The ECOreport started out as an environmental news website in which owner/editor Roy L Hales asks asking What Works? What Doesn’t? And what can we do about it?

The site’s written articles are reposted on better known web platforms like Clean Technica, PVSolar Report and East County Magazine.

In July 2014, the ECOreport also became a radio program on CKTZ.


Cortes Community Forest’s First Five Years

(The ECOreport broadcast for June 20, 2018) - British Columbia’s old growth forests fertilize themselves as efficiently as a farmer looking after his fields. The tree plantations that are fast replacing them lack this ability. If this trend continues, the province’s vast forests may be a memory in the next two or three centuries. The inhabitants of one tiny island are trying to change this. In this morning’s program one of the directors, Bruce Ellingsen, tells me about Cortes Community Forests first five years of operations.(Read More)

Susans Vijaya Talks About Becoming More Public

(The ECOreport broadcast for June 13, 2018) She exploded onto Cortes Island’s Lip Sync stage four years ago, introducing the musical tastes of her native Portugal. She can also render a sultry imitation of Tina Turner. Her radio program Vinho do Porto is among CKTZ’s most popular. In this morning’s show, Susana Vijaya talks about becoming more public.(Read More)

Victoria’s Common Vision For Social & Ecological Change

(The ECOreport broadcast for June 6, 2018) According to Paul Cheoketen Wagner colonial society has ruled over this land for the blink of an eye and brought it to the precipice of a climate that is ready to collapse. That’s because we, “have not paid attention to natural law.”  We need to step back and take a look at how we can govern a place that holds regard for every aspect of [life]. For a government that only seeks to profit from the things around it, “will continue upon those lines.” He was one of the speakers at a weekend conference dedicated to finding Greater Victoria’s common vision for social & ecological change. (Read More)

Launching Deep Roots Second Season

(The ECOreport broadcast for May 30, 2018) According to Volunteer and Fundraising co-ordinator Odette Auger, Deep Roots is important because it is “local, regionally based spoken word programming.” Steering Committee leader David Rousseau says, “it builds capacity and connection around Cortes Radio.” Senior producer Greg Osaba explains, “Deep Roots is both a skill building and story telling exercise to generate original stories from people who have something to say.” To which Klahoose co-ordinator Jacqueline Mathieu adds, “The stories that are going to be developed really do need to be told.” They were talking about Cortes Radio’s premiere documentary series. The station will soon be launching Deep Roots second season.(Read More)

Why Become A Member Of Cortes Radio

(The ECOreport broadcast for May 25, 2018) Rochelle Baker is both a journalist and the first of CKTZ’s directors to come from someplace other than Cortes Island. She is a Quadra Island resident and, as such, a visible example of how Cortes radio is expanding into its broadcast area. As we draw closer to the radio society’s 2018 AGM, on June 3, I asked her why become a member of CKTZ.

How People’s Attitudes Towards Nature Changed

(The ECOreport broadcast for May 18, 2018) What was life like in the era before cell phones, computers and televisions. Did British Columbians feel closer to nature when they worked outside in the elements rather than within the artificial confines of a building? In this mornings program I ask Mike Manson, a descendant of one of Cortes Island’s oldest European families, and Mike Moore, one of our better known eco-tour guides, how public attitudes towards nature changed since the first settlers arrived.(Read More)

How The World Got Into Stone Soup

(The ECOreport broadcast for May 11, 2018) Catriona Vega’s first Cortes Radio program consisted of live performances into a single mike. She launched “Stone Soup” after returning to Cortes Island about 2012. It is:  “A cup of folk, a cup of world, a dash of Hip Hop, a splash of the jazz and clues with a healthy dose of Canadian artists.” I recently asked her about how the world got into Stone Soup.(Read More)

Behind The Cumberland Tales

(The ECOreport broadcast for May 4, 2018) A local novel is getting traction in stores from Courtenay to Campbell River. The author describes his work ”a collection of stories, some real, some fiction, all filled with nostalgia of recent (1960’s).” I recently had an opportunity to ask Frank Wayne what is behind The Cumberland Tales. (Read More)

The Cortes Island Story

(The ECOreport broadcast for April 27, 2018)This morning’s episode grew out of an examination of how our attitudes towards nature have changed since the first Europeans arrived. One of my sources had a story every bit as important. Michael Manson’s grandfather came from the Shetland Islands and founded Sunny Brae Farm in the late 1880s. Mike told me the Cortes Island Story, as experienced by one of the first settler families. (Read More)

Links To The ECOreport

Before the ECOreport

Roy L Hales

Roy L Hales has been writing for as long as he can remember. His first stories were compilations of pictures. He has started writing books, but so far gets lost in the web expanding research possibilities before him. As a result corrections turned into restarts of the story line.

Writing for newspapers and magazines was simpler. They are short and tend to be a snapshot in time rather than comprehensive treatment of a subject. He started writing for the Fraser Valley Record (now the Mission City Record), while waiting for an archaeologist to comment on the first draft of a book, in 1982. Roy set the book aside three years later, but continued to be published in newspapers and magazines until 2006. He wrote about 500 articles for print media.

Roy was in charge of publicity for Vancouver’s Third Cross Cultural Conference in 1987.

He was the editor of the Vine Press, a quarterly publication of the Vineyard movement, in 1992-93 and curator of the Vineyard Gallery in 1993-96. He also handled PR for the Christian artists and writers group Artistic License from 1993-96 and arranged for exhibitions at venues like the Lookout Gallery at Regent College, UBC; Langley Centennial Museum and Exhibition Centre and what is now called the Ranger Station Art Gallery at Harrison Hot Springs.

Roy was interviewed by the late Bernice Gerrard, and profiled in BC Report as well as the Langley Times.

During this period, his artwork was displayed in numerous solo and joint exhibitions, foyer displays and group exhibitions.

On The Web

 Roy entered the world of web publications as editor of San Diego Loves Green in the fall of 2012, and left that venue to building his own website (the ECOreport) in December 2013.

He started broadcasting the ECOreport radio program on Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM in the summer of 2014 and became the society’s President in June 2017.

Top Photo Credit: Roy L Hales