Why Support Mansons Hall?

Why Support Mansons Hall?

photo: Julian Ayres, President of the Southern Cortes Community Association The interview that follows contains opinions not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its board, staff, volunteers or membership. Originally Published on Cortes Currents On October 26 Cortes Islanders will be having a referendum to decide two important tax issues. While there is little doubt that the proposal to fund first responders will pass, the debate about public funding of Cortes Island’s community halls has been going on for the past decade. For a house like mine, sitting on a one acre lot in Squirrel Cove, this will cost about $60 a year. Yet while a large number of Cortesians regard their halls as the heart of the community, where you go for public meetings, entertainment and a variety of ongoing services, another segment of the community does not believe they are worth the extra money. I asked my guest this morning, Julian Ayres, President of the Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA), why support Mansons Hall?  What Changed in 2017? Up until 2017, the BC Government provided funding for facilities like Mansons Hall to carry out their daily operations (core funding) through the Gaming Grant program. The decision to stop doing this resulted in an immediate $15,500 per year drop in Manson’s Hall revenues. “Programming was unaffected. What we lost was the funding for operating expenses, the core expenses that we have been putting into things like insurance, hydro, utilities, telephone. We are not in debt, but we are operating our cash flow very carefully to make sure we have enough funds at all times, in the bank, to cover our expenses as...
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. Recent 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 reality with the energy we contain within us. Tanya’s training is about the emotional, mental,...
CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

CKTZ Replaced The Old Antenna

All photos taken during the original inspection of our tower. Cortes Radio replaced the old antenna on top of its’ broadcasting tower on October 9, 2019. We had no choice in the matter. Our old antenna was no longer functioning and we could no longer broadcast over 89.5 FM. However compliments about the sudden clarity of our signal been flowing in ever since the new antenna was installed.  We have new listeners in Comox, who were not previously able to receive our signal. Our techie, Sean, reports that the signal is 50% to 60% stronger in Mansons Landing.  I live in Squirrel Cove, where most residents have not been able to receive Cortes Raadio. Sean told me that my house might be an exception because we are also on a hill and the signal is bouncing back from West Redonda Island. I was visiting family in the Lower Fraser Valley when the new antenna was installed. Returning last night, we were delighted to find CKTZ broadcasting with far greater clarity than before. (It is not even affected when I turn my computer on!)  Nick Gagnon spent almost six hours at the top of our tower on Thunder Road to install the new antenna. John Murvin assisted him, packing heavy boxes up and down the hill. The repair was made possible through a combination of Gaming Grant Funds and contributions from local listeners. (Thanks again to the Above The Tide Motel, in Campbell River, for its generous donation of...
Cortes All Candidates Meeting

Cortes All Candidates Meeting

On Monday October 21st, Canadians will head to the polls in what some believe may be one of the most important elections of our time. Though Conservative candidate Shelley Downey declined the invitation, our incumbent MP Rachel Blaney (NDP), Green candidate Mark De Bruijn and Liberal candidate Peter Schwarzhoff came to the first ever Cortes All Candidates Meeting in Mansons Hall, on Saturday October 12. Kudos to all participants for the mature level of discussion, unlike anything seen in the national debates during this election. Full audio of the debate, moderated by De Clarke and recorded by Cortes Radio, below. Poster for Cortes All Candidates Meeting Cortes Island All Candidates Meeting Some Of The Topics Discussed How will your party address climate change?What is your party’s position on the Trans Mountain pipeline?Should racial, social justice and climate change issues be treated separately?What are your thoughts on Canada’s New Green Deal? And the idea of a youth corps that would free post secondary education in return for their services?Considering its human rights record, should Canada continue to trade with Saudi Arabia? What should we do about climate refugees?Does your party support measures to make the senate more fair for British Columbia?How does your party resolve the tension between giving MPs freedom to express their constituents and party discipline?What is your party’s position on a woman’s rights over her reproductive process? The second half of the podcast above consists of a Q & A with the audience. The event was sponsored by the Southern Cortes Community Association & Whaletown Community Club. Top photograph: Candidates at Cortes Island’s First All Candidates Meeting(l...
Erika Grundmann and the Story of George Dibbern

Erika Grundmann and the Story of George Dibbern

In this episode of Art on the Island Maureen Bader talks to writer Erika Grundmann.  Erika and her husband came to Cortes Island 25 years ago because of a recommendation from a friend. Listen as Erika describes how she transitioned from medical research to writing, passing through a number of groundbreaking changes. Erika published her first book, Dark Sun, in 2004. It is the story of George Dibbern (1889-1962), a sailor, visionary and philosopher, who wrote the book Quest. Maureen Bader Erika came upon the story of George Dibbern by accident. Listen as she discusses her challenge finding the book Quest and her growing interest in Dibbern’s story. Erika received much help from many people including the descendants of writer Henry Miller. Erika talks about her correspondence with other people interested in the life of Dibbern and how she met George Dibbern’s daughter. Dibbern wrote his book Quest in BC in 1938. Erika describes how he came to BC, staying until 1939. Quest was published in 1941. Erika published an expanded reprint of Quest in 2008. You can order a copy from Erika at www.georgedibbern.com. Who is George Dibbern? Erika describes how he was a man ahead of his time, a free thinker and believer in brotherhood and tolerance. He wanted to create his own future and promote the ideas of tolerance and world citizenship — for which he paid the price of being interned in NZ in both World Wars.  Henry Miller wrote “…when George Dibbern says a thing he means it, he acts on it.”  Dibbern was not influenced by societal views. Erika talks about wanting to understand...
The Burnt Marshmallows

The Burnt Marshmallows

Episode 6 brings us the songs “Cozy Winter Days” and “Home” from the Burnt Marshmallows. “Cozy Winter Days” is a relaxing and contemplative track about warm winter memories. What do you enjoy as the seasons get colder? “Home” is an upbeat song that asks you to look at the world through the eyes of a displaced orangutang. This song was undertaken to write in a quick moment and as a result was not fully developed, leaving it to you to imagine what might come next in this story. Episode 6 - The Burnt Marshmallows 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, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music. Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either...
The Mansons Hall Story

The Mansons Hall Story

(from top down) Dennis Newsham, Martha Abelson, Gail Ringwood, Ian Moul taking shakes off the old Mansons Hall roof – photos courtesy SCCA Originally Published on Cortes Currents He settled on Cortes just after BC Ferries started serving the island. John Sprungman became one of the principal voices behind the 1978 – 80 renovation at Mansons Hall. He went on to serve several terms as President of the Southern Cortes Community Association. In this morning’s interview he talks about the origins of Mansons Hall, its role in the community and why it needs core funding. Photo credit: John Sprungman during the 1970s – courtesy SCCA Beginnings “The very beginning of Mansons Hall, according to people who were here at the time, was around 1921. It was built by a logging crew working on Gunflint Lake. That was the story I got from Robbie Graham, which he heard from his father. It was primarily used for dances and people were getting together for occasional meetings …” “When my wife and I came in 1971, [Mansons Hall] was pretty beat up because the [old] Cortes School was actually on the other side of the road from the hall(where the Co-op is now), [and] used it for a gym. So the windows were all covered with fencing wire, the big lights down the centre all had wire cages around them. The place was used for floor hockey, dodge ball and stuff like that …” “… It had a small kitchen off one side, the Sutil road side, and on the other side there was a little building … which was the liquor room and securely locked up. That was for the dances.” “When we first came, the...
Alexander and Jane Dudley

Alexander and Jane Dudley

Originally published on Cortes Currents Coming to Cortes Island was Jane Dudley’s idea. She had woofed at Blue Jay Farm before and talked about the experience ever since. To her zoologist husband, Alexander, this was a challenge. His special passion is weird and wonderful creatures. Alexander simply has to have his “lizard fix” every day. Canada isn’t especially famous for its reptiles, yet he could see how important this was to Jane. For the first week after their arrival, he didn’t know what to do. Then he saw an alligator lizard. (He didn’t know there were any in Canada!) Since then the couple made an important observation about the lives of red legged frogs. (They will leave the photographs and GPS locations with FOCI.) The Dudleys have been blown away by the beauty of our forest – and are embraced by Cortesians everywhere they go. For good reason, Alexander & Jane Dudley introduce us to a whole new world of ecological wisdom through songs,  deep ecological knowledge, quirky poetry &  stunning photography of the Australian bush Telling People About Wildlife “I was five when I started telling people about wildlife and I haven’t really stopped. When I left school, I worked in various clerical positions that definitely were not where my passion lies. I ended up moving down to Tasmania and was employed as a technical officer with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. I was involved in rafting down the glorious Franklin River collecting invertebrates and working on archaeological digs. From that, I ended up working as a Discovery Ranger, which is basically interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of the national parks.” – Alexander Dudley...
Magic Windy Wolves

Magic Windy Wolves

Episode 5 brings us the songs “Best of Friends” and “Bee Bop a Doo!” from the Magic Windy Wolves.  “Best of Friends” is an exciting tale about a band of animal friends that encounter a poacher.  Will they escape…?!  “Bee Bop a Doo!” is a funky freestyle recording that also tells an engaging story.  See if you can decipher the hidden messages as you listen! Episode 5 - Magic Windy Wolves 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, and guidance for youth to compose, record, and perform original music.    Any music you hear during these broadcasts was either composed and performed entirely by youth, or with the guidance and support of musical mentors.  We will be airing 1 episode per...
Vinho do Porto – Spring/Summer 2019

Vinho do Porto – Spring/Summer 2019

The Portuguese band Galandum Galundaina was born in 1996, with the purpose to study, investigate and present the traditional music, dances and the language from Miranda do Douro region, northeast Portugal, the “Mirandes”. In this show I talk about the band and the language (no more than 10,000 people speak this language in Portugal) Photo: “fmm2007_galandum_galandaina_05” by Mario Pires. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence) Episode 126 - Vinho do Porto Ana Moura is one of the best Fado singers of nowadays. From her website: ” There is no other fado voice like Ana Moura’s. A voice that traipses freely through tradition, but that also takes time to flirt elegantly with pop music, to broaden the scope of this Lisbon song form in a highly personal way. But what really sets her apart is not just the deep and sensual timbre that few others can produce, it is her adroitness at instantly transforming into fado any melody she lends her voice to. There is practically no fuse on this emotional explosion, fired unhesitatingly…” Photo: “Ana Moura 1 ” by Adriano Afonso. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence) Episode 125 - Vinho do Porto Madredeus, a Portuguese band that recorded their first album in 1987. In 1994 they were discovered by Wim Wenders, and were responsible for the soundtrack of his movie “Lisbon Story”. This soundtrack gave the band international fame. Madredeus consequently toured Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Episode 124 - Vinho do Porto This week’s Vinho do Porto show starts with Capitao Fausto, a new Portuguese band. The picture shows them in concert at Casa da...