Daily News (week 22) Jan 16 – 22, 2021

Daily News (week 22) Jan 16 – 22, 2021

Seeking a judicial review for aquaculture on unceded territory Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Seeking a judicial review for aquaculture on unceded territory(Cortes Currents from LJI) First Nation says judicial review challenges reconciliation and aboriginal rights(Campbell River Mirror) Salmon farm decision did not come out of the blue(Cortes Currents from LJI) MOWI and Cermaq seek an injunction in the Discovery Islands(SeaWestNews) BC salmon farmers seek judicial reviews over aquaculture ban(Cortes Currents) SRD protests DFO’s failure to consult(Cortes Currents) North Vancouver Island mayors support fish farms(Cortes Currents) An industry considers prospects for survival(Cortes Currents) Questioning the numbers – will 1,500 fish farm workers lose their jobs?(Cortes Currents) There will be a plan in place to address fisheries and job losses in the Discovery Islands(BC Salmon Farmers) Open letter to Minister Jordan: Your decision to close Discovery Island area salmon farms puts at risk 1,500 rural coastal jobs(Globe and Mail) Scientist at Department of Fisheries and Oceans says Ottawa is too beholden to fish farm industry(Cortes Currents) Closing down the Discovery Island salmon farms(DFO) Government of Canada moves to phase out salmon farming licences in Discovery Islands following consultations with First Nations  First Hearing of Anderson vs SRD SRD Boardroom - Roy L Hales photo Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) First hearing of Anderson vs SRD(Cortes Currents) articles about Noba Anderson vs SRD(Court filing) Application Response of SRD (Nov 16, 2020)(Court filing) SRD response to Anderson’s petition (Oct 21,2020)(Court filing) Director Anderson’s affidavit (Jul 13, 2020)(Court filing) Director Anderson’s petition to the court (Jul 13, 2020)(National Observer) report on this suit, reposted on Cortes Currents(Campbell River Mirror) Cortes Island Area Director...
Daily News Updates (week 21) Jan 9-15, 2021

Daily News Updates (week 21) Jan 9-15, 2021

North Island Mayors Support Fish Farms Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) North Vancouver Island Mayors support fish farms(Cortes Currents) articles about the Mayors actions in support of fish farms(Cortes Currents) articles about the Discovery Island fish farms(Cortes Currents) Articles about a Transition Plan for the Discovery Islands(BC Salmon Farmers) Open letter to Minister Jordan: Your decision to close Discovery Island area salmon farms puts at risk 1,500 rural coastal jobs BC Salmon Farms: Prospects for Survival Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) interview with John Paul Fraser, President of the BC Salmon Farmer’s Association(Cortes Currents) articles about the Discovery Island fish farms(Cortes Currents) Articles about a Transition Plan for the Discovery Islands(BC Salmon Farmers) Open letter to Minister Jordan: Your decision to close Discovery Island area salmon farms puts at risk 1,500 rural coastal jobs(DFO) Summaries of the risk assessments for the Discovery Islands area(DFO) Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s update on the implementation of the Cohen Commission’s recommendations(Cortes Currents) articles about the BC Salmon Farmers Association The BC Salmon Farmers website(Cortes Currents) articles about Cermaq Canada(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Jeremy Dunn(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning Ian Roberts Questioning the numbers: Are 1,500 people losing their jobs? Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) interview with Stan Proboszcs, a biologist opposing fish farms(Cortes Currents) articles about the Discovery Island fish farms(Cortes Currents) Articles about a Transition Plan for the Discovery Islands(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Stan Proboszcz Watershed Watch Salmon Society website(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning Alexandra Morton(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Dr Kristi Miller(Cortes Currents) articles about salmon farms There will be a plan to address fisheries and job losses...
Daily News Updates (week 21) Jan 9-15, 2021

Daily News Updates (week 20) Jan 2-8, 2021

Vaccinations start in Campbell River Photo of Pfizer vaccine courtesy Island Health Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Vaccinations start in Campbell River (Island Health) Island Health expands COVID-19 vaccination clinics to central and north Vancouver Island(Cortes Currents) articles about COVID vaccines (Cortes Currents) COVID updates(Island Health) COVVID 19 Daily status Dashboard(BC Centre for Disease Control) BC COVID-19 Data Cortes Island’s #1 Industry is coming back Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) Cortes Island’s #1 Industry is coming back - in preparation(Cortes Currents) Chinas wants more Oysters from BC growers(Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes Island AquacultureCortes Island Oysters.ca website(Cortes Currents) articles about oysters What does the Opioid Crisis mean on Cortes Island? Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Opioid crisis(BC Coroners Service) Illicit Drug Toxicity Deaths in BC: January 1, 2010 – November 30, 2020(Island Health) Addiction & Substance Use Resources(Island Health) Overdose Prevention Services(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes Medical Clinic(CCHA) Group Physician Practice at the Cortes Health Centre(CCHA) The Cortes Community Health Association website Moving into the Seniors Village Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) Moving into the Seniors Village(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning the Cortes Island Senior’s Village(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning the Cortes Island Senior’s SocietyThe Cortes Community Housing website(BC Housing) A little paradise provides happiness for Cortes Island seniors(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning the Rainbow Ridge project Short Cortes Currents daily news updates, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Click here to access other Daily News pages Top photo credit: Newspaper...
Plan to Vaccinate British Columbians

Plan to Vaccinate British Columbians

More than 24,000 people have already received vaccines. At the government’s January 4th press conference, Dr Bonnie Henry unveiled the plan to immunize British Columbia. 150,000 people by the end of February “From December to February, we aim to immunize approximately 150,000 individuals,” she began. The focus, until the end of January, is: 70, 000 residents and staff of long term care facilities13,000 people in assisted living facilities and their visitors30,000 health care workers around the provinceIndigenous peoples living in remote communities. (Approximately 60 members of the Klahoose village, on Cortes Island, are expected to be among them.) In Phase two of this first quarter, Provincial health authorities will focus on: community based seniors over the age of 80; the age limit is lower for people of indigenous backgroundspeople experiencing homelessnesspeople in correctional facilities, group homes, mental health residential carethey are also trying to identify people who have home care and home support and making sure both recipients and staff are immunizied.More vaccinations in First Nations communities When Vaccines become more available “The contracts for Pfizer and Moderna will scale up in March. So we are expecting to have way more more of those vaccines once we get into April/May,” continued Dr Henry. “we also expect approval in Canada of additional vaccines. We heard that the AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. We know that Health Canada has received some of the data and has started the expedited review process both for AstraZeneca and and Janssen … We’re hopeful that those will be approved for use in Canada sometime during the first quarter of this year.” These vaccines might be in use by...
Daily News (week 22) Jan 16 – 22, 2021

Daily News Updates (week 19) Dec 26, 2020 – Jan 1, 2021

A Truly Awesome Cortes Community Christmas Dinner Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Noah Davidson(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Izabelle Perry(Cortes Currents) 2018 Christmas Market Season kicked off at Gorge Hall (Cortes Currants) articles about or mentioning the Whaletown Community ClubThe Whaletown Community Club website(Gorge Harbour) The Floathouse Restaurant! To ensure future Cortes Island Chum runs Photo credit: The new marine heatwave off the West Coast stands out in this map of sea surface temperature anomalies, with darker red denoting temperatures farther above average. The highest temperatures shown are more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit above average. Image from NOAA Coral Reef Watch, which corrects effectively for cloud cover. Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) - related article in preparation(Cortes Currents) - articles about, or mentioning, Chum runs (NOAA Fisheries) New Marine Heatwave Emerges off West Coast, Resembles “the Blob” China cannot get enough BC Oysters Photo credit: Pearl Of Asia Fried Oysters by snowpea&bokchoi via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Chinas wants more Oysters from BC growers New COVID 19 variant reached Vancouver Island Photo credit: Nanaimo by Brian Chow vis Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) New COVID 19 variant reached Vancouver Island(Ministry of Health) Joint statement on first COVID-19 U.K. variant case in B.C.(CTV News) B.C. identifies first case of U.K. coronavirus variant in Vancouver Island resident Central Park’s tent city washed out Photo credit: This is someone’s home – North Park Neighbourhood Association Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Central Park’s tent city washed out (Cortes Currents) Posts about or mentioning homelessness Krista Loughton’s video “This is Canada” (Canada-Info.ca) People sheltering in Central Park relocated due to...
Daily News Updates (week 21) Jan 9-15, 2021

Daily News Updates (18) Dec 19 – 25, 2020

Bute Inlet slide: Scientists just grasping environmental implications Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Scientists just grasping environmental implications (Hakai Institute) What a Massive Landslide in Coastal British Columbia Means for Salmon and Their Habitat(Campbell River Mirror) VIDEO: Quadra Island-based research station investigates Bute Inlet slide(Cortes Currents) Effects of Bute Inlet landslide unfolding(Cortes Currents) articles about the Bute Inlet landslide New Revelations about proposed Bliss Landing wood wast landfill Image taken from Waterfront Landing Sub Area Plan, Squamish Community Plan (2017) Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) New Revelations: Proposed Bliss Landing wood waste landfill(CBC – Dec 19, 2020) – Squamish man says error-filled petition made him abandon wood waste project and lose $400K(The Squamish Chief – Dec 17, 2020) Squamish wood waste will not be dumped in Powell River area(Keystone Enviromental – Dec 15, 2020) Response to Public Questions Application for Waste Discharge Approval (Authorization No. 110495) Proposed Industrial Wood Waste Landfill, North of Lund Our Project No. 16070(Keystone Environmental) – Who we are(Lund Community Society) – Industrial wood waste landfill site North of Bliss Landing – WHAT IS HAPPENING? No Industrial Waste Landfills on the Sunshine Coast Facebook page (Change.org – Dec 13, 2020) Major Vancouver Developer Planning on Dumping Toxic Waste into Desolation Sound – petition removed Dec 16( Save Desolation Sound FB – Dec 15, 2020) – “We would like to clarify that this petition and the information in it was not created or sanctioned by Save Desolation Sound Society. It was initiated without any consultation with the SDS …”(Powell River Peak – Dec 15, 2020) Application withdrawn for wood waste landfill north of Powell River(quathet Regional District – Dec 15, 2020) – Correspondence from...