SRD Will Respond To 32 Cortes Emails

SRD Will Respond To 32 Cortes Emails

There were fifteen of us. The fact we were directly behind our Regional Director Noba Anderson added another dimension to someone’s suggestion we would watch her back, but this Strathcona Regional District Board Meeting seemed less tense than the one a month ago. The highlight for Cortes listeners was a decision that the SRD will respond to 32 emails from Cortes Island. SRD WILL Respond To 32 Cortes Emails by Roy L Hales | CKTZ News http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/SRD+Will+Respond+To+32+Emails.mp3 32 Emails From Cortes Island Regional Director Claire Moglove of Campbell River made the motion: “This is a very unique situation, I think. I was on this board for six years prior to 2014, and this is the first time I have seen a situation like this. Cortes Island is a small community and, when you read the correspondence, it is tearing this community apart.” Several of the other Director voiced their support. John MacDonald of Sayward stressed the need to answer as soon as possible. Charlie Cornfield of Campbell River added, “I’d like to see the responses too,” and made a second motion which also passed. A communique responding to the substantive issues will be released into the larger community. “The SRD showed a little bit of movement towards us, and that was definitely an improvement. They are going to answer our letters someday. They didn’t put a time frame on it, but they did move that way,” says Howie Roman, Cortes Radio’s station manager. “I would certainly, personally, want to thank Director Claire Moglove .… She is the Director from Campbell River and she is the one who specifically put...
Chair Babchuk Gives An Update

Chair Babchuk Gives An Update

On Monday, February 4, 2019, Strathcona Regional District Chair Babchuk gives an update on the situation after fourteen Cortes resident filed a legal petition, in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, to remove Cortes Island’s Regional Director, Noba Anderson, and what effect that has on the governance of Cortes Island. Chair Babchuk Gives An Update by Roy L Hales | CKTZ News http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/Legal+Update.mp3 In the podcast, Chair Bachuk says: The Strathcona Regional Regional District does not have jurisdiction over the legal suit, which will be decided in court. Sometime in the next two weeks to a month the board should move forward regarding appointments to Cortes Island Advisory Planning Commission and implementing the recent referenda on holding referenda for a hall tax and first responders funding. The Strathcona Regional District sent an investigator to “do due diligence” on this lawsuit. It is uncertain whether the public will ever see the findings. As regards concerns that special interests groups are and have been lobbying the SRD “The open sessions of opur meetings are certainly open to anyone who wishes to come; we do not ask for people to identify themselves.” “Director Anderson is your elected are director, from area B, she continues …” Photo Credit: Looking across Sutil Channel to Marina and Cortes Islands by Dale Simonson via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Cortes Radio Explains Situation

Cortes Radio Explains Situation

Cortes Radio may be going through a period of contention for the the next year or so, and none of it is of our making. By now you are probably all aware of the allegations that fourteen Cortes residents filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia with the intention of removing Regional Director Noba Anderson from office. Cortes Radio is one of eight organizations they accuse of bribing Director Anderson through a GoFundMe campaign set up on March 13, 2018 and allegedly received kickbacks through the Strathcona Regional District’s Grant in Aid Program. Our innocence is beyond dispute. Cortes Radio has not applied for or received a Grant in Aid since 2017. You can verify this by searching the minutes of the Strathcona Regional District Board at https://agenda.strathconard.ca/public/index.aspx. Type “Cortes Radio” in the search engine. The most recent entry is a Grant in Aid from April 27, 2017, more than two months before I became the President. The GoFundMe page in question was set up after Bernie Anderson’s cabin burned down. One of our Directors, and a couple of our DJs, donated $50, $75 and $100, respectively,  to the victims of a fire. I can offer no explanation for the petitioners unprovoked attack on Cortes Radio, or most of the other organizations they defamed, aside from the thought we do not appear to be the principle target. The reverberations of this erroneous and irresponsible legal petition are still ongoing and will most likely continue until this lawsuit is over. I should add that, speaking as one of CKTZ’s few volunteer producers, I am investigating this matter. My conclusions are my own,...
CKTZ’s 2018 Winter Lip Sync

CKTZ’s 2018 Winter Lip Sync

CKTZ’s 2018 winter Lip Sync is set for February 23. This is your chance to break out of the winter doldrums, have some serious fun and support Cortes Radio. Rehearsal will be on Feb. 22, from 4pm to 6pm. As always both will be at the Mansons Hall. Please let us know if you are preparing an act at either 250 935-6405 or cortesradio@gmail.com. – Thanks....
Germany Is Number One!

Germany Is Number One!

While of the vast majority Cortes Radio’s web and FM listeners are Canadian, there is a special niche where our largest audience is European. When it comes to high fidelity radio, Germany is number one! Data for CKTZ’s aac* listeners during November 2018 - courtesy VosCast Germany Is Number One “The data I sent is from the aac+ stream which is a high-fidelity stream but which is (I think) only linked to Shoutcast and a couple other sites so gets much less traffic.  Germans must be sticklers for high fidelity sound LOL!,” explains Sean, Cortes Radio’s technical expert. “If you’re wondering why the hi-fi stream isn’t on the website, it’s because it would require a second listen live button (confusing) and some people’s devices/software have trouble with the aac+ stream, so it makes much more sense to use the universal mp3 stream on the website.” The Majority Of Our Listeners As might be expected VosCast, who streams our broadcasts to the internet, reports that more than 80% of our overall web audience is Canadian. The data from our website is more specific. 77% of our visitors are British Columbian and a large percentage are from cities like Richmond (18%), Courtenay (9%) and Vancouver (8%). There is no available data for our FM radio audience, but we believe is it probably about the same size as our web audience.  So we probably have a total listening audience of 5,000 to 6,000. Top photo credit: “Prost!” by Adrián Pérez via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Cortes Islands 2018 Christmas Market Season Kicks Off

Cortes Islands 2018 Christmas Market Season Kicks Off

Cortes Islands 2018 Christmas Market Season kicked off at Gorge Hall on Saturday December 1, 2018. There were between 80 and 100 people at any given moment, but it is hard to get an aggregate number because this is also a social event where people go visit and enjoy the food. [/et_pb_text] Cortes Islands 2018 Christmas Market Season Kicks Off by Roy L Hales | Cortes Radio News http://rest.s3for.me/specialproduction/Christmas+Market+season.mp3 After listening to my counts, Noah Davidson agreed that 200 is a good number. He and Isabel have been organizing the markets at Gorge Hall for the past three years. Noah added that the event would not happen, “without all the people coming us decorate, and all the people who donate different baked goods … It is such a quaint friendly community.” Irene Blueth has been coming for more than 30 years. Though the market has grown bigger, she says they have kept the spirit. “It is really the beginning of the whole Christmas ambient feeling for me, how beautifully they decorate the hall and really get us into the spirit of the season.” Loni Taylor, of Loni Rene Art, was one of the merchants with a booth outside the hall’s entrance. “It was lovely to be outside, even though it as cold. We had the fire and it was a really beautiful day. The kids were really happy out here. I got to bring my dog.” Cortes Island’s next Christmas Market will be at Mansons Hall on December 8, from 11 AM to 3 PM. However the season will flow into the Friday Markets on December 7, 14 and...