Cortes Community Forest: Five Years Of Operations

Originally Published on the ECOreport British Columbia’s old growth forests fertilize themselves as efficiently as a farmer looking after his fields. The tree plantations that are fast replacing them lack this ability. If this trend continues, the province’s vast forests may be a memory in the next two or three centuries. The inhabitants of one tiny island are trying to change this. In this morning’s program one of the directors, Bruce Ellingsen, tells me about Cortes Community Forest’s five years of operations. Cortes Community Forest After Five Years We were sitting around his kitchen table, overlooking the ocean at Smelt Bay. If you listen to the podcast above carefully, you can hear Bruce’s wife trying to be quiet in the background or the hum of the Ellingsen’s refrigerator when it came on. Our interview started with freshly brewed coffee. Cortes community forest was allotted an annual cut rate of 13,600 cubic metres (CM). In their most productive years, they only take out about 4,000 CM. Ellingsen says that so far the community forest is averaging about 16% of its quota. “We got the tenure in 2013, so we’re at the end of our first five year cut control, is the way the Ministry of Forests describes it. They came over and had a meeting with us a few months ago and did an assessment of what we are doing and found we are doing a lot less than what we were invited to apply for,” said Ellingsen. He added that the new District Manager and three other forestry officials recently came over from Campbell River “to get a sense of what’s...

The Homegrown Show

The Homegrown show has been playing on Cortes Radio since 2012. It features local and Canadian music, especially artists from the west coast. The genres are open, but it tends to feature folk music, country, rock and blues, particularly with a west coast theme, or subjects that celebrate our lives on the BC coast. However, I like to play a few songs from Atlantic Canada as well in each show. I try to include a humorous or novelty song each show as well. These can be from anywhere. Spoken word also gets played on the show, and I would welcome more recorded poetry to include, as well as short stories, taking a bit of a literary direction as well as the music. The well respected works of Stewart MacLean and Wade Davis are two examples of Canadian literary work that I would like to include more of, as well as local radio plays. It would be awesome to revive the lost art of the radio play on the Homegrown show and showcase local creativity. The Homegrown Show Some of the music played on the Homegrown show is available online through CD baby, a platform for independent artists to distribute their works. A lot of the music is aquired at live shows hosted by our sponsoring establishment, Kameleon Food and drink. A lot of it is not available online, and is the one time only collected works of local artists who may have published one album and not found their way into distribution. Hurricane Rena here on the Homegrown Show makes sure their music will be part of our local...
Vinho do Porto

Vinho do Porto

  Susana was born in Porto, Portugal. After a strong career in sales as a commercial director, she founded and ran a flourishing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant that evolved to feed the body, mind and soul as a spiritual center for holistic healing. Susana has a passion for music since she can remember. Her grandmother was always listening to Fado and she was always surrounded by musicians and Djs that opened her taste to a lot of different genres. Coming to Cortes island, she started to perform at the CKTZ LipSyncs and realized how much she loves to share her culture and how much Cortesians love to receive it. Vinho do Porto Show So she decided to have her own radio show, where she can share all her Portuguese music background, being that from Portugal, from the ex Portuguese colonies or Brazil. Vinho do Porto show has as a common thread all songs in Portuguese language, and the genres varies between Fado, Rock, Pop, Blues, Dance, Samba, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Folk, Bossa Nova, MPB, Forro, Choro, Frevo, Batucada, Maracatu, Morna, Semba, Marrabenta, etc. Recent Podcasts Episode 60 by SusanaVijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto59.mp3 Episode 58 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto58.mp3 Episode 57 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho Do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto57.mp3 Episode 56 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto56.wav Episode 55 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto55.mp3 Episode 54 by Susana Vijaya | Vinho do Porto http://rest.s3for.me/vinhodo-porto/VinhodoPorto54.mp3 Susana Vijaya In 2008 she decided it was time for a change. She sold her business and began the trip of a lifetime. With a nearly...
Susana Vijaya Talks About Performing

