SRD gives $18k to Cortes Island non-profits, looks into derelict boats

SRD gives $18k to Cortes Island non-profits, looks into derelict boats

Editor’s Note: CKTZ FM is the Cortes Community Radio Society.  The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) approved $18,000 in funding for a number of non-profits on Cortes Island last week. The Grant-in-aid (GIA) program awards funding to local, non-profit organizations, for the benefit of the community, through the SRD. This is an year-by-year program, where applicants are recommended by the regional director. At a board meeting on Jan. 25,  five Cortes Island Grants-In-Aid recommendations were requested and approved: $3,000 to the Cortes Community Radio Society to assist with capacity building in their Emergency Communications Team; $3,000 to the Cortes Island Seniors Society to assist with the Better at Home program; $3,000 to the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society to assist with website redesign; $3,000 to the Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery Society to assist with Art Education programming; and $6,000 to the Cortes Community Health Association to assist with the Teen Szene and Family Support programs. The meeting also included a discussion about liveaboards and derelict boats in the region. Ultimately, there was a request for a staff report on best practices involving derelict boats on Cortes Island. Mark Vonesch, Electoral Area B representative for Cortes Island, asked for an amendment to the request to include, “how other communities have best handled the social and environmental challenges associated with growing numbers of live-a-board and derelict boats.” CKTZ News has previously covered the ongoing attempts to mitigate derelict boats on Cortes Island. To hear more about the SRD board meeting, listen to the CKTZ News update...
A long serving BC Ferries vessel retires on January 17th and the public is invited to say goodbye

A long serving BC Ferries vessel retires on January 17th and the public is invited to say goodbye

The 58-year-old Powell River Queen sails her last run on the Campbell River to Quadra Island BC Ferries route next week and the public is invited to bid farewell to the vessel. On Jan. 17, BC Ferries will host an event at the terminal in Quathiaski Cove on Quadra Island to commemorate the day. Spokesperson Deborah Marshall says that cake and beverages will be available and people are encouraged to share stories about their experiences with the ship as it completes its last run in the early evening. The Powell River Queen shortly after being launched in 1965. Image courtesy of BC Ferries. The Powell River Queen was built in Victoria in 1965 and only served on two BC Ferries routes. From 1965 to 1991, it was the Earls Cove to Saltery Bay run on the mainland, and for the past 32 years it has served on the Campbell River to Quadra Island route, Marshall says. As of Wednesday, Jan. 18, that route will be served by two new island class hybrid diesel electric vessels, nearly doubling capacity and sailings in a bid to reduce congestion and sailing waits at terminals. Marshall discusses the legacy of the Powell River Queen in the interview below with CKTZ...
A long serving BC Ferries vessel retires on January 17th and the public is invited to say goodbye

A long serving BC Ferries vessel retires on January 17th and the public is invited to say goodbye

The 58-year-old Powell River Queen sails her last run on the Campbell River to Quadra Island BC Ferries route next week and the public is invited to bid farewell to the vessel. On Jan. 17, BC Ferries will host an event at the terminal in Quathiaski Cove on Quadra Island to commemorate the day. Spokesperson Deborah Marshall says that cake and beverages will be available and people are encouraged to share stories about their experiences with the ship as it completes its last run in the early evening. The Powell River Queen shortly after being launched in 1965. Image courtesy of BC Ferries. The Powell River Queen was built in Victoria in 1965 and only served on two BC Ferries routes. From 1965 to 1991, it was the Earls Cove to Saltery Bay run on the mainland, and for the past 32 years it has served on the Campbell River to Quadra Island route, Marshall says. As of Wednesday, Jan. 18, that route will be served by two new island class hybrid diesel electric vessels, nearly doubling capacity and sailings in a bid to reduce congestion and sailing waits at terminals. Marshall discusses the legacy of the Powell River Queen in the interview below with CKTZ...
Dance Temple event arriving on Cortes, with intentions to stay

