Cortes Island’s NEPP Workshop

Cortes Island’s NEPP Workshop

Originally Published on Cortes Currents Two distinctly different threats and, a variety of methods of dealing with them, were identified at Cortes Islands Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program (NEPP) workshop at Mansons Hall on April 16, 2019.  “ … NEPP, Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness programs, get to be whatever you want. It is outside the realm of a government program … I am here to support you with whatever you want, assuming you want anything. I had no idea what Marion and Mary-Lou were up to until the last time I was here and how extensive they’ve put it in here. That’s awesome, I don’t need to be involved, but I am here if you need me to be.” –  Shaun Koopman Protective Services Coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District. Two Events To Prepare For:  “Two events we concentrated on … Fire, whether it is an individual home fire or a wild fire that could rage down upon our neighbourhood, God forbid. The second was an earthquake and we are talking about an earthquake that may be higher than a seven point something on a Richter scale … If the Cascadia fault goes on the other side of Vancouver Island, we are looking at a nine point two” – Mary-Lu Lorenson, Coordinator of the Potlatch Road NEPP on Cortes Island. “A lot of our worries are about the Air B & B and vacation rental people. They come here, they think it is this remote island. Everything’s great, there are no rules, there is no police. They have campfires …” – Marion Bennet, organizer, Potlatch Road NEPP. In the Podcast: Who will...
Izabelle Perry

Izabelle Perry

In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews Izabelle Perry. Izabelle has lived on the island for about four years. Isabelle is originally from Quebec City, but has lived all over Canada and has been in BC for 24 years. Maureen Bader Izabelle Perry on Art on the Island Izabelle says everything she does is creative, but concentrates on working with found objects and finding new uses for old things. She focuses on metalwork, including welding but also gardening and canning vegetables and fruits.   Isabelle did go to art school and studied welding. These days, she makes mostly functional art, creating useful items that hold other objects together, such as gates and arbors.  She is working on a 29-oot long metal plant support at the moment, and this type of work uses her industrial welding experience in addition to her creative side.  Most of her metal projects are at private homes and if you have an idea you might want Izabelle to do up for you, you can contact her through her website: thatsawesome.ca The 29-foot arbor is one example of her work but she is interested in doing other larger projects. Izabelle enjoys going into a scrap bin to discover items with a potential. She is inspired by the things other people can’t find a use for.  She learned to preserve fruits and vegetables because she could always find lots of food that people couldn’t find a use for, seeing the potential, once again, in things other people discard.  During the summer, Izabelle goes to town often so is able to buy supplies, but...
Spring 2019 From The Muse’s Garden

Spring 2019 From The Muse’s Garden

From The  Muse’s Garden with Dancing Wolf: Mondays 5 -7 PM; Repeats Thu 12 - 2 PM Long have I had a Dream of combining Poetry and Music into a radio show and now sure seems like the time. Please tune in early Monday evenings on Cortes Community Radio CKTZ 89.5 FM from 5:00 - 7:00 for From The Muse’s Garden. 2 hours of local and international readings dovetailing with reflective music to perhaps enjoy your supper to. April 2019 Episode 65 - From The Muse’s Garden Episode 64 - From The Muses Garden Episode 63 - From the Muse’s Garden March 2019 Episode 62 - From The Muse’s Garden Episode 61 - From The Muse’s Garden Episode 60 - From The Muse’s Garden Episode 59 - From The Muse’s Garden Click here to access more...
Cougar Companions

Cougar Companions

Zaida & August Schnarr with their daughters Pansy and (baby) Pearl – courtesy Judith Williams Originally Published on Cortes Currents Judith Williams new book, Cougar Companions: Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs is the twenty-fourth issue of Raincoast Chronicles. She traces the Schnarr’s family story through a combination of diaries, interviews and rare photographs.  August Schnarr brought a Kodak camera when he came to this area, around 1910. “Without the photographs, I would just be telling a story about August, his daughters, the cougars and their neighbours. But I am looking at all the pictures of those people and First Nations sites, the back landscape. He is really the only person carrying a camera that far up. “ “He got this kodak 3 camera very early on. It still exists in beautiful condition. He was also able to get film, I think by union steamships but maybe other places, and send the stuff out to be developed by Woodwards and Spensers or whatever.” “It turns out he has quite a good eye for composition. So a lot of the photographs I focused on .. have fairly dynamic lines … and I think they are very interesting things to look at.” “A lot of people just try to record their lives, but he is trying to show us something about his life and the wilderness and I think those are his strongest photographs- Judith Williams. In The Podcast: Rowing from Washington state to Northeastern Vancouver Island.August Schnarr: logger, trapper, wilderness guide, inventorHow he met Zaida and their move to Bute Inlet.How their three daughters (Pansy, Pearl & Marion) became companions, and...
Vinho do Porto – Spring 2019

Vinho do Porto – Spring 2019

Susana & Lyle are moving to Quadra Island. And, for the curious, “staying” does not mean her Canadian citizenship has finally come through. She is staying with Cortes Radio. (Several of our producers are on Quadra.) Susana Vijaya has been one of Cortes Radio’s volunteers for several years now. She made her debut in the 2015 Lip Sync and has had her radio proram, Vinho do Porto, for close to two years. She was born in Porto, Portugal. After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, she founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing. She has a passion for music since she can remember. Her grandmother was always listening to Fado and she was always surrounded by musicians and Djs that opened her taste to a lot of different genres. Coming to Cortes island, she started to perform at the CKTZ LipSyncs and realized how much she loves to share her culture and how much Cortesians love to receive it. Vinho do Porto Show So she decided to have her own radio show, where she can share all her Portuguese music background, being that from Portugal, from the ex Portuguese colonies or Brazil. 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. April 2019 Episode 102 - Vinho do Porto Episode 101 - Vinho do Porto Episode 100...
The First Cortes EV Mini-Faire

The First Cortes EV Mini-Faire

Originally Published on Cortes Currents British Columbia’s EV tipping point may be closer than you think. When you factor in the cost of gasoline, the average electric vehicle is already substantially less expensive that a gas car. Level three charging stations, capable of delivering an 80% charge in 30 minutes, are creeping up the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC. There are now seven stations along the coastal route between Sidney and Campbell River and sixteen in the Greater Victoria area. (In addition, there is a Tesla Fast charging station in Nanaimo and another planned for Campbell River.) Now even people in remote locations are going electric. The first Cortes Island EV Mini-faire was April 12, 2019 Cortes EV owners held a mini-faire in the parking lot at Manson’s hall during the Friday market, to promote electric transport. On display were four full size cars and three E-bikes. In the Podcast: Tesla Model 3 controls – Roy L Hales photo I ask each owner…How much their vehicle costs?How much do they save every month in terms of reduced energy costs?How many kilometres do they get to a charge?The story behind one of the first Toyota Prius (hybrid) sales in British Columbia.How EVs are like computers on wheels.How the Tesla’s touch screen, seen above, shows every Supercharger station in the world and which stalls are empty, and makes the necessary preparations before a car arrives.Why EVs, and Teslas in particular, have such excellent safety records.How Teslas update their software every month and what this means in terms of the vehicle’s overall performance. (How the range of Barry Saxifrage’s Tesla increased from 499 km to 525 km per...