Cortes Radio’s First ZOOM AGM

Cortes Radio’s First ZOOM AGM

Cortes Community Radio Society had its first ZOOM AGM on Sunday, July 12, 2020. There were 14 attendees. Cortes Radio has been on the air, 24 hours a day (aside from technical challenges), for the past 16 years.  24 Volunteer Produced Programs We currently have 24 volunteer produced programs, without which there would be no reason for Cortes Radio to exist.  Allegro, Anything GoesCake MixDarwinEclectic SelectionEnd of the Road ShowFolk UFree Range RadioFriday Lunchtime LocomotionFrom the Muses GardenGia GroovesGirl CrushJim, Nadya & Friends Misty Morning HopMixtapesPachamama PranayamaPhil BellPhil’s Pick n MixRagamuffin ParadeScotty Dog’s Rock n RollStone SoupTake me to the CasbahThe Shim Sham ShowVinho do Porto Thank-you very much. Other Achievements Cortes Radio has also been receiving a grant to produce documentaries every year since 2014 and have currently broadcasting a new story for our radio news magazine (Cortes Currents) every week since February 1, 2020. For the past four years, Cortes Radio has managed to pay Sean for 10 hours a week throughout the year. We were able to do the same thing for Howie for the last 3 years.Cortes Radio has successfully broadcast the amount of locally produced programming required under our license, since January 2018.  Coming Soon: A New Generation Barry Glickman & Leonard Woywika both served 4 years and retired from the Board as of  our July 12, 2020, AGM.  Our constitution limits service on the board to 5 years, which means this next year will be our President’s last term, and we hope to find his replacement before the next AGM. Someone once described the inner workings of Cortes Radio as the Sean, Howie & Roy show. Roy...
CKTZ fundraiser (click here)

CKTZ fundraiser (click here)

For Cortes Radio The COVID 19 crises has meant the cancellation of all our major fundraising events until at least 2021. At CKTZ we accomplish so much on so little: local news, community updates, music, culture, and we are a part of the island’s emergency preparedness strategy. Our volunteers - your friends and neighbours - will be reaching out to help with our fundraising shortfall this year. Please consider...
Black Lives Matter Rally in Campbell River

Black Lives Matter Rally in Campbell River

George Floyd’s needless death, at the hands of white Minneapolis police officers, sparked protests throughout North America. They have been held in most Canadian cities and many towns. A Black Lives Matter rally will be held in Campbell River’s Spirit Square at 11 AM on Saturday, June 6th, 2020. One of the event organizers, Taylor Ellis, told the Campbell River Mirror, “Racism is a problem in both Canada and in the U.S., and in Canada we’re just kind of brushing it under the rug. It’s easier to just look at the States and what’s going on down there and say that ‘Canada’s not that bad.’ I feel like we need to shed light on how it’s also happening here. We can’t ignore it and say it’s not that bad here. It is and we need to bring justice to the people who have been murdered for the colour of their skin.” More Likely To Be Jailed I have had a couple of African friends over the years, but am basically so removed from this issue that I would really prefer to hear from someone with more insight. Never-the-less, there are some facts that are hard to ignore. According to the John Howard Society:  “An analysis of 10,000 arrests in Toronto showed that Blacks were 50% more likely to be taken to a police station for processing after arrest, and 100% more likely to be held overnight than were whites, even taking into account criminal history and age.  When given bail, they had more conditions imposed.”  “The extent to which blacks and Aboriginals are over represented in Canadian correctional institutions is similar to that...
Openings of Playfields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts and Skateparks

Openings of Playfields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts and Skateparks

May 19, 2020 – The SRD is focusing on protocols to initiate openings of Playfields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts and Skateparks currently closed in the Region. Campbell River, BC -The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) acknowledges B.C.’s Phase 2 Reopening Plan and is currently working on a plan for the future opening of additional SRD park facilities for public use. The SRD is focusing on protocols to initiate openings of Playfields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts and Skateparks that are currently closed. “The SRD is proud to have continued to provide parks services during the provincial state of emergency with the majority of our parks and trails remaining open for public use” says Aniko Nelson, SRD Senior Manager of Community Services. “Where our facilities have been impacted by Public Health orders, the SRD is focused on working within the health guidelines and provincial directives to have these facilities open as soon as we are advised that it is safe to do so.” Timelines for opening these outdoor facilities and parks amenities will be based on guidelines and industry standards developed by the Province and the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association. These facilities will only be opened once appropriate signage encouraging physical distancing and proper self-sanitization protocols are in place.  Indoor recreation facilities, outdoor fitness equipment and playgrounds remain closed at this time, pending further guidance from the Province. SRD Parks and Trails are open, with the exception of the following which remain closed, pending further guidance from the Province: Mitlenatch Park and Playground – Electoral Area DHagel Park Playground, Fitness Equipment and Tennis/Basketball Courts – Electoral Area DBlenkin Park Facilities (Playgrounds, Swings, Tennis/Basketball...
Nature Is Good For You – on CKTZ!

Nature Is Good For You – on CKTZ!

Feeling stressed, worried or just fed up with the gloomy news? It may feel intuitive, but being in nature is good for you. FOCI, Folk U, and CKTZ have joined forces to create our very own ‘Nature is Good for You’ series to inspire you to get out, connect with nature and refresh mind, body and soul! This series will air live on the Friday Folk U Talk Show from 1 to 3 p.m. at CKTZ 89.5 FM and cortesradio.ca in May and will also be available as podcasts at cortescurrents.ca and friendsofcortes.org. This is what we have coming up. We hope you will tune in! May 1 Early Birds – From the Dawn Chorus to All-day Twitcher This is a fabulous time of year to hear the dawn chorus and to listen for bird calls, as birds are establishing territories or trying to attract a mate. The result is an amazing orchestra of bird song, right on your doorstep every morning. It’s free and all you have to do is roll out of bed a little early, sit back and listen! It’s a wonderful way to start the day! We’re delighted to be hosting our very own Dawn Chorus and numerous other Cortes bird songs on CKTZ with local twitcher Corry Dow. Join us to hear Cortes birds and listen while Corry describes who to listen out for and how to tell your towhees from your flickers. We will also hear from Helen Hall who will to introduce our Nature is Good for You Series, and talk about ways to stay engaged with nature on Cortes right now,...