Susana Vijaya Talks About Performing

Originally Published on the ECOreport She exploded onto Cortes Island’s Lip Sync stage four years ago, introducing the musical tastes of her native Portugal. She can also render a sultry imitation of Tina Turner. Her radio program Vinho do Porto is among CKTZ’s most popular. In this morning’s show, Susana Vijaya talks about performing. Susana Vijaya Starts Performing “I feel that I am …  expanding a lot. I’m becoming more public. I’m giving more not just to my close friends, the ten people who live around you, but to an audience. The first time that I sang in public was last year, at the Summer of Love. I was so nervous, I was shaking inside, my hands were shaking. And then this last winter in Mexico it was amazing, I was singing every Friday night  in the bar and every other Saturday. Suddenly I had a fan club … A lot of people would come to watch me sing and dance on stage,” she said. “That brought out a lot of insecurities because I do not think I am that good. I am still learning. In fact I still have everything to learn, but it is incredible how these processes are because I remember Lyle and I would play something and we would come feeling the worst you can imagine … That we were horrible; that we were out of tune; that we were out of rhythm. So we would go to bed feeling like the worst. Then we would wake up the next day and say ‘Lets watch the records ….’ Then we would see that in reality...
The ECOreport

The ECOreport

The ECOreport started out as an environmental news website in which owner/editor Roy L Hales asks asking What Works? What Doesn’t? And what can we do about it? The site’s written articles are reposted on better known web platforms like Clean Technica, PVSolar Report and East County Magazine. In July 2014, the ECOreport also became a radio program on CKTZ. RECENT BROADCASTS: Cortes Community Forest’s First Five Years (The ECOreport broadcast for June 20, 2018) - British Columbia’s old growth forests fertilize themselves as efficiently as a farmer looking after his fields. The tree plantations that are fast replacing them lack this ability. If this trend continues, the province’s vast forests may be a memory in the next two or three centuries. The inhabitants of one tiny island are trying to change this. In this morning’s program one of the directors, Bruce Ellingsen, tells me about Cortes Community Forest’s first five years of operations.(Read More) Susans Vijaya Talks About Becoming More Public (The ECOreport broadcast for June 13, 2018) She exploded onto Cortes Island’s Lip Sync stage four years ago, introducing the musical tastes of her native Portugal. She can also render a sultry imitation of Tina Turner. Her radio program Vinho do Porto is among CKTZ’s most popular. In this morning’s show, Susana Vijaya talks about becoming more public.(Read More) Victoria’s Common Vision For Social & Ecological Change (The ECOreport broadcast for June 6, 2018) According to Paul Cheoketen Wagner colonial society has ruled over this land for the blink of an eye and brought it to the precipice of a climate that is ready to collapse. That’s because we, “have not paid...
Quadra Island Studio Tour: June 2-3, 2018

Quadra Island Studio Tour: June 2-3, 2018

There is nothing quite as magical as getting a glimpse of an artist at work in their studio. It is an experience that cannot be replicated - for so many artists, their studios are an extension of their soul. Every year for the past 16 years the artists on Quadra Island have opened up their studios to the public on the first weekend in June for the Quadra Island Studio Tour.  Quadra Island Studio Tour by Rochelle Baker http://rest.s3for.me/discovery-sound/2018+CKTZ+Quadra+Studio+Tour.mp3 For these two exciting days you can explore the amazing creative forces this community has to offer. There is a huge range of work to take in. Gary Colter makes the most incredibly intricate jewelry from recycled watches and fossils. Gordon James will wow you with both his gorgeous prints, and the amazing pottery he makes with his wife Martha. Maureen Maryka paints such vibrant images of the West Coast that they just about explode off the canvas! Tracy Myerson will captivate you with the stunning colors and patterns in her fused glass pieces. And Terry Phillips uses textiles the way most artists use a brush and canvas - her quilts are spectacular works of art. These are but a few of the many talented artists on this year’s tour! There is so much to see and learn, you’ll probably have to come back! Many of the artists studios are open year round, here is your first chance to meet the artists and see them in their environment. See what inspires them, chat with them and learn what they do, and maybe a piece will speak to your heart and call your...