Solution For Colony Collapse Disorder

Solution For Colony Collapse Disorder

Originally Published on Cortes Currents.ca There was an upside to this summer’s long ferry waits at the Whaletown terminal on Cortes island. One of North America’s leading fungi experts, Paul Stamets, was in the car in front of me.  While we were waiting for a second ferry, he told me about his discovery a solution for colony collapse disorder.  Wild Bees Are Infected “I’ve been working with the USDA, the United States Department of Agriculture, and Washington State University. Dr Jay Evans, of the USDA, told me has not seen a virus free bee in ten years. Wild bees are infected with viruses, but not ALL wild bees with Deformed Wing Virus. The concern is that they will soon will be from domesticated honey bees. Why? Well, when the honey bees visit a flower they leave viral particles on the flower and so when wild bees come to the same flower they pick up the viral particle. So now this virus has spread all over, even yellow jackets have been found to carry the deformed wing virus.” “ … We are facing a tremendous threat to our world-wide food security … It’s getting worse. This is the proverbial canary in the coal mine. The loss of honey bees is one factor for commercial implications, but most people don’t realize that wild bees, bumble bees and other wild bees, give farmers approximately 80% of their benefits. [This] pollination comes from wild bees, not honey bees … The loss of wild bees is even more dramatic, but much harder to calculate.” The Leading Cause of Colony Collapse “ … When colony collapse...
Chris In The Evening

Chris In The Evening

Tune into CKTZ his Monday evening (June 10th) from 6pm to 9pm for the premiere of Chris in the Evening, a lively selection of mostly new music that takes a hard look at modern society. You can look forward to hearing feminist punk, hardcore and ska, conscious hip-hop, experimental, jazz, neo-soul and a bit of alt country. This weeks show will include tracks by Petra Glynt, Alice Bag, War on Women, Jorja Smith, Petrol Girls, IDLES, Noname, stella donnelly, Lula Wiles, The Specials (w/Saffiyah Khan), &more w/chuck d, Durand Jones & the Indications, Calina Lawrence, Drezus, Black Thought, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Damon Locks, Mavis Staples, Amyl and the Sniffers, Bobby Sessions, Kate Tempest, Kishi Bashi, Weaves w/Tanya Tagaq, Buffy St. Marie, Meshell Ndegeocello and more. Podcasts July 1, 2019 - Chris In The Evening June 23, 2019 - Chris In The...
Ilo & The Three Musketeers

Ilo & The Three Musketeers

Episode 3 brings us the songs “Open Your Eyes” from Ilo and “Respect” from the Three Musketeers.  “Open Your Eyes” is a track that explores the journey of growing up, as we begin to learn some of the challenging truths about life on this planet.  It’s a call for all of us to “open [our] eyes and see that this world is so alive.”  “Respect” is also a song that explores some of the challenges we face as a global society.  It encourages us to “see the beautiful things; all the little things a simple day brings.” All photos by Dan Peters Ilo & The Three Musketeers - Spark Point Music Spark Point Music 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,...
Klahoose Language Program

Klahoose Language Program

Norm Harry hosts the Klahoose Language Program on Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM, 2:30 - 4 PM on Wednesdays. “Thank-you from coming to the Klahoose territory* .… We say it with a good heart so that people feel welcome, not like an outcast. Especially when I am on the radio show. This is all our island. We have to share it as a home, even though it is the territory of the Klahoose people. You don’t get pushy about it, you do it in a polite manner so that everybody is equal. ” - Norm Harry, from an interview on Cortes Currents. Each Klahoose Language program podcast starts with a Word of the Day, which is followed by Norm’s program. The Klahoose Language Program and word of the day are sponsored by the Community Radio Fund of Canada. (Click here to access a separate page for Word of the Day) Here are some recent podcasts: June 2019 June 26 Klahoose Program June 19 Klahoose Program June 5 Klahoose Program May 2019 May 29 Klahoose Program May 22 Klahoose Program May 15 Klahoose Program May 8 Klahoose Program May 1 Klahoose Program April 2019 April 24 Klahoose Program April 17 Klahoose Program April 10 Klahoose Program April 3 Klahoose Program March 2019 March 27 Klahoose Program March 20 Klahoose Program March 13 Klahoose Program March 6 Klahoose Program February 2019 Feb 27 Klahoose Program Feb 20 Klahoose Program Feb 13 Klahoose Program Feb 6 Klahoose Program January 2019 Jan 30 Klahoose Program Jan 23 Klahoose Program Jan 16 Klahoose Program Jan 9, Klahoose...
Norberto de la Vega

