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The need for a better ambulance service

The need for a better ambulance service

Green party MLA Adam Olsen has been listening to the calls for a better ambulance service since 2017. The need became even more apparent after 808 people died during the last five days of June. 75% of them are believed to have perished because of the heat wave that...

Public events on the Menu

Public events on the Menu

A month into BC’s phase 3 of re-opening, locals and visitors to Cortes Island are able to enjoy well-loved perennial as well as brand new reasons to gather. Photo by Jannes Glas on Unsplash On July 1, British Columbia officially lifted its mask mandate, opened up to...

Cortes Island’s first wetland restoration project

Cortes Island’s first wetland restoration project

The preliminary stages of Cortes Island’s first wetland restoration project are underway at Dillon Creek, on Linnaea Farm. “Back in 2014, we had a very large algae bloom in the lake. There was a very annoying smell and taste in the water for about two weeks and then...

Wildfire smoke clouding the skies

Wildfire smoke clouding the skies

The air quality and visibility over the weekend was noticeably affected by particulates in forest fire smoke traveling across the landscape, and will likely be present in the region into Wednesday afternoon. The BlueSky Canada interactive online visual tool shows an...

Cortes Foundation: Bridging the issues that divide us

Cortes Foundation: Bridging the issues that divide us

Sometime this fall, the Cortes Foundation will be offering the community of Cortes Island a public venue to explore, and bridge, the issues that divide us. Photo of Norman Rockwell’s 1942 painting Freedom of Speech at the townhall in Cambridge, Vermont – photo...

In a level four drought, what lies ahead?

In a level four drought, what lies ahead?

Cortes Island is in the midst of a level four drought. There have been worse dry periods in the instrumental records, much worse according to a University of Victoria study of tree ring data, and most likely more severe droughts in the years to come. “Summer is very...

First of two Hybrid/e-ferries arrives in BC

First of two Hybrid/e-ferries arrives in BC

Two hybrid diesel/electric ferries with increased vehicle capacity will begin providing two-ship service on the Campbell River – Quadra Island route starting in early 2022. Top photo credit: Island 4 departing Romania bound for B.C. earlier this year photo courtesy BC...

The buzz at the museum

The buzz at the museum

At the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society (CIMAS), a current exhibit celebrates bees while the online archives take off in popularity. Photo credit: display showing Paul Stamets’ work on how mycelium extracts can save honeybees. Photo by Anastasia Avvakumova...

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