Susanne Muir

Susanne Muir

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews pastelist Susanne Muir. Susanne has lived on the Island since 2001, but has been visiting Cortes Island since the 1980s after her parents moved here.  Maureen Bader Susanne Muir on Art on the Island Beginnings Susanne has engaged in artistic activities since childhood, and was inspired by her Grandfather. She started out with pencils and crayons and always had her crayons and paper along with her on long drives. Susanne is self-taught, learning primarily from books.   Susanne saw a watercolour painting in a gallery window and decided she would make her own. As with many things, she later realized it would have been much cheaper to just buy the painting, especially now that she is working in pastels, as her main artistic activity today is pastel painting, mainly in the winter. Susanne also makes dried bouquets for the winter markets.  Light and atmosphere define Susanne’s style, which has been heavily influenced by watercolour. Susanne’s paintings are usually 9×11 inches and smaller and she works primarily from photos and sketches she collects while out in nature. The effects of light and atmosphere fuelling her imagination.  Susanne tends to accumulate supplies given the remote nature of our island, but the local art store supply has a limited supply, especially in pastel. When Susanne goes to Victoria she stocks up, as well as buying online and having supplies shipped here.  Pastel is a dry media that artists typically apply to paper. Susanne tends to use moderately textured paper that allows her to use the texture to create light effects. She...
Vinho do Porto Winter 2018/19

Vinho do Porto Winter 2018/19

Susana and Lyle’s trailer is pictured above. They will continue making the annual migration to Mexico every winter until her Canadian citizenship comes through. Susana will be sending us Vinho do Porto from the beach for the next 3 months! She writes, “… I feel great! I hope you guys are great too! The picture is us, on the road in Mexico, sleeping in a gas station, but next to Our Lady of Guadalupe, to be protected!”They will return to Cortes Island, where her radio show was born, in the Spring. Vinho do Porto show has as a common thread all songs in Portuguese language, and the genres varies between Fado, Rock, Pop, Blues, Dance, Samba, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Folk, Bossa Nova, MPB, Forro, Choro, Frevo, Batucada, Maracatu, Morna, Semba, Marrabenta, etc. February 2019 Episode 95 - Vinho do Porto Episode 94 - Vinho do Porto Episode 93 - Vinho do Porto Episode 92 - Vinho do Porto January 2019 Episode 91 - Vinho do Porto Episode 90 - Vinho do Porto Episode 89 - Vinho do Porto Episode 88 - Vinho do Porto Episode 87 - Vinho do Porto December 2018 Christmas 2018 - Vinho do Porto Episode 85 - Vinho do Porto Episode 84 - Vinho do Porto Episode 83 - Vinho do...
Part III: She Was Friendly to the Navy, But Rotten to 		the Corps

Part III: She Was Friendly to the Navy, But Rotten to the Corps

NARRATOR: Oh, there you are. Welcome to Episode Three of “Nuevo Malibu”, entitled “She Was Friendly to the Navy, But Rotten to the Corps”. “Nuevo Malibu” is sponsored by Sherm’s Worms. She Was Friendly To The Navy But Rotten To The Corps Want a herd of humus-churning red wrigglers to aerate your garden? How about some Canadian nightcrawlers for fish bait? Sherm’s got the worm for you. Now available in two varieties: bin-raised and free-range. Call 1-800-SLI-MEEE. (beat) Sherm’s Worms, a subsidiary of Doug’s Slugs. And we’re off. In our last episode, earthlings Clell Landis and Doctor Shay Watt? team up with Mack, the subliminal being that communicates through holograms. The trio and I, the Narrator, miniaturize our time-traveling Port-a-Potty the TURDIS, and meander through Donald Trump’s sundry brain lobes before adjourning to the Italian Renaissance for some pasta. After dinner, we stroll the streets of ancient Rome. Mack, who had transformed to Galileo to order our meal, slips into some one more comfortable — the form of John Nursall,  a reclusive scrimshaw artist. MACK: I understand that earthlings often like to attend a film after dining out. We could visit Planet Rom-Com in the Resort System. LANDIS: What’s that? MACK: An ongoing romantic comedy, Landis. You and the Doctor would be irresistibly drawn into the conventions of the genre: the meet cute, the inferior yet lovable  sidekicks, the triumph of true love over many obstacles. DOCTOR: Irresistibly? MACK: The atmosphere on Rom-Com overpowers earthlings. It wouldn’t affect me or Narrator. We could watch out for you AND serve the plot as your loyal  though not as attractive best friends. NARRATOR: I’m in....
Cortes Delegations Address SDR Board (Part 2)

