From The Muses Garden-1

From The Muses Garden-1

From The  Muse’s Garden with Dancing Wolf: Mondays 5 - 6 PM; Repeats Thu 12 - 1 PM (SCROLL DOWN FOR PODCASTS) 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 - 6:00 for From The Muse’s Garden. 1 hour of local and international readings dovetailing with reflective music to perhaps enjoy your supper to. NOV 2021 Robert Bly Nov 22, 2021 Nov 15, 2021 Nov 8, 2021 NOV 1, 2021 OCT 2021 Oct 18, 2021 Oct. 11, 2021 Oct 4, 2021 SEPT 2021 Sept 29, 2021 Sept 20, 2021 Sept. 13, 2021 Sept 6, 2021 AUGUST 2021 Aug 30, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Aug 9 2021 Aug 2, 2021 JULY, 2021 July 19, 2021 July !2, 2021 July 5, 2021 JUNE, 2021 June 28, 2021 June 21, 2021 June 14, 2021 My Kamloops Lament, June 7, 2021 MAY, 2021 Tribute For Trees and Their Protectors, May 31, 2021 MAY 24, 2021 May 17, 2021 May 10, 2021 May 3, 2021 APRIL, 2021 April 26, 2021 April 19, 2021 April 12, 2021 April 5, 2021   MARCH, 2021 March 22, 2021 March 15, 2001 International Women’s Day, # 163, March 8 FTMG #162, March 1, 2021, FTMG FEBRUARY, 2021 #161, Feb. 22, FTMG VALENTINES SPECIAL Episode #160, February 14th Episode#159, From The Muse’s Garden, Feb 8 Episode #158, Feb 1 IMBOLC, From The Muse’s Garden JANUARY, 2021 Episode #157, January 25, From The Muse’s Garden Mary Oliver Special, Episode #156, January 18, From The Muse’s Garden Episode...
Mixtapes

Mixtapes

Jonesy’s passion for mixtapes harkens back to the cassette era. She loved compiling collections for friends, or having them introduce her to a new artist. Jonesy never dreamed of playing mixtapes over the radio until coming to Cortes Island. OCT 21, 2021 Oct 7, 2021 Sept 30, 2021 Sept 16, 2021 Sept. 9, 2021 Sept 2, 2021 Aug 5, 2021 Freedom, July 22, 2021 People Like Us, June 24, 2021 Unforgotten? June 3, 2021 Mixtapes January 21, 2021 Mixtapes Aug 25, 2020: Wild LIfe Mixtapes Aug 13, 2020: Taking It. Mixtapes June 11, 2020: This Too Shall Pass Mixtapes May 28, 2020: Facing The Strange Mixtapes April 30: Ode to Radio Mixtapes April 16, 2020: My Church Mixtapes April 9, 2020: Gimme Shelter A Remote Island Off The West Coast “We’re on this little remote island off the West Coast and, through the radio, we get a chance to connect with people world wide,” says Jonesy. Prior to 2003, Jonesy had been a middle school teacher in Winnipeg. Her partner, Monica, initiated the move after attending a course at Hollyhock. She knew this was something Jonesy must do and, without asking, signed her up for the Spring Term. Jonesy describes her first experience of Cortes as just like “coming home.” She and Monica quit their jobs and sold their house in Winnipeg. Sample podcast: Playing Mixtapes Over The Radio Jonesy with her dog They started listening to Cortes Community Radio. Monica told Jonesy, “This is something you should get involved with.” This idea did not come to fruition until after Jonesy became a teacher at Cortes Island Elementary. Around...
Hands-on learning welcomes Nature As Teacher

Hands-on learning welcomes Nature As Teacher

Cortes Island School just started its new twice weekly program called Nature As Teacher, providing unique experiential learning to the students, and is enthusiastically seeking guest presenters. Dayna Davis, teacher and program facilitator, told CKTZ News the new program is possible thanks to special funding from the Campbell River School District. The funding is partially in response to parental requests to better address multiple-age classroom needs, which are typical of a rural school. The program draws on inspiration from artists such as Andy Goldsworthy. Photo courtesy of Dayna Davis.Davis and the groups of children she is guiding have selected areas of adjacent forest where each student will observe their own tree within the larger ecosystem for the duration of the school year, among other outdoor projects. “Everything that I do takes us outdoors and is hands-on and experiential,” said Davis, who was a classroom teacher at the school for 10 years prior to this role. She is also weaving in Indigenous stories and teachings alongside the BC school curriculum. Already set to partner with the Cortes Island Museum, Davis is open to any community members wishing to share their naturalist kills and knowledge, collections of feathers or nests, outdoor games or art ideas, and will help set up the lesson plans. She can be reached at dayna.davis@sd72.bc.ca. The older students will be doing projects related to their biology and earth sciences curriculum. Photo courtesy of Dayna Davis.   Photos courtesy of Dayna...
Malibu Roots – back to the beginning!

