Cortes Island ZOOM Conferences

Cortes Island ZOOM Conferences

On March 24, 2020, Regional Director Noba Anderson started a series of Cortes Island ZOOM conferences that have continued down to the present. The first three sessions were with key businesses and non- profits, but on April 1 Director Anderson opened these meetings up to anyone on Cortes Island.   May 19 Zoom Conference In the May 19, 2020, ZOOM conference Desta Beattie of Cortes Island Family Support and Manda Aufochs Gillespie of Folk U explained what they do and what their Grant in Aid applications were for. Written Report of this meeting: https://cortescurrents.ca/may-19-virtual-community-meeting-family-support-folk-u/ May 12 Zoom Conference Written report of this Meeting - coming to the Cortes Currents website soon. Subjects Covered in the podcast above: Rex Weyler talks about Overshoot and gives a list of influential books.Max Thaysen, President of FOCI, talks about FOCI and the five components of their new proposal: Decolonization, conservation, stewardship, wild food, and eco-youth. Written Report of this meeting - https://cortescurrents.ca/may-12th-cortes-virtual-meeting-focis-larger-picture-vision/ May 6 Zoom Conference Written report of this meeting - https://cortescurrents.ca/developing-cortes-island-food-security/ Subjects Covered: No known cases of COVID on CortesCortes Island non-profits and the upcoming Grant in Aid process Hopes for a 2020 tourist season. More about the Cortes Investment Co-op; growing food in shipping containers; Cortes Island’s food coupons & proposed currency.Tamara McPhail from Linnaea Farm & Loni Taylor from CCEDA talk about food storage and security, the Linnaea Farm Food Security Guild, community gardens, other offerings April 28 Zoom Conference Subjects Covered The Podcasts that follow were compiled from Cortes Radio broadcasts, ZOOM audio clips and my own recordings of these sessions. conversation with Ragina from the Regional Tenancy...
Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Article Originally Published on Cortes Currents; Audio belongs to CKTZ More people participated. At its peak, seventy listeners connected to the conference by computer or phone and an unknown number listened to the radio broadcast. Yet Cortes Island’s first virtual town hall meeting was essentially a continuation of the recent online conferences Regional Director Noba Anderson has been having with local businesses and organizations.  Unedited Audio from Tuesday March 31, 2020 Cortes Town Hall Meeting Was The Meeting ‘Legitimate’? Some, like a recent poster to the Tideline, question the legitimacy of such assemblies, “ This is not an official body and it is not authorized to speak on behalf of the community …” They are missing the point. Director Anderson is attempting to mobilize the community and is asking for our input. These online conferences are not an expression of the proposed ‘Cortes Assembly Experiment.’ They are a response to the COVID-19 crises and, given Anderson’s involvement, unlike any of the local government models we studied. The businesses, organizations and individuals that speak at these meetings represent themselves. Everyone on Cortes Island was invited to the virtual town hall meeting, even the people who oppose it. Director Anderson was not required to listen, but chose to do so, and these online assemblies possess no authority beyond what she chooses to give them.  What this will mean for the future of Cortes Island remains to be seen. Clarification Re Off-Island Trips  Half of the meeting seemed to consist of bringing the influx of new participants up to speed. Most of this came through the reports from various sectors of the community, however Director Anderson made a clarification:  “The second meeting...
Greg Osoba On Music & Radio

Greg Osoba On Music & Radio

Originally Published on the ECOreport (Now Cortes Currents) He helped shape Cortes Radio almost since the beginning. as one of the station’s early Presidents, as a senior producer of our Deep Roots Initiative and most Fridays he hosts the Lunchtime Locomotion. In addition to this, he is a member of Cortes Island’s original rock quartet and more recently Back Eddy and the Procrastinators. In this morning’s interview, I asked Greg Osaba to tell us his story. In the podcast, Greg Osaba talks about … The radio station at Seneca College, in Ontario His eight years as a broadcast journalist in Toronto, Edmonton & Vancouver: in the newsroom and as host of “Bookshelf” Interviewing Guy Dauncey; Premier Peter Lougheed; Joe Clark; Wayne Gretsky … Asking tough questions of politicians vs interviewing a grieving family Ska, the precursor of Reggae How prerecording takes the soul out of music Gordy & Zoe Ryan from Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums of Passion; Island Rythm; Six Foot Johnson; Back Eddy and the Procrastinators When Gregor Robertson lived on Cortes Island, his first campaign (as an NDP MLA) The art of creating space, in music and life Falling in love with Cortes Island Linnaea Farm, Hollyhock, Rex Weyler as a mentor in writing, Getting involved with Cortes Radio, The Friday Lunchtime Locomotion with Nat king Cono   “There is something to that adage 10 years or 10,000 hours, because something starts to happen after that point. Once you put in your time, what starts to happen I’ve found - and other musicians I know who are experienced concur with this - is that you become competent  …....
Solution For Colony Collapse Disorder

