Property Sales: Getting Rainbow Ridge ‘Shovel Ready’ for the next phase

Property Sales: Getting Rainbow Ridge ‘Shovel Ready’ for the next phase

Many of you have probably seen the real estate ads on the Tideline. Two significant parcels of land are being sold as part of a much larger vision.  Cortes Community Housing intends to have the Rainbow Ridge project ‘shovel ready’ for funding by 2023. Sandra Wood, Executive Director of the Cortes Community Housing Society They had previously applied for funding from BC Housing three times. “Twice for Rainbow Ridge and once for the Senior Society expansion. What we’re doing now is getting ready for our third attempt to win funding from BC Housing for Rainbow Ridge,” explained Sandra Wood, Executive Director of the Cortes Community Housing Society. “We’re also working with Vancity Credit Union. They are helping right now with pre-construction expense.” “So we have an opportunity to partner with Vancity Credit Union. We have an opportunity to partner with BC housing. Once one of them says, ‘Yes, your business case for Rainbow Ridge makes sense based on what it’s going to cost to build and the income that’s going to come in once it’s fully occupied,’ then we can also get CMHC, which is the federal government’s Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, to be a co-investment partner. They will only join the project once we’ve been selected by a bank or by BC Housing.” She explained that all of the communities on Vancouver Island and the surrounding islands are competing for the same pool of funding from BC Housing. “The next intake from BC Housing has not been announced, as far as when they will accept grant applications, but we believe it will be sometime in 2023. We hope it will be the spring...
SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALES ARE NOT GETTING ENOUGH TO EAT, STUDY SAYS

SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALES ARE NOT GETTING ENOUGH TO EAT, STUDY SAYS

A new UBC study found that the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population isn’t getting enough to eat. As lead author Fanny Couture explained, “The study goes from 1979 to 2020. We were trying to understand whether the Southern Resident Killer Whale population had enough food to eat to sustain their energy needs. So a human needs 2,000 calories a day, a killer whale will need about 170,000 calories a day. What we found is that they were in energy deficits for six of the last 40 years. Some of them are spread out throughout the study period, but three of the last years (in the study), 2018 to 2020, they were in full energy deficits. They did not have enough food in the spring, the summer and the fall.” L121 with fish – Photo courtesy NOAA, Ocean Wise This study is important to the Discovery Islands because we are close to the boundry between Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales, which is just south of Cortes Island. Many Southern resident killer whales swim through our area, as does one of the major Chinook salmon runs they feed on. Couture added that they would like to apply the same methodology to the Northern Resident Killer Whale population. L85, a robust male – Photo courtesy NOAA, Ocean Wise L94, mother of L1212 – Photo courtesy NOAA, Ocean Wise “There are evidences that they are also getting skinnier,  that they are also potentially lacking food. It’s possible that the different population trends that we observe for the Northern Residents and Southern Residents come from other seasons that we know less about, such as the...
ONE YEAR AFTER THE MARINE DIE-OFF

ONE YEAR AFTER THE MARINE DIE-OFF

It has been twelve months since billions of marine animals along the West Coast of British Columbia perished during a record breaking heat wave. Temperatures of between 35°C and 40°C were recorded at the Cortes Island School during the last five days of June. Dr Chris Harley examining some of the die offs in Vancouver – submitted photo The initial die-off reports from Cortes were relatively small in scale. There were several hundred dead cockles in front of Hollyhock; perhaps over 100 juvenile Dungeness Crabs at Smelt Bay; a ‘persistent stench’ lasting for days from the dead oysters in Squirrel Cove. Cortes Radio broadcast two accounts of the die-offs on July 8. One consisted of accounts gleaned around the island. The other was an interview with Dr Chris Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia. “We had some of the hottest weather we’ve ever had and it happened to be on days with very low tides and that combination was pretty lethal for a lot of things,” he explained. Close up of snails feasting on dead mussels on the large boulder at Smelt Bay on July 10, 2021 – Photo by Roy L Hales I subsequently emailed Harley several photos of dead mussels from Smelt Bay. There appeared to have been thousands. Snails were attached to some of the mussel shells. Harley responded, “Yes, you do have some snails in your photo. Those guys are apparently pretty tough. I’ve seen them on other beaches, where other species didn’t make it through the heat wave. One of them in the upper-middle part of the second photo has glued itself onto the edge of a mussel shell with a...
BRINGING ‘ORDINARY MAGIC’ TO THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE ART GALLERY

BRINGING ‘ORDINARY MAGIC’ TO THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE ART GALLERY

Jane Newman calls her exhibition ‘Ordinary Magic.” It will be coming to the Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery on Friday July 1. “What I find that I’m trying to do, since I’ve been living on Cortes for the last five years, is express the energy of the land, or the energy of nature. I’m very much connected to the leaves and the birds and the ocean and even the underworld of the ocean. I’m trying to see it, feel it, hear it, sense it — in every way. I really try to re-express that. It’s  very challenging. I don’t feel like I’d ever express it as beautifully as it is,” she began. “I’m trying to breathe new life into forgotten, overlooked and discarded items. I’ve got a vast collection of rusty metal and wire and some natural objects from the land like shells and tree branches and stones and  all manner of detritus that I found in junk stores or at dump sites and things like that.  With that work, I really feel like I’m just trying to sort of resurface the magic of these ordinary things that have been overlooked and discarded and give them a new life.” Newman has been working on this current exhibition for the past two or three years. It was originally scheduled for the gallery’s 2020 season, then cancelled because of the pandemic. She and her partner Brian live on a two acre property, where Newman has been collecting rusty metal for years. Brian helped her rehandle some of the garden tools used in this exhibit. Images of artwork in ‘Ordinary Magic’ All photo courtesy Jane...
THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE ART GALLERY 2022 SEASON

THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE ART GALLERY 2022 SEASON

The Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery’s 2022 Season kicks off at 6 PM on Friday, July 1, with Jane Newman’s solo exhibit ‘Ordinary Magic.’ This is also the first season in which the gallery has a manager. Bianca Lee, Manager of the Old SChoolhouse Art Gallery – submitted photo Bianca Lee explained, “The gallery manager gets to see behind the scenes of the artists presenting their work and that’s kind of special. You go to the gallery and see everything in its finished state, but I get to actually see what happens as they’re setting everything up. I was doing that today as Jane Newman was bringing in all her works and deciding where things would go.” She is really looking forward to the return of Friday night receptions. “It’s very exciting for the artist, and for everyone to see the unveiling of their work. There’s a special energy about those nights. I’ll get to see all my neighbours again, who’ve all been in hiding for the last two years. It will spark a lot of interesting conversations and a lot of interesting connections with people,” said Lee. “Sometimes you know somebody as an acquaintance and you have no idea the talent that they have, or the special interest that they have, or the interest that you might share and never have known about. So I’m looking forward to getting to know people on a deeper level.” One of the images from Jane Newman’s ‘Ordinary Magic This will be the first reception in two years. “Now that we have been denied that opportunity, we’ll appreciate it in a new way,” chirped...
NO MORE LOGGING HYACINTHE CREEK! SAYS QUADRA GRANNIES

NO MORE LOGGING HYACINTHE CREEK! SAYS QUADRA GRANNIES

Another logging confrontation may be coming on Quadra Island. On November 15, 2021 a little group of Quadra Island ‘grannies,’ calling themselves the Friends of Hyacinthe Creek, shut down the Mosaic Forest Management logging operations in Tan Creek. Eileen Sowerby – Photo by Rod Burns “We said they could take out the logs that they’ve already cut. My goodness, they got so many the first day and a half before I found them and  we stopped them. This was cutting above the headwaters of Tan Creek that goes into Mud Lake and coho spawn in the bottom,” said Eileen Sowerby. She emailed that, “The lower reaches of Tan Creek are a nursery for Coho fry, but, due to the creek drying up in the summer in recent years we have had to rescue the fry from creek puddles and move them to the lake.” Mud Lake feeds into Hyacinthe Creek. “I think Mosaic waited for us to die off because the average age of the four grannys was 73, but I am still able,” said Sowerby. The Beaver dams that have been holding the water back during the summer months for thousands of years also cause flooding on Walcan Road – so road workers have been destroying them – Photo by Rod Burns She expects Mosaic to return. “Mosaic are huge. They are the largest private landowners in BC. They own 8% of Cortes Island, I’m sure you know that, and it’s different there because they own the land. This is just a tree farm license,” explained Sowerby. In May, the logging giant signed a harvesting agreement the We Wai Kai First Nation...