and Celtic of later years, all make an appearance during the show. Not the top 40 hits, unless there is no option, but the live versions, the covers by other artists, the hidden gems deep in the albums that never got airplay Negron, Wells and Hutton the Three Dog Night vocals in “Joy To The World,” in 1969 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020 Tues, Mar 17, 2020 Tues Mar 10, 2020 Tues Feb 25, 2020 Tues Feb 18, 2020 Feb 11, 2020 Podcasts Feb 4, 2020 Jan 20, 2020 JUly 23, 2019 July 2, 2019 June 18, 2019 June 11, 2019 June 4, 2019 - Eclectic Selection May 28, 2019 - Eclectic Selection Jan 15, 2019 - Eclectic Selection My Passion The magic of the internet lets me indulge my passion in finding new tunes to love, new artists to share. Whether it’s an old rocker with a new album, or an up and coming new artist, if I like it, I’ll share it on air. It’s not enough though to just play a bunch of songs I like. I try to weave songs together to tell a tale, to set a mood, spark feelings. In other words, I have fun putting together each show. It has been a long road from spinning 45s for my high-school radio club to CKTZ, with many years of internet pirate radio in between. While “Keemo’s Eclectic Classics” had a similar format, it did...
Pranayama Pachamama

Pranayama Pachamama

Pranayama Pachamama with DJ Liquid Crystal, Sundays Sun: 11:30 AM -1 PM; Repeats: Wed: 10 -11:30 AM  It’s not about achieving perfection or even being more spiritual. It’s about a journey to self discovery. To Rise to the call with commitment, clarity and conscious choice. Pranayama Pachamama was formed with the desire to share my teachings in a relaxed manner to reach as many hearts for the journeys yet to come. Pranayama Pachamama - Sunday, March 28, 2020 Pranayama Pachamama - Sunday Feb 23, 3030 Summer/Fall 2019 Oct 13 - Pranayama Pachamama Aug 18 - Pranayama Pachamama March 2019 March 10 - Pranayama Pachamama March 3, 2019 - Pranayama Pachamama February 2019 Feb 24, 2019 Program - Pranayama Pachamama Feb 10, 2019, Program - Pranayama Pachamama Feb 3 , 2019 program - Pranayama Pachamama January 2019 Jan 13, 2019 - Pranayama Pachamama December 2018 Dec 31, 2019 Program - Pranayama Pachamama Dec 23 , 2019, Program - Pranayama Pachamama The balance of body, mind, and soul are always at play. As a long time Yogini, I have explored the safe haven of a spiritual practice. A place of integration, to settle into the simplicity and the complexity of living in this body and in this world. I am committed to know myself, my heart, the layers of conditioning, and the battle with the beast of the mind. The show is about resting in the silence and stillness to receive just a glimpse of wholeness. Through practices, philosophy, and music steeped in primordial wisdom we work with the constant dance of the sane and insane. Peace and Chaos. Co-Creating our...
The Lessons Of A Virus

The Lessons Of A Virus

Strange Perspectives by Wendelin Jacober via Flickr (Public domain) In this episode we speak with  author and ecologist, Rex Weyler.  He has worked with Greenpeace since its founding in the 70s.  He represents an uncommon and refreshing perspective on the Covid-19 virus.  Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Rex Weyler about COVID 19: The Lessons Of A Virus The Underlying Condition: Overshoot We ask and answer: Is this the worst thing happening right now?  Why is it that we’re reacting so strongly to Covid-19 and are completely unmoved by other, more mundane, daily tragedies that have a much greater impact on the life and health of humans and non-humans.Rex explains, in this one-hour radio piece, how the virus is a symptom an underlying condition: overshoot.  Overshoot is a natural phenomena, quite common throughout nature, where a species reproduces and thrives and extends its number beyond the carrying capacity of it’s ecosystem.  The population then crashes as it hits the limitations on growth.  It might be a food shortage, building materials or a virus. Overshoot includes the habits and practices of a species as well as its numbers.  Rex tells us how we’ve got a problem with both.  Ample Warning We’ve had ample warning of this fact of nature from writers in the 60s and 70s and even earlier than that.  We know that some kind of balance between humans and the rest of the planet will be restored eventually, it’s just a matter of time (and this might be it).  In any case, this is a good time to wake up, shake our heads and consider how we might be...
Folk U goes to the AirWaves!

Folk U goes to the AirWaves!

We can still be connected, inspired, and supported as a community. And without a computer! Folk University is coming to the Cortes Community Radio CKTZ 89.5… Same time (1 to 3p.m.) every Friday through the Spring, starting Friday, March 27. We will still have neighbours sharing their interests and skills AND there will be a call-in option at (250) 935-0200 for YOU to ask your questions and share your knowledge. Look for topic details forthcoming. (And if you can discuss wild harvesting, gardening, etc.. I’m particularly interested in you!) These airwaves are virus free…. turn the radio on, get your phone handy, extra points if you take it outside and share it with your community (at a 2 meter distance of course). Folk University: going...
Cortes Health Centre Staff Speaks Out About COVID-19

Cortes Health Centre Staff Speaks Out About COVID-19

Flattening the Curve, The Benefits and Risks of Self Isolation; & How we can care for each other during this pandemic. Cortes Health Centre Staff, Tahmeena Ali, MD—visiting doctor—and Isabelle Laplante, RN—new staff nurse— speak out about all anyone is talking about, COVID-19, and what it means for the people of Cortes Island.  Manda Aufochs Gillespie photo Cortes Currents: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Tahmeena Ali, MD and Isabelle Laplante, RN about COVID 19 Coronavirus & The COVID 19 Pandemic The coronavirus has been floating around for a long time and many of us have already have had a form of the coronavirus as it’s what often causes the common cold, explains Dr. Ali. COVID-19 is a subtype of the coronavirus that is extremely infectious and for particular populations—the elderly or those with other medical issues—can cause serious illness and has even resulted in deaths. The mortality rate of those who have gotten it is much higher than for the common cold, especially for the elderly.  Viruses are more able to change or mutate very quickly on their own which is why it’s harder to treat viruses than bacteria, which can usually be treated with antibiotics. There is some research that there may be some antivirals that might help treat it, but as that is down the road, the emphasis has been on prevention, explains Dr. Ali.   Flattening The Curve  Flattening the curve refers to the idea of limiting exposure so that the healthcare system is able to manage the number of new serious cases of COVID-19 thereby stretching out the time period over which people get sick. It’s thought...
Cortes News Update For March 17, 2020

Cortes News Update For March 17, 2020

Originally published on Cortes Currents This is a COVID-19 news update for March 17, 2020. There are now 103 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in British Columbia. 8 of these are on Vancouver Island. The first was a Victoria. The seven most recent cases were reported yesterday. A Courtenay doctor confirmed that one of her patients is among them. While I have yet to see official confirmation, two sources have independently mentioned a case of COVID -19 in the Campbell River Hospital.  Five British Columbians have fully recovered, 6 are in acute care and 4, all in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Care Centre, have died.  How Long Will It Last? According to the Guardian, a leaked document from Public Health England (PHE) states, “As many as 80% of the population are expected to be infected with Covid-19 in the next 12 months, and up to 15% (7.9 million people) may require hospitalisation.” A more positive estimate, from a World Health Organization spokesperson, suggests life may return to normal this summer.  The American company that developed a successful treatment for Ebola has isolated hundreds of virus-neutralizing antibodies and is developing a multi-antibody cocktail that it hopes to be manufacturing by the end of summer. Confirmed Cases According to the World Health Organization, states that as of yesterday there are 182,000 confirmed cases COVID-19 and there are now more cases outside of China than in that nation. As of 6:45 PM yesterday, there were 424 confirmed cases in Canada; 74% of these were travellers and another 6% were friends of travellers. British Columbia has the second highest number of confirmed cases in the nation, there are 177 in Ontario. Cancelling Elective...
Vinho do Porto Fall/Winter 2019

Vinho do Porto Fall/Winter 2019

Cristina Branco (born 28 December 1972 in Almeirim, Ribatejo, Portugal) was drawn to jazz and styles of Portuguese music before settling on fado, a choice after being introduced to the music of Amália Rodrigues by her grandfather. Branco then studied the poems from which the major fado lyrics are taken.Photo: ”Cristina Branco” by Oscar Lopez Gonzalez. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence) Episode 147 - Vinho do Porto Jorge Mário da Silva, more commonly known by his stage name Seu Jorge, is a Brazilian musical artist, songwriter, and actor. He is considered by many a renewer of Brazilian pop samba. Seu Jorge cites samba schools and American soul singer Stevie Wonder as major musical influences. Jorge is also known for his film roles as Mané Galinha in the 2002 film City of God and as Pelé dos Santos in the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. His musical work has received praise from many of his fellow musicians including Beck and David Bowie.Photo: ”Seu Jorge 1 @ Coachella 2006” by Redfishingboat. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence) Episode 146 - Vinho do Porto The Carnival in Brazil is a major part of Brazilian culture. It is sometimes referred to by Brazilians as the “Greatest Show on Earth”. The first true Carnival expression of this Brazilian festivity, officially recognized by Brazilian historians, took place in Rio de Janeiro, with the préstitos, very similar to a musical processions, in 1641, when John IV of Portugal was crowned King and parties were celebrated in public streets. Do you wanna know more about different Carnivals in Brazil?Photo: ” Brazilian...
Interview With Mark Lombard Contract Manager For The Cortes Forestry General Partnership

Interview With Mark Lombard Contract Manager For The Cortes Forestry General Partnership

On Saturday March 14th, the monthly Cortes Currents news/talk show featured an interview with Mark Lombard, contract manager for the Cortes Forestry General Partnership.  This podcast explores what the “Community Forest” is, and how it works.  Did you know that CFGP’s license now covers far more hectares of Cortes Island than the MMB/IT/Mosaic license? This and many other interesting details are discussed in our program (such as what “MMB” and “IT” mean). All photos taken from the Squirrel Cove cutblock Cortes Currents: De Clarke interviews Mark Lombard, Contract Manager for the Cortes Forestry General Partnership A Tradition Of Selective Woodlot Harvesting Mark Lombard is a “seventh generation logger” from a family with a long tradition of selective woodlot harvesting.  He grew up working on family woodlots.  In addition to years of hands-on experience, he also has an undergraduate degree in business finance and a graduate degree in environmental policy with a focus on climate change, energy policy, and forest policy — “specifically community forests, and capacity building for community forests.”  So the Cortes Community Forest project was a perfect fit.  He served on the Board for a few years before stepping down to assume the operations manager role. In the course of the interview, we talk about what sustainability means; the economics of selective woodlot operation (as opposed to industrial clearcut logging); and how the CFGP (a for-profit corporation) covers its operating costs.  “We want to be known for producing high-quality timber,” says Mark.  This means investing more heavily in woodlot maintenance and selective harvesting — aging the forest to product higher quality sawlogs, rather than taking immature trees for immediate fibre production.  It means that short term profit maximising is not the...