Cortes Delegations Address SDR Board (Part 2)

Julian Ayres, President of the Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA) Originally Published on Cortes Currents The Southern Cortes Community Association presentation was next. Though we have exchanged emails, Julian Ayers and I have never met and I didn’t think to have someone point him out to me. Nor I did not tell him that the little black device on the lectern, that looks virtually identical to a remote, was actually my recorder. Consequently, you will hear a lot of paper shuffling throughout this presentation. (Audio above is shared by two posts: Cec & Christine Robinson’s presentation starts 3:37; Julian Ayers’ presentation starts 13:55; Theme song “Old Stone Walls” by Rick Bockner.) Julian Ayers’ Presentation “To the Board of Directors of the Strathcona Regional District:“ “As the president of the Southern Cortes Community Association, I am here today on behalf of the SCCA membership and also speak for the 70% of Area B electors who voted last October in favour of a final referendum on funding for Manson’s Hall and the Whaletown Community Club’s Gorge Hall.” The Parents & Tots program – Courtesy Mansons Hall “I would like to thank the Board for voting at your last meeting to respond publicly to a number of the questions in the 32 individual letters submitted by Cortes Islanders before that meeting. I would especially like to thank your Chair, Michele Babchuk, for taking the time to go to Heriot Bay and be interviewed by Cortes Radio and for working with your Chief Administrative Officer David Leitch to provide written answers to some of the questions raised about what you have done and not done...
Cortes Delegations Address The SRD Board (Part 1)

Cortes Delegations Address The SRD Board (Part 1)

Cec & Christine Robinson at the SRD - Roy L Hales photo The Strathcona Regional District Boardroom was not large enough to contain us. We spilled out into the hallway. The final count was 36 Cortes residents, all but six of whom are known to support a hall tax to supply core funding for the island’s two community halls. The trip to Campbell River consumed the better part of our days. Collectively speaking, we spent about $1,000 in gas and ferry charges to get there. It was worth it. We came to hear two Cortes delegations address the SRD Board on Feb 28, 2019. (Audio above is shared by two posts: Cec & Christine Robinson’s presentation starts 3:37; Julian Ayers’ presentation starts 13:55; Theme song “Old Stone Walls” by Rick Bockner.) The “Open Letter” Delegation The first speakers were Christine and Cec Robinson, whose presentation was connected to an “Open Letter” regarding governance issues on Cortes Island. The names of 320 Cortes residents were displayed on a screen behind them.  Our Regional Director, Noba Anderson, had to recuse herself because the Robinsons were going to mention the infamous legal petition designed to remove her from office.  Chair Michele Babchuk maintained eye contact with the Robinsons throughout their presentation. For much of it she nodded her head in acknowledgement, if not agreement.   Cec & Christine Robinson’s Presentation Good Afternoon: Board Chair Babchuk,  Mr. Leitch, Mr. Yates, the SRD Board & Associate Member, and members of the public, Thank you for the opportunity to make a presentation on behalf of Cortes Island constituents. We ask that the presentation be recorded...
Thank-you For Another Fun Filled Lip Sync

Thank-you For Another Fun Filled Lip Sync

To all the performers, the tech, kitchen, door, sales and clean-up crews we sincerely thank you for putting on another fun filled Lip Sync this weekend. Thank you Dancing Wolf for creating another awesome poster! A Special thanks to our MC, Rick Bockner, for once again tickling our beings with his special brand of humour. We had 18 delightful acts! These shows make up a good deal of our operating budget, so we really do appreciate the community turning out for them.  Announcements for the April 12 & 13, 2019, Cabaret coming...
In-Depth Interview With The SRD Chair

In-Depth Interview With The SRD Chair

Originally published on the ECOreport (now Cortes Currents) At the Strathcona Regional District’s Feb 13 Board Meeting, I had an opportunity to see how the Directors function as individuals. I suspect that all of the Cortes residents observing that meeting were impressed by the professionalism and integrity that some board members exhibited and have questions about others. One of the directors that I would give high marks to occupies a key position. Michele Babchuk and I have talked over skype for a few minutes, but this is not the same as sitting down to a face to face interview. Last week I caught the ferry to Quadra Island for an in-depth interview with the Strathcona Regional District Chair. We had a business lunch in one of the basement rooms.  In her summary of the political situation on Cortes Island, Ms Babchuk says: “There are some processes right now that are making it very difficult for the board to do its business over there and I am hoping that relatively quickly we will be able to make sure, from my perspective as the Chair of the Board – as the Chair of the Board my job is to make sure that the board as a whole is not at any risk. Through legal advice I am hoping that we can start moving with key Cortes initiatives relatively quickly.” Photos of Chair Michele Babchuk (in podcast) and Strathcona Regional district Board (above) both courtesy of the Strathcona regional District website. “Who” Is As Important As “What” We go into some of the details and related incidents in the interview that follows, but I wanted more than a political summary....
Reducing Human Impact While Adding Housing

