Almost Daily News for the week of April 19-23

Almost Daily News for the week of April 19-23

Emergency supplies in case of an earthquake A group exercise during Cortes Island’s 2017 Emergency Preparedness and & Awareness Weekend – Roy L Hales photo Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) Emergency supplies in case of an earthquake(Cortes Currents) Building up Cortes Island’s emergency preparedness systems(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, Shaun Koopman(Cortes Currents) preparations for an earthquake within our region(Cortes Currents) Emergency Communications(SRD) Emergency radio communications team(Cortes Radio) CKTZ Signs MOU with Strathcona Regional District(Cortes Currents) Community Resiliency Investment grant (Cortes Currents) The updated Cortes Island Community Wildfire Protection Plan(Cortes Currents) How Cortes Island could benefit from a superior tanker shuttle service(Cortes Currents) Assessing the danger of sea level rise on Cortes and Quadra Islands.(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the BC Union of Municipalities(Gov of BC) B.C. Earthquake Immediate Response Plan(Gov of BC) Seismic Mitigation Program (for schools)(ArcGIS) Earthquake Mapping Part I: One Symbol from Multiple Fields in Arcade(ArcGIS) Earthquake Mapping Part II: The Cartography of Time, Magnitude, and Alert Levels(SRD) Emergency Support Services(SRD) Household & Community Preparedness(Cortes Currents) Potlatch Road NEPP(Cortes Currents) Quadra Island NEPP(SRD) Evacuation plans & maps Cortes Cyclist nearly struck by pickup truck Links of interest: (BC Cycling Coalition) Cycling & Traffic SkillsThe BC Cycling Coalition website(Cortes Currents) Cycling on Cortes Island(Cortes Currents) Cortes Island e-Bikes Top photo credit: Bike with trailer by David Ardron via Flickr (CC BYSA, 2.0 License) Collections Talk RadioOur DJ podcasts(Almost) Daily...
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...
Almost Daily News (Week 31) Mar 20-26, 2021

Almost Daily News (Week 31) Mar 20-26, 2021

Fish farms may pose more than a minimal risk to wild salmon, recent studies suggest Photo Credit: Sockeye Salmon by Ingrid Taylar via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Links of interest: (Cortes Currents) Fish farms may pose more than a minimal risk, studies suggest - coming(Cortes Currents) - Why the Pacific Salmon Foundation supports the decision to remove open net fish farms (Scientific Reports) Andrew W Bateman et al, Descriptive multi-agent epidemiology via molecular screening on Atlantic salmon farms in the northeast Pacific Ocean (2021)(The Royal Society) Dylan Shea et al, Environmental DNA from multiple pathogens is elevated near active Atlantic salmon farms (2020)(CBC) New study suggests fish farms raise risk of exposure to infectious disease for wild B.C. salmon(Virus Evolution) Gideon J Mordecai et al, Discovery and surveillance of viruses from salmon in British Columbia using viral immune-response biomarkers, metatranscriptomics, and high-throughput RT-PCR (2020)(Virus Evolution) Ahmed Shah et al, Genomes reveal genetic diversity of Piscine orthoreovirus in farmed and free-ranging salmonids from Canada and USA (2020)(Plos One) Kyle A. Garver et al, Piscine Orthoreovirus from Western North America Is Transmissible to Atlantic Salmon and Sockeye Salmon but Fails to Cause Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (2016)(Journal of fish Diseases) Kyle A. Garver et al, Piscine reovirus, but not Jaundice Syndrome, was transmissible to Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (Walbaum), Sockeye Salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka (Walbaum), and Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar L. (2015)Pacific Salmon Foundation websiteBC Salmon Farmers Association website Virtual injunction hearing for three fish farms photo courtesy Stan Proboszcz Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) Virtual injunction meeting for three fish farms(Cortes Currents) - Why the Pacific Salmon Foundation supports the decision to remove open...
Almost Daily News (Week 30) Mar 15-19, 2021

Almost Daily News (Week 30) Mar 15-19, 2021

Vigilante incident in Campbell River vigilante incident in Campbell River Links of Interest (RCMP) RCMP are investigating after an apparent episode of vigilante justice(Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, theft(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the Campbell River RCMP(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the Quadra Island RCMP, which also serves Read and Cortes Islands Greater Campbell River COVID update for March 18 Active COVID 19 cases in North Vancouver Island Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) COVID updatesIsland Health’s COVID-19 dashboard(Island Health) How to register for the COVID-19 Vaccine(BCCDC) BC COVID DataBritish Columbia COVID-19 data(BC Gov News) news releases from the Ministry of Health Cleaning up shellfish growing areas on Cortes and East Pendrell Islands Image from the 2017 clean-up in Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island – courtesy Amanda Glickman Cleaning up shellfish growing areas on Cortes and East Redonda Islands Links of Interest: (Cortes Currents) articles about beach clean-ups(Cortes Currents) Turn it in week (2017)(DFO) Regulating and monitoring British Columbia’s shellfish aquaculture facilities 2018(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning the Bee Islets Growers CorporationCortes Island Oysters.ca website(Cortes Currents) articles about oysters(Cortes Currents) Articles about aquaculture on Cortes Island(Cortes Currents) articles mentioning Pendrell SoundThe Cortes Island Fire Department trains new volunteers The Cortes Island Fire Department trains new volunteers Links of Interest (Cortes Currents) The Cortes Island Fire Department trains new volunteers (Cores Currents) articles about, or mentioning, the Cortes Island Fire DepartmentCortes Island Fire Rescue website(Gov of BC) B.C. Structure Firefighter Competency & Training Playbook(Cortes Currents) articles about wildfires on Cortes Island(SRD) Cortes Island Community Wildfire Protection Plan (PDF – 29.72 MB) Short Cortes Currents daily news updates, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant...