Almost Daily News for the week of May 3-7, 2021

Almost Daily News for the week of May 3-7, 2021

Two millionth does; Greater Campbell River Stats Links of Interest: (Gov of BC) Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates (Cortes Currents) COVID updates Island Health’s COVID-19 dashboard (BCCDC) BC COVID Data British Columbia COVID-19 data More people are buying locally Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Changes at the Toki Bap Cafe (Cortes Currents) Clark McKay and Carol Pierce: How COVID changed the meaning of takeout (Cortes Currents) How the Sunflower food truck moved into the Gorge Harbour General Store (Cortes Currents) the Cortes Natural Food Co-ops best year ever, in terms of sales (Cortes Currents) Grocery Stores provide essentials for Cortes & Quadra (Cortes Currents) Squirrel Cove General Store: Cortes Island’s One stop shopping experience   Postponing all public zoning meeting on Quadra Island Links of interest (Cortes Currents) articles about the proposed Gowland Harbour Views development (Cortes Currents) Delaying the zoning hearing until Quadra Islanders can meet in person (the April 14 EASC meeting) (SRD) the most recent application for Gowland Harbour Views with the Staff report, and recommendations, of Feb 18, 2021. (Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Jim Abram (Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Quadra Island (Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the SRD Board Funding for Broadband internet set up Map of the Strathcona Regional District taken from SRD website Links of Interest:  (Cortes Currents) Postponing all public zoning meetings on Quadra Island (Cortes Currents) Funding for Broadband internet set up (Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Connected Coast project (SRD) BYLAW No. 428 — Last Mile Broadband funding agreements (Cortes Currents) TELUS intends to erect a cell phone tower on Quadra Island Telus intends...
Almost Daily News for the week of April 26-30, 2021

Almost Daily News for the week of April 26-30, 2021

Passing Cyclists: Legalities and safety Cpl Chris Voller of the Quadra Island RCMP Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Cortes Cyclist nearly struck by truck(DriveSmartBC) Passing a Cyclist Safely(BC Cycling Coalition) Cycling & Traffic skills(ICBC) Driver Penalty Point Premium(Cortes Currents) articles about cycling on Cortes Island(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Bicycles(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Quadra Island RCMP(RCMP) Quadra Island Detachment(International Association of Chiefs of Police) Christopher D. Voller Budget 2021: COVID Relief subsidies and benefits Rachel Blaney, MP for North Island- Powell River - courtesy her constituency office Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) the Budget 2021-22 series(Gov of Canada) Budget 2021 Low-wage workers(Gov of Canada) Consult the COVID-19 benefits available to you(Gov of Canada) Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)(Gov of Canada) Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy(Gov of Canada) Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)(Gov of Canada) Employment Insurance (EI)(Gov of Canada) Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)(Gov of Canada) COVID-19 Economic Response Plan(Gov of Canada) Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, North Island-Powell River(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Rachel Blaney COVID 19: Numbers of Active Cases are continuing to fall Screenshot of BC Centre for Disease Control map:Geographic Distribution of COVID during the epi-week ending on April 24 Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID 19: Numbers of active cases continuing to fall(Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data Is the Federal Budget addressing the housing crisis? Photo credit: Affordable housing now by fumigene via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Is the Federal Budget addressing the housing...
Almost Daily News for the week of April 19-23

Almost Daily News for the week of April 19-23

Catching English fish and chips Repost of a 2019 interview with Lella Gmeiner, included in the Saturday news recap of this week’s news stories on Cortes Currents, at 1 PM Saturday, April 24, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Catching English fish and Chips(Cortes Currents) Queen of the Green Room(Cortes Currents) Four decades of gillnetting in British Columbia(Cortes Currents) Where have all the salmon gone? (revisiting the story below, a year later)(Cortes Currents) Where have all the wild salmon gone?(Cortes Currents) articles about fishing on Cortes Island(Cortes Currents) articles about the Chum salmon in Basil Creek The 1960s and 70’s: A time of transition Repost of a 2019 interview with Andy Ellingsen, included in the Saturday news recap of this week’s news stories on Cortes Currents, at 1 PM Saturday, April 24, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) The 1960s-70s: a time of transition(Cortes Currents) Andy Ellingsen remembers Cortes Island Past: the 1940s & 50s (Cortes Currents) How community decisions were made(Cortes Currents) the Mansons Hall Story (Cortes Currents) Sunburst over Mansons Hall(Cortes Currents) The Cortes Island Story as experienced by one family(Cortes Currents) How public attitudes towards nature changed(Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes History Delaying the zoning meeting until Quadra Islanders can meet in person? Photo credit: Mic by Michael Rehfeldt via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Delaying the zoning meeting until Quadra Islanders can meet in person?(Cortes Currents) Zoning meeting for Gowland Harbour Views development deferred again(SRD) Staff report on the Gowland Harbour Views rezoning application(Campbell River Mirror) Quadra development changes prompt SRD procedural moves(Cortes Currents) The SRD passed Rainbow Ridge’s Application(Cortes Currents)...
Almost Daily News: Week of April 12-16, 2021

