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,...
COVID 19: Good News From Overseas

COVID 19: Good News From Overseas

Cortes Radio international news update for Monday, April 27: While the numbers of confirmed COVID cases within North America continues to rise, there is good news from overseas.  In Wuhan, China, where the pandemic began, there are no coronavirus patients in the hospitals anymore.  The reports of new cases in Western Europe peaked at the end of March and is dropping everywhere. In Italy, the high point was March 21, in Germany - March 28, in France - March 31. This morning’s New York Times suggests Europe may be doing better than the United States because of its strong response to the virus. “Germany, for example, has done much more testing per capita than the United States — and been able to contain its spread as a result. Italy suffered a horrific outbreak but then implemented a tougher version of social distancing for its residents.” Top photo credit: taken from New York Times morning briefing, Monday April 27,...
Cortes Island’s Third Virtual Community Conference

Cortes Island’s Third Virtual Community Conference

Originally Published on Cortes Currents If nothing else,Cortes Island’s third Virtual Community Conference may be remembered for its bloopers. The first 23 minutes were not broadcast over the radio because of an unexpected technical difficulty. Consequently, I used a recording that was never intended to be made public. Community Updates Regional Director Noba Anderson started the meeting with a series of updates.  The Cortes Health Centre is still consulting with patients over the phone, or by video chat. Charmaine Enns, the Medical Health Officer for North Island, notified Director Anderson that anybody who has a worsening cough or significant symptoms in a rural or remote community now qualifies for COVID 19 testing. They are considering rolling out community wide testing in remote areas. Is this something Cortes should be seeking?The Cortes Community Health Association (CCHA) and Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA) are still discussing how they can cash in on ‘SRD Delivers’. This is a special program to fund assistance “with grocery shopping, the delivery of food, prescriptions and other essentials for the benefit of the elderly (65+) and other vulnerable persons who must self-isolate in accordance with Public Health Orders.” (The day after this meeting, Emergency Response Coordinator Shaun Koopman wrote, “To date the SRD has received applications from Read Island, Campbell River and Tahsis.”)Mary Lavelle, the manager of Mansons Hall, wants to know if the community thought it would be valuable to have a systems navigator to assist people as they wade through the various grants, assistance programs etc. that are now available.The Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) has taken over the Needs and Offers platform, which Director Anderson describes as more interactive than what we have seen up until now.  Cortes Island’s Summer Rentals Summer is fast approaching and many of...
Support Victims Of Pacific Heights Fire

Support Victims Of Pacific Heights Fire

Editor’s note: More than 85 people lost their homes after a Campbell River apartment building, on the corner of 9th and Dogwood, caught fire on April 8. Two firefighters were injured, when the floor collapsed underneath them, and four people needed to be rescued, but no lives were lost. The Strathcona Regional District put out the following appeal to support victims of the Pacific Heights fire. Accommodation and food support for residents affected by the fire at the Pacific Heights apartmentbuilding in Campbell River has been extended until April 22. The support comes through the provincialemergency support services (ESS) program. Confirmation of the extended support came less than a day after the City requested an extension.“The City of Campbell River is extremely grateful to Minister Selina Robinson and staff with the Ministryof Municipalities and Housing for the quick response to a very unfortunate incident,” says Mayor AndyAdams. “The province-wide teleconferences that help connect us with the Province are invaluable forkeeping up to date on the changing COVID-19 situation, and available support. This was also anopportunity to ask for help with exceptional circumstances, such as this case, where we need a bit moretime to work with provincial and local agencies to assist people who require accommodation, furniture,clothing and other supplies.” Today, the Canadian Red Cross will conduct a needs assessment for tenants displaced by the fire todetermine any additional support requirements in areas such as health, income support, long-termshelter options. In addition, three pet cats have been reunited with their family through the Strathcona EmergencyProgram’s Canadian Animal Disaster Response Team (CDART). This team of volunteers helps displacedanimals and is primarily...
Open Burning Prohibitions

Open Burning Prohibitions

April 8, 2020 – Open Burning Prohibitions in the Region implemented by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources - Starting April 16 Campbell River, BC – With the pleasant spring weather upon us, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is reminding everyone about open burning prohibitions to reduce demands on firefighting resources, help protect the health and safety of the public, help reduce the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective next Thursday, April 16 at noon, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed. The following activities will be prohibited, and restrictions remain in effect until public is otherwise notified:  Category 2 open fires – a fire, excluding a campfire, that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide, or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size; Category 3 open fires – a fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.Resource Management open fires; The use of fireworks; The use of sky lanterns; and The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire).  These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within British Columbia, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw).  For the Strathcona Regional District’s Electoral Areas, this prohibition directly applies to: North Quadra Island (outside of the Improvement District) and the remainder of Electoral Area C (Quadra & Discovery Islands)All...
All Recreation Sites with Camping Facilities are Closed

All Recreation Sites with Camping Facilities are Closed

The following Recreation Order is effective April 7, 2020. Pursuant to Section 58 (1) (b) of the Forest and Range Practices Act, and by order of the Director of Recreation Sites and Trails Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. All Recreation Sites with Camping Facilities are Closed All recreation uses are prohibited in Recreation Sites with camping facilities. This Order is made to address public health and safety concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus and aims to discourage social gatherings and regional travel of public recreationists. This Order will remain in effect until May 31, 2020 or until rescinded or until replaced by another order. John HawkingsDirectorRecreation Sites and Trails...