SRD Board Will Not Listen

SRD Board Will Not Listen

Originally Published on the ECOreport. Fourteen Cortes Island residents unleashed a political avalanche, when they filed a legal petition in the Supreme Court of British Columbia last month. Close to half of the island’s voters have signed an open letter protesting the petition’s “unfounded and mean spirited” allegations, as well as ways in which they suspect the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) may be complicit. Now, amidst mounting criticism, the SRD Board will not listen to the presentations two Cortes organizations hoped to make at their February 13, 2019, meeting. SRD Will Not Listen The Strathcona Regional District emailed both groups, “Delegations are not intended to be opportunities for debate, discussion, or questioning of the Board regarding its policies or decisions.” The Southern Cortes Community Association (SCCA) presentation, which I obtained by email, says Hall Service was and is a community initiative – not Regional Director Noba Anderson’s – and thus should not be hampered by the legal petition against her. The recent push originated with a proposal at the SCCA’s July 2017 AGM. Both Director Anderson and George Sirk, her opponent in the recent election, promised to respect the outcome of a referendum, whichever way it went. “If we are not allowed the opportunity to discuss, or question anything – then where is our democracy? … Where is the opportunity to make a wise choice? Or to change each others minds? To reach a compromise? Or a consensus? To educate each other? How does any of that happen if there is no opportunity to actually have an adult conversation?” asks Cec Robinson, who had been among those hoping to present the open letter...
Mathilde Gordons Two Thousand Kilometre Kayak Adventure

Mathilde Gordons Two Thousand Kilometre Kayak Adventure

Originally Published on the ECOreport. They paddled almost every day, sometimes more than fifty kilometres a day. The two women were at sea for three months. They started in the icy waters of Glacier Bay, Alaska, meticulously tabulating the impact of single use plastic everywhere they camped. I heard the story of Mathilde Gordon’s two thousand kilometre kayak adventure during her recent visit to Cortes Island. “Why I Do Beach Clean-Ups” “There was rubbish on every single beach, from Glacier Bay down to Victoria. Obviously we were kayaking, thirty-five - the highest number is fifty kilometres in one day - and we were kayaking almost every day. When we got round to cleaning up, it was the end of the day … We’d section off part of the beach, like a hundred or hundred and fifty metres of the beach if we had that much access. We’d pick up as much rubbish as we could and bring it up above the high tide line … Obviously we can’t take the rubbish with us. We’re on kayaks, we’re pulling floats or anything like that.” “The important thing was collecting data on the rubbish Back home, with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation,  we have something called the Australian Marine Debris Initiative. After every beach clean-up we do in Australia, we spend time a few hours sorting the rubbish into different categories, different material types - whether it is wood, or metal or plastic. The plastics, for example, get sorted into soft plastics, hard plastics. Then it is food packaging, bathroom packaging, toys, fishing gear.” “It is so specific. If there is a bar...
SRD Sidelines Cortes Island

SRD Sidelines Cortes Island

Originally Published on the ECOreport Almost a month after they filed their petition in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the havoc left fourteen Cortes residents continues to spread. As of the Thursday, January 24, 2019, board meeting, the SRD largely sidelines Cortes Island until they understand the petition’s legal ramifications.  SRD Largely Sidelines Cortes Island There will be no appointments to Cortes Island’s 2019 Advisory Commission, or actions taken in response to the referenda about holding referenda on the proposed hall tax or establishing a first responder service. “I think it does show that our regional director has lost the confidence of the board,” says Maureen Bader, a retired economist/commentator who has been attending SRD board meetings “almost since I moved here” in August 2017. Gary Cork and John Preston were in a little group that hoped to help present a petition in which 196 Cortes residents expressed their support for Regional Director Noba Anderson. (I understand that number has since passed 250 and includes people who voted for Anderson’s opponent, George Sirk, in the recent election.) “The very first issue that did arise, in the first minute there were three particular motions to disenfranchise Cortes for the foreseeable future because of the implications of this pending lawsuit. So before we really even got settled in our seats, they had already got that over with. The main thing we had come to be a presence for had happened …” - John Preston In The Podcast: Gary Cork, John Preston & Maureen Bader describe the SRD meeting & motions. Maureen Bader describes her background and explains why she has...
Defaming Noba Anderson

