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 April 29, 2021 April 22, 2021 April 15, 2021 March 1, 2021 - The Homegrown Show The Homegrown Show - Feb 22, 2021 March 15, 2021 The Homegrown Show - Feb 8, 2021 March 8, 2021 The Homegrown Show - Feb 1, 2021 The Homegrown Show - Jan 25, 2021 The Homegrown Show - Jan 18, 2021 The Homegrown show is back - Jan 11, 2021 Shows before going on Sabbatical 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...
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.” April 25, 2021 April 18, 2021 April 11, 2021 March 21, 2021 March 15, 2021 March 7, 2021 Feb 28, 2021 - Stone Soup Stone Soup - Monday - Feb 22, 2021 Stone Soup - Monday, Feb 15, 2021 Stone Soup - Monday, JAN 25, 2021 Stone Soup: Monday January 11, 2021 Stone Soup: Monday, Dec 7, 2020 Stone Soup: Monday, Nov 30, 2020 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...
Cortes Radio is hiring!

Cortes Radio is hiring!

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Cortes Radio is going through lots of change, and we are looking for a dynamic and creative individual to join the fun, help us level up, and bring our unique and eclectic programming to wider audiences. This is a Canada Summer Jobs funded position to hire an individual aged 18-30 for an 8 week contract, 30 hours per week, $18 per hour. DOWNLOAD JOB POSTING Reporting directly to the Station Manager, the Production Assistant will be contributing in the following areas: Production Work with staff and volunteers at the radio station to make sure we are broadcasting 24-7. Covid19 means we’ve learned how to produce our radio without a radio station! Many of our volunteers are pre-recording their shows from home, and require training, access to equipment and webservices, and technical trouble shooting. Outreach We are expanding our reach across the region with outreach strategies that include radio, podcasts, tabling at markets, online concerts, zoom gatherings, social media promotions, and more! Training This summer our goal is to create and deploy core training modules aimed at individuals from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and learning styles. Modules include radio skills, recording, mixing, podcast production and social media promotions. Music Library We are overhauling our library to include greater diversity of genres with a focus on local artists.  Help us in our evolution! TO APPLY Please submit your cover letter and resume in one PDF document labelled yourfirstname_yourlastname.pdf to bryan@cortesradio.ca Application Deadline:  Friday May 7, 2021 (5:00 pm PST). No phone calls please. We thank all applicants; only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Cortes Community Radio is an affirmative action...
Almost Daily News for the week of April 19-23

Almost Daily News for the week of April 19-23

Catching English fish and chips Repost of a 2019 interview with Lella Gmeiner, included in the Saturday news recap of this week’s news stories on Cortes Currents, at 1 PM Saturday, April 24, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Catching English fish and Chips(Cortes Currents) Queen of the Green Room(Cortes Currents) Four decades of gillnetting in British Columbia(Cortes Currents) Where have all the salmon gone? (revisiting the story below, a year later)(Cortes Currents) Where have all the wild salmon gone?(Cortes Currents) articles about fishing on Cortes Island(Cortes Currents) articles about the Chum salmon in Basil Creek The 1960s and 70’s: A time of transition Repost of a 2019 interview with Andy Ellingsen, included in the Saturday news recap of this week’s news stories on Cortes Currents, at 1 PM Saturday, April 24, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) The 1960s-70s: a time of transition(Cortes Currents) Andy Ellingsen remembers Cortes Island Past: the 1940s & 50s (Cortes Currents) How community decisions were made(Cortes Currents) the Mansons Hall Story (Cortes Currents) Sunburst over Mansons Hall(Cortes Currents) The Cortes Island Story as experienced by one family(Cortes Currents) How public attitudes towards nature changed(Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes History Delaying the zoning meeting until Quadra Islanders can meet in person? Photo credit: Mic by Michael Rehfeldt via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Delaying the zoning meeting until Quadra Islanders can meet in person?(Cortes Currents) Zoning meeting for Gowland Harbour Views development deferred again(SRD) Staff report on the Gowland Harbour Views rezoning application(Campbell River Mirror) Quadra development changes prompt SRD procedural moves(Cortes Currents) The SRD passed Rainbow Ridge’s Application(Cortes Currents)...
Welcome to the Board of Directors 2021-22