Almost Daily News: Week of April 12-16, 2021

COVID update from April 17, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboardIsland Health’s school exposure page (BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data SRD welcomes first Indigenous Nation to the board Links of Interest: (SRD) Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations join regional district board(SRD) tasii a path forward: An Orientation Guide to Support Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h First Nations – Strathcona Regional District Cooperation Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations  website(Cortes Currents) articles about the SRD Board The Discovery Islands Sea Star monitoring program Kelly Fretwell – photo by Koby Michaels, Hakai Institute Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) The Discovery Islands Sea Star monitoring program(Hakai) iNaturalist in the Discovery Islands(iNaturalist) Hakai: Discovery Islands – Recent Observations(Hakai) How an Epidemic Exposed the Ecological Importance of Sea Stars(Cortes Currents) Sea Stars: Wolves of the Ocean floor(Cortes Currents) Sea Star Wasting Disease(Cortes Currents) articles about Sea Star Wasting Disease(Hakai video) How many Sea Stars live in British Columbia?(FOCI) Sea StarsFriends of Cortes Island websiteThe Hakai Institute website(Cortes Currents) articles with Kelly Fretwell(Cortes Currents) articles with Helen Hall Sea Stars: Wolves of the ocean floor Kelly Fretwell – photo by Koby Michaels, Hakai Institute Links of Interest (Hakai) How an Epidemic Exposed the Ecological Importance of Sea Stars(Cortes Currents) Sea Stars: Wolves of the Ocean Floor(Cortes Currents) Sea Star Wasting Disease(National Geographic video) Sunflower Sea Stars: Terrifying Predators(National Geographic) As Sea Stars Die, New Worries About Urchins(NOAA video) Urchin barrens in West Coast Sanctuaries(Cortes Currents) articles about Sea Star Wasting Disease(Hakai YouTube) Sunflower Sea Stars Now Critically Endangered(Hakai video) How many Sea Stars live in British Columbia?(FOCI) Sea Stars(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Kelly Fretwell(Cortes Currents) articles about, or...
Women’s Resource Centre Update

Women’s Resource Centre Update

In March 2021 I had the opportunity to interview Tanya Henck and James Foster about the work they are both doing in support of women on Cortes Island. This article presents some highlights from that interview. (For a more complete story, listen to the radio version.) Tanya is the founder and coordinator of the Cortes Island Women’s Resource Centre; readers/listeners may remember her from a previous interview in April of 2020. At that time, official acknowledgement of the Covid-19 pandemic was just ramping up. Almost a year later — and what a year! — I asked Tanya how her work had been affected by the pandemic. Did the Centre have to shut down? Photo credit: Mother and child sleeping on couch by taylormackenzie via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) ‘Being used every day …’ “The Women’s Centre is still being used every day,” she said. “There’s a couple of people in there almost every day… obviously we can’t host gatherings like we used to, but we were able to get a Zoom account so that has helped a lot, we’ve been offering groups like a Coffee Club on Wednesday mornings. And then every other Tuesday our Outreach Worker from Campbell River hosts a group chat, like a relationship workshop. We actually received a Covid Crisis Grant from the Canadian Women’s Foundation that is really going to help us through into the Fall. It will pay for extra cleaning supplies and kids’ masks that we can make available to anyone who needs them. And they helped us to buy a tent that we can put up outside, for outdoor events, so if people want to gather...
Almost Daily News: Week of Apr 5-9, 2021

Almost Daily News: Week of Apr 5-9, 2021

How Cortes Island could benefit from a Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Water tanks used by the superior tanker shuttle service – –courtesy Hornby Island Fire Department Links of Interest (Fire Underwriters Survey) Superior Tanker Shuttle Service(Comox Valley Record) Hornby Island fire department receives additional protection accreditation(Hornby Island Fire Department) Water Supply Assessing-the-danger-of-sea-level-rise LIDAR of H.J. Andrews Forest by Oregon State University via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of Interest: (NOAA) is sea level rising?(UVic) Living with Water: Rethinking coastal adaptation to climate change(UBC News) Sea Level Rise(CBC) B.C. lacks plans for rising seas and flooding, coastal adaptation researcher says(City of Vancouver) Sea Level Rise(City of Campbell River) Sea Level Rise – FAQs(City of Campbell River) Sea Level Rise – Background(Cortes Currents) articles about Sea Level Rise in Campbell River(Cortes Currents) articles about sea level rise on Cortes Island(Cortes Currents) articles about sea level rise on Quadra Island 32 active cases in North Vancouver Island Screenshot from BC Centre for Disease Control Geographic distribution by Local Health Area map for the week of Mar 28 – Apr 3. Released on Apr 7th, 2021 Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data BC Ferries virtual meeting: New info about the e-Ferries While most of the discussion was about the Campbell River -Quadra route, there were also reference to Cortes. Links of Interest (BC Ferries) BC Ferries works with communities on sailing schedules for upcoming two-ship service(Cortes Currents) Campbell River-Quadra Island’s second hybrid electric ferry launched (BC Ferries) BC Ferries’ fourth battery electric-hybrid vessel launches(Cortes Currents) Campbell River trial run of the new Island class hybrid-electric...