Climate Hope

On June 5th at Folk U Talk Show, Karen Mahon Carrington joined host Manda Aufochs Gillespie to talk about her climate hope: what it is and how it inspired a new organization and movement.  Karen defines hope as: “the refusal to give up on love.” This idea inspired an essay I wrote called The Alchemy of Hope (https://mandagillespie.com/hope/) Folk U Friday: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Karen Kahon of Climate Hope. Karen was recently ordained as a minister and she talks about her path mixing her activist background and her new ordination in hope.  “As we bear witness to the increasing severity of the climate crisis, we are faced with questions that cut to the very nature of who we are, and the ultimate fate of our human species. Most of us have little or no framework to process the emotional and spiritual intensity of living through this time. Unsupported, we may move into grief, anxiety, or disengagement. Seemingly powerless in the face of a constant flow of difficult information, we may become numb or gorge ourselves on distractions. Living in denial and overwhelm is difficult and doesn’t allow us to be present to the gift of our own lives, neither does it help us engage with the problems or build solutions. Climate Hope is an invitation to explore another path, to build our spiritual and emotional resilience so that we are able to engage with the climate reality from a place of resilience and productivity.” Learn more at climatehope.earth Karen’s talk ranged from her work with Deep Adaptation and the paper by Jem Bendell that started a movement. Read or listen to...
Cortes Island ZOOM Conferences

Cortes Island ZOOM Conferences

On March 24, 2020, Regional Director Noba Anderson started a series of Cortes Island ZOOM conferences that have continued down to the present. The first three sessions were with key businesses and non- profits, but on April 1 Director Anderson opened these meetings up to anyone on Cortes Island.   Tuesday June 9 Zoom Conference At the June 9th Cortes virtual Community meeting, Regional Director Noba Anderson and four guests talked about all things fire: Jessica Duncan, Wildfire Prevention Officer with the BC Wildfire Service, Jeffrey Belcher, from the Sunshine Coast Fire Zone (which includes Cortes Island),CarrieSaxifrage President of the Cortes Community Forest CooperativeShaun Koopman, who is celebrating his four year anniversary as the SRD’s Protective Services Coordinator Tuesday May 26 ZOOM Conference Regional Director Noba Anderson interviews Adam McKenty and Loni Taylor from the Cortes Community Economic Development Association. May 19 Zoom Conference In the May 19, 2020, ZOOM conference Desta Beattie of Cortes Island Family Support and Manda Aufochs Gillespie of Folk U explained what they do and what their Grant in Aid applications were for. Written Report of this meeting: https://cortescurrents.ca/may-19-virtual-community-meeting-family-support-folk-u/ May 12 Zoom Conference Written report of this Meeting - coming to the Cortes Currents website soon. Subjects Covered in the podcast above: Rex Weyler talks about Overshoot and gives a list of influential books.Max Thaysen, President of FOCI, talks about FOCI and the five components of their new proposal: Decolonization, conservation, stewardship, wild food, and eco-youth. Written Report of this meeting - https://cortescurrents.ca/may-12th-cortes-virtual-meeting-focis-larger-picture-vision/ May 6 Zoom Conference Written report of this meeting - https://cortescurrents.ca/developing-cortes-island-food-security/ Subjects Covered: No known cases of COVID on CortesCortes Island non-profits...
Lessons from the Bees

Lessons from the Bees

The opinions expressed in the program that follows are those of the people expressing them and not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its board, staff, volunteers or membership. This radio broadcast was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  . Photo credit: Paul Stamets, culturing mushroom mycelium in a lab at Washington State University. Image source: Ken Christensen, EarthFix/KCTS 9 Cortes Currents: Tara Warkentin interviews Tony Clark, Sharon Figueira & plays a clip from Paul Stamets  One in every three bites of food we eat depends on bees. Without bees, our local and global food systems would collapse. Recently, Colony Collapse Disorder has become a buzzword. It refers to the sudden death of honeybee colonies from a myriad of causes, from toxic pesticides to viruses, to disease, and is becoming more and more common in industrial beekeeping operations. But, could the Colony Collapse plague Cortes Island’s own bees? In this episode of Cortes Currents, I set out to learn what threats Cortes Island’s bees face. I speak to Sharon Figueira, an aspiring beekeeper, about the most ethical way of getting bees on Cortes. I seek out the advice of Tony Clark, to hear what he’s learned in his twenty-plus years of beekeeping on the island. We also delve deep into the world of fungi with Paul Stamets and find a surprising source of hope for our bees. Here are the four lessons I’ve learned from the bees, and their keepers:  #1 – Learn Learn as much as you can from books, local beekeepers, and by observing the bees themselves. “There are so many bee species…...
Mixtapes

