Daily News updates (13) – Nov 14th- 20th, 2020

Daily News updates (13) – Nov 14th- 20th, 2020

Friends of Cortes Island AGM LInks of Interest (Cortes Currents) Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) AGM Friend of Cortes Island website(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning FOCI Will there be a Federal election in 2021? Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Will there be a Federal election in 2021? (Cortes Currents) Annamie Paul in Conversation(CBC) Poll Tracker (Global News) 47% of Canadians don’t want federal election during 2nd coronavirus wave Rachel Blaney appointed NDP Deputy Critic for Crown-Indigenous Relations Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Rachel Blaney appointed Deputy Critic for Crown Indigenous Relations(Our Commons.ca) Rachel Blaney’s webpageRachel Blaney NDP (website)(Cortes Currents) Articles about, or mentioning, Rachel Blaney(Cortes Currents) Articles about or mentioning Indigenous Nations Annamie Paul in Conversation Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Annamie Paul in conversationAnnamie Paul’s websiteGreens of North Island-Powell River website(Cortes Currents) articles about North Island-Powell River (especially during the 2019 and 2015 elections) Friday the 13th: Vancouver Island’s Highest daily COVID total Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Friday the 13th: Vancouver Island’s highest daily total (to date)(Cortes Currents) COVID updates(Island Health) COVID 19 Daily Dashboard(BC Centre for Disease Control) BC COVID 19 dataThe British Columbia COVID 19 Dashboard Short Cortes Currents daily news updates, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Click here to access other Daily News pages Top photo credit: Newspaper textures by Elena via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Safe return to play: Novice hockey during COVID-19

Safe return to play: Novice hockey during COVID-19

How novice hockey is happening in Campbell River, Vancouver Island.  The following article is an excerpt from a program that was originally aired on Cortes Radio. This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  In the parking lot at Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex, COVID-1919 Ambassadors take in screening checklists, supervise hand sanitizing, as the novice hockey kids arrive at the arena. During COVID-19, the dressing room is either the parking lot or the forest. Seen here and above: Harvest Elliott, Novice CRMHA. Photo Credit: Odette Auger Cortes Currents: Odette Auger profiles novice hockey and the ambassador program during COVID 19 COVID 19 Ambassadors The ambassadors are basically replacing the parents- without dressing rooms, the kids show up in all their gear, walking through the parking lot with skate guards. They ensure kids hand sanitize before putting on their gloves, and the masked ambassadors take the guards off and space them out 6 feet apart along the hallway in the arena.  Campbell River Minor Hockey Association (CRMHA) sends out regular emails outlining COVID-1919 protocols, updates to how this translates to the arena. Assessing how measures were working, making adjustments to trouble shoot. Jeanine Sumner and Jodi Check Broer are two of the COVID 19 ambassadors trained to support the novice age group. They share their thoughts and explain how things are different this year.  “Upon the kids returning to play,” says Sumner,  “Parent volunteers, such as ourselves, also known as COVID-19 ambassadors were identified and trained and that included new entry and exit points, no use of the change rooms. The kids were not...
Daily News updates (13) – Nov 14th- 20th, 2020

Daily News updates (12) – Nov 7th- 13th, 2020

COVID 19 cases: 8 more in Campbell River during October Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID 19 cases: 6 more in Campbell River during October(Cortes Currents) articles citing data from the BC Centre for Disease Control(Island Health) COVID 19 Daily Dashboard(BC Centre for Disease Control) BC COVID 19 dataThe British Columbia COVID 19 Dashboard The quathet Regional District’s Beach Clean-up Program Photo is Abby McLennan of Lets Talk Trash - taken from the Lets Talk Trash website Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) quathet Regional District’s Beach Clean-up Program (Cortes Currents) BC’s First Ocean Plastics depot(Cortes Currents) articles on, or mentioning, beach clean-ups(DFO press release) Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces 26 recipients of $8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of “ghost” fishing gearThe Ocean Legacy Foundation websiteLets Talk Trash (website)(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, ocean plastics(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Powell River CPTED: Reducing crime and enhancing public spaces in Campbell River Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Reducing crime and enhancing public spaces in Campbell River(City of Penrith) Crime prevention through environmental control planInternational CPTED Association(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the City of Campbell River(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Campbell River 8 active cases in North Vancouver Island Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) 8 actives cases in North Vancouver Island SRD passes Rainbow Ridge application Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) SRD passed Rainbow Ridge Application(SRD website) A link to the minutes of this meeting will be added after they are published(SRD website) Staff report for this project, with attachments(SRD website) Public Hearing report(SRD website) YouTube of Nov 4, 2020 Board Meeting (Rainbow Ridge audio is...
Stone Soup

