Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Cortes Natural Food Co-op’s best year ever - for sales Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) The Cortes Natural Food Co-ops best year ever in terms of sales(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes Natural Food Co-op(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Gorge Marina and General Store(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Squirrel Cove General Store(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes MarketCortes Natural Food Co-op websiteGorge Harbour websiteSquirrel Cove Trading Co. websiteCortes Market website Provincial order limiting gatherings in homes Links of interest: (Cortes Currents)- Limiting gatherings in homes to immediate family and six others (BC Government News) - Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates (4:30 PM, Oct 26, 2020) (Cortes Currents) - articles using data from the BC Centre for Disease Control Election 2020: Green Party Numbers on Vancouver Island Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Election 2020: Green Party numbers on Vancouver Island(Elections BC) 2020 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results by Candidate(Elections BC) 2020 Provincial General Election Preliminary Voting Results by Party The SRD’s ‘Response to Petition’ Links of interest (Cortes Currents) - Court filing: The SRD’s “Response to Petition’(Court filing – the SRD’s Oct 21st, 2020) Response to Petition(Court filing – Director Anderson’s July 13, 2020) Petition to the Court(Cortes Currents) Regional Director Anderson is suing the SRD(Cortes Currents, Oct 31-Nov 2, 2019) SRD Censures Director Anderson(SRD post on the Tideline, Oct 30, 2019) – SRD Board Passes Censure Motions(Cortes Currents, June 11, 2019) – No Conflict of Interest(Campbell River Mirror, June 10, 2019) – Petitioners concede no conflict against Strathcona Regional District director Short Cortes Currents daily news updates, broadcast over...
Conversation with Cortes Community Forest Cooperative

Conversation with Cortes Community Forest Cooperative

This week, Cortes Currents presents a conversation with the Manager of the Cortes Community Forest, Mark Lombard, and President of the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative, Carrie Saxifrage.  The Cortes Community Forest Cooperative (CCFC) is the non-aboriginal equal partner with the Klahoose First Nation in the Cortes Forest General Partnership (CFGP). Logs in a Squirrel Cove cutblock - Roy L Hales photo Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Mark Lombard and Carrie Saxifrage from the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative Mark is a sixth generation woodlot manager… Nature, climate change & adaptation We sought to explore the ways in which the CFGP is balancing conservation of nature, climate change mitigation and adaptation, social benefit and reconciliation through ecosystem-based forestry. So what is at the heart of their conservation strategy? The community forest is 3800 hectares (ha). 31% of that is ‘netted out’ or excluded from the area that could be cut for a variety of reasons: visual quality objectives, riparian areas, old-growth.  That leaves 2700 ha for the Timber Harvesting Land-base (THLB), the area the community forest works on and cuts trees from.  The Community Forest cut-rate has averaged around 10 ha per year, or .3% of the THLB (0.0026% of the Community Forest). By our math, this means that the THLB will all be cut in 330 years with 330-year-old trees ready to be cut back where the Community Forest started. Ageing the forest Ageing the forest one of the primary methods for preserving forest ecosystem functions.  Older forests  sequester more carbon, restore soil nutrients and provide habitat for some of our threatened and endangered species. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MOFLNRORD) has aerial-photography based maps that...
Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Daily News updates (9) – Oct 17th-23rd, 2020

Election 2020: Raising Bc’s self sufficiency Links of interest (Cortes Currents) articles and podcasts on the 2020 election.Conservative Party of BC websiteJohn Twigg - MLA Candidate Election 2020: the Wet’suwet’en conflict RCMP arriving at Unist’ot’en camp on Feb 12, 2020 - Courtesy Max Thaysen Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Max Thaysen’s legal observation of the RCMP raid on the Unist’ot’en camp(Cortes Currents) pro Wet’suwet’en protests in Campbell River(Cortes Currents) pro Wet’suwet’en protests on Cortes Island Election 2020: This could become the longest election ‘day’ in recent history Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Election 2020: Possibly the longest election ‘day’ in BC history (includes summary of recent Angus Reid poll and Oct 20 projection from Canada338.) (Elections BC) Key election dates(Cortes Currents) Election 2020: articles and podcasts Party leaders in Campbell River Oct 17/18 Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) BC NDP(Cortes Currents) BC Liberal party(Cortes Currents) BC Green Party BC Liberal YouTube channelBCNewDemocrats YouTube channelBC Greens YouTube channelBC NDP websiteBC Liberals websiteBC Greens websiteConservative party of BC website(Cortes Currents) articles about forests (Cortes Currents) articles about salmon farms Rainbow Ridge Rezoning Meeting Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Rainbow Ridge Rezoning HearingCortes Community Housing websiteCortes Community Housing Facebook page(Cortes Currents) Finding Home: Options and challenges(Cortes Currents) Other articles about Rainbow Ridge(Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes Community Housing(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Senior’s Society(Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes Island Senior’s village(BC Government) 2008 backgrounder as construction starts on Cortes Island Senior’s Village(Cortes Currents) articles about the Cortes Island Senior’s Society Short Cortes Currents daily news updates, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant from the Community Radio...
Beach Clean-up: Jonas Fineman’s story

Beach Clean-up: Jonas Fineman’s story

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  “If we can go out and clean up – helping another set of communities like the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’Xais and Gitga’at – we can certainly start cleaning up our community. That’s what I’d really like to see coming out of this,” said Jonas Fineman.  He was one of nine eco-tour captains who had just returned from a beach clean up along BC’s central coast.  Jonas Fineman and his daughter MIla at home on board the Misty Isles - by Louis Bockner Cortes Currents: Roy L Hales interviews Jonas Fineman about the small ship operator’s beach clean-up this summer The Misty Isles Jonas was hired to serve as captain of the 70’ foot ketch “Island Odyssey”, but his name is associated with another vessel here on Cortes Island. He and his wife, Amy Bockner purchased the “Misty Isles” last year, but he was captain of another vessel most of that summer. They decided to officially launch their new venture in the Spring of 2020.  No one anticipated COVID 19.  “ We were able to function for two and a half months for what is normally a four and a half month season. … We had some really beautiful times out on the water, with BC residents,” says Fineman. Aerial shot of the Island Odyssey off Munro Island, Central Coast BC - by Jonas Fineman Small Ship Tourism Operators Association The “Misty Isles” wasn’t the only boat affected by COVID.   Randy Burke, Fineman’s employer for close to nine years, is in a select association of eco-captains that take visitors to remote destinations between Northern Vancouver Island...
Daily News updates (10) – Oct 24th-30th, 2020

Daily News updates (8) – Oct 11th-17th, 2020

Only two new cases in North Vancouver Island Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Only two new cases of COVID reported in North Vancouver Island last week(Cortes Currents) articles using BC Centre for Disease Control data Campbell River homeless camp to be served notice Photo taken from RCMP report about homeless man set on fire September 22nd, 2020 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Homeless encampment at Quinsam Rd to be served notice(Cortes Currents) articles about homelessness in Campbell River(RCMP Report) RCMP assist Campbell River Fire with homeless camp fire(RCMP report) RCMP investigate after young man was set on fire in Campbell River(Cortes Currents) articles about homelessness in Vancouver(Cortes Currents) articles about homelessness in Victoria (Cortes Currents) Election 2020: What can the Government do about tent cities Election 2020: BC’s economic challenge Linbks of interest: (Cortes Currents) Election 2020: BC’s economic Challenge(Cortes Currents) Articles about BC’s provincial debt(Cortes Currents) Articles citing BC unemployment stats(Cortes Currents) Articles about or mentioning Michele Babchuk(Cortes Currents) Articles about or mentioning Norm Facey(Cortes Currents) Articles about, or mentioning, Alexandra MortonBC Green party websiteBC Liberal party websiteBC NDP website Discovery Island items at the SRD Board Meeting Illustration from Medizinal-Pflantzen by Franz Eugen Köhler(1887) via Wikipedia (in Public Domain) Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Articles mentioning cannabis on Cortes Island (Cortes Currents) Articles mentioning cannabis on Quadra Island(Cortes Currents) proposed BC Ferries berth on Quadra(Cortes Currents) proposed new firehall on Quadra (Cortes Currents) Lot 302 on Read Island(Cortes Currents) Articles about the Old Surge Narrows store(Cortes Currents) Articles about fires on Quadra Island(Cortes Currents) Articles about the North Quadra burning survey(Cortes Currents) Articles about a Regional Director’s mandate and...
Daily News updates (7) – Oct 3rd-9th, 2020

Daily News updates (7) – Oct 3rd-9th, 2020

Campbell River Health Area is Relatively COVID free Links of interest 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.  (Cortes Currents) Campbell River Health Area is relatively COVID freeother Cortes Currents articles using data from the BC Centre for Disease Control CHEK news report of two cases at Carihi Secondary School in Campbell RiverBC Centre for Disease ControlBritish Columbia COVID 19 Dashboard Election 2020: What can an MLA do about fish farms? Links of interest (Cortes Currents) What can an MLA do about fish farms?(Cortes Currents) articles about Alexandra Morton (as a candidate and her struggle with salmon farms)(Campbell River Mirror) Alexandra Morton running as Green candidate for North Island(Cortes Currents) Articles about DFO’s recent findings that salmon farms cause minimal risk to wild salmon (Cortes Currents) Pro and con articles about salmon farmsAlexandra Morton’s typepad Election 2020: Towards a more sustainable forestry photo credit: “Coast Douglas-fir in Vancouver 1887” by William McFarlane Notman – This image is available from the McCord Museum under the access number VIEW-1803 & licensed under Public Domain via Commons. Links of interest Articles about Old Growth forestsArticles about second growth forestsarticles mentioning the sapwood problemArticles about sustainable forestryThe Cortes Community Forest Co-operative Election 2020: The Affordable Rental Crisis Photo credit: Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles (1889)- courtesy Art Gallery ErgsArt via Flickr (Public Domain) Links of interest: Affordable Rentals Election 2020: Tent Cities and Homelessness Photo credit: artist’s depiction of affordable housing being built for homeless people, or people at risk, in Campbell River – courtesy city of...