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...
Nuevo Malibu 10: The Goof Kidnaps Landis!

Nuevo Malibu 10: The Goof Kidnaps Landis!

As our intrepid time-traveling crew of earthlings Clell Landis and Doctor Shay Watt?, hologram Mack and Narrator are visiting Mount Shasta in California, they reminisce about the failed 1989 Harmonic Convergence and plan their next adventure.  It starts immediately when The Grand Galloping Goof, hermaphroditic purveyor of all universal mischief, kidnaps Landis.  Malibu 10: Don’t you step on my Fru Fru Shoes The Goof takes Landis back to Day Two of the world’s genesis, where Landis witnesses The Original Committee creating vegetables, emotions, football and jello shots, among other things.  Then The Goof shows Landis its herd of honkies, which Landis accidentally panics into a stampede.   This irritates The Goof to no end, so it abandons Landis in the Mojave Desert, where he meets Death, a pleasant young woman in a fetching yellow sun dress with matching bonnet.  Next he meets Thelma and Louise.  The felonious ladies are at the end of their brief crime spree, en route to an abrupt stop at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.   Landis is spared from their fate by his on-again, off-again antagonist Sarah Palin, who just happens to be passing by in her helicopter.   The rest of the crew is unable to track Landis because The Goof has pulled him into the supernatural realm.  All they can do is monitor truck stops around the world.  Eventually he shows up at one after Harvey Keitel drops him off.  Landis is none the worse for wear, save for a buzzing in his head.  “Nuevo Malibu” is written by Allen Perkins, recorded on location in outer space, and produced at Dave Blinzinger’s Studio on Quadra Island.  Voices for this episode were provided by Kris Wellstein as Narrator, Karen Holmes as Doctor Shay Watt?, Guy Holmes as Clell Landis, Jude McCormick and John Clark as The Goof, Matthew Kelly as Otis, Jenny Zoia as Beth,Owen...
Folk U’s Firewood for dummies

Folk U’s Firewood for dummies

Worried about staying warm this winter? What will it take for Cortes to have sustainable fire wood for all? Corry Dow discussed all things firewood, the Cortes Community Community Firewood Program and how you can take part in staying warm on CKTZ’s Folk U Radio. Corry Dow - submitted photo Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Corry Dow about firewood for dummies Here are Corrie’s notes Recently participated in the 3rd Community Forest Community Firewood Day What is it?Why do we do it?What comes up? I need wood for this winterI only want Fir It’s a small amount of wood Learning the cycle of firewood Timing Seasoning i.e. harvested and kept for some seasons before it’s ready to burn, wind, sunshine and time6mos – 2yrsDepends of density of wood and sap content and storage 2. Storage Splitting – to speed drying and for ease of handling and burningOff the ground to prevent rotCovered to keep off rainIn a spot that gets sunNot too tightly stacked and open at sides to maximize airflowEnough storage space to hold a whole winter’s worth of wood. As space opens up later in the winter, start putting in next year’s wood 3. Rotation If you don’t get firewood all at onceBurn older wood first, especially if it’s spent time on the ground, and driestChoose dry pieces 4. Plan for the next year Getting wood in the late winter/early spring is ideal, low sap, long drying timeExtra storage options for wood that comes along providentially 5. I only want Fir –  some thoughts on firewood species Alder 19.5Hemlock 24.4Douglas Fir 26.5 million BTUs per dry cord Douglas fir is great, but not all...
Board Reality 101

Board Reality 101

Today’s Folk U Radio is called Board Reality 101. And by board I am referring to a piece of wood. What is a tree? What are our forests to us? On today’s Folk University we look deeper into this question and the incredible partnership between the Klahoose First Nations and non-nation members in creating a forest managed by a community.  Folk U Radio: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Mark Lombard& Nick Gagnon from the Cortes Fortes General Partnership Cortes Forest General Partnership: A Unique Model for Community Forest Stewardship Mark Lombard, ecological builder and manager with the Cortes Forest General Partnership, joins us to open this episode to explain the Partnership, the Cortes Community Forest Coop, and the impressive and rare community stewardship being modelled on Cortes. The Cortes Forest General Partnership holds a 3,800 ha Crown land tenure and was won thanks to visionary work of those that came before including the Klahoose First Nations and their generosity. The Partnership includes three members of the Klahoose Nation and three non-indigenous members, which are selected by the Cortes Community Forest Coop. The primary function of the Coop is to represent the non-indigenous community and select these three members of the Partnership. The Co-op has no other operational decision-making regarding the community forest. Creating Lifestyle Businesses from Protecting Forest Ecosystems Nick Gagnon is from a family business of silviculturists. Silviculture is the “art and science” of cultivating forest health for the trees, and the wildlife, water, soil, and for the land stewards/users. His family supported themselves actively managing forests for their health and using the dead or lower quality trees to create fibre resources. This was heavily dependent on...