Solution For Colony Collapse Disorder

Originally Published on Cortes Currents.ca There was an upside to this summer’s long ferry waits at the Whaletown terminal on Cortes island. One of North America’s leading fungi experts, Paul Stamets, was in the car in front of me.  While we were waiting for a second ferry, he told me about his discovery a solution for colony collapse disorder.  Wild Bees Are Infected “I’ve been working with the USDA, the United States Department of Agriculture, and Washington State University. Dr Jay Evans, of the USDA, told me has not seen a virus free bee in ten years. Wild bees are infected with viruses, but not ALL wild bees with Deformed Wing Virus. The concern is that they will soon will be from domesticated honey bees. Why? Well, when the honey bees visit a flower they leave viral particles on the flower and so when wild bees come to the same flower they pick up the viral particle. So now this virus has spread all over, even yellow jackets have been found to carry the deformed wing virus.” “ … We are facing a tremendous threat to our world-wide food security … It’s getting worse. This is the proverbial canary in the coal mine. The loss of honey bees is one factor for commercial implications, but most people don’t realize that wild bees, bumble bees and other wild bees, give farmers approximately 80% of their benefits. [This] pollination comes from wild bees, not honey bees … The loss of wild bees is even more dramatic, but much harder to calculate.” The Leading Cause of Colony Collapse “ … When colony collapse...
Cortes Island's Future

Cortes Island's Future

The post that follows is contains personal opinions not necessarily endorsed by the Cortes Radio Society, Board, staff, volunteers or membership. Originally Published on Cortes Currents By the time you hear this, everyone on Cortes Island will have received a newsletter from their Regional Director (or read it on the Tideline). I found it left me with more questions than answers. So I asked Noba Anderson to explain her vision for Cortes Island’s political future. A Cortes Community Council “I want to built community council, really simply put. City has a mayor and council. There is a group of people that are elected by the community to discuss matters of interest to the community and make decisions that pertain to the community and communicate the city’s will to outside agencies. First Nations, equally, have a chief and council. There’s a formalized, recognized, legitimate structure that is more than sending one person two ferry rides away to sit with twelve other reps,” says Director Anderson. The way the SRD functions: “I am inherently a minority and structurally, we don’t know things about each other, we don’t know each other’s communities – even with the best intentions, which aren’t necessarily always there.” “So I’m interested in building something here that is complementary to the Regional District structure and certainly in no way would supersede or replace it. Over time as, I believe, our systems will inevitably fray with the pressures of climate change, we will have this system to really rely on here.” “This is the inside of the Hornby Island Co-op, the largest store on the island.” – by Daryl Mitchell via Flickr...
The Strathcona Regional District Board Is Collectively Responsible

The Strathcona Regional District Board Is Collectively Responsible

Originally Published on Cortes Currents The opinions expressed in the following post are not necessarily shared by the Cortes Radio Society, its’ board, staff, volunteers or membership. A quick perusal of the Agenda was sufficient. I knew I had to attend the next meeting. Chair Michele Babchuk was bringing a Cortes Island resident’s complaints before the SRD Board. On Thursday December 4, more than a half dozen Cortesians filed into the new SRD Boardroom to listen. Though seemingly humbled, Babchuk pointed to the SRD’s accomplishments and stated that Sue Ellingsen was wrong to single out Directors Jim Abram and Brenda Leigh for criticism: the SRD Board is collectively responsible.  Chair Babchuk’s Report “I want to thank Ms Ellingsen for writing. I think it’s important that our constituents hold us accountable and give us the ability to give us their clear perspective. It’s never easy to read some of the stuff that’s in there around constituents feeling we act in an unprofessional or ineffective manner, especially when issues from that area have consumed our agenda for the last year. I actually think that, although there has been some historic issues, we’ve actually been able to cover off quite a few in the last year – with the fire service and of course the hall tax. I want to add that, from the Board’s perspective, a lot of the issues in this letter are now done …“ says Chair Babchuk, in the podcast above.  She adds, “ … The only piece that I would really like to take a little pause with is that, as a board, we work by via resolution – whether that is in camera or out of camera. All of the resolutions...