Welcome to the Board of Directors 2021-22

Bryan McKinnon - Board Chairbryan@cortesradio.ca I’m also the station manager! Contact me if you have questions, burning ideas or want to get involved with the station. Norleen Lillico - Vice Chair norleen@cortesradio.ca Contact me if you have questions about how we can improve the station for everyone. Jason Andrews - Financeadmin@cortesradio.ca Contact me if you have questions about fundraising or financial administration at the station. Manda Aufochs Gillespie - Outreachoutreach@cortesradio.ca Contact me if you are interested in expanding CKTZ’s reach across Cortes Island and beyond. Howie Roman - Events & Merchandiseevents@cortesradio.ca Contact me if you are interested in volunteering for Lip Sync or if Friday Markets. I can also hook you up with t-shirts, lightbulbs and other great merchandise! Phil Allen - Music Librarymusic@cortesradio.ca Contact me if you are interested in our overhauling our Music Library to include greater diversity of genres with a focus on local artists. AGM 2021 MINUTES & REPORT...
Almost Daily News: Week of April 12-16, 2021

Almost Daily News: Week of April 12-16, 2021

COVID update from April 17, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboardIsland Health’s school exposure page (BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data SRD welcomes first Indigenous Nation to the board Links of Interest: (SRD) Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations join regional district board(SRD) tasii a path forward: An Orientation Guide to Support Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h First Nations – Strathcona Regional District Cooperation Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations  website(Cortes Currents) articles about the SRD Board The Discovery Islands Sea Star monitoring program Kelly Fretwell – photo by Koby Michaels, Hakai Institute Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) The Discovery Islands Sea Star monitoring program(Hakai) iNaturalist in the Discovery Islands(iNaturalist) Hakai: Discovery Islands – Recent Observations(Hakai) How an Epidemic Exposed the Ecological Importance of Sea Stars(Cortes Currents) Sea Stars: Wolves of the Ocean floor(Cortes Currents) Sea Star Wasting Disease(Cortes Currents) articles about Sea Star Wasting Disease(Hakai video) How many Sea Stars live in British Columbia?(FOCI) Sea StarsFriends of Cortes Island websiteThe Hakai Institute website(Cortes Currents) articles with Kelly Fretwell(Cortes Currents) articles with Helen Hall Sea Stars: Wolves of the ocean floor Kelly Fretwell – photo by Koby Michaels, Hakai Institute Links of Interest (Hakai) How an Epidemic Exposed the Ecological Importance of Sea Stars(Cortes Currents) Sea Stars: Wolves of the Ocean Floor(Cortes Currents) Sea Star Wasting Disease(National Geographic video) Sunflower Sea Stars: Terrifying Predators(National Geographic) As Sea Stars Die, New Worries About Urchins(NOAA video) Urchin barrens in West Coast Sanctuaries(Cortes Currents) articles about Sea Star Wasting Disease(Hakai YouTube) Sunflower Sea Stars Now Critically Endangered(Hakai video) How many Sea Stars live in British Columbia?(FOCI) Sea Stars(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Kelly Fretwell(Cortes Currents) articles about, or...
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Exercise your creativity. Play in our audio and visual landscapes. Surprise yourself.Develop new skills. Training, tools, equipment, and peer support provided. CONTACT: bryan@cortesradio.ca Most of these roles can be done from home - no requirement to live on Cortes Island to volunteer with CKTZ - we’ll set you up with everything you need to get going. Graphic Design Whether you create on paper or online, we can provide you with tools, space and opportunities to explore your creativity through the CKTZ experience.  Web / Social Media Graphics promoting the station, our shows, our sponsors and community partners. No experience necessary, must be open to feedback. We can provide you with access to equipment and web services, training and mentors. Volunteers need to be comfortable with computers. Time Commitment: 2 hours per week to 2 hours per month. Print Graphics promoting the station and/or our shows. Volunteers can use the medium and tools of their choice - pens, brushes or computers. We need designs that will go on t-shirts, hats, posters, and banners. Send us examples of your current work in the format that works best for you. Time Commitment: One off projects or ongoing. Weekly, monthly quarterly, annually - you decide. Audio Design Play with audio design and create masterpieces from 30 seconds to 2 hours. No experience necessary, but must be comfortable with computers. We can provide you with equipment, training and ongoing peer support. Audio Announcements. Play with recording your voice and the voices of your friends, mixed with music, and creating an audio environment that promotes the branding of the station, our shows, and our sponsors...
Women’s Resource Centre Update

