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...
Cortes Goose hunt frightens resident, excites ecologist and could be legal

Cortes Goose hunt frightens resident, excites ecologist and could be legal

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Today we hear a first-hand account of a concerning hunting episode on October 24 in Smelt Bay, Cortes Island.   We’ll hear from Conservation Officer Brad Adams, a local authority on the laws around hunting.  And then we’ll take a deeper dive with Sabina Leader Mense into the some ecological considerations of hunting around Cortes.  Photo credit: Smelt Bay by Djun Kim via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Kim Lotnik, Conservation Officer Brad Adams and local biologist Sabina Leader-Mense about the Cortes goose hunt. (Much more in podcast) Cortes Currents learned of the reports on a local facebook page, We Heart Cortes Island, that described a scary situation.  Walking her dog Kim Lotnick tells us the story.  Kim was walking on the beach with her dog.  The weather was stormy and the seas were rough.  She saw someone canoeing and thought that it was wierd that someone would be out on the water.  Through her large headphones, she heard a loud blast like a gunshot.  She turned to look and saw a flock of birds flying away from the canoe, and something flopping in the water that looked like a seal. She would later learn that another witness to the scene saw that it was a goose. Kim began filming.  And the person in the canoe was watching her as something was pulled into the boat.  Kim describes feeling terrified and many terrible thoughts flashed through her mind about what revenge the hunter might take on her for filming his actions. ...
COVID impacts on Cortes Island’s afterschool programming

COVID impacts on Cortes Island’s afterschool programming

During the last week of November, a health officer stopped Teen Szene as it was a hang out, not a sports program. We spoke about the need these programs fill, and Jodi’s thoughts on the process of adapting to COVID 19 reality.  Photo credit: Smelt Bay on Cortes Island via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Cortes Currents: Odette Auger interviews Jodi Peters about the impact COVId has had on Teen Tzene Jodi Peters: I’m the youth programs manager for the Cortes community health association and the Cortes Community Health Association, or the CCHA runs the community health center on Cortes, which staffs doctors. And it also runs youth programming and family and just general community wellbeing programming as well. So I manage the youth programs and right now we have four of them, from ages started at age of seven, all the way up to teenagers and then in age 17. And, we offer those programs in two to three year chunks so that we can offer developmentally appropriate programming for younger kids and, preteens and teenagers. And then we also have a sports and after-school sports program.  Odette: What happened in March, when COVID-19 entering our lives? Could you walk us through these different stages in afterschool programming, and what that looks like from your end.  Jodi: Well, for, for myself, for our programs, when schools shut down, we pretty much immediately had to shut down. Three of the, four of our programs were dependent on access to the school and, and with all of the efforts being made by the community and public health to, you know, to get everybody...
Diet, Lifestyle and supplements to help build up your resistance

Diet, Lifestyle and supplements to help build up your resistance

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Around the globe, people are dealing as best they can with the novel coronavirus outbreak, SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID 19.  After we wash our hands, don a facemask and avoid non-essential travel and socialization – many of us are looking for ways to maximize our immune function.   A quick internet search will reveal an assortment of advice on what diet, lifestyle and supplements may increase your resistance to contracting the virus, and your resilience to illness if you do.  Photo credit: Chantrelle jackpot by Suzanne LaGasa via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License) Cortes Currents: Max Thaysen interviews Drs. Phillip Calder and Jenna Creaser about lifestyle and supplements that can strengthen your immune system Stressing foods, lifestyle and supplements – Pseudoscience? Or much more? But there are internet resources that say the opposite – supplements are unproven and those peddling them are pseudoscientists.  Cortes Currents sought to shed light on the importance of the immune system and how we can support it.   We connected with Dr Jenna Creaser from the Cortes Community Health Centre and Dr Philip Calder.   Professor Phillip Calder Professor Philip Calder is Head of Human Development & Health and Professor of Nutritional Immunology within Medicine at the University of Southampton.  He has a chair in Nutritional Immunology, his area of expertise.   His work has mostly been with omega-3 fatty acids, but has also researched pre-biotics and pro-biotics (the beneficial organisms we rely on and the conditions that support them). He authored the paper Nutrition, Immunity and COVID-19, which was published in...
Squirrel Cove’s Bear

Squirrel Cove’s Bear

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  Curt Cunningham first encountered the Squirrel Cove Bear while it was still a cub. Not knowing where the creature’s mother was, Cunningham took refuge inside the Cove Restaurant. No mother bear appeared and the cub disappeared into the woods. That was a year or more ago. Squirrel Cove Road on Cortes Island - Courtesy Google Maps Cortes Currents: Roy L Hales interviews or emails Nancy Beach, Laurel Bohart, Curt Cunningham, Sandy Hoffman, Derek and Lore Mack-Mumford,  Jason Thompson, and Conservation officer Brad Adams about Squirrel Cove’s Bear.  “There have been signs of him ever since. There is scat most nights, often all over the yard, but he’s never caused much problem,” said Cunningham, owner manager of the Squirrel Cove General Store on Cortes Island.  Areas mentioned in the story – adapted from Google Maps by Roy L Hales Some months ago Some months ago, a neighbour called Laurel Bohart over to look at some scat in their property. As she has not previously seen bear scat herself, Bohart asked Doreen Guthrie to help identify it. “Now, having seen piles of what is obviously apple scat in my yard, I know exactly what they look like: human sized, looks like someone has been eating a lot of apples,” she added.  Bear scat, after eating apples – courtesy Sandy Hoffman The Raids begin: Bohart’s & Soutch’s The number of incidents abruptly increased about two weeks ago. “The bear broke into our back yard, via our fence, leaving a belly shaped hole, where it pressed down on the wiring....