The Mansons Hall Story

The Mansons Hall Story

(from top down) Dennis Newsham, Martha Abelson, Gail Ringwood, Ian Moul taking shakes off the old Mansons Hall roof – photos courtesy SCCA Originally Published on Cortes Currents He settled on Cortes just after BC Ferries started serving the island. John Sprungman became one of the principal voices behind the 1978 – 80 renovation at Mansons Hall. He went on to serve several terms as President of the Southern Cortes Community Association. In this morning’s interview he talks about the origins of Mansons Hall, its role in the community and why it needs core funding. Photo credit: John Sprungman during the 1970s – courtesy SCCA Beginnings “The very beginning of Mansons Hall, according to people who were here at the time, was around 1921. It was built by a logging crew working on Gunflint Lake. That was the story I got from Robbie Graham, which he heard from his father. It was primarily used for dances and people were getting together for occasional meetings …” “When my wife and I came in 1971, [Mansons Hall] was pretty beat up because the [old] Cortes School was actually on the other side of the road from the hall(where the Co-op is now), [and] used it for a gym. So the windows were all covered with fencing wire, the big lights down the centre all had wire cages around them. The place was used for floor hockey, dodge ball and stuff like that …” “… It had a small kitchen off one side, the Sutil road side, and on the other side there was a little building … which was the liquor room and securely locked up. That was for the dances.” “When we first came, the...
Alexander and Jane Dudley

Alexander and Jane Dudley

Originally published on Cortes Currents Coming to Cortes Island was Jane Dudley’s idea. She had woofed at Blue Jay Farm before and talked about the experience ever since. To her zoologist husband, Alexander, this was a challenge. His special passion is weird and wonderful creatures. Alexander simply has to have his “lizard fix” every day. Canada isn’t especially famous for its reptiles, yet he could see how important this was to Jane. For the first week after their arrival, he didn’t know what to do. Then he saw an alligator lizard. (He didn’t know there were any in Canada!) Since then the couple made an important observation about the lives of red legged frogs. (They will leave the photographs and GPS locations with FOCI.) The Dudleys have been blown away by the beauty of our forest – and are embraced by Cortesians everywhere they go. For good reason, Alexander & Jane Dudley introduce us to a whole new world of ecological wisdom through songs,  deep ecological knowledge, quirky poetry &  stunning photography of the Australian bush Telling People About Wildlife “I was five when I started telling people about wildlife and I haven’t really stopped. When I left school, I worked in various clerical positions that definitely were not where my passion lies. I ended up moving down to Tasmania and was employed as a technical officer with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. I was involved in rafting down the glorious Franklin River collecting invertebrates and working on archaeological digs. From that, I ended up working as a Discovery Ranger, which is basically interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of the national parks.” – Alexander Dudley...
Rachel Blaney, NDP Candidate For Powell River – North Island

Rachel Blaney, NDP Candidate For Powell River – North Island

A dedicated YouTube channel testifies to some of the questions she raised during Question Period in the House of Commons. Prior to becoming our member of parliament in 2015, Rachel was the Executive Director of Campbell River’s Immigrant Welcome Centre. Her husband, Derek Blaney, is a former Chief and council member of the Homalco First Nation. In the second of my interviews with the candidates, I skyped with  Rachel Blaney, NDP candidate for Powell River - North Island. What Is The Most Important Issue?  “In this riding, I’ve heard two things: … First: addressing climate change; looking at a future that is not so scary and wanting to see some real action. The second thing that I’ve heard from people is about housing. It is across the board, from some of our smallest communities to the bigger communities that I represent. People are looking for a place to live. They are looking for places to rent; they are looking for homes to purchase. It seems that housing is becoming less and less affordable and so either renting or buying is becoming more of a challenge.” From NDP Candidate Rachel Blaney’s YouTube Channel Emissions: Canada vs Europe In 2017, European emissions were 23.5% below 1990 levels – European Environment Agency Canada’s emissions have substantially risen during this same period – Chart adapted from Environment Canada by Roy L Hales Climate Change Q/ At a time when most of Europe’s emissions are more than 20% below 1990 levels, Canada’s emissions are still 20% above that benchmark. Do you care to comment on this? ” … Canada is falling farther and farther behind in these areas. You know, when I am in the...
The Green Candidate

The Green Candidate

Originally Published on Cortes Currents.ca In the first of my interviews with the candidates, I visited the home of Mark de Bruijn. Cortes Islanders may remember him as a former principal of our elementary school; He has also worked as a science teacher, college lecturer and former biologist for Canada’s Department of Fisheries. Now Mark de Bruijn is the Green Party of Canada’s candidate for Powell River-North Island. The day I arrived, 338 Canada’s projections showed a Green surge across Vancouver Island. They were leading in the race for four ridings. While Powell River – North Island was not among them, the Greens were in easy striking distance. Based on data from 338Canada – Roy L Hales Why Should We Vote For The Green Party? “We meet all kinds of folks and very often we hear comments that people are so disenchanted … or even really fed up, with the old way that parties operate. An endless string of promises come election time, and breaking of those [promises afterward] … The angling for votes; manipulating what they stand for [as candidates] to try and maximize the number of people that they can draw. The Greens do not do that. “Elizabeth May, our leader … has quite a track record. People have seen her in action enough, especially recently, and she consistently talks about the same set of six guiding values. They do not deviate. They do change or nuance in order to appeal to this little segment of the population, or this riding or something …” Coffee Party with the candidate, Merville, B.C. – July 9. 2019 – courtesy Mark de Bruijn The...
Green Surge on Vancouver Island

Green Surge on Vancouver Island

Using data from the 338Canada projection for Aug 25, 2019 – Roy L Hales The article/podcast is a personal opinion which is not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its board, staff, volunteers or membership. Originally published on Cortes Currents P.J. Fournier is a political analyst for CTV Montreal and CJAD 800, as well a contubutor to Maclean’s and L’actualité magazines. After a “certain degree of success” predicting the outcomes of the 2018 provincial elections in Ontario and Quebec, he turned his attention to the national scene. On his website, 338Canada, Fournier gives weekly projections for each of Canada’s 338 ridings. His most recent projection show a Green surge on Vancouver Island. Greens Lead on Vancouver Island They appear to be leading in four of the island’s seven ridings, and are closely trailing in the other three. Much could change over the course of the next two months. While the Greens also polled well in 2015, most Canadians finally chose the candidates they thought had the best chance of beating Stephen Harper. However, in this remote corner of British Columbia – the Greens are currently the party to beat. Fournier’s projections suggests the Greens are way in front with a 32.8% support, The second-place NDP have only 24.2%. Canada’s two largest political parties – the Liberals and Conservatives – are battling it out for third. These statistics are almost the total opposite of Fournier’s current national election projections, which suggest the Conservatives could form the next government: PC (34.4%), Liberal (32.7%), NDP (14.6%) and Greens (10.4%). Using data from the 338Canada projection for Aug 25, 2019 – Roy L Hales A similar picture emerges across British Columbia, where the...
Barefoot Raid Around Cortes Island

Barefoot Raid Around Cortes Island

Originally Published on Cortes Currents The SMURFETTE reached Squirrel Cove about 1 PM on Wednesday, August 21. According to a  crew member, it is one of the catamarans battling it out for the lead. The last of the small boats arrived over the course of the next three hours. They are mid-way in the 2019 Barefoot Raid around Cortes Island. Origins of The 2019 Barefoot Raid On their website, the event organizers state they were inspired by “Norseman in their longboats; soggy, determined Haida in their war canoes; and sun-baked Island-hopping Polynesians … As long as people have been taking boats out on the water, groups of boaters have been plying oar and sail, for adventure, exploration, and to visit mayhem on their neighbouring communities.” A group of small boat enthusiasts from Gabriola Island started holding “raids” in 2005. These early events inspired the better known Race to Alaska (R2AK) The 2019 Barefoot Raid is a 102 nautical mile event that started at Heriot Bay, Quadra Island on Aug 18. Participants stopped overnight at Carrington Bay, Penn Island, Squirrel Cove, Cortes Bay, Mansons Landing and Shark Spit. They finally return to Open Bay, Quadra Island, on Aug 25th. 2019 Round Marine Island Race This is the third race in our waters since August 13. Heather and Dan Drugge’s 16-foot-long wooden dingy MIRROR MIRROR participated in every event.  “We set out from Heriot Bay on the Tuesday before [the Barefoot Raid] so that we could participate in two other races. One is called the Round Marina Island Race. The other is called the August Full Moon Regatta,” said Heather. “The first race was actually amazing for...