Women’s Resource Centre Update

In March 2021 I had the opportunity to interview Tanya Henck and James Foster about the work they are both doing in support of women on Cortes Island. This article presents some highlights from that interview. (For a more complete story, listen to the radio version.) Tanya is the founder and coordinator of the Cortes Island Women’s Resource Centre; readers/listeners may remember her from a previous interview in April of 2020. At that time, official acknowledgement of the Covid-19 pandemic was just ramping up. Almost a year later — and what a year! — I asked Tanya how her work had been affected by the pandemic. Did the Centre have to shut down? Photo credit: Mother and child sleeping on couch by taylormackenzie via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) ‘Being used every day …’ “The Women’s Centre is still being used every day,” she said. “There’s a couple of people in there almost every day… obviously we can’t host gatherings like we used to, but we were able to get a Zoom account so that has helped a lot, we’ve been offering groups like a Coffee Club on Wednesday mornings. And then every other Tuesday our Outreach Worker from Campbell River hosts a group chat, like a relationship workshop. We actually received a Covid Crisis Grant from the Canadian Women’s Foundation that is really going to help us through into the Fall. It will pay for extra cleaning supplies and kids’ masks that we can make available to anyone who needs them. And they helped us to buy a tent that we can put up outside, for outdoor events, so if people want to gather...
Almost Daily News: Week of Apr 5-9, 2021

Almost Daily News: Week of Apr 5-9, 2021

How Cortes Island could benefit from a Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Water tanks used by the superior tanker shuttle service – –courtesy Hornby Island Fire Department Links of Interest (Fire Underwriters Survey) Superior Tanker Shuttle Service(Comox Valley Record) Hornby Island fire department receives additional protection accreditation(Hornby Island Fire Department) Water Supply Assessing-the-danger-of-sea-level-rise LIDAR of H.J. Andrews Forest by Oregon State University via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of Interest: (NOAA) is sea level rising?(UVic) Living with Water: Rethinking coastal adaptation to climate change(UBC News) Sea Level Rise(CBC) B.C. lacks plans for rising seas and flooding, coastal adaptation researcher says(City of Vancouver) Sea Level Rise(City of Campbell River) Sea Level Rise – FAQs(City of Campbell River) Sea Level Rise – Background(Cortes Currents) articles about Sea Level Rise in Campbell River(Cortes Currents) articles about sea level rise on Cortes Island(Cortes Currents) articles about sea level rise on Quadra Island 32 active cases in North Vancouver Island Screenshot from BC Centre for Disease Control Geographic distribution by Local Health Area map for the week of Mar 28 – Apr 3. Released on Apr 7th, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data BC Ferries virtual meeting: New info about the e-Ferries While most of the discussion was about the Campbell River -Quadra route, there were also reference to Cortes. Links of Interest (BC Ferries) BC Ferries works with communities on sailing schedules for upcoming two-ship service(Cortes Currents) Campbell River-Quadra Island’s second hybrid electric ferry launched (BC Ferries) BC Ferries’ fourth battery electric-hybrid vessel launches(Cortes Currents) Campbell River trial run of the new Island class hybrid-electric...
Waking Life

Waking Life

Waking Life with Jennifer Starship, Fridays 9:30 - 11:00 AM on Cortes Community Radio, 89.5 FM April 8, 2021 March 19, 2021 Feb. 26, 2021 Waking Life Waking Life - Friday February 19,2021 Waking Life - Friday January 22, 2021 Waking Life Friday January 15, 2021 Waking life for Friday, Dec 18, 2020 Waking life for Friday, Nov 20, 2020 Podcasts from Jen’s previous show: Girl Crush Waking LIfe for Friday, Dec 11, 2020 GiRL CRUSH - All Women Radio is on Cortes Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM Wednesdays 1-3pm PT  GiRL CRUSH is the all female pop rock and hop-hop radio show. It is a female focused radio program featuring women-identifying singers and songwriters.   GiRL CRUSH also features interviews with women artists, activists, and intellectuals.    Girl Crush for July 29, 2020 CKTZ’s Podcasts Talk RadioOur DJ podcasts(Almost) Daily...