Cortes Island receives $105k from new BC government fund for poverty reduction, social inclusion

Cortes Island receives $105k from new BC government fund for poverty reduction, social inclusion

June 13, 2024 The Cortes Island Community Foundation (CICF) has been awarded $105,000 dollars to distribute as part of the Community Prosperity Fund, a BC government fund intended to support the non-profit sector. The CICF aims to use the funds for “poverty reduction and social inclusion on Cortes Island,” says Andrea Fisher, operations manager for the foundation. “We’re hearing from the food bank, the housing society, the women’s center, the health association, and a lot of other organizations that our community members are in need. The support that our emergency response teams are providing is essential to make sure that we’re all living a healthy and vibrant life on Cortes,” said Fisher. The Community Prosperity Fund was announced by the BC government on Oct. 30, 2023, BC Non-profit Day. The Cortes Foundation announced its applications were open for the grant on May 23. CKTZ has more on the...
Islanders consulted on transportation needs, Cortes calls for a bus route

Islanders consulted on transportation needs, Cortes calls for a bus route

June 12, 2024 A local association is engaging the community on rural transportation on Cortes Island this summer. The Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) has been working on their “Cortes/Quadra Community Passenger Transportation Solutions” project and consulting the Cortes community on what passenger transport solutions they would want and use. Kate Maddigan, economic development officer for CCEDA, says Cortes residents seem to think a bus route is “the best solution to meet passenger transportation needs.” CCEDA finished Phase One of their community consultation with their recent community meeting June 6. Phase Two will include public events on Cortes and Quadra in late August. “The more we can get people to share rides and use fewer vehicles, it’s just better for everybody. Also contributes to relieving the pressure on the ferries, that’s a huge thing for us,” said Maddigan. CKTZ has more on the...
School teacher retires after 30 years on Quadra and Cortes Islands

School teacher retires after 30 years on Quadra and Cortes Islands

June 10, 2024 Dayna Davis will retire on June 28 after 33 years of school teaching and the community is celebrating the local instructor’s legacy this week. Davis got her start teaching on Quadra Island in 1985 at the Waldorf School, emphasizing that learning is constant, entrenched in community, and the arts are “woven” throughout. “I’m a lifelong learner and I really think that’s what we’re as teachers meant to bring out in kids is lifelong learning,” she explains. Students and community members will gather at Smelt Bay in a celebration of her retirement on Thursday, June 13 at 1 p.m. Despite her retirement, she does plan to be a substitute teacher at the Cortes Island School. To hear more about the depths of Davis’ journey, listen to the CKTZ News...
Waste management at an ‘impasse’ on Cortes Island: operations manager

Waste management at an ‘impasse’ on Cortes Island: operations manager

June 7, 2024 Due to an increase in waste produced in the summer, lack of priority sailing for waste management vehicles and a new BC Ferries policy banning tandem trailer trucks on Cortes Island ferries, Waste Management Operations Manager Aaron McCullough has issued a safety warning for anyone visiting the Waste Management Center. “We’re going to have trucks exchanging bins quite often, almost twice as often as in the past…I just wanted people in the public to be aware…they really got to give them some space for safety requirements.” McCullough added that he has exhausted all avenues through the Strathcona Comox Waste Management and BC Ferries to resolve the truck congestion during business hours. Until the new ferry docks are updated in 2026, the operations manager is at an “impasse.” BC Ferries commented that, “Vehicles with tridem axles or more than 5 axles require prior approval and proof of weight. Unfortunately, the absence of a public weigh scale on Cortes makes it challenging to confirm loads.” Listen to the CKTZ News...
Food truck to feed hungry ferry travelers

Food truck to feed hungry ferry travelers

May 31, 2024 After years going hungry while waiting for ferry overloads at the Whaletown BC Ferry Terminal, travelers will finally have access to a snack as Sunflower Foods opens their truck on Byer’s Point Road. Historically, the location of the new snack stop was a cafe that served people waiting for the ferry, but that establishment has been closed for many years. Sunflower Foods began on Cortes as a food truck in Whaletown by Trude’s Cafe in 2020 and has evolved as a food company, since building their own commercial kitchen. They are now reusing the food truck as the snack stand for travelers at the ferry terminal. The food truck will be open Sundays and Mondays from 7 a.m. to noon. As the summer season progresses, the snack haven will expand its open days to Thursday and Tuesday. CKTZ News spoke with Sunflower Foods on opening day May...
Schoolhouse Art Gallery shakes it up, opens season with Member’s Show

Schoolhouse Art Gallery shakes it up, opens season with Member’s Show

May 29, 2024 The Old School House Art Gallery is changing their traditional gallery schedule this year, opening with the Member’s Show in June, instead of closing the season with the wide-participation exhibit. New board member Christann Kennedy shared the news with CKTZ. In past years, the Members Show has been the culmination of the entire season’s efforts, involving dozens of artists. It’s unique from the rest of the lineup, only requiring that artists must be a local member of the gallery in good standing. Listen to the CKTZ News...