Dance Temple event arriving on Cortes, with intentions to stay

Mansons Hall will host the first Dance Temple event of 2022, but there are more to come. Photo by Naomi Jason. Connie Quayle and her partner, Val Lange are bringing Dance Temple to Cortes Island next week. Quayle is a former resident of Cortes, returning to live on the island after spending the last five years in Victoria. It was there, in the city, that Quayle first connected with Dance Temple. “Every Sunday morning we have it in Victoria - ecstatic dance. I’ve hardly missed a week, even throughout the pandemic, still putting on headphones and dancing on the beaches,” Quayle explains. “Ecstatic dance is completely freeform dance…Movement for the sake of joy and release.” “It’s also a completely sober space. And usually there’s a held container. Certain rules, like no talking in the space, using cell phones outside the space, no technology within the container,” Val adds. The ecstatic dance enthusiasts plan to help make Dance Temple a regular occurrence on Cortes. “My vision would be something like four or five people involved co-holding it and having it run regularly, but it might take a couple years… So for now, maybe just every couple months just to get the ball rolling,” Quayle says. Quayle and Lange are bringing Dance Temple to Cortes Island at Mansons Hall on Aug. 6. The event is scheduled from 730-930 p.m. Music will be by DJ N Joy, aka Naomi Jason, one of the founders who helped develop Dance Temple on Salt Spring Island and Victoria. Quayle will be offering a sound therapy session at the end of the evening by playing the...
30 years of Olatunji drumming and dancing celebrated on Cortes Island

30 years of Olatunji drumming and dancing celebrated on Cortes Island

Gordy Ryan and ensemble perform at the Seattle World Rhythm Festival. Image courtesy of Seattle World Percussion Society. Since 1990, members of Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums of Passion ensemble have been teaching West African drumming and dancing at Hollyhock Leadership Learning Centre on Cortes Island. Babatunde Olatunji. Image courtesy of last.fm. “Baba”, as he’s known, was based in New York City after immigrating from Nigeria in the 1950s, but it was in British Columbia in the late 1980s where the drumming master began his public teaching. In the summer of 1990, he brought a stripped down version of the Drums of Passion troupe to Hollyhock, including Gordy and Zoe Ryan. Baba passed away in 2003, but the Ryans have kept his legacy alive by continuing to teach through the decades. They had hoped to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Baba’s programs at Hollyhock in 2020, but the pandemic thwarted that effort. With restrictions eased, and live programs once again underway at Hollyhock, the Ryans have returned. Their much anticipated anniversary program gets underway on the evening of Wednesday, July 27. Cortes Island hand drumming teacher Claudia Raaen. Photo by Greg Osoba. For the past 30 years, many Cortes Islanders and those who’ve taken programs at Hollyhock have learned about Yoruba culture, especially drumming and dancing. Some have gone on to have professional musical careers. Gordy Ryan speaks about Baba’s special connection with Canada’s west coast in the interview below with CKTZ News: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - 30 years of Olatunji drumming and dancing celebrated on Cortes Island This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of...
New outdoor event Community Musical Play uses music, movement for spontaneous improvisation

New outdoor event Community Musical Play uses music, movement for spontaneous improvisation

Community Musical Play facilitator Christopher Fleck. Photo by Greg Osoba. Music has been an important part of Christopher Fleck’s life for decades and he’s now using sound and movement to bring people together in facilitated sessions he calls “Community Musical Play.” Fleck launched the free weekly outdoor sessions, which take place Saturday afternoons, this spring at a community space on Cortes Island. The idea is to encourage “spontaneous improvised expression.” He facilitates the gatherings by introducing ways our bodies can make sound and move and aims to create a safe space for emotional expression, without any right or wrong way to do things, or for expected outcomes. Fleck believes Community Musical Play can promote good health, by creating the opportunity for participants to let go and be present within a group where things are constantly changing and one can just play. Find out more in the CKTZ News interview below: Cortes Radio · CKTZ News - New outdoor event Community Musical Play uses music, movement for improvisation This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative....