Cortes Radio’s first Reporter’s Roundtable

Cortes Radio’s first Reporter’s Roundtable

In partnership with Cortes Community Radio & Cortes Currents, Folk U Radio offered its first Reporter Roundtable: Fish farms and seaweed production.  Clockwise from top left: Binny Paul, Ashley Zarbatany, Rochelle Baker and Roy L Hales The panel: Binny Paul (LJI reporter for Campbell River Mirror), Rochelle Baker (LJI reporter for Cortes and Quadra Islands, National Observer), Roy L Hales (editor of Cortes Currents) and Ashley Zarbatany (Folk U Radio’s new political and climate commentator).  Wild salmon advocates celebrate Discovery Islands fish farms decision by Rochelle Baker, National Observer (reposted on Cortes Currents here) The Discovery Island’s fish farms “By June 20, 2022, the whole region must be free of open net salmon farms. After that, no licenses will be issued. On one hand this issue can look like environment versus industry, but as one looks deeper, it is more complicated,” began moderator Manda Aufochs Gillespie of Folk U Radio.  “Everything folks argue from opposite sides of the debate is true to an extent, the issue, like most issues, are simply more nuance entangled than they appear to be,” said Rochelle Baker.  Fisheries minister and MP Blaney talk about economic transition plans for Vancouver Island re: fish farm decision by Binny Paul, Campbell River Mirror Was the fish farm decision made correctly? “In my personal opinion, the writing has been on the wall for a very long time for everyone: the Federal Government, the Provincial Government, the aquaculture companies,” said Binny Paul. “The question that everyone needs to be asking is, was it done correctly?” Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan claims this decision was made in consultation with the seven First Nations that hold title in the Discovery Islands. This is the beginning of a...
Almost Daily News (Week 27) Feb 22-27, 2021

Almost Daily News (Week 27) Feb 22-27, 2021

Number of confirmed cases in North Vancouver Island on the rise Jesse Ketler, Chair of the Comox Valley Regional District – courtesy CVRD website Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health COVID 19 Update: Sevenfold increase in Greater Campbell River Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health How the Sunflower food truck moved into the Gorge Harbour General store Selling 30 of these a day, plus a lot of other favourites - photo courtesy Carie Taylor Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) - How the Sunflower food truck moved into the Gorge Harbour General Store(Cortes Currents) Changes at the Toki Bap Cafe(Cortes Currents) Clark McKay and Carol Pierce: how COVID changed the meaning of take out(Cortes Currents) A truly awesome Cortes community Christmas dinner A branch of Canada’s seventh Regional Development Agency Links of Interest (Gov of Can) Government of Canada explores new approaches to regional economic development in Western Canada(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning MP Rachel Blaney(Cortes Currents) Phasing out one of Campbell River’s three pillars Changes at the Toki Bap Café  Summertime red cod taco, basil citrus salsa, & linnaea green – courtesy Sujon Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Changes at the Toki Bap Cafe(Cortes Currents) Clark McKay and Carol Pierce: how COVID changed the meaning of take out(Cortes Currents) A truly awesome Cortes community Christmas dinner(Campbell River Mirror repost) Fresh fruit & veggies: the Strathcona good food box program(Cortes Currents)...
Update on Cortes Island e-Bikes

Update on Cortes Island e-Bikes

Over the past couple of years, electric bikes, or e-bikes, have begun to be a regular appearance on Cortes roads. Today, we’ll hear from a few local e-bike users, ask them about their bikes and their experience riding on Cortes. Photo courtesy Max Thaysen Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Juli Nelson, Mike Brown, Chris Napper, Andrew Baskin and Barry Saxifrage about e-Bikes on Cortes Island Juli Nelson Juli Nelson is a potter, a tiny home builder and a mother of young child. She got the Rad Wagon from Rad Bikes, which has a reinforced rear seat which can accommodate an adult or a child. Juli lived in Whaletown when she first got the bike. We asked her how long it takes to get to Mansons from Whaletown – and how far her range is. She said that her child didn’t like going very fast, so it was about an hour. But on her own it was 40-45 minutes. And she could do that twice on a single charge. Juli says that the bike paid itself off in the first 10 months. She didn’t have a car during that period, so she used the bike almost exclusively. Between getting last year’s model in 2019, and the scrap-it rebate, it only cost her $1000. “Scrap-it” is a BC Government rebate program that provides funding to individuals for electric car and bike purchases when they recycle their older or more polluting vehicles. You can get $1,050 from SCRAP-IT when you purchase your new electric bike. Mike Brown Mike Brown was a cyclist and a hitchhiker, until the pandemic cancelled hitchhiking. He dislikes product research, so he called a friend who had...
Almost Daily News  (week 26) Feb 15-19, 2021

Almost Daily News (week 26) Feb 15-19, 2021

One active COVID case in Greater Campbell River Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) COVID updates(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Carihi Secondary School in Campbell RiverIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health(Cortes Currents) Klahoose immunization program continuing to roll out(Cortes Currents) articles about the Klahoose outbreak(Cortes Currents) articles about the Klahoose Nation 1308 Trees: a report from Burnaby Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee – courtesy Peter McCartney Links of interest (Cortes Currents) Challenging Trans Mountains 2018 Injunction(Burnaby Now) Trans Mountain seeks to bypass Burnaby bylaws for tree removal – Jan 8, 2021(FB) 1308 Trees(Cortes Currents) articles about the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion(Cortes Currents) The Big Spill in Burnaby 2007(Trans Mountain) Overview of proposed construction in Burnaby(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Peter McCarney of the Wilderness Committee Clark McKay & Carol Pierce at the Floathouse Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Clark McKay and Carol Pierce: How COVID changed the meaning of take-out(Facebook) Gorge Harbour Marina ResortThe Gorge Harbour website(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning Gorge Harbour(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning Bill Dougan(Cortes Currents) articles about food(Cortes Currents) articles about Tourism(Cape Mudge Resort) Tsa Kwa Luten Lodge(Painters Lodge) April Point Marina Rainbow Ridge: All loans can now be repaid Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning the Rainbow Ridge projectThe Cortes Community Housing website(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Cortes Community Housing(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning the Rainbow Ridge project(Cortes Currents) articles about or mentioning the Cortes Island Senior’s Village Recent Bute Inlet slide one of many, local historian says Judith Williams collecting water, Raindrop Creek...
Daily News (week 25) – Feb 8-12, 2021

Daily News (week 25) – Feb 8-12, 2021

COVID Update: Stay home for Family Day weekend Screenshot from map of COVID cases by Local Health Area, as of the week ending Sat Feb 6, 2021 - BC Centre for Disease Control Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID Update: Stay home for Family Day Weekend(Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health Red Tailed Hawk Rescue Red-tailed hawk photo courtesy Bing Links of Interest Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society ( ph 250 337 2021)(Audubon) Red-tailed hawk(FOCI) Northern Pygmy Owl(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning bird feeders(Cortes Currents) articles about Cortes island’s birds(FOCI) Species at Risk(Cortes Currents) Species at risk Shoplifting in the City and Country Shoplifting (staged photo) - Roy L Hales photo Suggested Links:  (Cortes Currents) Shoplifting in the City and Country(RCMP) Campbell River RCMP Update February 8th, 2021(Cortes Currents) articles about shoplifting in Campbell River(Cortes Currents repost) More theft during COVID (Quadra & Cortes)(CNN Money) Thieves will cost you $423 at the mall this year(Cortes Currents) other articles mentioning the Campbell River RCMP(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the Quadra Island RCMP detachment (which serves Cortes Island) Preparing for sea level rise on Cortes and Quadra Islands Quadra Island by Pierre Mariotta via Flickr (Public Domain) Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Preparing for sea level rise on Cortes and Quadra Islands(Cortes Currents) Sea level rise(Cortes Currents) Campbell River is planning for sea level rise 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.  Top photo credit: Newspaper textures...
The Cortes Island’s Free Store

The Cortes Island’s Free Store

What is it? When Will it One? And What would it take to make the Free Store more Resilient for the Future? This program is a joint Folk U/Cortes Currents project funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Are you thinking and wondering about the Free Store? If you live on Cortes island, the answer is probably yes. Are you drowning in stuff, or down to two bowls in a household of four people? Every week, there are new theories as to what happened to the Free Store: where it went, what will take to get it back, and also exciting possibilities to use the Free Store model to grow Cortes Island: for keeping resources local, making better use of what the island has and reducing the amount of stuff shipped off Island. Noba Anderson, our SRD (Strathcona Regional District) elected representative joins us to discuss the history of the Free Store, its organizational (or non organizational structure), and what it would take if Cortes residents wanted to grow the Free Store or expand its operations in the future. Lori-Anne then joins to discuss what the Free Store reopening plan looks like in practice. The Cortes Island Free Store story In short, the Cortes Island Free Store story goes like this: the Free Store has become a beloved island resource that is far more than a Share Shed or a junk heap but is our ReUse Centre, Thrift Store, and Boutique all in one. However, the Free Store is an anomaly that is allowed by the SRD but isn’t licensed, regulated, or overseen by any actual organization. Therefore, nothing...