Defaming Noba Anderson

Originally Published on the ECOreport By Roy L Hales As a recent post to the Tideline suggests, “there seems to be an undercurrent of spite, allegation, sabotage and just plain nastiness” following the recent election. A very small group of Regional Director Noba Anderson’s opponents do not appear to have accepted the results. On  Jan. 7, 2019, the Campbell River Mirror published a story stating that fourteen Cortes Island residents filed a petition in the Supreme Court of British Columbia defaming Noba Anderson, with the intention of removing her from office. The Allegations The petitioners claim that “Anderson took money from her constituents for personal gain and a number of those same constituents received gifts and grants in return.” Eight Cortes Island organizations were accused of bribing Anderson and receiving kickbacks. The alleged bribes were supposedly made through a GoFundMe Campaign set up after Bernie Anderson’s cabin burned down. His daughter Noba supposedly gave many of the participants kickbacks through the Strathcona Regional District’s Grant in Aid Program. Photo credit: Bernie Anderson – courtesy his GoFundMe page Problems With The Petition “Please note that the applications for a 2018 grant-in-aid closed in February, before the GoFundMe campaign was posted in March.  This means to expect a kick back would require us to be psychic.” If it is necessary to explore further, note that: It is normal for Cortes Islanders to hold fund raisers after disasters like the one that befell Noba’s father. Once you discount the donations from members of the Anderson family, the GoFundMe campaign for Bernie raised $1,800 from twenty-three Cortes residents. These donations were of amounts ranging from...
Radio In A Suitcase

Radio In A Suitcase

Originally published on the ECOreport   On August 29, 2017, Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM signed a memorandum of understanding with the Strathcona Regional District, on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, stating we are to give them temporary usage of the station during emergencies. This has been part of Cortes Radio’s vision from the beginning but up until a week ago seemed more of a goal than a reality. Everything changed on Thursday, December 6, 2018. This morning we ask Derrick Harvey about radio in a suitcase.     Radio In A Suitcase In the podcast above, Derek Harvey explains: How a radio station that fits into a suitcase is servicing +1,500 communities in Africa, the Pacific and Middle East. How far can a tiny transmitter like this broadcast? Is it true that one station’s audience is 130 to 140 kilometres away? What determines the range? What does this technology means to a community radio station like CKTZ? Where is this technology deployed in British Columbia? Why Derek thinks of television as pablum for the mind, but says  radio is good for the imagination.  His years working with community television, radio and   UNESCO. How a virtually unknown Canadian company that is doing big things  “Radio in a suitcase is a way that we looked at getting the hardware into the hands of people who wanted to create a community radio station in as small a package as possible, as portable as possible, least technically complex as possible and reliable. The entire radio station comes in two pelican cases … all operated off of twelve volts, so you can bascially plug...
Greg Osoba On Music & Radio

Greg Osoba On Music & Radio

Originally Published on the ECOreport He helped shape Cortes Radio almost since the beginning. as one of the station’s early Presidents, as a senior producer of our Deep Roots Initiative and most Fridays he hosts the Lunchtime Locomotion. In addition to this, he is a member of Cortes Island’s original rock quartet and more recently Back Eddy and the Procrastinators. In this morning’s interview, I asked Greg Osoba to tell us his story. In the podcast, Greg Osoba talks about … The radio station at Seneca College, in Ontario His eight years as a broadcast journalist in Toronto, Edmonton & Vancouver: in the newsroom and as host of “Bookshelf” Interviewing Guy Dauncey; Premier Peter Lougheed; Joe Clark; Wayne Gretsky … Asking tough questions of politicians vs interviewing a grieving family Ska, the precursor of Reggae How prerecording takes the soul out of music Gordy & Zoe Ryan from Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums of Passion; Island Rythm; Six Foot Johnson; Back Eddy and the Procrastinators When Gregor Robertson lived on Cortes Island, his first campaign (as an NDP MLA) The art of creating space, in music and life Falling in love with Cortes Island Linnaea Farm, Hollyhock, Rex Weyler as a mentor in writing, Getting involved with Cortes Radio, The Friday Lunchtime Locomotion with Nat king Cono “There is something to that adage 10 years of 10,000 hours, because something starts to happen after that point. Once you put in your time, what starts to happen I’ve found - and other musicians I know who are experienced concur with this - is that you become competent  …. suddenly you are afforded...