Mixtapes

Jonesy’s passion for mixtapes harkens back to the cassette era. She loved compiling collections for friends, or having them introduce her to a new artist. Jonesy never dreamed of playing mixtapes over the radio until coming to Cortes Island. Mixtapes June 11, 2020: THis Too Shall Pass Mixtapes May 28, 2020: Facing The Strange Mixtapes April 30: Ode to Radio Mixtapes April 16, 2020: My Church Mixtapes April 9, 2020: Gimme Shelter A Remote Island Off The West Coast “We’re on this little remote island off the West Coast and, through the radio, we get a chance to connect with people world wide,” says Jonesy. Prior to 2003, Jonesy had been a middle school teacher in Winnipeg. Her partner, Monica, initiated the move after attending a course at Hollyhock. She knew this was something Jonesy must do and, without asking, signed her up for the Spring Term. Jonesy describes her first experience of Cortes as just like “coming home.” She and Monica quit their jobs and sold their house in Winnipeg. Sample podcast: Playing Mixtapes Over The Radio Jonesy with her dog They started listening to Cortes Community Radio. Monica told Jonesy, “This is something you should get involved with.” This idea did not come to fruition until after Jonesy became a teacher at Cortes Island Elementary. Around 2008, she and a couple of friends took turns producing a show called “Still Thinking.” This led to Jonesy’s embarking on a show of her own the following year. She explained, “Mixtapes gave me permission to put together an eclectic mix of whatever I enjoyed listening to.” Her Inspiration “If I’m...
CKTZ fundraiser (click here)

CKTZ fundraiser (click here)

For Cortes Radio The COVID 19 crises has meant the cancellation of all our major fundraising events until at least 2021. At CKTZ we accomplish so much on so little: local news, community updates, music, culture, and we are a part of the island’s emergency preparedness strategy. Our volunteers - your friends and neighbours - will be reaching out to help with our fundraising shortfall this year. Please consider...
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 June 7, 2020 Program May 24, 2020 Program May 17, 2020 Program May 10, 2020 Program April 26, 2020, Program April 19, 2020, Program April 12, 2020, Program April 5, 2020, Program March 29, 2020, Program March 22, 2020, Program March 15, 2020 Program Mar 8, 2020, Program Mar 1, 2020 Program Feb 16, 2020, program Feb 9, 2020, Program Feb 2, 2020 Program Jan 26 2020, Program Jan 5, 2020 Program Winter 2019 Dec 22, 2019 Program 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...
Enter The Humble Cortes Shellfish Farmer

Enter The Humble Cortes Shellfish Farmer

The opinions expressed in this broadcast are those of the people being interviewed and not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its board, staff or membership. This radio broadcast was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative. Oysters by Manet via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Erik Lyon, of of Rising Tide Shellfish, and Dr Tim Green, of VIU, about Oysters The Cortes community is in various levels of emergency mode: the climate emergency has moved many people to increase their local self-reliance. Community non-profits like the Cortes Community Economic Development Association, the Friends of Cortes Island Society and Climate Hope are organizing to relocalize essential needs like food production. And then the covid-19 pandemic came along with its own challenges to the established modern food systems – bacon is under threat. Enter The Cortes Island Shellfish Farmer The folks of Cortes Island are hearing the call. Many people who previously had gardens are expanding them. People who haven’t had gardens before are starting one up. But what about the other food groups? What about the critical brain-building inflammation fighting fats, and muscle building protein? Perhaps we will be saved by the humble Cortes Island shellfish farmer. Enter: Erik Lyon, owner/operator of Rising Tide Shellfish. He says that Cortes Island is well suited to produce large volumes of high quality food with very little inputs. Oysters Are Good Food Oysters are a good food. They’re full of healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. So the case is easy to make that we should eat them. But...
Black Lives Matter Rally in Campbell River

Black Lives Matter Rally in Campbell River

George Floyd’s needless death, at the hands of white Minneapolis police officers, sparked protests throughout North America. They have been held in most Canadian cities and many towns. A Black Lives Matter rally will be held in Campbell River’s Spirit Square at 11 AM on Saturday, June 6th, 2020. One of the event organizers, Taylor Ellis, told the Campbell River Mirror, “Racism is a problem in both Canada and in the U.S., and in Canada we’re just kind of brushing it under the rug. It’s easier to just look at the States and what’s going on down there and say that ‘Canada’s not that bad.’ I feel like we need to shed light on how it’s also happening here. We can’t ignore it and say it’s not that bad here. It is and we need to bring justice to the people who have been murdered for the colour of their skin.” More Likely To Be Jailed I have had a couple of African friends over the years, but am basically so removed from this issue that I would really prefer to hear from someone with more insight. Never-the-less, there are some facts that are hard to ignore. According to the John Howard Society:  “An analysis of 10,000 arrests in Toronto showed that Blacks were 50% more likely to be taken to a police station for processing after arrest, and 100% more likely to be held overnight than were whites, even taking into account criminal history and age.  When given bail, they had more conditions imposed.”  “The extent to which blacks and Aboriginals are over represented in Canadian correctional institutions is similar to that...
Introduction to Forest Therapy


Introduction to Forest Therapy


In this addition of the Folk U Talk Show, Sobhana Dilani Hippola, certified forest therapy guide, joins host Manda Aufochs Gillespie to discuss forest therapy and its many benefits. This was part of the Nature is Good For You series on CKTZ done in partnership with Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI), Folk University, and the Cortes radio partners Cortes Currents and Cortes Community Radio. (Should you get so inspired……In these times of physical distancing, Sobhana has also offered us an adapted guided forest therapy walk recording which you can download here https://www.friendsofcortes.org/Cortes-Nature-MP3/GuidedForestTherapyWalk.mp3 or visit https://www.friendsofcortes.org/education/nature-is-good-for-you-on-cktz/) and take with you to practice on your own in a forest near you. The recorded walk takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Before you head out on the walk, please listen to the first few minutes of the recording where Sobhana lists some practical matters and things you’ll need to bring with you on the walk. If you’re wearing earphones, please make sure to have one ear in for the recording and one ear out so you can hear the sounds of nature around you!    Folk U What is Forest Therapy? Forest therapy, otherwise known as “forest bathing” or “Shinrin-Yoku”, is a Japanese-inspired healing practice of bathing in the atmosphere of the forest to receive its medicinal and therapeutic benefits. It is unlike a traditional hike where we may have a certain destination or fitness goal, or a naturalist walk where we are learning all the names and attributes of the plants and creatures that we come across. A forest therapy walk is an intentionally slow, quiet, meditative, sensory-based experience where we...
Jesse Recalma Comes To Cortes Island School

Jesse Recalma Comes To Cortes Island School

This radio broadcast was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Jessie Recalma, Qualicum First Nation, is a self-taught contemporary Coast Salish artist. Cortes Island School Parent Advisory Committee fundraises every year for an Arts/Music program. I offered to help coordinate artist visits, and as an Indigenous person and artist, wanted very much to see this happening. We were grateful to hear Jessie was willing to drive from Qualicum Beach for an artist talk series; meaning he was sharing a 14 hour day with us- leaving at dawn to get to Cortes School to share with 2 classrooms- intermediate and senior. Cortes Currents: Odette Auger reports on Jesse Recalma’s visit to Cortes Island School My Name Is Jessie Reclama He includes his intentions for the demos in his introduction to the classrooms. “My name is Jessie Reclama, I’m from the Qualicum First Nation, and I am a full time artist and a part time language teacher… and so I am here today to share a little bit about my artwork and my art styles and my art form, and sort of looking about how we can engage… between ourselves and Indigenous art” Jessie brought his tools, carvings, and gave an insightful talk and demo; sharing skills and Indigenous ecological knowledge with the youth.One of the interesting things about what Jessie shared…. was ​the manner​ it was shared in. Traditional Ecological Knowledge As an ​Anishinaabe-ikwe​, I have a deep appreciation -​ and I notice right away​- when teaching is done in a holistic, interdisciplinary way. Jessie started with an introduction, and...