Cortes Grants-In-Aid Approved

Cortes Grants-In-Aid Approved

This is Roy Hales with a Cortes radio news update from the Strathcona Regional District Board meeting of June 12, 2019. The Board has reversed its decision regarding the Cortes Island Grants in Aid that were turned down on May 24. The Cortes Grants-in-Aid are approved. The Cortes Museum, FOCI. Southern Cortes Community Association, Whaletown Community Club and Cortes Island Women’s resource Centre will each receive grants that range between $600 and close to $2,400. One of the bizarre twists of this story arises from the fact the Strathcona Regional District has not processed the notice of Regional Director Anderson’s legal victory in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. While they are vaguely aware of this, they want their information to come official sources. So when I told Chair Babchuk the court ruled “There is no basis for the declarations sought by the petition,” she abruptly shushed me. She could not listen to this. There is an intense struggle going on within the Board right now. Three of the four members of the Electoral Area Services committee, or EASC, have been actively blocking all Cortes Island matters. Yesterday morning they voted not to refer a FOCI application for funding to hire a co-ordinator for the community bus coalition to the board. When the other Cortes grants were voted on yesterday, Directors Jim Abram and Brenda Leigh recused themselves for legal reasons - which clearly do not have anything to do with the legal petition. When I asked Director, Gerald Whalley what was going on, at the May 24th Board meeting, he said it was in camera and could not be...
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...
SRD Will Respond To 32 Cortes Emails

SRD Will Respond To 32 Cortes Emails

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.” 32 Cortes Island Emails 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 the motion forward to respond to Cortes Island and answer all of the questions they are able to answer and I am going to send her a thank-you,” said Cortes Island resident Cec Robinson. Cortes Residents At The Meeting Chair Michele Babchuk greeted the Cortes delegation collectively. Although the SRD Board most likely still do not realize that close to half of Cortes Island’s adult population have signed the open letter expressing our concerns, they appeared to be...
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 Chair Babchuk Gives An Update 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...