The Housing Crisis in rural/isolated and small communities

The Housing Crisis in rural/isolated and small communities

Folk U Radio’s Reporters Roundtable on CKTZ: where we go in-depth on today’s big issues from a small community perspective with the journalists that are researching and writing about them from within these communities. Today’s topic is the unique nature of the the Housing Crisis in rural/isolated and small communities. Photo credit: Tiny House by Paul VanDerWerf via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Cortes Island the home of CKTZ Cortes Community Radio. Wherever you are I invite you to take a moment to think about the land, beings, and people that make up the place you call home and those that came before you.  The Cortes Community Radio station is on the unceeded territorial lands of the Klahoose, T’liammen, and Homalco peoples. Thank you to these people, thank you to all the people who have walked this land through time and those that continue to love and work to honour this place we call home, and thank you to this land.  Our Reporters Shalu Mehta is a reporter for The Discourse in the Cowichan Valley and on the West Shore. She has worked at news outlets throughout Canada is the recipient of the Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Health and Environment Reporting (2019). Rochelle Baker is a Quadra Island resident and local journalism initiative (LJI) reporter with the National Observer who covers issues in the Discovery Islands and the North Island region.  (Some of her articles are reposted on Cortes Currents)Roy Hales is the editor of Cortes Currents (formerly the ECOreport), which has been a local news website and program on Cortes Radio since 2014.Marc Kitteringham is with the Campbell River Mirror where he writes about environmentalism, housing, emergency services and local government, as well as any other topic that piques...
Folk U: The Islands Trust model

Folk U: The Islands Trust model

Today’s Folk U show is Lessons on Governance, Ecology and Protecting Rural Character: What Cortes can learn from the Islands Trust model. The Islands Trust is a special purpose government entrusted with a mandate to preserve and protect over 450 islands and surrounding waters in the Salish Sea. Known as the Islands Trust Area, the region comprises the Southern Gulf Islands, Howe Sound, and Denman & Hornby Islands. In 1974, the Government of British Columbia acknowledged that unrestrained development arising from the Islands Trust Area’s proximity to major urban centres such as Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Seattle could irreversibly damage this uniquely biodiverse and ecologically sensitive region. It established the Islands Trust Act, a unique provincial legislation to preserve and protect the Trust Area and its unique amenities and environment for the benefit of its residents and of British Columbia generally. This gave rise to a federation of thirteen local trust areas / island municipalities, represented by twenty-six locally elected trustees, with a special regional mandate for conservation-oriented planning, regulation, inter-agency cooperation and advocacy.  In this show, Cortes Islander, Sobhana Dilani Hippola, shares some personal insights and reflections from her current role working as Senior Policy Advisor for the Islands Trust. She highlights her sense that the same pressures that gulf islands to the south have faced over the years are now making their way north and requiring Cortesians to think strategically about how they govern these special lands and waters into the future. Drawing reference to the complex policy landscapes facing all local governments today, Sobhana highlights some of the unique challenges and strengths that many rural islands share in common, and the...
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...
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...
The Art of Leadership

The Art of Leadership

Folk U Radio: Art of Community Leadership 101.  In this episode Colin Funk joins to discuss with host Manda Aufochs Gillespie to look at the idea of community leadership a little deeper. What is the mix of magic and resourcefulness and entrepreneurialism that makes an effective community leader? How do we cultivate that resilient and spontaneous aspects of our selves? And how do we create organizations that will support us in being responsive and visionary to the needs of a community? Even harder, how do we pivot organizations and businesses and ourselves when it is time for things to change or to let old-ways go?  Jenny Evans from North Island Employment Foundation also joins to discuss a bit more about how individuals can pivot in their work lives. Folk U Friday: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Colin Funk about the Art of Leadership Colin Funk works as an organizational consultant and leadership development coach and was a trustee with the Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association and is now a director of Cortes Community Economic Development Association or as an improv actor and leader of the Laughing Mussels Improv Troop. What is Community Leadership? Manda: How do you define community leadership? What might it look like in a small community like ours? Colin: Community describes people who share a particular place and all the resources located there. A healthy community is a place where all people can meet their economic, social, physical, cultural, and spiritual needs, work together for the common good; and participate in creating their futureCommunity Leader…..a person who works with others to develop and sustain the health of the community Community Leadership occurs when anyone, regardless...
Folk U’s Firewood for dummies

Folk U’s Firewood for dummies

Worried about staying warm this winter? What will it take for Cortes to have sustainable fire wood for all? Corry Dow discussed all things firewood, the Cortes Community Community Firewood Program and how you can take part in staying warm on CKTZ’s Folk U Radio. Corry Dow - submitted photo Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Corry Dow about firewood for dummies Here are Corrie’s notes Recently participated in the 3rd Community Forest Community Firewood Day What is it?Why do we do it?What comes up? I need wood for this winterI only want Fir It’s a small amount of wood Learning the cycle of firewood Timing Seasoning i.e. harvested and kept for some seasons before it’s ready to burn, wind, sunshine and time6mos – 2yrsDepends of density of wood and sap content and storage 2. Storage Splitting – to speed drying and for ease of handling and burningOff the ground to prevent rotCovered to keep off rainIn a spot that gets sunNot too tightly stacked and open at sides to maximize airflowEnough storage space to hold a whole winter’s worth of wood. As space opens up later in the winter, start putting in next year’s wood 3. Rotation If you don’t get firewood all at onceBurn older wood first, especially if it’s spent time on the ground, and driestChoose dry pieces 4. Plan for the next year Getting wood in the late winter/early spring is ideal, low sap, long drying timeExtra storage options for wood that comes along providentially 5. I only want Fir –  some thoughts on firewood species Alder 19.5Hemlock 24.4Douglas Fir 26.5 million BTUs per dry cord Douglas fir is great, but not all...