Barry & Amanda Glickman

Barry & Amanda Glickman

Originally Published on Cortes Currents While many Cortes Islanders associate them with emergency communications, there is a great deal more to Barry & Amanda Glickman’s story. “If you have DNA damage from radiation, if it is repaired accurately it is not going to lead to cancer, but if it is repaired with some-error rate, that error rate ultimately leads to cancer. But one of the things at that time is that we didn’t know if the people who repaired well made errors which caused cancer, or if people who repaired poorly didn’t repair and that problem led to cancer. So we were quite ignorant of that relationship and in a way we still are.” – Dr Barry Glickman, Founder of the Centre for Environmental Health (now the Centre for Biomedical Research), University of Victoria.  In The Podcast:  Dr Barry Glickman’s pioneer work with radiation genetics in Canada, the United States and various locations around the World. The radiation accident in Goiânia, Brazil; five years in Brazil with a research team. After Chernobyl, world’s biggest nuclear accident, Working with the Canadian and Soviet Space Agency on the challenges of radiation when considering travel to Mars. HIV studies in Africa. (Access 219 of B W Glickman’s research articles,)How a Victoria girl like Amanda ended up working for a synthetic biology company called Diversa in San Diego; Why she did not complete her doctorate.Barry & Amanda went sailing for almost ten years. Following John Steinbeck’s “Log from the Sea of Cortez“; Their book “Patagonia Through The Eyes Of Darwin”Last years with the University of Victoria, studying how birds spread nutrients through forestsWhy traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is...
Jewaka & Heakami Rivers Threatened

Jewaka & Heakami Rivers Threatened

Originally Published on Cortes Currents More than a quarter of the planet’s population do not have access to sufficient clean water. While this problem is usually associated with developing nations, England and the United States are expected to face serious shortages in the decades to come. Meanwhile, British Columbia continues to give our water away for next to nothing. In this morning’s program, Judith Williams raises concerns about a private company coveting a large drainage area just north of Bute Inlet, British Columbia. The public may lose access to the Jewaka & Heakami Rivers. The Jewaka & Heakami rivers drain off the Homathko icefield, a thirty-mile-in diameter ice plateau, just north of Bute Inlet.  What Are We Willing To Give Away? Proposed Run of River sites (in yellow) draining into Bute Inlet, and power lines in red – adapted from map by Roy L Hales “These applications for water rights have long tenure. They would involve enormous earth moving, tunnelling, road building and a general disruption of this area. We would not have access to the area during that tenure. It would be private and also they would have access to the water off the ice field…” “I think we allow applications like this, and sometimes they are approved, without anyone really noticing. Then the commons – our common ground – is privatized for long, long periods of time. I think we should think, long and hard, about what we are willing to give away for, often, not a great deal of money.” – Judith Williams    Heakami River – Courtesy Judith Williams In The Podcast The Jewaka & Heakami rivers are a major fish spawning...
Confusion, Misunderstandings & Misguided Allegations

Confusion, Misunderstandings & Misguided Allegations

The opinions that follow are those of the author, not necessarily the Cortes Radio Society, its board, staff, volunteers or members. Originally Published on Cortes Currents While a couple of Director Anderson’s actions contributed to the confusion, she was almost invariably on the receiving end of the abuse. The July 24th Electoral Area Service Committee (EASC) meeting was plagued by confusion, misunderstandings and misguided allegations. The July 24th EASC Meeting Directors Whalley and Leigh both complained about the way Cortes Regional Director Anderson runs to the board whenever EASC denies her an application. She has been doing it for years, or so they thought. Chief Administrative Office David Leitch explained it is standard operating procedure for denied applications to go before the board. Committees make recommendations; the final decision is made by the board. (As a rule, the board follows the committee’s recommendation.) FOCI Transportation Coordinator Funding The Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) application for funding to hire a transportation co-ordinator was once again denied. This initiative arose out of a 2017 SRD Transportation Study. Leitch said it is SRD staff’s job to find ways of implementing it, not an outside organization like FOCI. Two years have passed since the study. Cortes Regional Director Noba Anderson asked, “Why did staff not  … bring forward a report that said ‘hey, here is how we can action some of this?’” Leitch replied that they had not been asked. The proper avenue for this is the director’s annual one-on-one conversation, with staff, at budget time.  Director Anderson will bring this up at the “November 13th one on one.” (Some irresponsible comments about specific Cortes residents, FOCI and Director Anderson are...
Rex Weyler’s Music