Malibu Roots – back to the beginning!

So what is the back story of this series?  What are the histories and motivations of the characters?  Let’s start at Day One of our voyage, before our main characters ever met, before they formed a crew and before they encountered the Norse goddess Frigg, Emily Dickinson, the Grand Galloping Goof, and that surly server at the Caucasian Cafe.  Even before they met Sarah Palin repeatedly.  This is our Roots episode. Donald Trump has just taken office.  He flexes his new power by nuking Prince Edward Island during a performance of “Anne of Green Gables  — The Musical”. In retaliation, California, Oregon and Washington state secede from the U.S. and join British Columbia and Tijuana, Mexico, to form the nation Nuevo Malibu. As the fledgling country struggles to reimagine government, Unity Ananda Esperanto-Pangaea and her daughter Brittany Starshine Guasacaca try to figure out where they fit into this start-up sovereignty.  Starshine moves to Pismo Beach, California, to sell avocado smoothies, and Unity takes a job as a greeter at the border in the Mojave Desert. While Unity and Starshine adjust, Nuevo Malibu itself strives to pick a national anthem, considering such classic songs as “Purple Haze”, “Truckin’”, “Keep Ya Head Up”, “Louie, Louie”, “Enter Sandman” and “Smooth”.  It also tries to form a navy from some of George Soros’s lesser yachts. In Vancouver’s Stanley Park, a former American and a former Canadian attempt to define what it means to be a good Nuevo Malibuian, with mixed results.  A committee in the capitol of the new country selects the national animal, somehow opting for the banana slug. So relax, close your eyes...
Fish will return to the Dillon Creek wetland restoration

Fish will return to the Dillon Creek wetland restoration

It has been more than 130 years since the land was drained, but fish may soon return to what is now called the Dillon Creek wetland restoration on Cortes Island. Image credit: Cutthroat Trout – Timothy Knepp, NCTC Image Library, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Public Domain) They won’t be salmon, which cannot make it past the falls at Mansons Lagoon, but other species of fish. “There are coastal cutthroat trout, which are a blue listed species at risk, and we also found sculpins,” explained Project Manager Miranda Cross. They won’t be spawning, because the size of gravel needed for spawning is found in the stream channel, not the wetlands. Cross explained that the fish will probably use the wetlands as a nursery where they will have plenty to eat. She does not expect a lot of fish. The wetlands are not connected to Dillon Creek, but they will have access during flood conditions. “It will be a nursery ground for fish and then when we see high waters and intense rain events, they’ll be able to leave and reconnect back to the creek and the lake,” Cross explained. She has already seen cutthroat trout in Dillon Creek below the Cortes Bay culvert. “We expect to see them, however, fish eat frogs eggs and little frogs, so it would be great to not have too many fish — so we can have successful amphibian breeding.” Top photo credit: The rain arrives on Cortes Island, flooding the areas where fish are expected to enter when the waters of Dillon Creek rise higher. Photo by Roy L Hales. This program was funded by a...
Groundwater registration deadline looming for British Columbians

Groundwater registration deadline looming for British Columbians

The government of BC issued a reminder on Saturday that users of groundwater from wells or dugouts for commercial purposes must register by March 1, 2022 to maintain access rights. Photo credit: Glass Of Water by Sue Thompson via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) A primer called Licensing Groundwater in B.C. answers exactly how and why to proceed through the registration. It outlines three types of possible registration of groundwater use: Domestic – registration is optional but encouraged, and free of charge New commercial – use began on or after March 1, 2016 and a license is obligatory Existing commercial – use began on or before February 29, 2016 and a license is obligatory Domestic use includes water for private dwellings, lawns and gardens, pets and animals kept for household use. Photo via the Government of BC. The Water Sustainability Act (WSA), which came into effect on February 29, 2016, seeks to establish equity in use and fees levied on commercial use of both surface water and groundwater. The first six years were designated as a transition period culminating next spring, and according to Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, a mere 1 in 5 small business owners and farmers who rely on groundwater have applied for a licence.” CKTZ News spoke with Red Williams Well Drilling Ltd. for an industry perspective on the origin of the WSA legislation and how it benefits groundwater users. Top photo credit: If BC residents using groundwater from wells or dugouts for commercial purposes register by next spring’s deadline, they will benefit from a waived application fee. Otherwise a one-time payment, stated as a minimum of $250, will apply.Photo by Luis Tosta on Unsplash This program was funded...