Reducing Human Impact While Adding Housing

Schematic from Cortes Community Housing – courtesy David Rousseau Originally published on the ECOreport (Now Cortes Currents)  Cortes has a housing crises. Young families are being forced off the island because of the lack of affordable units and there is not much room for seniors who are no longer able to maintain large lots. The Cortes Housing recently purchased 51 acres in Manson’s Landing to help address this issue, but are facing another issue as well. There are already too many nutrients draining into Hague and Gunflint Lakes. In this morning’s program we talk to Rex Weyler, Lake Stewardship Coordinator for the Friends of Cortes Island and David Rousseau, President of the Cortes Island Foundation, about reducing human impact while adding housing on the lakes In The Podcast: Cortes Island’s Algae bloom and the steps being taken to prevent a reoccurence.A global phenomenonthe natural input from forests, wetlands & animalsHow runoff from gardens affects the lakesCortes Island’s outdated septic systems & lack of regulationsHow cat tails and other plants can help take up the nutrientsHow far are we in the remediation process? Why is the Housing project important? How the housing crises came to CortesSome Cortesians spend 70% to 75% of their income on housing, double the accepted levelEvery human activity has an environmental impact; a global biomass study found that roughly 98% of the mammal biomass are humans & their livestock, the rest is wildlife. Addressing problems that have grown up over the past 70 years, like the old logging road & ditchesEnsuring that new housing has a minimal impact Type two wastewater systemsIn phase one: 20% of...
Voyage to the Planet Romcom

Voyage to the Planet Romcom

In our last episode, earthlings Clell Landis and Doctor Shay Watt? team up with Mack, the subliminal being that communicates through holograms. The trio and I, the Narrator, miniaturize our time-traveling Port-a-Potty the TURDIS, and meander through Donald Trump’s sundry brain lobes before adjourning to the Italian Renaissance for some pasta. After dinner, we stroll the streets of ancient Rome. Mack, who had transformed to Galileo to order our meal, slips into some one more comfortable — the form of John Nursall, a reclusive scrimshaw artist. After dining out. we visit Planet Rom-Com in the Resort System. LANDIS: What’s that? MACK: An ongoing romantic comedy, Landis. You and the Doctor would be irresistibly drawn into the conventions of the genre: the meet cute, the inferior yet lovable sidekicks, the triumph of true love over many obstacles. DOCTOR: Irresistibly? MACK: The atmosphere on Rom-Com overpowers earthlings. It wouldn’t affect me or Narrator. We could watch out for you AND serve the plot as your loyal though not as attractive best friends. NARRATOR: I’m in. Tune in March 2 at 8:30 PM to see what happens Top photo credit: “If I can” by timcmak via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Helene Racine

Helene Racine

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews knitter and spinner Helene Racine. Helene and her husband have lived on the Island for 21, moving here after living six years in the Arctic.  One learning experience from Arctic living is learning to make do with what they had when they got to the island. Maureen Bader Helene Racine - Art on the Island Helene Racine: Spinning & Wool Helene’s main activity is working with wool, and spins quite a bit of wool from fibers from different sheep, such as Marino. Listen as Helene describes how different wool sources give different products.  Helene took up wool spinning after moving to Cortes, as spinning is done more by feel instead of visually, so is a good activity to do in the winter with low light. Helene also knits shawls, ponchos hats and blankets. Helene’s mother first taught her knitting, but since then she is mostly self-taught. Did you know wool fibre has scales? Listen as Helene describes how wool fibers connect together to create long strands that eventually make balls of wool.  You can hear how Helene just loves wool and why during the interview.  Helene explains the difference between spinning wool and weaving. She explains the difference in rhythm while weaving and how she uses the various processes to achieve different things.  Helene talks about where she buys her wool and fabrics, and finds the convenience of online shopping very attractive. World of Wool is one online source, and fabrics at Sew Sisters and National Canadian Fabric. She has sourced some wool here on the island that...