Rex Weyler’s Music

While better known as an environmentalist and one of the co-founders of Greenpeace, some of Rex’s earliest memories involve singing. “Being with a group of people and making music together is one of the most intense forms of communication I’ve ever experienced.” In this morning’s interview we explore a little of Rex Weyler’s music.  Beginnings of Rex Weyler’s Music “I did not have any musical training. Our family did not have a piano. We didn’t have any guitars around. I just sang songs and made up the verses. Often when we were travelling in a car, I’d just sit there and sing Hank Williams songs to myself – making up the verses. It wasn’t until I was 19-years-old that a friend of mine taught me how to play the guitar and , in fact, gave me a guitar . A whole other world opened up for me, because then I could hear the notes … and the cord changes, the rhythm and so forth – and so I have been writing songs ever since.” When he was In his twenties, Rex travelled all over the world – from North America to Europe, the Middle East and India. He took his guitar everywhere.  “I spent a lot of time on my own: learning, playing, playing with other people … picking up guitar skills and basically learning how to play. I played in a couple of bands and wrote some songs in the 70s and 80s. Then I moved to Cortes in 1981 and continued to write songs here … Eventually I kept thinking, I should record these songs.”  Rex (on mic) with other...
Radio In A Box Test

Radio In A Box Test

Cortes Radio possesses a technology that will enable it to continue broadcasting even if a major disaster takes out the grid and internet. On July 19, Shaun Koopman Protective Services Coordinator for the Strathcona Regional District, brought a team of volunteers from Campbell River and Gold River.  For about twenty minutes, CKTZ stopped broadcasting through-out 99% of its area while, in the parking lot in front of the station, we performed CKTZ’s first successful Radio-in-a-box test. CKTZ’s Radio In A Box Test In the podcast above you will hear Lorne Gottschewski, from CKTZ’s Eclectic Selection, announce, “We’re testing the CKTZ emergency broadcast system. Please be patient, we will return to normal programming any moment.”  It was shortly after noon during Mansons Friday Market. In the background of the photo I took of Lorne’s broadcast, you can see Barry Glickman and Howie Roman in the CKTZ booth. There are a number of parked cars in the picture of Alex Michaels, beside the new three tier station that he built so we can keep our radio-in-a box assembled and ready to use. A cluster of spectators assembled to watch us. Koopman muttered that he wished we’d let him know it would be market day. (Oops.)  The first sign of success came through people listening to the radio through their cel phones.  Then Sharon Johnson, from the Gold River Emergency Communication Team, reported, “I was just down by the Co-op and i could hear the broadcast coming through the radio-in-a-box. It was a little scratchy, but came through okay.” Lorne Gottschewski, from CKTZ’s Eclectic Selection, broadcasting over radio in a box. Alex...
Rick Bockner: Paths Of Beauty

Rick Bockner: Paths Of Beauty

Originally Published on the ECOreport His musical roots go back to the McCarthy era, when the United States was purging itself of anything that could be labelled communist. Pete Seeger gave him tips on how to play the guitar. He was a member of the psychedelic rock band Mad River, which released two albums in San Francisco before it disbanded in 1969. On Cortes Island, he is somewhat of a musical icon. In addition to being a songwriter, he is one of the key organizers of Lovefest and the face of CKTZ’s Lip Syncs for the past decade. In this morning’s program, I interview Rick Bockner about his paths of beauty. What Music Means To Rick Bockner “Music is keyed into me at a genetic level. My dad was a social worker and I grew up with the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly … and lots of the folk movement prior to Dylan. I started busting into my dad’s guitar case at five, to the point where he had to buy me a little guitar to carry around. I’ve got a picture of me at age four with a plastic Maccaferri Ukulele standing on the street and I started to learn to play at age seven,” says Rick. Big Brother Is Watching Pete Seeger periodically visited his family. The folk singer was one of the performers blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, after he refused to testify about his political beliefs or associations. Rick’s father sponsored him at a number of events. “My dad did house concerts and things at the community centre...