Norberto de la Vega

In this episode of Art on the Island Maureen Bader talks to former Cortes Island artist Norberto de la Vega, one of the founding members of the Schoolhouse Gallery.  Norberto moved to Cortes Island in 1997 from Calgary, but came to Canada from Mexico in 1981. Maureen Bader Norberto started out studying art in the 1960’s in Mexico City with an art degree from Instituto Breviesca de Artes and the Universidad de las Americas. As Norberto’s art is not seen as commercial and he refused to change his subject matter, he had to start another career, in the computer industry, which allowed him to raise his family. Norberto continues to do the same type of art, with political themes. War is Peace The Schoolhouse Gallery had its first opening on June 14, 2019 with the show Wink by Laura Balducci. Iris Steigmann’s show Ice opens on June 28. As the Petals Drift, a group show including Gem Salsberg, Risa Salsberg and Glenna Foerster opens July 12. Hanna Petkau and Frencesca Belcourt’s show Pooling opens July 26. Annie Belcourt’s solo show Evanescent opens August 9 and the last show of the season, Ossa – Divine Structures, with Amy Robertson, Lisa Gibbons, Monika Beal and Donna Naven opens August 21. Red Sailboat at Anchor by Maureen Bader shown during her solo show in 2018 Norberto was one of the founding members of the Schoolhouse Gallery and spoke about some of the history of the old Schoolhouse itself, the volunteers and their efforts to get the Old Schoolhouse going as a gallery, as well as the first show and participants. Some, like...
End of the Road Show

End of the Road Show

Hello listeners, my is Gregg aka Hiway Hippy. I came to Cortes Radio with my End of the Road Show the first week of June 2018. Funny thing is the station was the first building I entered upon my arrival to the island back in May. Drawn in by the hometown ambiance and the endless volumes of music I was instantly caught hook, line and sinker.   I didn’t know exactly how I would find a space to fill but I knew in my heart that I could add my own twist into ‘Puttin the Freak into Frequency’. Fortunately I was able to meet Howie while moving a local fellow and we set the wheels in motion for a chance at becoming a D.J. 3 day’s later we had an impromptu training session and as they say, the rest is history and I’ve been spinning the tunes Friday afternoons starting at 3pm through till 7pm. On the Road Episode 23 - End of the Road Show Episode 22 - End of the Road Show Episode 21 - End of the Road Show Episode 20 - End of the Road Show Episode 18 - End of the Road Show Episode 17 - End of the Road Show Older Podcasts Episode 16 - End of the Road Show Episode 15 - End of the Road Show Episode 14 - End of the Road Show Episode 9 - End of The Road Show Episode 3 - End of the Road Show Episode 2 - End of the Road Show Episode 1 - End of the Road Show Music Tastes   I have a...
Connected Coast Comes To Cortes

Connected Coast Comes To Cortes

Connected Coast came to Mansons Hall, Cortes Island, on June 19. This was the seventh in a string of local consultations in which Victoria Smith, brought a team to explain how rural communities could benefit from better internet access. Cortesians were also given time to ask questions or comment. In the Podcast Victoria Smith, Senior Manager Strategic Initiatives, Strathcona Regional DistrictDon Sinclair, consultant from Driftwood CommunicationsColleen McCormick of Connected Communities BC, Lead Ministry of Citizens’ Services, BC Provincial GovernmentWhat does the 3,400 km fibre optic cable, stretching from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii, offer the people of Cortes Island?Audio clips from Connecting Canadians – Digital Canada 150(2015) and A New Round Of Connectivity Funding For BC Communities (2018).The video Connected Communities Haida Gwaii (embedded below)Dino Tsakonas of Twincomm talks about the last mile Victoria Smith -who helped bring Connected Coast to Mansons Landing (The two sections that follow are taken from the script I read out at the close of a 70-minute-long broadcast, the first 67 minutes of which mostly consisted of presentations and audio clips from three videos) Concerns About The Project A number of concerns were expressed. One of things that makes Cortes Island special is its remoteness, so why do people want to bring all the world’s business here? While people often talk about the internet as an educational tool, approximately 90% of the time it is used for entertainment and porn. No one knows what health issues are coming with the increased exposure to electromagnetic waves that would accompany better internet connection. Someone said she would rather be assured of good health, than risk it for a cel phone. At the...
CKTZ’s 2019 AGM

CKTZ’s 2019 AGM

Cortes Radio’s 2019 AGM was held at Mansons Hall on June 2, 2019.  Presentations: Rick Bockner was the MC and there were presentations by:  Roy L Hales (President’s message)Howie Roman (Station Manager’s report)Julia Rendall (Financial Report)Sean (for Barry Glickman, who could not be present to report on the status of emergency communications)Morgan Tams (speaking on behalf of the Projects Committee & Island Waves)  Sean & Catriona performed during the intermission Highlights of The Previous Year: For the past two years, we have managed to pay our station manager and techie the equivalent of about one day a week. They contribute much more than that, but that is what we can pay them. For the past 18 months we have met our licensing requirement of broadcasting 100 hours of locally produced programming every week.99.5% of that is produced by volunteers, who pour their talents into a variety of music programs, documentaries and dramatic presentations.  Deep Roots Island Waves, which is primarily funded by Radiometres but also has other sponsors and donors produced 20 episodes, 250 minutes (4 hours, 10 minutes) of professional calibre edited radio spoken word programming. CKTZ has consistently shown that, providing the internet stays up, the station can continue broadcasting for 10 to 14 hours after the grid goes down. CKTZ’s market sales were not that good last term (Most Cortes Islanders already have enough solar lanterns and t-shirts). We need to try out new enterprises in the year to come. Election of the new Board There were eight candidates, which prompted an election overseen by Andy Ellingsen & Howie Roman. The elected Board members were:  Philip AllenJames FosterBarry Glickman...
Canada’s New Green Deal Comes To Cortes

Canada’s New Green Deal Comes To Cortes

On Friday, June 14, Canada’s Green New Deal came to Cortes Island. FOCI sponsored the townhall event, which was organized by Ashley Zarbatany and held in Mansons Hall. Karen Mahon, a former executive director of Greenpeace now living on Gunflint Lake, Cortes Island, was the  MC. “This is one of over 300 townhalls that have happened so far across Canada. So its great to feel like we on our little rock, far out on the edge of the ocean, get to participate in developing a grassroots, bottom-up, policy mandate that will challenge all political parties in Canada to respond to what is a real climate emergency. It is a different issue than what they are used to dealing with, when they can take their time and spend four years, and eight years and ten years. We don’t have that time. The Green New Deal is an initiative to get Canadians to speak to our politicians collectively and say this is what we want to see. That is what we are going to do tonight.”  – Karen Mahon “In my lifetime we will not see the changes that we are spearheading now, but hopefully my son and his children will. That helps me to move forward and stay motivated and not get stuck and not drown because that is really to do in this day and age. SO without further adieu I want to welcome all of you to our territory and I look forward to interacting with you guys for the rest of the night.” – Jacqueline Matthieu, Klahoose First Nation The Videos We Watched Or Contributions The Green...
Conflict WIthin the SRD

Conflict WIthin the SRD

On June 10 the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that “there is no basis for the declarations sought by the petition” that 14 Cortes residents filed to remove Cortes Island’s Regional Director, Noba Anderson, from office. She was not in a conflict of interest. The results of last October’s election, which is what this lawsuit really appears to be about, stand. Yet the battle continues within the SRD. The Electoral Area Services Committee Cortes is one of the four districts that sends a representative to the Electoral Area Services Committee, or EASC. While few outside this little group know why, this is where the opposition is the strongest.  At the EASC meeting of June 12, two days after Director Anderson’s vindication in court, the committee continues to block Cortes Island matters.  In vain, Anderson protested, “If I had a substantive concern with the matter, I would raise it in open session for discussion so the director from the area could know what the issue was and refute it. That is the kind of process I would expect from this government.“ The other EASC Directors were unresponsive.  FOCI’s Transportation Grant This morning’s skirmish was about a  $7,000 grant in aid application from Friends of Cortes Island, to hire a transportation coordinator, had just been turned down with no word of explanation. The successful applicant was to be paid $20 hr for, on average, 10-15 hours of work a week over a 5 to 7 month period. For this money, the co-ordinator is expected to: Fundraise the required money to initiate pilot projects, further studies, work and implementation. Liaison with professional consultants, contractors, government...