Stone Soup

Catriona Vega’s first Cortes Radio program consisted of live performances into a single mic. She launched “Stone Soup” after returning to Cortes Island about 2012. It is:& “A cup of folk, a cup of world, a dash of Hip Hop, a splash of the jazz and blues with a healthy dose of Canadian artists.” Stone Soup: Monday Nov 9, 2020 Some of her global perspective may come from having taught English as a second language in both Eritrea and Ecuador. Catriona named her program Stone Soup because the ingredients are coming from many people. “At the beginning it was a jumble. Then I decided to separate it out: folk the first hour and world the second and I do throw in some jazz and some blues and some funk and whatever…” One of her favourite songs: Interview: How the world got into Stone Soup In The Podcast How Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM has changed since she first became a DJ, around 2006, and what she misses from the station’s past. Growing up in North Vancouver;Travels, Eritrea, Ecuador and World music;Working at both Hollyhock and Linnaea on Cortes Island;Some of the challenges & people behind CKTZBeing a mom and a DJMany more stories & annecdotes Songs Played In The Audio Catriona singing the first Spanish language song she ever learnedHer favourite Ethiopian hitHer favourite Andean hit Stone Soup is on Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 PM; repeating Mondays 12-2 PM. Top Photo Credit: Stone Soup by Jen Lemen via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Nuevo Malibu 9: Rumble at Mt Shasta

Nuevo Malibu 9: Rumble at Mt Shasta

Nuevo Malibu 9: “Hit the Bricks to Route 66” or “Rumble at Mount Shasta” After uncovering Emily Dickinson’s darkest secret in Episode 8,earthings Doctor Shay Watt? and Clell Landis, hologram Mack andthe Narrator hop into the TURDIS, the time-traveling Port-a-Potty, to visit Mount Shasta during the 1989 Harmonic Convergence, hopingto levitate and see ancient beings emerge from the mountain. “NuevoMalibu” is written and produced by Allen Perkins.  Recorded on locationin outer space, it features the vocal talent of Kris Wellstein, Karen Holmes,Guy Holmes, Aquilina Mitchell, Kornelia Mitchell and many others. Top photo credit: Sunrise at Mount Shasta by Jeff Hollett via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
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 Robert Plant (left) and Jimmy Page (right) of Led Zeppelin, in concert in Chicago, Illinois in 1977 - posted by Jim Summaria via Wikipedia (CC BY SA, 3.0 License) Nov 27, 2020 Nov 7, 2020 Oct 31, 2020 Oct 24, 2020 Oct 17, 2020 October 10, 2020 October 3, 2020 September 26, 2020 September 19, 2020 September 12. 2020 September 4, 2020 August 29, 2020 August 15, 2020 Saturday, August 1, 2020 Saturday July 25, 2020 Saturday, July 18, 2020 Saturday, July 11, 2020 Saturday, July 4, 2020 Saturday, June 27, 2020 Saturday, June 20, 2020 Saturday, June 13, 3030 Saturday, June 6, 2020 Saturday , May 30, 2020 Saturday, May 23, 2020 Saturday, May 16, 2020 Saturday May 9, 2020 Saturday May 2, 2020 Saturday, April 25, 2020 Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020 Tuesday Apr 7, 2020 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,...
Daily News updates (13) – Nov 14th- 20th, 2020

Daily News updates (11) – Nov 1st- 6th, 2020

BC’s First Ocean Plastics depot Image above: Abby McLennan - courtesy Lets Talk Trash Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) BC’s First Ocean Plastics depot(DFO press release) Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces 26 recipients of $8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of “ghost” fishing gearThe Ocean Legacy Foundation websiteLets Talk Trash (website)(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, ocean plastics(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Powell River High Expectations for this year’s Chum returns Chum salmon in front of Basil Creek culvert - Roy L hales photo Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) High expectations of this year’s Chum returns (Cortes Currents) articles about Chum in Basil Creek(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Streamkeepers SRD Released hall tax funding Cortes residents waiting to enter Mansons Hall - Roy L Hales photo Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) SRD released funding for Cortes Island’s community halls (Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes Island’s hall tax(Cortes Currents) De Clarke’s 2018 study on hall tax funding(Cortes Currents) articles about the SCCA(Cortes Currents) articles about the WCC Campbell River’s proposed property tax increase & service cuts Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Campbell River’s plan to increase property taxes and cut services (Cortes Currents) articles about the city of Campbell River’s finances(City of Campbell River) COVID-19 Cuts into proposed 2021 City Budget – Final Decisions confirmed NOV. 30The city of Campbell River website(Cortes Currents) articles about, or referring to, Campbell River Chum salmon have returned to Basil Creek Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) The Chum have returned to Basil Creek(Cortes Currents) articles about Chum in Basil Creek(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Streamkeepers(Cortes Tideline) The return...
Quinsam Road Camp’s last day

Quinsam Road Camp’s last day

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Friday, Oct 30th, was the last day for Quinsam Road camp in Campbell River. There were only three residents remaining and all left peacefully when the RCMP and Ministry of Natural Resources went up to clean the site.  A campsite at Quinsam road - courtesy a neighbourhood complaint to the Strathcona Regional District. Cortes Currents: Some local material (dealt with more extensively in the article below); More than 50 minutes taken from two Vancouver Co-op Radio programs about the recent election and a Vancouver solution to homelessness. Quinsam Road camp “At one point, there were about twenty people living in four or five different camps,” said Cst. Maury Tyre.  During the 5-6 months the property was occupied, the RCMP opened more than 50 case files: for theft; assault; fires. Tyre added, “The biggest one was environmental issues, which is probably why the Ministry of Natural Resources got involved – plus it is their property.” Adapted from Google maps by Roy L Hales Nunns Creek Park Some of the people from Quinsam Park are now camping in Nunn’s Creek Park, others have found different housing options. In what some regard as the first step in establishing a right to housing in Canada, a 2015 BC Supreme Court ruling recognized that homeless people have the right to sleep in public space.   Constable Tye explained, “That’s part of the reason you see tent cities in many cities. There is no allowance for permanent structures. In Campbell River, I believe they have said people have to have their tents taken down by 9:00 AM....
Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Gorge and Mansons Halls still haven’t received any funding Links of interest: (SRD) 2019 Assent voting - official results(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island hall tax(Cortes Currents) articles about Mansons Hall(Cortes Currents) articles about Gorge Hall Preliminary voting results, as of Wed Oct 28 Photo courtesy Roy L Hales Links of interest: (SRD) 2019 Assent voting - official results(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island hall tax(Cortes Currents) articles about Mansons Hall(Cortes Currents) articles about Gorge Hall Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) Update to the preliminary voting results for Vancouver Island (includes numerous graphs and photos) (Elections BC) Preliminary Voting Results (last update, as of this writing, was made October 28, 2020, at 2:53 p.m.(Cortes Currents) articles and podcasts about the 2020 provincial election Cortes Natural Food Co-op’s best year ever - for sales Photo courtesy Cortes Natural Food Co-op Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) The Cortes Natural Food Co-ops best year ever in terms of sales(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes Natural Food Co-op(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Gorge Marina and General Store(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Squirrel Cove General Store(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes MarketCortes Natural Food Co-op websiteGorge Harbour websiteSquirrel Cove Trading Co. websiteCortes Market website Provincial order limiting gatherings in homes Screenshot from Island Health Daily update Links of interest: (Cortes Currents)- Limiting gatherings in homes to immediate family and six others (BC Government News) - Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates (4:30 PM, Oct 26, 2020) (Cortes Currents) - articles using data from the BC Centre for Disease Control Election 2020: Green Party...
Conversation with Cortes Community Forest Cooperative

Conversation with Cortes Community Forest Cooperative

This week, Cortes Currents presents a conversation with the Manager of the Cortes Community Forest, Mark Lombard, and President of the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative, Carrie Saxifrage.  The Cortes Community Forest Cooperative (CCFC) is the non-aboriginal equal partner with the Klahoose First Nation in the Cortes Forest General Partnership (CFGP). Logs in a Squirrel Cove cutblock - Roy L Hales photo Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Mark Lombard and Carrie Saxifrage from the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative Mark is a sixth generation woodlot manager… Nature, climate change & adaptation We sought to explore the ways in which the CFGP is balancing conservation of nature, climate change mitigation and adaptation, social benefit and reconciliation through ecosystem-based forestry. So what is at the heart of their conservation strategy? The community forest is 3800 hectares (ha). 31% of that is ‘netted out’ or excluded from the area that could be cut for a variety of reasons: visual quality objectives, riparian areas, old-growth.  That leaves 2700 ha for the Timber Harvesting Land-base (THLB), the area the community forest works on and cuts trees from.  The Community Forest cut-rate has averaged around 10 ha per year, or .3% of the THLB (0.0026% of the Community Forest). By our math, this means that the THLB will all be cut in 330 years with 330-year-old trees ready to be cut back where the Community Forest started. Ageing the forest Ageing the forest one of the primary methods for preserving forest ecosystem functions.  Older forests  sequester more carbon, restore soil nutrients and provide habitat for some of our threatened and endangered species. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MOFLNRORD) has aerial-photography based maps that...